Daily Noontime: Thursday, July 2, 2020

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By Matt Noonan 

It’s Thursday – how are we doing, everyone?

As usual, we hope these posts find everyone – that means our fans and friends of the site – doing well, staying safe and healthy, but also happy, too.

Let’s all have a wonderful day – it is almost the weekend! – and continue to think optimistically about the road ahead.


Noontime’s Headlines for Thursday, July 2, 2020 

Ivy League To Announce Plans For Fall Sports Next Wednesday, July 8

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The Ivy League will announce plans for the fall sports season on Wednesday, July 8. (PHOTO COURTESY: IvyLeague.com)

By Matt Noonan 

An announcement on if and when an Ivy League football season will occur either this fall or possibly next spring will be made next Wednesday, July 8, according to the league’s website

The Ivy League posted a statement about its upcoming fall sports announcement earlier today, as well as shared the news on Twitter

In addition to football, other fall sports that the Ancient Eight sponsors, including soccer, field hockey, and volleyball, will also find out if and when their respective seasons will take place, too.

The Ivy League, specifically its eight football programs, have been in the news this week following a Sunday report from TMG Sports that the upcoming season could be shrunk from 10 games to seven contests or possibly moved to next spring. Sunday’s report sparked additional reporting from ESPN’s Heather Dinich, who learned that the Ivy League’s “Council of Presidents has been meeting frequently via videoconference this spring” to discuss the upcoming fall sports season.

Just a short time ago, the New York Post reported that one of their sources believes it would be hard to see the Ivy League play any sports this fall due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Ivy League was the first conference to cancel its basketball tournaments in March

The eight Ivy League football teams don’t compete for spots in the College Football Playoffs or bowl berths nor hold summer workouts for its student-athletes.

Dartmouth College and Yale University shared the Ivy League crown last fall by finishing their respective seasons with identical 9-1 overall marks, including 6-1 records against league opponents.

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Welcome to the first day of July, everyone.

Additionally, welcome to the unofficial start of the second half of 2020 – man, it has been a crazy year, but as usual, we hope everyone is continuing to stay safe, healthy, and happy during this unprecedented time.

Let’s kick off a new month – and yes, the second half of 2020 – with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime.’


Noontime’s Headlines for Wednesday, July 1, 2020 

  • The biggest news of the day revolves around baseball.It was announced – and yes, confirmed – yesterday afternoon around dinner time that there would be no Minor League Baseball season this summer. The announcement was made by Pat O’Conner, who is the president of Minor League Baseball.
  • So, with no Minor League Baseball, what does that mean for the sport, along with the various teams that compete both locally and around the country?Luckily, we have a few answers, including why the decision was made at this time.
  • With yesterday’s news surrounding Minor League Baseball, what does that mean about sports, in general, going forward, especially during a pandemic?All in all, the loss of Minor League Baseball is not good on many fronts, including the various communities that rely on these various teams to help their economy.
  • On somewhat of a brighter note, there will be some baseball taking place this summer. But according to Derek Jeter, who is currently the CEO of the Miami Marlins, the sport itself will “suffer” following recent negotiations between the league and Players Association.Are you excited for a short, abbreviated season, beginning later this month?
  • Finally, let’s share some good news: ESPN will air a documentary tonight at 9 p.m. eastern on the Boston Renegades football team, which won a national championship last summer.We are excited to tune in and learn more about this all women’s football team, which has enjoyed a great deal of success the past two years on the gridiron.

Western Massachusetts Senior Bowl 2020 Game Day Rosters

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Noontime Sports is excited to unveil the 2020 Western Massachusetts Football Coaches Association (WMFCA) All-Star rosters for both the Hills and Valley Teams, which were scheduled to compete this evening at Springfield College.

The fourth annual contest between the two teams is sponsored by the Bianchi/Barbarotta Foundation.

The WMFCA would also like to thank current Springfield College football coach Mike Cerasuolo for his ongoing and continued support for this contest and event, which provides numerous senior student-athletes an additional chance to represent their communities and high school football programs.


The Hills Team 

  • Josh Vecchio (Amherst)
  • Tom Dion (Amherst)
  • JJ Block (Amherst)
  • Dan Block (Amherst)
  • JB Mills (Amherst)
  • Jack Nagy (Amherst)
  • Shane Robles (Amherst)
  • Logan Wing (Athol)
  • Callaghan Daskam (Belchertown)
  • Hunter Klingensmith (Belechertown)
  • Cameron Otto (Belchertown)
  • Garrett DeForest (Fronteir Regional)
  • Rearkeous (Ito) McMillan (Frontier Regional)
  • Donovan Hoffman (Frontier Regional)
  • Colby Avery (Greenfield)
  • Cam Lackey (Greenfield)
  • Nolan Roberts (Hoosac Valley)
  • Travis Dozier Jr. (Hoosac Valley)
  • Joe Delmolino (Hoosac Valley)
  • Liam Feeley (Hoosac Valley)
  • Peyton Doyle (Lee)
  • Tag Roosa (Lee)
  • Garrett Hopkins (Lee)
  • Nick Nicotra (Lee)
  • Jack Purcell (Lee)
  • Cole Redstone (Lee)
  • Nick Nicotra (Lee)
  • Carson Kowalski (Ludlow)
  • Mattingly Provost (Ludlow)
  • Joe Snopek (Ludlow)
  • Shawn O’Shea (Pittsfield)
  • Anthony Pettibone (Pittsfield)
  • Makai Jones (Pittsfield)
  • Ryan Levrault (South Hadley)
  • Noah Will (South Hadley)
  • Max Garvin (South Hadley)
  • Marquis Fitzell (South Hadley)
  • Tom O’Connor (Wahconah)
  • Luke Hescock (Wahconah)
  • Cylas Emerson (Wahconah)
  • Gavin Henshaw (Wahconah)
  • Griffen Salvini (Wahconah)
  • Shea McIlquham (Wahconah)

