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Catching Up With Sara Binkhorst (Wheaton Women’s Basketball)

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Sara Binkhorst was named the new Wheaton College women’s basketball coach last month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brown University Athletics) 

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Sara Binkhorst is excited about her new job – she was recently named the new head coach of the Wheaton College women’s basketball program last month.

“I couldn’t be more excited,” said Binkhorst when asked about becoming the eighth head coach in program history.

“From the moment I stepped onto campus (as a candidate for the women’s basketball head coaching role) I was welcomed by the Wheaton community and the supportive (athletic) department, so I really am looking forward to all the things to come.”

Binkhorst arrives in Norton, Massachusetts after a successful four-year stint as an assistant coach with the Brown University women’s basketball program where she helped the Bears capture a pair of Ocean State Tip-Off Tournaments in 2017 and 2018 while assisting the squad to a spot in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament in 2017.

With Binkhorst, the Bears finished above.500 three times, including this past winter, while also competing in the 2017 Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI) where they defeated the University of Maryland Baltimore County (81-75) in the opening round before falling to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (87-84).

Binkhorst speaks fondly of her time at Brown, including what she learned from head coach Sarah Behn, who welcomed her to the coaching staff a few months after she graduated Bowdoin College.

Said Binkhors, “I will always be grateful for Sarah Behn for taking a chance on me (as a recent college graduate) and developing me (into the coach I have become). Brown was an unbelievable experience and it definitely helped me prepare (myself) for what I am excited to do at Wheaton.”

Being able to coach the Lyons will certainly bring back some fond memories of competing for the Polar Bears from 2011-2015 for Binkhorst, who flourished under the direction of current Bowdoin head coach Adrienne Shibles. As a member of the Bowdoin women’s basketball program, Binkhorst earned a pair of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) first-team honors while also being named the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) Player of the Year in 2015.

In 2015, Binkhorst guided the Polar Bears to the NCAA quarterfinals – she averaged 14.4 points and 3.1 assists per game that season – and also became the 14th player in program history to net 1,000 points in her final regular-season contest against Tufts University.

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“Brown was an unbelievable experience,” Binkhorst said when discussing her past four seasons as an assistant with the Bears women’s basketball team. (Photo Courtesy: Brown University Athletics)

Noontime Sports recently spoke with Binkhorst to discuss her excitement for coaching Division III basketball, as well as what she will be doing over the next few months to prepare the Lyons for a successful 2019-20 campaign.

On becoming a D-III coach: “I am a true believer in a Division III experience. I played at Bowdoin and had an unbelievable experience playing for one of the greatest coaches, Adrienne Shibles, so I am a firm believer in what Division III promotes between the balance of athletics and academics. I love Division III and wanted to get into coaching after I graduated from Bowdoin (in 2015), and was extremely fortunate that I landed at Brown. I learned so much from that experience, including how to recruit high-academic student-athletes, which is similar to the type of students I competed with at Bowdoin.

I (always) knew I wanted to become a head coach (after I graduated Bowdoin), and I wanted to return to the Division III world, (so landing at Wheaton is a dream come true).  It is an unbelievable school that competes in a really competitive Division III conferences – I think (the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) is one of the best in New England. Additionally, knowing the possibility of how to recruit regionally and nationally to a school like Wheaton is very exciting.

On competing in the NEWMAC: So, we competed against a few schools in the NEWMAC when I was playing for Bowdoin, but I have a great deal of respect for the conference and coaches. I feel really humbled and honored to be taking over a program to compete in the NEWMAC against some unbelievable coaches that have great traditions of success. I think the Wheaton program will continue to work hard to establish itself as one of the premier programs in the NEWMAC and we’ll obviously begin (this process) once we convene on campus this fall.

I am really looking forward to our first day of practice, being in the gym with our team and start competing, so we can (reach our goal) of becoming a championship program.

On preparations for the upcoming season: First and foremost, (the most important goal) is getting to know the women on our team. I have been able to have some great conversations with all the women on our team – I look forward to continuing (our dialogues) this summer, too – but I am really looking forward to getting to know our players and build relationships with them.

When everyone is on campus, I look forward to getting together and discussing the culture that we’re going to build collectively.


