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Rowing teams travels to Charles River to compete against Harvard

The no. 2 nationally ranked women’s rowing team did not disappoint in their meet this past weekend. After being delayed on Saturday due snow, the men’s and women’s teams traveled down to Boston to compete against the Division I Harvard teams and Division III Simmons teams.

In the first race on the Charles River, the women’s varsity eight finished just eight seconds behind Harvard, and a whopping 48 seconds ahead of Simmons.

Next, the second women’s varsity eight finished about eight seconds behind Harvard’s team, and 45 seconds ahead of Simmons.

Last but certainly not least, the third varsity eight defeated Harvard by just over 8 seconds. Bates’ third varsity eight’s time of 7:53.3 would have been good enough to beat Simmons’ first varsity eight time.

The mens team raced on the Charles over the weekend as well.

The first varsity eight only raced against Harvard’s second varsity team. The Bobcats finished six seconds behind the rowing powerhouse.

The Second varsity team raced against Harvard’s third and fourth teams, as well as Boston College’s first team. They finished in 3rd place.

Last, The third varsity team competed against raced against Harvard’s sixth varsity team and Boston College’s fourth team. They earned a 3rd place finish, 21 seconds behind Harvard, and 12 seconds behind Boston College.

Both Bates rowing teams will race at the WPI Invitational next on April 9.


News and notes from Bates Athletics 3/29

Men’s Tennis

The Men’s tennis team traveled to Washington DC to compete against Georgetown. Although the team lost as a whole, it was impressive that Ben Rosen ‘18 was able to pick up two wins against division one competition. Rosen won at no.1 singles and doubles (alongside Chris Ellis ‘17). The team also took two close losses to fellow Division III opponents, Mary Washington and Johns Hopkins this past week.

Women’s Lacrosse

The Women’s lacrosse team picked up a hard fought overtime win on Saturday. The victory over Williams was capped by a go-ahead goal from Allison Dewey ‘18 with 2:48 remaining in overtime. This was the first NESCAC victory for the team, and they now stand at 5-3 overall.

Women’s Rowing

The no. 3 nationally ranked Women’s competed in the Murphy Cup this past weekend. In the petite final, Bates finished in 5th out of six teams. However, it should be noted that all but one of these teams are in division I.

Men’s Rowing

Men’s rowing also traveled to Philadelphia to compete in their first event of the season. The Varsity eight finished sixth out of 22 teams. The junior varsity eight finished in sixth as well. The men’s and women’s rowing teams will be back in action next week on the Charles River in Boston for races hosted by Boston College and Simmons.


A proposal for Bates Athletics

Another season and another Trinity men’s squash national championship. This is a trend as sure as Sunday garlic bread in Commons. The Bantams men’s squash has captured 16 of the last 19 College Squash Association Team National Championships. This includes a streak between 1998 and 2012, when the team won 252 straight matches; the longest winning streak in college sports history. This success has brought a great deal of attention from national media outlets. The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and USA Today have all published stories about Trinity College squash. In fact, ESPN ranked the Bantams as one of the top 10 sports dynasties of all time.

What has been the Bantam’s secret to success? It’s not terribly complicated. As reported by The Student earlier this semester, Trinity as a whole has shown a substantial institutional commitment to attracting the best squash talent in the world. Great players equals great success; it’s really that simple.

Nevertheless, it’s an impressive feat that a small school like Trinity is able to be one of the best teams in the country, and it’s something Bates can do as well. In big time college sports (football, soccer, basketball, baseball etc.), Trinity, Bates, or any of the other NESCAC schools will never be able to garner national attention. Bates, as a Division III institution, can compete for national championships at that level. But Division I schools regularly receive national recognition in those sports. As a smaller school, Bates lacks the resources and draw that bigger state schools offer athletes in major sports. Additionally, as a Division III program, Bates cannot offer athletic scholarships, and is rarely, if ever, featured on national television. Bates will never be able to attract the top talent in major sports, but in a niche sport such as squash Bates could potentially compete as a top team.

