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Garner, Apex stay alive force deciding Game 3s in American Legion Baseball playoffs

Garner Post 232 and Apex Post 124 both kept their seasons alive for at least another night on Saturday, forcing deciding Game 3s in their American Legion Baseball playoff series.

Garner took an 10-5 victory over Cary Post 67, earning a deciding game tonight at Cary High School. Apex beat Johnston County-based Post 71 9-6 to earn another shot at the Sabres. Game 3 of that series is tonight at Smithfield-Selma High School.

Both games tonight start at 7.

The winners of each of these series meet in the Area I West Championship Series, starting Tuesday night. The winner of that series is guaranteed a spot in the state championship tournament.

Championship-meet atmosphere awaits Tarheel Swimming Association competitors

With more than 10,000 youth swimmers on 78 teams this summer, the Tarheel Swimming Association long ago outgrew any single season-ending championship meet.

These days, four meets give the recreational summer league's swimmers a chance to experience a multi-team, championship-meet atmosphere.

Although the four meets being held this weekend and next in Raleigh and Cary are conducted by Wake County club teams and not the Tarheel Swimming Association, TSA teams are the invited participants.

Area I West American Legion Baseball playoff match-ups set

The Area I West American Legion Baseball playoffs start tonight with best-of-three series. Division champs Clayton Post 71 and Cary Post 67 get byes into the second round (also best-of-three sets), which starts Friday.

Garner meets Raleigh Post 1 in an opening round series, while Apex Post 124 takes on Durham Post 7 in the other series.

Games 1 and 2 of the Garner-Raleigh series will be played at Trojan Park on the campus of Garner High School, starting Tuesday. If needed, Raleigh Post 1 will host a third game on Thursday night at a site to be determined.

Durham hosts Game 1 (and Game 3, if needed) in its series against Apex, which is the host squad for Tuesday night's game in that series.

Cary gets the winner of the Garner-Raleigh series at home on Friday night, while Clayton gets either Apex or Durham.

We'll keep things updated here with results updates during the week.

Riders celebrate BMX Day in Cary today


The action is in Cary this afternoon and evening as BMX riders take to the Sk8-Carys' 12,000-square-foot street course. 


Riders have the skateboarding and biking park to themselves for the BMX Day event, which lasts 3-10p.m. today. It will be a great opportunity for would-be BMX riders to observe and learn. 

Wearn, Perry take top spots in N.C. Women's Amateur

Laura Wearn of Charlotte led wire-to-wire in winning her first major championship title by four strokes over defending champion Katherine Perry of Cary at the 61st N.C. Women's Amateur Championship in Gastonia.

Wearn's final round 74 was the highest round she shot throughout the N.C. Women's Golf Association event, which was played Tuesday through Thursday at the 6,024-yard, par-36-36--72 Gaston Country Club layout.

Lori Beth Adams of Burlington was third, followed by Corrine Carr of Pinehurst in a tie for fourth. Courtney Rouse of Holly Springs was seventh, and Wendell's Ashley Denton shared ninth.

Cary to host five ACC Championships next year

The ACC released its championship dates and sites for the 2010-11 athletic year, and Cary will host five championship events.

Area hosting Hershey's Track and Field meets

Big youth track and field meets will take place in the area over the
next few weeks, leading up to the Hershey's Track and Field State
Championships in Raleigh.

The annual Hershey's Track and Field Local Meets will be held Saturday
in Clayton and Holly Springs and June 15 in Raleigh. Entry is free.

The Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department also will host a June 17 regional meet and the June 25 state championships.

Olympians will greet hundreds of athletes at National Black Heritage Swim Meet in Cary

Olympians and Navy SEALs will be among the guests this weekend as more
than 700 swimmers from around the nation converge at the Triangle
Aquatic Center in Cary for the eighth annual National Black Heritage
Championship Swim Meet.

2008 Olympic gold-medalist and former N.C. State swimming star Cullen
Jones will sign autographs on Sunday, and he also will swim two
50-meter freestyle exhibitions with 14 meet participants whose names
will be drawn on Friday, according to an event news release.

2004 Olympic silver-medalist Maritza Correia will host a clinic at 7:30
p.m. Friday and will hold three mini-clinics for meet participants on
Saturday. She also will be the keynote speaker at Friday's community
breakfast honoring minority swimming pioneers. The 9-11 a.m. breakfast
is open to the public.

Marlins of Raleigh's second-place finish behind NOVA leads Triangle swim teams at Meet Near the Hill

Marlins of Raleigh swimmers led the Triangle contingent, breaking
one state record and four meet records in finishing second at the N.C.
Aquatic Club's Josh Weaver Memorial Meet Near the Hill held Friday
through Sunday at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.

The powerful NOVA swim club from Northern Virginia, ranked No. 4
nationally, ran away with the title, compiling 4,612 points against
teams from North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Pennsylvania,
Marlins coach Paul Silver reported. More than 700 swimmers competed in
the long-course meet for "A" classification competitors. 

Triangle teams took second through fourth places.

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Bratwursts and a can of Brut

Because bratwursts possess special powers that other sausages do not, I spent a recent evening at Bavarian Brathaus in Cary. After enjoying a certain amount of encased pork and German beer, I ducked out to visit the bathroom.

And there, on the counter next to the sink, I saw something I've never seen in any restaurant, anywhere: an aerosol can of Brut deodorant.

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