Ran Northam

No. 25 UNC Softball Heads To Kentucky For Spring Break

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 25 UNCsoftball team takes it four-game winning streak on the road for Spring Break with a mid-week game against No. 17Kentucky and closes the trip to with five opponents in three days over the weekend. North Carolina is 18-6 and coming off its conference sweep of Boston College this past weekend. The Tar Heels have already faced four top 25 teams this season. UNC split two games with No. 10 LSU, dropped two to No. 10 Texas A&M, lost to No. 3 Arizona, and defeated No. 20 Baylor. The Wildcats are 18-4, 2-1 in the SEC, and have won 15 of their last 17 contests. After Tuesday’s game, the Tar Heels will play five opponents in three days in the Louisville Tournament. Carolina will play Wisconsin and Louisville on Friday, Ball State and Eastern Michigan on Saturday, and Iowa on Sunday before returning to the Hill. First pitch on Tuesday between North Carolina and Kentucky is scheduled for 5:00...

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Men’s Basketball: Regular Season In The Books, Postseason Countdown Is On

CHAPEL HILL – After the UNC men’s basketball team was blown out on senior night by rival Duke to end the ACC regular season, Head Coach Roy Williams, P.J. Hairston, and Marcus Paige talked about what happened Saturday night. “We have to congratulate Duke—I thought they were sensational,” says Williams. “As I said after the game, their offense beat our defense, their defense beat our offense, they out played us, and better than we were. It had a lot to due to our poor play, but also I was not pleased with the way we played. The good news is we get to play some more.” UNC had won six of seven since inserting Hairston into the starting lineup in the teams’ first matchup of the season in Durham. Hairston says the team couldn’t recover after falling behind early. “Since we have been playing so well the past few game, I guess we weren’t used to getting behind by so much,” says Hairston. “I think they jumped out to a 14-0 lead and we kind of starting rushing things on the offensive end and doing things that Duke wanted us to do like rushing shots and playing 1-on-1 instead of playing as a team.” UNC suffered three double-digit defeats in non-conference play—in Maui to Butler, at Indiana, and at Texas. But freshman point guard Marcus Paige says the Tar...

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News Around Town: Progress Energy; Economic Briefing; Racial Justice Awareness

CHAPEL HILL – Opponents of Progress Energy rate hikes will literally hand over their shoes to the North Carolina Utilities Commission Members to ask them to walk in their shoes. Late last year, Progress Energy proposed a rate increase that would raise the average home’s annual electric bill more than $175. Those against the proposed rate hikes will pile their shoes in front of the Dobbs Building in Raleigh on Wednesday before the public hearing of the Commission. The hearing begins at 6:00 p.m. Companies in attendance that are publicly opposing the increase include AARP, Greenpeace, the NC Justice Center, NC WARN, the North Carolina Housing Coalition, and North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light. XXX Renowned economist and William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of economics at NC State, Dr. Michael Walden will give the keynote address at Wednesday morning’s Economic Outlook Briefing. The 2013 edition of this address will describe to Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber members the latest economic issues and trends facing our area. Those in attendance will also hear the results of the Chamber’s annual Economic Conditions Survey. The event takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Governors Club in Chapel Hill. XXX Chapel Hill High School will host Racial Justice Awareness Day Thursday for tenth-grade students to point out how issues of racial justice impact the ever-growing school-to-prison pipeline. County Commissioner Mark Dorosin, members of...

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Notre Dame To Join ACC In 2013

CHAPEL HILL – It’s official. Notre Dame will play basketball as a member of the ACC next year. Big East presidents gathered Tuesday morning to vote on allowing the Irish to depart the conference effective July 1. This announcement comes amidst the deterioration of the old Big East, but while it’s making a major shift, it’s not going away. Seven schools within the conference—known as the ‘Catholic Seven’—have agreed to take the Big East name and create a new basketball-dominated conference. According to ESPN, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s, and Villanova will possibly be joined by Butler, Creighton, Dayton, St. Louis, and Xavier to create the 12-member league. It was known that Notre Dame was coming to the ACC since September. The announcement was made by the school’s president Father John Jenkins and athletic director Jack Swarbrick at a press conference with the ACC held in Chapel Hill. Notre Dame was expected to have to pay an exit fee of $2.5 million to leave before 2015, but because the school did not request any of the league’s revenue from entrance and exit fees in the last few years, no exit fee is necessary. In October, the ACC announced changes in the schedule to accommodate for the addition of Notre Dame as well as Syracuse and Pittsburgh. The 16-member league in basketball will see 18-game conference schedules—just...

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CHCCS Names New Principals For Carrboro, Rashkis, and Chapel Hill

CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools announced the placement of three new principals to fill vacancies at Carrboro Elementary, Rashkis Elementary, and Chapel Hill High. The Board approved Jillian La Serna to take over at Carrboro once Emily Bivins takes the position of principal next year at the new Frank Porter Graham Dual-Language Magnet school. La Serna has served as assistant principal at Carrboro since July 2011 and was an administrative intern the year before that. She is currently working on her doctorate from UNC and expected to finish that program by May 2014. She will take over as principal at Carrboro July 1. Dr. Janice Croasmun was the assistant principal at Rashkis since 2006 and took the position on an interim basis this year. The Board approved her taking over that role in the full capacity effective immediately. Dr. Croasmun was an elementary teacher for 13 years in West Virginia, Florida, and here in Chapel Hill-Carrboro. She also earned her doctorate from UNC. Salura Jackson will leave Ann Arbor Michigan this summer to take the role as principal at Chapel Hill High. Jackson was the 2011 Michigan High School Principal of the Year and brings more than a quarter-century of experience both teaching and leading. Jackson has been serving as the founding principal of Skyline High in Michigan where she’s been since 2006. She will begin at Chapel Hill...

