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Hope in the midst of darkness
At first it was just complete
shock. The kind of dis
belief that occurs when
something so unexpected so
unimaginable takes place that
you feel as though you just got
Then a couple hours passed,
Saturday night turned into
Sunday morning, and it all started
to become real.
North Carolina lost to Kansas.
The dream ride had come to an
And with that realization, a
feeling of emptiness crept in.
No more of Danny Green's
dancing before tip-off. No more
of TVler Hansbrough's awkward
leaners that defy the laws of
physics by going in nearly every
Most of all, no more chances to
feel like a part of this group of Tar
Sports affects people in ways
few things can. It binds com
munities together. It gives you a
reason to be excited for a random
Wednesday night. It provides for
intense moments of joy, while at
other times feelings on unfathom
For all of those reasons, I am
thankful to be a sports writer
and for the opportunity to cover
Tar Heels rack up qualifying times
BY JONATHAN DOUGHERTY
Traveling far and wide, the
North Carolina track and field
teams continued their outdoor
campaigns this weekend.
The Tar Heels competed in
meets in Greensboro, Durham and
Austin, Texas, and several mem
bers of the UNC squad came out
the better of their travels.
Freshman Walter Henning
notched the second-best hammer
throw in school history, with a dis
tance of 67.46 meters, Thursday
at the Texas Relays in Austin. The
feat, coming on Henning's last
throw of the day, earned him sec
ond place in the competition and a
Also in Texas, senior Jocelyn
White and freshman Brian Moore
gained North Carolina a pair of
regional qualifications in the discus
and javelin throws, respectively.
While some Tar Heels were dis
playing their brawn in the Lone
Star State, others spent the week
end closer to home.
North Carolina earned four
regional qualifications Saturday in
Greensboro at the Murray Neely
Invitational. UNC's effort was spear
headed by frosh Latoya James, who
finished first in the 400-meter hur
dles with a time 0f59-66 seconds.
Freshman Charles Cox, UNC's
only male to qualify- in Greensboro,
won the 400-meter dash in a time
of 46.53 seconds. Porscha Dobson
earned her own regional qualifica
tion with a fourth-place finish in
the 100-meter hurdles.
Yet another group of Tar Heels
journeyed to Durham to take on
Duke. Again, freshmen stepped up
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this team. And you should be
thankful for everything North
Carolina accomplished this year,
Sure, it’s hard to reflect on the
good when everything ended so
badly. It’s easy to blame things
on outside circumstances.
People will forgive you for ignor
ing the fact that the better team
the more prepared team
But just think for a second.
You’re upset to the point that
you’d consider calling this season
a failure because UNC didn’t
take home the title.
Only a select group of fans are
privileged enough to utter such
comments without sounding like
You're lucky to be a part of such
a program— a whole lot luckier
than fans of about 325 other
Division I schools.
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The North Carolina track and field squad, pictured here in February, is into the thick of its outdoor season.
This past weekend, UNC athletes competed in three different meets ranging from Durham to Austin, Texas.
for the Tar Heels as Amanda Nappi
took second in the javelin throw
and Dominique Jackson finished
sixth in the 800-meter relay.
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reflect on the season. The good
and the bad.
2008 brought the transforma
tion of Quentin Thomas from
belittled bench warmer to grizzled
Watching Thomas take over
the reins in February, stumbling
at first, only then to come into
his ow-n as a player, was enough
to make even the hardest of men
crack a smile.
Remind yourself you're lucky
As much as you want to now,
don’t delete 84-66 from your
DVR, Hold on to the memories of
Sure, it will bring back images
of an abysmal first half not seen
by anyone in Chapel Hill since
2001-02. But if you click that
button, you'll miss out on rehash
ing the time Wayne Ellington
showed his heart and nearly
willed UNC to a comeback for
Remind yourself you're lucky
for that. too.
Lastly, try to rekindle those
moments you stood in the Dean
Dome or at home, in front of
your TV laughing as Green
cut a rug to “Jump Around."
Hell, you could even memorize
those moves so you'll be more
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Because most of all, there is
always a next year. And even
though you didn't prepare
yourself for it, you’ll eventually
find “next year” is a warm and
friendly thought just ask the
As cloudy as everything seems
now, the hope of anew season
—a clean slate is something to
hold onto. And there's plenty to
Asa fan, you hope Ellington,
Hansbrough and TV Lawson will
eschew the glitz and glamor of
the NBA for another shot at true
You hope North Carolina can
extend its season not by just one
win next year, but by two.
You hope Bobby Frasor can
return 100 percent from sur
gery to provide the Tar Heels
the toughness that wasn't there
against the Jay-hawks.
And don’t let Morgan Freeman
fool you. Hope is not a dangerous
Hope is a good thing, maybe the
best of things, and no good thing
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Boston College Eagles this past weekend. UNC improved to 36-7-1.
UNC sweeps past
Eagles in Boston
BY JONATHAN CROOK
The North Carolina softball
team traveled to Boston College
this weekend and swept the Eagles
in a three-game series, winning 4-0
and 6-2 Saturday and 10-1 in five
The No. 16 Tar Heels (36-7-1.10-
1) used outstanding performances
from the mound and solid offense
to defeat the Eagles, who fell to 20-
20 overall and 2-7 in ACC play.
Junior Lisa Norris threw her third
no-hitter of the year in the first game
of the double-header Saturday, while
striking out 10 batters and allow
ing only four runners to take base.
Boston College batters went three
up, three down two out of the first
three innings against Norris.
This performance was followed
by the 11th win for sophomore
Danielle Spaulding who struck
out eight batters in the second game
—and a nine-strikeout outing from
junior Amber Johnson on Sunday.
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“All three of our pitchers did a
great job," coach Donna J. Papa
said. “They were very much in
command on the mound."
Although the defense might have
stolen the show, there was plenty
of offense to go around for the Tar
Heels. Asa team. UNC hit .345 for
the weekend, scoring 20 runs, 18 of
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That offensive production
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the third game of the series. UNC
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Jacobs in the third inning.
“Whenever you can sweep an
ACC opponent on the road, it says
a lot about your team." Papa said.
After a nonconference double
header at UNC-Charlotte on
Wednesday, the Tar Heels will
look to boost their ACC record in a
three-game series at Virginia.
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