#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!

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#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.

Noontime Sports 2016 Year In Review

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Ah, the final day of 2016 has arrived.

And just like past years, it’s time to revisit some of our favorite stories from the past 12 months.

Yet, unlike past years, this year’s ‘year in review’ is made-up of a variety of stories from ‘Catching Up’ to features on the Amherst College and Endicott College football programs to Wheaton women’s basketball providing Coach Melissa Hodgdon with her 200th win as a head coach.

I also made sure to highlight a few podcasts from the past few months – yes, Noontime Sports the Podcast returned this summer and I am super excited to host the 16th episode, which will be posted later next week.

So, sit back, relax, and re-read or listen to some of our biggest posts from 2016, and have a wonderful and safe Happy New Year!

See you in 2017!

Dan Mulrooney Tabbed Anna Maria College Football Coach

Former WPI defensive coordinator Dan Mulrooney was recently named the next Anna Maria football coach. (PHOTO CREDIT: WPI Athletics)

Former WPI defensive coordinator Dan Mulrooney was recently named the next Anna Maria football coach. (PHOTO CREDIT: WPI Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

A “new culture” is set to begin at Anna Maria College as Athletic Director Serge DeBari announced yesterday that Dan Mulrooney would become the next football coach of the AMCATs football program.

“He is a hardworking football coach with a great attitude looking for an opportunity to develop high character student-athletes on and off the field,” DeBari said in the athletic department’s release.

Mulrooney comes to Paxton, Massachusetts following an impressive three-year stint with the WPI football team as the defensive coordinator. Mulrooney helped the Engineers enjoy a pair of winning seasons (2015 & 2016), while improving the defense every year.

A Division I safety and tailback, Mulrooney competed for both Boston College and Stony Brook – he concluded his career as Seawolves’ leading tackler in 2011, while earning Big South Defensive Newcomer of the Year.

Mulrooney hails from Waterbury, Connecticut and competed for Holy Cross High School where he earned a pair of all-state accolades, while guiding his squad to two state titles.

Said Mulrooney, “I am an enthusiastic, dedicated, hardworking coach, who strives to develop student-athletes to reach their maximum potential.”

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 14 (James Baker | In The HuddLLe)

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By NoontimeSports (@NoontimeSports

In honor of the NCAA Division III Football Tournament, which kicks-off this weekend, Noontime Sports the Podcast welcomed back James Baker, who is one of the co-hosts of In The HuddLLe – yes, two ‘L’s’ – to discuss the first round of the playoffs.

Baker and host Matt Noonan discussed the ‘Alfred’ section of the tournament tree, primarily the Saxons’ game against Bridgewater State, Western New England hosting Husson and Hobart drawing perennial powerhouse Mount Union.

In addition to some NCAA Tournament talk, Noonan and Baker also discussed the inaugural New England Football Bowl, which takes place this Saturday (Salve Regina versus Framingham State), and the final week of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) football season, too.

Make sure to follow Baker and co-host Frank Rossi on Twitter!