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Around The Rim With Bob Whitney: Welcome Back College Hoops

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Former Braintree High and Kimball Union star Nic Timberlake in action last year for Towson University. Timberlake is now a redshirt freshman for Towson this winter after last season’s injury-riddled campaign. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bob Whitney)

By Bob Whitney | @WhitneyBob

In case you haven’t noticed the 2019-20 college basketball season is off and running, highlighted by a nationally-televised doubleheader last evening featuring the top four teams in the men’s basketball preseason rankings: Michigan State, Kentucky, Duke, and Kansas.

For all of us veteran purists, it was hoop heaven, the talent was amazing but the quality of play was spotty at best given such a huge stage on opening night.

That aside, it is my pleasure to pen a weekly hoop column for the hard-working Matt Noonan and his many followers here at Noontime Sports.

I have covered one of the Power Five conferences – the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), to be exact – for the last eight seasons, but this year I will focus on a little bit of everything but the primary focus will remain on all that is happening in New England – and that is a lot!

First of all, check out the Noontime Sports Men and Women’s New England D-III Basketball Preseason Top 10 Polls: (Men’s Basketball | Women’s Basketball)

A few thoughts from the basketball polls.

  • No surprise that Amherst College is perched at the top of both rankings. They have been the gold-standard regionally and a regular participant in the NCAA D-III Tournaments for years.
  • Speaking of Amherst, the men’s program suffered a sudden jolt in September when legendary coach David Hixon (after 42 seasons at the helm) opted to take a non-health sabbatical to deal with some family issues. The big question is can the program move on without Hixon’s leadership?

    Those close to the program feel that with the elevation of trusted assistant Aaron Toomey, who played under Hixon and helped win NCAA titles in 2012 and 2013, the transition should be seamless.

  • A game to watch (and to gauge how Toomey and his squad are managing the transition) is on January 10 when New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rival Middlebury College travels to Amherst.

ODDS AND ENDS

  • There have been a number of rule changes introduced with the most important one being the extension of the 3-point arc from 17 inches to the international standard of 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches. Although testing of this change in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) last year found little change in shooting percentage, it was felt by the officiating honchos that it would alleviate congestion in the paint by forcing defenders to guard shooters further away from the basket. Stay tuned on this change.
  • All eyes will be pointing to Cambridge, Mass this season to see if the Harvard University celebrated senior class, led by awesome point guard Bryce Aiken, can finally win an Ivy League title, as well as earn an automatic tournament bid to the NCAA Tournament.

    Better yet, the Crimson will have some home-cooking help in March as this year’s conference tournament moves from the storied The Palestra to Lavietes Pavilion, March 14-15.

    The Ivy poo-bahs move to a conference tournament for men and women was a no-brainer – the atmosphere is pulsating and the quality of play is as good as it gets.

  • A shoutout to former Marquette University assistant Brett Nelson who assumes the reins at Holy Cross after Bill Carmody‘s decision to retire from the coaching ranks.
  • Did you know that we have a number of the top coaches in the women’s college game led by the legendary Barbara Stevens, who ranks fourth in wins among college coaches at Bentley University, Harvard’s Kathy Delaney-Smith, Stonehill College‘s Trisha Brown, Springfield College‘s Naomi Graves, and Babson College‘s Judy Blinstrub. If any of you have a daughter that may be destined to play at the college level the price of admission to catch one of these coaches in action will help with a final decision.
  • In my eight years following ACC men’s basketball, I had the privilege to hear firsthand from some of the great coaches in the game, including Coach Mike KrzyseskiRoy Williams, Jim Boeheim, Rick Pitino, and Mike Brey. Buzz Williams was a real stitch in the press room. But most impressive among this elite group of coaches was the University of Virginia‘s, Tony Bennett.

    Obviously, Bennett’s run to the national title was the big news last year but most noteworthy was his recent decision to forego a well-deserved a big raise. Bennett felt that his family was blessed and thankful for what they have and felt that the money would be better spent in funding a program to help athletes transition to careers after basketball. Bennett is destined to be the voice of the ACC once Coach K and Roy retire.

A FINAL THOUGHT

Best wishes to Kristen McDonnell who left the Braintree high school girls basketball program after a ten-year run which included four D-1 state titles and a bunch of sectional crowns. McDonnell is seeking a new challenge as the Norwood high school boys head coach.

