Ran Northam

No. 1 UNC Baseball Hosts Boston College After Winter-Weather Changeup

CHAPEL HILL – After a severe winter-weather storm pushed this weekend’s series back a day and to Chapel Hill, the No. 1 North Carolina baseball team prepares for a double header Saturday against a struggling Boston College team. The Tar Heels are now 19-1, 5-1 and tied with Georgia Tech for first in the ACC Coastal Division. The Eagles are bringing up the rear in the Atlantic Division at 0-6 and a 3-15 overall mark. Despite its consistently dominant performances, UNC is not the highest scoring team in the land. Carolina is third in the NCAA with 9.2 runs scored per game. The ACC’s Georgia Tech leads with way with ten per game while Georgia State is second at 9.7. The Tar Heels’ defensive numbers continue to improve as they have the sixth-best team ERA at 1.92. That’s just 0.33 points off Oregon State which leads the way. After their second longest break of the season, the Tar Heels hit the diamond again on Saturday. First pitch for game one is scheduled from 12:00 noon at Boshamer Stadium; the second game with start 40 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Junior left-hander Kent Emanuel will take the mound for Carolina to open the series; sophomore right-hander Benton Moss is scheduled to start game two. Due to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, this weekend’s series will not be broadcast on WCHL....

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Eric Montross: “(Villanova Has) The Ability To Be Inconsistent In A Positive Way”

CHAPEL HILL – Former North Carolina basketball standout and current Tar Heel Sports Network analyst Eric Montross says UNC has to bring its A game Friday night, just as it did down the stretch in ACC play and in the conference tournament. “For sure, it needs to be the team that really played for the latter half of the ACC, and that would obviously include the lineup with Hairston,” Montross says. “Since that time, they really have started to play much better. We’ve seen so much growth out of Marcus Paige.” In 14 meetings with Villanova, North Carolina has dominated the series 10-4. This Wildcat team was 10-8 in the Big East and saw three big wins against Syracuse, Georgetown, and the tournament’s overall No. 1 seed, Louisville. Montross says it’s important for UNC not to look ahead to the Kansas game, but to keep with the Tar Heel mentality of one game at a time. “Villanova has two sophomores and a freshman in their starting lineup,” Montross says. “That’s going to make a big impact for them. They are consistent, but they also have the ability to be inconsistent in a positive way.” For the full interview, tune in to WCHL’s Countdown to Tipoff presented by Harrington Bank Friday at 5:00 p.m. Ron Stutts will take you up to 6:00 p.m. when Learfield Sports will get you ready...

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UNC’s Weekend Baseball Series With Boston College Moved To Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL – Due to unplayable field conditions after a snow storm in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, this weekend’s North Carolina-Boston College baseball series has been moved to Chapel Hill. The last day of winter sent in a winter weather storm that dropped ice and snow closing some schools and creating hazardous travel conditions. The storm is expected to last into Thursday night which doesn’t allow enough time for the field to be ready for Friday. The series has been moved to Saturday and Sunday with a double header on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. with the second game beginning 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first. The Tar Heels and Eagles will close out the series on Sunday beginning at 12:00...

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UNC Provost Still To Step Down This Summer Amidst Admin Restructuring

CHAPEL HILL – It was rumored that UNC Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bruce Carney might delay his stepping down due to the impending administrative changeover, but he says the plan to go back to teaching as of this summer is still in the works. Carney has served as the University’s second in command since July 1, 2009. From that date until March 26, 2010 he held the position on an interim role until taking it on as a permanent role. During his time in that position, the University has been at the center of investigations including the academic scandal of the African and Afro-American Studies Department, an NCAA investigation that resulted in the firing of UNC’s head football coach and multiple athletic department resignations, and eventually the resignation of Chancellor Holden Thorp. Carney says he’s confident that the University is at a place now where it can start to move on. “Once we have the new chancellor in place…I don’t think they’ll completely go silent, but I think we can move past them and move on,” Carney says. While scandal has been at the center of attention, that’s not all that University officials have to keep track of. The provost is also the chair of the budget committee and is responsible for leading the academic mission and overseeing academic administration. One hire that Carney recently played a major role in...

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News Around Town: National Humanities; Wilson Park Path; Low-Cost Rabies Clinic

CHAPEL HILL – A local painter will join a New York photographer in an arctic exhibit Wednesday evening at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park. Nerys Levy and Ron Jautz have both visited the north and south arctic regions and through capturing the beauty in their artworks, are speaking to their passion and concern over global climate change. The reception for the works included in the exhibit Polar Worlds: Images of the Arctic and Antarctic is free and open to the public. It will take place at the National Humanities Center Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. XXX The Carrboro Public Works and Planning Departments will celebrate the grand opening of the Charles Herman Wilson Park Multi-Use Path Thursday afternoon. Town officials, staff, and State dignitaries will be in attendance for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the one-third-mile-long path that stretches from Wilson Park and intersects Estes Drive just south of the railroad tracks. Thursday’s event is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and will last approximately one hour. Wilson Park is located on Williams Street near the intersection of Estes Drive and Greensboro Street. XXX Orange County Animal Services offers a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic Thursday evening. By North Carolina law, dogs, cats, and ferrets older than four months must be vaccinated at all times and must wear their rabies vaccination tag. Thursday’s event gives local residents the chance to fulfill that requirement for just $10, and Animal...