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NBA Announces Dates For Bucks-Celtics Series (Round Two)

CelticsLogo_History-1By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Days after securing a first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers, the Boston Celtics learned today that Sunday, April 28th will be the first day of their second-round series with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Milwaukee, which also secured a first-round sweep over the Detroit Pistons, will host the Celtics on Sunday, April 28th and Tuesday, April 30th in games one and two. Game one is scheduled to tip-off at 2 p.m., while no time has been announced for the second contest.

Boston will be the host for the third and fourth games, which will take place Friday, May 3rd and Monday, May 6th.

Game five (if necessary) will be held in Milwaukee, while Boston will be the site for game six (again, if needed).

Game seven will take place in Milwaukee – again if needed –  but similar to game two, no times for games two through seven have been listed.

The winner of this second-round series will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals against the winner of Philadelphia 76ers-Toronto Raptors. Both Philadelphia and Toronto needed five games, respectively, to secure first-round wins over the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic.

We’ll have more on the Celtics’ second-round series later this week on Noontime Sports, but make sure to stay connected with us on social media by following and liking us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

D3 Hoops: The 2018-19 All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Team

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another exciting season of New England D3 basketball has concluded, which means it is time to unveil our end of the year All-Noontime Teams, along with our Coach, Rookie, and Player of the Year, too.

This year’s All-Noontime Team was assembled by our Noontime Basketball committee, which is made up of coaches, media members, and athletic communication directors.

As always, make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports basketball coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_Hoops. 


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For the second-straight season, Bowdoin College women’s basketball coach Adrienne Shibles guided the Polar Bears to an NCAA “Final Four” appearance. (PHOTO COURTESY: CIPhotography.com/Bowdoin College Athletics)

Coach of the Year: Adrienne Shibles (Bowdoin College): Shibles guided the Polar Bears to the program’s second perfect regular season, along with a repeat appearance in the NCAA Division III “Final Four.” Bowdoin occupied the top spot in multiple polls this winter, including D3Hoops.com and WBCA, and matched the school record for wins (31) in a single-season. Shibles was recently named the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year.


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Abby Kelly guided the Polar Bears to its second perfect season in program history this winter. PHOTO COURTESY (CIPhotography.com/Bowdoin College Athletics)

Player of the Year: Abby Kelly (Bowdoin College): The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and D3Hoops.com Northeast Player of the Year guided the Polar Bears back to the NCAA “Final Four” for the second-straight season after averaging 15.4 points per game in 33 contests. Kelly connected on 76.8 percent of her free throws while averaging 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest. Kelly became the 15th player in program history this winter to reach 1,000 points when she netted a game-high 27 points in a 72-59 win over Colby College in January.


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Caleigh Ryan became the second Wesleyan University women’s basketball player to earn NESCAC Rookie of the Year. PHOTO COURTESY: Steve McLaughlin/Wesleyan University Athletics)

Rookie of the Year: Caleigh Ryan (Wesleyan University): Ryan became the second Cardinal in program history to be named NESCAC Rookie of the Year after averaging 10.6 points per game in 25 contests, along with 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists. The New York, New York native posted double-figures in 12 contests, including 22 points in her team’s regular-season finale against Bowdoin. Ryan also helped Wesleyan qualify for the NESCASC Tournament for the second-straight winter with the Cardinals earning a trip to Amherst College.


All-Noontime Women’s Basketball First Team 

Madeline Eck  Amherst College  Rye, N.Y. 
Abby Kelly  Bowdoin College  Bombay, N.Y.
Kelsi McNamara Saint Joseph’s College West Newbury, Mass.
Jac Knapp Tufts University  Westfield, N.J.
Nakira Examond  UMass Dartmouth New Bedford, Mass.

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Second Team 

Hannah Fox  Amherst College  Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Maddie Hasson  Bowdoin College South Portland, Maine
Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda Emmanuel College  South Boston, Mass.
Lauren Bondi Smith College  Burnaby, BC, Can.
Erica DeCandido  Tufts University North Wales, Pa.

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Third Team 

Payton Ouimette Babson College  Medfield, Mass.
Taylor Choate Bowdoin College  Nashua, N.H.
Emily Pratt  Endicott College  Gardner, Mass.
Kenzie Worcester Husson University  Washburn, Maine
Kennedy Guest-Pritchett Smith College  Fairburn, Ga.

