Kevin McHugh Spring 2013 Newsletter

HADES
you and your pity don’t fit in my bed
you just burn like a fire in the pit of my bed
and I turn like a bird on a spit in my bed
how long, how long, how long?
PERSEPHONE
how long? Just as long as I am your wife
it’s true the earth myst die
but then the earth comes back to life
And the sun just goes on rising 
BOTH
and how does the sun even fit in the sky?
it just burs like a fire in the pit of the sky
and the earth is a bird on a spit in the sky
how long, how long, how long?Anais Mitchell:
Hades and Persephone

Dear Fellow Bobcats,I write this as another snowstorm approaches Lewiston, promising an additional foot or more of the white stuff and we all wonder how long, how long, how long?  But we know that Demeter’s fury will eventually abate and spring will return and with it, another great season of Bates athletics. However, before looking ahead, here’s a quick review of the winter programs:

  • Men’s and Women’s Basketball both qualified for the NESCAC Championships, losing in the quarterfinals in hotly-contested games. Additionally, Ally Beaulieu joined the ranks of Bobcat 1000- point scorers with 1170 points. She earned 7th place all-time point-scorer status as well as single-season and career records for 3-pointers. She was named to the All-NESCAC Team.
  • The Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving teams produced 12 new varsity records. 9 athletes posted NCAA provisional cuts and there were 3 All-NESCAC performances. Both the men’s and women’s 200 medley relay smashed the school record. In the end, there were over 100 lifetime bests, over 100 kids in the local community who received swim lessons, and both teams garnered Academic All-American status.
  • Men’s and Women’s Nordic Skiing both had good carnival seasons and finished with excellent performances at the Bates-hosted final carnival of the year. Jordan Buetow and Hallie Grossman will be competing for the Bobcats in the upcoming NCAA National Skiing Championships.
  • Men’s Alpine Skiing was young this year but demonstrated much promise on the slopes while the women’s team had a very good carnival season capping it off with 3 skiers finishing in the top 16 of the Slalom at the Bates Carnival, good for 3rd place overall. Avril Dunleavy and Anne Rockwell will participate in the National Skiing Championships. 
  • Men’s Squash finished 13th nationally and 5th among DIII programs in the country. #1 player Ahmed Abdel Khalek was named both NESCAC Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year. Ahmed followed that up by advancing to the semi-finals of Individual National Championships before losing to the #1 seed from Princeton. He becomes Squash’s 1st All-American since 2008 and 2nd ever.  Women’s Squash finished 10th nationally and was the 2nd– ranked team in DII with Nessrine Arrifin, Cheri-Ann Parris and Miriam Kelly each named to the All-NESCAC squad.
  • Women’s Track finished 11th out of 26 teams at the DIII New England Championships with Bud Ahrens breaking the school record in the 800M. With that time, Bud has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track Championships. Men’s Track has had a stellar indoor season and is currently ranked 7th in the country. Bates hosted the Men’s DIII New England Championships taking 2nd out of nearly 40 teams and saw David Pless set a meet, facility, and school record in the shot put and a new school record in the weight throw. Dave Hardison and Eric Wainman both broke the school record in the Heptathlon while James LePage won the 800M race. The next week at the Open New England Championships, James broke the school record in the 800M, a mark that had stood for 83 years and Pless won the shot put title over all DI and DIII competitors at that event for the first time ever. Pless, LePage, Sean Enos, Tully Hannon and the DMR team of Noah Graboys, Ben Levy, Mark McCauley and Nick Barron will compete at the NCAA Indoor Nationals.

Even as the Winter seasons conclude, the Spring sports have gotten underway. Baseball boasts a 4-3 record after a southern trip against teams that play fall seasons and have already been outside for weeks. Men’s and Women’s Tennis made a trip to California and played several nationally- ranked teams. The women are ranked 28th in DIII and played well against powerhouses UC Santa Cruz and #8 Claremon-Mudd-Scripps while defeating Occidental College.  The men, ranked #15, battled valiantly against #8 UC Santa Cruz and #5 CMS while defeating Pomona-Pitzer. Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s and Women’s Rowing, Softball and Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track get under way shortly as well.

On the club sports front, the Equestrian program along with the Men’s and Women’s Fencing clubs continue their seasons while the Men’s Ice Hockey team ended on a 5 game win streak, finishing 6-1-1.  The Women’s Ice Hockey team wraps up its season with games against UConn and MIT while Women’s Water Polo hosts their season-ending tournament.

For all of these programs, your contribution affirms the dedication and passion that these students apply to their sport while they also work to excel in the classroom. We’d like to thank all of you for your generous gifts. Remember, 100% of your FBA gift supports the team(s)/club(s) of your choice. If you didn’t know, this is the first year your gift to the  Friends of Bates Athletics is counted towards our annual goals within the Bates and Parents Fund. Unrestricted gifts to our annual funds are still vital to the ongoing financial health of the college. These gifts support the operating budgets of: academics, athletics, student life, financial aid, study abroad, care for campus landscape and appearance, the library, career services, research, senior thesis – everything that allows students to thrive. By giving to either the Bates Fund or Parents Fund , you elevate the Bates experience for all students. This month the 4th annual March Mania competition against Colby, Trinity, and Connecticut College begins for our BOLD alumni (Bobcats of the Last Decade). If you have graduated in the last 10 years your gift this month to your team, club or the Bates Fund will help us win! Go to www.marchmania.org to keep up with the competition and to make your gift.

While FBA financial contributions are critical to maintaining the excellence of Bobcat sports, the organization also works throughout the year to provide a host of events and activities on campus and throughout the county that bring together alumni, parents and friends to celebrate our athletic successes.  From receptions to golf outings, dinners to special events, the FBA reinforces our athletic programs by actively engaging those who support them. See the FBA site at: www.bates.edu/alumni/friends-of-bates-athletics/

So as we await Persephone’s return and the warmth of the spring sun, I wish you all the best and invite you to join the Bates Athletics push for excellence.

*We are seeking nominations for the Scholar-Athlete Society, to enter your nomination please complete the form provided at http://www.bates.edu/athletics/all-americans/scholar-athlete-society.

Thank you and “Go ‘Cats!