SPORTS


2/23/2001 12:00am

Spring Sports - Rowing Seniors Come Full Circle in 2001

"Pick it up," yells the coxswain. The race begins as the blades knife through the surface of the water with unparalleled fury.The eight-meter shell's speed increases with the pull of both the starboard and portside. The shell cuts through the water with the machine-like efficiency of the stroke of the team.Yet people outside the rowing community might not know or understand one of the most competitive women's sports at North Carolina.People probably also do not know the outlook for this spring's team of rowers.


2/23/2001 12:00am

Spring Sports - Big Things Expected From Freshman Golfers

The loss of two All-Americans. The potential of having two freshmen in the starting lineup. A disappointing fall campaign. Tough competition awaiting in the ACC.Combine these factors, and the 2001 spring season has all the makings of a proverbial "rebuilding" year for North Carolina's men's golfers. There's just one problem. They don't want to wait until next year.Last spring, North Carolina struggled, failing to win a single tournament. But the team peaked at the right time.


2/23/2001 12:00am

Spring Sports - Tar Heels Aim for Another NCAA Berth

They don't play on Wimbledon's grass courts or the clay of Roland Garros.But the North Carolina women's tennis team has performed well on the less hallowed collegiate courts in its opening matches of the season.The Tar Heels, ranked No. 22 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, boast a 6-1 record that includes victories against No. 34 Kentucky, No. 27 Illinois and No. 20 Northwestern.No. 11 Notre Dame handed the Tar Heels their lone loss Feb.


2/23/2001 12:00am

Forte Continues to Make Case For Player of the Year Accolades

Joseph Forte's 16-point, 6-of-19 shooting performance in North Carolina's 75-65 loss to Clemson on Sunday can be summed up in one short phrase: Poor Florida State.The sophomore shooting guard blitzed the Seminoles for 36 points -- two off of his career high -- as the No. 2 Tar Heels eased past FSU 95-67 at the Smith Center on Thursday.Floaters from the left wing here, a pull-up jumper from 12 feet there and a handful of penetrating drives through the Seminole defense were just too much for Florida State to handle."I was just trying to make sure we win," Forte said.


2/23/2001 12:00am

Spring Sports - UNC Golfers Anticipate Challenging Season

With a little luck and a few things done differently, the North Carolina women's golf team would have made it to the NCAA championships at the end of the 2000 season.Instead the team placed third in the ACC and 17th in the NCAA Eastern Regionals to cap off a season of steady improvement.Although this season began much the same as the last, UNC coach Sally Austin hopes her team's story will have a different ending this May.Once again, the Tar Heels improved constantly throughout the fall.


2/23/2001 12:00am

Spring Sports - UNC Eyes Championships

The new North Carolina men's lacrosse poster for the 2001 season recently caught women's lacrosse coach Jenny Slingluff Levy's eye.The poster shows something she wants. Slingluff Levy looked in awe at the tradition the poster encapsulated in the team's highlights. The men's team began its winning tradition in 1981.

2/23/2001 12:00am

Spring Sports - Rebuilding Tradition

These were glory days for the Tar Heel lacrosse program. And John Haus was there.He was a four-year starter on close defense for the Tar Heels from 1980 to '83. Now he's been handed the responsibility of rekindling the fire that once burned so brightly within the program."There was a lot of excitement, and we were very successful," Haus said. "And, obviously, the key to having people come out and watch you is if you're successful and you win games. And we were.


2/23/2001 12:00am

Spring Sports - Men's Tennis Eyes ACC Title

Nothing's for sure on North Carolina's men tennis team.Everything from uncertainty surrounding its top six players to injuries to an upset loss to Furman could make some coaches worry about the future.But Sam Paul doesn't worry. Instead, the Tar Heels' coach is looking forward to the rest of the year and sees his club as a contender for the ACC title.


2/23/2001 12:00am

Men's Swimming In 2nd at ACCs

The North Carolina men's swimming and diving team kept defending champion Virginia within reach in the first day of the ACC Championships in Charlottesville, Va. UNC did not finish first in any event but still managed to wind up second when the day was done.Virginia is currently in first place in the team event with 256.5 points. North Carolina follows with 211, while Florida State is third with 142.5. N.C. State is in fourth place heading into the second day of competition with 123 points, and Maryland is in fifth (110).


2/23/2001 12:00am

Spring Sports - Haus Faces `Issue' in Inexperienced Defense

Take a minute, look at the North Carolina lacrosse team, and absorb the irony.If you want to understand this team, follow the irony, because it'll take you to the heart of the 2001 edition Tar Heels.Let's start with the not-so-subtle.John Haus, the first-year head coach and UNC alumnus, is a renowned defensive specialist. He was a defenseman when he played and he was defensive coordinator at Johns Hopkins. Simply, defense is his specialty.What does Haus inherit at UNC?The most inexperienced defensive unit Chapel Hill has seen in years.


