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11/20/2000 12:00am

Men's Soccer Uses Heads to Advance in NCAAs

The first-round game of the NCAA tournament that pitted North Carolina against William & Mary turned out to be not much of a real soccer game at all. A snow storm blanketed Fetzer Field and made the game a battle of which team could stay on its feet and make solid contact with the ball. The Tar Heels didn't even use their feet to score. They headed in three goals to erase a 2-0 second-half deficit and earn an overtime victory Sunday.


11/17/2000 12:00am

The North Carolina offense hasn't thrown for a TD in UNC Aims to Get Off Ground at Duke

Game and time: North Carolina at Duke. Kickoff is at noon. Site: Wallace Wade Stadium. TV/radio: The game will be televised regionally on JP Sports. The Tar Heel Sports Network will provide live radio coverage; its flagship station is WCHL 1360-AM. Records: UNC is 5-5, 2-5 in the ACC. Duke is 0-10, 0-7. Series: UNC leads 48-34-4. Personnel update: UNC - LB Merceda Perry (ankle), RB Rufus Brown (shoulder) and CB Anthony Anderson (shoulder) are out.


11/17/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Race to Lead On 1st Day of Nike Cup

The North Carolina men's and women's swimming and diving teams took the lead after the first day of the Nike Cup at Koury Natatorium. The No. 9 UNC women won all five events Thursday night to jump out with 335 points. Virginia Tech is second (123 points), and 12 teams have scored overall. The No. 23 UNC men's team leads the field with 284 points. Pittsburgh is second (207), and LSU is third (136). Junior Kevin Erndl led the charge. He tied the school record in the 50-yard freestyle when he won in 20.06 seconds. UNC's women won both relays Thursday.


11/17/2000 12:00am

UNC's Trip to Appalachian State Marks Many Firsts

Matt Doherty, a relatively young man by coaching standards, is part of a new breed. Doherty has joined the likes of Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Florida's Billy Donovan in a youth movement that has made distinguishing a coach from his players increasingly difficult. This movement has also trickled down to some of the most successful mid-major programs in the country. Winthrop's Gregg Marshall and Tulsa's Buzz Peterson, who have already faced North Carolina, are both younger than the 38-year-old Doherty.


11/16/2000 12:00am

Absence of Robinson Won't Go Unnoticed

For someone who plays right in the middle of the field, Eddie Robinson hardly ever gets noticed. North Carolina's defensive midfielder is there, though. But with a potent offense and a stingy defense on either side of him, fans tend to lose sight of Robinson. One minute, he's battling for a head ball, using his 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame to gain leverage against opposing players. The next moment, he is marking the other team's best offensive midfielder. It's hard to focus on Robinson.


11/16/2000 12:00am

Seniors Aim to Recapture NCAA Title

Kristen McCann laughed at the memory of being one of five freshmen on the North Carolina field hockey team. "We were just a bunch of scrubs," said McCann, now a senior forward. No one would call them "scrubs" now. McCann was named the ACC Player of the Year and has a shot at national honors. Back Jana Toepel has earned All-America honors for two consecutive years and looks to make it three at the end of this reason.

11/16/2000 12:00am

UNC Enters Tourney Seeking Revenge

Winston-Salem. The name doesn't merely appear on the North Carolina volleyball team's schedule - it flashes brightly. No, the team isn't comprised of smokers. But the Tar Heels were swept by Wake Forest this season. What better time and place to avenge a pair of loses than the ACC tournament, in the Demon Deacons' home gym? "I would feel very confident and look forward to that opportunity to play Wake Forest in their gym in the ACC tournament," UNC coach Joe Sagula said.


11/15/2000 12:00am

UNC Gives Opposing Coach Rare Chance

Houston Fancher isn't shocked. Not after building up such an immunity to the rumors and speculation. The fact that he - not Buzz Peterson - is the head basketball coach at Appalachian State heading into Friday's game against North Carolina really comes as no surprise. Fancher watched his former boss entertain all the offers. Peterson's name came up for the Georgia job in 1999. He actually agreed to coach at Southwest Missouri State that same summer before deciding to return to Boone. The possibilities didn't end there. After last season, Georgia Tech became an option.


11/15/2000 12:00am

Scoreboard Watching Not in Torbush's Plans

The North Carolina football team is still alive in the bowl chase. That much, everyone knows. But not all of the Tar Heels want to get caught up in what has to happen for the team to advance to the postseason. UNC plays Duke on Saturday at noon, and N.C.