Subsequently, my proposal is for Bates athletics to emulate the model that Trinity squash has set out. This would mean picking a niche sport, such as skiing, rugby, or sailing, and recruiting top talent. Becoming one of the top teams in a given sport will bring notoriety, excitement, and money to campus.

And the sport Bates should pursue is competitive video gaming. Yes, you read that right. The official term for competitive gaming is eSports; a growing number of colleges have begun to form varsity eSport teams. A handful of schools, including the University of California, Irvine, have even started offering partial scholarships to eSport athletes. “We’re going to be the Duke Basketball of eSports,” said the director of the Irvine eSport initiative.

College eSports fits Bates for a number of reasons. First, it is played indoors, which eliminates the disadvantage that Bates outdoor sports teams face by virtue of being located so far north. Second, if you take a look at the list of colleges that currently have varsity eSport teams, none of them have the same academic prestige as Bates. This prestige will give Bates a distinct edge when it comes to recruiting. Last, the establishment of a Bates eSports program could be coupled well with the rise of our digital and computational studies program currently being formed.

Close your eyes and picture this right now. A tour of prospective students walks through the quad on a beautiful spring day. As they walk by the chapel the tour guide says, “Bates features the largest selection of cereal in the country, one of the best debate teams in the world, and the best competitive gaming team in the country.” One of the prospective students, an accomplished artist as well as video game enthusiast, perks up their ears when they hear about the eSport program. Six months later, that student is admitted to Bates, and is an invaluable contributor to the community over the next four years.


An alphabetical journey into the English Premier League: T and W

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. (Spurs)

Overview: Tottenham F.C. is located in Tottenham, Haringey, London and was founded in 1882 by a group of boys from a Bible class at All Hallows Church. They played in the Southern League from 1896-1908 when they joined the Football League Second Division. The club is said to have taken its name from one Harry Hotspur (from Shakespeare’s Henry IV), who frequently wore riding spurs and had fighting chickens that also had spurs. The spurred cockerel has been in their crest for over a century. The team struggled in the 1970’s and was briefly relegated before returning to the top flight. In the 90’s, the Spurs were found guilty of making illegal payments to players, resulting in a $600,000 fine, 12-point deduction from the next season, and a one-year ban form the FA Cup. After appeal, the point deduction and ban were removed but the fine was upped to $1.5 million. The team struggled in the early 2000’s before better managing helped them qualify for the Champions League in 2006. Their biggest rival is Arsenal. The team has won the FA Cup 7 times, the Football League twice, the Football League Cup four times, the UEFA Cup twice, and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup once.

Stadium: White Hart Lane, (36,284). Currently building a new stadium.

Notable players:

Steve Perryman, D (1969-1986)

Jimmy Greaves, F, (1961-1970)

Dave Mackay, D (1959-1968)

Danny Blanchflower, D (1954-1964)

Harry Kane, F (present)

Hugo Lloris, GK (present)

Fun facts:

They are the only non-league team to win the FA Cup (1901) since the formation of the Football League in 1888

Their team motto is “To Dare is to Do”

They became the first English team to win a UEFA competition after winning the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963

The team has a large Jewish following

They hold the record for most goals in a Premier League game — 9.

Watford F.C. (The Hornets)

Overview: Watford was founded in 1881 as the Watford Rovers in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. They joined the Southern League in 1896 and after winning in 1915, joined the Football League in 1920. They have spent most of the 20th century in the lower divisions. When Graham Taylor was appointed manager in 1977, the club was in the 4th division. Ten years later, the club had risen to the 1st division. Unfortunately, the team then spent the next ten years in decline before Taylor returned and brought the team to the Premier League for a year before falling down to the Championship. In 2006 they came back up to the Premier League for a season before falling once more. Last year they won the Championship League and are currently competing in the Premier League.

Stadium: Vicarage Road (21,438)

Notable players:

Troy Deeney, F (current)

Luther Blissett, F (1975-1983, 1991-1993)

John Barnes, M (1981-1987)

Gary Porter, M (1984-1997)

Fun facts:

Elton John owned Watford for a period of time

In 2002 the players and staff agreed to a 12% wage cut to keep the team financials afloat


Spring sports: stock up or stock down?


