With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and No. 5 North Carolina trailing by two runs, the Tar Heels were staring at a loss to Coastal Carolina right in the face.
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With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and No. 5 North Carolina trailing by two runs, the Tar Heels were staring at a loss to Coastal Carolina right in the face.
In a game where No. 4 North Carolina produced 16 hits, it was a fortuitous bounce that proved to be the key spark that the Tar Heels needed to jumpstart their offense.
GREENSBORO — The No. 4 North Carolina baseball team took advantage of several UNC-Greensboro mishaps to ground out a sloppy, 5-1 victory Tuesday night against the Spartans in Greensboro.
The North Carolina women’s tennis team lost a heartbreaker to Northwestern on Friday in a battle between two of the top-15 teams in the country.
The North Carolina men’s tennis team saw its first action of the spring season when it competed in the Duke Invitational tournament this weekend.
A new era has dawned for the North Carolina State basketball program, and with it comes new expectations for a fan base that is desperate for something to cheer about.
The North Carolina men’s lacrosse team took to the field for an unscored exhibition Sunday against Bucknell University under unusual circumstances.
Sophomore Zoe De Bruycker is developing into a role as the closer for the North Carolina women’s tennis team after a come-from-behind victory against a top-ten opponent on Sunday.
Being a first-year collegiate athlete is never easy, especially when fighting for playing time on the third-ranked North Carolina tennis team.
The North Carolina fencing team sent two representatives to the 2011 NCAA Fencing Championships, which wrapped up Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.
The North Carolina women’s tennis team won its fifth straight dual match Thursday, with the victory coming in dominant fashion.
After losing for the third time in one year to No. 2 Florida, including a loss in the Final Four last year, the No. 4 North Carolina women’s tennis team may be looking for a silver lining.
After a trip to the Final Four last season and a No. 6 preseason ranking, the North Carolina women’s tennis team has high expectations for this year.
In his first season with the Virginia Cavaliers, coach Tony Bennett saw improvement with his team winning five more games than the previous year.
With his team down 3-2, UNC freshman Jose Hernandez knew that his teammates were counting on him to pull out a victory.And with their hopes on his back, Hernandez rode the strength of his powerful forehand to secure a three-set victory against Auburn’s Tim Hewitt.His play keyed a late rally that was just enough to push the No. 23 UNC men’s tennis team past the Tigers on Friday at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.“I saw the scoreboard and I knew that my team needed me,” Hernandez said. “Their support was amazing.”Hernandez was up 6-2, 5-4 with a chance to serve for the match, but he was broken and went on to lose the second set and six straight games overall.“I felt in control of the match but I lost the momentum, and I lost my confidence,” Hernandez said.But Hernandez regained his composure and won six out of the next seven games to take the match 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.“I lost my mind but you just have to keep playing,” Hernandez said. “I just want to make my opponent know that I am there.”After Hernandez tied the match at 3-3, it was up to senior Andrew Crone to give the Tar Heels the victory. Crone was able to handle the pressure and took his match 7-5, 6-4 to give UNC the 4-3 victory.The Tar Heels got off to a quick start after sweeping the doubles matches to win the first point. Senior Clay Donato and junior Stefan Hardy, the No. 54 doubles team in the country, scored a huge win with their defeat of the No. 8 doubles team in the country.But things went downhill once singles play started. Auburn took three out of the first four singles matches to grab a 3-2 lead overall with only two matches left to play.Sophomore Brennan Boyajian, who won his match 6-3, 6-2, seemed to be the only Tar Heel who was able to find his rhythm against a pesky Auburn team.“It feels good to be back outdoors,” Boyajian said.Coach Sam Paul said the team can take a lot away from a victory like this one.“The momentum swings will help us going into the ACC season,” Paul said. “It was a pressure match.”Boyajian also preached the importance of winning a match in which the team was trailing late.“It was good to know that we can pull out a match like that,” Boyajian said. With the win, UNC moves to 11-2 and will now play the rest of its matches against conference opponents.On a day when Donato and Hardy, two of the top three players on the team, struggled in their singles matches, the team showed its depth and was able to fight through the adversity to pull out the win.“We are a really deep team and they gave us everything we could handle,” Paul said. “What we can control is our heart and our fight and it was a big win for us.”
