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Bobcats of the week of Feb. 18, 2008

Ricky Weisskopf '08
When it came time to turn on the jets, Bates senior three-time All-American Ricky Weisskopf came through in a big way last weekend at the College Squash Association Men's Team Nationals, hosted by Harvard University.Weisskopf went 3-0 -- and 9-0 in individual games -- in the tournament against the top players from Brown, Cornell and Rochester, meanwhile avenging losses earlier this season to Cornell's Chris Sachvie and Rochester's Hameed Ahmed, both of whom are ranked in the top 11 nationally.

With Weisskopf setting the tone, Bates won 9-0 over Brown, 6-3 over Cornell and 6-3 over Rochester in the championship match of the Hoehn (B) Division, thereby finishing the season ranked No. 9, the team's best finish ever.

As icing on the cake, Weisskopf became the first Bates player to win the Skillman Award, the highest honor in college squash. The Skillman Award is described on the CSA website as "the most complete male player award," while an article in the Stanford Dailyfrom 2004 reads that the Skillman "goes to the senior who demonstrates great ability and does the most for the sport." Weisskopf amassed a record of 15-3 while facing each team's top player for the fourth straight year at Bates.

Weisskopf can become a four-time CSA All-American at the CSA Individual Nationals, which start Feb. 29 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Matia Kostakis '08
Matia Kostakis(Andover, Mass.) played her basketball of the season at a perfect time for the Bates women's basketball team on Saturday, scoring a game- and season-high 20 points as Bates defeated Bowdoin for the first time in two years, 62-52. In her final home game at Alumni Gymnasium, along with that of senior teammates Sarah Barton(Portsmouth, N.H.) and Meg Coffin(Westford, Mass.), Kostakis made 9 of 13 field goal attempts, meanwhile draining 2 of 3 three-pointers, and also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the game.The night before, Bates defeated Colby 77-64, as Kostakis scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds and made four steals.

Kostakis averaged 9.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per NESCAC contest this season, as Bates finished 5-4 in conference play. The former All-NESCAC and All-State forward currently ranks sixth on Bates' all-time career rebounding list with 761 and 13th on the Bates scoring list with 1,032 points.

The Bobcats have a rematch with Bowdoin this Saturday in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Championships.