Bates Baseball is headed into the 2017 campaign with a brand new coach, and little practice time per NESCAC rules. Nevertheless, the Bobcats were able to pick up two wins in five games during their annual trip to California. Because of the unique Bates academic calendar, Bates is the only team in the NESCAC that has played thus far. This should give the Garnet and White a leg up against other NESCAC teams.

The team is coming off a tough season last year, in which they finished 14-21 and did not qualify for postseason play. Outfielder Samuel Warren ‘16, second on the team last year in RBIs, will certainly be missed at the plate this season.

That being said, most of the big hitters on the team will be back. Captains Brendan Fox ‘17 and Ryan McCarthy ‘17 look to lead the team offensively again this year. Fox had a team leading .377 batting average and 25 RBIs in 2016.

A number of the team’s top pitchers were lost to graduation. Connor Columbo ‘17, Rob Difranco, Chris Ward ‘17, Mark Cunningham ‘17, and Warren all had a number of appearances last year.

However, newcomer Coach John Martin feels good about his group of pitchers. “On the mound, we have depth and experience. Some returners, like Connor Speed [‘18] and Connor Russell [‘18] will help anchor a staff that will be tough at the start of the game and also on the back end,” Coach Martin said in an email. “I’ll look to Anthony Telesca and Matt Doyle to have great senior seasons, as both of them threw well on the trip. Newcomers Alex Simon and Miles Michaud should expect to see some innings out of the bullpen.”

Martin comes to Bates from Vassar College, where he is the winningest coach in the program’s history.

The baseball team has a number of notable returners, but there will inherently be an adjustment period with a new coach. Look for the team to pick up steam towards the end of the season.

Stock: EVEN

 Women’s Rowing

The Bates women’s rowing team finished as the national runner up last season. Losing a number of key performers to graduation, this will be a tough act to follow.

But if you take a closer look at the history of Bates rowing, they have had incredible consistency. The Women’s team has been to the 6-team national championship in 10 straight seasons, including a national championship in 2015. There is no reason to believe this streak will end this season.

Look for women’s rowing to make the NCAA championships for the 11th straight season, and compete for a national title.

Stock: Even

 Men’s Rowing

The two biggest races of the spring for the Men’s rowing team are the New England Rowing Championships (NERC), and the National Invitational Collegiate Regatta (NIRC).

Last spring, the team won the NERC for the second straight season. At the NIRC, which doubles as the NESCAC championship, the Bobcats finished in 5th out of 21 teams.

Losing just three members of the first boat to graduation, the team returns much of its core and is poised to race even faster this season.

Look for the Men’s rowing team to win both the NERC and NIRC races.

Stock: Up


Women’s Tennis 

Men’s and Women’s tennis coach Paul Gastonguay, back for his 21st season at the helm, said in a recent Bates Bobcast episode, “this is the best team, in terms of training in the off-season we’ve ever had.”

This is high praise for a team that also returns its top three players from last season, a season in which they finished with a disappointing 4-13 record.

So far this year, they have compiled a 2-3 record, including their annual trip to California.

Playing number one singles so far this season is Maisie Silverman ‘18. Meanwhile, newcomer Isabelle Rovinski ‘20 has solidified herself at number two.

With so much returning talent and first years with high potential, the Bates Women’s tennis team should easily eclipse their 4-13 mark last season.

Stock: UP

 Men’s Tennis

The Men’s tennis team compiled a 6-10 record last season, and ended the season ranked no. 24 in the country.

Despite an 0-3 start so far this season, Bates is currently ranked no. 26. Look for them to be continue to be ranked within the top 40 all of 2017.

All of the team’s top talent are back for another season. The team is headlined by Ben Rosen ‘18. Rosen, an All-American and All-NESCAC performer last season, made it to the quarterfinals of the individual national championship. Rosen is backed up by Chris Ellis ‘17, who is also a former All-American (2015).

