10/30/2000 12:00am

Newcomers Excel as UNC Beats Rice

The beginning of the swimming and diving season is marked by long, grueling practices and tired athletes. These conditions usually don't lead to fast times, especially by a team's newcomers. Don't tell that to North Carolina's women swimmers and divers. The ninth-ranked Tar Heel women won their first meet of the season - and helped coach Frank Comfort pick up his 200th victory as the women's coach at UNC - on Saturday, cruising past Rice 201.5-83.5 at Koury Natatorium.

10/27/2000 12:00am

UNC Women Look to Repeat

Bulls aren't the only creatures that get agitated when they see red in front of them. So does the North Carolina women's cross country team. UNC will look to defend its ACC title Saturday in Raleigh at N.C. State's University Club Course. The Tar Heels' biggest obstacle will be the ladies in red representing the No.12 Wolfpack. "State has always been our biggest rival during my career," junior Kim Timberlake said. "We always want to beat a red uniform in front of us." N.C.

10/25/2000 12:00am

High-Scoring Tar Heels Look to Continue Win Streak

The high-powered North Carolina men's soccer team will host Elon today at 7 p.m. at Fetzer Field. The Tar Heels (14-2, 4-1 in the ACC) are ranked No. 1 in the nation by the College Coaches Poll for the second week in a row. The ranking is the highest in the history of the UNC men's program, which is in the midst of an eight-match winning streak. In this week's other major national polls, the Tar Heels are ranked No. 3 by Soccer America, No. 4 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and No. 4 by

10/25/2000 12:00am

Injury Has Minimal Effect on Curry

Quarterback Ronald Curry, who was carried off the field with a sprained right knee in Saturday's loss to Clemson, showed few effects of the injury in Monday's practice. "He's a little bit stiff, but he threw the ball really well," Torbush said. "As a matter of fact, he threw a lot better than I thought he would.

10/24/2000 12:00am

Stopped Early, Tigers Rally Against UNC Defense

For the rest of the game, it once again resembled the all-familiar 2000 unit that ranks a pedestrian 44th in the nation. Early on, the defense contained Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler, who, before Saturday, was the No. 11 rusher and ninth most efficient quarterback in the nation. The defensive line got to the scrambling Dantzler and sacked him three times. Running back Travis Zachery had only 27 yards in nearly a half of football.

10/24/2000 12:00am

Basketball Diary- DTH Reporter Recounts Tryout for Men's Hoops

As I walked into my poorly lit dorm room Thursday afternoon, I saw the red, blinking No. 1 on my answering machine that would decide my fate. I already knew what the message was pertaining to. And I had a good idea what it was going to ultimately say. "Hi, Bret, how are you," the message starts. "This is Coach Q from the basketball office. It's just about 11 o'clock on Thursday.

10/23/2000 12:00am

Gardner Makes Tar Heels Pay for Focusing on Run

By T. Nolan Hayes Sports Editor For the second week in a row, the North Carolina defense succeeded in stopping its opponent's primary strength on offense. But for the second week in a row, that result came at a high price. The Tar Heels held Clemson's vaunted rushing game in check Saturday but were spread thin against the pass in the process. Wide receiver Rod Gardner made them pay for it.

10/23/2000 12:00am

UNC Wraps Up Fall With Softball Sweep

Good vibes have been contagious lately with North Carolina's softball team. The team capped off an important weekend in the program's history, gathering Saturday at the site of its new state--of-the-art softball complex for a groundbreaking ceremony. The event came a day after the Tar Heels completed their fall exhibition schedule by sweeping Louisburg College 3-0 and 9-3 on Friday at Finley Field. The doubleheader domination was a spectacle for both the present and future talent of the program. The usual suspects - shortstop Michelle Semmes, pitcher Radara McHugh and catcher Natal

10/23/2000 12:00am

UNC Breaks Records, Wolfpack `D'

It was a day of records for the North Carolina men's soccer team. Going into its match with N.C. State, the No. 3 Tar Heels had a chance to break the school record for the best start to a season. Also, junior forward Chris Carrieri had a chance to inch closer to Derek Missimo's UNC record for goals in a season. The Tar Heels accomplished both of those feats Sunday and tacked on a few more en route to defeating the Wolfpack 7-1 at Fetzer Field. North Carolina (14-2, 4-1 in the ACC) surpassed its previous best start of 13-2, which was set in 1980 and '81.

10/23/2000 12:00am

Volleyball Takes Terrapins to School

After Sunday's volleyball game with Maryland, a throng of Girl Scouts huddled around the North Carolina team, listening intently to a clinic being conducted. Perhaps the Terrapins' squad should have stuck around and taken some pointers, too. The Tar Heels dominated every aspect of their contest with Maryland, destroying the Terrapins 3-0 (15-10, 15-5, 15-3) in a little more than an hour. "Our intensity and our level of play were outstanding today," UNC coach Joe Sagula said.

