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soccer team, ranked twenty-first nationally, lost 1–0 to ACC champion Duke but
finished the season with a winning record of 11–7–1. The volleyball team finished the
season 21–12, a dramatic turnaround from their 1997 season record of 8–24.
C.J. Leak, who played for Independence High School in Charlotte and was ­
considered to be the sixth best quarterback in the country, signed a national letter-
of-intent to play under Coach Jim Caldwell. His high school coach was less than
pleased. Leak played for two seasons and then transferred to the University of
Tennessee.
Plans were announced for a new intercollegiate basketball facility, a four-story,
60,000-square-foot Student-Athlete Enhancement Center. Construction was sched-
uled to begin in late summer 1999 so the facility would be ready for the start of bas-
ketball practice in October 2000.
A men’s basketball scholarship team was named in memory of long-time Dea-
con Club member Leslie M. Morris (’41, MD ’43) of Gastonia by his widow, Mary
Alice King Morris, and his son, Leslie Morris Jr. (’67).
Desmond Clark became the ACC’s all-time leading pass receiver. He was a
bright spot in a disappointing 1998 football season, when the team went 3–8 on the
season. The October 22 Old Gold and Black praised not only Clark but quarterbacks
Rusty LaRue (’96) and Brian Kuklick, whose passes made Clark’s achievement pos-
sible. Both Clark and Kuklick were chosen to play in the postseason Blue–Gray game.
In another honor, Head Coach Jim Caldwell was chosen as an assistant coach in the
East–West Shrine Bowl.
Janelle Kraus, a 1997 All-American, won her second consecutive women’s cross
country ACC championship. The team rose as high as sixth in the national poll while
winning four of five regular season meets.
The Arts
The first public exhibition of the J. Don-
ald Nichols (’66) collection, “American
Abstract Art of the 1930s and 1940s,” was
held in the Fine Arts Gallery from August
28 through October 11. Considered the best
and most comprehensive private collec-
tion of abstract art from that era, it featured
more than two hundred paintings, draw-
ings, and sculptures by such artists as Wil-
lem de Kooning, Joseph Albers, and Stuart
Davis.
The University Theatre staged Thor-
ton Wilder’s The Match Maker and hosted
a symposium in conjunction, Thornton
Wilder’s Legacy, on September 25–26. A.
Tappan Wilder, nephew of the playwright;
Robin Wilder, editor of Wilder’s letters; and
Wilder’s biographer Penny Niven (MA ’62) Desmond Clark
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