versity and The Citadel. Davidson partici-
pated in two other tournaments in the fall:
The James Madison Invitational and The
Elon Tournament. Unfortunately, these two
tournaments were disappointing losses for
In the spring, Davidson defeated Western
Carolina at Raintree Country Club and then
travelled to Maggie Valley, where they de-
feated Presbyterian College. On the heels of
these wins, however, came a loss in an Ai-
ken, S.C. tournament and a loss to The Cita-
del in Charleston, S.C, where heavy fog
made play nearly impossible.
The golf team did not finish with a win-
ning season, but most of the players are
hopeful about next year and the direction of
captain Todd Weibusch. The coach of the
Davidson team, Thom Cartmill, was the
moving force behind the construction of
the three-hole Covington facility. It is an ex-
cellent facility and should help improve the
team in future years.
â€” Jeff Lesesne
Come sail away
The Davidson Sailing Teann is a rather
unknown varsity sport which is organized
and run by its members. This year, Captain
Kathleen Huff and SAISA Women's Coordi-
nator, Muffin Alford, led the team with guid-
ance and assistance from French professor
Hallam Walker. With Lake Morman as their
base for practicing and holding regattas,
the team sails 420's, and a Mfoot, two-man
boat with a mainsail and a jib.
Davidson belongs to the South Atlantic
Intercollegiate Sailing Association (SAISA),
which is comprised of 16 teams from North
Carolina to Florida, including nationally
ranked College of Charleston, Florida State
University, and University of North Caroli-
Changes in the region's schedule this
year resulted in the spring season starting
before Davidson's spring term began, caus-
ing a problem with participation. While nei-
ther the fall nor the spring seasons proved
outstanding, there were strong individual
performances by Alford and Mark LePage.
With only one graduating letterman, next
year should show promise.
Row 1: Mark Lepage. Muffin Alford. Row 2: Brooks
Englefiardt, Elizabeth Stanat. Newton Quantz.
Kathleen Huff, Coach Hallam Walker.
Young 'Cats: Inexperienced but talented
Coach Bobby Hussey had quite a chal-
lenge before him at the outset of the season:
with only one returning starter, Hussey had
to integrate nnostly inexperienced sopho-
mores and freshmen into the game plan,
and, as we all know, there is no substitute
for experience. For several games he shuf-
fled around the starting lineup looking for a
winning combination. Though this shifting
gave all the team members some playing
time, it caused an inconsistent attack and
led to some early season losses.
Nevertheless, the 'Cats always put on a
fantastic show in Johnson Gym and dis-
played ability and talent that belies their 9-
19 finish. They crushed hapless Wofford
and Erskine as well as scoring impressive
victories over University of the South, Fur-
man, and South Carolina. The Notre Dame
game, played before 10,687 spectators,
was once again a classic matchup. The
young 'Cats fought tenaciously throughout
the game but fell short in overtime, losing
Many games were close until the final
minutes where it seems the 'Cats were
tripped up by their inexperience. However,
the team matured and grew more consis-
tent through the season, and this trend
looks to iJs fruition in the next season.
The team Captains were seniors Tom
Franz and Kenny Wilson. Franz's experi-
ence and court leadership were his great
assets in crucial games, where he served as
the stabilizing force on the court. The spot-
light, however, shown on Kenny Wilson, the
All-Conference, All-American (Honorable
Mention) forward who led the team in scor-
ing (51 1 pts.), rebounding (6.3 rpg), and be-
came Davidson's fifth all-time leading scor-
er. Wilson's electrifying speed and resound-
ing dunks paced the 'Cats throughout the
The supporting cast was made up of one
junior, seven sophomores, and three fresh-
men. Jim McConkey anchored the team at
center and showed occasional sparks of of-
fensive firepower. Pepper Bego (10.7 ppg)
teamed with freshman sensation Chris
Heineman as guards; their quick ball-han-
dling skills and impressive long-range
shooting were the offensive catalyst. Gerry
Born turned in a magnificent season after
replacing Rafael Hernandez, who left school
over Christmas break, and was a consistent
scoring threat (8.8 ppg) as well as a power-
ful rebounder (5.0 rpg).