11/14/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Still in Hunt for Postseason Game

North Carolina football fans will have to take timeout from their hatred of N.C. State this Saturday. If they want the Tar Heels to go bowling, a Wolfpack victory at Virginia would help the cause tremendously. Although UNC (5-5, 2-5 in the ACC) can't catch the Cavaliers (5-4, 4-3) in the conference standings, UVa. will not be bowl eligible if it doesn't pick up another win. After N.C. State, the Cavaliers head to Virginia Tech, a likely loss. Maryland (5-5, 3-4) is also teetering on the edge of bowl dreams.


11/14/2000 12:00am

Norkus Leads UNC Despite Injury

WINSTON-SALEM - It couldn't have happened at a worse time for Caleb Norkus. Just three days before his North Carolina soccer team would begin play in the ACC tournament, Norkus sprained his left ankle while vying for a head ball in practice. "I just went up for a head ball, and I came down and my ankle rolled," Norkus said.


11/14/2000 12:00am

Point Gaurds Audition for Leading Role in UNC Lineup

It was the one question everyone had about North Carolina men's basketball. It was also the one question UNC coach Matt Doherty would not answer. Who's your starting point guard? Doherty finally showed the world Friday night, when he sent freshman Adam Boone out for the opening tip against Winthrop in the first game of the NABC Classic. However, the answer was not a definitive one.


11/13/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Scramble to Pull Out Victory

Ronald Curry walked out to his postgame press conference following Saturday's game against Maryland with a smile on his face. A smile? The North Carolina quarterback had just completed one of the worst statistical games of his career, finishing 7-of-16 for 42 yards with an interception. What did he have to smile about? Plenty. The Tar Heels kept their bowl hopes alive by defeating the Terrapins 13-10 before 40,000 fans at Kenan Stadium.


11/13/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Waste No Time in Overtime, Win ACC Title

WINSTON-SALEM - In just 13 seconds, the frustration that built up during 90 minutes all but vanished. After a scoreless regulation period that included 16 fruitless attempts on the Virginia goal, the North Carolina men's soccer team crowned itself the 2000 ACC tournament champion in a matter of mere seconds. Forward Caleb Norkus broke a scoreless tie by netting a golden goal 13 seconds into overtime to propel the No. 2 Tar Heels to a 1-0 defeat of No. 9 Virginia at Spry Stadium on Sunday.


11/13/2000 12:00am

Field Hockey Wins Pair, Advances to Semifinals

Kent State field hockey coach Kerry De Vries looked slightly stunned Saturday while trying to explain to the media why North Carolina ran over her team. Sunday, the scene was repeated, except Massachusetts coach Patty Shea was the one in the hot seat. "Carolina has a lot of weapons, and you have to try to minimize them as much as you can," Shea said. "They play well together as a team, they pass the ball well." The Tar Heels rolled through their first- and second-round games of the NCAA tournament, amassing 5-3 and 5-1 victories at Henry Stadium this weekend.


11/13/2000 12:00am

UNC Raises Level of Play to Win Classic

Buzz Peterson was worried. The Tulsa coach looked over the box score from No. 6 North Carolina's narrow 66-61 victory Friday against Winthrop and noticed something odd: UNC preseason All-Americans Joseph Forte and Brendan Haywood combined for just 20 points. The duo bounced back Saturday against Tulsa.


11/13/2000 12:00am

UNC Kicks Off Season's Final Phase in Fine Fashion

North Carolina women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance looks at every season in three phases. The first phase: the regular season. It was not the Tar Heels' best after three losses, all of them in conference play. The second phase: the ACC tournament. The Tar Heels couldn't have been more dominant, yielding one goal in three wins for their 12th straight title. The third phase began Sunday before 2,538 fans at Fetzer Field: the NCAA tournament. And from the looks of things, North Carolina has forgotten the first phase and retained everything from the second. Alyssa Ramsey and K


11/13/2000 12:00am

Flanagan, Tar Heels Run to NCAAs

FURMAN, S.C. - In what looked like a repeat of the ACC Championships, freshman Shalane Flanagan led North Carolina to a second-place finish in cross country at the NCAA Southeast regional on Saturday morning. N.C. State, the 2000 ACC champion, finished first with 72 points. North Carolina tallied 83 points. The Tar Heels' second-place finish guarantees them a trip to the NCAA Championships at Iowa State on Nov. 20. Flanagan crossed the line first in 20 minutes, 51 seconds to finish 20 seconds ahead of Duke sophomore Sheela Agrawal, who placed second.