NEC High Schools: Boy’s Ice Hockey Top 10 Week Two Poll (Dec. 31st)

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By NEC High Schools | @NEC_HighSchools

It has been a BUSY few weeks since we unveiled our initial Northeastern Conference (NEC) boy’s ice hockey poll two weeks ago, but now it is time to share our week two poll of the 2018-19 season, which once again finds Marblehead in the top spot. The Headers moved to 6-0 overall with some impressive wins recently over third-ranked Gloucester (8-3), Westfield (3-1) and Danvers (2-1).

Marblehead will look to continue its early season momentum later this week, especially on Saturday against second-ranked Winthrop. After falling to Falmouth (Maine) by a score of 3-1, the Vikings rebounded with a 5-4 win over fifth-ranked Lynn. Winthrop will face-off against eighth-ranked Medford on Wednesday – the Mustangs cracked the poll for the first time this season with an impressive 7-3 win over ninth-ranked Beverly. We’ll certainly keep our eyes on the Mustangs going forward.

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NEC High Schools: Boy’s Ice Hockey Week Two Poll (Dec. 31st, 2018)

1. Marblehead

6-0, 2-0 NEC North

Previously No. 1 

2. Winthrop 

4-2, 1-0 NEC North

Previously No. 8 

3. Gloucester 

4-2-1, 2-0 NEC South

Previously No. 3 

4. Danvers 

1-1-2, 1-1-1 NEC North

Previously No. 2

5. Lynn 

2-2-1, 1-1-1 NEC South

Previously No. 6 

6. Saugus

1-2-2, 0-0-1 NEC North

Previously No. 5 

7. Swampscott 

2-3-1, 1-2 NEC South

Previously No. 7

8. Medford 

1-2, 1-2 NEC North

Previously Not Ranked

9. Beverly 

1-3-1, 1-1-1 NEC North

Previously No. 4

10. Somerville 

1-2-2, 1-0-1 NEC South

Previously No. 10

On the Rise: Everett (3-3, 0-1 NEC South) and Revere/Malden (0-5-1, 0-1-0 NEC South) 


Previous Polls: Week One 


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NEC High Schools: Girl’s Ice Hockey Top 5 Week Two Poll (Dec. 31st)

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By NEC High Schools | @NEC_HighSchools

It’s been a BUSY few weeks since our unveiling our initial Northeastern Conference (NEC) girl’s ice hockey poll two weeks ago, but now it is time to share our second top-five of the 2018-19 season, which finds Peabody/Lynnfield/North Reading in the top spot followed by Winthrop and Masconomet.

The Tanners moved-up two spots with an impressive 3-2 win over the Vikings on Saturday.

Prior to their one-goal victory over Winthrop, Peabody/Lynnfield/North Reading scored wins against Beverly/Danvers (5-2) and Ursuline Academy (4-3).

Medford/Malden remained the fourth position, while Marblehead continued to occupy the fifth spot.

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NEC High Schools: Girl’s Ice Hockey Week Two Poll (Dec. 31st, 2018)

1.Peabody/Lynnfield/ North Reading

5-1-1, 3-0-1

Previously No. 3

2. Winthrop 

4-1-0, 3-1

Previously No. 1

3. Masconomet

2-1-2, 2-0-2

Previously No. 2 

4. Medford/Malden 

2-3-1, 2-1-1

Previously No. 4

5. Marblehead 

1-4, 0-4

Previously No. 5

On the Rise: Beverly/Danvers (1-5, 0-4) 


Previous Polls: Week One Poll 


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Noontime Hoops Notebook: Emmanuel’s Yosinoff Becomes All-Time Winningest D3 Women’s Basketball Coach & More

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By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11 

It was an exciting day for Emmanuel College‘s Andy Yosinoff, who became the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in NCAA Division III, thanks to a 68-58 win over Ramapo College.

Yosinoff, who has been coaching at Emmanuel since 1978, entered today’s non-conference tilt tied with the University of Scranton‘s Mike Strong, who retired in October 2014 with 815 wins.

“You can’t set a record like this without a lot of great players, coaches and support staff,” said Yosinoff via today’s release. “This win isn’t about me, it’s about the program. It’s for every player that has worn a Saints uniform and contributed to where we are today. I’m just lucky to have been along for the ride and have amazing coaches and administrators at Emmanuel who support what I do year after year.”

Yosinoff has guided the Saints to 18 NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 2001 Final Four contest, along with a trio of Sweet Sixteen and two Elite Eight contests. Additionally, he has led the Blue and Gold to 15 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) crowns.

Manny Payton became the 20th member of the Framingham State men’s basketball program to reach 1,000 points yesterday during his team’s 66-57 setback to John Jay. The senior guard from Fitchburg netted a game-high 19 points on 7 of 16 shooting.

