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Area Sports Briefs: Intimidators fall to Hickory

From staff reports
The Kannapolis Intimidators rallied to overcome a four-run deficit, but Hickory’s Luke Tendler hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to lead the Crawdads to a 9-6 win on Thursday at L.P. Frans Stadium.
Kannapolis (23-23 second half, 58-57 overall) dropped the three-game series in Hickory while finishing a week’s worth of commuter road games to Greensboro and Hickory with a 2-5 mark.
Trailing 6-2, the Intimidators rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game against Crawdads reliever Kelvin Vasquez. Cody Daily ripped a two-run double down the left field line to score Mason Robbins and Toby Thomas, and Michael Suiter followed with a two-run single for a 6-all tie.
Suiter extended his career-best hitting streak, already the longest on record in Intimidators history, to 22 games since July 19. He is tied for the third-longest hitting streak in Minor League Baseball in 2015.
Kannapolis returns to Intimidators Stadium tonight for a three-game series against the Hagerstown Suns.

Masters Baseball
Tim Still (Salisbury High, Wingate) has been a standout in the Charlotte Amateur Baseball League 38+ Division this summer.
Still came close to winning the league’s Triple Crown with four homers, 31 RBIs and a .571 batting average in 15 games. He led his team to an 11-4 record in the regular season.

Prep football
Several scrimmages are planned for today and tonight.
Salisbury, Carson and South Rowan are involved in a 10-team jamboree at Mooresville.
Salisbury is scrimmaging Marvin Ridge at 5 p.m.
Carson is scrimmaging St. Stephens of Hickory at 7 p.m.
South Rowan is scrimmaging West Iredell at 8 p.m.
West Rowan and North Rowan are in a jamboree at Mint Hill Rocky River.
The Cavaliers are in action against Cuthbertson at 4:30 p.m.
West Rowan scrimmages Ardrey Kell at 7 p.m.

Legion World Series
The American Legion World Series got under way in Shelby on Thursday with three games.
Oregon knocked off defending champ New Jersey 3-2 in the opener.
The 2014 runner-up Michigan shelled Connecticut 12-1.
In the nightcap, Hawaii won a 5-4 thriller with Nebraska.

College football
Catawba football practice continues today with the first workout that will include pads.
The first full-gear practice is slated for Sunday night.
“We were blessed to have nice weather to get under way with practice,” Catawba coach Curtis Walker said. “Our young men came out with lots of energy and excitement in our first practice of the year. We are still trying to fill some holes from last year’s team, but we are pleased to have several key returners leading our team.”

Local golf
Greg Lentz made a hole-in-one on No. 8 at Warrior on Thursday.
Craig Honeycutt, Matt Honeycutt and Chip Knowles witnessed the shot.

College volleyball
Defending champion Chowan has been predicted to win the CIAA in 2015.
The 2014 CIAA Rookie of the Year Sydney Holland of Winston-Salem State highlights the preseason All-CIAA team.
The season will begin on Aug. 22 with Elizabeth City State taking on Johnson & Wales in the Lenoir Community College Invite in Kinston.
The predicted order of finish for CIAA volleyball:

Chowan (1st. North)
Winston-Salem State (1st. South)
Fayetteville State (2nd .South)
Virginia State (2nd. North)
Virginia Union (3rd. North)
Johnson C. Smith (3rd. South)
Saint Augustine’s (4th. South)
Livingstone (5th. South)
Elizabeth City State (4th. North)
Bowie State (5th. North)
Shaw (6th. South)
Lincoln (6th, North)

Hurley Y programs
J.F. Hurley istaking registrations for fall sports.
Mighty Kickers
Registration: Aug. 5 – Sept. 5
Boys and girls, ages 3 and 4
Season begins: Sept. 14
Cost: Y Members $40
Potential Members $70
Fall soccer
Registration: Aug. 5 – Sept. 5

Boys and girls in grades K-8
Season begins: Sept. 14
Cost: Y Members $40
Potential Members $70
Register at the J.F. Hurley YMCA or online at www.rowanymca.org
Contact Jesse Byrd at 704-738-5134 or Jbyrd@rowanymca.org

College baseball
Justin Aspegren, who helped lead Santa Barbara City College to three championships in the Western State Conference over the last five seasons, has been named an assistant baseball coach at Appalachian State University, head coach Billy Jones announced on Wednesday. Aspegren will coach the Mountaineers’ pitchers.

Southeast football
Southeast Middle seventh-and-eighth grade football will will have equipment pickup today from 6-8 p.m.
All players should meet in the team room behind the gym.
Practice will start on Monday Aug. 17, from 6-8 p.m. and will run all week .
Players should bring cleats, T-shirt and shorts and and a current physical if they have not already turned one in.
Contact Southeast Middle School at 704-638-6484.

China Grove football
China Grove Middle School will begin football practice for all 7th-and-8th grade boys today from 9 until noon.
You must have a physical before you can participate in practice.
Bring a copy with you if there is not one already on file.
Wear T-shirts, shorts and cleats.
Practice next week will be daily from 5:30-8:15 p.m. For more information, call or text Coach Crawley at 704-224-1909.

South YMCA
The South Rowan Y is now accepting registration for fall soccer, girls volleyball, T-Ball and Mighty Kickers soccer.
Fall soccer is for boys and girls in grades K-8. Girls volleyball is for grades 6-8. T-Ball is for boys and girls ages 4-6.
Mighty Kickers is for ages 3-5.
For more information, contact Carvie Kepley at 704-857-7011, or ckepley@rowanymca.org.
Download the YMCA of Rowan County app to always have current sports program information.

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