Avery Trendel

Tar Heels Hammer Notre Dame 78-47, Advance to ACC Title Game vs. Virginia

After nailing his third three-pointer of the first half in Friday night’s ACC Tournament Semifinal against Notre Dame, UNC senior guard Marcus Paige said to himself, “I’m back.” His 16 points and seven assists then helped the No. 7 Tar Heels crush the Fighting Irish 78-47; a win so dominant it showed Paige isn’t the only one that’s back. So, too, is the team many predicted would win a national title. The first time these two teams played was on February 6 in South Bend—a game Notre Dame won 80-76 after rallying from 15 points down. That was UNC’s...

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Trubisky Leads UNC Football Into Spring Practice

After taking a couple of months off following its remarkable 11-win 2015 season, the UNC football team is now two days into spring practice for 2016. The most obvious difference for the Tar Heels between now and then is at the sport’s most important position. With the graduation of quarterback Marquise Williams—the school’s all-time touchdown leader—all eyes in Chapel Hill now turn to junior Mitch Trubisky, who is expected to take over the reins of a team loaded with both talent and expectations. As Williams–wearing a white t-shirt and a pair of bright red Nikes–watched Trubisky at Tuesday’s practice...

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Champs At Last: No. 8 UNC Clinches ACC With 76-72 Win at Duke

The No. 8 UNC men’s basketball team took a large step in silencing their biggest critics on Saturday night—knocking off the No. 17 Duke Blue Devils 76-72 at Cameron Indoor Stadium to clinch the ACC regular season championship. For the last four years the Tar Heels have been surrounded by the same questions. Questions about their toughness, their killer instinct, and their ability to beat their fiercest rival. And that doesn’t even include all the off-the-court drama. Led by ACC Player of the Year candidate Brice Johnson’s 18 points and 21 rebounds, and four critical free throws down the stretch by...

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UNC Baseball Clinches Series Victory Over Fairfield, Wins 10-2

After a week full of thrilling finishes, the No. 6 UNC baseball team decided to finally put away a game early—scoring eight runs in the first three innings at Boshamer Stadium Saturday on its way to a 10-2 blowout over the Fairfield Stags. The Tar Heels have now won six straight games, improving to 8-1 this season. Fairfield falls to 3-2 with the loss. Sophomore starting pitcher JB Bukauskas was credited with the win for his efforts, throwing 5.1 innings with eight strikeouts—but with the way his teammates were swinging the bats he didn’t need to be Superman. UNC...

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No. 6 UNC Baseball Beats Fairfield With Walk-off Walk

Somehow, some way, the No. 6 UNC baseball team keeps finding a way to win games in the most thrilling fashion. Friday night at Boshamer Stadium was no exception, as the Tar Heels rallied to tie the game in the ninth inning before defeating the Fairfield Stags 4-3 on a walk-off walk in the bottom of the 13th. UNC improves to 7-1 in 2016 after winning its fifth straight game, while Fairfield loses its first game of the season—falling to 3-1. For seven innings it appeared that a walk-off was the last thing Tar Heel fans had to worry...

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Saturday Not Just Another UNC-Duke Game: It’s Bigger

Saturday night when the No. 8 Tar Heels and No. 17 Blue Devils take the floor at Cameron Indoor Stadium it won’t be just another game in the UNC-Duke rivalry. With the ACC regular season title just one win away, this game is much bigger than that for UNC head coach Roy Williams and company. “Winning the conference championship is more important,” Williams said at his press conference Friday. “The fact that we have it at Duke, if we were to win it there—I swear if we happen to win I’m not gonna go around the locker room screaming...

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Eight-Run Inning Propels No. 6 UNC Baseball Past Winthrop

While the walk-off dramatics may not have found their way back to Boshamer Stadium on Wednesday, the final result was still the same. The No. 6 Tar Heels scored eight runs in the seventh inning to come from behind and beat the Winthrop Eagles 11-6 for their fifth straight victory. It was the first mid-week game of the season for UNC, which now is off to a 6-1 start here in the early portion of 2016. As is typical with college baseball during the week,–a sport played by college kids–there were a number of mistakes that determined the outcome....

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No. 8 UNC Picks Up Emotional Win Over Syracuse On Senior Night

Monday night at the Dean Smith Center, despite a 75-70 win by the No. 8 Tar Heels over the Syracuse Orange, tears filled the arena—as fans said their goodbyes to a group of young men head coach Roy Williams dubbed his favorite team of all time. “I don’t know if I can tell you much about the game,” an emotional Williams said afterwards. “I don’t know if I’ve ever felt as much stress over a regular season game as I did tonight. “As soon as I got on the plane coming back from Virginia, I started feeling that,” the...

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The Book of Eli: Sutherland Gives UNC Third Straight Walk-Off Win

Hollywood struck again Sunday afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. For the third game in a row, the No. 10 UNC baseball team won in walk-off fashion against the No. 12 Oklahoma State Cowboys—as Eli Sutherland’s two-run single off reliever Trey Cobb handed the Tar Heels a thrilling 4-3 victory. Playing at second base in his first start of the season, Sutherland—the smallest player on UNC’s roster—came up huge when it mattered most. His bloop single up the middle looked like a carbon copy of Saturday’s game-winning hit by first baseman Brian Miller, sneaking just over the head of the Oklahoma...

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Missed Opportunities Doom No. 7 UNC in Loss at No. 3 Virginia

For all the talk hyping the No. 7 UNC men’s basketball team as championship contenders, the results against the ACC’s top teams have not quite backed it up to this point. A blowout home win against Miami the only outlier, the Tar Heels are now 1-4 against ranked teams inside the conference after Saturday’s 79-74 loss in Charlottesville against No. 3 Virginia. The Cavaliers were in control of the game throughout, holding at least a share of the lead for the final 34 minutes—knocking UNC back to 23-6 overall and into a tie atop the ACC with Miami at...

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