Stories about "Athletics"
Members of the women's team gather in their new locker room. (Andree Kehn for Bates College)
Bates dedicates new rowing boathouse, ‘a place to call home’

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 3:46 pm

The Bates rowing program had a housewarming on Oct. 29, formally dedicating its new boathouse on the Androscoggin River in Greene.

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine -- The No. 24 nationally ranked Bates women's cross country team won the Maine State Championship meet  running away Saturday, with its top five runners all placing within the top 12 overall at Pineland Farms.

Bates scored 29 points to outpace runner-up Bowdoin (41) by 12. Colby was third (83), followed by Southern Maine (94), St. Joseph's (164), UMaine-Farmington (168), Maine Maritime (225), Unity (240) and UMaine-Presque Isle (261). 

Bates' score is the best since Colby's 23 points in 2010. Following two straight third-place finishes, it is the program's third state championship in the past five years and fourth ever since the women's meet began in 1979.

Bowdoin's Sarah Kelley prevailed in a close charge to the finish line to win the overall title in 18:38.3. But Bates shuttled in the next three finishers, as senior Jessica Wilson (18:42.9), junior Katherine Cook (18:45.7) and sophomore Katie Barker (18:50.5) came in second, third and fourth place. Wilson (Cumberland, Maine), who has led the Bobcats in each race this season, placed 12th at the state meet a year ago.

Wilson, Cook (South Burlington, Vt.) and Barker (Burlington, Vt.) all earned their first All-State honors in cross country, going to the first seven individuals.

Senior Molly Chisholm (Wayland, Mass.) finished eighth out of 116 runners, covering Bates' home 5-kilometer course in 19:09.3; junior Mary Szatkowski (Buxton, Maine) placed 12th in 19:23.9 to round out Bates' scoring. Bates' displacers were first-year Olivia LaMarche (Lynnfield, Mass.) in 16th place (19:32.9) and sophomore Sarah Rothmann (North Andover, Mass.) in 17th (19:43.5).

Two more Bobcats were also in the top 20 overall, as sophomore Ayden Eickhoff (Corvallis, Mont.) took 18th (19:48.2) and sophomore Wendy Memishian (Medway, Mass.) came in 20th (19:50.9).
Video: ‘Get it done’ mentality pushes top duo of women’s cross country

Friday, October 28, 2016 9:37 am

Before a recent meet, Katherine Cook '18 threw down the gauntlet to her teammate Jessica Wilson '17: "Let's go do this. This is our course, we can do it, let's get it done!"

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Video: For football’s Mark Upton ’17, commitment to Bates comes first

Friday, October 7, 2016 12:35 pm

An All-New England linebacker, Upton "honors his word and honors his commitment," says a teammate. And that includes how he came to Bates in the first place.

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Video: The Bobcat QB and dive back explain the triple option’s choreography

Friday, September 23, 2016 2:34 pm

In the triple option offense, a lot can go right, and a lot can go wrong.

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Video: Recollections of Bobcat football 77 years ago from someone who was there

Friday, September 23, 2016 1:02 pm

Along with archival footage, 96-year-old Al Topham ’41 recalls circa 1939 football training at a New Hampshire boys camp.

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Video: First-year Bobcats get up to speed on the fast pace of Bates and NESCAC

Friday, September 16, 2016 1:09 pm

On the verge of their sports debuts, the newest Bobcats are quickly moving beyond that "Don't mess up!" feeling.

Bates College Director of Athletics Kevin McHugh will step down on June 30, 2017, the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year.
Director of Athletics Kevin McHugh to step down at end of 2016–17 academic year

Thursday, August 25, 2016 8:44 am

McHugh's decade of service to Bates athletics has been marked by competitive success, a growing national reputation for inclusivity and community engagement, and significant improvements to Bates’ athletics facilities.

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Video: Skip Capone, the old football coach, finds a new sport and a new way to give back

Friday, August 12, 2016 12:36 pm

A longtime assistant football coach at Bates and Lewiston football coaching legend, Capone is now giving back to his community in a new way.

Whatever the sport, “it just didn’t matter to him who you were. He was nice — period,” said Dave Irons, a longtime friend and Maine ski industry journalist. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
Robert Flynn, three-sport coach with ‘iconic Bobcat zen’ who elevated Bates skiing to national prominence, dies at age 83

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 4:26 pm

Bob Flynn's warmth and loyalty to his athletes embodied “the force, the spirit, and the iconic Bobcat zen” of Bates athletics.

Thom Freeman '63 poses with head coach Chick Leahey '53, slugger Howard Vandersea '63, and (Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library)
Bates in the News: July 21, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016 2:57 pm

A 1960s Bobcat pitching ace gets a Hall of Fame nod; a Bates biologist explains why a petrel ignores a potential mate's immune genetics; and a Bob Dylan / Robert Indiana mashup at the museum gets a great review.

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