In addition, Vidyut Vidav ‘20, Jacob Kauppila ‘20, and Nick Glover ‘20 are talented first-years that have already been featured in the lineup this season.

With so much talent, look for the Men’s tennis to get at least 7 wins, and possibly have multiple All-Americans.

Stock: UP


Bates’ softball team is entering its fourth season under the leadership of head coach Mckell Barnes. They are coming off a challenging season, in which the team finished with an overall record of 5-32 and did not record a victory in the NESCAC. All five of their victories last year came at home. This year’s team is set for significant improvement. Maddie Inlow ‘17, who hit .392 last year, will anchor the infield and the offense as the lone senior. A bevy of first year talent will augment the roster around Inlow as well.

“Kirsten Pelletier ‘20, from Oakland, ME is someone to keep an eye on,” said Coach Barnes in an email. Pelletier was the 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year in Maine and 2016 Maine Softball Player of the Year during her senior year of high school. She recorded 185 strikeouts in just 105 innings.

“The team has really stepped it up this offseason. Everyone is coming in much stronger and faster than in years past. Something that’s very important, especially when you play eight games in four days,” Barnes said of the team’s mentality during the winter. The softball team travels to Clermont, FL tomorrow to kick off their season with a contest against Haverford. Their home-opener is March 29 against Southern Maine.

Stock: UP

 Men’s Lacrosse

Last year, the men’s lacrosse team fell in the opening round of the NESCAC tournament to Middlebury, and just missed out on an NCAA bid. This year, the elusive invitation to the national stage won’t be any easier to obtain, but it is certainly in Coach Peter Lasagna’s sights as the 2017 season begins.

Lasagna cited in an email returning All-Americans Charlie Fay ‘17 and Fred Ulbrick ‘17 as players to watch in the upcoming season, along with midfielder Kyle Weber ‘17 and first year Matt Chalastawa ‘20. According to Lasagna, Weber “is as capable as any midfielder in the country.” Lasagna also suggested that emerging senior Andrew Melvin ‘17 “will have his best year as a senior” this year. Sam Francis ‘17 performing steadily on face-offs will also serve as the eternal x-factor for the Bobcats. Additionally, Lasagna mentioned Mitchell Drake ‘19 as a key player to watch as the new starter in goal, and Stephen Bull ‘19 on the close defense who in his words “one of the most hardworking, fit students on our team.”

Lasagna also pointed to Bates’ strength and conditioning coach, Mike Seltzer, as a key cog in his team’s preparation this go-around. “Mike Seltzer provides us a significant edge in January and early February,” Lasagna said in the email. “Our people are better athletes, more confident performers because of Coach Seltzer’s foundation. His Kinetic Stretch program was new for us this season. Our people believe “Kin Stretch” is a game changer for them.”

This year’s team serves as an enticing ‘UP’ option, but an 11-4(7-3) performance last year is impressive, and any team playing in the NESCAC (except Tufts) is hard-pressed to put up similar marks year to year. Look for this year’s team to play everyone on their schedule competitively, finish above .500 in the NESCAC, but just miss out on another NCAA bid. I hope they prove us wrong.

Stock: EVEN

 Women’s Lacrosse

Last year’s women’s lacrosse team qualified for the NCAA tournament for just the second time in program history, the first time since 1994, and the first time under coach Brett Allen. Allen is entering his 11th season at the helm of the program, and is set for another impressive year.

This year’s team features a trio of seniors who are set for breakout seasons. Drew Barry ‘17, Sydney Cowles ‘17 and Kaileigh Maguire ‘17 all scored 10+ goals last year, and will have to help fill the void left by Moriah Greenstein ‘16 and Emma Brinkman ‘16, two of the team’s top three goal scorers last year. Maguire and Barry will serve as the senior captains alongside classmate Erin Shea ‘17. Camille Bellette ‘18 will also have to shoulder some of the scoring load if this team is going to return to its 2016 form. Another interesting plot line to follow will be how well they can replace All-American goalie Hannah Jeffrey ‘16.

