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By DAVID BIDDELL
Tar Heel Staff Writer
Summertime. A time when coaches ner
vously anticipate upcoming seasons with high
hopes of new successes and winning seasons.
It's a time when a good recruiting class can
mean the difference between winning and
The recruiting season is almost over and
the UNC non-revenue sports appear to be
in good shape. Non-revenue sports recruiting
looks encouraging with "above-average"
recruiting classes reported by most coaches.
The defending ACC Champion women's
basketball team signed four players for next
year according to coach Jennifer Alley.
The signees are Tia Poindexter from
Lexington, Va., Celeste Whittaker from
Willingboro, N.J., Kathy Wilson from
Marietta, Ga., and Chryssandra Watts from
Alley rated the recruiting class as "above
average," while commenting that all the
recruits are, "extremely agile and versatile,
with good foot speed."
Poindexter, a 6-0, 155-pound forward,
averaged 25.5 points, 12.3 rebounds and four
blocked shots a game as a senior. She lead
her Lexington High School team to a 21
2 record and the semifinals of the state
playoffs. A member of the USA Today all
state team, she was twice named the Times
land Player of the Year. She scored 1830
career points and was a member of the Junior
Olympic AAU team.
Whittaker, a 6-0, 150-pound forward,
could be another inside scoring threat. She
averaged 24.3 points and 12 rebounds a game
for her Willingboro High School team.
Whittaker was named Player of the Year by
the Burlington County Times and to the all
South Jersey squad.
Wilson, at 6-1'$, 150 pounds, will be
another boost to UNC's inside game. Wilson
averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds a game
for Walton High School where she was
chosen as Atlanta's Prep Player of the Year.
She was also named to USA Today's all-state
team and participated on both the North Ail
Star Team and the Junior Olympic AAU
At only 5-8, Watts can grab the rim, Alley
said. She averaged 17 points and a surprising
18 rebounds a game for Bristol Eastern High
School, which advanced to the semifinals of
the state playoffs. With her outstanding
leaping ability. Watts is versatile enough to
play big guard and small forward. A first
team all-state selection, Watts played in the
East-West All-Star Game and the Junior
Olympic AAU team.
The recruits have increased the overall
height of the team, but Alley maintains that
speed hasn't been sacrificed.
"We have enhanced the quickness of our
team," Alley said. "These girls are all-around
athletes with good shooting ranges."
"Anyone or all of them could possibly be
starters," Alley said. "All four of these girls
have a great prospect of seeing a lot of playing
"It's as good a recruiting class, in number,
as we've ever had."
After a 1984 season culminating in an ACC
championship, Mike Roberts reports the
signing of 10 recruits for the UNC baseball
team. Four of the ten recruits will augment
an already strong pitching staff.
The first blue chip recruit is Greg Gazella,
from Carnegie, Pa. Greg is a 6-2, 190-pound
right-handed pitcher. He was rated 23 on
Baseball America's list of top high school
prospects while attending Carlynton High
Blaine Deabenderfer, a 6-3, 200-pound
right-hander from Louisburg Junior College,
was drafted by Atlanta in the round seven
of the secondary phase in the 1984 June draft.
The other two pitchers are David Traut
wein, out of Barrington, 111., and Jeff
Edmonds, from Dobson, N.C. Trautwein ,
a 6-5, 200-pound right-hander, attended
Barrington High School. Edmonds, a 6-1,
170-pound southpaw, attended Surry Central
Leading the other recruits is Howard
Freiling, from Philadelphia, Pa. Freiling is
a 6-4, 185-pound left-handed first baseman.
He attended Northeast High School where
he was rated 10 on Baseball America's list
of top high school prospects. f
There are two New Jersey recruiits in Chris
Laurie, from Toms River, and John Shep
pard, from South Orange. Laurie is a 6-1,
185 pound catcher outfielder who attended
Toms River South High School and bats
right-handed. Sheppard is a 5-10, 170-pound
switch-hitting shortshop from Seton Hall
Prep School and his father is currently the
baseball coach at Seton Hall University.
6-3, 210 pound Dave Benovy joins Dea
benderfer as another Louisburg Junior
Joe Solimine is a 6-2, 200-pounder from
Pelham Manor, N.Y. Solimine was a right
hitting catcher at Pelham Memorial High
Chris DeFranco rounds out the recruits as
a 5-1, 170-pound outfielder from Sudbury,
Mass., where he attended Lincoln-Sudbury
High School. Defranco will add another left
handed batter to Robert's next team.
UNC's lacrosse team, coached by Willie
Scroggs, is coming off a successful season
with an impressive recruiting class. UNC was
9-4 in 1984, ranking fifth in the final USILA
poll and reaching the NCAA semifinals for
the fifth straight year.
Scroggs has signed 11 recruits, only two
of which Brett Davy and John Moore
Davy, a 6-0, 180-pound native of Bromall,
Pa., attended Woodberry Forest School in
Virginia. Davy is the younger brother of
Ralph "Rip" Davy, who played for the Tar
Heels from 1976-79 and was a first team AU
American defenseman in 1979.
Moore, a 5-8, 150-pounder, is a native of
St. James, N.Y., where he attended St.
Five of the UNC recruits are midfielders.
Jack Patterson is a 5-10, 182-pound Balti
more, Md., native who attended the Gilman
School. Brown a 5-11, 190 pounder also
played football and wrestled in high school.
The other three midfielders are younger
brothers of current UNC players.