All-Noontime Women’s Basketball Rookie Team 

Keagan Dunbar Colby College Middlebury, Vt.
Peyton Perine Curry College  Fairfax, Va.
Christina Antonakakis MIT Holmdel, N.J.
Amina Wiley Mitchell College New Rochelle, N.Y.
Caleigh Ryan  Wesleyan University New York, N.Y. 

D3 Hoops: The 2018-19 All-Noontime Men’s Basketball Team

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_Hoops 

Another exciting season of New England D3 basketball has concluded, which means it is time to unveil our end of the year All-Noontime Teams, along with our Coach, Rookie, and Player of the Year, too.

This year’s All-Noontime Team was assembled by our Noontime Basketball committee, which is made up of coaches, media members, and athletic communication directors.

As always, make sure to stay connected with our Noontime Sports basketball coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_Hoops. 


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Nichols College’s Scott Faucher was named our Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year after guiding the Bison to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Sectional Finals earlier this month. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley/Nichols College Athletics)

Coach of the Year: Scott Faucher (Nichols College): In his first season with the Bison, Faucher guided Nichols to a 28-3 mark, as well as the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Division III sectional finals. Additionally, the first-year coach also led Nichols to its third-straight Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) title with a 105-90 victory over Gordon College last month.


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Marcos Echevarria capped an impressive four-year career with the Nichols College men’s basketball team by becoming the 16th all-time scorer in Division III history. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College): The Lynn, Massachusetts native concluded an impressive four-year career with the Bison by becoming the 16th all-time scorer in Division III history with 2,519 points and third in three-pointers with 479. A three-time Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) first-teamer, Echevarria guided the Bison to the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA sectional finals this month after leading Nichols to postseason victories against Middlebury College, Rowan College, and Amherst College. Echevarria ended the 2018-19 season averaging 20.3 points per game to go along with 3.9 assists and 1.8 steals. He was recently named to the D3Hoops.com All-America Second Team.


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Emerson College’s Zach Waterhouse became the first member of the men’s basketball program to be tabbed NEWMAC Rookie of the Year. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kate Foultz/Emerson College Athletics)

Rookie of the Year: Zach Waterhouse (Emerson College): Waterhouse enjoyed an impressive first season with the Lions, averaging 16.6 points per game to go along with 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He canned 74.5 percent of his free throws while canning 68 trifectas in 28 contests. Waterhouse became the first Emerson men’s basketball player to be named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Rookie of the Year last month.


All-Noontime Men’s Basketball First Team 

Kena Gilmour

Hamilton College 

New Paltz, N.Y. 

Ty Nichols 

Keene State 

Springfield, Mass. 

Bradley Jomard

MIT 

Paris, France

AJ Jurko 

MIT

Weston, Fla.

Marcos Echevarria 

Nichols College 

Lynn, Mass. 


All-Noontime Men’s Basketball Second Team 

Grant Robinson 

Amherst College 

McLean, Va.

DeAnte Bruton 

Nichols College 

New London, Conn.

Jake Ross 

Springfield College 

Northampton, Mass.

Austin Hutcherson 

Wesleyan University 

Freehold, N.J.

James Heskett 

Williams College 

Cincinnati, Ohio


All-Noontime Men’s Basketball Third Team 

Geoffrey Gray

Emerson College 

Newton, Mass. 

Tim Roberts 

MIT 

Oak Bluffs, Mass.

Austin Coene 

Roger Williams 

Tyngsborough, Mass.

Sean Bryan 

Salem State University 

Lowell, Mass. 

Bobby Casey 

Williams College 

Scranton, PA


All-Noontime Men’s Basketball Rookie Team 

Devonn Allen 

Amherst College 

Danvers, Mass.

Noah Tyson 

Colby College 

Rutland, Vt.

Zach Waterhouse 

Emerson College

Hampton, N.H.

Mikey Spencer

Salve Regina 

Abington, Mass.

Chris Child

University of Saint Joseph

Bronx, N.Y.