This one is another hard decision. The women’s team could very well be one of the best teams of the spring this year, but the bar of their successful season last year is just a little too high. This team will be competitive in the NESCAC all-season long, but will just miss out on another NCAA bid.

Stock: DOWN

 Men’s Track & Field

Last year’s men’s outdoor track and field finished 3rd at their ECAC meet, and 82nd at NCAA’s. Long-time coach Al Fereshetian will look to continue his steady guidance of the men’s team. Weather always serves as a challenge, especially transitioning from the climate-controlled indoor tracks the team has been competing on to the blustery conditions of a New-England spring.

The highlight of the indoor season for the men has been their performance in the distance medley relay. The group of four includes Patrick Griffin ‘17 running the 1,200 meter leg, Mike Somma ‘19 running the 400 meter leg, Rob Flynn ‘18 pacing the 400 meter bit, and Jack Kiely ‘18 legging out the 1,600 meter finish. This cohort of runners have already set the Bates school record with a spry time of 9:49.74, which is also serves as the 6th fastest DMR time in indoor DIII history. Following these four in their outdoor efforts will be the most important plotline to look out for this spring.

This men’s team has illustrated their depth with impressive performances during the winter. This team will do no better than 3rd at ECAC’s again, but will improve on last year’s finish at the national meet, and for that their stock gets our stamp of approval.

Stock: UP

 Women’s Track & Field

Coach Jay Hartshorn, in her 11th season as head coach of Bates’ women’s cross country and track and field programs, was awarded NESCAC coach of the year this past fall for her steady leadership and guidance. Her work has continued during the indoor season, where records are falling left and right, toppled by Bates runners seemingly every weekend. She has high hopes for the outdoor season this spring.

“We will have a lot of positive momentum going from indoors to outdoors,” she said in an email. “I think we might be a better outdoor team, we were last year. Indoor is tough as it is short so if you get sick or injured, it can be hard to get back on track. I am looking forward to the next month of just training for the outdoor people and then seeing what we can do once we start competing at the end of March.” If the indoor season is any indication, this spring’s group of athletes will continue their high level of performance.

As the ultimate measure of their success, how they finish at their final meets of the season, anticipate the women to make a push for an ECAC meet victory, and improve on their 68th place finish at nationals this spring.


Men’s, women’s squash perform well in NESCAC championships

The Bates men’s and women’s squash teams competed in the NESCAC Tournament this past weekend. Both team’s performances showed why Bates continues to be considered one of the elite squash programs in the country.

The action at the Davenport Squash Courts in Amherst, Massachusetts began on Saturday morning. In the quarterfinals, the no. 16 ranked Men’s team beat no. 26 ranked Bowdoin 9-0. This shutout score means that each of the nine Bobcat starters defeated their Bowdoin counterparts; only one of these matches went longer than three games. That is what you call domination!

Reeling off of their convincing victory, the men faced No. 17 Williams later on Saturday. This match would feature a little more competition, but the Bobcats still won handily. The men only took losses at the five and eight positions, cruising to a 7-2 decision and extending their win streak to 10 matches.

Meanwhile, the no. 15 ranked women’s team began their NESCAC tournament by beating no. 18 Amherst 7-2 in the quarterfinals. Especially impressive were Charlotte Cabot ‘17 and Katie Bull ‘19 who both finished off their opponents in three straight games.

They next faced up against the team that no one wants to see on their schedule, the Trinity Bantams of Hartford, CT. In both men’s and women’s squash, Trinity is a perennial powerhouse. The Bantams have won the NESCAC tournament every year it has existed. In fact, ESPN recently ranked Trinity squash as one of the top 10 sports dynasties of all time. Bates men’s and women’s Coach Pat Cosquer ‘97 attributed Trinity’s preeminence to institutional factors. “The school and the admissions department have really decided to focus on squash, so they bring in players who have professional experience.” He said. The women’s team fought hard against the tough opponent, but eventually fell 9-0 to Trinity.

