DTH Sports at a Glance
DTH Sports at a Glance: The Return
It's been 11 days since the last time I penned this newsletter.
In those days, Joel Berry has amassed more points than I have hours of sleep (true), Kenny Williams has secured more offensive rebounds than I have classes attended (actually true!), and the injured Luke Maye has spent more time on the court than I have writing my three term papers due next Tuesday (sadly, also true).
But a lot has changed in these past two weeks. Paris Kea has emerged as a leader for the women's basketball team, Donald Trump has emerged as the leader of the free world, the football team's dream season is all but dashed, the field hockey team is on the precipice of a title, and so much more.
Fear not — I have returned, and so has your dose of DTH Sports.
Don't forget that you can always find our stories right here or even on Twitter or Facebook. But for those of you that rely on my incoherent email ramblings to stay informed, let me try to catch you up on what you've missed...
Basketball preview edition
- We released our basketball preview edition last Friday! From the spotlight on Theo Pinson to Kennedy Meeks' newfound explosiveness to the overhauled women's basketball team, every story is a timeless gem. It's well worth the read.
- After an often misunderstood childhood, wrestler Ethan Ramos turned to God to help him have fun again.
- Joel Berry isn't one to show his emotion, even after agonizing defeat. But he's the vocal leader the men's basketball team needs, now more than ever.
- Anson Dorrance has 22 national title trophies littering his workplace. But his recruiting pitch for the women's soccer team goes well beyond the championships. (I can't recommend this one enough; it might be my favorite story I've read all year.)
Men's basketball starts season 3-0
- Before the Tar Heels' road trip to Hawaii, they'll need to address some questions raised in their 93-67 win over Long Beach State on Tuesday.
- Kennedy Meeks has been a consistent force on the boards this season — especially against Chattanooga — embracing the rebounding role left by Brice Johnson.
- Against the Mocs, Tony Bradley showed what originally caught Roy Williams' eye years before in a Chicago showcase.
- UNC was running on all cylinders in its season-opening win at Tulane.
- Next season, four new Tar Heels will look to make their mark in different ways.
Football team drops doozy to Duke
- This weekend, the Tar Heels will face off against the triple-option threat of The Citadel.
- UNC's best preparation for the game this weekend might be looking two weeks back.
- After another strong showing against Duke, punter Tom Sheldon is putting it all together.
- But Mitch Trubisky knows he has work to do after throwing a game-sealing interception against the Blue Devils.
- In that game, the defense didn't do the offense any favors, missing key opportunities to flip the outcome.
- Instead, the Tar Heels left Wallace Wade Stadium with their ACC title hopes shattered.
- Duke exposed the North Carolina football's team weakness in defending screen passes, particularly picking on cornerback Corey Bell.
- Through an up-and-down season, quarterback Mitch Trubisky has show flashes of NFL potential. Is he the real deal?
Field hockey heads to Final Four
- After playing second fiddle in cage this season, senior Shannon Johnson is back in net for the Final Four.
- It was the superb play of Johnson and Ashley Hoffman that propelled UNC to its eighth straight Final Four appearance.
- Despite an inconsistent regular season, the Tar Heels believed they could get to this point before the tournament started.
Stories from the week(s)
- Stephanie Watts and Paris Kea are becoming a dominant duo for the women's basketball team after a win against Alabama A&T.
- The two also shined in the team's season-opening win against Alabama State.
- Taylor Leath turned her team's criticism into confidence in the volleyball team's Wednesday sweep of N.C. State.
- Leath was a key player in the Tar Heels' weekend sweeps of Georgia Tech and Clemson.
- All Madison Schultz does is score game winners for the women's soccer team, which plays two NCAA Tournament games at home this weekend.
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