Little Tar Heel League all-star baseball teams from Erwin are scheduled to play in district tournaments in Southern Pines next month. Play in the Midget division (10-and-under) starts July 7. The Little League division (12-and-under) gets underway on July 10. … Campbell junior Athanas Kioko has been named the Big South Conference’s Athlete of the Year in men’s track after finishing third in the NCAA championships in Eugene, Oregon, in the 5,000-meter run in 13 minutes, 13.47 seconds, a league record. … Vanderbilt scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning with a 3-run homer from Jayson Gonzales and went on to an 8-2 win over Mississippi State in the opening game of a best-of-three series for the College World Series championship in Omaha on Monday night. Game two is tonight (ESPN, 7 p.m.). … The Los Angeles Clippers avoided elimination in the Western Conference finals of the NBA playoffs with a 116-102 win at Phoenix on Monday night, cutting the Suns lead to 3-2 as Paul George had 41 points and 13 rebounds. … Milwaukee has a 2-1 lead in the Eastern final going into tonight’s game at Atlanta (TNT, 8:30 p.m.).