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Dy JILL SHAW
Aggression, flair, raw talent these ingredients
compose the usual menu for superiority among athletes.
But the recipe that has catapulted co-captain Maria
Powers into North Carolina's softball spotlight includes
only a dash of the usual. In fact, it is the rare mixture
of modesty and ambition that flavors Powers athletic
"Maria is very much a perfectionist, w confirmed
second-year softball coach Donna Papa. "She's never
really satisfied with herself."
And while the centerfielder from Richmond, Va., has
multiple reasons to be more than satisfied, no
accomplishment has prodded self-praise. Her comment
about being the only player on the Tar Heel squad
selected to first team All-Region? "Shock! Surprise!"
followed humbly by, "It felt good because North
Carolina was represented."
Never mind that the slugger didnt realize that her
selection was based on 40 connections among 157 plate
appearances. Forget that the outfielder didn't realize that
a mere four errors in 48 games had all but sealed her
candidacy. ("IVe never kept up with my statistics," she
confessed.) More remarkable is that before her selection
Powers didn't even know an All-Region team existed.
Considering this 86 recognition, one would think that
the four-year starter would adjust personal goals towards
receiving similar honors during her final year at North
Carolina. But, once again, Her Humbleness disproved
logic and claimed that making an All-Region team is
"in the back of my mind.
"I just want to contribute in some manner to the team.
If I play well it doesn't have to be recognized."
After 20 games this season, a perfect fielding,
percentage and a .368 batting average illustrate the
magnitude with which she does contribute. "This year
she's (an) all-around (player)," offered Papa. "In the
outfield she's a steady defensive plaver very fast . . .
and smart. She takes charge and keeps them (the
"As our lead-off batter, when she gets on we usually
score. She's a lot stronger."
And what is Powers' assessment of her present
performance in the 87 season? "There's always room
for improvement." She explained, "Although my fielding
is pretty sturdy, I'm not always consistent at bat. I want
to have things come out a certain way, and I'm not
happy with myself if that isn't the case."
As co-captain, Powers' perfectionist attitude creates
intangible effects on the team. "She's a big influence
very vocal," asserted assistant coach Robin Payne.
"Maria wants herself and the team to be the best. She's
But all this seriousness can take a toll. So Powers
appreciates the comic relief provided by her teammates
and especially Payne. "She (Payne) is a scream. She
makes you laugh at things, and I'm usually not very
good at laughing at myself."
Several forms of art, including photography and
ceramics, also ease the tension caused by a hectic softball
schedule. "My friends tell me I should have been an
art major," Powers said, expressing a twinge of regret.
Biology, her true major, has failed to spark interest
equal to that of softball and art. The senior confessed,
"I'm not ready to be out at the other end of a microscope
without a lot of contact with other people." In fact,
after 11 years of organized softball, Powers is
entertaining the prospect of a short-term future in helping
the team. "1 don't know that I'm cut out for coaching,"
Reluctantly, the athlete narrows her occupational
choices. "There's so much out there. I don't want to
miss any of it." Fortunately, her unique qualities have
given her the vantage point necessary to view all the
action. Thus far, Powers' mixture of modesty and great
expectations has earned her the best seat in the park.
The secrets of Spiritual success
Starting in the 1988-89 NBA
season, North Carolina basketball
fans will more than likely have a
professional team in nearby Char
lotte. Within a couple of hours of
most of the large cities in the Triangle
and Triad areas, the "Spirit" will
provide competition for the Lakers,
Celtics and Bulls and the rest of the
It certainly is a credit to the state,
and particularly the city of Charlotte,
that the NBA administration found
Charlotte so attractive. The con
struction of the new 23,000-seat
facility, and the relatively large
basketball market in the vicinity,
surely added to the appeal of the
state's largest city. In the heart of
ACC country, the NBA knew it
could find hoop enthusiasts.
-The question is: Will the Spirit
make it? The Carolina Cougars
failed in Charlotte back in the
American Basketball Association
days, as did the nearby Virginia
Squires from Norfolk. But that was
the ABA, a league that never really
could compete with the NBA.