By Saturday evening, the stage was set for a rematch of last year’s men’s NESCAC championship final between Bates and Trinity, scheduled to take place Sunday at 3. The Bobcats put up a good fight against no. 2 ranked Trinity, but were not able to get over the hump. The Bantams would eventually win the match 8-1. Nevertheless, it was a great second place finish for the Bobcats. The team was paced by superstar Ahmed Hatata ‘17, who secured the lone Bates win at the no. 1 spot. Hatata is known as a Trinity killer, because he has beaten Bantam opponents in each of the last three NESCAC tournaments; which is not an easy feat against such great talent, and is a testament to Hatata’s playing ability.

The women competed in the third place game on Sunday against Middlebury. Back in January, Bates lost to Middlebury in a close match that came down to the wire, and they hadn’t beaten the Panthers since the 2012-13 season. “One of the motivations for the women to win was to get revenge against Middlebury,” said Cosquer Monday afternoon. “They were one of the three teams that had beaten us earlier in the year and that give us the extra edge.”

And revenge is exactly what Bates got. With the two teams deadlocked at 4-4, Vicky Arjoon ‘17 and her opponent found themselves tied at two games a piece in their own match. Essentially, this meant that whoever won the 5th and final game would both win the match for herself and her team. “It was very dramatic and intense, like a sudden death goal in soccer or an overtime touchdown in football,” Coach Cosquer explained about the final match. “Every single person in the facility, parents, kids, coaches, were watching as Vicky performed.” Although this was Arjoon’s first time in a situation like this, she proved to have ice in her veins, winning the game 11-7.

The Bates squash teams will both compete in the National Championships next.


Women’s, men’s swimming finish third, second at WPI Invitational

This past Sunday, Bates Swimming and Diving competed in the WPI Invitational. Per the Bates sports and information office, this was an uniquely formatted event for swimmers, because it was comprised entirely of sprints. “It was a great change of pace to be able to swim 25 yard events and 100 yard relays,” Captain John Dina ‘17 wrote in an email. “Swimming can be so repetitive and everyone appreciated the chance to swim fun new events.”

Teddy Pender ‘18, and Alex Bedard ‘19 took full advantage of the 25 yard sprints, winning the 25 free and back respectively.

In addition for the men’s team, Alexander Ignatov finished second in the 200 free. “(Alex) made an incredible comeback in this meet. His sickness early in the season caused him to miss a big chunk of training which is hard to come back from as a distance swimmer,” wrote Dina.

A number of Bobcats on the women’s team finished first in their respective events. Despite feeling a little under the weather, Captain Emma Jarczyk ‘17 finished first in the 3-meter dive with a score of 478.35, breaking her own team record In addition, Jarczyk finished first in the 1-meter dive scoring 451.20.

A few first years made a big splash on Sunday. Janika Ho ‘20 won both the 50 free and fly, while Monica Sears ‘20 won the 100 and 200 free, and Emily Erad-Stone ‘20 won the 50 back. In addition, Logan McGill ‘18 won the 25 butterfly.

Associate Head Coach, Vanessa Williamson, was especially impressed with Kristy Prelgovisk ’19, “I thought Kristy did well coming back from an injury,” Williamson wrote in an email on Monday morning. Prelgovisk finished first in the 100 breastroke event.

Williamson also singled out Sara Daher ‘17 for a great performance. “Sara looked great in her events,” the coach said. “(She) looks ready for NESCAC competition.”

Overall the no. 25 ranked Bates women finished third in the meet behind no. 35 WPI and No. 50 Roger Williams. Meanwhile, the men finished in second place behind WPI.

The Bates women will compete next at the NESCAC championships on February 10th, and the men will compete in the championships on the 17th. The team seems excited and optimistic about their abilities going into NESCAC’s. “We are in a great place. The team loves NESCAC’s because it is the focus of everything we do from day 1, and being able to perform at our best is a special feeling,” Dina wrote. “The men’s team is excited to watch the girls swim fast, as they always do, setting the tone for what we can expect at our championship meet the following weekend.”


