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Women’s Cross Country places 3rd in NESCAC, looks ahead to Regionals

The last time the Bates Women’s Cross Country team had a better finish in the NESCAC Championships, the most popular song was Billy Idol’s, “Mony Mony”, and the top movie in the box office was The Running Man, starring none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. Zac Efron, Kevin Jonas and Blake Lively were just weeks old.

Cross Country came in 3rd place in the 2016 NESCAC Championship meet, which they haven’t done since 1987.

The team was paced by the usual suspects, Jessica Wilson ‘17 and Katherine Cook ‘18, finishing in 9th and 14th place respectively. Their excellent performances in the meet earned them both second-team All-NESCAC honors. But the dynamic duo has been dominant all season.

“We both have very high expectations and work very hard,” Cook said of her relationship with her fellow superstar teammate. “Knowing that Jess is never going to give up, pushes me even harder in practice and races.”

Wilson reciprocated the sentiment. She said in an email, “Katherine is a positive force, and makes me feel like we can accomplish anything as long as we work together.

Running just behind Wilson and Cook was Katie Baker ‘19, who finished 16th overall. Placing three runners in the top 16 is a testament to the team’s stellar depth.

In addition, Molly Chisholm ‘17 finished in 34th place, and Olivia LaMarche finished in 39th. In Cross Country, the top five runners on each team determine the collective score. The Bobcats’ score was a 109 which placed them just ahead of Middlebury, but behind Williams and Tufts.

Days after the meet, Coach Hartshorn received NESCAC coach of the year honors for the first time in her 12 year tenure at Bates. Before coming to Bates, Hartshorn attended Colby College. A Government major, she was an academic All-American in Cross Country, and three time All-American in indoor track.

Cook thought it was about time that Hartshorn finally won coach of the year. “She (Hartshorn) is a phenomenal coach,” Cook articulated. “She instills a sense of confidence in the team, gets to know all her players, and is very approachable. Coach is especially good at managing fatigue and preventing injuries.”

In the most recent Division three rankings, Bates was chosen as the number eight team in the country. Why has the team been so successful this season? Cook attributes it to their pack mentality. Just like Bobcats in the wild, the runners stick together as they grind through races. This gives them a mental edge, and is only made possible by their great depth.

Women’s Cross Country will continue their historic season at NCAA Regionals in Westfield, Massachusetts on November 12. A top 2 finish will qualify the team for nationals, but an at large bid may be in the cards as well. Typically between four and seven teams are chosen to represent New England at the national meet.

Cook is confident about her team heading into Regionals. She said late Sunday afternoon, “we don’t really need to change anything up. As long as we do what we have done all season, we will have a good chance at qualifying.”

As for how she feels about nationals, Cook is not looking ahead just yet. The team has preached a one race at a time mentality all season.

As long as the Bobcats stay in their pack, anything is possible.

 

NBA preview

It was early morning on Monday July 4th, hours before any fireworks would light up the sky. As everyone took their first sips of iced coffee, news broke that would put the sports world (and twitter) into hysteria: “Kevin Durant signs with the Golden State Warriors.”

Basketball fans shared a collective scream of WTF?! Are we talking about the same Warriors team that just won a record 73 games and was a Draymond Green suspension away from winning back to back championships? How could they possibly add one of the best players of the generation to their already loaded roster?! A freakish athlete, who stands nearly seven feet tall, but handles and shoots the ball with the dexterity of a guard. A former MVP, and four time scoring champ.

Naturally, over the next couple of days people flocked to both sides of the historic move. Some expressed sympathy for Durant’s decision. Durant had the opportunity to move to a better city, with better teammates, and more money; it was a no brainer. Others, like ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, did not show the same compassion. Smith, a notoriously bombastic sports pundit, called it the weakest move he has ever seen from a superstar.

As this new super team reality has set in over the last couple of months, it seems as though there are now only two true championship contenders. The Warriors and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers lead by Lebron James: the same teams that have met in the finals for two consecutive seasons.

