Avery Trendel

UNC Football Focused on NC State, with ACC Coastal Chances Still Alive

When the UNC football team welcomes its bitter rival—the NC State Wolfpack—into Kenan Stadium on Friday, the Tar Heels will have one final opportunity to try and play their way into the ACC Championship Game. Needing a win against State and a loss from Virginia Tech to do so, however, head coach Larry Fedora said he believes UNC is focused on the task at hand. The list of distractions the Tar Heels could face against NC State is enough to cause any team to fall into a trap scenario. There’s the obvious fact that they don’t control their own...

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UNC Takes Home Maui Title With 71-56 Victory Over No. 16 Wisconsin

If the past means anything, then the fourth-ranked UNC men’s basketball team should have a bright future ahead after knocking off the No. 16 Wisconsin Badgers 71-56 in Wednesday night’s Maui Invitational Final. The last two times the Tar Heels have won the preseason tournament in Hawaii–in 2004 and 2008–they’ve gone on to win the national championship later that year. Tournament MVP Joel Berry led UNC with 22 points in the game, as the team completed its three-game sweep without ever trailing at any point. Forwards Kennedy Meeks (15 points), Isaiah Hicks (14 points), and Justin Jackson (12 points)...

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Tar Heels Maul Oklahoma State, Earn Spot in Maui Championship

In perhaps its most impressive performance of this young season, the No. 4 UNC men’s basketball team toyed with the Oklahoma State Cowboys Tuesday night on the way to a 107-75 blowout victory—earning a berth in the Maui Invitational Championship Game as a result. At the rate the Tar Heels have put up points during their 6-0 start, fans in the Dean Dome may have visions of a winter filled with Bojangles biscuits—the prize given when UNC scores 100 points. Six players reached double figures on Tuesday, as the team raced out to a double-digit lead in the first...

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Frontcourt Powers No. 4 UNC Past Chaminade in Maui Opener

Exploiting a major size and talent advantage over Division II Chaminade in its Maui Invitational Quarterfinal game on Monday, the No. 4 UNC men’s basketball team stayed in the winner’s bracket by defeating the Silverswords 104-61. Turnover issues kept the Tar Heels (5-0) from pulling away early, but head coach Roy Williams sent a message by inserting little-used guard Stilman White midway through the opening period. White–who did tie a career-high with four points–didn’t have much of an impact on the final stat sheet, but his presence on the floor was a reminder that as long as UNC took...

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ACC Names Ryan Switzer Its Receiver of the Week

As his record-setting career as a Tar Heel approaches its conclusion, senior wide receiver Ryan Switzer continues to rake in the awards. On Monday, Switzer was named the ACC Receiver of the Week for the third time in 2016 for his performance against The Citadel over the weekend. The West Virginia native hauled in four passes for 93 yards in UNC’s win–including a 72-yard touchdown grab that gave the Tar Heels a two-score lead in the first quarter. He previously took home the same honor for his electric performances in Week Four against Pittsburgh and Week Five against Florida...

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UNC Moves Up to No. 4 in AP Men’s Basketball Top 25

Heading into this week’s Maui Invitational, the UNC men’s basketball team continues to rise in the rankings. The latest AP Top 25 released on Monday saw the Tar Heels move up one spot to No. 4 after a week that included victories over Long Beach State and Hawaii. Following its last-second loss to Kansas this past Tuesday, Duke–which had been ranked No. 1–slid down to No. 6. Kentucky and Villanova are now the top two teams in the country. The No. 4 school in last week’s poll–the Oregon Ducks–suffered their first loss of the season against Baylor, causing them...

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UNC Soccer Teams Advance in NCAA Tourney, Field Hockey Falls in Title Game

After putting up a valiant comeback effort to rally from two goals down on Sunday against Delaware, the UNC field hockey team came up just short as the Blue Hens added a late score to win the NCAA Championship by a score of 3-2. Delaware (23-2) ended the Tar Heels’ hopes of winning back-to-back national titles in the sport for the first time since 1996 and 1997. Lauren Moyer and Megan DuVernois each scored for UNC (20-6), but it would not be enough to help bring the trophy back to Chapel Hill. Meanwhile, on the soccer pitch, both the...

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Rejuvenated UNC Football Team Demolishes The Citadel 41-7

Having had over a week to process its disappointing loss at Duke last Thursday, the UNC football team found release valve for all of its anger on Saturday in the form of The Citadel. Although the Bulldogs arrived at Kenan Stadium as one of just two undefeated teams in the lower-tier FCS, the clearly motivated Tar Heels sent them back to Charleston with a crushing 41-7 loss. It was the second time in a three-week span UNC faced a school with a triple-option offensive attack, after defeating Georgia Tech two weeks ago. While the Yellow Jackets were able to...

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No. 5 UNC Overcomes Slow Start, Tops Hawaii on the Road

Early on during the UNC men’s basketball game against Hawaii, the No. 5 Tar Heels looked every bit like a team that had just flown all the way across the country. At halftime, UNC led the Rainbow Warriors by just eight points and was shooting under 40 percent–but  an inspired second-half effort helped the Tar Heels seal up an 83-68 victory on the road. Playing in the wee hours of the morning–the game started at 1 a.m. Eastern Time–it was evident that the Tar Heels were not quite at their sharpest. UNC (4-0) had five players score in double...

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Tar Heels Advance to NCAA Women’s Soccer Sweet 16 With Win Over Kansas

The UNC women’s soccer team kept its season alive on Friday night with a 2-0 win over Kansas in NCAA Tournament Second Round action at Fetzer Field. Seeking to end the longest national title drought in program history–a span that has lasted all of three years–the No. 2-seeded Tar Heels locked down defensively all night long, while receiving second-half goals from Madison Schultz and Maya Worth. Schultz, a freshman forward from Edmonds, Washington, scored her fourth game-winning goal in UNC’s last six games when she sent home a pass from teammate Megan Buckingham in the 53rd minute. As Kansas...

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