Bobcats named All-NESCAC

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HADLEY, Mass. – Bates College athletes Will Boe-Wiegaard and Tristan Beach, along with Cecilia Grissa and Laura Harris, were named to the 2006 All-NESCAC men’s tennis first team and All-NESCAC women’s tennis second team, as doubles players, respectfully.

Boe-Wiegaard is 21-6 in singles play this year, and makes the All-NESCAC First Team for the fourth time. He is a three-time Division III All-America, the NCAA singles runner-up in 2005, and he was the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2003. Beach has teamed with Boe-Wiegaard to go 19-7 in doubles play this year.

Grissa and Harris become the first two Bates women to make an All-NESCAC team since the conference began the awards in 2001. Grissa has played as Bates No. 1 singles player all year, and Harris has played at No. 4 singles since rejoining the Bobcats after studying abroad in the fall semester. Together they’ve teamed up as Bates’ No. 1 doubles team and have gone 5-5.

Baker leads Maine recruits

ORONO – Bingham native Kristin Baker is among a class of six newcomers to the University of Maine women’s basketball team for the 2006-07 season. Coach Ann McInerney announced the new recruits Tuesday.

The list of signees includes guards Abby Greene, Amanda Tewksbury and Tiffany Colon, forwards Katia Bratishko and Sandra Vaitkute.

Baker, a 5-6 guard, led Valley High School to the 2006 Western Maine Championship as a senior. During her final season at Valley, she averaged 25 points, five assists, six rebounds and five steals per game. She served as captian of the varsity basketball team during her junior and senior seasons, while scoring 1,701 points and dishing out 443 assists for her career.

Franklin tabbed All-New England

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LEWISTON – Bates College junior outfielder Katie Franklin was named to the 2006 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Divison III First Team All-New England team. The announcement came Tuesday from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

Following up a sophomore season in which she was named First Team All-NESCAC, Franklin was perhaps the most consistent performer for the Bobcats (16-16) all season. Starting all 32 of Bates’ games in center field, Franklin bated .365 with four home runs and 23 RBIs, and led the Bobcats with 30 runs scored. She stood among the NESCAC league leaders with 14 doubles. An outstanding fielder, Franklin committed no errors all season long.

Dyer named to All-LEC

GORHAM – Former Oxford Hills standout athlete Ashley Dyer is the University of Southern Maine women’s lacrosse team lone representative on the 2006 Little East Conference All-Conference team. The list was announced Tuesday by the conference ofice following a vote by the seven head coaches.

Dyer, who played at midfield and attack, was the Huskies second leading scorer this season. She tallied 30 goals and a single-season record 10 assists for 40 points. She also was credited with 24 ground balls and 20 draw controls. Her 10 assists broke the previous season record of nie which she shared with Emily Kirkland.

Dyer is the fifth USM player to earn All-Little East honors since conference play began in women’s lacrosse during the 2002 season. The Huskies finished 2006 with a 5-10 overall record, equalling the school record for wins.

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