Clark’s Paul Phillips To Retire After 2018-19 Season

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By Matt Nooonan | @MattNoonan11

Clark University men’s basketball coach Paul Phillips announced late Wednesday evening that he will be retiring at the conclusion of his team’s 2018-19 season.

Phillips, who is in his 21st season with the Cougars, enters his team’s current holiday break with a career record of 438-360, which includes wins from his previous stop at Anna Maria College.

The Cougars’ long-time bench boss has guided the Red and White to 273 wins since arriving on campus prior to the start of the 1996-97 campaign, which is the most wins by any coach in the Clark men’s basketball program history. Additionally, Phillips has led the Cougars to four New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular season and conference tournament championships, along with five appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Clark last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2010.

As of Thursday morning, Phillips has guided his current squad to four wins, including a pair of recent victories earlier this month against Framingham State and Regis College.

Clark, which sits at 4-5 overall, is off until Saturday, December 29th when they host Curry College on the opening day of the Clark Basketball Holiday Classic.

In a statement last night to the media, which was also seen through the Clark athletic website, Phillips said he has been “contemplating” his retirement for “for quite a while,” but feels its best to walk away after his team’s current season concludes.

“I truly appreciate everything that Clark has done for me and everything that the institution has allowed me to do,” Phillips said in last night’s press release. “I will miss the student-athletes the most, but will also miss the action and camaraderie that is developed on and off the court.”

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Paul Phillips is currently the all-time winningest coach in Clark University men’s basketball program history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin)

Phillips was tabbed the 1999-2000 NEWMAC Coach of the Year, while earning the Paul N. Johnson Memorial Award from Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) in 2016.

Prior to his arrival at Clark, Phillips enjoyed a successful 10-year stint (1986-96) with the Anna Maria men’s basketball program, which included six Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crowns, along an appearance in the 1995-96 NCAA Division III Tournament’s ‘Sweet Sixteen.’

Phillips’ 1995-96 AMCATs squad set the program’s current record for most wins (25) in a singles-season, which was almost matched by the 2012-13 squad that finished its season with 21 victories.


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D3 Football Fan Vote: Anna Maria Tabbed Team of The Week

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

After earning an exciting 31-24 victory over Castleton University last Saturday, the Anna Maria College football team picked up an additional win on Monday when they were selected as this week’s Noontime Sports New England D3 Football Team of the Week.

The New England D3 Football Team of the Week is decided by a Twitter poll, which was (and will continue to be) seen on Sunday and Monday through @NoontimeSports.

Anna Maria was one of four teams nominated for this week’s honor, along with Amherst College, University of New England and Westfield State. The AMCATs edged the Nor’easters by four points as they collected 38 percent of the vote, while UNE earned 34 percent. Amherst earned (24 percent), while Westfield State (four percent) finished last. 361 people voted in this week’s poll.

Following a disappointing setback one week earlier to Gallaudet University, the AMCATs rebounded by erasing a 17-0 deficit in the opening frame, thanks to four touchdowns from first-year quarterback Alex Cohen. Cohen tossed three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 1:24 remaining in the final session.

Castleton attempted to answer on the ensuing possession, but saw their drive conclude at the Anna Maria 38-yard line. Cohen and the offense would return to the field to take a knee before celebrating their initial victory of the season.

Cohen concluded the game with a career and season-best 26 completions, 314 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. Additionally, he also rushed for a career-best 32 yards on 12 carries, while recording his first rushing touchdown, as well.

In addition to Cohen, Anna Maria received contributions from sophomore defensive back Swavaugh Smalls (eight total tackles, including six solo stops and two tackles for a loss of five yards) and classmate Marcelino Da Veiga, a wide receiver, that finished the game with a team-high six grabs for 79 yards and one touchdown.

Anna Maria is off this week, but returns to action next Saturday, October 20th when they visit Husson University for a 1:00 p.m. kick-off.


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Football Friday Notebook: Pats Trump The Eagles, News From D3 Football

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s Friday … Let’s Go!

We kickstart a brand new weekend with another edition of the Football Friday Notebook with loads of links from around the web about the New England Patriots to local high school football starting today/this weekend.

Have a great weekend, everyone, and make sure to circle back for more local football content over the next few days because football is officially back!


Noontime Rewind: What we posted this week

*  We caught-up earlier this week with WPI place kicker and punter Spencer Herrington to chat about kicking, last season’s success and his all-time favorite kicker, who happens to be Robbie Gould

* We recently posted a brand new Football Friday Podcast with Dan Mulrooney of Anna Maria College. Coach Mulrooney is eager to ‘Ring the Bell’ with a young group that is excited to get after it this season! 


New England Patriots & Pro Football Links 

* From the New York PostTom Brady looks ready to go for the upcoming season. And we think so, too! 

It took only six months, but Tom Brady and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles finally shook hands

* From Pro Football Talk: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed content with his lone preseason series drive.  

