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CHAPEL HILL – UNC’s massive face-off at South Carolina is on Thursday, but Head Coach Larry Fedora and Tar Heel fans everywhere are already celebrating.
In a huge boost for the Carolina football program, five-star Class of 2014 running back Elijah Hood announced via Twitter on Tuesday evening that he will be heading to Chapel Hill to join the Tar Heels next season.
Citing his love for the improving program under Coach Fedora and a desire to stay closer to home and his family, Hood decommitted from Notre Dame and chose to align with the ever-improving play on the gridiron at the flagship school in his home state.
Hood, the star player for Charlotte Catholic High School in Charlotte, currently has 19 offers from around the country and chose the Tar Heels over Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, South Carolina, Stanford and USC, among others.
Is this a sign for things to come for the Tar Heels on the gridiron? The opener against South Carolina kicks off on Thursday
Hood’s Twitter Announcement:
CHAPEL HILL – UNC’s Women’s soccer team finalized a 13-member recruiting class for the 2013 season. The 13 newcomers include 12 freshman class members and a transfer from the University of Georgia.
This year’s newcomers include:
Maggie Bill, a multi sport athlete from Huntington N.Y., ranked number four prospect in New York and number 84 talent in the country. She will play for two defending NCAA championship teams in her freshman year as both a soccer and lacrosse player.
Joana Boyles, a Raleigh native, is a decorated club soccer player who earned a spot on the Under-17 and Under-18 National teams. Graduating from SandersonHigh School, Boyles didn’t play for the high school team, but focused on her club team CASL Chelsea Ladies.
Emily Bruder, another veteran of U.S youth national teams, competed in the 2012 Under-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan. Playing for her high school team in Utah, Bruder lead the state in scoring three times and had several game winning goals in leading her team to state championships in 2009 and 2010.
Cameron Castleberry, another Raleigh player and member of CASL Chelsea Ladies, is an NSCAA Youth All-American. Leading her team to multiple ECNL national championships, Chelsea was a recent call up to the U18 U.S team.
Jenny Chiu another addition to Carolina’s midfield hails from El Paso, Texas. Holding citizenship for both the US and Mexico, Chiu played for both national teams. Qualifying for both U17 teams, Chiu led the Mexican U17 team to the 2012 World Cup in Azerbaijan.
Sara Ashley Firstenberg is another Texas native that is joining the Carolina family. Firstenberg led her high school team in Dallas in goals all four years, with 36 alone her senior year. Both a forward and midfielder, Firstenberg will be a another great addition to the Carolina team.
Darcy McFarlane joins her older sister, Kelly, a rising senior on the UNC team. A two-time All-League selection, she earned multiple athletic honors at Branson and was president of the student body.
Amber Munerlyn ranked number six recruit by Top Drawer Soccer, is an excellent addition to the Carolina team. Munerlyn started playing for the U17 national team in 2010 and scored the winning goal that took the US team to the 2012 World Cup in Azerbaijan. She was also awarded Gatorade State High School Player of the Year for the state of California.
Alexa Newfield was a late addition to the Carolina family after transferring from University of Georgia this year. Newfield missed most of the 2012 season due to knee injury, but had previously broken the school record with 40 points in one season. She was awarded All-Sec and first team All-South region for the Bulldogs.
Danae O’Halloran hails from Toms River, NJ where she was team captain of a squad ranked fourth nationally. O’Halloran participated in track along with soccer, earning her schools MVP for track four years in a row. She certainly brings talent to the UNC team.
Niki Romero, a multi faceted played from Las Vegas, NV; saw her earliest exposure to national teams in 2011 as a member of U15. In 2012 she jumped up to U18 national team and will continue to play for them in 2013.
Amada Rooney recruited from Hicksville, NY, has experience as team captain for several years while also making the New York ODP team six years. Rooney has been a youth national team pool player for two years and a member of the Long Island Fury WPSL team since 15.
Maya Worth from Cary, NC finalizes the recruiting class for 2013 season. She is the third member of the CASL Chelsea Ladies to be recruited to UNC this year, and a top track performer. Worth holds six track records at GreenHopeHigh School and has played on ECNL national championship teams in 2011 and 2012.
These 13 new teammates will join the other 23 members including six seniors and five underclass starters from 2012. The season begins in late August with games against Santa Clara and VCU.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-womens-soccer-finalizes-new-recruiting-class/
CHAPEL HILL – The UNC Men’s Basketball team is done after a 70-58 loss to No. 1 seed Kansas in the Round of 32. And we’re all trying to move on, but let’s recap briefly.
“Whatever kind of shots they are, if you don’t make them then you aren’t going to do very well. When Carolina shot 22 of 73 that is not a winning formula,” said Barry Jacobs of the ACC Sports Journal.
The Jayhawks can now relish in the fact that for a second year in a row, they ousted UNC from the NCAA tournament.
But in the first half of Sunday night’s game, it was the Heels that came out more composed. “It’s almost like at the beginning of the game Kansas was hyperventilating,” Jacobs said. “North Carolina came out and was like, ‘We have nothing to lose, nobody expects us to win.’”
That’s not to say that Carolina was firing on all cylinders in the first half, though. The Heels and Jayhawks were deadlocked at two points for nearly two minutes.
But the less experienced Heels unraveled. The Jayhawks out scored the Heels 49-28 in the second half.
“When you miss lay-ups as well as three-pointers and you have more turnovers than assists, which Carolina did last night, you’re going to lose most times,” he said.
“Next year, Carolina will go back to being more up tempo, it will have shooting options and several good guards.”
Jacobs was talking about the 6-foot-1 Nate Britt. He’s a part of a three-person class for Coach Roy Williams next season, along with center Kennedy Meeks and power forward Isaiah Hicks.
Hicks had a monster performance with 34 points, 30 rebounds and seven blocks in Oxford Webb’s winning 3A basketball title game earlier this month.
Jacobs said he thinks these recruits could help to fill in the gaps on UNC’s roster, especially if sophomores James Michael McAdoo and P.J. Hairston declare for the NBA Draft.
“Whether or not this will be a Carolina team that can compete for a national championship, we know that it’ll come a heck of a lot closer than this year’s team.”
And Coach Williams is playing the waiting game on the decision of where forward Andrew Wiggins will go. He’s being sought by Kansas, Kentucky and Florida State.
Here’s hoping Wiggins will choose the Heels.http://chapelboro.com/sports/post-loss-to-kansas-whats-next-for-mbb/