Get In The Game: What You Can Expect From Our Noontime Coverage This Fall

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Happy Wednesday, Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) fans!

It’s an exciting time these days – not just because football has returned – but our site has been updated with some new features, including an easy way to join our email list (you can sign-up on the right side of the screen if you’re on a laptop or tablet or at the bottom of the page on mobile).

Additionally, we have introduced a brand-new podcast for the upcoming football season – Football Friday – which has been a great addition to our New England D3 coverage. We have had some great guests thus far – thank you to those that have taken the time to join us! – and will have more interviews with coaches, student-athletes and media members before, during and after the season, so make sure to circle back every Friday for a new show.

Quick ‘Football Friday’ Plug for this week (Aug. 9th): There will be now show this week, but we will return next week after a quick (and brief) one-week hiatus! 

In addition to a brand new looking site and podcast, we will also unveil some new content this season (and school year). Most of this content you may or may not have seen in the past, but it will include longer-form features on student-athletes, coaches and teams, more videos, including a weekly Facebook Live Show, and new guests for Noontime Sports the Podcast. 

We will also expand our reach (or audience, technically), adding some Division I and II coverage in New England, and we may even sprinkle in some high school stories, too.

All in all, the biggest goal going forward for our site (and social network channels) is to produce unique and engaging content for you, the reader (and fan). We want to shed a different light on a player, and perhaps a play or series from a game. We want to take you inside the minds of some of your favorite programs – perhaps some film studies or a day in a life? – while producing content that you won’t always see on national or local site.

And as we begin to embark on an exciting new chapter, we want to hear from you, the fans and readers. We want to know what you think, as well as what you want to read and view, both here on our site and social media channels, too. Send us an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com or connect with us on social media (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube).

All in all, this is an exciting time for our site and I am really looking forward to providing unique and engaging content this upcoming school year!

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Introducing The Football Friday Podcast

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

As we inch closer toward a brand new season of New England Division III football, I am excited to announce some new content for our site called Football Friday, a weekly podcast that will feature interviews with coaches and student-athletes, as well as local media members, too.

These weekly podcasts will be posted on our site’s newest page – that would be the Football Friday page, to be exact!

Football Friday officially kicked-off today as I was joined by Dan Mulrooney, who is a first-year head coach at Anna Maria College. Mulrooney and I discussed his initial head coaching gig, as well as his football journey, which began in Connecticut.

Stay connected with Noontime Sports by following us on Twitter, becoming a fan on Facebook and subscribing to our YouTube Channel TODAY! 

New England D3 Football: Players To Watch In The ECFC In 2017

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Wednesday, Noontime Sports fans, which means it’s time to highlight another New England Division III football conference to watch this season.

This week, we’re highlighting the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), an eight-team league that features squads from New England, as well as outside the region, too. All eight teams were represented on our ‘Players to Watch’ list below.

Prior to this week’s ECFC Players to Watch post, we highlighted the following conferences:

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) 

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) 

Make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports this football season by following us on Twitter, becoming a fan of our blog on Facebook and subscribing to our YouTube channel TODAY!

OFFENSE 

Cory Brandon

Husson

Quarterback 

John Smith

Husson

Runningback 

DJ Allen

Husson

Tight End 

Timel Benton

Gallaudet

Quarterback 

Dylan Mento

Gallaudet

Wide Receiver 

Lawrence Watson

Gallaudet

Wide Receiver 

Thomas Wright

Maritime (N.Y.)

Quarterback 

Matt Ward

Maritime (N.Y.)

Runningback 

Vincent Iaquinta

Anna Maria 

Tight End 

Mar-Keise Jones

Alfred State 

Runningback 

Moe Harris

Castleton 

Runningback 

Ryan Barry 

Castleton

Wide Receiver 

Travis O’Brien

Mount Ida 

Runningback 

Mike Elsey

Mount Ida 

Wide Receiver 

Nick Hewitt

Mount Ida 

Wide Receiver 

David Curry

Dean 

Wide Receiver 

DEFENSE 

Luke Washburn

Husson

Defensive Line 

Jean Gabriel

Husson

Defensive Back

Elvin Suazo, Jr. 

Husson

Defensive End 

Louie Akuffo

Gallaudet 

Defensive Back 

Mason Gooch

Gallaudet

Linebacker 

Jamie Cumberbatch

Gallaudet

Defensive Back

Solomon Worthey

Gallaudet

Defensive End 

Wesley Joseph

Maritime (N.Y.)

Defensive Line

Kendal Parker 

Maritime (N.Y.)

Linebacker 

Nick Conte

Maritime (N.Y.) 

Defensive Back

Jarius Ransom

Anna Maria

Linebacker 

Brandon Davis 

Alfred State 

Linebacker 

Jakob Trautwein

Castleton 

Linebacker 

Bubba Collins

Castleton

Defensive End 

Mike Obianigwe

Mount Ida 

Defensive Line 

Malik Webb

Dean 

Defensive Back

 

#FootballFriday: Best Tweets Of The Week

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Endicott College’s football team highlighted another week of great social media posts!(PHOTO CREDIT: Kiana DelViscovo)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Before you officially go on ‘weekend-mode,’ take a quick break to enjoy some of the best college football tweets of the week. And as seen above, the Endicott College football team highlighted our ‘best tweets of the week’ with an awesome video of their 2017 schedule.

