Sports Briefs

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March 9, 2014 

Last week's poor weather, especially the ice, rain and winds that blew through Chapel Hill Thursday night and most of Friday disrupted several sporting events. Among them: the Chapel Hill versus East Chapel Hill softball game on Thursday and the CHHS-East baseball rematch set for Tiger Field on Friday.

As of press time Friday evening, those events had yet to be rescheduled.

Likewise, UNC’s baseball series opener against Pittsburgh was postponed due to lingering rain Friday in the Chapel Hill area. The teams attempted to squeeze in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 8. If all went well Saturday, Game 3 is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Check for updates.

Also, due to power outages, swimming pools at the Town of Chapel Hill's Community Center and the Homestead Aquatic Center were closed Friday morning.

Pool schedules are posted at

Steinbacher to speak at next Sports Club meeting

The Chapel Hill sports club has set its next meeting to begin with a luncheon at noon on Wednesday, March 19, at Squid's Restaurant off Fordham Blvd. The guest speaker is Rick Steinbacher, UNC's Senior Associate Athletic Director for marketing, new media, communications and game day customer relations.

Guests are welcome, and the cost is $25 per person.

Steinbacher, a 1993 Carolina graduate, started 30 games at inside linebacker for the Tar Heels. He earned All-ACC honors as a senior captain of a team that went 10-3. In addition to working on the UNC staff, he also is a long-time member of the Tar Heel Sports Network broadcast team.

Former Tigers find their way to D-III national meet

Two Chapel Hill High School alums and former Tiger swimmers have qualified to compete in the NCAA Div. III Swimming & Diving National Championships that begin March 19 in Indianapolis.

Joey Duronio, CHHS class of 2012 and current sophomore at Kenyon College, is a first-time nationals qualifier. He will swim the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle along with a couple of relays for Kenyon.

Sam Freedberg, CHHS class of 2013 in his freshman year at Lake Forest College, also is a first-time NCAA qualifier. He won the Midwest Conference championship in the 400 individual medley. At Indianapolis, he'll swim the 400 IM, 200 IM, and the 200 butterfly.

East blanks Carrboro

Led by a nine-strikeout performance by John Page and 2-for-3 hitting by Grant Neal, East Chapel Hill's baseball team got back above .500 last week with a 2-0 victory Tuesday at Carrboro. Page scattered Carrboro's two hits over five innings, walking just one Jaguar.

Sean Moore worked the last two innings and struck out four, walking none, and earned his second save to help East improve to 2-1 overall.

Tiger and Wildcat tennis teams collect more wins

Chapel Hill High School's tennis team won its conference opener Wednesday with a 9-0 sweep of Northwood

Bryan Zhang, Christofer Chang, Ryan Bradley, Ashwin Bhargava, Alex Walker and Tom Kennedy all won their singles in straight sets, giving up just three games in the six matches.

Chapel Hill then swept the doubles with wins by the teams of Jared Weber-Daniel Ferreira, David Mirzoyan-Lucas Prata and Sam Kennedy-Evan Crafts.

East Chapel Hill improved to 4-0 in spring tennis with a 9-0 shutout Wednesday of Raleigh Ravenscroft.

Max Smith, Kevin Huang, Priyan DeSilva, Nicholas Rennie, Robert Bond and Thomas Wang each won their singles matches in straight sets. The Wildcats swept the doubles with wins by Smith-Rennie, Huang-DeSilva and Josh George-Zach Ao.

Orange improves to 2-0

Josh Kiehle (1-0) gave up one run over four innings as Orange beat Graham 8-1 in a non-conference baseball game Wednesday.

The Panthers nine-hit offensive attack was led by two hits each from Collin Pope (2-3, 2 RBI), Joe Piscitelli (2-2, 3R scored) and Bryse Wilson (2-3, RBI, 2B). Brad Debo, Tyler Reitano, Matthew Crabtree and Kiehle all contributed a run batted in.

Miles Acosta, James Cunningham, and Jonah Neville each pitched a scoreless inning in relief as Orange improved to 2-0.

Steve Piscatelli contributed to this report

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