Noontime’s Senior Salute: Packy Witkowski (Coast Guard Academy)

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Coast Guard Academy senior Packy Witkowski, who is from Melrose, Massachusetts, averaged a career-best 17.7 points this past season with the Bears. (PHOTO COURTESY: Coast Guard Academy Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Packy Witkowski has always been a player to watch on the Coast Guard Academy men’s basketball team, but perhaps this was a season both he and fans of the program will remember the most.

The Melrose, Massachusetts native, who played high school basketball at Avon Old Farms in Connecticut, averaged a career-best 17.7 points per game. He scored a career-high 477 points in 27 contests to go with 120 rebounds, 34 assists, 20 steals, and five blocks.

Witkowski registered 20 points or more in nine games this past winter while sinking a season-best 33 points on 12 of 21 shooting in his team’s 80-69 win over Merchant Marine Academy. He scored 10 points or more in 21 contests while averaging 17.6 points for the Bears in three New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament games.

The senior guard concludes an impressive four-year run with the Bears, which saw him record 1,518 points in 93 games to go with 502 rebounds, 150 assists, 61 steals, and 15 blocks.

We recently spoke with Witkowski to discuss his final season with the Bears, as well as his future plans with the Coast Guard beyond graduation.


What will you remember most about your senior year with the Bears? 

It’s hard to narrow down to a single event from this past season, but I would say our team’s journey is what I will remember the most.

From starting out in Anchorage, Alaska to finishing in Brockport, New York, it was a journey made by a group of brothers. We did not start well but we kept at it. By the end, we were operating on all cylinders when we needed it most and founds a way through. This culminated in winning three road playoff games in five days to become NEWMAC Tournament Champions to earning an automatic bid into the NCAA D-III Tournament.

The journey was special and an experience I will take with me for the rest of my life.

Looking back on the 2019-20 season, what game (or games) will you remember most? Why these particular games? 

Our NEWMAC Championship game against WPI. To be down 24 points at the break and comeback and win was nothing short of incredible. I am very grateful to have been part of a win like that, but more importantly, on a team that was so resilient. It is difficult to put that one game into words but that is a memory that will bond us forever.

What have you enjoyed most about competing for the Coast Guard Academy men’s basketball team (and program) these past four years? 

Being able to compete (on a daily basis), but really just being a part of this team for four years. Having that competitive outlet and support network from the team and coaching staff has made my experience here at the Coast Guard Academy that much more rewarding and worthwhile. Having the privilege to go to the Academy and represent it while playing a sport that I love has truly been amazing. I will always be grateful for the opportunity I have been afforded and the experiences I have had during my time both here at the Academy and on this team.

Once you officially graduate later this spring, do you plan (or hope) to stay involved with your sport in some capacity? Any interest in coaching in the future? 

I will always love this game and do what I can to keep up with the team going forward. I can see myself getting involved in coaching to some degree down the road because I am passionate about helping and developing others. Coaching would allow me to continue that passion after graduation.

Tell me about your major. How did you choose it? Also, what are your future plans beyond graduation? 

I am finishing up my degree in civil engineering. I have always wanted to have a technical background that would allow me to develop real-world problem-solving skills and that is exactly what this major has provided me.

I believe studying civil engineering has set me up for future success, beginning as an officer with the Coast Guard. School has always been something that has meant a lot to me and I have worked really hard to be successful at it while balancing both my military and basketball commitments.

I will be serving aboard USCGC Reliance as a Deck Watch Officer in June and am very excited to begin my career with the Coast Guard. Beyond that, I am working towards making my dream of being a Coast Guard aviator come true, as well.

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 16th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Amherst College secured the top spot this week following an impressive win over Tufts University, which dropped one spot to the second position. As of now, the Mammoths and Wesleyan University (third this week!) boast identical conference ledgers, however, the Cardinals rallied to beat Amherst earlier this month, which should make the conference seeding quite interesting!

Coast Guard Academy returned to the top five with a 14-9 win over Merchant Marine this past weekend in West Point, New York. The Bears face a very important test on Wednesday – that would be tomorrow! – when they face-off against Springfield College, which returned to our poll this week after appearing ON THE RISE one week ago.

Babson College becomes our newest member of the poll – the Beavers seem to be riding some serious momentum at the moment since beating Springfield earlier this month.

