The Week That Was in BatesSports

January 6-12, 1997



Women's Basketball (6-2) Bonkovsky Leads Bates past Williams, Named NESCAC Player of the Week

Bates met Williams on neutral ground at Tufts University on Jan. 8. In a close game that saw neither team grab a lead of more than five points, the Bobcats walked away with a one-point victory, 62-61.

Despite shooting only 33 percent from the field in the first half while the Ephs shot at a 63 percent clip, the Bobcats headed to the lockerroom locked in a 33-33 tie. While Bates' shooting was off, its defense, led by sophomore Colleen McCrave's (Walpole, Mass.) nine steals, kept the Bobcats in the game.

In the second half, the Bobcats' horrific shooting continued, but the game remained close. With six seconds left, sophomore forward Amy Taylor (Orono, Maine) stepped to the line and hit two free throws to give Bates a 62-60 lead. Then, with three seconds left, first-year guard Jolene Thurston (Post Mills, Vt.) fouled a Williams player as she brought the ball up court. The Williams player sank the front end of the one-and-one, but missed the second and Thurston grabbed the rebound to ensure the 62-61 victory.

Sarah Bonkovsky (Harvard, Mass.) led all scorers with 16 points and eight rebounds and earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors. Thurston added 13 points and first-year guard Melissa LaPointe (Salem, N.H.) dropped in 10 points off the bench.

Up Next:

1/15 vs. New England College
1/18 vs. Hamilton
1/19 vs. Skidmore


Men's Basketball (1-6) Picks up First Win Against New England College; Garvey Moves to Second Place on Bates Career Scoring List

After losing their sixth straight game to Colby on Jan. 8 64-51, the Bobcats picked up their first win of the season with a 72-51 rout of New England College on Jan. 11. After passing Sean McDonagh '92 with nine points against Colby, senior shooting guard Matt Garvey (Amherst, Mass.) scored a team-high 19 against NEC to give him 1,506 points in his career and move him past Howie Alexander '68 into second place among Bates career scoring leaders.

At Waterville, the Bobcats had a tough time getting organized against the 7-1 White Mules. Despite struggling early, the Bobcats remained close at the half, trailing by six, thanks to the heroics of first-year guard Ryan Emerson (Milford, N.H.). Making his first collegiate start, Emreson hit three 3-pointers in the first half, including one right at the buzzer with two Colby players draped all over him.

The White Mules ran off a 6-0 run to start the second half and increase their lead to 12 points, 40-28. The Bobcats never quite recovered from the deficit as fouling the Colby players proved ineffective and the White Mules held on to win 64-51.

Emerson led Bates scorers with 15 points. Garvey added nine points and 8 assists.

Against NEC, the Bobcats held the Pilgrims to only 24 points (on 7-33 shooting) in the second half to expand a seven point halftime lead to 21 points by the end of the game.

Garvey led the Bobcats with 19 points. Senior captain Jesse Strandberg (Steep Falls, Maine) added 16 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore Andy Hall (Forrestdale, Mass.) had career highs in points and rebounds with 11 and nine, respectively.

up next:

1/14 vs. Suffolk
1/18 vs. Hamilton
1/19 vs. Skidmore


Skiing (Alpine) Finishes Sixth of 13 Teams at UNH Carnival

In this season's first event, the men's alpine team placed eighth, while the women finished a strong fifth at the University of New Hampshire Carnival (Attitash Mountain) on Jan. 10-11. Overall, Bates finished sixth behind the Univ. of Vermont, Dartmouth, Williams, the Univ. of New Hampshire, and Midlebury.

For the men, senior captain Sean Clark (Raymond, Maine) finished fifth in the men's giant slalom in a total time of 2.06.78. The next highest Bates finisher in the giant slalom was senior Sandy Perrins (Placerville, Colo.) who finished 14th in 2.08.50. First-year skiier Bryce Hubner (Manchester, Vt.) was the Bobcats highest finisher in the slalom, placing 12th in 1.48.51.

For the women, sophomore Paige Heller (Wilmington, Mass.) and first-year skiier Lisa Loeffler (Southington, Conn.) finished 26th and 27th, respectively, to lead Bates in the giant slalom. First-year skiier Sterling Tomkins (Aspen, Colo.) led the Bobcats in the slalom, finishing 27th in 2.08.27, while Loeffler finished 29th in 2.09.26.

Up Next:

1/17-18 at Univ. of New Hampshire Carnival (Nordic)

Women's Squash

Women's Squash (5-4) Narrowly Defeats Colby; Splits at Bowdoin

In women's squash action at the Wesleyan Round Robin, the Bobcats defeated Wellesley, 6-3, and Smith, 9-0. The Jan. 1 at Colby, the Bobcats sixth through ninth seeds all tallied victories against the White Mules to help Bates pull out a 5-4 victory. Seniors Alysia Wurst (New Canaan, Conn.), Lauren Cardonsky (New York, N.Y.), first-year Janice Michaels (Princeton, N.J.), and Jen Gollan (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) all swept their opponents in straight sets, while Rebecca Shankman (New Rochelle, N.Y.), also a senior, won by default marking coach John Illig's first win over his former team.

In action at Bowdoin on Jan. 11, the Bobcats defeated Cornell, 7-2, in the morning but fell to Amherst, 8-1, in their afternoon match. Seventh seeded Cardonsky was the only Bates competitor to win both of her matches. Seniors Lena Baldwin (Marion, Mass., 3-0), Kara Buckstaff (Oshkosh, Wis., 3-0), Wurst (3-0), Katie McQuilkin (Cambridge, Mass., 3-0), Michaels (3-0), and Gollan (3-0) all posted wins against Cornell.

