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Area Sports Briefs: LC football picked 7th in CIAA, 3rd in division

From staff reports
The CIAA held its media day in Durham on Thursday and announced a predicted order of finish and a preseason All-CIAA team.
Livingstone was picked seventh overall in the 12-team league and third in the six-team Southern Division.
Livingstone quarterback Drew Powell and receiver Jalen Hendricks are on the preseason All-CIAA team.
Prediction
1. Winston-Salem State, 2. Virginia State, 3. Virginia Union, 4. Fayetteville State, 5, Bowie State, 6. Elizabeth State, 7. Livingstone, 8. Shaw, 9. Chowan, 10. Johnson C. Smith, 11. St. Augustine’s, 12. Lincoln

Intimidators win
The Kannapolis Intimidators strung together a pair of two-out RBI-singles in the top of the 15th inning and beat Greensboro 7-5 on Thursday at NewBridge Bank Park.
Alexander Simon and Brett Austin came through with the run-scoring hits.
Kannapolis (15-12 second half, 50-46) secured its seventh consecutive road series win and will play for a sweep in Friday’s finale.
Brad Salgado worked around two hits in the bottom of the 15th for his fourth save.
Jacob Morris (4-2) matched his career-high with three scoreless innings for the win.
The game was the longest for Kannapolis this season, lasting 4 hours, 39 minutes.
It was the team’s longest game since a 15-inning marathon on July 12, 2014, against Asheville that lasted 5 hours, 11 minutes.
Simon opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first inning. John Ziznewski homered in the sixth.
Greensboro used back-to-back home runs to overtake Kannapolis in the bottom of the third. With one out, Arturo Rodriguez smashed a three-run shot to left field. K.J. Woods followed with a solo blast.

Local golf
Nick Lyerly, fresh off his win Sunday in the Horace Billings Rowan County Amateur, earned his second victory of the week Thursday at the High Point Junior Open.
Lyerly, a rising junior at East Rowan, shot an opening round 71 at Briar Park Golf Club. He followed that with a 66 at Oak Hollow Golf Club to win by five strokes.
N.C. Amateur
Eric Edwards shot a 5-under 67 at Monroe Country Club to earn medalist honors in sectional qualifying for the 6th North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship.
The Match Play Championship that will be played August 5-9 at High Point Country Club.
McCanless
The 4th Junior Mac nine-hole Tournament was held Thursday.
Alex Miller shot 35 for first place. Cade Cranfield (43) was second, while Austin Miller (45) was third.
Austin Miller won longest drive on No. 4.
The next event will be Thursday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m.

SAC
Jazmine Charles of Lenoir-Rhyne and Wingate’s Christina Matheny were honored as South Atlantic Conference Co-Woman of the Year on Thursday. The pair will be the SAC’s nominees for the NCAA National Woman of the Year that will be announced at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis, Ind. in October.

Youth baseball
China Grove’s 11U baseball stars won their first regional game against the Tennessee champs.

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