Nine Bobcats named NESCAC Fall All-Sportsmanship

HADLEY, Mass. -- Nine Bates students were named to the 2015 NESCAC Fall All-Sportsmanship Team, announced Tuesday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

The All-Sportsmanship Team is comprised of one student athlete from each institution for each sport, and is selected by the players and coaches from their respective team for their positive contributions to sportsmanship. The student-athlete selected must be in good academic standing and a member of the team at the conclusion of the season in order to be eligible for selection. 

Bates' representatives on the team include one All-NESCAC performer in his sport, men's golf junior captain Brad Rutkin (Great Neck, N.Y.), and one All-Maine performer in men's cross country senior Gregg Heller (Walla Walla, Wash.). With the honor being opened up to women's golf for the first time this year, senior captain Jessica Plotnikov (Brooklyn, N.Y.) became Bates' first women's golf All-Sportsmanship honoree.

Bates' nine honorees are:

Men's Cross Country: Gregg Heller, Sr.; Walla Walla, Wash.
Women's Cross Country: Callie Reynolds, So.; West Hartford, Conn.
Field Hockey: Hannah Beinecke, Sr.; Manchester, Mass.
Football: Lyle Seebeck, Sr.; Chicago, Ill.
Men's Golf: Brad Rutkin, Jr.; Great Neck, N.Y.
Women's Golf: Jessica Plotnikov, Sr.; Brooklyn, N.Y.
Men's Soccer: Sam Polito, Sr.; Far Hills, N.J.
Women's Soccer: Karen Lockhart, Sr.; East Greenwich, R.I.
Volleyball: Nicole Cueli, Sr.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The All-Sportsmanship Team recognizes student-athletes from each varsity sport who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to sportsmanship. These student-athletes exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches, opponents, and spectators. They display sportsmanship not only as a participant in their sport, but also as a spectator and in their everyday lives. Through their positive actions and example, these student athletes inspire others to adhere to the quality of sportsmanship that the NESCAC and the NCAA endorse.

2015 NESCAC Fall All-Sportsmanship Teams