Although this matchup certainly feels inevitable, keep in mind that the same two teams have never met in three straight finals in NBA history. Indeed, this year’s finals may not be as set in stone as we believe. As Bill Simmons aptly pointed out in his latest column, the last time everyone said, “Oh, this is going to be boring… We already know the finals” was 1986, when Larry Bird’s Celtics and Magic Johnson’s Lakers were supposedly destined to meet. But then something weird happened: the Rockets young big men proved to be too much for the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, and all of a sudden the Celtics vs. Lakers never came to be. The NBA has a habit of surprising us when we least expect it.

Warriors vs. Cavaliers round three will undoubtedly dominate headlines and conversation, but do not let that distract you from the rest of the NBA. As the 2016-2017 NBA season begins, I urge you to not take it for granted. Trust me, I am annoyed as many of you are about Durant’s decision. But do not forget about all the other storylines that make this league great.

The Timberwolves, lead by Karl-Anthony Towns Anthony Wiggins, and their new coach Tom Thibodeau look poised to join the NBA’s elite. A fully unleashed Russell Westbrook may become the first player to average a triple double since Oscar Robertson; as well as the first player to average 50 turnovers a game (well, maybe a slight exaggeration). Without Kobe hogging the ball, the young Lakers may actually be able to show their talent. And do not forget about Anthony Davis and James Harden who, despite disappointing performances last season, still have all the tools to compete for MVP. Dwyane Wade will be wearing a uniform that does not say Heat on it. After key off-season signings, the Celtics will once again be contenders in the east. Heck, even the Knicks might actually be competitive this season.

And remember if the season does turn out to be a bust, at least we don’t have to watch baseball anymore.

 

Field Hockey wins two games, stays in contention

The team came into Wednesday night’s game against Endicott with a three game losing streak, and a 1-5 conference record. Although this game meant nothing for NESCAC standings or playoffs, the result was paramount to the team’s morale for the remainder of the season.

Perhaps this was the biggest game of the season, and Bates certainly came out ready to play, which is not something they have done in every game this season. Just 5 minutes into the game, Samantha Reiss ‘18 found leading scorer Jesse Moriarity ‘19 who put the ball in the net to give Bates a 1-0. The Garnet and White outshot the Gulls 13-0 for the rest of the first half. Yes, you read that correctly.

The Bobcats went into halftime with just a 1-0 lead, but a monumental psychological advantage. Sometimes, the mental edge is all you need to win a game. Indeed, almost immediately after the start of the second half, Alexandra Leahy ‘20 put her team up 2-0 with a slap shot. Minutes later, Sydney Beres ‘18 scored a goal to give the garnet and white a resounding 3 goal lead.

Looking up at the scoreboard, Endicott players looked demoralized, as they had been unable to even get a shot off, let alone score a goal. However, in the 55th minute the Gulls scored on what would be their only shot attempt of the night.

Adah Lindquist ‘19 responded later with a goal, and the game ended with a 4-1 Bates victory.

Coming off the dominating win on Wednesday, the Bobcats were confident and ready to take on Connecticut College, a team they hadn’t beaten since 2013. This game had added importance as the season draws closer and closer to the NESCAC playoffs.

The teams battled hard to a standstill as the score stayed at 0-0 through all 70 minutes of regulation. In field hockey, the overtime period is played with just seven players on each side, opposed to the usual 11-11 play.

Goalie, Adelea Durand ‘19 proved to be huge making three clutch saves in the period. But it was Lauren Foster ‘18 who gained all the glory on Saturday. The junior scored her first career goal in dramatic fashion off an assist from Taylor Lough ‘19. Eight minutes into overtime, Foster, seemingly unfazed by the pressure of the moment, ripped a shot to give her team the victory.

Looking ahead, field hockey will visit Babson next Wednesday for another non-conference matchup. And if they beat Colby on October 26 they will have strong chance of making the NESCAC playoffs.

“I have confidence in our team.” Coach Danielle Ryder said in an email. ” Mental consistency along with their determination will make it an exciting two and a half weeks of fighting for a postseason bid.”

 

Select Men’s Tennis players compete in Northeast Regional Championships

Some of the top competitors in the region descended on Williamstown, Massachusetts for the Fall Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast Regional Championships this past weekend. Representing Bates at the event were Josh Quijano ‘19, Nick Glover 20’, Chris Ellis ‘18, Pat Ordway ‘17 Duane Davis ‘19, and last but certainly not least Dylan Davis ‘19.

