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Michael Jones
Michael Jones

Jones reads Thursday from debut novel

Michael B. Jones, one of the main forces behind the Race to Sustainability in Chapel Hill North Forest, will host a book reading and signing of his debut novel, “ After the Run,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Fleet Feet in Carrboro.

Jones moved in 2000 from Virginia to Chapel Hill, where he graduated with highest honors in fiction-writing in 2003 after winning numerous awards for poetry and short-fiction throughout his undergraduate years.

Howell, Vandiver win respective 5Ks

Brendan Howell of Durham came in first in a field of 690 runners Saturday in the annual 5K for Fitness in Chapel Hill. He finished with a time of 16:52. Hannah Kucewicz of Burlington was the first female finisher across the line, with a time of 20:08.

Meanwhile, in Burlington’s TaTa Trot 5K, Jennifer Vandiver, age 47, was the overall winner in 18:14.06. Greg Thompson, 46, was the top male in 18:27.71.

For complete results on either race, see

’Joe and Matt Run 200’ begins Saturday

Matt Holtry and Joe Tynan will set off Saturday, April 19, from Oak Island on a run to Chapel Hill, with the intention of finishing the last 10 miles during the Tar Heel 10-miler on April 26.

The two Chapel Hill High School alums say their 200-mile journey is part of a plan to raise $50,000 split equally between the Wounded Warrior Project and the Foundation for the Refugee Education Trust.

For more information about the Joe and Matt Run 200, visit their page at

Tigers win fourth straight in Big 8 baseball

Running hot since the Hilltop Invitational, Chapel Hill scored four runs in the first inning and went on to win its fourth straight baseball game with a 9-1 rout last Friday of Cedar Ridge.

The Tigers (9-5, 6-1 Big Eight) pounded out 13 hits, led by Matt Dayton (2-3, 3RBI) and Andrew Miller (2-3, 2RBI). Nick Hebert, Blake Rasnake and Roy Huang also got two hits.

Miller (3-0) scattered three hits over six innings of work to get the win on the mound.

No. 1 East Chapel Hill downs No. 1 Gibbons in tennis

In a showdown of teams ranked No. 1 by the N.C. Tennis Coaches Association, 4A East Chapel Hill (16-1) won five singles matches Saturday to guarantee a win over 3A Cardinal Gibbons (18-3) before the match ever got to doubles.

East Chapel Hill’s Jack Devonport, Kevin Huang, Priyan DeSilva, Nicholas Rennie and Connor Lutz each won their singles matches to clinch the win. Huang and DeSilva won their doubles match for a 6-3 final team score.