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Alexander Central scored three runs in the sixth and then had to hang on to edge Fayetteville Cape Fear 4-3 on Friday night in the first game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A softball championship series at Walnut Creek Softball Complex.

The Avery High football team has released its football schedule for the upcoming season.

Joe Jackson has been on fire of late. Coming into Thursday night's game with the West Virginia Power, Jackson was hitting .500 with five RBI in his last two games. And Jackson continued his hot pace as he singled home the game-winning run leading the Hickory Crawdads to a 7-6, 12-inning victory against the Power.

NC State baseball's Carlos Rodon and Trea Turner were selected in the first round of Thursday night's MLB Draft. Rodon was drafted third overall by the Chicago White Sox and Turner was the No. 13 pick by the San Diego Padres.

There's two more regional additions on the Region 7 baseball team at the Powerade North Carolina State Games.