Clark University senior Sam O’Gara also eclipsed the 1,000-point mark yesterday, as well, by netting 17 points on 6 of 18 shooting, which helped the Cougars defeat Regis College, 70-65. O’Gara, who hails from Worcester, is now the 21st student-athlete in program history to net 1,000 points or more.

After falling 94-91 earlier this month to Salem State, the Gulls of Endicott College rebounded with back-to-back wins over Colby-Sawyer and Thomas CollegeKeith Brown highlighted his team’s win earlier today against the Terriers with a team-high 25 points, while Joe Shehadi added 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Both of Endicott’s games took place at Salem State, which was hosting a two-day, four-team holiday tournament.

The Babson College women’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to six games as the Beavers rolled past Salve Regina, 99-58, in the opening contest of the Judy Pearson ’85 Memorial Tournament. Nicole Hiller netted a career-high 16 points in the win, while Medfield’s Payton Ouimette added 15 points and nine rebounds.

Babson will face UMass Dartmouth in tomorrow’s championship game, which is scheduled to commence at 2 p.m. The Corsairs defeated St. Lawrence, 71-50, thanks to a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds from Nakira Examond. Examond, who hails from New Bedford, currently leads the Corsairs with 18.4 points per game.

Other notes from the weekend: 

  • Coach Jim Calhoun and the University of St. Joseph’s (Conn.) men’s basketball team capped its December slate with a 92-68 win over Salve Regina on Saturday. Three players, including Delshawn Jackson Jr. finished in double-figures.
  • MIT women’s basketball capped its December slate with an impressive 56-46 win over TCNJ on Saturday. The Engineers’ fifth-straight win was highlighted by Upton’s Kylie Gallagher, who led all MIT scorers with 12 points. TCNJ was held to just 19 field goals on 57 attempts.
  • After falling to Bowdoin College yesterday, the Wheaton College women’s basketball team bounced back with a 67-36 win over Cedar Crest to move to 6-5 overall. Wheaton jumped out to a 20-5 advantage after one quarter and never looked back. Sara McLeman highlighted her team’s win with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
  • The St. Joseph’s College (Maine) men’s basketball team extended its current winning streak to 10 games as the Monks outlasted Emmanuel College, 107-102, earlier this afternoon. Four St. Joseph players finished in double-figures, including Jack Casale, who finished with 31 points on 11 of 22 shooting. 

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D3 Hoops: 10 Games To Watch (Dec. 28-Dec. 31st)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

It’s FRIDAY, which means … (drum roll please) … it is NOW time for a brand new edition of 10 Games to Watch this weekend in New England D3 Hoops!

Yes, it has been a few weeks since our last 10 Games to Watch, but entering this weekend’s contests, we have predicted 12 of 20 contests correctly (two posts), so let’s see how we do this weekend. (Last time we made predictions, we finished 5-5.

As always, stay connected with @NoontimeSports and @Noontime_Hoops on Twitter for updates, scores and more!


Men’s Basketball 

Nichols College vs. Eastern Conn. (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 3 p.m.): The Bison enter the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic as the team to beat. Nichols has won nine-straight and should find a way to pick-up their 10th victory against the Warriors. The winner of this match-up will face either host Springfield College or Salisbury University on Sunday. PREDICTION: Nichols College

Endicott College vs. Colby-Sawyer (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 5 p.m.): This game certainly has potential to be a high-scoring affair. Keep an eye on Endicott’s Keith Brown and Colby-Sawer’s Patrick Coffey as both players should provide their respective unit with a boost on the offensive end. PREDICTION: Endicott College 

Salem State vs. Thomas College (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 7 p.m.): The Vikings scored an exciting win over Endicott earlier this month to provide the Blue and Orange with some momentum heading into their holiday tournament. Expect that momentum from their three-point win to continue against the Terriers. PREDICTION: Salem State 

WPI vs. Maryville (TN) (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 7 p.m.): It’s been a few weeks since we last saw these Engineers in action – they scored an 86-71 win over Husson University in their last outing. Sure, the game feels like ages ago, but one should expect coach Chris Bartley‘s squad will be ready for this particular contest, along with a potential championship contest, too, at this weekend’s Tampa Bay Shootout. PREDICTION: WPI 

Emmanuel College vs. St. Joseph’s (Maine) (Sunday, Dec. 30th at 3 p.m.): This early season GNAC clash has potential for an exciting finish as both teams enter the Catholic Classic Tournament with some momentum. The Saints have won four-straight, while the Monks haven’t lost since falling to Tufts University last month. Both teams will be in action Saturday with St. Joseph’s facing Rivier University, while Emmanuel will take on Regis College. PREDICTION: St. Joseph’s (Maine) 


