BearSportsNews—Sunday Edition 05/29/16


Current Bears


  • Middle School Track earns its 7th consecutive IAC crown

Bear Trax

  • Luke Kurtz and the Tufts Jumbos lost to Salisbury (Brian Menendez ’16) for the NCAA Div. III lax Championship

Two recent contacts about Alumni who no longer play college sports, but merit remembrances precipitated a new, occasional feature—BEAR ESSENTIALS

Bear Essentials

  • As UNC lacrosse team prepares for its 1st NCAA Championship Game since 1991, it’s appropriate to review the Bear Essentials of the play of Stephen Muir (’88) that game
  • On the 40th Anniversary of his doubles win at Roland Garros, it’s appropriate to review the Bear Essentials of Fred McNair (‘69), also a Tar Heel, 1st Grand Slam win.

Current Bears

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Middle School Track

Coach Hunt’s MS Track team earns its 7th consecutive IAC crown









bear trackWith the Luke’s loss today (he gets an award for the latest Bear playing), the next news will be in the fall.

If anyone hears of some achievement over the summer, golf or anything else, please let me know .






STEPHEN MUIR, ’88, was a three sport athlete at Landon (football, basketball and lacrosse) and went to Chapel Hill to play lacrosse.


At UNC he was on the undefeated 16-0 team which beat Loyola (11-9),  Syracuse (19-13) and finally Towson [State, an appendage since dropped] (18-13) in the Carrier Dome. Leif Elsmo, then a CBS lax analyst, described the victors as “the most talented team yet assembled” with three All Americans and 1 HoF player.  A video of the 1991 game is linked here.

1991(somewhere in there is Steve)

Stephen passed recently, but his spirit has been detected during UNC’s current run to the NCAA Championship games. The good news is that there is already a young Bear named Muir.


FREDERICK V. McNAIR IV ’69 was honored at the French Open for his 1976 doubles championship at Roland-Garros.


Fred was the 1969 USTA Scholastics Singles Champion while a Bear and played for 6 (that’s right, he played as a 1st Former) years on IAC Championship teams.

Prior to turning professional, McNair played tennis for the University of North Carolina, where he was a four-time All-American and an NCAA doubles finalist in 1973.


As a professional he won the German Open and the Masters. McNair was also a mixed doubles runner-up at the French Open in 1981, partnering Betty Stöve. In 1978, he was a member of the US team that won the Davis Cup. In nine years on the professional tour, McNair won 16 doubles titles. His career-high singles ranking was World No. 67.


This year Roland-Garros honored Frederick McNair on the 40th anniversary of his 1976 men’s doubles victory in Paris. On 11 June 1976, it was no mean feat when McNair and Steward shocked Brian Gottfried and Raul Ramirez, the favorites to win – with relative ease (7-6, 6-3, 6-1). More recently, Fred won USTA championship titles for the over-35s in 1989 and the over-40s in 1995.


He and his brothers have contributed a number of McNair Bears to Landon.

All suggestions for future Bear Essentials would be GREATLY appreciated. Landon has a lot of interesting sports figures.


Go Bears!!!


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