Avery Trendel

UNC Splits Baseball Doubleheader vs. Virginia, Tar Heels Win Series

Hosting a top-25 baseball series at Boshamer Stadium this weekend against No. 10 Virginia, there was plenty of pressure on the 13th-ranked Tar Heels to open ACC play with a bang. After JB Bukauskas helped pitch UNC to a 9-4 victory over the Cavaliers on Friday, the Tar Heels (12-4, 2-1 ACC) came up just short of a series sweep as they fought to a split in Saturday’s doubleheader. Virginia (13-3, 1-2 ACC) won the first game of the day–and second in the series–by a tight margin of 2-1. In the day’s second game, however, the UNC bats took...

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Hofstra Upsets No. 4 UNC Men’s Lacrosse in Chapel Hill

Coming off an upset of then No. 1 Denver in Colorado last weekend, the fourth-ranked UNC men’s lacrosse entered its home game against unranked Hofstra riding a bit of a high, so to speak. Whatever it was came to a screetching halt on Saturday, however, as Hofstra came up big in the second half on the way to an 11-9 upset over the Tar Heels at Fetzer Field. Trailing 8-7, the Pride reeled off four consecutive goals during a six-minute stretch spanning the end of the third quarter and early minutes of the fourth. Midfielder Alex Moeser scored twice during the rally,...

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Duke Erases 13-Point Second Half Deficit, Stuns UNC in ACC Tournament Semifinals

For the first 25 minutes of Friday’s UNC-Duke showdown in Brooklyn as part of the ACC Tournament Semifinals, it appeared the top-seeded Tar Heels would pound the Blue Devils into the ground with their inside play. Then point guard Joel Berry went to the bench with his fourth foul and the entire game changed—as Duke rallied from 13 points down to win 93-83. Freshman standout Jayson Tatum led the Blue Devils with 24 points in the game, while First Team All-ACC guard Luke Kennard scored 15 of his 20 points during Duke’s second half comeback. Grayson Allen also added...

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UNC Baseball Takes ACC Opener Vs. No. 10 Virginia

Prior to the start of this year’s college baseball season, UNC head coach Mike Fox reflected on his team’s failure to qualify for the last two NCAA Tournaments by saying there’s truly only 30 games that matter throughout the long season. The man famous for wearing No. 30 as the Tar Heels’ skipper was referring to the 30 games on the ACC schedule–an area his team has struggled with in recent years. On Friday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium, however, junior right-hander JB Bukauskas made sure Fox’s 13th-ranked Tar Heels started ACC play on the right note in 2017–as he...

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Julius Peppers Returns to Carolina, Signs Deal With Panthers

Arguably the greatest football player to ever attend UNC reached a deal on Friday to come back home. Julius Peppers is a Carolina Panther once again. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, Peppers spent the first eight seasons of his career in Charlotte before spending the last seven years up north with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. A native of Wilson, North Carolina, Peppers was also a two-sport athlete at UNC–earning unanimous First Team All-American honors for his work on the football field in 2001. Peppers has spent his 15-years as a professional...

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Wintry Weather Forecast Alters UNC Baseball Series vs. Virginia

With the No. 13 UNC baseball team set to begin ACC play this weekend at home against No. 10 Virginia, wintry weather forecasts have already thrown the conference season’s first curveball. Predicted temperatures below freezing–as well as a call for snow–on Sunday have forced the Tar Heels to change up their schedule just a bit. Friday’s game will begin at 3:30 p.m., while Saturday will now feature a doubleheader at Boshamer Stadium. The initial game of the doubleheader is set to begin at noon on Saturday, with past history indicating that the second game typically begins around 30 to...

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Hicks, UNC Surge Past Miami in Second Half, Move On to ACC Semifinals

Criticized throughout his four-year career as a Tar Heel for an inability to stay out of foul trouble, UNC senior forward Isaiah Hicks stepped up in a big way Thursday in Brooklyn during the team’s 78-53 win over Miami in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals. Hicks led UNC with 19 points in the game, while grabbing six rebounds and committing just one foul. In a bit of poetic justice, the Oxford native did most of his damage offensively as a result of getting fouled himself–sinking all nine of his free throw attempts. He also scored 13 of his 19 points...

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UNC Falls One Spot to No. 6 in AP Top 25

With the program’s 31st ACC regular season championship now in hand–along with a huge revenge victory over Duke on Saturday night–it’s easy to forget UNC is just one week removed from the worst offensive performance in the Roy Williams era last Monday at Virginia. That loss to the Cavaliers was enough to convince voters for the AP Top 25 to drop the Tar Heels one spot from No. 5 to No. 6 in this week’s rankings. The top five consists of Kansas, Villanova, UCLA, Gonzaga and Oregon. UNC is still the highest-ranked team from the ACC. Louisville–at No. 10–is...

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Losing Week Sends UNC Baseball Tumbling to No. 13 in D1Baseball.com Top 25

After opening the 2017 season with eight consecutive victories, the UNC baseball finally ran into a road block. The Tar Heels blew out Winthrop on Tuesday, but then dropped a mid-week game at home to then No. 22 St. John’s on Wednesday–and lost two out of three games against Long Beach State over the weekend. As a result, head coach Mike Fox’s squad dropped five spots in the D1Baseball.com Top 25–falling from No. 8 to No. 13. TCU held its place at No. 1 in the rankings, with Florida, Florida State, Oregon State and Louisville making up the rest...

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Sporting News Selects Justin Jackson as First Team All-American

As the men’s college basketball awards begin to pour in ahead of the postseason, UNC junior wing Justin Jackson continues to have his name called. Not long after becoming the 14th Tar Heel to win ACC Player of the Year, Jackson was named a First Team All-American by the Sporting News on Monday. Emerging as UNC’s go-to scoring option early in the season, the native of Tomball, Texas displayed an inside-outside versatility matched by few players across the country. He averaged 18.3 points per game during the regular season, leading the Tar Heels to a 26-6 record with a...

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