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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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National Heritage Academies Pulls Out Of Lee Scholars Charter School Agreement

CHAPEL HILL – The Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars charter school has come to another bump in the road as the management company behind it has pulled out of the agreement. The Chapel Hill News reports that National Heritage Academies has removed itself from the proposed school that has seen multiple delays with problems finding a building to house its classrooms. Lee Scholars was originally expected to open in August 2012 after receiving approval from the state to fast-track its opening. A 48,000 square-foot building was scheduled to be constructed on a seven-acre parcel of land in Carrboro called Claremont South; that property is being developed by Omar Zinn of Parker Louis, LLC. It was recently rezoned from residential-only after an approval by the Carrboro Board of Aldermen. During the first BoA meeting of March, Zinn asked the Aldermen to delay the date of a public hearing about the property. That more than likely will delay the construction of the building that is already losing time to be available for an August opening. NHA has opened more than 70 schools across America, mostly in its home state of Michigan. The local NAACP was apposed to the application of the school stating that it could appear segregated due to its focus on low-income populations. The status of the school’s opening is unknown at this...

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UNC Women’s Basketball Receives No. 3 Seed In 2013 NCAA Tournament

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 13 UNCwomen’s basketball team is heading to Newark, Delaware on Sunday as the No. 3 seed of the Bridgeport region in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels finished tied for third with Maryland in the ACC at 14-4 in league play. They fell to the Duke Blue Devils in the ACC title game 92-73. Carolina won five of its last seven games, including two wins in the conference tournament. Key wins throughout the season include a 72-65 decision over No. 10 Maryland in the ACC semifinal, No. 20 Florida State 72-62, and No. 8 Maryland early in the season, 60-57 in Chapel Hill. UNC fell to a top-five ranked Duke team three times this season. The Blue Devils received the No. 2 seed in the Norfolk, Virginia region and will face the Hampton Pirates on Sunday at 12:00 noon. Three other ACC teams made it into the 2013 tournament. Maryland received a four-seed in the Bridgeport region and will face No. 13 seed Quinnipiac; Miami is Norfolk’s eight-seed and will tip off the tournament against No. 9 seed Iowa; Florida State landed the No. 8 seed in the Oklahoma City region and will open tournament play against No. 9 seed Princeton. Tipoff between Carolina and No. 14 seed Albany is Sunday at 2:30 p.m. 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament...

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No. 24 UNC Softball Faces NCCU In Home Double-Header Tuesday

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 24 UNCsoftball team returns from a long road trip to Kentucky and hosts NC Central Tuesday for a two-game non-conference series. The Tar Heels left Kentucky with a record of 1-4 with key losses to No. 17 Kentucky on Tuesday and No. 11 Louisville on Friday. UNC did close the Louisville Tournament with a 10-2 win in five innings against Eastern Michigan on Saturday. The tough journey dropped Carolina to 19-10 overall, but the Tar Heels are still working on a 3-0 conference mark with a meeting with the only other undefeated team in league play, the Florida State Seminoles this weekend. Tuesday’s double-header against the NCCU Eagles begins at 4:00 p.m. at Anderson Stadium in Chapel Hill. The second game is scheduled for 6:00...

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No. 1 UNC Baseball Welcomes Princeton Tuesday, Listen Live

CHAPEL HILL – With its first loss under its belt, the UNC baseball team held on to the No. 1 spot in the country ahead of Vanderbilt, LSU, Oregon State, and Florida State in the new polls released on Monday. The Tar Heels took the series against the Miami Hurricanes this past weekend 2-1 afterfalling behind early. A 14-2 decision on Saturday and a 4-1 decision with a late homerun by freshman right-fielder Skye Bolt on Sunday improved UNC to 18-1, 5-1 in the ACC. Tuesday, Carolina steps out of league play for a mid-week contest against Princeton. The Tigers are 1-10 this season, including a three-game series sweep by the ACC’s Maryland Terrapins. Princeton will stay in North Carolina until Wednesday facing Elon and UNC Greensboro in the same day. This contest will prepare North Carolina for another road conference series against Boston College this weekend. The Eagles are winless in ACC play so far this season and 3-15 overall. First pitch Tuesday is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. You can hear all the action on 97.9 FM WCHL immediately following the WCHL Evening News with Aaron Keck. Listen...