Keep shooting. See you next week!

Mass. High Schools: Thursday Roundup

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11 

Weeks after scoring its initial win over Malden, the Medford boy’s lacrosse team found themselves needing to claw back from a two-goal deficit not once, but twice to secure hard-fought 8-7 overtime victory over the Golden Tornadoes on Thursday afternoon at the Edgerly Sports Complex.

Medford’s PJ Haberstroh netted back-to-back goals, including the equalizer with 4:44 remaining in the fourth quarter before Tom Connearney clinched the win for the Blue and White with a transition goal during the final seconds of overtime.

The win provided the Mustangs with a season-sweep of the Golden Tornadoes, who led for a majority of the contest, thanks to key contributions from Zach Rufo and Collin Wilcox.

Malden led 3-1 after one quarter before Medford stormed back to even the score at 4-4 at the break, thanks to a strike from Connearney, which was set-up by Joe Sargent.

Both teams would swap goals throughout the opening minutes of the third before Malden pushed ahead, 7-5, thanks to back-to-back tallies from Rufo and Wilcox.

Medford returns to action next Monday, May 6th when they visit Salem, while the Golden Tornadoes are scheduled to face Matignon on Saturday, May 4th at 1 p.m. Malden and Matignon were scheduled to compete earlier this spring, but the game was postponed to this weekend.


Thursday’s High School Lacrosse Scoreboard | May 2nd, 2019 

Boy’s Lacrosse

  • Braintree 15, Weymouth 6
  • St. John’s Prep 8, BC High 6
  • Beverly 9, Swampscott 2
  • Revere 11, Salem 6
  • Marblehead 16, Danvers 9
  • Peabody 13, Gloucester 4
  • Duxbury 22, Plymouth North 0
  • Xaverian Brothers 9, Bishop Guertin 4 (with tonight’s win, the Hawks qualify for the upcoming MIAA Tournament). 
  • Hingham 10, Needham 8
  • Natick 9, Wellesley 2(tonight’s win over the Raiders was the Redhawks’ first-ever in program history. Natick has been competing for the past 18 seasons). 

Girl’s Lacrosse 

  • Needham 17, Hingham 5
  • Wellesley 10, Natick 9
  • Walpole 20, Milton 4
  • Brookline 10, Framingham 9 (OT)
  • Winchester 16, Wilmington 4
  • Duxbury 20, Plymouth North 2

Stay connected with our Noontime Sports Lacrosse coverage on Twitter by following @NoontimeLax 

Mass. High Schools: Thursday Scoreboard

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Another busy day of high school sports is in the books, so let’s unveil our Thursday scoreboard.

As usual, make sure to submit scores for our evening scoreboard by tweeting to @NoontimeSports or @Noontime_HS. 

Boy’s Lacrosse 

  • Winthrop 14, Malden 2
  • Westwood 18, Norton 4
  • Newton North 10, Wellesley 5
  • Needham 19, Braintree 4
  • Scituate 15, North Quincy 2
  • Duxbury 8, Hingham 7 (OT)
  • Cohasset 9, Walpole 7
  • Revere 5, Medford 3

Girl’s Lacrosse 

  • Newton South 16, Cambridge 9
  • Lincoln-Sudbury 16, Westford Academy 11
  • Needham 15, Braintree 3

Baseball

  • Weston 13, Cambridge 10
  • Melrose 4, Stoneham 3
  • Winchester 6, Reading 1
  • Wilmington 7, Burlington 6
  • Woburn 6, Arlington 3
  • Brockton 3, Bridgewater-Raynham 0
  • Medford 4, Salem 1

Softball 

  • Cambridge 15, Bedford 3
  • Revere 5, Somerville 0
  • Andover 8, Haverhill 7

Boy’s Track & Field 

  • Somerville 82, Salem 54

Girl’s Track & Field 

  • Somerville 89, Salem 25

Boy’s Tennis 

  • Concord-Carlisle 3, Wayland 2

Girl’s Tennis 

  • Somerville 4, Everett 1

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Mass. High Schools: Wednesday Scoreboard

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_HS 

Another busy day of Eastern Massachusetts high school sports are in the books, and below are the various outcomes from baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, and volleyball.

