Futures Collegiate Baseball League Unveils 2012 Schedule

Baseball season is right around the corner! (Photo Credit: free-extras.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) announced their upcoming 2012 schedule on Wednesday, which will begin on June 7 and conclude on August 9.

This year, the league has added five new squads, the Brockton Rox, Pittsfield Suns, Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide, and North Shore Navigators, who’ll join Martha’s Vineyard, Torrington, Nashua and Seacoast.

Each team will play 54 games, (27 home, 27 road), as well as compete for four possible playoff spots, too.

The League will also host an All-Star Game, which will take place in Nashua, New Hampshire on Thursday, July 26.

For more information on the 2012 season – CLICK HERE for the press release.

Varitek Retirement Announcement Scheduled For Thursday At 5:30PM

By NoontimeSports.com 

WEEI.com’s Alex Speier confirmed on Wednesday that Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek will announce his retirement from the MLB on Thursday, Mar. 1, at 5:30pm eastern. The team’s former captain will address the media on the field at Jet Blue Park.

Varitek spent 15 seasons with the Red Sox, and was a catalyst in helping Boston end their 86-year-old curse in 2004. He won two World Series championships with the ball club, as well as played in 1,546 games. Also, he’s a three-time All-Star, and a proud recipient of a Gold Glove award in 2005.

NFL 2012 Hall Of Fame Game Announced

By NoontimeSports.com 

The NFL announced on Wednesday that the New Orleans Saints, who were originally selected to to play in the Hall of Fame Game, will face-off against the Arizona Cardinals on August 6, 2012.

The Cardinals haven’t made a trip to Canton, Ohio since they were the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986, while the Saints haven’t played in this particular game since their 20-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007.

Finally, the NFL Network will broadcast the exhibition game, too.

Daily Noontime – Feb. 29, 2012

Ray Allen led the Celtics with 22 points on Tuesday! (Photo Credit: Boston Herald)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s the final day of February, and while we anxiously await our first “real winter storm” in Boston, let’s dish out some news and headlines.

Ray Allen tallied 22 points, and Kevin Garnett added 18 points and eight rebounds, which helped the Boston Celtics defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 86-83. The win also marks the end of a five-game losing streak, too. Boston will return to the court on Wednesday when they welcome Milwaukee to the TD Garden for a 7:30pm tip-off.

* Erik Karlsson netted the only goal in Tuesday’s Boston-Ottawa clash, as the Senators defeated the Bruins, 1-0. Tim Thomas deflected 37 shots, while Boston’s offense recorded 32 shots on net. Also, the Bruins finished the game 0-for-4 on the power play. Boston will return to the ice on Thursday when they welcome New Jersey to their home rink.

* According to reports – the New England Patriots have approached wide receiver Chad Ochocino about restructuring his contract. Ochocinco signed a three-year, $11.5 million contract in August of 2011, and ended the past season with 15 catches for 276 yards and one touchdown.

Mass High School Hoops: Calixte Leads Stoughton Past Duxbury, 69-63

By Matt Noonan 

STOUGHTON, MA – On Tuesday evening, Stoughton high school junior Aaron Calixte, (31 points, nine rebounds, eight assists) proved what it means to be a champion.

With the Black Knights trailing the Dragons of Duxbury by eight-points entering the final frame, the junior co-captain flipped the switch, and tallied 13 points during the final minutes of regulation, which helped Stoughton escape with a 69-63 victory.

“Losing [is] not an option to me. I can’t let my team lose in the first-round of the playoffs, I’m not for that,” said a composed Calixte. “[I’m going to] lead my team, [and] do whatever I have to do [to earn] a victory.”

Calixte provided the necessary spark for the Black Knights, who capitalized on Duxbury’s four turnovers and three missed free throws in the fourth quarter to regain the lead, which they hadn’t possessed since the first quarter.

“He’s really good,” said Duxbury head coach Gordon Cushing. “We knew he was going to get his points, [but] we just tried to make him work for [them] as best he can. He passes the ball well, so [we were] just trying to make him work for [them] as hard as you can.”

“Aaron did a nice job penetrating and scoring or penetrating and dishing,” said Stoughton head coach John Gallivan.

 

Stoughton didn’t exactly gain their fourth quarter momentum after the opening tap, as both squads swapped buckets and leads until Duxbury senior co-captain Curtis Owen, (22 points) completed a three-point play, layup and free throw, mid-way through the second session to spark the Dragons offense to close out the first half with a 39-36 lead.

The Dragons then attempted to grow their lead once the second half began, but various turnovers or missed shots hampered Duxbury’s offense, and allowed Stoughton to enter the final quarter trailing their opponent, 58-50.

“We had some turnovers, [and] they hit some shots, too,” Cushing said of the Black Knights second half effort. “We actually at halftime said, let them shoot it a little bit more outside, and keep out inside because most of their scoring was done in the paint, so you pick your poison a little bit, we just [needed] to score a few more points.”

Once the whistle sounded to initiate the start of the fourth frame, Stoughton rallied and regained the lead for good, as Calixte and his teammates used their defense to propel their offense to tally 17 points, which helped preserve the win for the Black Knights.

“Aaron’s just a phenomenal basketball player,” said Stoughton’s Marcus Middleton. “There’s pretty much no stopping him.”

Stoughton will return to the court on Thursday when they meet Norwood High School in the MIAA Division 2 South quarterfinals, and one can certainly imagine that the Black Knights will rely heavily upon Calixte to be their catalyst.

“[He’s] the best player in the Hockomock League,” said Stoughton senior Raymond Bowdre. “He’s a good scorer, and he’s a good facilitator. One of the best that can ever pass, and create his own shot.”

 

Also, make sure to visit our friends at HockomockSports.com for news, scores and updates throughout the remainder of the Massachusetts high school playoffs.