SPORTS


3/20/2001 12:00am

Pitchers Struggle to Find Control

If you are reading this with small children, are on medication or are otherwise frightened by abhorrent pitching statistics, you might want to avoid the next couple paragraphs.During the North Carolina baseball team's three-game weekend series with Wake Forest, 11 Tar Heel pitchers combined to toss around these ugly numbers: 42 hits, 29 earned runs and 15 walks in 27 innings of baseball.For those of you without a calculator handy, that works out to be a 9.67 ERA.


3/19/2001 12:00am

Tar Heel Swimmers Finish 10th

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. -- North Carolina's women's swimming and diving team merited its best NCAA Championship finish in 14 years Saturday in the NCAA Championships at the Nassau County Aquatics Center. Coach Frank Comfort's Tar Heels finished in ninth place with 175 points, their best NCAA finish since 1987 when North Carolina also finished ninth. Georgia won its third successive NCAA championship, edging Stanford 389 to 387.5.


3/19/2001 12:00am

UNC Women's Track Takes 10th at NCAA INdoors

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The freshmen tandem of Alice Schmidt and Shalane Flanagan led the Tar Heels to a 10th-place finish after the final day of competition at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships held in Fayetteville, Ark. on March 9 and 10.Schmidt earned the highest finish by a Tar Heel in an individual event, crossing the line second in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 8.47 seconds.Flanagan placed seventh in the mile with a time of 4:45.25, edging out Jill Snyder of Wake Forest by four one-hundreths of a second (4:45.29).


3/19/2001 12:00am

Ivory Proves Himself Against UNC

NEW ORLEANS -- Titus Ivory walked the halls of North Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte hoping to one day play for North Carolina.North Carolina never showed similar interest, and Ivory didn't think he should go somewhere he wasn't wanted.Ivory was there on the court at the Louisiana Superdome on Sunday, but he wasn't wearing the home white North Carolina uniform.After the game, he wasn't wearing all of his navy blue Penn State one, either. As the team ran to the locker room following its victory celebration, Ivory's arms were raised above the fleet-footed herd.


3/19/2001 12:00am

Wake Runs Over Tar Heels

Tuesday, Wake Forest's coaching staff told center fielder Cory Sullivan he'd be starting Sunday's game against North Carolina.That normally wouldn't mean a whole lot to Sullivan, a senior from Pittsburgh, Pa., but instead of snagging fly balls, he was being asked to confuse Tar Heel batters.Sullivan got his first career start on the mound Sunday at Boshamer Stadium, leading Wake to a 11-3 victory to complete a weekend sweep of the Tar Heels.


3/19/2001 12:00am

Last-Minute Shot Hands Duke Win Against UNC

DURHAM - Close games against Duke are nothing new for the North Carolina women's lacrosse team. So it wasn't much of a surprise when Saturday's game between the rivals at Koskinen Stadium came down to the final seconds.In the teams' last three meetings the game has been decided by a margin of one point and this game followed suit.With just 14 seconds remaining in the game, Lauren Gallagher scored to beat No.

3/19/2001 12:00am

Tar Heels' Season Ends With Loss to Penn State

NEW ORLEANS -- North Carolina entered the season facing questions about its ball-handling ability.It ended the season being unable to answer them.The Tar Heels gave the ball to Penn State 22 times on turnovers Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.


3/19/2001 12:00am

Women's Golf Finishes 2nd in South Carolina

The North Carolina's women's golf team fired a team score of 322 Sunday to finish the weekend at 954 and in seventh place at this weekend's Lady Gamecock Classic at The University Club in Blythewood, S.C. Duke overcame a two-shot deficit entering the day to win the event with a team score of 887 (23-over-par).For the Tar Heels, junior Beth Lever led the way, finishing in 19th place with a 16-over-par 232.Gymnastics Finishes Fourth in Fla.The North Carolina gymnastics team finished fourth with a score of 192.275 at the Florida Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.


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.