The Carolinian is the UNCG student-based newspaper. The newspaper covers all Greensboro and UNCG events, and any popular current events. As a student-athlete, I've had the freedom to be able to write about my experience as a student athlete.
IN-STATE COLLEGE FOOTBALL RECAP: WEEK TEN
November 6, 2019
Wake Forest (no. 23) versus N.C. State 44-10
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons gave every reason as to why they are ranked in the Top 25. Quarterback Jamie Newman put the team in good hands with both his passing and running abilities in the first quarter by scoring two rushing touchdowns then tossing another to Jack Freudenthal. The Wolfpack did not see the end zone until the nine-minute mark in the second quarter but were already trailing the game by 17 points. The entire game was a two-man game between Jamie Newman and Jack Freudenthal, as the combo recorded two more passing touchdowns in the second and third quarter. On the defensive end, defensive back Amari Henderson had himself a night with two interceptions and six tackles.
BEYOND THE LIGHTS OF SPARTAN MADNESS
October 23, 2019
It’s the one event every year where students are actually early to an event. It’s the one time a year that students are camping outside to get in first. As a mid-major university lacking a football program, students at UNCG do not have much opportunity for tailgating or camping out early to fight for the best seats in the student section. But for Spartan Madness, all of that changes.
WNBA FINALS RECAP: MYSTICS BEAT SUN IN FIVE GAMES
October 23, 2019
This year’s 2019 WNBA Finals between the Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics was worth watching every second and every minute of each game. This was the first time that the Connecticut Sun have returned to the WNBA Finals since 2005. As for the Mystics, this was their first back-to-back WNBA Finals appearance, and their first championship.
UPCOMING: THE 2019 WNBA FINALS
October 2, 2019
The 2019 WNBA Finals are finally upon us. At the end of the regular season, the Washington Mystics and Connecticut Sun finished first and second place, respectively, in the league standings, and now these two teams will be competing for the WNBA Championship.
SPAIN TAKES HOME THE FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP
September 18, 2019
As we all witness over the summer, the USWNT soccer team had a stellar performance in the 2019 FIBA Women’s World Cup in France. Their dominance sparked attention for the National Women’s Soccer League in the United States. It also ignited legal actions in the United States by pushing for equal pay amongst the Mens’ and Womens’ national soccer teams, since the women’s team is much more productive than the men’s.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS BACK
September 11, 2019
The countdown is over! Even though North Carolina may be known as the Hoop State, everyone has a love for college football. Here’s a rundown of this past weekend’s action from schools across the state, across all levels.
A FÚTBOL PLAYER PLAYING FOOTBALL
September 4, 2019
USWNT World Cup Champion, Carli Lloyd, stole the NFL spotlight during her attendance at the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens joint practice last week. After their practice, Lloyd booted a 55-yard field goal right down the middle of the pipe. Ever since this video became viral, it seems that everyone forgot all about the NFL Preseason games.
THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: ALL PRAISE TO KYLE HINES
August 28, 2019
Only two UNCG players have ever had their jersey retired, and one of them is Kyle Hines. The UNCG All-Time leading scorer put the Spartans on the map once again by putting together a team for The Basketball Tournament (TBT). TBT is a single-elimination tournament where teams are playing for a grand prize of $2 million. First you must win your team must win the regional tournament before they can go to the Championship round in Chicago. The eight regional rounds were Columbus, OH, Greensboro, NC, Lexington, KY, Memphis, TN, Richmond, VA, Salt Lake City, UT, Syracuse, NY, and Wichita, KS. In the regional tournament, the team that wins will earn the shares of all fans who attended the game. In the Championship round, the winner takes home the $2 million.
WNBA MVP SITS FOR THE 2019 SEASON
May 28, 2019
The MVP trophy for the WNBA is up for grabs as the champion is unable to compete for her title. Breanna Stewart will not be playing in the 2019 WNBA season, as she announced that she ruptured her Achilles in the EuroLeague title game. She is in the primetime of her career, as she notched several accolades within the past year: WNBA MVP, WNBA Finals MVP, FIBA World Cup MVP, FIBA EuroLeague Women regular season MVP, WNBA Championship and FIBA World Cup Championship. The talk of the town is not the injury, but the fact that even the WNBA MVP has to play in two leagues to maintain a stable living.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: BAYLOR DEFEATS NOTRE DAME IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 17, 2019
Men’s basketball will always receive more attention than women’s basketball. That’s how the current world operates, but each day, leaders of female collegiate sports fight for equal appreciation for both sides of the sport. Most everyone saw the theatrics of the men’s Final Four, but March Madness was just as crazy in the women’s Tournament, as Baylor defeated last year’s champions Notre Dame 82-81 to capture their third championship.
2019 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: DOMESTIC VS. FOREIGN
April 10, 2019
NBA Rookie of the Year is usually a tight race, and this year is no different. The two clear-cut candidates are the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, hailing from Slovenia, and the Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young. Only three international players have won Rookie of the Year: Pau Gasol (2001-02), Andrew Wiggins (2014-15) and Ben Simmons (2017-18).
NCAA TOURNAMENT: WHY WEREN’T THERE MORE MID-MAJOR BIDS?
April 10, 2019
Out of the 68 teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last month, 32 of them received automatic bids from winning their conference champions. The tournament’s selection committee determines the other 36 spots. Most of the time, the larger conferences are the ones who receive these at-large bids, but in 2019, two mid-major conferences were able to attain multiple bids: the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) and the West Coast Conference (WCC). The SoCon was not on this list, despite having teams with arguably better resumes in the conference.
THE BEARD V. THE GREEK FREAK
April 3, 2019
It’s a different kind of crown to be able to call yourself, the NBA MVP. Winning a ring is the ultimate goal, but if that’s not realistic, then MVP an award that you can attain all by yourself. Teammates help but at the end of the day, it’s on you to be the most valuable player in the league.
