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3/19/2001 12:00am

Tar Heels Escape in Win vs. Butler

With a matchup at Duke looming Wednesday night, Butler -- a second-tier Division I program from Ohio -- appeared to be a perfect tuneup for the North Carolina men's lacrosse team Saturday.Instead, an inconsistent offense and a poor defensive effort nearly resulted in the No. 12 Tar Heels' second embarrassing loss of the season to a lesser opponent.


3/9/2001 12:00am

Battle for ACC Tourney Title Looks to Be a Free-For-All

The ACC's two headliners met at the Smith Center last Sunday with the media spotlight shining solely on Chapel Hill.The league's seven other schools only benefitted by what transpired on that rainy afternoon.Duke's 95-81 victory meant top-seeded North Carolina will head into this weekend's ACC Tournament losers of three of its past five games.


3/9/2001 12:00am

Hathaway's Balancing Act Leads to National Finals

After watching North Carolina swimmer Katie Hathaway hoist herself out of the pool and grin from ear to ear, no one would ever guess that there was ever a time when the co-captain didn't love being submerged in chlorine. But when Hathaway was at the tender age of eight and had been swimming competitively for a year, she quit. "The water was too cold," Hathaway said. Luckily for UNC coach Frank Comfort and the swimming and diving team, Hathaway's sister Darcy, also a swimmer, convinced her to pick the sport back up less than a year later.


3/9/2001 12:00am

Players Take Extra Practice to Make Sure Dome Won't Affect Shot

ATLANTA -- One of the hot questions surrounding the ACC Tournament this weekend is how much the Georgia Dome will affect shooting percentages.The preliminary answer? Not much.Domes -- because of their size and significant open space behind the baskets -- can create different looks than shooters are used to seeing. But some of the ACC's best marksmen aren't concerned after working out with their teams in 1-hour sessions Thursday."It's similar to the Carrier Dome (at Syracuse)," said Virginia guard Keith Friel, who played at Syracuse when he attended Notre Dame.


3/9/2001 12:00am

9 Track Athletes Set to Compete in NCAAs

UNC track and field Dennis Craddock will travel to Fayetteville, Ark. with a total of nine athletes, for the 2001 NCAA Track and Field Championships this weekend hosted by Arkansas. The women who have qualified for the NCAA Championships are Shalane Flanagan (mile), Joy Ganes (high jump), Beth George (distance medley relay), Edi Ntuen (400m), Alice Schmidt (800m), and Ola Sesay (long jump).


3/7/2001 12:00am

`Unselfish' Owens Learns to Embrace Bench Role

Matt Doherty pulled senior Max Owens aside after North Carolina's win against N.C. State last Wednesday and made a brief, yet meaningful, gesture.Doherty apologized to Owens.Owens had just spent 34 of the game's 40 minutes on the bench. And he didn't attempt a single shot in the limited time he was on the floor.But for a player who has had to deal with his share of adversity, Owens didn't respond to Doherty by pouting or sulking."He said 'Coach, I understand. As long as you talk to me, I understand,'" Doherty said.

3/7/2001 12:00am

Women's Tennis Wins In Dramatic Fashion

North Carolina women's tennis player Kendrick Bunn was drenched in sweat, and she was breathing heavily.When South Carolina's Lynn-Yin Tan put a backhand into the net, Bunn was finally able to celebrate a singles victory and a 4-3 win for the Tar Heels.


3/7/2001 12:00am

Forte Shoots in Face of Scrutiny

It's not easy being Joseph Forte these days.Sure, it's great to be recognized as the best player on one of the nation's best teams. But it's not so great when that team loses, as North Carolina has in three of its last five contests.Forte, UNC's star shooting guard, has shouldered much of the blame for UNC's recent slump. The criticism has come largely because of the activity of his right arm."When we win, it's fine," Forte said on Tuesday. "When we lose, I shoot too much."Such has been the debate in Chapel Hill for the past few weeks.


3/6/2001 12:00am

Men's Tennis Beats 49ers, Looks Ahead to Texas Trip

Chad Riley was excited.Excited about the North Carolina tennis team's 6-1 victory against UNC-Charlotte on Monday and excited about a chance to play college tennis back in his home state of Texas.The Tar Heels (4-3) face a trio of teams from the Lone Star state starting Saturday against Texas, Rice and Texas A&M.


3/6/2001 12:00am

Blue Devils Convert Turnovers Into Points

Without center Carlos Boozer, Duke came into Sunday's game against North Carolina intending to shoot a bunch of 3-pointers.And the Blue Devils followed through on their plan. They hoisted a school-record-tying 38 shots from behind the arc, making seven in each half for a final accuracy of 36.8 percent."They didn't have to worry about throwing it inside," UNC forward Jason Capel said. "They really stuck to their game plan, which is to shoot 3s.