On Friday, all of the Bobcats competed in doubles matches. Fellow seniors, Ordway and Ellis, played together and fell 8-5 in their first match. Davis and Davis’ superior brotherly chemistry was not enough to prevail in their first round match, as they lost to Zale Shah and Scott Altmeyer of Colby. Quijano and Glover proved to be the most successful Bates doubles pairing, as they won their two friday matches and were the only Bates team to advance to the round of 16.

In the singles bracket, Quijano lost in the first round, but fought hard against the top seed Steven Chen. Quijano may be short in stature, but he uses his superb quickness, ball striking ability, and tennis IQ to make up for what he lacks in size. “I put a lot of pressure on myself to play well against the number one seed.” Quijano said. “If I hadn’t been so tight I may have been able to win; he was definitely beatable.”

Quijano’s doubles teammate, Glover, won his first round singles match, but was unable to get past the second round. Ellis, known for his intensity on the court, handily won his first two matches and advanced to play on Saturday.

Ellis, Glover and Quijano returned to the Williams tennis facilities on Saturday looking to continue their winning ways. Ellis showed signs of fatigue, as he fell 6-1, 6-2 to Bowdoin’s Grant Urken in the round of 16. But his defeat can certainly not be attributed to his effort. “Chris is something else,” Quijano explained of his teammate. “No matter what, he gives 110%, and that has a big effect on the rest of the team.”

Meanwhile, the dynamic duo of Glover and Quijano beat Mit’s Sean Ko and and Victor Cheng in the round of 16 on Saturday morning. This set up a big rematch against the Middlebury pair, Hamid Derbani and Kyle Schlanger. Just two weeks ago, Derbani and Schlanger beat the upstart Bates pair 8-6 in the Championship of the Middlebury Invitational. Unfortunately this match ended with a similar result, an 8-1 loss, as Glover and Quijano didn’t click like they had earlier that morning.

Despite this loss, the young pairing of Glover and Quijano are showing a lot of promise for the future. Telling of their natural on court chemistry is the fact that they reached the championship of the Middlebury Invitational the first time they ever played together, including practice. Quijano is not sure where their rapport comes from, but he’s certainly aware of it. “We seem to always know where the other guy is gonna hit, and rarely get mad at each other,” he noted early Monday morning. Bates tennis opponents better be on the lookout for Quijano/Glover, because they are not going away anytime soon.

 

Women’s Soccer draws, loses in NESCAC doubleheader

Featuring some of the finest academic institutions and best talent in the country, the NESCAC is never an easy conference to play in. Just ask the Bates women’s soccer team, who competed in two tough matches against formidable NESCAC foes this past weekend.

On a crisp Maine Saturday afternoon, Bates competed against the Wesleyan Cardinals, who made the roughly five hour trip up to Lewiston.

In the first few minutes of the game, Wesleyan unleashed a barrage of shots at Bates goalie Sara Mccarthy ’18. McCarthy stood tough, showcasing her unparalleled vision and anticipation. However, at the 12 minute mark, Nicole Brodkowitz of Wesleyan ripped a penalty shot to give her team a one goal advantage. Giving away a goal on a penalty was an onerous way to start the game.

The Bobcats were able to match Wesleyan’s seven total shots on goal for the rest of the half. However, in a sport like soccer, all that matters is getting the ball into the net, which the Bobcats were unable to do in the first half.

After an early second half goal from Wesleyan’s Olivia Gorman, Bates found themselves down 2-0. These are the times when the true character of a team is shown.

The Bobcats continued to control the ball in Wesleyan territory, but were unable to translate possession into a goal. However, with seven minutes to play, Olivia Amdur ‘19 smashed a shot into the top right corner off an assist from Hannah Behringer ‘18. Then just a minute later Ainsley Jamieson ‘17 converted a goal off a free kick.

“I’m proud of the resilience and fight that our team showed,” Head Coach Kelsy Ross said in an email.

“To come back after being down two goals is not easy to do.”

Per NESCAC rules, the teams played two overtime periods, but the match ended in a 2-2 tie.

