basketball: state and duke @ unc

college basketball: nc state @ unc

basketball: duke @ unc

Two tough, sad, frustrating games against rivals to end a tough, sad, frustrating season. Against State, the ladies were just exhausted; against Duke, well, you can’t do much against 7 for 8 shooting from behind the three point line in the first half. They lost today, in overtime, to Pitt in the ACC tournament, and I think this might just be a year we chalk up to learning, and wait to see what Jamie, Steph and Des bring us next year, with the additions of Paris Kea, Hadiya Bembry, and Hillary Fuller (who all sat out this year due to transfer rules or injuries) and a stellar incoming freshman class.

This wasn’t necessarily a fun season, but sometimes this kind of year are, well, necessary; I guess this one was. Thanks for every minute you busted your asses on the court, ladies, and we’ll see you in November.

baseball: oklahoma state @ unc

college baseball: oklahoma state @ unc, game 2

college baseball: oklahoma state @ unc, game 2

college baseball: oklahoma state @ unc, game 2

One.

After a few years of shaky teams, this year’s UNC baseball team is already 4-1, after a great road series win against a higher ranked UCLA, and two walk-off victories against a top-10 OK State team. They’re very young — with a couple of freshman in the starting lineup, including Friday’s walk-off hero 2B Kyle Datres, who I suspect is going to be a hell of a lot of fun to watch the next three years — but they’ve got spine in ways that last year’s team and 2014’s didn’t necessarily. It takes a lot to roll back from giving up a first inning grand slam to win it in the bottom of the tenth against a good team, and yesterday they did just that.

shep. and I are going to have a fun year, I think.

(They also finally put argyle on the home whites, and I dig the hell out of it.)

georgia aquarium

georgia aquarium

After years of frustrating aquarium photos, I scoured the internet for advice, bought a rubber lens hood for my 24-70mm 2.8 lens, and set everything to manual. And frankly, I think I did pretty well for a first real go at photographing fishes.

Full set is here.

georgia aquarium

georgia aquarium

georgia aquarium

georgia aquarium

georgia aquarium

georgia aquarium

georgia aquarium

basketball: louisville @ unc

basketball: louisville @ unc

It wasn’t this game — once again the short-handed Heels had their legs give out in the back half of the third quarter — but they did snap their rotten ACC losing streak on Sunday at BC.

We have VT on Thursday and hopefully we’ll start a winning streak this time around.

concerts: julien baker w/ gracie and rachel @ cat’s cradle

julien baker @ cat's cradle

Julien Baker was stellar at the Cradle last week; photos are up on Speakers.

gracie & rachel @ cat's cradle

gracie & rachel @ cat's cradle

Openers Gracie & Rachel were a little Tori Amos, a little Vienna Teng, a lot themselves, and a whole lot of spectacular harmonies. The keyboard / violin combo is fantastic, the music is reserved without being shy or retiring, and their voices together just stunned me. More photos of the duo are on Flickr.

basketball: miami @ unc

women's basketball: miami @ unc

The very young, very short-benched Lady Heels are hitting a wall — with a short bench shortened further by the loss of Xylina McDaniel to an ACL tear for the rest of the season — and they’ve struggled continually since beating Syracuse a few weeks ago. We took my folks to see them play Miami, and while they hung in their for a half, Miami pulled away at the end of the game. They dropped Thursday’s game at Georgia Tech and face a deeper Duke team in Cameron this afternoon.

It’s hard watching the seniors — Hillary Summers, Xylina McDaniel missing her second straight season, N’Dea Bryant — suffer through this season, really hard. But we’re still watching and cheering and loving them.

Full Miami set is here.