Couch Hussey used his other players
quite liberally early in the season. Frank
Johnson, Ken Niebuhr, Ted Wolfe, Billy
Naso, Anthony Ace' Tanner, and Caryl
Dawson, who also left school, contributed
to the overall team effort. 'Ace', a fresh-
man, demonstrated awesome natural talent
and showed much future promise.
The 'Cats will enter next season with a
corps of experienced young players and a
great deal of optimism. Coach Hussey has
received a contract extension and will be
coaching a team comprised entirely of his
recruits. Franz and Wilson will be missed,
but the potential exists for a dominant team
of the future.
â€” Ian Dunn
Ace!! Freshman Anthony "Ace" Tanner slams in the
first basket against Pennsylvania.
Crashing the board, senior Kenny Wilson leaps for the
Bombs away! Sophomore Pepper Bego launches a
shot over Mari< Alarie of the Dul<e Blue Devils.
CJ. of South
Miami of Ohio
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Row 1: Caryl Dawson, Chris Heineman, Pepper Bego,
Billy Naso. Row 2: Frank Johnson, 'Ace' Tanner, Tom
Franz, Kenny Wilson, Rafael Hernandez. Row 3: Ken
Niebuhr, Jim McConkey, Ted Wolfe, Gerry Born.
Men's basketball/ 155
Lefty Driesell is now a well known nanne
among basketball fans around the United
States. Driesell is the head basketball
coach at the University of Maryland which
just won the Atlantic Coast Conference title
in the 1983-84 season, with a 74-62 victory
over Duke. Driesell has a long and impres-
sive record which includes the ten years he
spent as head coach at the Davidson Col-
lege basketball team.
The playing experience of Lefty Driesell
came in his college years. Driesell was a
starter for the Duke Blue Devils under head
coach Hal Bradley. He graduated in 1954.
He entered coaching in 1957 when he was
named head coach at Newport News High
School in Virginia. While there Driesell sold
encyclopedias door to door in order to
make ends meet.
Lefty Driesell was then appointed head
basketball coach at Davidson for the 1960-
61 season. The Wildcats got off to a slow
start his first year with a 9-14 record, but
there was hope because Davidson defeated
Wake Forest 65-59 in the season Opener.
The following winter Davidson improved to
14-11. The 'Cats followed this record with
four straight winning seasons, each with 20
or more victories.
While at Davidson, Dreisell was named
Southern Conference coach of the year
four times, and under his tutelage the Wild-
cats enjoyed their first three Southern Con-
ference victories in 1966, 1968, and 1969.
Davidson was also ranked in the nation's
top ten teams for three of his seasons.
Driesell was a remarkable coach at Da-
vidson. There were many laughs among
students when he arrived at Johnson Gym
and hung a sign on the door that read,
"closed practice." The laughs were due to
Davidson's record, but there were only tears
when he decided to leave.
At Davidson, Driesell belonged to the Da-
vidson College Presbyterian Church, and he
also helped form the Davidson chapter of
the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. More-
over, he was a high official in the Mecklen-
burg County Boy Scouts of America.
In 1969 Lefty Driesell accepted the job as
head basketball coach at the University of
Maryland, the job he presently holds. His
record at Maryland does not include the
conference wins like his Davidson record
does, but it is equally impressive. Driesell
has reached the ACC finals six times, with
his 1984 victory over Duke being his first
title. Four of the previous times in the tour-
nament, the Terrapins have lost in the final
round by three points or less. Because of
these close losses. Lefty's record has really
been underrated. Maryland is definitely go-
ing to be a major team in future NCAA
In 1980 there was talk of naming Driesell
athletic director at Davidson College. Drie-
sell said he would consider the post, but
that he had no desire to leave Maryland.
The plan never progressed past the talking
stage, and no action was taken. In the near
future, at least, Driesell plans to remain
with the Terrapins.