Strong play from the start helped the No. 30 North Carolina men’s tennis team avenge last year’s loss to N.C. State, winning 6-1 in a match that was closer than the final score indicated.Senior Clay Donato, ranked 49th nationally, overcame a slow individual start to win his singles match 6-4, 6-2.Donato was able to frustrate N.C. State’s Jaime Pulgar by staying on the attack throughout the match.“I couldn’t hit winners, but I tried to outwork him,” Donato said.The first outdoor match of the year at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center on Monday brought tough weather conditions for the players to deal with, including strong winds and cool temperatures.Freshman Jose Hernandez, the 68th ranked player in the nation, was not used to playing outdoors, but he still managed to win his match 7-5, 6-4.“I had to adjust my game to the weather conditions and adapt to the wind,” Hernandez said. “The rest of the season is outdoors, so adjusting to the weather is important.”Frustrated with the way he played, Hernandez stayed on the court after his match was over to practice hitting more balls in tough conditions.“I wasn’t moving that well,” Hernandez said. “But every match you learn something new, and that will help for the rest of the outdoor season.”The Tar Heels finished the match on a high note when senior Andrew Crone held on to win a third set tiebreaker to give the team the 6-1 victory.Although the outcome of the match was no longer in question, the whole team stayed to rally behind Crone, cheering him on after each point.North Carolina took control early after sweeping the doubles matches 3-0 to win the first point against the Wolfpack.Junior Stefan Hardy won his singles match 6-3, 6-3, and sophomore Brennan Boyajian won 6-2, 6-4 to help the Tar Heels take a commanding 3-0 lead.The win for the Tar Heels is the fifth straight and moves the team to a 10-2 overall record after the first ACC match of the season. Coach Sam Paul said he was proud of the way his team performed despite the cold conditions.“We played a good mental match,” Paul said.Paul knows how important it is to get a win in the conference and did not take the win for granted.“We have a lot of respect for them,” Paul said. “We know they have a dangerous team, but we competed really well.” Contact the Sports Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the first time in 20 years, the North Carolina fencing team hosted rival Duke in a much anticipated rematch at the Eddie Smith Field House.UNC’s indoor track was transformed to accommodate the long, narrow platforms and an engaged crowd.Despite the energy of the crowd and the significance of hosting a meet against Duke, UNC could not overcome the skill of the Blue Devils.In Friday’s bout, the Duke men won sabre 7-2, foil 5-4 and epee 5-4. Duke women won sabre 6-3, epee 7-2 and the UNC women won foil 5-4.With the loss, the men’s team finished the season at 29-12 with the women at 20-20.While UNC lost both the men’s and women’s meets 17-10, the rare home meet against Duke was very important to a lot of the players.“There was a special atmosphere here today,” junior Thomas Le Guillou said.Le Guillou bounced back from an 0-3 performance against Duke in Durham two weeks ago to a 3-0 showing on Friday.Le Guillou took his first performance against Duke personally and he wanted to prove that he was capable of doing better.“We knew what was wrong the first time, so we worked on it and it showed,” Le Guillou said. “We are a little disappointed with the result, but we have nothing to regret.”One bright spot for UNC was the women’s foil team, which beat Duke for the second meet in a row. The 5-4 victory was the only UNC team to win.The Tar Heels incurred some tough breaks en route to the loss and the team also had to go without one of its main fencers. Junior Eric Hsieh missed the meet due to a team suspension. “There were some points at which we were simply unlucky, and we also missed having Eric,” coach Ron Miller said.Junior co-captain Kaitlin Williamson was 3-0 and showed the consistency that UNC wants to maintain.“Katie had another perfect day,” Miller said.Although the regular season is now over, the postseason is about to start and UNC will meet Duke again at NCAA Mid-Atlantic/South Regionals.But Miller said he still believes that UNC has the talent to compete with the Blue Devils.“Individually, our strength is almost equal to them,” Miller said.“I’m disappointed with the final scores but not in the overall performance … a lot of people got personal retribution.”The team qualified 12 women and 11 men for postseason play.Williamson knows that continuing to progress as a team with the postseason ahead will be pivotal.“It has been really satisfying to see everyone’s energy and how much they have improved,” Williamson said. “You need a reason to keep fighting harder.”In light of the excitement of hosting the meet, the crowd was loud from the beginning and the atmosphere was electric.Miller hopes the team will be able to host at least one meet a year from now on.“It was a top-five crowd that we have had,” Miller said. “Their support was very good and very much appreciated by our team.”Contact the Sports Editor at email@example.com.