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Bobcats of the week of Nov. 15, 2010

Kevin Helm '12
During the Bobcats' season-ending 28-18 win over Hamilton yesterday, Bates junior linebackerKevin Helm(Norwell, Mass.) had a career-high 18 tackles (14 solo), including 2.5 tackles for a loss, to spearhead a Bates defense that limited Hamilton to negative rushing yardage as a team until its final possession. The Continentals finished with 20 yards on the ground on 37 attempts.Helm was named the NESCAC Football Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference, sharing the award with Trinity senior Thomas Kilgore.

Helm's 18 tackles were the most by a Bates player in over five years. He finished the season with more solo tackles credited to him (53) than any other player in the NESCAC, and he tied senior teammate Myles Walker(Needham, Mass.) and Cyprian Oyomba of Wesleyan for the conference lead in total tackles, with 80.

Kerri Leonhardt '11
Senior Kerri Leonhardtled the way for the Bates women's cross country team Saturday at the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship, winning all-region honors as the Bobcats took 11th place out of 51 teams.It was, remarkably, Leonhardt's (Milford, N.J.) first time competing at the New England Regionals. She earned All-New England honors (top 35) by finishing 33rd among 336 competitors, covering the 6-kilometer course at Mt. Greylock High School in a personal record time of 23:25.1. The senior captain was at about 55th place after the first mile, but she steadily passed competitor after competitor, eventually moving up to 33rd place in the best race of her career.

Leonhardt is only Bates' second All-New England performer in cross country since 2006 (following Esther Kendall '10 last year).