High School Sports: MIAA Basketball State Finals Predictions

MIAA State Finals 2019

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_HS

Saturday will be a busy day in Massachusetts with 16 high school basketball teams vying for eight state championships.

Holy Cross and WPI will be the sites of this year’s Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) state championships with games tipping off at 12 p.m.

Before all eight games commence, let’s dish out our thoughts on each contest, as well as our predictions, too.

Stay connected Noontime Sports’ high school coverage by following @Noontime_HS on Twitter today! 


MIAA State Basketball Championship Predictions 

MIAA D1 Boys Final: Lynn English vs. Putnam (6:45 p.m. @ Holy Cross): The Bulldogs were just the better team on Tuesday when they beat Newton North in the state semifinals. Alonzo Linton was one of many players that powered the Maroon and White to the team’s 22nd victory of the season. Linton should be a factor on Saturday against Putnam, which must find a way to slow down him and others on this Lynn English team. PREDICTION: Lynn English

MIAA D1 Girls Final: Braintree vs. Springfield Central (2:15 p.m. @ Holy Cross): For the third-straight March, the Wamps and Golden Eagles will meet in the finals. Jaliena Sanchez highlighted Springfield Central’s win over Franklin on Tuesday with 32 points and should be a factor against Braintree on Saturday, which needed a second-half surge to beat Central Catholic. PREDICTION: Springfield Central 

MIAA D2 Boys Final: Tech Boston vs. Taconic (2:15 p.m. @ WPI): Tech Boston’s Shamar Browder was very impressive against Belmont on Wednesday, netting 19 of his 30 points in the second half, while Lyron Bennet was extremely clutch from the charity stripe, especially in the fourth quarter. Both players will need to mimic their performance on Saturday against Taconic, which pushed ahead for good against Westboro in the second half of its semifinal contest. Tech Boston won their meeting with the Braves last year, but Taconic should be motivated to erase last year’s setback with a win over the Bears this weekend. PREDICTION: Taconic 

MIAA D2 Girls Final: Pentucket vs. Northampton (4:30 p.m. @ Holy Cross): The Sachems’ full-court press and transition offense seemed to be one of many reasons the Green and White was able to secure the lead for good against Pembroke on Wednesday. Look for a big game from Pentucket’s Angelica Hurley, who finished Wednesday’s semifinal with 19 points and nine rebounds. PREDICTION: Pentucket 

MIAA D3 Boys Final: Bishop Stang vs. Dover-Sherborn (12 p.m. @ Holy Cross): Everything seems to be clicking for Dover-Sherborn these days. The Raiders have scored some impressive wins over the past few weeks to secure a spot in the championship game, including recent victories over Sabis in the state semifinals and Hudson, which was the top seed in the D3 Central Tournament. Their luck should continue against the Spartans in their first championship appearance since 1981. PREDICTION: Dover-Sherborn. 

MIAA D3 Girls Final: St. Mary’s of Lynn vs. Hoosac Valley (12 p.m. @ WPI): Alexandria Mercier has been the go-to this season for the Hurricanes, especially earlier this week when she canned a game-high 22 points against Millis in the state semifinals. Mercier, along with Alison Mendel will be a tough duo to stop on Saturday and should find a way to lead Hoosac Vallet past a Spartans squad that overcame a nine-point deficit to defeat Archbishop Williams at the Garden on Wednesday. PREDICTION: Hoosac Valley 

MIAA D4 Boys Final: Abington vs. Worcester Tech (6:45 p.m. @ WPI): The Green Wave was rather impressive Tuesday – they rallied to beat Pope John at the Garden, thanks to a late three-pointer from William Klein, which secured Abington a spot in this year’s championship game. The Green Wave will need to play the way they did down the stretch against Pope John to beat a talented Worcester Tech squad. PREDICTION: Abington 

MIAA D4 Girls Final: Cathedral vs. Hopkins Academy (4:30 p.m. @ WPI): Dejah Jenkins will attempt to cap her senior year with the Panthers by delivering Cathedral its second state title in three seasons. Cathedral beat Fenway en route to its D4 crown in 2017, so expect the same to happen this time, as well. PREDICTION: Cathedral


Stay connected with Noontime Sports’ high school sports coverage on Twitter at @Noontime_HS! 

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