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Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, Apr. 16th 2018

1. Amherst College 11-2, 7-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
2. Tufts University 10-1, 6-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
3. Wesleyan University 10-2, 7-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
4. Bowdoin College 8-4, 4-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
5. Coast Guard Academy 10-2, 3-0 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 6
6. Conn. College 9-4, 5-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
7. Middlebury College 7-5, 4-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 8
8. Williams College 6-6, 5-3 NESCAC Last Week: No. 9
9. Babson College 6-5, 3-0 NEWMAC Last Week: NR
10. Springfield College 7-5, 2-1 NEWMAC Last Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Clark University (7-4, 2-1 NEWMAC), Curry College (8-4, 3-2 CCC), Keene State (6-4, 3-0 LEC), MIT (6-5, 2-1 NEWMAC) and Western New England (9-5, 6-0 CCC).

Noontime 2017 Year In Review: Revisiting The New England D3 Football Season

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Earlier this season, we unveiled our Noontime Sports 2017 Team of the Year, but now it is time to re-visit the New England Division III season once more!

That’s right, it’s time for a Noontime 2017 Rewind as we look back on the past few months of coverage, while slowly looking ahead to what we can expect from the New England Division III Football world in 2018.

It was a great year of coverage and we certainly look forward to doing it again next season, so stay tuned, New England Division III football fans and friends!

Teams of the YearFor starters, we must begin with Husson University, which was led by senior tailback John Smith, who rushed for 31 touchdowns this season and 2,242 yards on 340 carries.

Smith, who was tabbed our Offensive Player of the Year, guided the Eagles to an exciting postseason victory over Springfield College before putting a scare into Delaware Valley in round two – the win over the Pride was the Eagles’ first-ever playoff win.

Despite falling short to the Aggies, the Eagles left a serious impression on us for the upcoming season and will certainly be one of our top teams to watch in 2018.

Springfield College also enjoyed an impressive 2017 campaign, winning 10-straight regular season contests, as well as the first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown. The Pride scored an exciting opening day win against Western New England, which was followed-up with another impressive victory against Kean (28-8) in week two.

The Pride concluded their season with an impressive 435.2 rushing yards per game, while the defense held opponents to roughly 12 points per game. Senior halfback Jordan Wilcox was one of four nominees for this year’s Gagliardi Trophy.

Trinity College and Williams College are two other schools that deserve this particular honor – the Bantams captured another New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) crown this fall, while the Ephs enjoyed a bounce-back season under second-year coach Mark Raymond. The Ephs received a boost from first-year (and NESCAC Rookie of the Year) quarterback Bobby Maimaron, who led the Purple and Gold past Amherst College in the final game of the year – it was an overtime thriller!

Let’s not forget about Curry College or Framingham State – both teams met in the New England Bowl last month and will certainly be teams to watch in 2018. Additionally, we cannot overlook WPI, which won its first-ever postseason game against SUNY Maritime in the New England Bowl, too. The Engineers could certainly be a team that challenges the Pride for the top seed in the NEWMAC last year, so let the countdown to Springfield-WPI begin! Another team to watch in the NEWMAC next season … MIT!

Finally, a tip of the cap is due to Plymouth State, which again enjoyed another winning season – the Panthers captured the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) crown en route to a first-round playoff match-up against Brockport.

The NESCAC Nine Game Schedule was … AWESOMEThe nine-game schedule in the NESCAC this season was awesome … seriously, we really enjoyed it!

Every week was must-see, must-follow and must-watch football – everyone had a chance to contend for the crown and a new storyline always unfolded after the final game concluded.

Trinity College may have been the team to beat again this season, but watching Amherst CollegeMiddlebury College and Williams College compete with them for the top spot was extremely exciting. Additionally, let’s not overlook Tufts University and Wesleyan University, which also provided the Bantams with some challenges along the way to another league crown, too.

Outside the race for the crown, it was awesome to see the Maine triangle (Bates CollegeBowdoin College and Colby College) continue their CBB rivalry.

We are really excited to see what happens next year, but all in all, the nine-game schedule was awesome!

The Football Friday PodcastAs sports media evolves, so does Noontime Sports and it seems like our weekly – and yes, sometimes bi-weekly – podcast on New England Division III football worked, so thank you all for tuning in/listening to our various conversations with coaches, student-athletes and media members.

We’ll continue it again next season, but certainly open to additional ideas or thoughts – maybe we should do a special segment like a ‘lightening round?’ Luckily, we have time to figure out some additional content ideas before a new season kicks-off, so keep your eyes out for season two of Football Friday, which will most likely begin next August.