Up Next:

1/15 at Haverford
1/17-19 at Williams Invitational

Men's Squash

Men's Squash (7-2) Beats Wesleyan, Loses to Cornell

The men's squash team had mixed results from their trip to Bowdoin on Jan. 11, beating Wesleyan, 6-3, and losing to Cornell, 8-1.

Four of Bates top five seeds took home victories from the match against the Cardinals. Senior captain Pat Cosquer (Westfield, N.J.) won the number one match in four games. Junior Sandy Weymouth (Hingham, Mass.) also won in four games playing in the number three spot, while fourth-seeded sophomore Eric Sanders (Belmont, Mass.) swept his opponent in three games and fifth-seeded Pete Linkroum (Chester, Vt.), also a sophomore, won in five games. Senior Tom Tadros (Winchester, Mass.) and junior Sam Judd (Southwest Harbor, Maine) emerged victorious for the Bobcats.

Only Linkroum won his match against Cornell. He won 3-2, with none of the games decided by more than four points.

Up Next:

1/15 vs. Haverford
1/17-19 Bowdoin Invitational at West Point

Swimming and Diving

Swimming (M & W, 2-2) Beats Norwich, Falls to Middlebury

The Bobcats rolled over Norwich on Jan. 10, with the men winning by a score of 180-55 and the women winning 159-83, but lost to Middlebury (men, 123-108, women,132-98) on the second leg of their trip to Vermont on Jan. 11.

Five more Bobcats qualified for the Div. III New England Championships over the weekend. For the women, sophomores Sue MacBride (Dedham, Mass.) and Kate Grennan (Bristol, Conn.) qualified in the 50-meter backstroke. For the men, sophomore Todd McCoy (Mystic, Conn.) and senior Ty Kaliski (Harrington Park, N.J.) qualified for the 50-meter backstroke and sophomore Corey Smith (West Hartford, Conn.) qualified for the diving events.

In men's competition, sophomore David Burke (Andover, Mass.) had four first place finishes. He finished first in the one-meter diving required and optional events (scores of 150.75 and 189.15) at Norwich and first in the one-meter and three-meter diving events (229.1 and 206.2) at Middlebury. Junior Steve Simmons (Winter Park, Fla.) finished first in the 1000-meter freestyle (time of 10:57.72) and the 100-meter fly (56.83) at Norwich and first in the 500-meter freestyle (5:10.03) and second in 200-meter fly (2:06.20) at Middlebury. The only other multiple winner was sophomore Damon Bowe (Houma, La.) who finished first in the 100-meter freestyle (51.98) and the 100-meter breaststroke (1:05.69).

In women's competition, junior Denby Johnson (Chanhassen, Minn.) set a pool record in the 200-meter freestyle at Norwich with a time of 2:04.28. Johnson also finished first in the 100-meter freestyle (96.16) and the 500-meter freestyle (5:35.62) at Norwich and the 50-meter freestyle (26.01) at Middlebury. Sophomore Joanne Murphy (West Hartford, Conn.) took home first place finishes in the one meter diving required and optional events (138 and 127.75) at Norwich and a first place finish in the three-meter diving competition (200) at Middlebury. The other multiple winner over the weekend was senior captain Jen Weiers (Indiana, Penn.) who placed first in the 200-meter I.M. (2:30.24) and the 100-meter breaststroke (1:15.31) at Norwich.

Up Next:

Jan. 18 vs. Babson

Men's Indoor Track andField

Men's and Women's Indoor Track Hosts Bates Invitational

The Bates Invitational, a nonscoring meet held on Jan. 11, hosted several competitors from Colby and a few unattached competitors, but was dominated by the Bobcats.

Bates' top four weight throwers all threw for over 50 feet on Saturday, provisionally qualifying them for the NCAA Championships. Senior Spencer Potter (Waitsfield, Vt.) threw a career best 53 feet, 8 inches to take first place in that event. Seniors Sam Martin (Acton, Mass.), Paul Kolter (Manchester, N.H.), and sophomore Bill McEvila (Hartford, Conn.) rounded out the qualifiers. In the shot put, first-year thrower Lucas Adams (Nottingham, N.H.) set a personal record with a throw of 43 feet, 11 inches which qualified him for the New England Div. III Championships and the ECAC Championships. First-year Peter Beeson (Novelty, Ohio) won the pole vault event with a throw of 13 feet, 3 inches, a career-best mark, that also qualified him for the New England Div. III Championships and the ECAC Championships. First-year runner Trevor Emory set a school record in the 600 meters with a time of 1:30.19. It was the first time in shcool history that event has been held.

For the women, nine competitors qualified for meets later in the season. Senior Heather Bumps (South China, Maine) qualified for Open New England's, the ECAC Championships and the New England Div. III Champinships in the weight throw after a toss of 41 feet, 8.5 inches. Junior Abby Phelps (Chester, N.H., 5000M) and sophomore Adelia Myrick (Kodial, Alaska, 1500M, 600M) qualified for both the ECAC Championships and the New England Div. III Championships. Seniors Shannon Walker (Weston, Mass., 55M hurdles), Christy Ballantyne (Beverly, Mass., 600M), Ilse Abusumra (Brentwood, N.H., 5000M), sophomore Kate Osborne (Sandy Hook, Conn., weight throw), and first-years Tracey Lyford, Kate Burakowski (Derry, N.H., 800M) all qualified for the New England Div. III Championhsips. Walker also set a school record in the pole vault, with a height of 11 feet. Her previous best was 10 feet.

Up next:

1/18 Bates Quad Cup w/ Fitchburg, Colby, Tufts, and UMass/Dartmouth (Men)
1/18 New England Challenge Cup at Bowdoin College (Women)

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