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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Comstock’s return helps Bates regroup

Two years ago, Matt Comstock’s college football career at Bates College got off to about as rocky a start as you can imagine.

The former two-way starter on back-to-back Souhegan High School championship teams had a mysterious throat infection that doctors had a difficult time diagnosing. ...

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Two years ago, Matt Comstock’s college football career at Bates College got off to about as rocky a start as you can imagine.

The former two-way starter on back-to-back Souhegan High School championship teams had a mysterious throat infection that doctors had a difficult time diagnosing.

Comstock missed a month of football and spent a week in the hospital. Eating was difficult, and the then 220-pound defensive lineman shed 20 pounds.

Now all is well with Comstock and all is well with Bates football, which celebrated its first winning season in 31 years by going 5-3 this fall.

By the spring of his freshman year Comstock had built his weight back to where it was before his illness. But his biggest transformation has come in the last year, where a dedicated weight room regimen has the 6-foot-2 nose tackle up to 250 pounds.

“We have a great strength and conditioning coach,” Comstock said. “He really pushed me and
it paid off.”

As a physics major, Comstock knows all about leverage, and he uses his size and quickness up front to occupy a center and guard and create space for his linebackers.

“We’ve always looked for athletic lineman,” Bates head coach Mark Harriman said, “and Matt is very athletic, with great hands and a real knack for the game.”

The hands came in handy in a season-ending 47-33 victory over Hamilton last Saturday, when Comstock had his second fumble recovery of the season and also blocked an extra point.

On the season, Comstock was credited with 11 solo tackles, one sack and two blocked kicks.

“He really came into his own this year,” Harriman said. “His illness as a freshman was a setback, but he worked extremely hard to get back.”

Comstock only started once as a sophomore, but was in the rotation and played in every game last year, finishing with 15 total tackles for a 3-5 Bates team.

“There was a lot more excitement about the football program this fall,” Comstock said, “a lot more people at our home games.”

It was Comstock’s fumble recovery in a 14-6 victory over Bowdoin on Nov. 3 that clinched Bates first outright CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) Championship in 10 years. Comstock had a big strip sack a week earlier in a 31-7 victory over Colby.

The next step for Bates, Comstock said, is to challenge for the New England Small College Athletic Conference title next fall.

KELSEY BERRY

Former Hollis Brookline standout Kelsey Berry had a solid freshman season on the volleyball team at Bates College.

Berry was second on the team in kills with 152, third in digs with 215 and third in service aces with 42.

KELSEY HOGAN

Junior Kelsey Hogan was named captain of the 2012-13 University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, which opened at Yale on Wednesday night.

Hogan, a Nashua High School North graduate, was co-captain last year when she led the America East Conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.446).

Hogan led UNH in assists last season, ranked second in both 3-point field goals made and minutes and was third on the team in scoring (10.2). She was also second on the team in steals and third in rebounding.

JEFF LACOSTE

Former Bishop Guertin standout Jeff LaCoste of Amherst, a sophomore at High Point University, finished first for his team and 68th overall at the NCAA Southwest Regional Cross Country Championships.

LaCoste completed the 10 kilometer course in Charlotte, N.C., in 31 minutes, 43.97 seconds. High Point finished 17th in the 34-team field.

TORI SOUSA

Tori Sousa, a sophomore forward for the University of Massachusetts women’s soccer team, finished the season with a goal and four assists.

The Nashua High School North graduate had the winning goal in a 5-2 victory over Duquesne. She played in 18 games, 16 as a starter.

JANE WHITE

Jane White, who led the Souhegan girls’ basketball team to back-to-back titles, scored 11 points and added five assists and three steals in her college debut on Tuesday for Bentley University. White came off the bench and logged 27 minutes in a 78-64 victory over UMass Lowell.

RYAN BURGESS

Trinity College senior quarterback Ryan Burgess led his team to unbeaten
(8-0) season and the NESCAC Championship.

Burgess, a Bishop Guertin graduate from Dracut, Mass., who also attended Kimball Union Academy, was fourth in the league with 1,414 yards passing and threw for 11 touchdowns.