Avery Trendel

U.S. Women’s Soccer Clinches Group at Rio Olympics

Despite a shocking 2-2 draw against Colombia on Tuesday night, the U.S. National Team took the first step to winning its fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in women’s soccer. Former Tar Heel standout Crystal Dunn scored the first goal in Tuesday’s game and then assisted on the second, highlighting the presence that the UNC program has over the current roster–with five of the 18 active members of the team having played their college careers in Chapel Hill. Midfielder Tobin Heath has yet to score a goal in Rio, but has used her amazing passing and ball control to act...

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Wayne Ellington Hosts Inaugural Philadelphia Peace Games

For Miami Heat guard, and former UNC standout, Wayne Ellington, life was turned upside down on Nov. 9, 2014. His father, Wayne Ellington Sr., was shot to death in the driver’s seat of his red Oldsmobile in the Ellingtons’ hometown of Philadelphia. In response, the younger Ellington has become a devoted advocate for gun safety–even taking home the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his tireless efforts. The honor is given annually to the player who displays outstanding service and commitment to the community. Next up in Ellington’s continued campaign, though, is the inaugural Philadelphia Peace Games at Girard...

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Eight Tar Heels Named to 2017 U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Roster

If two national championships in the last four years wasn’t enough to show the dominance of the UNC women’s lacrosse program, then Monday’s news should be. Of the 36 players selected to play on the United States National Team in the 2017 World Cup, eight are either current or former Tar Heels. For those who struggle with math, that’s nearly a quarter of the entire roster. Maryland–which has also won two of the last four titles–was second with six players on the team. Next on the list was Syracuse with five. “We’re always surprised at who the 36 are,...

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Chemistry A Huge Factor in UNC Football’s Recent Success

Chemistry definitely isn’t the easiest subject in school, but if there’s one thing most people know about it—it’s that when things go wrong, they typically blow up in your face. It’s a good thing, then, for the UNC football team—which opened training camp Friday afternoon— that there seems to be a winning formula brewing. There’s plenty of obvious reasons to believe this group of Tar Heels has what it takes to put together another 11-win season—such as returning at least seven starters on each side of the ball. And then there’s the things that are less obvious–the off-field relationships...

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Saturday Allows Fans to Meet the Heels at Eddie Smith Fieldhouse

For UNC fans trying to make plans this weekend, look no further than the Eddie Smith Fieldhouse on campus. There, you’ll be able to get up close and personal with some of your favorite Tar Heel players and coaches at the annual “Meet the Heels” event–which will take place Saturday between 4 and 6 p.m. If that’s not enough, the get-together is also free of charge and boasts another great selling point in that there will be free parking available in six nearby campus locations. Those places are: Stadium Drive, the Raleigh Road Visitors Lot, Boshamer Lot, Cobb Deck,...

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Two Assistant Coaches Join UNC Baseball Staff

Following the departure of former assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Scott Jackson in July, the UNC baseball team announced a pair of new hires for its staff on Thursday. Robert Woodard and Jesse Wierzbicki–who each helped lead the Tar Heels to the College World Series during their careers–will rejoin their former head coach, Mike Fox, in the dugout this season. A key cog in both the 2006 and 2007 runs to Omaha, Woodard is also the winningest pitcher in school history at 34-5. He also never lost a home start during his time in Chapel Hill. After a short...

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Tar Heels Ranked 20th in Preseason College Football Coaches Poll

The expectations just keep on growing for the UNC football team in 2016. Following an opening-game loss to South Carolina last season, it took the Tar Heels reeling off wins in its next seven straight games to finally break into the top 25. Not this year. This UNC group finds itself ranked 20th in the first Coaches Poll of the season–which was released Thursday afternoon. That ranking will be put to the test early on, however, as the Tar Heels’ opponents in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game on Sept. 3–the Georgia Bulldogs–were ranked 16th. Four weeks later, head coach Larry...

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UNC Men’s Basketball Places Three on NABC Honors Court

The UNC men’s basketball team showed its academic chops Wednesday, when it was announced that three seniors from last year’s Final Four squad earned spots on the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honor Court. Marcus Paige, Justin Coleman and Toby Egbuna were each selected as recognition for their achievements in the classroom. In order to qualify for the honor, players must meet four requirements: 1) They must be either a junior or senior 2) They must have been at their current institution for at least a full year 3) They need to have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or...

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UNC Women’s Soccer Ninth in Preseason Rankings

Entering 2016 in desperate search of another championship, UNC women’s soccer was ranked ninth in the preseason poll released Wednesday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. If there’s one thing that can be taken from the news, it’s that the Tar Heels should have plenty of reason to be motivated. Although last year’s 15-5-1 record would be considered a great success anywhere else, this particular program has spent the last three and half decades setting a bar as high as the Empire State Building. Since the inception of the sport’s NCAA Tournament in 1982, head coach Anson...

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JP Tokoto Signs Training Camp Deal With New York Knicks

Since the NBA Summer Leagues have all come to a close, it means that training camps are right around the corner. As each team looks to fill out its 20-man camp roster, many players are receiving the chance of a lifetime to prove they belong. Former UNC small forward JP Tokoto is no different. The uber-athletic, 6-foot-6 swingman agreed to a partially-guaranteed training camp deal with the New York Knicks on Monday–as he tries to carve out a place at the next level. After skipping his senior year in Chapel Hill to enter the 2015 NBA Draft, Tokoto was...

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