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has given North Carolina $8.6 million to expand community health centers in the state.That money is a portion of the $337.9 million that the department is allocating to health centers across the country through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.The funds comes as a result of the large numbers of people who have lost their health insurance because of the recession.From 2007 to 2009 the number of people without insurance increased by 22.5 percent — the largest increase in the country" according to a report by the N.C. Institute of Medicine.""Community health centers are one of the main places people go who don't have health insurance because they see a large number of people without coverage"" said Adam Searing, project director for N.C. Health Access Coalition. As of January, about 1.8 million North Carolinians did not have health insurance.Vice President Joe Biden visited the state Wednesday to highlight the benefits of stimulus money in rural health care centers.The funds for the health centers can be used for renovation and repairs, electronic medical records and health services.One of the main intents of the funds is to create jobs and sustain health centers in these tough economic times"" said LaTasha Bennett, information and communications specialist for the N.C. Community Health Center Association.Health centers are important at this time because there are more people now who need to rely on them. But the more people they serve, the higher their costs go, which has made the recession have a greater impact. Health centers treat everyone regardless of their ability to pay" Bennett said. They often treat a vulnerable population" and they provide access to anyone to receive primary care services.""The two N.C. health centers that have received funds are located in Gastonia and Lenoir.Any of the 28 health centers in North Carolina can still apply to receive money from the grant.Contact the State & National Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students at public schools could start learning about a eugenics program that took place from 1929 to 1974 in North Carolina. During this time many states including North Carolina enacted laws that allowed the sterilization of the mentally diseased feeble-minded or epileptics. The Eugenics Board of North Carolina sterilized about 7500 people in an attempt to remove mental illness and social misbehavior from the human gene pool. Most of these people were sterilized against their will.An N.C. House bill would mandate that schools in North Carolina teach students about the eugenics program as part of their curriculum. It also would require UNC researchers to conduct interviews with some of the survivors in order to document their experiences to share with future generations.Gov. Bev Perdue's budget also includes $250"000 to compensate those who were sterilized.""This program essentially served the purpose of sterilizing African-American women who were around child-bearing age"" said Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange, one of the sponsors of the bill who wants eugenics history taught in schools.Insko added that many of these women were not told what was happening to them and it was extremely traumatic for them when they found out that they could not have children.Sponsors of the bill say it will give those survivors a chance to explain their experiences.They can tell their stories in their own words"" said Rep. Larry Womble, D-Forsyth, who is a primary sponsor of the bill. Womble does not think that the cost of collecting survivor testimony will be very high because the evidence of this practice is already archived by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. For too long that part of our history has been hidden away" said Womble. Womble said he believes that children in school need to learn what happened to a large segment of society. Dictatorships do not even do things like that to their own children Womble said. He hopes that there is no real opposition because he said it is the right thing to do.It is a moral obligation that we have to those victims Womble said. Insko said she also expects the bill to pass. This bill has a great deal of support in the N.C. House. It was an era of unenlightenment and we know now that it is not ethical Insko said. Insko agreed that people need to know about these events that occurred in our past. We should honor the significant accomplishments but also the significant mistakes that we have made" Insko said. Contact the State & National Editor at email@example.com.
For the second time a bill banning smoking in all public places has been proposed in the N.C. General Assembly.The bill would make all public areas and places of employment — including restaurants and bars — smoke-free starting Jan. 2" 2010.""The goal is to have people be able to go to public places without being exposed to secondhand smoke"" said N.C. Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange, who is on the House health committee which must approve the bill before it can move on.When the bill was introduced in 2007, it failed largely because of opposition from the restaurant industry.Insko said that this time, the bill might have a greater chance of passing.They are not opposing it this time. As an industry" they are in favor of the bill now" Insko said.Insko said the bill would be debated in committee Thursday.The bill will be more likely to pass in the Senate if it passes in the House, said N.C. Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-Orange. Kinnaird said she is an adamant supporter of the bill. Smoking costs the state so much in unreimbursed expenses and smoking related illnesses" Kinnaird said. We have even talked about raising the tax on smoking" but we still do have a tobacco industry.""Kinnaird said she believes that more smoking restrictions would help to stop young children from starting and also to encourage pregnant women to stop smoking.On-campus smoking at UNC within 100 feet of any campus building hasn't been allowed since Jan. 1"2008 forcing smokers away from buildings to places like the flagpole at Polk place.A statewide ban would prohibit any smoking on campus" as the entire campus is state property.Some smokers are upset at the possibility of being further limited in where they can smoke.""I disagree about banning smoking in bars"" said sophomore Laura Stubbs. Restaurants are OK. Bars are an environment where smoking is a natural thing. Smoking goes along with drinking.""The bill does have the support of the UNC-Chapel Hill Young Democrats. The statewide organization will lobby the N.C. General Assembly today in support of the smoking ban"" among other bills.""We support this bill because of the number of young people who frequent bars and restaurants and are subjected to secondhand smoke"" said senior Andrew Bates, the statewide communications director of the Young Democrats.Contact the State & National Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.