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Area Sports Briefs: Lyerly tied for lead in Rowan Junior Open golf

From staffand wire reports
East Rowan senior Nick Lyerly shot 71 at the Club at Irish Creek on Monday and is tied for the first-round lead in the 9th annual Rowan Junior Open.
Nicklaus Sutton of Matthews also shot 71.
Lyerly and Sutton will tee off at 9:21 today at Warrior in a front-running threesome that also will include Waxhaw’s Ray Dawood, who shot a first-round 72.
Parker Chavis, a South Rowan senior, shot 73 and is alone in fourth place. Chavis will tee off at 9:12 a.m.
Other first-round scores included a 78 by Carson senior Patrick Street.
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In the boys, 11-13 division at Irish Creek, Charlie Barr, an eighth-grader at Salisbury Academy, shot 69 to take a 13-shot lead.
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In the boys 8-10 division, Jaden Sprinkle, a fifth-grader, shot 41 for nine holes to take the first-round lead. Salisbury youngsters Tyler Kepley and Warren Fesperman, both fifth-graders, shot 44s.

Prep cross country
The Pre-Rowan County Meet will be held today at Dan Nicholas Park. The boys race is at 5 p.m., while the girls race is at 5:45 p.m.

Campbell probation
BUIES CREEK, N.C. — The NCAA placed Campbell on probation for one year for improper academic certification of 34 athletes in 10 sports over a five-year period.
The governing body also said earlier this month the Camels must vacate all wins from 2010-15 in which ineligible athletes played.
Neither the athletes nor the sports were identified, though the NCAA says the majority of athletes involved were transfers.
The violations were discovered after an audit of the school’s academic progress rate results, and the university self-reported them.

Intimidators fall
KANNAPOLIS— Casey Hughston had three hits and Bret Helton allowed just two hits over 5 2/3 innings as the West Virginia Power defeated the Kannapolis Intimidators 5-1 on Monday.
West Virginia also won 5-2 against Kannapolis on Monday in the completion of a suspended game.

College soccer
The Pfeiffer men’s soccer team has been picked to finish first in Conference Carolinas as announced by the conference this morning. The Falcons received nine of 10 first-place votes. They return National Player of the Year Nathan Regis and National Coach of the Year Bob Reasso.
Pfeiffer also returns two more All-Americans in junior midfielder Martim Galvao and senior defender Cristobal Allendes.

Minor league shakeup
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Minor League Baseball announced the Class-A Advanced Carolina League will add two teams for the 2017 season as part of a realignment. The California League’s Bakersfield Blaze and High Desert Mavericks will cease operations after this season.
The Texas Rangers will be putting an Advanced A team in Kinston, N.C., to replace their High Desert team.

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