Women’s Basketball

Trinity College vs. Lehman (Friday, Dec. 28th at 2 p.m.): The Bantams enter the CUNYAC Coaches v. Cancer Tournament with some momentum, which they earned earlier this month by defeating both Connecticut College and Stevens. As of this morning, four players on the Trinity roster, including Courtney Erickson, are averaging 10 points or more. PREDICTION: Trinity College 

TCNJ at MIT (Saturday, Dec. 29th at 2 p.m.): This will be a good test for the Engineers, who will resume NEWMAC play one week later when they visit Smith College. MIT has been rather successful this month, but so have the Lions of TCNJ, who enter the non-conference clash on a six-game winning streak. MIT is averaging 72.9 points per game, while TCNJ’s offense averages 66.5 points. PREDICTION: MIT 

Babson College vs. Salve Regina (Sunday, Dec. 30th at 1 p.m.): Babson will host the Judy Pearson ’85 Memorial Tournament on Sunday and Monday – we expect them to find a way past the Seahawks to secure a championship match-up against the winner of St. Lawrence-UMass Dartmouth. Babson enters the two-day tournament on a five-game winning streak. PREDICTION: Babson College 

UMass Dartmouth vs. St. Lawrence (Sunday, Dec. 30th at 3 p.m.): As noted above, this will be one of four games taking place at Babson College on Sunday and Monday, but this is certainly an enticing match-up. Since falling to Bowdoin College, the Corsairs have rebounded with two important wins over Keene State and Johnson & Wales. PREDICTION: UMass Dartmouth 

Bates College vs. Springfield College (Monday, Dec. 31st at 1 p.m.): The Pride will attempt to defend their Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic championship when they host the Bobcats of Bates College on the first day of their holiday tournament. The winner of this match-up will face either Newbury College or Vassar College on Tuesday. PREDICTION: Springfield College 

Catching Up with Jackson Thiebes of Endicott College Men’s Rugby

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Endicott College’s Jackson Thiebes became the first student-athlete in men’s rugby history to sign a contract with the with the New England Free Jacks of Major League Rugby. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mike Connors)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeRugby 

Earlier this month, Jackson Thiebes became the first-ever Endicott College men’s rugby player to ink his name on a professional contract with the New England Free Jacks of Major League Rugby (MLR).

The Montana native led the Gulls to an 11-0 record this fall, along with a pair of championships, too. Endicott defeated Salve Regina in both the CCRC Championship and NSCRO Northeast Regional Championship by a combined score of 109-27.

Theibes, who is currently a grad student at Endicott College, earned a trio of postseason awards, including the NSCRO Northeast Region Championship Most Valuable Player and NSCRO Men’s 15s All-Star Championship Impact Player (Northeast).

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Theibes to discuss the exciting news about joining the New England Free Jacks, who will begin competing in the MRL in 2020.

What’s your first memory of the sport? How did you get involved with rugby? 

My first memory of rugby was playing with my three older brothers and cousins from England. My cousins taught my brothers and I both rugby and cricket, while visiting us in Montana.

Did you play rugby in high school or with a club team? 

I started playing rugby for coach Dave Kenkel my junior year of high school with the Kalispell Black and Blue, which is a club program. Unfortunately, my high school doesn’t have a rugby program (currently), but the popularity of the sport is continuing to spread throughout the state of Montana.

What interested you in playing rugby at Endicott? Additionally, did you imagine your team would enjoy a very successful 2018 campaign, which included both a CCRC and NSCRO Championship? 

After I graduated from University of Montana, coach Kenkel contacted me about playing rugby at Endicott College. At the time, I was trying to extend my football career beyond Montana – I was training in California and Atlanta at our school’s pro day – but did not catch the eye of a single scout, so I reconnected with coach Kenkel to begin the application process to attend Endicott’s graduate program.

As for our squad this year, they were truly unselfish and played for each other. The freshmen were enthusiastic and ready to learn, while our upperclassmen had high expectations (for the 2018 season). The (upperclassmen) were great leaders.

What interested you continuing to play rugby at the professional level with the New England Free Jacks? 

I fell in love with rugby again by coming to Endicott and playing for coach Kenkel. My teammates and coaches on the Free Jacks have been amazing (thus far). They push each other to play your best and compete everyday.

How much have you followed the MRL and what do you think of the league’s current growth/expansion? 

The 2019 season will be starting next month and should be even better than it was during its inaugural season this year.  I think the league’s expansion is great for the sport, especially for young athletes across the country that want to learn more about rugby, while having a local team to root for, as well.

What does it mean to become the first member of the men’s rugby program at Endicott to sign a professional contract?

It’s a great honor.  I wanted to become a professional football player, but life has a way of closing doors and opening new ones, so signing a professional contract with the Free Jacks wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for my experience here at Endicott, along with my teammates and coaches.


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