Athletic Directors, coaches, student-athletes, and fans can submit scores to us on Twitter by tweeting to @NoontimeSports, @Noontime_HS or @NoontimeLax. 

Boy’s Lacrosse

  • St. Mary’s (Lynn) 12, Arlington Catholic 1
  • Dover-Sherborn 12, Westwood 5
  • Bishop Fenwick 20, Archbishop Williams 2
  • North Reading 20, Lowell Catholic 4
  • Hopkinton 10, Medway 5

Girl’s Lacrosse 

  • Westwood 17, Dover-Sherborn 7
  • St. Mary’s (Lynn) 17, Arlington Catholic 9
  • Revere 11, Methuen 10

Baseball 

  • Lynn Classical 13, Malden 0
  • Needham 2, Weymouth 1
  • Walpole 5, Braintree 4
  • Newton North 5, Natick 4
  • Andover 10, Lowell 3
  • Matignon 15, Pope John 4
  • Waltham 13, Cambridge 7
  • Westford Academy 4, Boston Latin 0
  • Revere 11, Medford 4

Softball

  • Wakefield 12, Northeast 5
  • Boston Latin 8, Cambridge 7
  • Austin Prep 9, Matignon 4
  • Somerville 3, Salem 1
  • Medford 4, Revere 3

Boy’s Tennis 

  • Malden 3, Lynn Classical 2
  • Medford 4, Revere 1

Girl’s Tennis 

  • Cambridge 4, Bedford 1
  • Malden 4, Lynn Classical 1
  • Boston Latin 4, Wayland 1
  • Somerville 5, Salem 0
  • Revere 4, Medford 1

Boy’s Volleyball 

  • Boston Latin 3, Wayland 0
  • Greater Lawrence Tech 3, Somerville 0

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Mass. High Schools: Tuesday Scoreboard

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_HS

Another busy day of high school sports in Eastern Massachusetts have concluded, and below are a few scores reported to @Noontime_HS on Twitter.

Coaches, teams, and fans can submit local scores (and updates) by tweeting to our high school sports Twitter handle or @NoontimeSports. 

Boy’s Lacrosse

  • Braintree 11, Walpole 9
  • Winchester 14, Burlington 3
  • Dracut 14, Tewksbury 3
  • Medfield 25, Bellingham 2
  • Lexington 14, Wakefield 4
  • Hanover 12, Silver Lake 8
  • Reading 16, Wilmington 5
  • Newburyport 16, North Reading 6
  • St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 7, St. John’s Prep (Danvers) 6
  • Acton-Boxborough 14, Waltham 5
  • Concord-Carlisle 11, Newton South 5
  • Billerica 8, Central Catholic 5
  • Needham 18, Weymouth 3
  • Chelmsford 18, Methuen 5

Girl’s Lacrosse 

  • Bedford 20, Cambridge 13
  • Swampscott 18, Medford 1
  • Newburyport 19, North Reading 6
  • Walpole 16, Braintree 6
  • Needham 17, Weymouth 2
  • Boston Latin 17, Waltham 10
  • Weston 15, Newton South 7
  • Revere 16, Gloucester 11
  • Saugus 10, Malden 9
  • Marblehead 16, Beverly 10
  • Winchester 15, Salem 1
  • Concord-Carlisle 17, Wayland 16
  • Norwell 13, Abington 1

Baseball 

  • St. Mary’s (Lynn) 5, Bishop Fenwick 2
  • Cambridge 4, Acton-Boxborough 3
  • Stoneham 5, Watertown 0
  • Lexington 4, Winchester 0
  • Boston Latin 9, Newton South 3
  • Concord-Carlisle 9, Westford 0
  • East Bridgewater 2, Middleborough 0
  • Whitman-Hanson 6, Plymouth North 1

Softball 

  • Everett 10, Somerville 1
  • Latin Academy 7, East Boston 1

Boy’s Tennis 

  • Newton South 3, Cambridge 2
  • Malden 5, Lynn English 0

Girl’s Tennis 

  • Newton South 5, Cambridge 0
  • Malden 3, Lynn English 2
  • Needham 3, Notre Dame Academy 2

Boy’s Volleyball 

  • Cambridge 3, Arlington 0
  • Wayland 3, Westford 1
  • O’Bryant 3, Madison Park 1

Make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports’ Eastern Massachusetts high school sports coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_HS 

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