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  • Last UNC Men’s Basketball Game in Carmichael Auditorium

    The last UNC Men’s Basketball game in Carmichael. UNC vs NCSU. January 6, 1985.

    Carmichael was known as one of the loudest arenas in the country while the Tar Heel men played there. The architecture of the building had a low roof and a student section that ringed the court.

    UNC Men’s Basketball coach Dean Smith led North Carolina to its arena-opening 82-68 victory over William & Mary in 1965. UNC player, Bob Lewis, made the first shot in Carmichael.

    On January 6, 1986 North Carolina Coach Dean Smith led his Tar Heels to finish its 20-year stay in Carmichael Auditorium the way it started – with a victory. The No. 1 and undefeated Tar Heels defeated rival North Carolina State 90-79. A few weeks later, January 19, the Tar Heels started playing in the Dean Smith Center, AKA “The Dean Dome.” That first game was against Duke.

    The Tar Heels record Carmichael Auditorium, AKA “Blue Heaven” was 169-20.

    Who made the final basket at Carmichael? *Spoiler Alert*
    NCSU basketball coach Jim Valvano made a lay-up basket after the game. He claimed bragging rights to be the last one to make a basket in Carmichael.

  • Extra Effort Award Winner Moses Farmer Western Harnett High School

    WRAL-TV Sports Anchor Tom Suiter started giving out the Extra Effort award on a weekly basis in September 1981 to area high school athletes who excelled in the classroom as well as their chosen sport. The tradition continued until Suiter retired in 2016.

    In this video, Moses Farmer, student at Western Harnett High School is presented the Extra Effort Award circa 1985-1986.

  • Extra Effort Award Cory Phillips student at Northern Nash High School

    WRAL-TV Sports Anchor Tom Suiter started giving out the Extra Effort award on a weekly basis in September 1981 to area high school athletes who excelled in the classroom as well as their chosen sport. The tradition continued until Suiter retired in 2016.

    In this video, Cory Phillips, student at Northern Nash High School is presented the Extra Effort Award circa 1985-’86.

  • Extra Effort Award Winner Curtis Whitley Smithfield Selma High School

    WRAL-TV Sports Anchor Tom Suiter started giving the Extra Effort award on a weekly basis in September 1981 to area high school athletes who excelled in the classroom as well as their chosen sport. The tradition continued until Suiter retired in 2016.

    In this video, Curtis Whitley, student at Smithfield/Selma High School is presented the Extra Effort Award circa 1985-’86.

  • No Joy in Mudville documentary

    “No Joy in Mudville” provides an in-depth look into sports on various levels of participation from little league games to college to professional. Sports has become an obession with winning as the only acceptable outcome. The documentary also looks at co-ed sports, injuries, pressure on athletes and coaches, and life after sports.
    WRAL-TV participated in the Eighth Decade Consortium comprised of five television stations across the country. The other four stations were WJLA in Washington, D.C., WCVB in Boston, KSTP in Minneapolis, and KOMO in Seattle. Each station produced a segment in the documentary. WRAL produced the first segment, “For Saturday Afternoon Glory” written by WRAL Sports Director Bob Holliday and produced by Chuck Maye.
    The program was hosted by WRAL News anchor John Hudson. The opening voice-over was by Bill Leslie. “No Joy in Mudville” aired September 12, 1983. The subject matter is still relevant to this day.