Catching Up With Trinity College Senior Safety Spencer Donahue

Trinity College senior Spencer Donahue was tabbed this week's NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week following an impressive performance against Middlebury College last Saturday. (Photo Credit: Trinity College Athletics)

Trinity College senior Spencer Donahue was tabbed this week’s NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week following an impressive performance against Middlebury College last Saturday. (Photo Credit: Trinity College Athletics | David B. Newman)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Last weekend, Trinity College senior Spencer Donahue turned in an impressive defensive performance, tallying six solo stops, including a pair of sacks, three tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two pass break-ups to help the Bantams secure an important New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) win over Middlebury College.

Donahue’s effort last Saturday earned him this week’s NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honor.

Our defense prepared extremely well for (last weekend’s game) against Middlebury,” said Donahue. “Middlebury had been having success (through the air), so that was definitely a point of emphasis for us during the week, but we couldn’t overlook their running game, too.”

Trinity’s defense limited Middlebury’s air attack to a season-low 126 passing yards, while finishing the game with five interceptions and five sacks.

Earlier this week, we caught up with Donahue to talk about his team’s impressive win against the Panthers, Trinity’s final home game of the season against Amherst College on Saturday, and if he watched the Chicago Cubs break a 108-yard-old curse.

Did you imagine your defense would record five interceptions and five sacks against a talented offense? 

Our coaches prepared a great game plan, so we knew as long as we executed good things would (happen).

You had a big game individually – earned this week’s NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors – what worked for you this past week? 

My teammates did an incredible job at executing and making plays when the opportunities arose, so I just tried to follow their lead.

This Saturday marks your final home game as a member of the Bantams’ football program. Care to share a favorite memory/moment of playing in front of the hometown fans? 

Unfortunately, I cannot think of a specific moment (or memory), but the atmosphere here at Trinity on a Saturday is electric. It is something I will really miss once my career is over.

What does your team need to do to be successful this weekend against Amherst? 

We really just need to stay focused. We need to continue to approach each day with the same intensity and energy that we have done throughout season.

A few non-football questions, starting with your major: economics. How did you choose your major and what do you hope to do with it? 

I took an (econ class) my sophomore year and really enjoyed it. Although it was one of the more difficult classes I took here at Trinity, I felt that it taught me more about how the world functioned, as well as how finance and economics impact our society. After graduation, I am hoping to go into commercial real estate.

Being from Illinois, I would presume you’re a Chicago sports fan, so have you been following the Chicago Cubs in the World Series? 

I am actually not a true Chicago sports fan. The Minnesota Vikings are my favorite NFL team, but I do root for the Chicago Cubs. I enjoy going to their games in the summer, but it’s been great for Chicago to have the Cubs back in the World Series and win their first World Series since 1908.

What has been the greatest advice you have received from a football Coach – either past or current?

I would say that the greatest advice any coach has given me is to just have fun and enjoy the game. Football is a tough sport and I have had a lot of ups and downs while playing it, but any time that I get to put my pads on and compete alongside my teammates is truly a blessing. I just try to cherish every moment of it.

Have you always played safety? If not, what other positions have you played? 

I started playing football in third grade – I played running back before transitioning into a receiver and cornerback my freshman year of high school. One year later, I transitioned into a safety and have played the position ever since.

Do you idol your game after a current or past professional football player? 

Yes, I would have to say that my favorite player is Tyrann Mathieu, who is a safety for the Arizona Cardinals. I love the way he plays – I try to do my best to play with the same intensity and fearlessness that he does.

Three favorite movies of all-time? 

Forrest Gump, The Dark Night, and Saving Private Ryan

Finally, your favorite non-football activity? 

Golfing.

REPORT: Wheaton Alum Chris Denorfia Inks Minor League Contract With New York Yankees

Wheaton College (Mass.) alum Chris Denorfia has inked a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. (Courtesy: Fox Sports)

Wheaton College (Mass.) alum Chris Denorfia has inked a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. (Courtesy: Fox Sports)

By Matt Noonan 

As confirmed by multiple sources, the New York Yankees have signed Wheaton College (Mass.) alum Chris Denorfia to a minor league deal and is expected to be in camp tomorrow.

According to NBC Sports’ Hardball Talk, if Denorfia does not make the opening day roster, he can opt-out of his contract.

Last season, Denorfia – an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs – hit .269 with three home runs.

The Yankees current outfield includes Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Aaron Hicks – he was acquired from the Minnesota Twins this offseason. Denorifa will have his work cutout for him as he attempts to earn a spot on the opening day roster.

Mass. College Sports: Mid-Week Notebook (LINKS)

By Matt Noonan 

Happy July 1st, everyone!

The summer is usually a slower period, but also a time where some news and links are shared about the collegiate sports world. So, we have decided to initiate a once a week mid-week notebook to share stories and news. This will be a weekly post for the next few weeks before our fall sports preseason coverage begins.

Thanks again for circling back and remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@NoontimeSports & @NoonSportsBlog)!

* In yesterday’s Boston Herald, we learned that UMass Boston honored former Boston State men’s ice hockey head coach, Ed Barry.

* Babson College alum,  Jenn Gottberg, will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. As noted in the release, “She will become the first player in program history to be enshrined as part of the Class of 2015 ceremony at the DCU Center on August 8.”