COLIN KAEPERNICK REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH NFL IN COLLUSION CASE
February 27, 2019
On Feb. 15, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid ended their collusion grievance against the NFL. For several months, Kaepernick and Reid had ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL in the fallout of controversy surrounding the players’ decision to kneel for the pregame national anthem.
2019 NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND IN THE 704
February 20, 2019
There are several moments throughout the year when celebrities and actors all gather together: Super Bowl, Grammys, ESPYs, Oscars and this past weekend’s NBA All-Star Weekend. The NBA All=Star Weekend typically holds six events: the Celebrity All-Star game, Rising Stars Challenge, Skills Challenge, Three Point Shootout, Slam Dunk Contest, and the All-Star Game.
THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF SPORTS
February 13, 2019
In most countries, people learn English as a second language to better engage in business, or some other personal endeavour. However, there is a language that is much more important to the world than English: sports. Every country has sports that they idolize: in America, it’s football and basketball. In South America, it’s soccer. Parts of America and Central America value baseball. The list goes on. Sports are a kind of universal language.
ON THE ROAD AS A STUDENT-ATHLETE
February 6, 2019
Part of the stereotypical perspectives of student-athletes are that we either don’t go to class or don’t do our homework. People perceive us as focusing more on the athlete part of our lives than the student part.
ARE LEADERS BORN OR MADE?
November 14, 2018
Editor’s Note: Alexis Pitchford is the starting point guard for the UNCG Women’s Basketball Team. She is, without a doubt, a leader.
Leadership can be shown in multiple different ways. Either in the spotlight, or behind the scenes. A leader can be vocal, or can rather set an example. Some leaders are a combination of both. But how do leaders become leaders? Are they born that way? Or were they taught how to lead others?
ANALYZING THE USA TODAY SPORTS PRESEASON MEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES POLL
October 31, 2018
With a new season comes a new set of preseason polls. Alexis Pitchford breaks down the Top Ten.
Kansas: With a 2017-18 record of 31-8 and a defeat to Villanova in the Final Four by 16, the Jayhawks somehow find themselves back at the top again. Maybe it’s the love that the polls have for Bill Self. There are several games on the Jayhawks schedule that we should tune our TVs to. The State Farm Champions Classic will spark the NCAA Men’s Basketball schedule with the no. 11 Kansas Jayhawks against the no. 10 Michigan State Spartans in Indianapolis on November 6th at 6 p.m. To round out their out-of-conference schedule, they’ll also be playing Kentucky and reigning champs Villanova.
PROS AND CONS OF BEING A STUDENT-ATHLETE
October 24, 2018
It’s rare that a student-athlete ever wakes up and says, “What am I going to do today?” because their schedule is practically the same every day. A typical athlete’s day looks like this: go to class(es), excel in a 2-3-hour practice, lift weights, complete a recovery session, go to study hall, then go to bed. As an athlete, off days feel very weird to me because I have all this extra time on my hands and no idea what to do with it. However, staying on a schedule helps to keep me focused and have my head on straight when it comes to important things.
WHAT ALL DID WE LEARN FROM THE NBA PRESEASON?
October 17, 2018
Ostensibly, it seems that each and every reporter for ESPN gets paid every time the words “LeBron James” come out of their mouths. LeBron’s move to LA has not only drawn him more NBA attention, but Hollywood attention as well. James has spent plenty of time in the studio this offseason, but that’s what you can do when you’re the King. He’s expected to be in Space Jam 2, an HBO documentary on Muhammad Ali and a Netflix documentary called ‘Shut Up and Dribble’.
IS THE NIKE AD WITH COLIN KAEPERNICK INSPIRATIONAL OR CONTROVERSIAL?
September 12, 2018
During the Falcons’ and Eagles’ football game on Thursday Night Football, Nike released their 30th-anniversary edition of their “Just Do It” ad.
This year’s edition featured a black and white photo of Colin Kaepernick, with text stating, “People say your dreams are crazy if they laugh at what you think you can do, good. Stay that way. Because what non-believers fail to understand is that calling a dream crazy is not an insult, it’s a compliment.”
UNCG MEN’S SOCCER SURPASSES THE CAMPBELL CAMELS
October 3, 2018
UNCG has been known for coming up with upset wins, and on last Tuesday night, the Spartans notched another one. The Spartans cracked Campbell’s five-game winning streak with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory.
GAME RECAP: WOMEN’S SOCCER DEFEATS GARDNER-WEBB 2-1 IN SEASON OPENER
August 24, 2018
On Aug. 17, 2018, UNCG’s women’s soccer team opened their regular season with a close 2-1 win over the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs. The first half of the match came down to the nitty gritty as the half time score remained tied at 0-0. Lots of fouls were called on the Bulldogs. However, in the second half, all three goals of the match were scored in the matter of a 10-minute span.
FORMER UNCG STUDENT ANDREW MORITZ HEADS TO THE BIG LEAGUES
June 27, 2018
In the sixth round of the Major League Baseball Draft, the Atlanta Braves have selected former UNCG outfielder Andrew Moritz. Being the 172nd pick in the draft, Moritz signed a contract with the Braves for $242,500. The Carolinian was able to speak with Moritz about his transition to the Major Leagues.
UNCG SOFTBALL CAPS HISTORIC SEASON WITH SOCON CHAMPIONSHIP
June 13, 2018
UNCG Softball finished the 2018 campaign with a 46-13 overall record, and 13-3 record in SoCon play. The Spartans, reigning 2017 SoCon Regular Season Champions, repeated that title on their way to capturing the SoCon Tournament crown for the first time in program history.