UNC Field Hockey Places 5 on Academic All-ACC Team

Five UNC field hockey student-athletes have been named to the 2015 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic team, which was announced Monday.

Seniors Casey Di Nardo, Nina Notman and Emily Wold were joined by sophomore Sam Night and freshman Malin Evert representing the Tar Heels.

Wold was one of two members of the All-Academic team to make the cut for a fourth time. Di Nardo was honored for the third time in 2015. It was the first time for Evert, Night and Notman.

Notman and Wold were also named to the All-America team this season.

Duke senior Lauren Blazing was named the 2015 ACC Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


UNC Looking to Rebound from Back to Back Losses

The UNC men’s basketball team is looking to get back on the winning track against Boston College after two road losses last week.

Coming off of losses at Louisville and at Notre Dame, Carolina dropped to No. 9 in the latest AP Poll.

UNC head coach Roy Williams says it is a priority for his team to step up intensity to close out the rest of the regular season.

“I’m more frustrated, more mad I guess than anything, because we’ve got to be willing and able to step up,” Williams says. “And that’s my job. I’ve got to get them to step up and match that intensity and match that intensity being maintained at a high level throughout the course of the entire game.”

Williams says, while there were moments he was pleased with how the Tar Heels played last week, the games against Louisville and Notre Dame were mainly controlled by the home teams.

“For the majority of the game, both those teams dictated things to us,” Williams says, “and made us play a lot worse than we wanted to play, to say the least. But it’s two good wins for them, two big losses for us.”

Williams says working out the flaws that have plagued the Tar Heels in recent games starts with watching film and understanding the mistakes.

“We’ve probably watched more tape with this team than we have any team in the 13 years I’ve been here,” Williams says. “At some point though, somebody’s got to step up and do the job.”

Moving forward, the Tar Heels take on Boston College on Tuesday night. UNC beat the Eagles in Chapel Hill less than two weeks ago.

“They turned the ball over so much, and we got so many points off of turnovers. It was a huge factor for us,” Williams says.

While there were some positive moments, including a 15-point first half lead at Notre Dame, Williams says he is still working to find answers to this team’s remaining questions.

“If I knew that, we wouldn’t have had the losses at Notre Dame and at Louisville,” he says. “But you’ve got to go into every day at practice and do the best you can do and see if we can play better.”

Carolina will face another road test at Boston College Tuesday night with tipoff slated for eight o’clock. WCHL’s coverage will begin with the UNC Health Care Countdown to Tipoff at 6:30.


UNC Drops to No. 9 in AP Poll

UNC men’s basketball dropped seven spots to No. 9 in the latest AP poll.

The Tar Heels lost to Louisville and Notre Dame over the course of the last week, after starting Atlantic Coast Conference play 8-0.

Carolina now sits at 19-4 on the season after the back-to-back losses. The Tar Heels will be looking to get back in the win column when the team travels to Boston College to take on the Eagles Tuesday night.

UNC beat Boston College 89-62 in the Dean E. Smith Center on January 30.

Villanova jumped from third to the top of the rankings after former No. 1 Oklahoma lost again last week.

Villanova is followed by Maryland, Oklahoma, Iowa and Xavier in the top five.

Virginia is the highest ranked ACC team at No. 7, followed by UNC at nine and the Miami Hurricanes at 12. Louisville, which beat UNC last Monday before announcing a self-imposed postseason ban for a scandal involving escorts, is No. 13 in the newest poll.

No other ACC teams cracked the top 25.

Carolina’s game at Boston College is scheduled for an eight o’clock tipoff Tuesday night. Coverage will begin with the UNC Health Care Countdown to Tipoff on 97.9 FM/1360 AM WCHL at 6:30.


UNC Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Start Season with Wins

UNC men’s and women’s lacrosse opened the 2016 season with wins over the weekend.

The second-ranked women’s team improved to 17-4 in season openers with an 11-7 victory over James Madison on Saturday afternoon.

Molly Hendrick scored four goals to pace the Tar Heels.

Junior Caylee Waters made seven saves in goal for UNC.

Sydney Holman opened the scoring with her lone goal of the game just 1:44 into the action.

Carolina held an 11-4 lead before three consecutive late goals for the Dukes.

UNC will be back in action at six o’clock Friday evening at High Point.

Meanwhile, the eighth-ranked men’s lacrosse team opened its season by doubling up visiting Michigan 20-10 on Saturday.

The Tar Heels took a 10-6 lead into the half before exploding for seven consecutive goals to open the second half.

Sophomore Chris Cloutier scored five goals on seven shots in his first career start.

Michigan scored an early goal for a 1-0 lead before Carolina scored the next five. Michigan kept it close at 5-3 but the Tar Heels never gave up the lead.

UNC returns to Fetzer Field at one o’clock Saturday afternoon to host Furman.


UNC Men’s Tennis Gets 2nd Top 10 Win; Women Advance to Tournament Final

The UNC men’s tennis team won a top-10 matchup at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center for the second consecutive weekend when the Tar Heels defeated Oklahoma on Sunday.

The Tar Heels knocked off Illinois 4-0 last weekend; the Illini came into Chapel Hill ranked No. 7.

This weekend it was No. 5 Oklahoma visiting the now-seventh-ranked Tar Heels.

The Sooners led Carolina 3-2 after taking the doubles point and splitting the first four singles matches. It was the first doubles point UNC has lost so far this season.