â€” Jeff Lesesne
How great it was
M ^Â»*^ ^^^^
A season of ''private victories'
How do you measure athletic success? Is
It solely a question of wins and losses? If the
only victories are those found in the record
books, then the women's basketball team
was not a success. The team did not win
one of their 27 scheduled games â€” they
never even came close. But Coach Daley
and her nine dedicated players didn't see it
"Winning is setting goals and achieving
them," said team member Lou Hamilton in
a letter to the Davidsonian. And if that is so,
then the members of the women's basket-
ball team are champions in the true sense of
the word and worthy of admiration and re-
Although up against the worst of odds,
namely being a non-scholarship team con-
sisting of only nine players, none of whom
exceeded 5'9", the team never gave up.
They played 27 long and sometimes frus-
trating games, but they set their own stan-
dards and measured performance accord-
"Out of 1,400 students at Davidson,"
wrote Hamilton, "there are nine of us on the
basketball team. We have found a particu-
A Show of Unity. Despite a losing season, the team
was never short of comradeship or an all-out team
iar value in setting goals together, working
toward them, and finally achieving them.
When the nine of us are on the court looking
(up!) at the fifteen out of some 10,000 from
GNC-Charlotte, the results on the score-
board look one-sided. But to us the results
go far beyond the numbers on the wall . . .
Given our physical size and the size of other
Division I, full-scholarship, six-foot-plus
players, the absolute score is nowhere near
as important as the relative score."
Hamilton's words express the sense of
team spirit that made this group so special.
There were no stars â€” each of the nine
players started at some point in the season.
Their skill level was essentially equal and
that eliminated competitiveness between
players. They are friends and enjoy playing
basketball. Sometimes caught up in the
quest for championships, people tend to
forget that the main purpose of sports is to
have fun. The women's basketball team did
It is true that a victory here and there
would have been welcome, but that victory
never came â€” at least not in terms of wins
and losses. Still, this team has every reason
to hold its head high. Faced with an impos-
sible schedule, diminutive stature, and aca-
demic pressures, these nine girls met the
challenge and refused to give up even when
spectators jeered and opponents laughed at
them. They never lost sight of their own
personal goals nor forgot the progress they
Yes, their triumphs were small â€” reduc-
ing turnovers, holding opponents to less
than 100 points, increasing the number of
shots per game â€” but they were nonethe-
less achievements and something to be
proud of. They learned from the experience;
they grew from it. Coach Daley would not
trade them for any other team in the world.
They were a hardworking and dedicated
"We have grown a lot (unfortunately not
in inches!) from these experiences," Lou
Hamilton said. "And the only way we were
able to do this was that we supported each
other continuously and unconditionally.
And that is winning. It really is."
â€” Joanne Stryker
Aginst All Odds. Freshman Elizabeth Cornelson faces
the entire Lenoir Rhyne team as she battles for the ball.
Making Rainbows. Freshman Diane Duvall launches
an arching jump shot over a Pfeiffer defender as Nancy
Row 1: Amy Hartman, Diane Duvall, Debbie Hayes,
Debbie Podolin. Row 2: Coach Daley, Nancy
Bondurant, Lou Hamilton, Elizabeth Cornelson. Debby
Adams. Not Pictured: Mary Griffith.
Women's basketball/ 159
pin down a winning season
The human pretzel. Senior Tom Hissam applies a pow
er half-nelson to a helpless opponent.
Under the direction of Coach Vince Ar-
duini, the 1984 Wrestling Team secured its
first winning season in many years. Coach
Arduini felt that the tremendous dedication
of each individual led to this success. The
season was highlighted by the Wildcats'
third place finish out of a strong field of nine
teams at the Washington and Lee Tourna-
ment and by their performance at the
Homecoming Quad meet.
