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Runners gather at the front of Culton-Peerman Stadium prior to the start of a previous Chapel Hill High School Alumni Run.
Runners gather at the front of Culton-Peerman Stadium prior to the start of a previous Chapel Hill High School Alumni Run. RANDY YOUNG -

CHHS Alumni Run

The 11th Annual Chapel Hill High School Cross Country Alumni 5k Run/Walk will be held at noon on Saturday (Dec. 26), starting from the Culton-Peerman Track at CHHS.

The event is open to the public, and there will be refreshments and raffle prizes after the run.

On-site registration will open at 11:30, in front of the stadium.

Entry fees are $10 for the 5k cross-country race, and $5 for the kids’ fun run.

Tar Heels host UNC Greensboro next Monday

Here’s something you probably thought you might never read: with its next win, the Carolina men’s basketball team could match the UNC football team’s 11-2 record.

Coach Roy Williams’s No. 7-ranked Tar Heels improved to 10-2 this week with a 94-70 win on Monday night against Appalachian State. Brice Johnson scored 22 points to pace North Carolina, while Justin Jackson and Isaiah Hicks added 12 points each.

Joel Berry II had 11 points and a career-high 11 assists as North Carolina scored at least 80 points for the eighth consecutive game.

UNC guard Marcus Paige played only 17 minutes, jamming his right ankle in the first half.

Carolina hosts UNC Greensboro at 6 p.m. Monday (Dec. 28).

Tar Heel Express shuttles will be available from the usual locations to ferry fans to and from the Smith Center. Shuttle rides are $5 for a round-trip or $3 for a one-way trip.

Due to construction and development activity, shuttles will not operate from University Place (formerly University Mall) this year.

For more information, see, or call 919-485-7433.

Bouncing Bulldogs shine at the Apollo

The Bouncing Bulldogs Jump Rope Team took the stage for the 24th Annual Double Dutch Holiday Classic competition earlier this month at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater and came away with 45 awards: 14 gold, 18 silver, and 13 bronze.

Based in Chapel Hill and Durham, the Bulldogs’ 32 jumpers competed against teams from France, Japan, and the northeastern United States.

The Holiday Classic consisted of two Double Dutch Speed events and Fusion, a jump rope style combining Double Dutch, dance, and acrobatics in a routine choreographed to music.

Bulldog team members dominated the speed events on the Apollo stage for the second straight year, earning first place titles in the Double Dutch Singles Speed and Compulsory event as well as the Pairs Speed and Compulsory event. Judges for speed events count the number of times a competitor’s left foot touches the floor as two other teammates turn the ropes in the time allotted.

Taking home gold were jumpers Ari Mason, Addie Gilner, Zoe Grotegut and Holly Copeland in the Grades 4-5 Division, and Adam Weston, Whitney Watkins, Kenzie Ruston and Anna Reeb in the Grade 8 and up Division.

“Everyone worked very hard and put in hours and hours of practice. Our teamwork and dedication stood out on the floor, and we were honored to represent the community on an international level,” said Isabel Osborne, who serves along with Ruston as a senior co-captain.

The Bouncing Bulldogs hope to carry their momentum into 2016, continuing their community outreach programs and training for upcoming World Jump Rope competitions in Orlando, Fla., and in Portugal.

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