ESPN D3 Coverage … MORE PLEASE: It was great to see the Coast Guard-Merchant Marine game streamed on ESPN3 last month – we need to see more games like this one on the four-letter network next year and beyond. Perhaps we could see more Division III (and some Division II games, too) on a new streaming service/platform, which ESPN plans to roll out next year? It is possible, so let’s see what happens, but that would be a great place for fans to go to watch and stream games.

Closing ThoughtsIt was a great season – seriously, it was a tremendous year with some great stories and outcomes, which means 2018 should be even more exciting. We’re counting down the days to camp – yep, the clock is ticking in our office – and will look forward to bringing you coverage of New England Division III Football in 2018, so see you all on the gridiron soon!

New England D3 Football: Players To Watch In The NEWMAC In 2017

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Wednesday, Noontime Sports fans!

Our early preseason New England Division III football coverage continues today with players to watch this season in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on offense and defense.

Prior to today’s post, we highlighted players to watch in the following conferences:

Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC)

Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC) 

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Offense 

Darius Adams

Coast Guard Acad.

Wide Receiver 

Jordan Wilcox 

Springfield 

Runningback 

Hunter Belzo 

Springfield 

Runningback 

Jake Eglintine

Springfield 

Quarterback 

Sean McAllen

WPI 

Runningback 

Alex Domond

WPI 

Wide Receiver 

Brice Moore

Merchant Marine Acad.

Quarterback 

Wiley Martin

Merchant Marine Acad.

Fullback 

Luke Tiefenthaler

Merchant Marine Acad.

Fullback 

John Robertson 

MIT 

Runningback 

Eddy Garcia-Montes

MIT

Wide Receiver 

James Ferrar

Maine Maritime Acad.

Fullback 

Corey Creeger

Maine Maritime Acad.

Quarterback 

Patrick Brown 

Norwich 

Runningback 

Quincy Williams 

Norwich 

Runningback 

Dayvon Medina

Norwich 

Wide Receiver 

DEFENSE 

Ryan Robertson

Coast Guard Acad.

Defensive Back 

Dominic Traversa

Springfield 

Linebacker 

Nick Giorgio

Springfield 

Defensive End 

Joel Sodeinde

Springfield

Defensive Tackle 

Sam Malafronte

WPI

Linebacker

Dereck Pacheco

WPI

Defensive Line 

Nick Della Jacono

Catholic 

Linebacker 

Luke Kern

Catholic 

Defensive Back 

Patrick Vidal

Catholic

Defensive Line 

Anthony Santo

Catholic

Linebacker 

Mitch Turley 

MIT 

Linebacker 

Rob Disanto

MIT

Defensive Back 

Brooks Cannell 

Merchant Marine Acad.

Defensive Back

John Bennett

Maine Maritime Acad.

Defensive Back 

Austin Roberts 

Norwich 

Defensive Back 

Brasean Stewart 

Norwich 

Defensive Back 

 

Coast Guard Academy Unveils 2017 Football Schedule

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The Coast Guard Academy football team will begin its 2017 campaign on Thursday, August 31 against Alfred State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The Coast Guard Academy football team unveiled its 2017 schedule yesterday, which includes six home contests, including the annual battle for the Secretaries’ Cup against Merchant Marine Academy – the game will be broadcasted by the ESPN Family of Networks, according to Tuesday’s release.

This season, the Bears will be competing in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) after spending the past 11 seasons as a member of the New England Football Conference (NEFC).

Coast Guard will officially begin NEWMAC play Saturday, September 23 when they visit Norwich University before hosting Catholic University a week later on Saturday, September 30th (Parents’ Weekend).

Coach Bill George will lead the Bears into action on Thursday, August 31st when they host Alfred State with kick-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Bears will then travel to Union College on Saturday, September 9 for a 1:00 p.m. start before hosting Nichols College on Saturday, September 16th at 1:30 p.m.

Last season, the Bison defeated the Bears in Dudley, Massachusetts by a score of 24-14.

Weeks after their final non-conference tilt against Nichols, the Bears will compete in a trio of games in October, beginning with a Saturday, October 7th clash with Springfield College. The Bears will then visit Maine Maritime Academy (Oct. 14th) before closing out the month with a ‘Homecoming Game’ against MIT on Saturday, October 21st.

Coast Guard will conclude its regular season slate with a pair of November tilts against WPI (Nov, 4th) and Merchant Marine (Nov. 11th).

Last season, the Bears finished 3-7 overall and 2-5 in league play.

We’ll have more on the Bears’ 2017 outlook once the season gets closer!