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

GITG Matt Noonan

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!

Stay connected with Matt Noonan on social media, follow him on Twitter (@MattNoonan11) and Instagram (@MattNoonan11). Matt is also on Snapchat, you can add him by typing in the following username: NoontimeSports. And if you want to email Matt, you can reach him at MatthewJNoonan@gmail.com. 

Introducing The Football Friday Podcast

Football Friday NEW

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 MASCAC In 2017

Players to Watch Noontime

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

We’re inching closer to a brand new season of New England D3 Football and to get you even more excited for kick-off, we’re introducing a brand new Wednesday series where we highlight players to watch this upcoming season.

We’ll get things started with the players we’ll be watching this season in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)!

Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, as well as subscribe to our YouTube channel, too! 

OFFENSE

Malik Garrett 

Bridgewater State 

Running Back 

Alex McLaughlin

Bridgewater State 

Running Back 

Travis Bassett 

Bridgewater State 

Wide Receiver 

Jesse Brown

Fitchburg State 

Wide Receiver 

Adam Wojenski

Framingham State 

Quarterback 

Quron Wright

Framingham State 

Running Back 

Napoleon Miller

Framingham State 

Wide Receiver 

Stephen Beahn

Framingham State 

Wide Receiver 

Richie Phillips 

Mass. Maritime 

Running Back 

Eddie Sheridan

UMass Dartmouth 

Running Back 

Abbi Bamgbose

UMass Dartmouth 

Wide Receiver 

Mitch Banuskevich

Plymouth State 

Running Back 

Quinn Fleeting

Western Conn. 

Quarterback 

Kyle McKinnon

Western Conn.

Running Back 

Jawad Chisholm

Western Conn.

Wide Receiver 

Travon Holder

Westfield State 

Running Back

DEFENSE

Charles McCarthy

Bridgewater State 

Linebacker 

Olubiyi Ojo

Bridgewater State 

Linebacker

Cyrick Watford

Fitchburg State 

Defensive End 

Anthony Bednarz

Fitchburg State 

Defensive End 

Thomas Burns 

Framingham State 

Defensive Back 

Svenn Jacobson

Framingham State 

Linebacker 

Campbell Marchant

Framingham State 

Defensive Line

Brian Donahue 

Framingham State 

Linebacker 

Kenny Kern

Mass. Maritime 

Linebacker 

Marvey Mathurin

UMass Dartmouth

Linebacker

Tony Slaughter 

UMass Dartmouth

Defensive Back 

Joe Esposito

Plymouth State 

Defensive Tackle 

Kevin Maxen

Western Conn.

Linebacker 

Kenneth Marshall

Westfield State 

Defensive End 

John Ollari

Westfield State 

Linebacker 

Samuel Weeks

Worcester State 

Defensive Line

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

FF Main LOGO

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. 

The Noontime Friday Rewind: June 2nd

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Happy Friday and a happy (early) weekend, everyone!

Noontime Sports is pleased to unveil its first-ever ‘Friday-Rewind,’ a look back at our various posts (and news) from the week.

Consider this a recap of the week’s news – or technically, an in-case-you-missed-it! 

So, what did we blog about this week?

Let’s begin with the Coast Guard Academy football team, which unveiled its 2017 slate earlier this week. The Bears, who are coming off a 3-7 campaign, will look to commence its new season on a high note when they host Alfred State at the end of August.

On Thursday – yesterday, to be exact – we unveiled our very early preseason college football coverage plan, which includes some blogs on team’s schedules and podcasts.

If you have an idea for a possible story or additional ways we can improve our early season coverage of New England Division III football, let us know by sending us an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com. You can also send me a tweet on Twitter (@MattNoonan11). 

We concluded Thursday with an early look – and yes, a few thoughts – on the Bridgewater State football schedule, which features a pair of non-conference tilts in the first two weeks. The Bears will open its 2017 campaign at Buffalo State before entertaining Endicott College one week later.

Finally – this is a REAL in-case-you-missed-it from last month – but if you want to know what teams we’ll be eyeballing this coming season, then check-out my post on ‘What teams to Watch in 2017?’

That’s a wrap on a fun week of blogging (and coverage), have a great weekend, everyone, and be kind to each other, too!

Make sure to follow Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter, as well as become a fan of our blog on LinkedIn. You can also find us on YouTube, too! 

Previewing The 2017 Bridgewater State Football Schedule

Bridgewater State College
Bridgewater State head coach Joe Verria and the Bears will begin their 2017 campaign on Saturday, September 2nd at Buffalo State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bridgewater State University Office of Sports Information)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The defending Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) champions will host five games this season at Bridgewater State University, while making the trek to five institutions, including Buffalo State in week one.

Bridgewater State, which has unveiled its 2017 slate on its athletic department’s website, will play its initial home game on Saturday, September 9th when the Bears entertain Endicott College with kickoff scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

The Gulls and Bears last met in 2012 with Bridgewater State claiming a 20-14 win in BridgewaterMike McCarthy highlighted the contest with a pair of rushing scores – he concluded the game with 144 rushing yards on 20 carries.

Bridgewater State won nine games in 2012 and competed in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament against Widener.

Following a pair of non-conference clashes, the Bears will hop into league play with a ‘Friday Night’ clash with Framingham State University. Last season, Malik Garrett highlighted his team’s dramatic (and exciting) win over the Rams as he rushed for a pair of scores, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime, which helped the Bears lock-up the conference crown.

Bridgewater State will close out the opening month with a visit to Fitchburg State (Saturday, September 23rd) and a home date against Westfield State (Saturday, September 30th).

The Bears will visit a pair of squads in October, beginning with Plymouth State on Saturday, October 7th followed by a trip to UMass Dartmouth (Oct. 13th). Bridgewater State beat both squads last season, but needed two overtimes to top the Panthers in Bridgewater.

Bridgewater State will host Western Connecticut on Saturday, October 21st as part of the school’s ‘Homecoming Weekend’ before capping its regular season with back-to-back November tilts against Worcester State (Nov. 4th) and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Nov. 11th).

For more on the Bears’ football team/program — HOP HERE

PROGRAM NOTE: We’ll have more on the Bears as we get closer to the start of the 2017 football season. 

Let The #CountdownToKickoff2017 Begin!

Noontime FB Countdown2017

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.