Men's hoops, women's squash headline weekend action

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's basketball team wraps up the 2008-09 regular season with its final home game on Saturday, and the women's squash team travels to the CSA Team Nationals, highlighting this weekend in Bobcat athletics.

Men's basketball (12-11, 3-5 NESCAC) will host Tufts University (9-14, 1-7) on Saturday at 3 p.m. in both teams' season finales. The game will be webcast live on, with Ryan Horvath '10 and Ben Shwartz '09 on the call. Bates is fighting for position in the upcoming eight-team NESCAC Championship, with an outside chance still of gaining the fourth seed and hosting a first-round game. It will be the final home regular-season game for senior captains Scott Place (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Ben Thayer (Gorham, Maine). The Jumbos are the only team in the conference who have been eliminated from postseason consideration.

At the same time at Tufts, the Bates women's basketball team (16-7, 5-3 NESCAC) will take on the host Jumbos (18-3, 6-2), ranked No. 18 in Division III. Bates can clinch the fourth seed in next week's NESCAC Championship with a win and/or a Wesleyan loss on Friday (vs. Bowdoin) or Saturday (vs. Colby). The game can be viewed on live webcast at

The Bates women's squash team plays in the College Squash Association Team Nationals this weekend at Harvard University. As the tournament's 14th seed, the Bobcats (10-8) will play in the Kurtz Cup ("B" Division) draw, and face No. 11 Mt. Holyoke in the first round on Friday at 5 p.m. Their second-round matchup against Dartmouth or Hamilton will take place on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., and their final place and team ranking will be determined in a match on Sunday.

Bates' alpine and Nordic skiing teams have reached the halfway point of the carnival season, and this weekend will compete at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival. The Nordic team skis at Oak Hill, N.H., while the alpine team is at Dartmouth Skiway.

Bates' men's and women's indoor track and field teams have a jumbled weekend schedule ahead. Both teams will have entries in the Valentine Invitational at Boston University, with distance medley relay races taking place on Friday, and other events going on for the men's team on Saturday. Both teams will also have larger contingents at the MIT Invitational on Saturday.