Kevin Haus is a Ruxton, Md., native who
attended Loyola High School. He is 6-0, 175
pounds, and is the younger brother of current
UNC defenseman Tom Haus, and of John
Haus, who played on UNC teams 1980-83
and was a first team All-America defenseman
Patrick Welsh is an Ellicott, Md., native
and the younger brother of Tar Heel
attackman Tim Welsh. The 6-1, 180-pound
Welsh was Haus teammate at Loyola. Both
players were on the Loyola team which won
the Maryland Scholastic Association "A"
conference championship May 18 with an 8
6 victory over Boys' Latin School. Pat was
also awarded the Kelly Award, which goes
to the outstanding high school player in
The other midfieid recruit is 6-0, 165-pound
Ed Russell, younger brother of UNC mid
fielder Robby Russell. Ed is a Baltimore,
Md., native and attended the Avon Farms
School in Connecticut.
All three defensive recruits attended school
in New Jersey. John Ruddy is a 6-3,. 200
pound native of South Orange, N.J., who
attended the Lawrenceville School. One of
his teammates, Donald Hooper, a 6-2, 200
pounder, will also attend UNC. An honors
student at Lawrenceville, Hooper is a native
of Atlanta. The third defenseman is Ed
Conlin, a 6-1, 205-pounder from Montclair,
N.J., where he attended the Montclair
UNC's only goalie recruit is Barney Aburn,
who attended Towspn High School and is
a native of Towson, Md. The 6-0, 165-pound
Aburn is the younger of Dan Aburn, an
attackman at UNC from 1979-82.
The fact that so many sets of brothers
attend UNC is "fairly unique , to North
Carolina," Scroggs said.
"I think we've provided a good .experience
for the older brothers, so the younger aren't .
reluctant to come to UNC," Scroggs said.
"It says something about our lacrosse
program and the University.
"It's one of the best recruiting classes in
years definitely an above average class,"
Five women and 10 men including two
Parade All-Americans will join UNC soccer
coach Anson Dorrance's soccer teams this
The women's team is coming off its third
straight national championship, and the
recruits for this season include four high
school players and one transfer.
Tina Luft is a transfer from Texas A&M,
where she was an all-American. "She was one
of the best defensive midfielders in the
country," Dorrance said.
Dorrance also recruited two all-state
players from North Carolina Chapel Hill's
Julie Ellis and Raleigh's Keath Costello.
Also coming to UNC is Karrie Serwetnyk
from Clarkson Secondary School in Missis
sagua, Ontario, Canada. Serwetnyk was a
member of the provincial team and MVP on
the Ontario champions. The last to be signed
was Sherrie McDavid, an all-region and all
state selection from Fairfax, Va.
"This recruiting class is low in number but
high in quality," Dorrance said. With only
one senior gone from last year's squad,
Dorrance returns a veteran team.
Recruits for the men's team include John
Buffaloe of Raleigh Sanderson. Buffaloe was
an all-state and all-South selection for coach
Mike Moltzon, also from Raleigh, was an
all-state and all-South selection for coach Ed
Yoman at Ravenscroft.
Morehead Scholar Todd Hart of Dallas,
Texas, was a member of the North Texas
state regional team and a member of Dallas'
Texas Longhorns club team.
Tommy Nicholson was a Parade All
American for coach Jac Circala at Lake
Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Va.
He was also a member of the Virginia select
Reid Storch was a member of Maryland
select, all-county and all-state teams at
Centennial High School in Howard, Md.
Terry Nelson, Storch's teammate at
Centennial, was an all-region and all-county
Doug Cogsville was an all-county and all
state selection at Princeton Day School in
David Smyth, a Parade All-American and
all-stater from Hicksville, N.Y., was a
national youth team member out of Hicks
ville Division School.
Former North Carolina all-state and all
south selection Marcus Martin is a transfer
from UNC-Wilmington. Chris Tonne also
transfered to UNC from Oxford Junior
College in Georgia.
"They are all starting-caliber players,"
Dorrance said. "Overall, it's an outstanding
UNC wrestling coach Bill Lam has brought
in a talented group of 10 recruits to augment
his 1984 ACC championship team.
Leading the group is the quartet of Lenny
Bernstein, Rob Koll, Gene Stalters and
Bernstein comes to Carolina from Mary
land where he' was a first team high school
all-America and three-time national prep
school champion. He boasted a 110-0 high
school record and was the Pittsburgh Classic
champion at 142 pounds.
Koll can wrestle in the 158 or 167-pound
classes. He is from State College, Pa., where
he posted a 75-7 record. His father was
formerly the head wrestling coach at Penn
State for 13 years. Koll was also the
Pittsburgh Classic titlist at 158 pounds.
Stalters is the reigning junior college
national champion at 134 pounds, from
Ballston Spa, N.Y. Wrestling for Triton
Junior College, Stalters won 18 of 25 matches
last season on the road to his national title.
Fleck is a 270-pound heavyweight prospect
from Johnstown, Pa. He finished second in
the Pennsylvania state tournament last year,
losing a close decision in the finals. Fleck
came back to win the heavyweight division
in the Challenge of Champions tournament.
Lam rounded out his recruiting with five
out-of-state prospects and one North
Pete Bearse is a 150-pounder from Pen
nsylvania who finished third in the national
prep tournament last spring. Hayes Lewallen
is a former state champion in Florida who
spent a post-gfaduate year at Blair Academy
in New Jersey, a wrestling powerhouse.
Rod Mangrum is a 150-pounder from
Maryland who finished second in the national
prep school tourney. Todd Purich from
Pennsylvania and Adam Sturblis from Ohio
are both 126-pounders who were high state
Finishing up Lam's recruiting class is
UNC's one in-stater, Mike Queen, a 177
pound state champion from Greensboro.