SPORTS


5/1/2001 12:00am

Baseball's Lone Senior Leads Pitchers

As the only senior on the North Carolina baseball team, Jason Howell stands out in more ways than one.You might notice something distinct in Howell's step each time he strolls to the plate at Boshamer Stadium.He gets ready to bat to the beat of Britney Spears' "Hit Me Baby One More Time," which his teammates tease him about. And UNC's opponents can attest to how diverse Howell is.


4/30/2001 12:00am

A Look Back At 4 Years of UNC Sports

There have been many memorable sports moments in the last four years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.The senior class of 2001 was deprived the chance to see Dean Smith roam the sidelines, but few of the 22,050 fans in attendance at the Smith Center on the night of Feb. 5, 1998, will forget UNC's win against Duke and the off-the-glass-alley-oop-that-almost-was with Ed Cota and Vince Carter.These same seniors filled Kenan Stadium on Saturdays as freshmen to watch Mack Brown's Tar Heels. Most even came an hour or two early. A scene like the one at Kenan on Nov.


4/30/2001 12:00am

Women Get League of Their Own

If only Brandi Chastain had taken her shirt off five years ago.Rather than a conference room or board meeting, the Women's United Soccer Association, or WUSA, was born on the field of Pasadena's Rose Bowl. In the championship game of the 1999 Women's World Cup, the U.S.


4/30/2001 12:00am

Courage Goes Down on Late Penalty Kick

Carolina Courage coach Marcia McDermott summed up her team's loss in five words."Mia is always a threat," she said.The Courage was successful in containing women's soccer's most decorated athlete, Mia Hamm, for most of the first half. Carolina midfielder Erin Baxter's slide tackle in the 15th minute even sent her to the sideline with a knee sprain. But Hamm refused to let anyone dominate her on Fetzer Field at her alma mater.


4/30/2001 12:00am

Hamm Comes Back Home

Mia Hamm never lost on Fetzer Field during her standout collegiate career at North Carolina.And she wasn't going to let anything - not even a sprained knee - upset that record.In her first time playing on Fetzer Field since Nov. 21, 1993 in the NCAA Championship game, Hamm's heroics during the WUSA matchup between the Washington Freedom and the Carolina Courage were reminiscent of her days at UNC.

4/30/2001 12:00am

UNC Stomps UMass to End Regular Season

The North Carolina women's lacrosse team had a lot to play for Sunday at Henry Stadium. Not only was it Senior Day, but the No. 7 Tar Heels were looking to send a message to the NCAA selection committee, especially after a 7-6 loss to sixth-ranked Dartmouth on Friday. Next Sunday, the committee will announce the 16 teams that will go on to postseason play.UNC delivered under pressure with a 20-5 pummeling of Massachusetts."We took out our frustration today, and I think that was big deal for us," UNC goalie Melissa Coyne said.


4/26/2001 12:00am

Base Running Sparks UNC's Victory

The North Carolina baseball team wasn't going to wait for something bad to happen Wednesday night against UNC-Greensboro.The Tar Heels grabbed an early four-run lead with some aggressive base running and staved off a late Spartan rally en route to a 10-3 win at Boshamer Stadium.UNC put pressure on the Spartan defense all night long.Third baseman Chris Maples set the tone in the second inning by challenging the throwing arm of Spartan first baseman Chris Mittendorf.Running on the pitch, Maples scored from second on catcher Ron Braun's ground out to shortstop to give North Carolina (


4/26/2001 12:00am

Bray Keeps Goals Quiet, Lets Play on Links Talk

Dustin Bray tries to remain relatively mute about his future expectations on the North Carolina men's golf team. Not that his superb play on the links helps him to maintain that modesty. In his first year of collegiate golf, Bray has proven his value to the future of UNC's golf program. A prized in-state recruit from Asheboro, Bray's performance on the fairways and greens continues to catch the eye of UNC coach John Inman."He was definitely not just one of the best players in the country, but one of the best players in the country from North Carolina," Inman said.


4/25/2001 12:00am

Softball Lights Up Spartans Early

The North Carolina softball team jumped on UNC-Greensboro early.The Tar Heels decided they liked putting an early lead on the board so much that they did it again.UNC's anxious offense allowed it to sweep a doubleheader against the Spartans with 8-0 and 6-4 wins Tuesday.Michelle Semmes and Natalie Anter led the way with their bats, and the Tar Heels received impressive pitching performances from Radara McHugh and Michael Parrott en route to stymieing the Spartans at Finley Field.In the opening game, UNC started quickly.


