Brandon Martorano's Heavy Heart
Former North Carolina baseball player Zach Attianese and his father, Jude, died in a six-vehicle crash on I-75 in Michigan Friday night after a semi-truck struck the Attianese’s car. Saturday morning, just hours before UNC opened its College World Series against Oregon State, Mike Fox was tasked with sharing the news with his team following the pregame meal.
Podcast: Freak Show Recap
The podcast dives into the standout performers Saturday night in Kenan Stadium that included WR Raykwon Anderson, DB Tony Davis, OT Darnell Wright, and C.J. Clark. Also, Don Callahan discusses the status of UNC’s recruiting. How have coaching changes helped or hurt the Tar Heels and what impact has N.C. State’s recent recruiting momentum had on UNC's recruiting efforts?
King Rice relishes a community celebration
Earnest, heartfelt, with teardrops-a-trickling sentiment and more than cathartic. That was King Rice at Columbus Park, across Carroll Street from the apartment building in which he was raised, basketball courts where his game was honed as a backdrop. It was a celebration, King surrounded by family and extended family, friends and coaches, educators and community leaders.
NFL veteran Brandon Tate hosts clinic for local youth
Hoping to sign on for his 10th season in the NFL, Brandon Tate wants to give back to the community he grew up in more than ever. Donning white T-shirts with the acronym “TATE: Training Athletes to Excel” on the back, the Cummings High School graduate and numerous former Cummings and Alamance County athletes led a football clinic for local youth Saturday.
North Carolina pitcher gives his dad a CWS surprise
Tim Criswell still feels numbness in his right arm as a result of the cracked collarbone he sustained 11 months ago in a bicycle accident that left him in a medically induced coma for three weeks. On Saturday at the College World Series, Criswell sat behind UNC's dugout and watched his son Cooper play an unexpected, starring role as the Tar Heels beat Oregon State.
Reliving North Carolina and Oregon State's steamy, crazy marathon at the College World Series
When it was over Saturday in the sauna of Omaha, and North Carolina had held off Oregon State 8-6 in the longest nine-inning game ever played in the College World Series, Tar Heels coach Mike Fox came up with the appropriate summation. “I think we all feel like we’ve been in a heavyweight fight.” So much was crammed in the first game of the tournament.
Father’s Day Stirs Up Memories of a Chapel Hill Childhood
Father’s Day stirs up cherished memories of life in Chapel Hill with my dad [Joey M. Carter, MD] – Fourth of July fireworks and fall football at Kenan Stadium, basketball games in Carmichael, shadowing him on his Saturday morning hospital rounds and dancing in the living room as he played Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer” on the piano.
Eyes Forward For UNC Baseball
As they've done all season, the Tar Heel relievers, all five who pitched Saturday, provided stability. "The characteristic of this team I like the most is that we flush things pretty quickly," Mike Fox said. "And eyes forward, eyes forward, we've said that a lot. Once he's out of the game we gotta – it's the next pitchers, the next pitch. And our guys didn't really panic or flinch."
After Tragic News, North Carolina Hangs On In College World Series Opener
North Carolina head coach Mike Fox didn’t want to have to share the news with his players — especially not today — just hours before the first game of the College World Series. But Fox had no choice. He gathered the Tar Heels on Saturday morning and told them that one of their former pitchers, lefthander Zach Attianese, and his father died in a car accident Friday.
UNC wins College World Series opener after learning of death of former pitcher
North Carolina coach Mike Fox said the Tar Heels played with "heavy hearts" on Saturday in their College World Series-opening, 8-6 victory over Oregon State after learning of the death of former UNC pitcher Zach Attianese. Attianese and his father, Jude Attianese, were involved in a six-vehicle crash late Friday on I-75 in Michigan, according to a report by My Central Jersey.
North Carolina-Oregon State Postgame Notes
With Saturday's win, North Carolina is now 18-21 all-time in the CWS and 16-13 since 2006. Coach Mike Fox has either played or coached in all 18 wins. UNC improved to 37-0 on the year when scoring six runs or more in a game. Freshman LHP Caden O'Brien made his 29th appearance of the season, setting a new school record for appearances by a true freshman.
Former UNC pitcher, father killed in multi-vehicle wreck in Michigan
Former UNC pitcher Zach Attianese and his father were among six people killed Friday in a multi-vehicle crash in Michigan. According to the Bridgewater Courier News, Attianese and his dad died Friday when a commercial vehicle struck a car on Interstate 75 in Brownstown Township. Attianese transferred from UNC following his freshman season in 2017.
Coby White Scores 11 as USA U18 Team Beats Canada to Win Gold
The USA withstood an early run from Canada and dominated the final 36 minutes to claim a 113-74 victory and the 2018 FIBA Americas Men’s U18 Championship gold medal Saturday in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Cole Anthony led the way with 18 points while UNC signee Coby White added 11. White, Anthony, and Quentin Grimes (MVP) were named to the All-Tournament team.
Emotional UNC Knocks Off Oregon State
North Carolina coach Mike Fox and his team had just beaten the postseason juggernaut that is Oregon State, but he had to find a way to fight back tears at the end of what was supposed to be a joyous press conference. The Tar Heels began the College World Series with a complete team performance in an 8-6 win over Oregon State.
Teary-eyed prep football star nearly quit. Now, UNC, NC State are fighting for him.
Last fall, Charlotte Country Day all-state offensive lineman Triston MIller was ready to give up on football. Today, Miller has 20 offers. He took an official visit to North Carolina Friday and will take an official visit to N.C. State June 22. Miller plans to sign during the early signing period in December. His final five schools are Arkansas, Kentucky, Maryland, UNC, and N.C. State.