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June 16, 2014 

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UNC guard Diamond DeShields (23) laughs after hitting one of her three first half three pointers against Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium Monday Feb. 10, 2014 in Durham.

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DeShields opts to transfer from Carolina to Tennessee

Former North Carolina women’s basketball guard Diamond DeShields, the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the year, is transferring to Tennessee.

Under NCAA rules, DeShields must sit out a year before being eligible to play for the Lady Vols in the 2015-16 season, though she will begin attending classes at Tennessee next month. She will have three years of eligibility remaining.

“This is the place I’ve dreamt of since I was a little girl, just being here and playing here at Tennessee,” DeShields said in a university release.

DeShields helped North Carolina go 27-10 and reach a regional final this past season. DeShields averaged 18 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game. She scored a total of 648 points, the most ever by an ACC freshman.

DeShields’ mother, Tisha DeShields, was an All-America heptathlete for the Tennessee women’s track team in 1991, when she was known as Tisha Milligan. DeShields’ father is Delino DeShields, a former second baseman who played for five major league teams from 1990-2002.

DeShields’ choice of Tennessee comes one week after guard Te’a Cooper, a 2015 prospect from Georgia and friend of DeShields, verbally committed to the Lady Vols. Cooper had been committed to North Carolina before re-opening her recruitment last fall.

DeShields said she and UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell were parting on good terms.

Tigers breeze through first 7-on-7 football of summer

Chapel Hill High School football fans liked what they saw when the Tigers came away undefeated from Saturday’s Pinecrest Air Raid 7-on-7 tournament at Pinehurst’s Optimist Park.

The Tigers rolled through the morning’s pool play and then defeated Big Eight rival Cardinal Gibbons, Lumberton and host Pinecrest in the afternoon’s playoffs.

Rising senior Jacob Guskiewicz and sophomore transfer Connor Stough split time at quarterback, and both were effective in moving the Tigers.

With a blimp flying over the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, visible over the pine trees lining Optimist Park, players joked that they felt like they were getting special TV coverage of their games.

Chapel Hill officially opens Fan Branch, Morgan Creek connector

The town of Chapel Hill held a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 7 to celebrate the completion of the trail project that connects the Fan Branch and Morgan Creek trails. The ceremony coincided with National Trails Day.

Jim Orr, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, led the ceremony, cutting the ribbon along with with Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Peter Calingaert, who chaired the Morgan Creek Trail Concept Plan Committee, and Chris Berndt, who chairs of the town’s Greenways Commission.

Former Greenways Commission members who attended the ribbon cutting included Chris Berndt, Mark Broadwell, Peter Calingaert, Kathy Harris, Eva Metzger, Glenn Parks, Andy Sachs and Phil Sloane.

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