4/25/2001 12:00am

Quick Advantage Helps Seahawks Defeat UNC

Drizzle and the threat of a downpour pushed the starting time of Tuesday night's North Carolina-UNC-Wilmington matchup back 45 minutes.Less than an hour later, the Tar Heels were probably wishing the tarp still covered the infield of Boshamer Stadium. The Seahawks won 11-5.From the start, the Seahawks continued right-hander Dennis Robinson's starting woes -- they torched him for three runs on two hits. He didn't come back."We have had trouble starting games," UNC coach Mike Fox said. "When you're at home, it sometimes starts with pitching.


4/24/2001 12:00am

Inconsistency Troubles Tar Heels

The learning experience continued for the North Carolina baseball team's pitching staff this weekend. UNC's pitching dug itself into a hole early and often during the weekend, and it simply seemed like the Tar Heels were playing catch-up for most of their three-game series with Duke.Overall, eight pitchers were shuffled on and off the mound, 39 hits were given up and Sunday's rubber match was won by the Blue Devils."It's hard to describe," UNC coach Mike Fox said.


4/23/2001 12:00am

Virgina Upsets Women's Tennis

ORLANDO, Fla. -- It was completely silent Friday at Lake Cane Tennis Complex.The ACC tournament quarterfinal womens tennis match between North Carolina and Virginia had been whittled down to two players -- Tar Heel Elina Bairos and Cavalier Laura James.UNC, the No. 3 seed, remained speechless when Bairos lost and sixth-seeded Virginia had pulled off the upset 4-3.


4/23/2001 12:00am

Courage Loses Inaugural Game 1-0

Fireworks lit up the sky above UNC's Fetzer Field in celebration of the inaugural game for the Women's United Soccer Association's Carolina Courage and Boston Breakers.But much to the disappointment of the Courage and thousands of enthusiastic fans, the action on the field was less than explosive.A crowd of 6,134 watched the Breakers dominate the majority of Saturday night's contest.The Breakers ultimately hung on for a 1-0 victory.In the 14th minute of the first half, Boston midfielder Maren Meinert, one of two German nationals playing for the Breakers, scored Boston's first-ever


4/23/2001 12:00am

Women's Track Captures ACC Title, Men Take 4th

ORLANDO, Fla. -- "I'm going to Pleasure Island!" a member of UNCs track and field team said.OK, so it doesn't have the same ring to it as the famous post-Super Bowl commericials do, but the women's North Carolina track and field team didn't care.The Tar Heels held off rival Clemson by 14 points to win their first conference outdoor title since 1998, their 11th since 1988. They were then treated to a night at Disney's Pleasure Island.UNC's men didn't fare as well. The Tar Heels placed fourth, with Clemson again taking home the championship.


4/23/2001 12:00am

Duke Tops Women's Lacrosse

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Duke's women's lacrosse players had an agenda entering the ACC tournament semifinal game against North Carolina.They wanted to make history. And the Blue Devils 10-5 win against UNC at Disney's Wide World of SportsComplex did just that. Duke tore up the Tar Heels to advance to the ACC championship game for the first time in school history. "This is a very special team," Blue Devil coach Kerstin Kimel said.


4/23/2001 12:00am

Men's Tennis Bows Out Early

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Put Nick Monroe in a bubble Friday afternoon, and maybe he wins his match against Clemson's Darren Knight.Keep North Carolina's No. 3 seed from realizing that his match will decide whether the second-seeded Tar Heels advance to the semifinals of the ACC championship, and maybe his muscles don't tighten and his shots stay steady.


4/23/2001 12:00am

Duke Tops UNC, Wins Series

Duke's baseball team claimed more than an ACC series victory against North Carolina at Boshamer Stadium this weekend.After breaking a 12-game losing streak to the Tar Heels on Saturday , the Blue Devils shut out UNC 4-0 Sunday to clinch the inaugural Carlyle Cup.Duke starter Justin Dilucchio and four relievers limited UNC (25-20, 6-12 in the ACC) to six hits while stranding 13 Tar Heels in the shutout performance.The victory gave Duke (20-25, 7-10) a 2-1 series win and the three decisive points in the all-sports competition between the rival athletic programs."I think we knew


4/23/2001 12:00am

4 Tar Heels Selected in NFL Draft

Sedrick Hodge finally learned he was headed to the Big Easy, even if waiting to find out where his NFL career would begin wasn't.Hodge, one of four North Carolina players picked in this weekend's NFL Draft, thought he would be chosen early in the second round.Nervousness set in when the New Orleans Saints, one of three teams Hodge visited before the draft, traded the 53rd overall pick to the Dallas Cowboys and received the 70th selection in return.The excitement -- and relief -- came when New Orleans snatched him up in the third round with the 70th pick.