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Two Deacon baseball players, Warren Sawkiw and Paul Reinisch, were selected
in the Major League annual draft by the Detroit Tigers. Sawkiw was chosen in the
twentieth round and Reinisch in the thirty-first.
The men’s soccer team received a preseason ranking of sixth in the nation, but in
the NCAA tournament it lost in the first round to the University of North Carolina.
Neil Covone, the most valuable player in the 1989 ACC Men’s Soccer Tournament,
played on the United States World Cup Team during the summer before returning to
Wake Forest for the fall 1990 soccer season. Rodney Rogers was named ACC Rookie
basketball player of the year for the 1990–1991 season (over Grant Hill), and Dave
Odom was named ACC and District III Basketball Coach of the Year by the United
States Basketball Writers Association. The team went 19–11 overall, 8–6 in the ACC,
and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The highlight of the
year was the Deacons’ victory (86–77) over eventual NCAA champion Duke at the
Joel Coliseum in February.
The men’s cross country team won its second ACC Championship by six points
over N.C. State. John Goodridge was the coach, and Ben Schoonover, Stuart Burn-
ham, and Kyle Armentrout were named All-ACC for finishing in the top ten. The
final cross country poll of the season ranked Wake Forest sixteenth in the nation.
The women’s cross country team was plagued with injuries, but Mary Powell earned
All-ACC status for the second year in a row.
The Department of Athletics sponsored a speech by Lonise Bias, mother of Len
Bias, in Wait Chapel. She challenged students to be responsible and offered what she
described as a “message of hope.” Her son was a first-team All-American basketball
forward at the University of Maryland who died from a cocaine overdose.
The University Theatre produced Thorn-
ton Wilder’s Our Town, Peter Shaffer’s
Amadeus, Neil Barlett’s The Misanthrope,
and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, which
was directed by Jim Dodding.
The Secrest Artists Series featured
the Summit Brass, a fourteen-member
ensemble of brass players from American
symphony orchestras; the Tallis Scholars,
a mixed vocal ensemble who performed
sacred music from the Renaissance; Chi-
cago Pro Musica, an octet of woodwind,
brass, and string players; the Kavafian Sis-
ters, who performed violin duets; and the
New World Symphony, which prepared
highly gifted graduates of distinguished
music programs for leadership roles in
orchestras and ensembles around the
world. Dave Odom