Avery Trendel

UNC Welcomes Four Signees As Part of 2017 Men’s Basketball Recruiting Class

Late Monday night, it was officially announced that head coach Roy Williams will welcome four new members to the UNC men’s basketball team next season. Included in the group is: Jalek Felton, a 6-foot-4 guard from Columbia, SC; Brandon Huffman, a 6-foot-9 forward from Anchorage, AK; Sterling Manley, a 6-foot-10 forward from Reynoldsburg, OH; and Andrew Platek, a 6-foot-4 guard from Schenectady, NY. All four members of the class signed their letters of intent on Monday. Felton, the nephew of former UNC point guard Raymond Felton, is the only five-star recruit among the group–checking in at No. 24 on...

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No. 5 UNC Hopes to Continue Hot Start on Tuesday Against Long Beach State

It’s just two games into this year’s college basketball season, but in that time the No. 5 Tar Heels have already offered a big glimpse into what the rest of the year may look like. For all the worries about how UNC would replace the production of Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson, other players have stepped into those roles seamlessly. Junior point guard Joel Berry has asserted himself as the unquestioned leader of the squad with his consistency on both ends of the court–taking over for Paige in that regard. Looking at the statistics–Berry’s averaging 20 points, five rebounds...

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NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament: No. 9 Tar Heels Earn First Round Bye

The bracket for the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament was released Monday afternoon with the Tar Heels earning the No. 9 overall seed. As one of 16 schools to be seeded, UNC will receive a first round bye in the 36-team tournament. So far this season, UNC has compiled an 11-3-3 record while outscoring its opponents by a margin of 33-8. The Tar Heels–who were the top seed in the ACC Tournament–are coming off a full week of rest after being upset by Boston College in the Quarterfinals of that competition. They’ll be off until Sunday Nov. 20, returning to...

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UNC Enters Top Five in AP Men’s Basketball Poll

After a pair of impressive wins over the weekend–coupled with a loss by then No. 3 Kansas–the UNC men’s basketball team moved into the top five in the AP Poll for the first time this season. Ranked No. 6 in the preseason, the Tar Heels picked up a road victory over Tulane on Friday before blowing out Chattanooga by 40 points in their home opener on Sunday. In the new poll released on Monday, UNC moved into the No. 5 slot–with Duke, Kentucky, Villanova and Oregon making up the rest of the top five. The Tar Heels will be...

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Tar Heels Upset No. 2 Maryland, Advance to Eighth Straight Field Hockey Final Four

Head coach Karen Shelton said Saturday after the UNC field hockey team’s NCAA First Round victory that she considered her Tar Heels the underdogs heading into their matchup with No. 2 Maryland in the Quarterfinals. Based on the results, though, it’s tough to imagine this Tar Heel team being underdogs against anyone–as No. 4 UNC defeated the Terrapins 3-0 at the Maryland Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex to advance to its eighth straight Final Four. After posting four shutouts the entire regular season, UNC and senior goalie Shannon Johnson have now posted back-to-back shutouts in the NCAA Tournament on...

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No. 6 Tar Heels Lock Down Defensively, Blow Out Chattanooga 97-57

For as much credit as the No. 6 UNC men’s basketball team receives for its high-powered offensive attack, it was the Tar Heels’ defensive intensity during Sunday’s home opener that helped them silence a talented Chattanooga squad on the way to a 97-57 blowout victory. Six players scored in double figures for head coach Roy Williams, as UNC showed off a balanced system that in many ways mirrors how last year’s team played. The Tar Heels assisted on 26 of their 34 made shots, while outscoring Chattanooga by 29 points in the second half. Early on, however, the Mocs—a...

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UNC Shuts Out Stanford, Advances to NCAA Field Hockey Quarterfinals

Much like their women’s soccer counterparts, the UNC field hockey team began its NCAA Tournament with an emphatic shutout victory. The fourth-ranked Tar Heels knocked off the No. 12 Stanford Cardinal 3-0 on Saturday in their first round matchup at Maryland’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex. Just three and a half minutes into the game, UNC (18-5) received the only goal it would need off the stick of sophomore Eva van’t Hoog–who rebounded a blocked shot and put it past Stanford keeper Kelsey Bing. Sophomore Ashley Hoffman added to the lead with a goal in the 27th minute, while...

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UNC Women’s Soccer Moves Past Liberty Into NCAA Second Round

In its quest to end the program’s longest national title drought ever, the UNC women’s soccer team got off to a great start on Saturday–dispatching the Liberty Flames 3-0 in NCAA Tournament First Round action at Fetzer Field. Freshman Madison Schultz provided the difference for the No. 2 seeded Tar Heels, as her third goal of the season gave UNC a lead it would never surrender heading into the 41st minute. Dorian Bailey and Abby Elinsky each added goals of their own in the second half, finishing off a dominating performance that saw the Tar Heels take a season-high...

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Jackson’s Shooting Touch Leads No. 6 UNC to Season-Opening Win at Tulane

Although there are certainly kinks to work out for the No. 6 UNC men’s basketball team following its 95-75 season-opening win over Tulane on Friday night, junior wing Justin Jackson provided plenty of reason for optimism. Not only did Jackson lead the way with a career-high 27 points, he also displayed a shooting touch that Tar Heel fans have been desperately waiting for since he first set foot on campus two years ago. The wiry, 6-foot-8 native of Tomball, Texas came to Chapel Hill as a McDonald’s All-American out of high school and immediately entered head coach Roy Williams’...

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Former Tar Heel Standout Matt Hedges Wins MLS Defender of the Year

For the first time in his young career, FC Dallas standout Matt Hedges was named the MLS Defender of the Year on Friday–after coming up just short in last season’s voting. Drafted by Dallas with the No. 11 pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, Hedges spent his senior season in college at UNC after playing his first three years at Butler. As a Tar Heel, he helped lead UNC to an NCAA Championship in 2011–on the way to being named a First Team All-American and the ACC Defender of the Year. The 6-foot-4-inch Hedges started 26 games for FC...

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