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Tar Heels roll past N.C. State

North Carolina looks poised to move into the Top 10 after downing N.C. State 45-34 Saturday.

Let that sink in: Carolina is likely to be ranked in the Top 10 among the nation’s football teams.

Four teams ranked ahead of Carolina lost Saturday: No. 4 Notre Dame (10-2) lost 38-36 to No. 13 Stanford; No. 9 Oklahoma State lost 58-23 to

No. 5 Oklahoma; No. 7 Baylor (9-2) lost 28-21 to No. 15 TCU and No. 10 Florida (10-2) lost 27-2 to No. 14 Florida State 27-2.

Carolina didn’t need to talk about revenge Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium. The Tar Heels just jumped all over the Wolfpack in the first quarter and then held on to pay back last year’s lopsided, 35-7 loss. This time, Carolina led 35-7 after one quarter.

To read Luke DeCock’s take on the game, and what it means for the tar heels, see www.newsobserver.com/sports/.

Tiger wrestlers improve to 6-1

Bouyed by the return of several wrestlers who played football for Chapel Hill during its playoff run, the CHHS wrestling team won five consecutive meets in eight days to improve its dual-team record to 6-1.

Chapel Hill won 63-9 at Jordan last weekend, then defeated Broughton 52-24 on Monday.

The Tigers hosted a “Thanksgiving Quad” on Tuesday and won 63-17 against Franklinton, 49-27 against Northwest Guilford and 42-27 against Carrboro.

Fisher named CAA’s Co-Rookie of the Year in soccer

UNC Wilmington freshman midfielder Ben Fisher, a former player for Chapel Hill High School, has been named co-winner of the Colonial Athletic Association’s Men’s Soccer Rookie of the Year honor in voting by the league’s head coaches.

Fisher also earned a spot on the All-CAA second team.

Fisher was UNC Wilmington’s second-leading scorer with 17 points, and he ranked among the CAA leaders with six goals and five assists.

He scored twice in a 5-0 triumph over South Carolina and also scored a goal in back-to-back contests at No. 16 Duke and Hofstra.

Shelton enters Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame

North Carolina field hockey coach Karen Shelton was among 15 honorees inducted earlier this month into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at the Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia. This is the 12th class inducted into the Hall.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” Shelton said. “Philadelphia is an unbelievable sports town and for them to claim me as one of theirs is so special to me.”

Shelton, who is in her 35th season as the field hockey coach at UNC, led this year’s team to the NCAA tournament’s Final Four for the seventh straight year.

Wilson earns all-region honors at Sewanee

Former Carrboro Jaguar Katie Wilson has been named to the First Team of the 2015 Southern Athletic Association All Conference Field Hockey Team. A sophomore, Wilson is a two-year starting midfielder for Sewanee - The University of the South.

Wilson finished the season with conference top-10 finishes in points and assists, helping to lead the Tigers to their best finish (11-6) since 2008. She was also a named a 2014 National Field Hockey Coaches Association Scholar of Distinction for maintaining a GPA over 3.9, one of only two SAA players to have achieved that distinction.

Smith gets into NCAA play for Rhodes College

Maddie Smith, another Carrboro alumna, played in the NCAA Div. III field hockey tournament for Rhodes College, which beat DePauw and then lost to College of New Jersey.

Smith is the first Carrboro field hockey alum to play in the NCAA tournament, and is thought to be the first ex-Jaguar to play in an NCAA tournament game in any sport.

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