Referring to the team's performance at
Washington and Lee, a team member ex-
claimed, "We wrestled some good people
today and won!" Tom Cardwell and Mike
Adams each placed fourth, John Breiden-
stine, and Mike Keeley placed second,
while John T Lay and Tom Hissam took
firsts in their weight classes. Tom Hissam
was also named the tournament's most out-
standing wrestler. Although Taylor Simp-
son did not place at this tournament, he
wrestled extremely well in a weight which
was seen as the most competitive one at
In the first Wrestling Homecoming,
which was well attended by wrestling alum-
ni who had come in order to honor the late
Coach Charlie Parker, the Wildcats defeat-
ed arch rival Elon (30-22) and trounced Uni-
versity of the South (48-6), while just barely
losing to Catawba (25-26). While Brian Rice
missed several matches due to illness, his
presence at the Quad meet guaranteed a
victory over Elon.
With a strong core of returning wrestlers
and the promise of the wrestlers in the in-
coming freeman class. Coach Arduini
hopes for even better years ahead. Seniors
John Breidenstine and Tom Hissam will be
greatly missed. With 19 wins each, they
provided valuable stability and leadership
for the team.
John summed up his four years of wres-
tling by saying, "While at times I could have
thought of 1 ,000 places I would have rather
been than in the practice room, wrestling
taught me a lot and was an experience that I
wouldn't trade for anything."
â€” Mike Keeley
Row 1: Mike Keeley, Clay Carroll, Coach Arduini. John
Breidenstine, Tom Oddo. Row 1; Jim Labrec. Bob
McCullen, Tom Hissam. Tommy Cardwell.
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Gniv. of South
Oncle? Tom Hissam successfully pins a Sewanee wres-
tler en route to a 48-6 victory.
In a strange form of ballet. Freshman Mike Adams
gains wrist control at the start of a match.
Baseball team achieves goals
1984 was a baseball season highlighted
by improvement and bad weather.
"We missed 13 games due to rain," said
Coach George Greer. "We feel we could
have won many of those games and accom-
plished one of our main goals this season,
to go over .500."
Despite failing to win half their games, by
going 1216, the team did have the best
record of any Davidson baseball team since
1975. The team succeeded in accomplish-
ing another goal, winning more than three
games against Division I schools. Davidson
won seven such games this year.
"The rainouts really hurt us because not
only did we not get to play some more
games we could have won, but not playing
during the week hurt our timing," said
sophomore shortstop Keith Helfant. Hel-
fant had a fine year this year, leading the
team in batting with a .352 percentage.
That is a dramatic improvement over his
performance last year of .214. Look for Hel-
fant to have another fine spring next sea-
In addition to Helfant, sophomores Tim
Waters and Scott Weaver showed tremen-
dous progress over last year. Both raised
their batting average and committed fewer
errors. Waters was also listed in USA Today
as tenth in the nation in the category of
doubles per game. Waters led the team with
1 1 doubles.
Pitching is an area where the Cats need to
improve. Freshmen Billy Waitsman and
Steve Condon were inconsistent, though
each displayed moments of great promise.
Weaver led the team in innings pitched, vic-
tories, and complete games. Success or
continued mediocrity will hinge on the
pitchings staff's ability to improve even fur-
The fine seasons by this year's crop of
freshmen are a source of great optimism.
Freshman third baseman Dave Turgeon led
the team in home runs and runs batted in.
Freshmen Dan Simonds and Dave DePaul
were regular starters at catcher and center
field respectively and played very well, es-
"1 think we all learned a lot this season,"
said DePaul. "We'll only lose three players
to graduation and we are getting some good
recruits, so next season looks promising.
Only wish we could play now."
The team does lose three fine players in
seniors Scott Redding, Mick Smith, and
Jeff McSwain. All three made important
contributions to the team in the form of fine
play and leadership.
"They are great kids," said Coach Greer.
"They were tri-captains by unanimous con-
sent and did an outstanding job. I wish they
were coming back."
On his final season, Redding said, "I was
disappointed that both the team and myself
didn't do a little better, however, it was as
good as any team I've been on since I was
here. The freshmen have a way to go, but
have already made a lot of progress. Watch
out for them in the future.
â€” Andy Barron
Pull 'em on in ! A base hit scores two runs for the Cats
and pulls them ahead in the game.
