Bobcats of the week of Nov. 10, 2008

Tom Beaton '10
There's isn't much thatTom Beatonhasn't done for the Bates football team this season, whether it's catching passes, throwing passes, carrying the ball or returning punts. On Saturday against Hamilton, it took perhaps Beaton's best game as a Bobcat to defeat Hamilton College for the fifth straight time, in a 23-22 thriller at Garcelon Field.The starting wide receiver and part-time quarterback caught 8 passes for two touchdowns, both career highs, and 73 yards. Four of his completions came on Bates' final scoring drive late in the fourth quarter, which was capped by a brilliant 20-yard catch and run to the end zone that gave Bates a 21-20 lead with 1:15 to play. Beaton also caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Katon in the third quarter, and in the second quarter he completed a key 6-yard pass to Tyler Kuehl on 4th down in the second quarter to keep the Bobcats' first scoring drive alive.

Beaton (West Newbury, Mass.) finished the season tied for the team lead in receptions withSean Wirth with 28 and tied with Matt Greggin touchdown catches, with three. He also completed 12 of 18 passes on the year to lead the team in passing efficiency, and he rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown to boot.

Tess Dokus '10
Tess Dokus(Salem, Conn.) was a big reason for the Bates volleyball team's improved fortunes in the 2008 season. The junior outside hitter jumped from an average of 1.90 kills per set with a .119 hitting percentage in 2007 to a team-best 2.25 kills and a .236 percentage in 2008.The Bobcats', and Dokus's, improvement this year was underscored as the team qualified for the NESCAC Championship for the first time since 2004 this year. Bates traveled to top-seeded Tufts for the conference quarterfinals on Friday evening, and Dokus again impressed, notching a match-high 12 kills against just one attack error for a sparkling .550 hitting percentage. She also came up with three blocks as the Bobcats gave the Jumbos (who raised their record to 28-2 with their win) a competitive match, losing in four sets by scores of 25-12, 12-25, 25-16, 25-22. Bates finished the year with a 15-18 record, their best mark since 2004.