We will certainly pay a visit to ‘the nest’ this season – maybe more than once, Endicott fans! – so stay tuned. For more on the Gulls’ 2017 schedule, HOP HERE.

Our blog’s friend, Logan Hansen, has high hopes for the Dean College Bulldogs this season. This will be the squad’s initial season of NCAA Division III play.

Dean kicks-off its 2017 slate with a visit from Husson on Saturday, September 9. The game will commence at 12 p.m. We certainly look forward to seeing the Bulldogs in-action this season.

Now, let’s dish out some ‘in-case-you-missed-it’ tweets from the past few days …

Finally, this tweet is more than a few days old, but certainly gets us excited for WPI’s upcoming season. Great photo, Coach!

Stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Also, subscribe to our YouTube channel. And if you have a great story idea or feature, send us an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com. 

#FootballFriday: Recapping Our Weekly Poll (Week One Games to Watch!)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Friday, Noontime Sports Fans! And a happy (first-ever) Football Friday to you all, too.

In honor of the upcoming football season – professional, college and high school – Noontime Sports will get you set for a weekend of football (or no football, in this case!) with a blog post and podcast on some news and notes from the New England football world.

This week, our initial ‘news and notes’ post revolves around our Twitter poll from earlier this week, which asked you, the fans, the following question: What week one D3 Football game are you most excited for?

The four options were the following:

  • Castleton at Plymouth State
  • Framingham State at Endicott
  • Union at Husson
  • Springfield at Western New England

Here are the results from our blog’s Twitter handle (@NoontimeSports) poll:

So, as you can see from our poll (ABOVE!), fans are quite excited for the Castleton-Plymouth State game, which will take place this season in New Hampshire. The game is scheduled to commence at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 2.

Last year, the Panthers defeated the Spartans for the first time since September 2010. It was also the Green and White’s initial opening day win since September 2011.

Quarterback Zach Edwards highlighted his team’s opening day outing, tossing one touchdown, while concluding the game with 157 passing yards. Blair Zentek recorded a pair of interceptions in the win. Plymouth State overcame a one-point (7-6) deficit at the break en route to their fist of six wins last season.

Prior to last season’s opening victory, Castleton had defeated Plymouth State in its 2015 season-opener, 21-10.

We will certainly have more on both teams closer to the start of the 2017 season, along with more polls on Twitter, too.

Make sure to follow Noontime Sports on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as check-out our YouTube channel, too! Have a story idea or potential feature? Let us know by sending us an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com. 

Let The #CountdownToKickoff2017 Begin!

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It’s officially summer – well, not technically, but in 20 days it will be the initial day of summer.

Here at Noontime Sports, though, we have begun the ‘summer-transition’ as we begin to turn the page to the 2017-18 school year.

Yes, we’re already beginning the countdown to another year of coverage, but don’t worry, we’ll enjoy this ‘slow-period’ of news for a bit. And we hope you do, too!

And while we anxiously await the start of camps, we’ll begin producing a few blog posts over the next few weeks (and months) on teams (and players) to watch this season, along with thoughts on schedules, too.  We’ll also produce some podcasts, too – yes, the Noontime Sports Podcast will be returning soon, so stay tuned!

As we get closer to the start of the 2017 season, we’ll unveil our initial Noontime Sports Top 10 Preseason Poll on Twitter, along with our first-ever Top 20 Teams to Watch in 2017. We’ll also post our Noontime Sports Preseason Team in August.

All in all, we’re excited to bring you another season of college football coverage and look forward to staying connected throughout the summer. Remember to follow us on Twitter and become a fan of our blog on Facebook.

New England D3 Football: What Teams To Watch In 2017?

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Sure, football season seems like a ways off, especially with next weekend being Memorial Day Weekend.

Yet, before we know it, another season of New England D3 Football will be back!

As promised – I mentioned it a few times on Twitter this week – below are the teams I will be watching this upcoming season in all five conferences.

Let me know what you think – do you agree or disagree? If so, send me a tweet or email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com. And make sure to follow us on Twitter (@NoontimeSports) and Facebook!

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC): Western New England will once again be the favorite, but who challenges the Golden Bears? Three teams: EndicottNichols and Salve Regina. One other team to keep an eye on is Curry College.

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)Husson University will be the ‘team-to-beat or watch this fall, however, who challenges the Eagles? My thoughts: Castleton State and SUNY Maritime. One other team to watch would be Dean College.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC): Bridgewater State should be the favorite, especially after rebounding from a slow start. Yet, who challenges the Bears for the conference crown? My thoughts: Fitchburg StateFramingham StatePlymouth State and UMass Dartmouth.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)This conference produced an exciting final few weeks of football. And now that every team will play each other, it should be interesting to see what squad can take down the favorite, which is Trinity College. And while the Bantams maybe the favorite, don’t overlook the following: Tufts UniversityMiddlebury College and Wesleyan College. One other team that could contend for the crown is Amherst College, which concluded its season with a convincing win over an up-and-coming Williams College squad.

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC): Springfield College has to be the favorite heading into a brand new league, but keep an eye on WPI and Norwich University. All three should be in the mix for the inaugural NEWMAC title, but don’t overlook Merchant Marine Academy.