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Chapel Hill Library Names New Director

CHAPEL HILL – After its first nationwide search for a new director came up short, the Chapel Hill Library has found its new leader. “It was great to meet Roger Stancil and some other folks who are involved with the library and I’m very proud to have been selected,” said newly appointed Susan Brown. Town Manager Roger Stancil announced Monday that Brown will take over as director effective May 20. The library’s dedication ceremony is scheduled for April 20, and Brown has agreed to be in town for the event. Brown is currently the marketing director of the public library in Lawrence, Kansas. There she has also served as an adult services librarian. “We were Tar Heels when we came here and we’ve been J-Hawks briefly and we are thrilled to be Tar Heel once again,” Brown said. Prior to her time in Kansas, she worked in Raleigh at the Cameron Village Regional Library. She’s also the former branch manager of the Carrboro Cybrary. But the search to find a library director was not easy. A team of consultants received applications from as far away as Washington and Arizona, but none of the sixty or so candidates fit the bill. Brown went through an extensive interview process to get the job. “Rather than just a typical one-on-one interview or a presentation, it was a day-and-a-half series of all kinds...

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North Carolina Unemployment Rate Sees First Increase Since June

RALEIGH – For the first time in seven months, the state unemployment rate saw a slight increase, according to a report from the NC Department of Commerce released Monday morning. Compared to the final month of 2012, North Carolina’s January jobless rate rose from 9.4 to 9.5 percent, which is 0.1 better than a year ago. The seasonally adjusted number of people with jobs grew by nearly 3,000 people while those without grew by more than 6,000. The national average saw its first climb in three months after holding steady at 7.8 percent since November. The US jobless rate is 7.9 percent, which is 0.4 better than a year ago. The county-by-county numbers for January are scheduled to be released on Friday and February’s statewide numbers will be announced next Thursday. Full...

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No. 29 Miami Hands No. 1 UNC Baseball First Loss

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 UNCbaseball team met its match for the first time this season as No. 29 Miami once against proved too much for the Tar Heels. After four innings, the game remained scoreless, but Miami put three runs on the board in the top of the fifth from two hits. Junior left-handed pitcher Kent Emanuel gave up two of his three walks in the inning, both of which scored. In the bottom of the fifth, freshman designated hitter Landon Lassiter opened the inning with a single to left field. After two wild pitches he landed on third which put him in position for freshman right-fielder Skye Bolt to knock him in. On a single to left, Bolt tallied his 17th RBI of the year and brought the deficit to two. But, with one out in the seventh, Miami extended its lead back to three where the contest would end at 4-1. With the decision, Miami has won 11 of the last 12 contests since the 2010 season. The Hurricanes now control the series 30-21-1. The series continues Saturday with a 6:00 p.m. first pitch at Boshamer...

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No. 1 UNC Baseball Hosts No. 29 Miami Friday; Coach Fox Says Fill The Stands

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 UNC baseball team has started the season undefeated at 16-0 for the second time in school history and is five games short of its best start ever. Head Coach Mike Fox says everyone on the team has bought in to this year’s gameplan. “We have a veteran team—a lot of guys back from last year,” Coach Fox says. “Some news guys really stepped in and started playing well right out of the gate. We gained a little bit of confidence and we’re playing pretty well.” Pretty well indeed. Carolina is averaging almost ten runs per game and is outscoring its opponents 156-39 this season. Coach Fox says the success doesn’t just start with the kind of players he recruits, but the kind of people they are. “We try to recruit kids of somewhat similar backgrounds,” Coach Fox says. “That always helps initially. Then you just try to create that culture and when you’re winning, that helps as well. Leadership is so, so important.” North Carolina returns home this weekend to face the No. 29 Miami Hurricanes who started their ACC schedule 1-2 against Duke last weekdn. Coach Fox says annually this series is a battle for both sides. “They’ve had our number as of late,” Coach Fox says. “We went about a four-year stretch and they couldn’t beat us; we’ve had about a three-year stretch...

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