2/23/2001 12:00am

Spring Sports - Track Looks to Reclaim Dominance in ACC

North Carolina's men and women's track and field teams are heading into the outdoor season in an unfamiliar position. Both are looking to regain the Tar Heels' dominance in the ACC.Since 1988, the women have won 10 of 13 conference championships. But the last two years have culminated in a third- and second-place finish -- respectable, but below UNC's standards."For the women, really, we're pretty doggone strong in all areas," UNC coach Dennis Craddock said. "I think the depth is back.


2/22/2001 12:00am

Tar Heels Topple Panthers

Home runs might draw crowds, but hustle still wins ball games.Junior Chris Maples proved this fact in North Carolina's 10-6 win against High Point on Wednesday. Trailing 3-2 with runners on first and second and two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Ryan Blake chopped a routine grounder to third, seemingly ending the inning and the Tar Heel threat. But Maples dashed to second like he was the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.


2/22/2001 12:00am

Lewis' Triple-Double Crushes UNC's Hopes to Win

The first half of Wednesday's game between the North Carolina women's basketball team and N.C. State closely resembled the teams' overtime contest back on Jan. 14 in which the Tar Heels eked out a six-point win.The second half of Wednesday's game?


2/21/2001 12:00am

2 Football Players Suspended Following Arrests

Two North Carolina football players were arrested in separate incidents Friday and Saturday.Bryant Malloy, a sophomore offensive tackle, was arrested for assault on a female, and junior cornerback Errol Hood was arrested for larceny by an employee.Both have been suspended indefinitely from all football activities.Malloy was arrested for an incident at 159 1/2 E. Franklin Street at Players Club.


2/21/2001 12:00am

UNC Finishes 6th in Fla.

The North Carolina men's golf team shot a 2-under-par 286 in the final round of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship to finish sixth, 22 strokes behind champion Florida.The Tar Heels totaled a seven-over total of 871 in the 54-hole tournament held in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.UNC entered the final round in eighth place, 17 shots off the pace.Tar Heel freshman Dustin Bray and sophomore Ramon Bescansa both scored even par rounds of 72 on Tuesday, each finishing tied for 22nd with a 1-over-par 217.Jeremy Elliot finished tied for 27th (218) for the Tar Heels, while Johno Harris finis


2/20/2001 12:00am

Long Layoff Spells Trouble for UNC

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's win against top-ranked North Carolina on Sunday afternoon was a surprise to almost everyone.But maybe it shouldn't have been.Sure, the Tar Heels were undefeated in ACC play and the Tigers had dropped eight consecutive games. Recent history, however, shows that Clemson had an ace in the hole.The Tar Heels entered the game having lost their previous four ACC games in which they had at least a week off beforehand. They had dropped one such game in each of the past four seasons, including an 86-72 shocker against N.C. State as the nation's No.


2/19/2001 12:00am

Solomon Avenges Round 1

CLEMSON, S.C. -- And Round 2 goes to Will Solomon.Clemson's junior shooting guard scored 26 points to lead his team to a 75-65 upset of No. 1 North Carolina. "I took shots that I normally take and they just went in," said Solomon, who shot 9-for-21 from the field and made 5-of-12 behind the 3-point line.


2/19/2001 12:00am

Tar Heels Sweep Hoosiers in Straight Sets

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The North Carolina women's tennis team defeated Indiana 7-0 for its second win in as many days. The Tar Heels swept the singles matches in straight sets and took two of three doubles contests to blank the Hoosiers. The No. 22 Tar Heels were led by Marlene Mejia, who defeated Indiana's Kelly Blanch 6-4, 6-4 at first singles. Kate Pinchbeck, Kristin Koenig, and Kendrick Bunn earned victories at the second through fourth slots, while Elina Bairos and Courtney Zalinski won tiebreakers in the second sets to clinch their matches.


2/19/2001 12:00am

Women's Track, Swimming Take ACC Titles

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The North Carolina women's track team won its ninth consecutive ACC Indoor Championship on Saturday at Virginia Tech, marking UNC's 13th title in 15 years, all under the direction of coach Dennis Craddock. The women finished with 144 points, followed by Clemson with 98 and Georgia Tech with 83.50. UNC's men's team finished second with 93 points behind Clemson's 181 points. Florida State rounded out the top three with 86 points. The women, led by several freshmen, produced outstanding performances during the final day of the championships.