The Bobcats had little time to recover from this grueling match as defending national champion and number one ranked Williams made their way to Russell Street Field on Sunday.

The sun shined bright on another picture perfect fall day. Unfortunately, this was the only thing that was shining for the Bobcats, as Williams showed why they are considered the best team in the conference.

The Ephs started out the game’s scoring with a goal from Allison Lu in the 33rd minute and would not look back from there.

The team’s aggressive attack continued for the rest of the match, as they outshot Bates 12-2 in the second half. McCarthy’s stellar goalkeeping continued to help the Bobcats stay in the game, but Bates could not generate the offense necessary to compete with Williams.

With an overall record of 2-5-1, the Bobcats are now desperate to get back on track next week. But things will not get any easier with their NESCAC schedule: the team will travel to Trinity and Amherst next weekend.

Hannah Graves '17 wins the ball John Neufeld/THE BATES STUDENT

Men’s, Women’s Golf tee-off season

The Bates Men’s and Women’s Golf teams begin a highly anticipated season as they move on from the passing of legendary coach Robert C. Flynn. A four sport coach, Flynn passed away on July 31 after 41 years at Bates College.

Coach Flynn began his career with the Bobcats in 1965 as an assistant football coach. After a three year stint with the football team, he became head coach of nordic skiing in 1968. Flynn would hold this position until 1990, catapulting the Bates skiing program to the powerhouse it is today. Flynn notably played a big part in bringing the 1976 NCAA ski championships to Maine.

A testament to his talent and reputation on campus, Coach Flynn then was the head coach of the baseball team from 1991-1999, and the golf team from 1996-2015. I can’t say enough about how great of a person Coach Flynn is,” golfer Brad Rutkin ‘17 said, “I’ve played lots of different sports, but I’ve never met someone who cares as much about his players.”

In absence of Coach Flynn, Bates golf will be managed by James Upham, assistant coach for the nordic ski team. Upham will take care of travel arrangements, recruiting, and budget oversight, while Martindale Country Club golf pros, Nick Glicos and Kyle Bourassa, will take over coaching and instructional duties.

Leading the men’s team this year will be senior captains Alex Stekler ‘17 and Rutkin.  Expectations are high as the team returns all of its players from last season. Penelope Ganske ‘17, Sarah Centanni ‘17, and Emily Plotnikov ‘17 will serve as the women’s team captains.

This past weekend, Bates and ten other men’s golf teams competed in the 2016 Bowdoin Invitational at Brunswick Country Club. St. Anselm College of Manchester, New Hampshire won the two day event with a total score of 617. Bates finished in seventh place, edging out Colby by just one stroke.  Stekler lead the way for the Bobcats, shooting a 157 and tying for the 18th best score individually. Stekler displayed his superb course management skills and short game. Matt Marcus ‘18 finished in 21st place with a 158. Andrew Garcia-Bou ‘20 shot a team-best 78 on Saturday, followed by a 92 on Sunday. Rounding out the lineup was Rutkin and Liam McLoughlin ‘19, who carded a 163 and 168 respectively.

The women’s team competed in a match play style competition against Bowdoin on Saturday. Match play consists of five different one on one matchups; nine holes each. paced by Caroline Farber ‘20, Bowdoin defeated Bates in four out of five matchups and 191-161 in a combined score of the top four players. Kelly Wasserman ‘18 lead the way for the Bobcats, shooting a team-best 40, showcasing her length off the tee.

Rutkin is feeling optimistic about the team going forward, “This team is the deepest team we’ve had in years. The way we performed on Saturday really shows what kind of group we have. Our magic number going forward is to break 310.’’ No women’s team players were available to comment.

The Bobcats will compete in the Maine state championships next weekend.

Men’s Lacrosse falls to Middlebury in NESCAC quarterfinals

Nationally ranked for most of the 2016 season, the Bates Men’s lacrosse team was unable to capture its second straight NCAA Division 3 Tournament bid on Sunday. Despite this disappointment, the Bobcat faithful should look back on the lacrosse season positively.

The Bobcats ended the regular season ranked number 11 in the country, and tied the school record for wins, including a big victory against national powerhouse Tufts. They finished with an 11-4 overall record (7-3 in conference play), and were one goal away from reaching the NESCAC semifinals against Middlebury.

