Western Harnett’s 10-and-under and 12-and-under all-star softball teams opened play in the Tar Heel Leagues state tournament in Shelby on Thursday. Western’s 10-U team was edged, 1-0, by Cashie and Western’s 12-U team was topped, 8-2, by Cleveland. Western’s 10-U meets Wendell in an elimination game today at noon. Western’s 12-U plays Louisburg at noon. … Sophomore outfielder Lannah Price of South Johnston, who hit .597 in 2023, has made second team all-state as selected by HighSchoolOT. Senior outfielder Mallory Baggett of Midway, who hit .451 with six home runs, was a third team choice. … Former South Johnston assistant Susan Brown is the new varsity girls basketball coach at Midway. … The Colonial Athletic Association, which Campbell joined on July 1, has changed its name to the Coastal Athletic Association. … Ryan Cruthers is the new coach of the Fayetteville Marksmen of the Southern Professional Hockey League. … Austin Riley hit a 3-run homer and Matt Olson added a solo shot in the eighth inning as host Atlanta topped Arizona, 7-5, on Thursday. … Brian Harman surged to the lead early in the second round of the British Open (USA, coverage scheduled until 3 p.m.).