10/23/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Win, Secure 1st Place in ACC

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - An overtime goal by Kristen McCann lifted second-ranked North Carolina to a 1-0 win against No. 3 Maryland. The Terrapins controlled much of the play during the first half at Artificial Turf Field, outshooting the Tar Heels 9-4. In the second half, Maryland got off three shots to UNC's two. UNC won the pushback when overtime began and carried the ball downfield untouched by Maryland to set up McCann's goal just 30 seconds into the period.

10/23/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Open Year On Point

The North Carolina men's basketball team enters this season facing uncertainty at point guard. Sophomore Jonathan Holmes and freshmen Adam Boone and Brian Morrison are all competing for the starting spot. Even scoring machine Joseph Forte is a possibility - although a remote one - for the position. But after the annual Blue-White game Saturday, UNC coach Matt Doherty might want to put another name on the list: Brendan Haywood. Haywood handed out six assists to go with his 22 points and seven rebounds as he led the White team to a 77-66 victory in front of a crowd of 10,225 at the S

10/23/2000 12:00am

Simmons Saves Day for Clemson

By Bret Strelow Assistant Sports Editor Clemson had every reason to worry. Star quarterback and Heisman hopeful Woodrow Dantzler was limping to the sidelines with a bruised left foot. The fifth-ranked Tigers were already facing a 17-point deficit on the road against a team with abundant confidence and a crowd with newfound enthusiasm. But Willie Simmons crushed North Carolina's hopes. He put a hush over Kenan Stadium.

10/20/2000 12:00am

SportSaturday - UNC senior Sedrick Hodge has developed into one of the nation's best linebackers.

North Carolina's 1997 recruiting haul at tailback was ranked among the top five nationally. Ravon Anderson, Rufus Brown, Tyrell Godwin, Anthony Saunders and Domonique Williams combined to rush for 8,981 yards and 111 touchdowns in their senior seasons in high school. The Tar Heels also brought in all-state linebacker Sedrick Hodge from Atlanta that year. Three and a half seasons later, none of the backs has developed into the impact player UNC hoped they would. Anderson and Williams transferred. Godwin quit football after his sophomore year to concentrate on baseball.

10/20/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Open Season With Losses at Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. - North Carolina opened its swimming and diving seasons losing to Georgia at Gabrileson Natatorium on Thursday. The top-ranked Georgia women's team defeated 16th-ranked UNC 160-138. The Tar Heel men fell to Georgia 164-134. Both teams won five of 16 events. For the women, senior Summer Mack was a double winner in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100 backstroke. Freshman Molly Freedman won the 200 butterfly, and junior Molly Sullivan did the same in the 1,000 freestyle.

10/20/2000 12:00am

SportSaturday - Open It Up

There's no secret why North Carolina has lost three of its last four games: UNC hasn't been able to stop anybody defensively. Those four opponents lit up the scoreboard, averaging 39.5 points, and the Tar Heels are yielding 30.2 points per game overall. It's unlikely that the defense will experience a dramatic change and start putting the clamps on opponents. And it's tough to win if you can't stop anybody. Yet it can be done. It happens every Sunday. And the people of St.

10/20/2000 12:00am

SportSaturday - Upbeat Fryer Proves Steal For UNC

Duke must be kicking itself. When North Carolina's Lisa Fryer was a junior in high school, she was all set to attend a volleyball camp at UNC's archival, one of the schools recruiting her. But when that camp was canceled, Fryer came to one at UNC instead. She fell in love with the University, and the rest is history. "We were fortunate," UNC coach Joe Sagula said.

10/20/2000 12:00am

SportSaturday - Lending a Helping Hand

Holly Huff looks back through her years of college to remember what it was like when she was a freshman on the North Carolina field hockey team. She remembers being the girl from St. Louis who didn't know a whole lot of people and struggled in her first semester to balance the demands of one of the best field hockey programs in the nation with her school work.

10/20/2000 12:00am

SportSaturday - Cross Country Prepares for Postseason Feast

The regular season is not much more than a really long practice for North Carolina men and women's cross country teams. Practice is finally over on Oct. 28 at the ACC Championship race. "I look at the regular meets as workouts and confidence builders," freshman standout Shalane Flanagan said.

10/20/2000 12:00am

SportSaturday - FSU's Weinke Piles Up Passing Yards

Maturity apparently isn't all that comes with age. In Chris Weinke's case, so do stellar statistics. The 28-year-old Florida State quarterback has left the box score overflowing the past two weekends. Weinke completed 66-of-105 passes for eight touchdowns and 1,032 yards in FSU's loss at Miami - its first defeat in 18 games - and its blowout of Duke. He did it all on a bum left foot, which he injured Sept. 28 at Maryland.