In one of the most exciting games of the season, Middlebury’s Kyle Soroka scored a goal with 13.9 seconds remaining to give Middlebury a hard fought win. The game began close as the score was tied at 3-3 midway through the second quarter. Middlebury then went on a 3-0 run to close the quarter with a 6-3 lead. Bates then battled back to take a 10-9 lead with 6:43 left to play. But Soroko, a senior, did not want to see his NESCAC career end so soon. He unleashed two rockets, including the final goal, to advance Middlebury to the semifinals.

Charlie Fay and Jack Allard were the two standouts for Bates this year. Fay, a junior midfielder from Falmouth, Maine, scored 45 goals, and dished out six assists. Ranked fourth in the NESCAC in goals scored, Fay was chosen as a first team midfielder for the second year in a row. Allard, a former All-American attackman, was named All-NESCAC second team for attack. Allard ranked fourth in the league with 65 points (goals and assists). Allard has now finished his career at Bates with 149 goals.

Hopefully the Bobcats can take the momentum from the last two seasons into 2017.

Bates baseball season comes to a close

The Bates Baseball team ended their 2016 season on Saturday as they faced WIlliams in a double header.

The first game of the series was a 10-1 Williams rout of Bates. Nothing seemed to go right for the Bobcats, as Williams recorded 11 total hits en route to the easy victory. Williams starting pitcher Luke Rodino gave up just two hits in six innings of pitching. Freshman Dan Truli provided the one Bates run, as he doubled to send Junior Ryan McCarthy home. Other than Truli, Asher MacDonald and Brendan Canavan were the only other Bobcats to record hits in game one.

Wanting to end their season on a good note, Bates was determined to produce a different outcome as the afternoon session began. The Bobcats set the tone in the bottom of the second to take a 1-0 lead. Senior Evan Czopek, playing in his last career game, hit a double to right center field. Truli then laid down a sacrifice bunt to bring him to third. Sophomore Jake Shapiro stepped to the plate and singled to bring Czopek home. Bats scored another run in the third inning.

Sophomore Connor Russell pitched a dominant seven innings, but the game was still tied at 2-2 going into the bottom of the eighth. Junior Brendan Fox stepped to the plate and whacked a line drive single. He then used his foxlike speed (pun intended) to steal second on a pitch in the dirt. The throw to second went to center field and Fox sprinted to third. The throw to third went into the dugout and Fox scored to give Bates what would be their last run of the season. What a way to end the season! The game ended with a 3-2 Bates win.

 

Baseball splits Middlebury doubleheader

Conor Reenstierna ‘16 is batting .324 on the young season. (Berto Diaz/Courtesy Photo)

Conor Reenstierna ‘16 is batting .324 on the young season.
(Berto Diaz/Courtesy Photo)

 

The Bates baseball team took their talents to Northborough, Massachusetts on Saturday for a doubleheader against Middlebury. Although both teams are members of the NESCAC, the two games were considered non-conference.

Senior right-hander Connor Colombo got the start on the mound in Game One. Colombo pitched beautifully, as he lasted six innings, only gave up two hits, and conceded zero earned runs. The one run Middlebury was able to score was off an error. Coming off a 4-1 campaign on the mound last season, this was Colombo’s first win of 2016.

Middlebury began the game with a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Catcher Max Araya hit a double with two outs. Then, junior first baseman Jason Lock brought Araya home on a Bates error.

After a scoreless bottom of the first, the Bobcat bats came alive in the second. Sophomore Asher McDonald hit a two out single, and then junior Eric Vilanova hit his first career home run to dead center.

Middlebury starter Colby Morris and Colombo were firing on all cylinders, as neither team could score a run off the two pitchers for the rest of the game. Bates reliever Rob DiFranco entered the game in the top of the seventh to finish off the Panthers. However, DiFranco did make Bobcat fans a little nervous after giving up a single and a walk to start the inning. Middlebury had two runners on base with no outs. Then on a sacrifice bunt, the Panthers put the two runners in scoring position. Uh oh. But the Bates senior proved to be unfazed as he forced the next two batters to ground out. Game over. The Bobcats were able to pull out a hard fought 2-1 win in the first contest of the doubleheader.

