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Bobcats of the week of Feb. 13, 2006

Seth Hubbard '06
Inspired, perhaps, by Bates Nordic skiing alum Justin Freeman '98 ready to compete against the world's best at the Winter Olympics in Turin, senior Seth Hubbard had a stellar weekend last weekend at the Dartmouth College Winter Carnival.First, Hubbard (Farmington, Maine) had a breakthrough performance in the 20K Mass Start Freestyle Technical race on Friday, finishing fourth out of 65 finishers from schools such as the University of Vermont, Dartmouth and the University of New Hampshire, in a time of 55:38.2, leading the Bates men's Nordic team to sixth place in the event out of 13 teams.

Then on Saturday, Hubbard was 15th out of 66 finishers in the 10K Classic race, not far behind first-year teammate Sylvan Ellefson (Vail, Colo.), helping spur the deep Bobcats to fourth place in the event.

Hubbard and the rest of the Bates Nordic and alpine ski team travel to the Williams College Winter Carnival this weekend.

Meg Coffin '07
Bates junior center Meg Coffin posted her 12th and 13th double-doubles of the season in wins over Amherst and Trinity over the weekend, as the Bates women earned the top seed in the NESCAC playoffs for the first time.Coffin (Westford, Mass.) grabbed a career-high-matching 18 rebounds to go with 18 points against Amherst on Friday, then had 19 points and 11 rebounds in just 24 minutes of action on Saturday against Trinity. On the week she shot 16-for-23 (.696) from the field while averaging 18.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks.

Coffin also earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors, the second occasion she has done so this season.

Coffin and the Bobcats play host to Colby in the NESCAC quarterfinals Saturday at 2 p.m., followed by the Bates men's quarterfinals against Bowdoin at 4 p.m.