SPORTS


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.


11/10/2000 12:00am

SportSaturday: Huard Ponders Future As UNC Quarterback

Things just haven't worked out the way Luke Huard imagined. Huard earned Washington player of the year honors from three publications as a senior at Puyallup (Wash.) High School in 1997. He was rated among the nation's top five passing quarterbacks. Huard looked ready to star at the collegiate level, just like his two older brothers before him. And the scholarship offers poured in. He signed with North Carolina on Feb. 4, 1998, and nothing has gone quite right for him since. In April of that year, national player of the year Ronald Curry announced he would attend UNC.


11/10/2000 12:00am

SportSaturday: Weighing the Options

Ah, the life of a football recruit. Must be nice. All that attention. College coaches from all over practically knocking your door down to get you to sign that piece of paper that says you'll bless them with your presence. Traveling around the country on official visits to schools that treat you like royalty when you get there. National television exposure and big time attention from pro scouts soon to come your way. Must be nice. "It's fun at first, and it's a situation that a lot of people would love to be in," North Carolina freshman tailback Brandon Russell said.


11/10/2000 12:00am

UNC Must Stop Jordan To Pay Back Terrapins

Game and time: Maryland at North Carolina. Kickoff is at noon. Records: Maryland is 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the ACC. UNC is 4-5, 1-5. Series: UNC leads 35-27-1. Personnel update: Maryland - No injuries reported.


11/10/2000 12:00am

Basketball Tab: UNC's Center of Attention

Brendan Haywood might just be the nation's best at his position. North Carolina's 7-foot, 262-pound center is certainly the best big man east of the Mississippi. People out west might argue for Arizona's Loren Woods, but he's more slender (7-1, 251) and has battled through injuries during his career. "Some people say I'm one of the best big men in the country, and some people don't," Haywood said. "I don't go out there and focus on that.


11/10/2000 12:00am

Basketball Tab: Quiet Forte Makes Noise on Court

Joseph Forte comes off as an unassuming guy. He's seemingly never in a hurry to get anywhere, and he speaks so softly that he's often difficult to hear. His game is another story. It maintains the smoothness of Forte's personality but is loud and bold at the same time, complete with long-range bombs, pull-up jumpers and drives to the basket. It's in your face whether you like it - as in the case of his teammates - or not - as in the case of opponents. Forte becomes another person on the court. If he beats a defender in practice, that guy might hear about it.


11/10/2000 12:00am

Doherty Faces Easier Season Opener

One year ago, Matt Doherty was coaching his first game at a new school. One year later, he's doing the same thing. But much has changed in a year. Doherty's task to tip off 1999 was to lead his Notre Dame squad on the road against fourth-ranked Ohio State. The Fighting Irish won 59-57. Doherty's task this year? To lead North Carolina past Winthrop in the first round of the NABC Classic at the Smith Center. The teams square off at 7:30 p.m. "No one expected us to beat (Ohio State)," Doherty said. "This situation is kind of different.


11/10/2000 12:00am

Basketball Tab: Doherty Puts Own Mark on Program

One year ago, Matt Doherty was coaching his first game at a new school. One year later, he's doing the same thing. But much has changed in a year. Doherty's task to tip off 1999 was to lead his Notre Dame squad on the road against fourth-ranked Ohio State. The Fighting Irish won 59-57. Doherty's task this year? To lead North Carolina past Winthrop in the first round of the NABC Classic at the Smith Center. The teams square off at 7:30 p.m. "No one expected us to beat (Ohio State)," Doherty said. "This situation is kind of different.