* As noted in the Wheaton College Athletics’ Summer Baseball Update (Week 4), Mike Gibbons, a New York Mets draftee that is pitching for the Brooklyn Cyclones, picked up his second minor league victory on the bump. Chris Denorfia – also a Wheaton Baseball Alum – went 6-for-14 last week with the Chicago Cubs.

* The Northeast-10 Conference produced its 2014-15 highlight reel, which you certainly will want to check out! Lots of great highlights and moments from the past school year, enjoy!

* Smith College announced the hiring of Katie Moore, who has been named head coach of the lacrosse team for the 2016 season.

* The Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) announced Westfield State University has named Colleen Bannister as the new head women’s softball coach.

Report: Former Wheaton Baseball Alum – Chris Denorfia – Signs With Cubs

By Matt Noonan 

The first day of 2015 will go down as an important date in Wheaton College (Mass.) history as  Chris Denorfia – an alum and former member of the Lyons’ baseball team from 1999-2002 – has signed a free agent contract with the Chicago Cubs, according to reports.

On Wednesday, December 31, FOX Sports‘ Ken Rosenthal tweeted that Denorfia was conversing with the ball club about a one-year deal.

Additional tweets and reports about the acquisition followed, but on Thursday, January 1, the Chicago Tribune tweeted and confirmed that the Cubs had signed the former San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners outfielder.

Prior to the Chicago Tribune‘s post about the signing, John Baker – a former catcher for the Cubs – initially broke the news of the signing, which was picked up by various media outlets, including Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Denorfia entered the majors as a member of Cincinnati Reds in 2005. He played in 18 games and made 44 plate appearances, recording 10 hits, three doubles, one home run, two RBI, and one stolen base. He also played for the Oakland A’s (2008, 2009), Padres (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), but was traded last summer to the Mariners (2014).

In nine years in the majors, he’s recorded 271 runs, 530 hits, 92 doubles, 16 triples, 38 home runs, 178 RBI and 56 stolen bases.

Buckner Named The Chicago Cubs Class A Hitting Coach

Bill Buckner will return to Boise, Idaho, and act as the team's hitting coach this season! (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

ESPNChicago.com confirmed on Wednesday that Bill Buckner will be the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs’ Class A affiliate, (Boise Hawks) this summer, and won’t be returning to Fenway Park to assist the Boston Red Sox newest manager, Bobby Valentine.

Originally, there had been rumors swirling around Boston that Valentine and Buckner, who have known each other since their playing days with the Los Angles Dodgers in ’68, would reunite as coaches. However, ESPNBoston.com learned that the Red Sox front office was “resistant toward it.”

Bucker spent the past spring and summer coaching the Brockton Rox in the Can-Am League, and led the squad to a 51-42 record. However, the eventual league champions, Quebec Capitales, swept the Rox in the opening round of the playoffs, which ended his stint as the team’s manager.

Buckner’s last job held in the big leagues was with the Chicago Sox in ’96-’97, as the hitting coach.

Daily Noontime – December 16, 2011

Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons flew past Jacksonville on Thursday, 41-14! (Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports)

Good Friday to all, and welcome into yet another tremendous rendition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some headlines, and news to jump-start the day! 

Headlines: 

* Matt Ryan tossed three touchdowns on Thursday against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, which helped the Atlanta Falcons win their ninth game of the season, 41-14.

* According to reports — former Dallas Cowboy and current Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd is expected to face drug charges1000 pounds of marijuana per week.

* After losing to the Falcons on Thursday, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew expressed that this particular game was “embarrassing.”

* According to an article from the Denver Post, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has apparently inspired office workers and bosses to be a tad bit nicer these days.

* The Chicago Cubs are heating up their interest in pursuing former Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder.

* NHL.com has confirmed that Philadelphia Flyers defensemen Chris Pronger is expected to be out for the remainder of the season, as well as the playoffs too.

Games to Watch: 

* Toronto at Buffalo (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Dallas at New Jersey (NHL) – 8:00pm eastern 

* Anaheim at Chicago (NHL) – 8:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Here’s another stupendous video about Tim Tebow, enjoy! 

Daily Noontime – December 1, 2011

More information continues to be revealed about Jerry Sandusky! (Photo Credit: Global Grind)

Happy Thursday and of course, Happy December too! Let’s kick-off the final month of 2011 with some headlines and news, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* According to a recent report regarding Jerry Sandusky, a new victim recently admitted that he was abused 100 times by the former Penn State assistant football coach.

* Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall was handcuffed and detained on Wednesday after a misunderstanding due to a $142 cab fare.

* According to a report from the Cleveland Dealer — Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs admitted that he’s tired of being associated with a losing team.

* The Chicago Cubs have officially signed former Oakland Athletics outfielder David DeJesus, who agreed to a two-year deal, but according to a report via Yahoo! Sports, his wife admitted that she’s a “tad bit happy” that he’s headed to the Windy City.

* Washington State has officially agreed to terms with former Mike Leach to be their head coach of the football team next season.

Games to Watch: 

* Pittsburgh at Washington (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Ottawa at Dallas (NHL) – 8:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Nothing  better than seeing a young boy smooth talk Heidi Watney!