Bates sophomore Connor Speed headed out onto the mound in the afternoon game. The Panthers started the scoring off with two runs in the bottom of the second. The runs were the product of a Brendan Donohue double. After Middlebury scored another run in the third, Bates found themselves down 3-0.

In the top of the fourth, junior John Dinucci stepped to the plate and sensed that the Bobcats needed a big play to get the game going. Dinucci blasted a line drive double to right center field. Next up was senior Conor Reenstierna; he wasted no time, bringing Dinucci home on a double just one pitch into the at-bat. The Panthers’ outfielders then took a few steps bat as junior Brendan Fox headed to the plate. Fox has had a red hot start to the 2016 season. Through 11 games he is hitting .500 with a homer and 12 RBIs. Fox stayed on fire by hitting a two-run homer to tie the game at 3.

The next few innings were uneventful as both pitchers settled into the game. Bates senior relief pitch Chris Ward retired the side in order to send the game into extra innings. Ward was still on the mound in the bottom of the 9th with the score locked at 3-3. Middlebury outfielder Sam Graf hit a shot to left field that just made it over the fence, and the Panthers mobbed the freshmen after his dramatic first career home run.

Following a 9-7 loss to Husson the following day, Bates is 5-7 on the season. Their next action will be another doubleheader, this time at Salem State on Saturday.

 

Make America White Again?

As most of us know by now, Donald Trump’s campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again.” It’s a carbon copy of Ronald Reagan’s, “Let’s Make America Great Again” slogan in 1980. The ambiguity of Trump’s four words is immense. What exactly does “great” mean? And what is the word “again” referring to? There may be no real answers to these questions. This is definitely a possibility. But I think Trump knows exactly what he’s doing. (Not to say he’s not an idiot; he most certainly is.)

For many people, “Make America Great Again” is meaningless political rhetoric, but for some the implications of this statement are abundantly clear: Make America White Again. This is the kind of sentiment that Trump is purposely inciting with his slogan. In fact, it’s something that the Republican party has been dabbling in since before the days of Reagan.

Indeed, this is dog whistle politics at its finest. A dog whistle is a political message that means one thing to the general population, but has a different and more specific meaning to a targeted sub-group of people. In this context, the targeted sub-group is racists, and the meaning is that minorities have ruined America. Dog whistling is the subtle way that many Republicans appeal to racists, without ostracizing mainstream voters.

Why do Republicans do this?  Around the 1960s, the party establishment figured out that using explicitly racist terms isn’t cool and is not a good way to get elected. But they needed to find a way to keep bigots voting for the GOP. They started using terms like “welfare queen” to reinforce the notion that the federal government only serves people of color.

Republicans’ first priority is tax cuts for them and their rich “one percenter” friends. The problem with this platform is that it does not translate into the necessary amount of votes to win the election. I hate to break it to you, but you need more than one percent of the vote to win elections. That’s why Republicans have added the Christian right to their coalition by taking stances against abortion and gay rights. And it’s also why Republicans have added racists to their coalition.

What’s interesting about Trump is that he has ditched the whole cutting taxes part of the Republican party. Trump has actually hinted at raising taxes on the rich, he is against free trade, and, in the past, he has spoken in favor of Planned Parenthood and gun control. As we can see from Trump’s success, it turns out that many Republicans do not really believe in the baseline conservative ideology of small government and low taxes. Many of these people’s strongest held belief is that people of color are ruining America. It’s no coincidence that Trump is so popular—his rhetoric has tapped into the hostility of a large part of the Republican base.

South Carolina’s primary exit polls show that 20 percent of Trump supporters believe that ending slavery was a bad idea, and 70 percent want the Confederate flag flying above official grounds in their state. Another third believe that Japanese internment was a good idea. A majority also believes that Muslims should be barred from entering the country. Incidentally, many of us have seen the video of fellow Bates student, Kiernan Majerus-Collins, arguing at a Trump rally with supporters who spew harmful and untrue Islamic stereotypes.

Trump’s success is the product of a half-century worth of the Republican Party’s subtle courting of racists and bigots.

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