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Orange High Football Standout Payton Wilson Officially Flips Commitment From UNC to NC State

Orange High School football star Payton Wilson announced Friday evening that he has committed to play next year for head coach Dave Doeren at NC State. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound outside linebacker–ranked No. 3 nationally at his position by 24/7 Sports–had previously committed to play at UNC. A torn ACL prematurely ended Wilson’s high school playing career eight games into his senior season at Orange, and led him to re-open his recruitment. During those eight games, the U.S. Army All-American posted a whopping 103 tackles and 10 sacks. This decision was made as the Wolfpack were rising into the AP...

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Tar Heels Bounce Back Offensively, Cruise to Blowout Victory Over Michigan in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Three nights removed from the worst shooting performance in program history in a loss to Michigan State, the No. 13 Tar Heels went from ice-cold to red-hot on Wednesday night at the Dean Dome—shooting the lights out in their 86-71 victory over the Michigan Wolverines. All game long it appeared as if the Tar Heels were doing everything in their power to make sure they could forget what happened in their last outing. Junior guard Kenny Williams scored 11 of his 12 points in the first five minutes of action for UNC (6-1), as both squads combined to make...

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Koenen’s Career Night Helps UNC Women’s Basketball Hand Minnesota First Loss of Season

Playing against her home-state university on Wednesday afternoon at Carmichael Arena, UNC freshman guard Taylor Koenen scored a career-high 21 points to help lead the Tar Heel women’s basketball team past the previously undefeated Minnesota Golden Gophers by a score of 88-83. Koenen did a bit of everything in the game, as she not only led UNC in scoring–but also chipped in six assists and six rebounds to the winning cause. In the frontcourt, another freshman–Janelle Bailey–supplemented Koenen’s effort with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Senior guard Jamie Cherry added 19 points for the Tar Heels (4-2), while the...

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Anthony Ratliff-Williams Only UNC Football Player Selected to All-ACC Teams, Two Tar Heels Named Honorable Mention

A disappointing 3-9 season for the UNC football team saw the Tar Heels finish with their worst record since 2006, the final year under former head coach John Bunting. With injuries and inexperience turning many positions on the depth chart into revolving doors, only one Tar Heel–sophomore receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams–found his way onto the All-ACC teams released on Monday. Ratliff-Williams was a First Team selection for his work as a kick returner, where he led the conference with two kicks returned for touchdowns. He averaged just over 26 yards per return on 34 attempts this season. The native of...

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Beth Nordhorn, Taylor Leath Named to All-ACC Volleyball Teams

Two UNC volleyball players earned All-ACC honors on Monday, as the league released its annual postseason awards. Senior middle hitter Beth Nordhorn was named a First Team All-Conference selection, while last season’s ACC Player of the Year–junior outside hitter Taylor Leath–followed up that effort with a Second Team nod this year. Nordhorn–who stands 6-foot-7–was a force on both offense and defense all season long for head coach Joe Sagula. She finished third in program history with a .378 hitting percentage, while also finishing eighth in the ACC with 1.15 blocks per game. Leath, meanwhile, led the Tar Heels with...

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Four UNC Field Hockey Players Named to Division I All-South Region Teams

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association released its Division I All-South Region Teams on Monday, with four Tar Heels making the cut. Three members of head coach Karen Shelton’s UNC squad–juniors Ashley Hoffman, Malin Evert and Eva Van’t Hoog–were each named to the All-South Region First Team. Hoffman was also named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and tied with Evert atop the team scoring charts with 11 goals. Van’t Hoog joined Evert as the one of the other main cogs in the Tar Heel midfield while contributing seven goals and 12 assists herself. Meanwhile, senior Gab Major...

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Tar Heels Slip to No. 13 in Newest AP Men’s Basketball Top 25

Just hours after one of the most lackluster offensive performances in program history in a 63-45 loss to then-No. 4 Michigan State on Sunday night, the UNC men’s basketball team slipped four spots to No. 13 in the newest edition of the AP Top 25 released on Monday. It’s the first time this season the Tar Heels (5-1) have fallen outside the top 10. Duke received all 65 first place votes to become the unanimous No. 1 team in America this week, trailed by No. 2 Kansas, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 4 Villanova and No. 5 Notre Dame....

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No. 4 Michigan State Clamps Down Defensively, Hammers UNC 63-45 in PK80 Title Game

Sunday night’s PK80 Invitational Championship Game in Portland saw Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo pick up his first victory over Roy Williams in eight tries since Williams took over at UNC, as his Spartans put on a defensive clinic in a 63-45 blowout win over the Tar Heels. Bothered all night long by Michigan State’s length and athleticism, UNC struggled to create open shots in one of the worst offensive performances it’s ever had. The Tar Heels (5-1) shot 24.6 percent from the floor—the lowest percentage in program history–in their first loss of the year. With its freshmen...

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UNC Wrestling Dominates Appalachian State, Notches First Win of Season

The UNC wrestling team picked up its first victory of the young season on Sunday afternoon, with a 30-6 blowout at Carmichael Arena over the visiting Appalachian State Mountaineers. After beginning the season ranked No. 22, the Tar Heels fell out of the polls after losing a pair of dual matches to Purdue and Oklahoma State back on Nov. 11. In the first home match of the year on Sunday, UNC redshirt senior Danny Chaid kicked off a well-rounded team performance with a pin over Appalachian State’s Randall Diabe at 197 pounds. The pin gave the Tar Heels (1-2)...

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UNC Blanks SMU to Reach NCAA Men’s Soccer Elite Eight

For the eighth time in the last 10 years, the UNC men’s soccer team will be heading to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels used a pair of second-half goals to defeat SMU 2-0 in Saturday night’s Third Round match at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. Jack Skahan opened the scoring in the 50th minute when his low cross intended for Alan Winn ended up missing Winn’s head and snuck into the back of the net. SMU picked up its aggressiveness late in the match, but wasn’t able to muster its first shot until the...

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