A single down the line! Wildcat Jeff McSwain makes
contact for a base hit.
BASEBALL TEAM, Front row: W DuBose, C. Knox, J.
Luranc, R. Wagner, B. Coggins, K. Helfant. A. Greer;
Second row: S. Redding, E. Page, D- Simmonds, T.
Waters, S. Tfiompson, D. DePaul, M. Smith, D. Lloyd;
Back row: B. Waitsman, J, McSwain, D. Kirby, S.
Weaver, D. Turgeon, S. Condon, R. Morman, Coach G.
in the change between innings, DePaul rehashes play
with other teammates.
Track team struggles to overcome lack of participation
Up and . . . over Davidson's pole vaulter reaches the
new height and continues to the next round of compe-
The Davidson track team has usually
been overshadowed by the more publicized
baseball and tennis teams as a spring sport.
The talent, coaching, and willingness is
there, but "we don't have the athletes nec-
essary to compete in enough events," la-
mented Coach Harris. Therefore, the 'Cats
are usually beaten by colleges who have the
athletes to enter more events than David-
son, thus accumulating more points.
Despite the odds, though, the 'Cats were
very competitive and had a fine season.
Coach Harris had to depend on some team
members to compete in a variety of events
and was often rewarded by outstanding per-
formances. Most notable was freshman
Greg Foreman, who displayed exhilirating
speed in the 800 and 1500-meter runs. In
the Southern Conference Championships
Foreman set a new school record of 1 :56.2
in the 800-meter run, eclipsing senior Frank
Ivey's old record.
"The strongest part of our team was the
4 X 100 meter relay team," asserted Coach
Harris. It consisted of junior Jim Walker,
senior Paul Fry, and sophomores Jay Braun
and Eric McClasty. This relay team was
very competitve in every meet, and, at the
SC Championships, set a school record of
As for individual efforts, sophomore Jay
Braun was definitely the team's outstand-
ing performer. In addition to getting consis-
tently high marks in the pole vault, Braun
also competed in the javelin, long jump,
and as a member of the 4 x 100 meter relay
The women's team, composed of senior
Sharon Bryant, juniors Sarah Patterson, Su-
sie Dresser, Susie Myers, and Alison Moy,
and sophomore Judy Dalton, suffered
much the same fate; not enough partici-
pants to win events. Nevertheless, Sarah
Patterson was a dominant force in the 5000-
meter run, while Judy Dalton performed
consistently in the 800.
In the Davidson Relays, the highlight of
the season, the men finished 14th out of 19
teams, and the women finished 8th of 10.
The 4 X 100 relay team turned in another
stellar showing, while junior Jeff Carter
was third in the high jump and Jay Braun
was fourth in the pole vault. The women's
team was once again led by Sarah Patter-
In assessing the year. Coach Harris noted
that the 'Cats had become more competi-
tive and had high hopes about next year.
â€” Ian Dunn
High jumper Sharon Bryant skims the bar and itnocks
it from its rest.
After a pep talk with the coach, the wo
ready to tackle any race.
TRACK TEAM, Front row: D. Teer, R. Hartsell. S.
Dresser, J. Dalton, S. Myers, B. Tate, T. Cassell, Back
row: J. Hendrix, S. Hamilton, R. Cloudt, J. Walker, P.
Fry, S. Otto, G. Foreman, Q. Harris.
Washington & Lee
14th of 19
6th of 7
8th of 10
4th of 4
Southern Conference Meet
7th of 7
Johnston C. Smith
3rd of 4
With a successful handoff from Rand Hartsell, Scott
Hamilton takes off for his leg of the relay race.
Go ahead and jump!
Just when students were beginning to
notice horseback riding on the schedules as
a way to fill a RE. requirement, Nancy Hoff-
man, the director of the riding program, de-
cided to tal<.e things a step further and begin
an equestrian team. For students having
any degree of experience in the saddle, this
team provided the opportunity to ride and
compete in shows.
Cinder the leadership of captain Julie Wa-