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Name Released Of “Money Man” Behind UNC Football Scandal

RALEIGH – The man behind the UNC Football “money scandal” that led to the firing of head coach Butch Davis and the resignation of athletic director Dick Baddour was announced Monday morning. WRAL reports the North Carolina Secretary of State found that Terry Shawn Watson of the Watson Sports Agency in Marietta, Georgia sent money to former UNC football player Marvin Austin and other players nationwide. At the time, Watson was not a legal agent in North Carolina as his attempt to register was rejected due to a bounced check. Austin told investigators he received the money via FedEx which was later confirmed through shipping records. Watson associate Patrick Jones told them that was a normal form of fund dispersal. Further investigation showed Watson had been in contact with UNC’s Charles Brown, Kendrick Burney, and Greg Little. It also showed that Watson used money wiring and text messaging to contact and deliver to student-athletes as...

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News Around Town: Carrboro Parking Deck Construction Begins; CHPL-UMall To Close

CHAPEL HILL-CARRBORO – The majority of the construction of a parking deck at 300 E. Main Street in Carrboro will begin on Tuesday after three weeks of delays. One delivery of pre-cast concrete will occur between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. Monday, and all-day deliveries will begin on Tuesday. The deliveries will take place once every 45 minutes or so and stop traffic on E. Main Street to allow one truck to exit the transfer space and another to back into place. Connecting streets could also see delays including West Rosemary, South Merritt Mill, Greensboro, Franklin, Jones Ferry, and others. Emergency crews have been instructed to choose different routes during the construction times as well. The Town of Carrboro has announced that the permits do not allow work to be done before 9:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. so it will not have an effect on the busiest travel times. The construction is scheduled to last approximately one month. XXX The Chapel Hill Public Library will close its doors at its temporary location at University Mall this week in preparation of opening its new location. On Saturday, the UMall location will close and the materials will begin to be transferred to the vastly renovated building at 100 Library Drive just off Estes Drive. The Library will be closed for approximately three weeks. Town Manager Roger Stancil announced last week that...

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North Carolina Women Advance With 62-57 Win Over Boston College

CHAPEL HILL – The three-seed UNC women’s basketball team held on for a 62-57 win in the second round of the ACC tournament over 11-seed Boston College Friday night. BC took its hot shooting from the first round of the championship into the game against North Carolina. The Eagles shot 36 percent from behind the arc in the first half and were within two at halftime, 25-23. Boston College capped an 11-0 run with 8:42 on the first half clock and took the game over at 17-14. However, UNC quickly took back control and took the two-point lead into the locker room. The Eagles’ deep-range shooting only got better in the second half and kept them in the contest. They shot 40.5 percent (10-25) from behind the arc in the game. With 3:39 left in the contest, BC’s Tessa Holt put in a layup to bring the game to within one at 54-53. UNC slowly pulled away from that point, mostly with free throws as Boston College tried to foul late to stay in the game. Thanks in part to Tierra Ruffin-Pratt’s night shooting 11-12 from the charity stripe, Carolina extended its lead to five and took the win. Ruffin-Pratt led all players with 19 points; Waltiea Rolle was one rebound shy of a double-double as she scored ten points. With the win, the Tar Heels improved to 27-5;...

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Emanuel, North Carolina Baseball Opens ACC Play With Shutout

WINSTON-SALEM – Just as it did to open the regular season, the No. 1 North Carolina baseball team shut out its opponent Friday night in its ACC opener. The Tar Heels took down the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 4-0 in Winston-Salem. Junior Kent Emanuel pitched a shutout and allowed five hits, no runs, three walks, and threw seven strikeouts. Only four Tar Heels saw a hit Friday night and freshman right fielder Skye Bolt once again led the way. With a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, Bolt connected for his first homerun of the season. He scored the first run of the game as well after walking in the top of the second. With a 2-0 lead, Carolina added two security runs in the top of the sixth. Wake Forest helped with the scoring as sophomore second baseman Mike Zolk reached on a throwing error which scored senior first baseman Cody Stubbs who reached on a walk. Zolk later scored on a triple by junior catcher Matt Roberts. With the win, UNC improved to 12-0, 1-0 in the ACC; Wake fell to 9-6, 0-1. Game two of the ACC-opening series for North Carolina and Wake Forest continues Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in Winston...

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No. 25 UNC Softball Hosts BC In ACC Opener Saturday

CHAPEL HILL – The UNC softball team returns to the top 25 after a 15-6 start and begins ACC play Saturday in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels have won nine of their last ten contests including all games in the Carolina Classic for which they played host and all but one game in the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational. The only loss came by the bats of No. 3 Arizona which handed Carolina a 7-4 decision. The Eagles are 4-8 on the season and are coming off six straight defeats. The chance to redeem those losses was halted when the last three scheduled contests were cancelled due to inclement weather in New England, Wednesday and Thursday. Carolina is 6-0 at home this season and holds an impressive 213-66-1 record on Williams Field at Anderson Stadium. Junior Lori Spingola, who has already won ACC Pitcher of the Week twice this season, will likely start against BC. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Game...

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