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Danna Durante was recently named the new coach of the UNC gymnastics team. Photo courtesy of UNC Athletic Communications.

Danna Durante comes to UNC gymnastics with an elite track record

An elite gymnast by the age of fifteen, Durante was member of the U.S. National Team and qualified for the Olympic Trials for the 1988 games in Seoul, but ultimately she didn't make the cut for the Olympic team. She went on to compete on the college level at Arizona State University, where she earned multiple All-Pac 10 team accolades and scored perfect 10s five times.

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UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham speaks at the Rammys. Photo taken by Jeffrey A. Camarati and courtesy of UNC Athletic Communications.

Bubba Cunningham prepares for "new era" as Supreme Court rules against NCAA

All nine justices sided with Shawne Alston, the lead plaintiff in the case and a former football player at the University of West Virginia, who argued that the NCAA's caps on education-related benefits violated federal antitrust laws. What makes this case particularly compelling, though, is that it could open the door for challenges to the NCAA rule that prohibits college athletes from being paid.

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Ryan Tezzi and Mason Atwell, members of the UNC Bass Fishing Team pose with their prize at the 2021 U.S. Boat Collegiate Bass Championship at Lake Murray, SC. Photo courtesy of Mason Atwell.

All about that bass: UNC Bass Fishing Club nets a quality finish in championship

The UNC Bass Fishing Club may not have the notoriety that some of the higher-level programs at UNC do, but its drive to succeed is no different than any other athlete, regardless of the sport. “Throwing on the UNC jersey is definitely something that feels awesome to do and that’s definitely a big motivator for us being out there and representing our school,” incoming president Mason Atwell said. “We’re out there putting on that jersey and our hearts are racing just as hard as the basketball or the football players would when they’re ready for tipoff or ready for kickoff.”

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Sara Daavettila (left) and Erin Matson (right) have both won the 2021 Honda Sport Award for their respective sports, tennis and field hockey.

UNC boasts at least two Honda Sport Award winners in Matson and Daavettila

For just the fourth time in the school’s history, North Carolina will be represented by at least two athletes as recipients of the Honda Sport Award. On Thursday, fifth-year senior Sara Daavettila was announced as this year’s recipient of the Honda Sport Award for Tennis, joining fellow Tar Heel Erin Matson, who was named the winner of the field hockey award on June 2.

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UNC first-year catcher Tomas Frick (52) hits the ball at the NCAA tournament game against UCLA on Sunday June 6, 2021 in Lubbock, TX. The Tar Heels lost 2-12. Photo courtesy of Elise Bressler.

Even after early exit in NCAA regionals, UNC baseball has a bright future

Sunday’s loss against UCLA that ended the UNC baseball team’s 2021 season and eliminated the team from the NCAA Tournament was a tough one to say the least. After winning their first game of the Lubbock Regional, the Tar Heels dropped consecutive games against Texas Tech and the Bruins, but there are still plenty of positives to take away from the trying 2021 season.

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