Avery Trendel

Men’s Basketball: Tar Heels Sign Two Players to National Letters of Intent

The UNC men’s basketball team signed two players to National Letters of Intent on Thursday, meaning both will be in Chapel Hill to play for the Tar Heels during the 2019-20 season. Armando Bacot is a 6-foot-10-inch forward from Richmond, Virginia, who is currently playing his senior season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Bacot is the No. 17 overall recruit regardless of position according to ESPN, good enough to earn him the highly-coveted “five-star” designation. “Armando has a chance to be a big-time player,” UNC head coach Roy Williams said, in a statement released by the school. “He...

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Chapel Hill High School Recognizes Six at Student-Athlete College Signing Ceremony

Chapel Hill High School held a College-Bound Student-Athlete Signing Ceremony on Wednesday, to recognize six students who signed their national letters of intent to play sports at the collegiate level. Audrey Calhoun signed to play soccer at Elizabethtown College, while Alex and Cameron Kerr will also be playing soccer for Vanderbilt and Duke, repectively. Bryant University will be receiving the services of Alleigh Kempf for its women’s lacrosse team. Maggie Springer signed to run cross-country for Elon, and Hannah Wander will join the volleyball team at NC State.     Photo via Chapel Hill High...

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Western Carolina Provides UNC Football Team With Prime Opportunity to Get a Win This Week

Something’s got to give this Saturday, when the UNC football team hosts Western Carolina at Kenan Stadium, as two squads that are struggling mightily will do battle to see which one can snap their long losing streak. The Tar Heels enter the game at 1-8 overall having lost six games in a row, while the Catamounts have dropped seven straight outings after opening the year 3-0. Working in UNC’s favor, however, is the obvious fact that Western Carolina is part of the lower-level Football Championship Subdivision of schools. This means that the Catamounts have lost games to powerhouse programs...

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NC State Sweeps UNC Volleyball in Raleigh, Avenges Loss From Earlier in the Season

Prior to this past week–one that saw the UNC volleyball team win two matches in a row after a 10-game losing skid–the Tar Heels’ only conference victory in their first 13 attempts was at home against the rival NC State Wolfpack. On Wednesday evening in Raleigh, however, the Wolfpack got their revenge with a clean 3-0 sweep over UNC (25-22, 26-24, 25-16). The Tar Heels fall to 7-18 (3-13 ACC) with the loss, while NC State improves to 14-12 (8-8) with the victory. Skylar Wine led UNC with 11 kills in the match. She was the only player to...

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UNC Women’s Basketball Shuts Down VCU, Improves to 3-0 to Start 2018-19 Campaign

Sophomore forward Janelle Bailey had 18 points and nine rebounds on Wednesday afternoon to lead the UNC women’s basketball team to a 59-47 victory at Carmichael Arena over the visiting VCU Rams. The Tar Heels shot just just 34 percent from the floor in the game, but held VCU (2-1) to a 32 percent mark with a strong defensive performance. Leading 25-22 at halftime, UNC came out of the locker room and kept VCU from scoring for a stretch that lasted over 10 minutes bridging the third and fourth quarters. A 20-0 run helped the Tar Heels open up...

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Sixteen UNC Sports Teams Exceed National Graduation Success Rates

The NCAA released its most recent Graduation Success Rate numbers on Wednesday, with a total of 16 UNC athletic programs exceeding the national average. Graduation Success Rates are measured by taking into account student-athletes who are on scholarship their first year and who graduate from their respective university and those who transfer to another university while in good academic standing. The rates released on Wednesday represent athletes who were in school from 2008 to 2011. UNC sports teams that exceeded the national average included: women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s fencing, women’s golf, gymnastics, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s...

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Mitch Trubisky Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Fresh off one of the most complete performances of his young NFL career, former UNC quarterback–and current Chicago Bear–Mitch Trubisky was recognized Wednesday as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. During the Bears’ 34-22 win over the Detroit Lions this past Sunday, Trubisky completed 23 of his 30 pass attempts for a career-high 355 yards and three touchdowns–without throwing a single interception. The No. 2 overall pick of last year’s NFL Draft also added a rushing touchdown in the game. “It would probably be one of my best games,” Trubisky said afterwards. “I just felt really comfortable out...

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Paris Kea Selected to Naismith Award Watch List

The Atlanta Tip-Off Club announced Monday its 50-player women’s watch list for this year’s Naismith Trophy, with UNC senior guard Paris Kea making the cut. Kea, a native of Greensboro, was a Preseason All-ACC selection prior to the year. Through the Tar Heels’ first two games so far this season–both wins–she is averaging 21 points, five rebounds and three assists per game. The ACC has a total of 11 players on the watch list, which is more than any other conference. On Feb. 11, 2019, the list will be trimmed down to 30 players. In March, it will be...

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UNC Alum Richard Hardaway to be Inducted Into South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame

Former UNC men’s tennis standout Richard Hardaway will be inducted into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame next month, alongside his brother Charles–who played for The Citadel. While playing for the Tar Heels, Richard Hardaway won the ACC singles championship in 1973 and also teamed with Tommy Dixon to win the league doubles title in both 1973 and 1974. Both Hardaway brothers were top high school players in the state of South Carolina prior to their outstanding college careers. They will be the 66th and 67th members of the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame upon their induction...

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Dominant First Half Propels No. 7 UNC to 90-72 Victory Over Stanford in Home Opener

An explosive first half Monday night at the Smith Center helped guide the seventh-ranked UNC men’s basketball team to a 90-72 blowout victory over the visiting Stanford Cardinal—as the Tar Heels overcame a sluggish second half performance to come out with the win. Eight different players scored at least one basket in the first half for UNC, which shot 60 percent in the period on the way to a commanding 52-26 lead at halftime. Senior forward Luke Maye had 14 of his 16 points in the first 20 minutes, while classmate Kenny Williams broke out of his mini-slump to...

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