* Interesting story, but it seems like Madonna will open a a football academy in Malawi


New England College and High School Links

From the Lynn ItemPaul McGonagle is ready to lead Endicott College football this fall. 

From the Salem NewsErik Bell becomes the newest members of the Endicott football program as the team forms a partnership with Team IMPACT

* From the Worcester T&G: Nick Ostrowski has translated his hard work to the gridiron with the WPI Engineers’ football team. 

Earlier this week, veteran sports reporter Tom Haley shared some notes on the Castleton University football program

Husson University will have some coaches on its staff this fall that have some familiarity with the Eagles’ football program. 

* Finally, in honor of the start of high school football here in Massachusetts, check out the Boston Heralds‘ 13th Annual Preseason All-Star Team


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Anna Maria’s Rapoza Receives Praise From Bob Ryan On Around The Horn

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On Tuesday, Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza went a perfect 18-for-18 from the floor, while netting a career-high 42 points against Mount Ida. (PHOTO CREDIT: Anna Maria College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Following a monstrous performance two nights ago against Mount Ida College, Anna Maria College’s Mike Rapoza received some love from Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan at the conclusion of last night’s (Wednesday, Feb. 14th) Around the Horn on ESPN.

Ryan, who has been covering basketball for nearly five decades, praised Rapoza – not just for converting all 18 of his field goals, but for “posting up, kicking butt and making every shot.”

“Way to go, Mike Rapoza,” he said with a fist pump. “You da’ man!”

Rapoza’s 18-for-18 performance was a Division III record, but also helped the AMCATs secure a spot in the upcoming Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament, which begins next week.

Anna Maria returns to the hardwood on Saturday, February 17 when they host Emmanuel College with tip-off scheduled for 12 p.m.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 11 (Tuesday, Feb. 13th)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


Mrgan ODonnellWomen’s Player of the Week: Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Jr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell did a bit of everything in a 1-1 week for Assumption, averaging 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 73.3 percent from the floor. The junior opened the week with 10 points, six rebounds and three assists in a tight loss to Saint Anselm. O’Donnell rebounded with a career-high 24 points, ten rebounds, three assists and two blocks in an 11-point win over Saint Michael’s.


MIKAELA MITCHELL ROW1205Women’s Rookie of the WeekMikaela Mitchell (Fitchburg State | Fr. | Millbury, Mass.): Mitchell averaged 13 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block per game in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. Netted 21 points, seven boards, one steal and one block in an 81-76 win over MCLA on Thursday before adding five points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in a 61-54 triumph against Worcester State on Saturday.


In The News

Clark University recently dedicated a bench outside the Kneller Center in honor of Pat Oroszko ’03 on Saturday – more information from last year’s fundraising kickoff

Kathy Cushing, a Worcester State University grad, as well as the wife of Don Cushing (WSU ’66), the former Nichols Coach, sadly passed away.


Women’s Honor Roll

Kristina Russo (Anna Maria College | Sr. | South Windsor, Conn.): Russo averaged 16.5 points and six rebounds in a pair of games last week, while tallying three assists, two steals and one block. She began the week with 19 points in a 79-57 setback to Johnson & Wales – she connected on seven of 23 shots from the field, including three of 11 attempts from beyond the arc. A few days later against Rivier, she tallied 14 points, while pulling down seven caroms.

Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Jr. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy had another strong week for the Hawks, averaging 13.7 points and 11.0 rebounds over three games. This performance included a 22-point outburst in Becker’s 50-38 victory over Lesley on Monday.

Ogechi Ezemma (Clark University | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): Ezemma put up 30 points in a 1-1 week for the Cougars. She had 11 points to go along with nine rebounds in an overtime win over Springfield on Thursday. She posted 19 points, nine rebounds, and two steals in a setback to WPI on Saturday.

Michaela McTomney (Fitchburg State | Sr. | Bellingham, Mass.): McTomney averaged a double-double of 13 points and 11.5 rebounds as well as 2.5 assists, three steals and 0.5 blocks per game in a 2-0 week for the Green and Gold. She posted a double-double of 13 points and 17 boards to go along with four assists, two steals and a block in an 81-76 win over MCLA on Thursday before adding eight points, six boards, one assist and four steals in a 61-54 triumph against Worcester State on Saturday.

Kaitlyn Berkel (Worcester State | Jr. | Waterford, Conn.): Berkel averaged a double-double in the week for the Lancers.  The junior posted a 17 point, 10 rebound effort against regional power UMass Dartmouth in a non-conference action.  In MASCAC play, Berkel paced the Lancers with a 10 point, 13 rebound game against Fitchburg.

Madison Beck (WPI | Sr. | Syracuse, N.Y.): Beck averaged eight points and 5.5 rebounds, but more importantly recorded five blocks and four steals, in a 2-0 week for the Engineers. One of the steals preceded a pair of successful free throws to seal a key 52-43 triumph at Babson. The senior finished with 10 points against the Beavers before notching nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals at Clark.