CHAPEL HILL - With the fall semester behind us and the Christmas and New Year's holidays quickly approaching, there is plenty to catch up on in the world of Tar Heel athletics. On the departmental level, Carolina Athletics teamed with the UNC Children's Hospital to collect toys for the Santa Sack program ... Here's the GoHeels Holiday Gift Guide.
BASEBALL: The Tar Heels grabbed the No. 2 spot in the 2013 preseason Collegiate Baseball national poll ... Carolina announced it will use Louisville Slugger bats in the future ... Kent Emmanuel and Colin Moran were named preseason All-Americas.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: The Tar Heels lost their game on Wednesday night at Texas ... Here's Adam Lucas' perspective on the loss ... On Saturday, Carolina bounced back with a home victory over McNeese State ... After the game, Lucas wrote about the progression of point guard Marcus Paige ... GoHeels TV put together a nice feature on assistant coach Steve Robinson and his son, Denzel, a junior walk-on on the team ... UP NEXT: Carolina will take a holiday break, then host UNLV on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Smith Center.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Carolina held off East Carolina, 76-67, in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday night ... UP NEXT: Carolina will host East Tennessee State on Friday at 2 p.m.
MEN'S GOLF: Patrick Barrett was the runner-up at the CCNC Amateur.
WOMEN'S GOLF: Casey Grice won an individual title in Texas.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Cindy Parlow Cone was named the head coach of the Portland Thorns FC.
TRACK & FIELD: Former Olympic gold medalist and UNC All-America Allen Johnson returned to Chapel Hill to earn his degree in sociology.