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Men's Soccer Signs Four for 1998 Season
Feb. 12, 1998

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - UNLV Head Coach Barry Barto has announced the signing of four athletes for the 1998 season to national letters of intent. All four athletes will enter next season as freshman. The athletes coming to UNLV are: Kevin Lunkwitz, a local talent out of Cimarron-Memorial High School, Tyler Turchi of Little Rock, Ark., and Andrew and Benjamin Hooker of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Andrew Hooker (Midfielder, 5-10, Victoria B.C., Canada, Mt. Douglas Senior Secondary)- Hooker is an excellent athlete out of Mt. Douglas Senior Secondary in British Columbia, where he was a two-sport letterwinner in track and soccer. He earned Athlete of the Year honors in 1997 while earning MVP in soccer and capturing numerous accolades in the 200-meter dash and triple jump. Hooker was a starter on the under-17 Canadian National team and earned three provincial titles with his high school team. A talent in the classroom as well, Hooker will graduate this June in the top 5 percent of his class.

Benjamin Hooker (Defender, 6-1, Victoria B.C., Canada, Mt. Douglas Senior Secondary)-- Benjamin Hooker was a member of the same team as his brother, Andrew, that won three provincial championships under the leadership of their father, Darryl Hooker. A member of the Victoria All-Star team in 1996, Hooker toured throughout Europe for three weeks and earned MVP honors in a tournament in Sweden.

Kevin Lunkwitz (Defender, 6-1, Las Vegas, Nev., Cimarron-Memorial HS) - Lunkwitz is a local talent out of Cimarron-Memorial High School. He helped lead his team to the zone championship and a second place finish in state in 1997. He earned team MVP, all-conference, all-zone and NSCAA Coaches all-region team as a senior. Lunkwitz also has a good record in the classroom. He is a scholar-athlete and one of Cimarron's Silver Scholars this past year.

Tyler Turchi (Forward, 5-8, Little Rock, Ark., Plaski Academy) - The leading scorer out of Plaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark., Turchi will provide another scoring threat for the Rebels next season. He helped lead his team to the State Championship and a 23-2-1 record as a junior and was a member of the regional pool the last two years. Turchi is another exemplary student and was a member of the Beta Club at Plaski Academy. He chose UNLV over fellow WAC school Tulsa.

Says Head Coach Barry Barto, "I think we have a solid group of recruits coming in next year. I feel each of them has the chance to contribute immediately. We are very happy to have the opportunity to attract such talented athletes to UNLV."

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