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11:28 am
Tue October 28, 2014

The North Carolina Baseball Roots Of World Series Pitching Ace Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner in his 2009 Major League debut.
Credit Art Siegel via Flickr/Creative Commons / www.flickr.com/photos/artolog/15389351106/

In Major League Baseball,  the San Francisco Giants could clinch their third World Series title in five years with a victory over the Kansas City Royals tonight.  Leading the way for the Giants has been Madison Bumgarner. The pitcher grew up and learned the game in Hickory, North Carolina.

Jeff Parham is head coach at South Caldwell High School and he was one of the first to coach the future Giants' ace.  He first saw Bumgarner throw when the young man was in middle school. Bumgarner had come to a baseball summer camp.

How good was he?

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Arts & Culture
9:30 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Eight Things To Do On This Labor Day Weekend

Beaufort, NC
Credit 3.26 via Creative Commons/Flickr

Courtesy of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, here are eight ideas for the long weekend:

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Sports
1:20 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

[VIDEO] Behind-The-Scenes, One Summer With Durham Bulls

Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Credit Frank Hunter

Last year more than a dozen creative types - writers, photographers and filmmakers descended on the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for an unprecedented in-depth look at minor league baseball. Someone was at the stadium for every inning -- of every game -- all summer long. All of the work of Bull City Summer has been reviewed and now the very best is on display at several area locations.

WUNC's Carol Jackson has the story:

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The State Of Things
11:04 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Take Me Out To The Ballgame: Opening Day In NC

Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Wikipedia

The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. - Terrance Mann, Field of Dreams

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Science & Technology
2:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Why Baseball Pitchers (And Other Athletes) Are Getting Taller

The falling forward motion the thrower affects the amount of force applied to the ball.
Credit Adrian Bejan

Scientists have known for years that the athletes topping the podium in speed sports, like swimming and running, have grown taller over the past century. Now, new research from Duke University shows that athletes in a range of other sports, including certain team sports, are following a similar trend.

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Sports
6:11 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Tar Heels Win Rematch With Wolfpack, Still Alive In College World Series

North Carolina advances in the College World Series after defeating N.C. State in a rematch.
Credit Greg Echlin

Top-seeded North Carolina is still alive at the College World Series after shutting out North Carolina State Thursday night, 7-0.  After losing to the Wolfpack last Sunday, the Heels bounced back to beat their rival's ace pitcher.

As Tar Heel and Wolfpack supporters mixed in with the fans who entered the the stadium behind home plate, they immediately felt the 22 mile-an-hour breeze in their face.  Tar Heels coach Mike Fox also noticed it.

"Yeah, you can see the flags.  There was no doubt it was going to be a pitcher’s night," Fox said.

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Sports
4:37 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

UNC-Chapel Hill Faces NC State In College World Series Tonight

College World Series in Omaha
Credit Greg Echlin

UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State will both try to avoid elimination tonight when they meet in the College World Series.

This is the fifth match-up of the season between these two rivals and the stakes don’t get much higher. UNC and State split a pair of regular season match-ups. The Tar Heels then won a classic 18-inning affair last month during the ACC Tournament. And the Wolfpack got the latest laugh with an 8-1 victory in the College World Series this past weekend.

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Sports
7:30 am
Wed June 19, 2013

UNC Win And NCSU Loss Set Up Rivalry Rematch

North Carolina and NC State are set for a rematch in the College World Series.
Credit Greg Echlin

Another rivalry game between North Carolina and North Carolina State is on the horizon at the College World Series in Omaha.  This time, the loser will go home.  

No team has been hotter down the stretch than North Carolina State. UCLA’s 2-1 victory over the Wolfpack on Tuesday was only the fifth loss for State since March 31, and no one except for Florida State and the North Carolina Tar Heels had beaten the Pack.  So Wolfpack coach Elliott Avent was in no mood to talk about the Tar Heel rematch Thursday night.

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Sports
7:22 am
Mon June 17, 2013

NC State Dominates UNC To Open College World Series

TD Ameritrade Stadium, the site of the College World Series in Omaha
Credit Jimmy Emerson / Flickr Creative Commons

North Carolina and N.C. State have played each other 285 times in baseball, but they met for their first College World Series matchup Sunday with the Wolfpack coming out on top.

This marks the sixth time in eight years the Tar Heels have earned a trip to Omaha. As the top-seeded team in the championship, the only thing missing from their point of view is a national championship.

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Sports
2:00 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

VIDEO: Wolfpack Ball Players' Pickup Game With 11-Year-Olds

Wolfpack players Logan Ratledge (gray shirt) and Jake Armstrong (red shirt) playing with Little Leaguers.
Credit NC State

NC State's Wolfpack has had the entire season to prepare for its World Series shot this weekend, but when they arrived at the hotel in Omaha this week, a couple players managed to get in a last minute pickup game with a Little League team on the lawn of their hotel.  NC State communications caught players Logan Ratledge and Jake Armstrong on film batting with an 11-and-under team from Colorado Thursday afternoon. Nearby hotel and car windows were spared –they used a wiffle ball.

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