Women’s, men’s track and field impress at Bates Invitational

A track and field meet is quite a hectic scene for any newcomer to the sport like me. Athletes of all different sizes and skill sets are constantly competing in a myriad of events. Long and skinny runners run the 5k, broad shouldered men and women compete in the hammer throw, and explosive sprinters run the 60 meter dash, just to name a few. This spectacle is certainly overwhelming at first, but quickly becomes an incredible display of camaraderie, competition, and breathtaking athleticism.

Head coach of the men’s track and field team Al Fereshetian echoed this sentiment. “It’s basically a three ring circus out there.,” the 22 year Bates veteran said in a phone call on Monday morning. “Track is unique, because there is so much diversity and variety in the sport. You have everything from the long distance runners to the throwers and vaulters. I enjoy every element of it, the hard part is trying to be present at all events!”

This past week’s spectacle took place here on campus in the Merrill Gymnasium, as the Bates men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the Bates Invitational over the weekend. The meet included Division III teams, Keene State, St. Joseph’s, UMF, and Southern Maine, as well as two Division I teams, University of Maine and Bryant University. All athletes competed against each other, but scoring was broken up according to division.

In both men’s and women’s competition, Bates easily won the team scoring for Division III. The women’s team scored 252 points, effectively distancing themselves from runner up Husson, who tallied 119. On the men’s side, the Bobcats scored 264 points, while Keene State came in second place with just 74 points.

A testament to the talent of Bates’ athletes and the NESCAC as a whole, many Bobcats finished near the top of their respective events even while facing Division I foes.

Allison Hill ‘17 was a particularly impressive performer. She left the competition in her dust in the 60 meter hurdles with a season best time of 8.90 and a first place finish. It wasn’t even close. She also ran a career best time of 8.08 seconds in the 60 meter dash, which is third all time in Bates history, according to the Sports and Information Office.

Sally Ceesay ‘18 placed first in the triple jump, and was 0.01 seconds behind Allison Hill in the 60 meter dash, which puts her 4th all time in the event in Bates history, marking Saturday as an historic meet for Bates’ female sprinters.

In addition, Jessica Wilson ‘17 won the 1,000 meter run, Olivia LaMarche ‘20 won the 5,000 meter run, Claire Markonic ‘17 won the 400-meter dash, and Katie Barker ‘19 won the mile.

For the men, Adedire “Dire” Fakorede ‘18 dominated the weight throw, beating out the runner-up by six feet. Although this was one of the best throws in the country so far this season, Coach Fereshetian believes Dire is just getting started. “He’s still got a lot more in him as he works out his timing. This was a great way to start, but his ultimate goal is to be the best in the country,” the Bates coach said proudly.

Fereshetian was also very happy with the milers. Joe Doyle ‘17 won the event with a time of 4:24.84. Meanwhile, Olin Carty ‘17 battled from fourth place to second in the last lap and finished in 4:25.31.

In other events, Michael Somma ‘19 won the 400-meter dash, and Frank Fusco ‘19 won the 600 meter run.

This was the lone home meet of the season for the Bobcats as they hit the road for the remainder of the season. Next week, the team will be split between a meet at Boston University and a meet at USM in Gorham, Maine.


Women’s Basketball beats Hamilton, loses to Middlebury on road trip

Since Hamilton College officially joined the NESCAC in all sports in 2011, Bates teams have had to make the dreaded trek to from Lewiston to Clinton, New York. A 400 mile drive, Google maps says that the trip should take a little more than 6 hours. The team broke up the travel by driving to Springfield, MA on Thursday night, and then finishing the drive to Hamilton College the next day. After playing a night game, the team left Hamilton at 8:30 on Saturday to drive to Middlebury for another game starting at 3 pm. Overall, senior co-captain, Allie Coppola ‘17 estimates that the team spent about 17 hours traveling.

However, something about these long drives must be therapeutic for Coppola, because the forward was balling over the weekend. In a 60-44 win against Hamilton, Coppola recorded 22 points and 10 rebounds.  She followed this up with another impressive performance of 12 rebounds and a career high 27 points on an efficient 10-17 shooting in a loss against Middlebury.