3/5/2001 12:00am

Duke Wins, Grabs Share of Title

The mantra adopted by Duke this season has been "to play like a fist."That is, all five extensions of the hand -- representative of Blue Devils on the floor -- bound tightly together.The Blue Devils went into Sunday's game against North Carolina without one of their fingers -- center Carlos Boozer, who was out with a broken bone in his right foot -- but still packed enough of a punch to knock out the Tar Heels 95-81 before 21,750 at the Smith Center.


3/5/2001 12:00am

Clemson Sends Tar Heels Packing

The North Carolina women's basketball team had a big game Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum.But the seventh-seeded Tar Heels didn't play big in their 75-57 loss to second-seeded Clemson in a quarterfinal game of the ACC tournament. UNC handled eighth-seeded Georgia Tech 79-64 on Friday in a first-round matchup."They just pretty much manhandled us," said UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell, whose team likely lost its last hope of an NCAA invite with the early exit.


3/5/2001 12:00am

Bell Ends UNC Career With 4th ACC Title

Do not ask for whom the Bell tolls; he tolls for North Carolina.Senior Corey Bell became the first wrestler from the state of North Carolina to win four ACC titles Saturday, ending a surprisingly illustrious career with a 6-5 win against N.C. State's Dustin Kawa in the 174-pound weight class."This is a kid who was all but a walk-on," UNC coach Bill Lam said. "He came to school for books."But he became a wrestling star.


3/5/2001 12:00am

Terrapins Stop Tar Heels

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland's women's lacrosse star Jen Adams doesn't usually cross her fingers before she takes a shot. That's because most of the balls the two-time national player of the year fires at the net go in. But before Adams made the game-winning shot in the top-ranked Terrapins 8-7 defeat of No. 4 North Carolina on Sunday at Ludwig Field, she held her breath for a moment. With 7:31 remaining in the second half, Maryland attacker Allison Comito fed Adams a pass that flew high above her stick.


3/5/2001 12:00am

Gymnastics Ends Season With `W'

The emotions couldn't be contained.Sunday at Carmichael Auditorium, senior gymnast Brooke Wilson was honored in an pregame ceremony. Wilson owns all but one of North Carolina's school records.Teammate Monica Middleton provided Wilson with flowers before tearfully embracing Lisa Companioni.But once things got going on the mats, the Tar Heels successfully turned tears into triumph."It's very emotional, but exciting at the same time," Wilson said. "Running out of the tunnel that last time was definitely a little emotional.


3/5/2001 12:00am

Rowing Squad Grabs Mixed Results vs. Duke

Joel Furtek's voice emanated from a pair of two-foot high speakers, sitting on a wooden plank by the right door of the boathouse at University Lake.Using a cell phone for the first 10 races and a radio held up to a microphone for the last two, Furtek provided play-by-play from a motor boat as his North Carolina women's rowing team opened its spring season in the Carolina Dash against Duke on Saturday morning.Although the sound system experienced technical difficulties at times, Furtek's race-calling -- interspersed with color commentary -- made it easier for the onlookers standing on the


3/5/2001 12:00am

Wrestling Falters, Takes 3rd Place in ACCs

In years past, all of the little things have gone right for North Carolina at the ACC tournament.This year, with the event being held in Chapel Hill, they didn't.The Tar Heels lost three crucial semifinal matches by a total of five points en route to a third-place overall finish behind N.C. State (78.5 points) and Virginia (73). UNC finished with 68 total points, while Maryland finished fourth with 52.5 points.


3/5/2001 12:00am

Blue Devils' Confidence Leads to Redemption

Duke assistant basketball coach Chris Collins uttered a word of caution to the Blue Devil team Sunday afternoon."Walk off like we came here to win," Collins said.The reminder, which came with 1:15 left in the game, was one that many didn't expect No. 2 Duke to need in its matchup against fourth-ranked North Carolina.That's because the Blue Devils entered the game as an underdog."At Duke, you're not put in that position.


3/5/2001 12:00am

Men's Lacrosse Snaps Road Losing Streak

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- North Carolina attackman Jeff Sonke lifted the Tar Heels to an 11-10 victory against Navy on Saturday.Last year Sonke scored in sudden victory overtime at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill to give the Heels the win 11-10. Saturday afternoon he scored with one second remaining at Rip Miller Field in Annapolis to lift the 18th-ranked Tar Heels to yet another 11-10 victory against the No.