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UNC’s Weekend Baseball Series With Boston College Moved To Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL – Due to unplayable field conditions after a snow storm in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, this weekend’s North Carolina-Boston College baseball series has been moved to Chapel Hill. The last day of winter sent in a winter weather storm that dropped ice and snow closing some schools and creating hazardous travel conditions. The storm is expected to last into Thursday night which doesn’t allow enough time for the field to be ready for Friday. The series has been moved to Saturday and Sunday with a double header on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. with the second game beginning 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first. The Tar Heels and Eagles will close out the series on Sunday beginning at 12:00...

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No. 1 UNC Baseball Piles On The Runs Late Against Princeton

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 North Carolina baseball team breezed past another mid-week opponent with its 16-0 win over Princeton Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Five Tar Heels tallied two or more RBIs, six crossed home play two times or more, and five saw extra-base hits. Carolina got on the board first when sophomore second-baseman Mike Zolk flied out to center scoring senior first-baseman Cody Stubbs in the bottom of the second. The Tar Heels turned on the heat in the fifth, seventh, and eighth innings scoring three, eight, and four runs respectively. Despite the high score, UNC still left 11 runners on base as the team hit just less than .500, 15-38. On the year, Carolina has a .431 on-base percentage. Junior third-baseman Colin Moran had a busy night at the plate batting 4-6 with two runs, two RBIs, and his fourth double of the year. With the win, Carolina improved to 19-1; Princeton fell to 1-11. The Tar Heels take their 5-1 conference mark on the road to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts this weekend to take on the 0-6 Boston College Eagles. First pitch for Friday’s game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. with games on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 12:00 noon. Box Score Season...

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UNC Men Depart For Kansas City Wednesday Night

CHAPEL HILL – All eyes are on Kansas City as the North Carolina men’s basketball team prepares to depart Chapel Hill Wednesday night for second-round action against Villanova on Friday. Head Coach Roy Williams says part of this week’s task is not just preparing for the opponent, but keeping the players’ heads in the game. “The families and friends drive them crazy because everybody wants a ticket, everybody wants this, everybody wants that,” Coach Williams says. “You have to be able to say no, and you have to be very selfish. You’ve got to be selfish with your time, your studies, your rest, your eating, and you have to understand, if those people really love you, they’re concerned about how you play.” Two teams already saw an exit from the tournament Tuesday night in the first round. Wednesday, two more will see their season come to an end. By Friday the field will be cut from 64 down to 32; and by Sunday, the tournament will be heading to the Sweet 16. With everything moving at such a fast pace and so much conversation about the tournament on the whole as well as each individual contest, it’s easy for anyone and everyone to get caught up in the reason behind the term “March Madness.” But Coach Williams says, really it’s all quite simple. “There is not other game, and I told...

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Rabid Fox Suspected Of Biting Two People Caught And Undergoing Testing

CHAPEL HILL – Orange County Animal Services director Bob Marotto says officials resumed the search Wednesday for a rabid fox after two people were bit late Tuesday. “A gentleman who was, if I’m not mistaken, trimming some bushes when the fox approached him and apparently scaled the ladder a little bit and bit him,” Marotto says. He says that occurred sometime Tuesday afternoon. Chapel Hill Police Sgt. Josh Mecimore says the second report was that of a fox bite Tuesday night in the area of Southern Village. “Around (8:00 p.m.), a woman who lives in Southern Village went to UNC Hospitals,” Sgt. Mecimore says. “I don’t have any information on the victim in this situation’s condition, just that she went to UNC Hospitals for treatment referencing of a fox bite.” Officials searched the area Tuesday night but came up empty. Marotto says they returned to the area Wednesday morning to resume the search. A fox was captured just before noon Wednesday and impounded after it was killed. Results from tests are expected later this week. In response to the report of the fox, the Chapel Hill Police issued a few safety tips for any time a situation like this occurs. Sgt. Mecimore says this incident is a good reminder that this could occur at any time and the number one thing to remember is to keep yourself and others away from any...

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North Carolina Finds New Director Of Academic Support For Student Athletes

CHAPEL HILL – North Carolina’s Academic Support Program for Student Athletes has a new leader, the University announced Monday. Michelle Brown will take over as director of the program on May 6, a position that’s been held in an interim role by Harold Woodard. Brown will oversee more than ten staff members, including reading and writing specialists, learning specialists, and counselors. The position was formerly held by Robert Mercer for almost a decade until investigation into the University prompted a restructuring in the department. Woodard told the News and Observer that Mercer had not done anything wrong, but that a national search for a new leader was necessary. Mercer took a position outside academic support for athletes in August. Brown currently holds the same position at Florida Atlantic University. At UNC, she will be in charge of 800 student athletes with an annual budget of $1.3 million. She will report directly to the provost, the University’s chief academic officer, unlike in the past when Academic Support was a part of the College of Arts and...

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