With the amazing public appeal
of such stars as Larry Bird, Magic
Johnson, and, of course, Michael
Jordan, the NBA continues to break
attendance and financial records.
This potential for success was cer
tainly a consideration for Charlotte
businessman George Shinn, who put
together the package that so
impressed the NBA. Confident of
area support (more than 10,000
season tickets have already been
sold), Shinn pursued the idea that
he felt would be financially reward
ing to him and the Charlotte area.
But are we going to have to suffer
through eight seasons before we get
a winner? The Dallas Mavericks, the
last expansion team to enter the
league, won but 15 games in their
first year. Charlotte could very likely
be a nice practice game for most of
the league's elite unless the
following secret automatic quick
winner formula is used.
We'll start by getting David
Robinson in some supplemental
draft. Hell be allowed to play at just
about the same time we start playing,
and with a 1,320 SAT score, he can
be general manager as well. Local
favorite J.R. Reid wouldn't hurt
when he comes out in 9 (?) to fill
another front line spot. Walter Davis
might have retired by then, but well
get him to come back and provide
some experience. If Muggsy Bogues
isn't drafted or playing for the
Globetrotters, we've got to have him
In Your Face
at the point. If he can't play, well
get Phil Ford, and let him make his
comeback in a Spirit jersey.
For front line help, well get Wilt
Chamberlain to give up volleyball
for a while, and come back to re
break the scoring record of Kareem.
If Warren Martin can give up the
Swiss lifestyle, he can be our desig
nated intimidator. Bobby Jones will
come out of retirement and play for
us, or at least be defensive coach,
since he lives in Charlotte.
Well get Greg Kite and Larry
Spriggs to be designated bench
warmers, and Jeff Ruland to be our
permanent member on injured
reserve. Well draft Fennis Dembo
because he has a great name, and
John Smith because he doesn't.
1 suppose Lefty Driesell can be
coach, but it would be tough to keep
him away from the broadcasting
booth so well let him do both.
Okay, we have the makings of a
good team, but we are impatient, and
we want a contender! Alas! We still
need a superstarstar, a catalyst. Hey
Al McGuire, we need somebody
ready for prime time! Well, we don't
have a big guard, (rising volume),
and I happen to know a good one
that plays for the Bulls!
You think we cant altord Jordan?
No sweat. First, we tell him he can
be the resident golf pro at Finley,
and that well find a place on the
PGA tour for him in the off-season.
That ought to get his attention.
Sure, the Bulls are going to try
to offer a lot of money to keep him,
but we have ways to deal with that,
too. Each fan will be required to
bring at least one aluminum can to
each game to supplement Michael's
salary through recycling. Plus, well
ask the state legislature to put a tax
on dunking at Spirit games. Fans
won't mind putting that on their
returns, since slams are what they
come to see anyway. If none of that
works, ' well just ask Hagler and
Leonard to have their rematch in
Charlotte and give half the earnings
to Jordan. Then if that doesn't work,
well just ask President Reagan . . .
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UNC was sparked in that rally,
fittingly enough, by Freiling's RBI
single and Devy Bell's run-scoring
double. Freiling, who entered the
game hitting .348, finished the day
4-for-5, including a double and a
triple. Bell, who has yet to find his
groove, was 4-for-4, with two dou
bles, a triple and six RBI.
Bell picked up two of those ribbies
with a double in the sixth, as the
Tar Heels scored five runs on just
three hits, thanks primarily to two
wildly errant throws by Seahawk
catcher Dwayne Graham. Graham's
tosses were the perfect symbol for
his squad's fielding on the day, which
ranged from the adequate to the
fearful. At times it seemed that the
Seahawk outfielders' preferred
method of catching a bouncing ball
involved picking it up after it had
struck them solidly in the chest.
