Sam Howell's rise to fame as UNC's starting quarterback might have come as a surprise to some, but not for the people who know him best back home. For years, his hometown has been marveling over his athletics gifts, but also his selflessness to always put others before himself. Tad Baucom, his former high school coach, knows just what it looks like when Howell cares about someone like family. For his talents and his person, UNC devoted 11 days straight to recruiting him away from Florida State.
Destiny Cox was slated to be the next great track star in her family, before she made a important announcement to her family. She wanted to play volleyball instead. As a four-your starter at Carrboro High School, Destiny led the team to a pair of Eastern Region runner-up finishes in 2014-15 and helped capture back-to-back state titles in 2016 and 2017, going on to earn NCHSAA 2A State Most Valuable Player honors two consecutive years. “My greatest accomplishment would be coming to UNC," Cox said. "Just because I could have honestly gone anywhere in the country I wanted to play volleyball, and so deciding to come here to an ACC school definitely surprised a lot of people, but I'm super proud of it.”
Three UNC athletes dreamed about their shot at making it to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, and they dreamed of what their performance at the Trials would have to be like to make it there. Now, in the wake of COVID-19, these athletes are staying positive despite the postponement of the trials.
Between hours being cut back, transitioning to online and jobs just plain stopping, UNC work-study students are navigating new challenges amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
An offensive explosion in the sixth inning allowed the North Carolina softball team to clinch a series win over Pittsburgh on Sunday, bringing the team's ACC record to 2-1.
Ryan Gerard led the way for the Tar Heels when the junior shot a 6-under-par 66 in the final round to finish in second place at the John Burns Intercollegiate.
In the five-game JoAnne Graf Classic, the UNC softball team picked up its highest ranked win in program history against No. 2 Alabama and the program's 1,500th win in an 11-3 victory over Detroit Mercy.
The North Carolina women's tennis team completed a perfect weekend with two wins over top-15 teams. The Tar Heels took down No. 10 Michigan on Saturday and No. 13 Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon.
Priyav Chandna, a UNC student, started playing chess as a child. Now he's helping other aspiring players master the craft.
The Reese News Lab and Emerging Technologies Lab have merged to form the Reese Innovation Lab, which combines journalistic, computer science and business disciplines to implement new, technologically-enhanced journalistic solutions like augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.