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NCAA Honors Eight UNC Teams for Top Academic Progress Rates

Eight different UNC teams were recognized Wednesday by the NCAA for finishing in the top 10 percent nationally in Academic Progress Rates for their respective sports. Those teams include: men’s and women’s tennis, volleyball, gymnastics, women’s golf, women’s fencing, men’s cross country and men’s soccer. The APR measures a team’s academic success by tracking the progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. It accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation. This year’s award is based on multi-year rates from data including 2012-13 to 2015-16. Notre Dame (14), Duke (12) and Boston College (12) were the only schools in the ACC with...

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Women’s Lax: Molly Hendrick, Marie McCool Earn ACC Attacker and Midfielder of the Year

Wednesday marked the release of the ACC’s Individual Women’s Lacrosse Awards, with a pair of Tar Heels being recognized. Senior Molly Hendrick–who leads UNC (16-2) with 66 goals entering the NCAA Tournament–was named the league’s Attacker of the Year. Meanwhile, junior Marie McCool earned the distinction as the ACC Midfielder of the Year after tallying 42 goals and 16 assists so far this season. McCool also leads the Tar Heels with 18 turnovers caused on the defensive end. Hendrick and McCool each helped a loaded UNC squad rise to the No. 2 national ranking, while winning both the ACC...

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Theo Pinson to Return for Senior Season at UNC

It took point guard Joel Berry less than two days after declaring for the NBA Draft to decide he, instead, wanted to return for his senior season at UNC. For wing Theo Pinson, it didn’t take much longer–as the Greensboro native announced Wednesday he, too, will remove his name from draft consideration and return to play out his final year in a Tar Heel uniform. “I’m glad I took the time to explore the NBA Draft process but I am going to play my senior year as a Tar Heel,” Pinson said, in a statement released by the university....

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UNC Women’s Tennis Earns No. 2 Overall Seed for NCAA Tournament

The NCAA released its bracket for this year’s Division I Women’s Tennis Tournament, with UNC receiving the No. 2 overall seed. Having won both the ACC regular season and tournament championships, the Tar Heels (30-2) earned a national seed for the 15th time in 16 years under head coach Brian Kalbas. This also means UNC will have the luxury of hosting the first two rounds in Chapel Hill at the Cone Kenfield Tennis Center. The Florida Gators (23-3) were the team handed the No. 1 overall seed. The ACC placed eight teams into the event. Furman (23-5) will be...

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Crucial Error Lets UNC Baseball Walk-Off as Winners vs. Richmond

For the second time in three days, the third-ranked UNC baseball team picked up a walk-off victory. This time, though, it got a little bit of help. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night at Boshamer Stadium, Richmond right fielder Caleb Ward misplayed a ball hit by Tar Heel sophomore Kyle Datres–which allowed Brian Miller to cross home plate and give UNC a 5-4 win. The error helped the Tar Heels (37-9) complete yet another late-inning rally, as the Spiders (14-28) crawled out of an early 3-0 deficit and built a 4-3 lead...

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Carolina Panthers Release Former UNC Safety Tre Boston

With the team looking to rebound in 2017 after missing the playoffs altogether last season, the Carolina Panthers released five players on Tuesday afternoon. Among those shown the door was former UNC safety Tre Boston–who started 16 of his 42 games in Charlotte over the last three years, including 10 in 2016. Boston intercepted three passes during his three regular seasons under head coach Ron Rivera, while also grabbing a pick during each of Carolina’s playoff runs in 2014 and 2015. The Panthers’ secondary took a major hit entering 2016, when superstar cornerback Josh Norman was allowed to become...

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Mike Fox Named a Coach for USA Baseball U-17 Team

USA Baseball announced on Tuesday its coaching staff and evaluators for the 2017 17U National Team Development Program. Eric Kibler–the 2010 USA Baseball Coach of the Year–has been tabbed to lead the staff as the field coordinator for the second straight year and fourth year overall. Joining Kibler’s staff are longtime UNC head coach Mike Fox and former Clemson head coach Jack Leggett–who will serve as managers for the Stars and Stripes teams, respectively. Fox has won over 800 games during his 19 seasons in Chapel Hill, including six trips to the College World Series. Over the course of the...

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Austin Pifani Selected as ACC Men’s Lacrosse Defender of the Year

Fresh off a surprise ACC Tournament Championship, UNC men’s lacrosse senior Austin Pifani received more good news on Tuesday–when he was named the league’s Defender of the Year. A captain for head coach Joe Breschi in each of the last two years, Pifani has started every game he’s played in during his outstanding career in Chapel Hill–missing just three games due to injury last season. The Roslyn, Pennsylvania native has caused 64 turnovers in his career, including 21 this season. He ranks second in school history in that category, behind only Michael Jarvis (2007-10). Pifani–a First Team All-ACC selection...

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UNC Closer Josh Hiatt Named ACC Pitcher of the Week

The ACC announced Monday that UNC freshman closer Josh Hiatt was named its Pitcher of the Week for his outstanding performances over the weekend against then No. 3 Clemson. Hiatt earned the honor after pitching in all three games against the Tigers–picking up a win and a save during the series. He threw 5.2 scoreless innings of relief without giving up a single run–retiring 17 of the 21 batters he faced. Hiatt currently has a 1.18 ERA this season, while leading the team with 13 saves. The Tar Heels will return to action Tuesday at Boshamer Stadium when they...

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Orange High School LB Payton Wilson Commits to UNC

Payton Wilson–one of the top young linebackers in the class of 2018, who just so happens to be a standout at Hillsborough’s Orange High School–announced Monday afternoon he will stay home and play his college ball at UNC. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Wilson is a four-star recruit rated as the No. 84 player in his class by 24/7 Sports–regardless of position. Among outside linebackers, however, Wilson ranks second in the nation. He racked up 127 tackles–including 39 for a loss–during Orange’s 13 games this past season, his junior year. On top of his defensive efforts, Wilson also carried the ball...

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