Bell continued to pad his stats in
the eighth. Pinch hitter Brian
Chandler walked, and Freiling
singled him to second. Bell then
crushed a ball to the base of the wall
in centerfield and lumbered into
third with a triple. For the game,
Bell came up five times, with eight
men on base, and drove in six of
them. That could be important for
44 Devy 's had a lot of people on base
in front of him recently, and it's been
a while since he's driven some runs
in," UNC coach Mike Roberts said.
"Tonight, .he did get a couple of hits
with runners in scoring position.
Maybe that 11 loosen him up and next
time hell drive them in again."
Reliever Tim Straub came on to
close out the last two innings,, and
after struggling in the eighth, dom
inated the ninth by setting the
Seahawks down in order. For thp
Tar Heels, it was a victory for the
St. Anthony's connection, as Straup
and Cornacchio both attended the
same Catholic high school in Long
Island. And that tiny piece of unity
provided some much-needed aes
thetic relief on a night which was
otherwise woefully devoid of it.
In a related story, senior pitchers
Ken Turner and Todd Kopczynski
have returned to the team. The two
left practice Monday, intending to
quit the squad, after learning that
they would not be traveling to N.C.
State, but decided to come back,
after talking with Roberts.
Students learn tasteest skills
in Union-sponsored wine class
By CORIN ORTLAM
"Well, daaahling, I think a nice
bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon
would be simply maaahvelous
with the lobster tails." This
statement may sound like it came
from a knowledgeable wine con
noisseur, but it has three
Students participating in the
wine education course sponsored
by the special features committee
of the Student Union know what
is wrong with the statement. First,
good wine is not reserved for the
elite classes. Second, Cabernet
Sauvignon, though it sounds like
it should cost $60, is actually only
about $8 a bottle. Finally,
Cabernet Sauvignon is a red wine
and should never be served with
The wine education course is
conducted by Quang Nguyen,
member of the Academie du Vin,
who has also taught several
restaurant staffs which wine to
serve with certain meals.
Nguyen has not always been a
connoiseur of wine. When he first
journeyed to France in Sep
tember 1973, the only thing he
knew was that wine was either red
or white, and it tasted bad.
Nguyen's affinity for wine
began in France. France is known
for its "xenophobia" or fear of
strangers. Being from Vietnam,
Nguyen was not well received at
"I was in the Burgundy area
around 10 p.m. one night and
everything was closed stores,
hotels, everything," he said. "I was
very cold and I knocked on the
door of an auberge (inn). The
man almost slammed the door in
my face, but eventually 1 talked
him into letting me come in."
Nguyen sat and talked with the
man, who became much more
receptive when he discovered that
Nguyen was a student at the
Sorbonne. They talked until 6
a.m. and drank two bottles of
"It was the first really decent
wine I'd ever had. I was amazed
that it tasted good," says Nguyen.
After that night, Nguyen deve
loped a keen taste for wine.
Julie Gray, coordinator of the
Wine Education Course, wanted
a program geared to Carolina
students. Approximately 35 peo
ple are participating in the pro
gram and will learn about select
ing wines, wine etiquette, how to
read labels and some wine history
and terms. They will sample
about 1 5 different wines in the $7
$15 price range.
The class was full of sugges
tions when Nguyen asked them
. to analyze the aroma of a certain
wine. One student said that the
,-tyinc smelkd like glue. "Glue?!!"
said Nguyen.' "I think weVe been
sniffing too much wine," one
student said as an explanation.
x "This one smells like the barn
where my grandfather keeps his
lawn mower," said another stu
dent about a different wine. This
opinion helped illustrate the point
that Nguyen especially wanted to
emphasize. He said that wine
tasting is a very personal thing.
"Always remember your own
taste is all that matters," said
Nguyen. "Anyone can tell you
that he loves a certain wine, but
it doesn't mean that it will be good
Gray and the rest of the special
features committee did their
homework to make the class
available to students. The com
mittee had to go through lawyers
to obtain all ABC permits. Par
ticipants were asked to bring IDs
each night and wear armbands.
The success of the class in
making wine more familiar to
students has been worth the
"Many people think it (wine)
is too snobby, and they are afraid
to learn," said Nguyen. "Wine is
actually a 'people' thing."
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