Bobcats of the week of Jan. 18, 2010

Brian Ellis '11
Last week the Bates men's basketball team played the final three games of an 11-game stretch in the schedule away from the confines of Alumni Gymnasium. And as it turned out, it was an exceptionally trying schedule, with all three opponents -- Brandeis, Middlebury and Williams -- residing comfortably among the Top 25 in Division III rankings.The Bobcats couldn't come up with a win in any of the games, but junior captain Brian Ellis(Braintree, Mass.) was a force and a consistent bright spot for the team, as he has been all season long. Against Brandeis on Tuesday, Ellis led the Bobcats in scoring (18 points) and rebounding (6), while hitting 5-of-8 shots from the field, including his one three-point attempt. Friday night at Middlebury, Ellis hit 10-of-18 shots for a career-high 24 points, and with eight rebounds he led the team in those two categories for the fifth time this season. The following day at Williams, Ellis scored a team-high 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting and grabbed six rebounds.

Entering this week, Ellis ranked ninth in the NESCAC in scoring (15.4 ppg), sixth in rebounding (7.6 rpg) and was shooting at a robust .506 clip from the field.

Natalie Ruppertsberger '11
Bates junior Nordic skierNatalie Ruppertsberger(Plainfield, N.H.) seemed right on pace to make a return to the NCAA Championships last weekend as the EISA carnival season got under way with the St. Lawrence Carnival.In Friday's 5K Classic Technique race, Ruppertsberger finished sixth out of 97 competitors overall, covering the course at Mt. Van Hovenberg in a time of 16:34.1. The following day, Ruppertsberger notched her second top-10 finish in as many days, placing ninth out of 88 racers in a time of 49:53.8.

Ruppertsberger and her teammates this weekend compete at Sleepy Hollow in the St. Michael's Carnival.