With the Tar Heels down, Brett Clark and Robert Kelly won their singles matches to give Carolina the 4-2 victory, which moved UNC to 6-0 on the season.

UNC is now the only team in the country with wins over two top-10 teams this season, according to the university.

Carolina will take part in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Virginia, February 12 – 15. The next home match for the Tar Heels is February 21 when Carolina plays host to the Wofford Terriers.

The UNC women’s tennis team will play in the ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship match at noon on Monday. The third-seeded Tar Heels knocked off number two seed Georgia on Sunday to advance to the championship match against fourth-seeded Cal. A victory would be UNC’s second straight title in the tournament and third in four years.


Remembering Dean Smith One Year Later

Sunday marked one year since the death of legendary Tar Heel basketball coach Dean Smith.

Word began to spread early the morning of Sunday, February 8, 2015, that the Coach Smith had passed away late the night before.

Memorials poured in over the next few days as many people who had varying levels of interaction with Coach Smith remembered the man responsible for so many successes on and off the court.

Chapelboro’s Art Chansky spoke with WCHL’s Blake Hodge to reflect on the one-year anniversary of the passing of a legend.


Step Dancing Comes To CHPL

The Chapel Hill Public Library begins its celebration of Black History Month this Saturday, February 6, at 3 pm with a free exhibition of step dancing performed by local students.

The step groups at UNC’s Communiversity Youth Program are comprised of 3rd through 5th graders, taught by UNC students through the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. Step is a percussive form of dance that originated at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the early 20th century.

Chris Wallace of Communiversity discussed Saturday’s program with Aaron Keck on WCHL, joined by two dancers and one teacher from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.


UNC Lands 2017 Four-Star Wide Receiver

UNC landed another top in-state football recruit on Friday with a verbal commitment from Ryan Jones.

Jones is a four-star wide receiver, according to most recruiting outlets.

The Mallard Creek product is the fifth recruit to commit to UNC in the 2017 graduating class, all of whom are rated as four-star products.

Jones is joining Eastern Alamance offensive lineman Jonah Melton, South Mecklenburg defensive end Jake Lawler, Cuthbertson wide receiver J.T. Cauthen and wide receiver Tyler Smith in the 2017 class. Smith, out of Powder Springs, Georgia, is the only member of the class not from North Carolina.

UNC got the commitment from Jones just two days after the 2016 class signed letters of intent to play for Carolina on National Signing Day.

In-state recruiting has been an area that Carolina head coach Larry Fedora has said was going to be a focus for the Tar Heel coaching staff.

According to 247 Sports rankings, the top 13 players in the 2016 class from North Carolina all signed with schools outside of the state.

UNC has done well recruiting other areas, but it has been clear the Tar Heel state was a point of emphasis for Fedora. And it looks like the 2017 class is off to a good start with four of the top eight North Carolina prospects pledged to UNC.


UNC Football Success Also Good For Rams Club

Wednesday was National Signing Day: a big day on the college football calendar, a big day for Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels…and also a pretty big day for UNC’s Rams Club.

The Rams Club hosted a “call-a-thon” on Wednesday in conjunction with Signing Day – they’ve done it each of the past three years – with dozens of volunteers making more than two thousand phone calls to last year’s season ticket holders, asking them to renew for 2016. (Among the callers were Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue and Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood.)

Brian Chacos is the director of sales and fan development at the Rams Club and himself a former Tar Heel; he says the team’s success in 2015 has the fan base as excited as he’s ever seen.

Chacos joined Aaron Keck on WCHL this week.


For more info on 2016 tickets, visit RaiseUpCarolina.com, a new website dedicated to UNC football.


Three Tar Heels Prepare for Super Bowl 50

UNC will be very well represented at Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara on Sunday, both on the field and in the radio booth.

Former Tar Heels Tre Boston and Sylvester Williams will suit up for the defenses of the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, respectively.

Williams earned first-team all-conference honors during his time at Carolina. Williams is the starting defensive tackle for the Broncos, who boast the NFL’s top-ranked defense. Williams finished the regular season with 25 tackles and three sacks.

Williams will be making his second appearance in the Super Bowl with the Broncos in just three seasons.

Boston was a four-year starter at Carolina and played for head coach Larry Fedora for three seasons. Boston was a second-team All-ACC selection as a senior.

Boston came up with two turnovers in the Panthers’ 49-15 clobbering of the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship game, recovering a fumble and picking off Carson Palmer.

Super Bowl 50 marks the fifth time Carolina has had players on both teams in the NFL championship game, according to the university.

While Boston and Williams will be battling it out with opposing offenses in hopes of helping their team to a Super Bowl victory, a Tar Heel voice will be calling the action.

Mick Mixon is a Chapel Hill native who graduated from UNC in 1980 before spending more than a decade as the color analyst for the Tar Heel Sports Network broadcasts of Carolina athletics.

Mixon is now the play-by-play voice for the Carolina Panthers, getting set to call his first Super Bowl.

Mixon spoke with Art Chansky and Blake Hodge about what the experience has been like for the Panthers preparing for the second Super Bowl appearance in team history.


Mixon continues his conversation with WCHL reflecting on the career path of star quarterback Cam Newton.


Mixon also spoke about the bright future of the Carolina Panthers, who have young star players under contract for years to come.


The Panthers and Broncos take the field for Super Bowl 50 on Sunday evening with kickoff scheduled for 6:30.