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Developer eyes new arena site

Local developer Lee Danielson has suggested a location for a new basketball arena for the University's teams.

The proposal would place the new venue near the downtown mall on an 18-acre plot of land between West Main Street, Preston Avenue, Ridge-McInitre Road and Fourth Street Northwest. Currently a McDonald's, a Wendy's, a Virginia Employment Commission office building, a discount grocery store and a 10-acre section owned by the city inhabit the site.

The cost for the new facility would be covered through private funding, floating bonds, the selling of naming rights and luxury boxes within the arena which would seat 15,000 fans.

Caldwell becomes a Cavalier: Former Tennessee guard Nikki Caldwell has been named an assistant basketball coach for the Virginia women's basketball team. She served as a graduate assistant last season for the Vols.

Caldwell played for the Volunteers from 1990-94 and was a member of the Tennesee team that defeated Virginia in the 1991 NCAA Tournament. The Vols went on to win the title that season.

She holds the Tennessee season record for three-point field goals made with 51 and most career three-point field goal attempts with 367. Caldwell ranks second in career three-point field goals made, downing 128.

After graduating from Tennessee in 1994, Caldwell went on to work as a color analyst for the Southeastern Conference Game of the Week for Fox Sports South from 1995-97. Last year she hosted the sports segment for the Shop At Home cable network.

Caldwell replaces former Cav assistant Jenny Kuziemski, who accepted a position at N.C. State with the women's basketball program.

A First time for everything: Second-year tennis player Brian Vahaly become the first Virginia player in school history to be named as an All-American.

Vahaly was named to the 1999 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America team. He also was selected as an All-ACC team member.

Vahaly also set a school record for wins in a season. He claimed victory 29 times to finish 29-9. The Atlanta, Ga., native concluded the year as the country's 16th-ranked singles player.

Double-Croused: Cavalier track and field team member Ann Crouse finished 10th in the women's javelin finals at the NCAA Championships. Her toss measured 162'04.00".

The meet was the fourth appearance for Crouse at the NCAAs and she entered the competition with the nation's top toss of the year--a distance of 188'03.00". She had not lost this season before her 10th-place finish.

A Royal pick: The Kansas City Royals selected Cav right fielder Julian Gonzalez in the 36th round of the Amateur Baseball Draft. Gonzalez and senior right-handed pitcher Bradley Nuckols were the last remaining members of Virginia's 1996 ACC Championship team.

The Avlon Park, Fla., native hit .292 this season. Gonzalez belted 16 doubles and recorded 33 RBI. He also hit a career-high seven home runs on the year. In the field, he recorded 11 outfield assists.

The Cavs have had at least one player drafted for 11 consecutive years.

Two times a lady: Cavalier women's lacrosse players Ashley Widger and Jessica Hull were both named to the U.S. Lacrosse All-American teams.

Widger received a first-team nod, while Hull was placed on the honorable mention squad. It is both players first appearance on the team.

Not a slAckerman: Former Virginia women's basketball player Val Ackerman was inducted into the GTE Academic All-America Hall of Fame. She was one of five former student-athletes to earn the honor.

A 1981 graduate, Ackerman was a two time Academic All-American selection while at Virginia. She received the Jettie Hill Award for the highest GPA among Virginia women athletes.

In 1996, Ackerman was named president of the newly formed WNBA. Before that, she worked as the NBA's vice president of business affairs from 1994-1996.

GTE jointly established the Hall of Fame in 1988 with the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The Hall of Fame is designed to recognize former scholar-athletes who have achieved success in their careers and have contributed significantly to their communities.

The Hall of Fame now boasts 58 members, including this year's class.

In order to be inducted, one must have been a GTE Academic All-America team member in college. The inductee must have graduated at least 10 years ago with an overall grade point average of at least 3.0.

Cavalier sixshooter: Six former or current Cav women's lacrosse players will play on U.S. Lacrosse national teams. Four graduates were named to the Elite Squad and one current Cavalier joins the Developmental Squad.

Graduate participants include Kara Ariza ('98), Peggy Boutilier ('99), Bonnie Rosen ('92) and Cherie Greer ('94). They are joined by head field hockey coach Jessica Wilk on the Elite team that will play England in a three-game test match series this month.

Current Virginia standout Amy Fromal, a first team All-American this year, will play for the Developmental Squad. It is her first appearance on the U.S. national teams.

--Kris Wright