“Allie has a great mindset and has really come to play since the semester break.” Coach Allison Montgomery wrote in an email. “She is playing with confidence and determination and is leading our team.” Coppola has now compiled four consecutive double-doubles, and is 0.2 rebounds away from averaging a double-double for the season. She ranks first in the NESCAC in rebounds per game, and fifth in points per game.

Although Coppola was dominant at times on offense, it was really the defense that propelled the Garnet and White to their victory against Hamilton. Nina Davenport ‘18, normally known for her ability on offensive side of the ball, had three steals. Coach Montgomery noted that Bernadette Connors ‘18 was also a standout, grabbing many rebounds and getting in the passing lanes for steals and deflections. In total, the Bobcats only gave up 44 points, including just 6 points in the fourth quarter.

Against Middlebury, it was the first and third quarters that hurt the Bobcats. They were outscored by 10 and 13 points respectively in the quarters. Despite Coppola’s performance, the team was unable to climb out of the early hole. Connors ‘17 filled the stat sheet with 10 points, seven rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

Women’s basketball is now 2-2 in NESCAC play and 5-10 overall , which certainly does not rule out a birth in the conference tournament. Games against Connecticut and Wesleyan next weekend will be very important and telling of the team’s outlook for the remainder of the season. However, both Coppola and Montgomery relayed the sentiment that the team is sticking with a one game at a time mindset.

Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball start seasons strong

As students dust off their winter coats and bean boots, basketball season is now in full swing. The Bates Men’s basketball team has enjoyed a strong start to the 2016-17 season, compiling a 4-2 record against tiff competition.

Twins Malcolm Delpeche ‘17 and Marcus Delpeche ‘17 have been the standouts for the team. Standing at 6’8 and 6’7 respectively, the brothers have used their elite athleticism to demoralize opposing big men.

Marcus is averaging a double-double with 11.1 rebounds per game (#1 in NESCAC) and 13.3 points, all while shooting over 50 percent from the field. Malcolm is also shooting over 50 percent, averaging 14.3 points per game and 9.1 rebounds. His 3.7 blocks per game average is tied for second in the country. Malcolm needs just one more swat to break the Bates career block record set by Dave Larrivee ‘88.

The Delaware natives turned in their best performance against Southern Maine. The brothers combined to score 48 points, while missing only four total shots; Marcus’ 29 points was a career high. In addition, they both grabbed more than 10 rebounds and Malcolm set the single game team record with seven blocks. With the Delpeches firing on all cylinders, the Garnet and White cruised to an 81-71 win.

Max Hummel ‘19 has also been impressive so far. He is third on the team in points with 11.5 ppg, and has consistently shown he can knock down key jumpers. Against the University of New England, Hummel started out the game hot and finished with a career high 22 points.

In the absence of starting point guard Shawn Strickland (foot injury), Jerome Darling ‘17 has provided a steady presence in the backcourt. Freshman guards, Tom Coyne ‘19 and Nick Gilpin ‘19, have also stepped up.

The Bobcats will continue the season this week with a pair of home games against Bowdoin and Colby.

Meanwhile, the Bates women’s basketball team has started the season with a 2-2 record.

Forward Allie Coppola has been a standout for the Garnet and White. Coppola is averaging a NESCAC high ten rebounds per game, which does not include a 21 rebound performance in a scrimmage against Central Maine Community College. Her best game came in a win against Southern Maine, where she pulled down 12 rebounds, dished out four assists and scored 17 points on efficient 7-14 shooting; she then earned Maine Co-Player of the Week for this all-around performance.

Leading in scoring for the Bobcats thus far is Nina Davenport ‘18. Although her shooting touch has been slightly off, Davenport has shown she has the confidence to take and make big shots. She is averaging almost eight three point attempts per game, which is just two less than sharpshooter Stephen Curry’s average this season. Her 14.5 points per game ranks second in the NESCAC.

Women’s basketball will take on St. Joseph’s and Bowdoin this week.

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