The Valley Team 

  • Tom Caracciolo (Agawam)
  • Nick Thomson (Agawam)
  • Jacob Bode (Agawam)
  • Paul Ober (Agawam)
  • Jordan Shae (Agawam)
  • Vinny Castro (Agawam)
  • Jerome Jacobs (Chicopee)
  • John Vega (Chicopee)
  • Travis Kagan (Chicopee Comp.)
  • Anthony Folta  (Chicopee Comp.)
  • Nathaniel Lepage (Chicopee Comp.)
  • Kyle Jones (Chicopee Comp.)
  • Iasias Gomez (Chicopee Comp.)
  • Christopher Williams (Chicopee Comp.)
  • Colin Harrison (Chicopee Comp.)
  • Tyler Tanguay (Chicopee Comp.)
  • Alvin Rivera (Chicopee Comp.)
  • Kyle Ingram (Chicopee Comp.)
  • John Oliver (East Longmeadow)
  • Wes Maurer (East Longmeadow)
  • Joe Maurer (Minnechaug)
  • Bobby Gossman (Minnechaug)
  • Alec Rodriguez (Putnam)
  • Gavin Eastman (Putnam)
  • Nate Martinez (Putnam)
  • Leonard Naylor III (Putnam)
  • Devonte Russell (Putnam)
  • Joshua Holbrook (Putnam)
  • Nyzaire Smith (Putnam)
  • Andre Ellison (Springfield Central)
  • Mahari Miller (Springfield Central)
  • Zechariah Gladden (Springfield Central)
  • Kevin Key Jr. (Springfield Central)
  • Cori Jackson (Springfield Central)
  • Isaac Boston (Springfield Central)
  • David Smith (Springfield Central)
  • Greg Harris (Springfield Central)
  • Ben Green (West Springfield)

Noontime’s Way Too Early D-III Football Conference Predictions

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Frank Stola and the Williams College football team will be one of the favorites in the NESCAC this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: Kris Dufour/Williams College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Our WAY too early New England D-III football preseason coverage rolls on with some predictions on who we think will win their respective conference this season.

Yes, we know these are VERY early predictions and they will certainly change once we get closer to kick-off, but for now, enjoy some way too early thoughts (from your friends at Noontime Sports) on who we think will celebrate a conference championship in November.



Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC)

  • Predicted Winner(s): Endicott College or Western New England
  • Teams to Watch: Husson UniversityNichols College, and Salve Regina University
  • Quick Synopsis: Yes, we know the Gulls and Golden Bears will be the teams to watch this fall, but don’t overlook Husson, Nichols, and Salve Regina as these three teams that will certainly challenge Endicott and Western New England for the CCC crown. Western New England has won the conference the last three years while Endicott has come close the past two seasons to snatching the title from its rival.

Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)

  • Predicted Winner: Dean College
  • Teams to Watch: Maritime (N.Y.) 
  • Quick Synopsis: With a 4-1 conference mark, the Bulldogs were able to win their first-ever ECFC title last fall, so expect that momentum to continue one year later. Maritime (N.Y.) will also be a team to watch this season, while the other ECFC teams should provide challenges to both the Bulldogs and Privateers.

Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

  • Predicted Winner(s): Framingham State or UMass Dartmouth 
  • Teams to Watch: Bridgewater State and Western Connecticut 
  • Quick Synopsis: The Rams of Framingham State have enjoyed a great deal of success the past few years, but could this be the year of the Corsairs? With quarterback Stephen Gacioch leading the UMass Dartmouth offense this fall, expect the Corsairs to challenge the Rams for the top spot in the MASCAC.

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

  • Predicted Winner(s): Wesleyan University or Williams College
  • Teams to Watch: Middlebury CollegeTrinity College, and Tufts University
  • Quick Synopsis: As of now it seems as if this conference could be a two-team or five-team race for the NESCAC crown. Williams will welcome back an impressive senior class that should help them overcome the challenges to secure their first outright title since 2008. Keep your eyes on Trinity and Tufts – these two teams could play spoiler – and, of course, don’t overlook the Cardinals of Wesleyan, who will return some impressive talent on both sides of the ball.

New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

  • Predicted Winner: MIT
  • Teams to Watch: Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, and Springfield College  
  • Quick Synopsis: Coach Brian Bubna and the Engineers have won back-to-back NEWMAC championships so it is hard to pick against MIT, which will once again be one of a few teams to watch in this conference. The Bears of Coast Guard Academy could also be a team that takes that next step, but don’t overlook Merchant Marine and Springfield College. Also, let’s not count out WPI, which did graduate a big senior class, but will carry over some momentum from its 10 win season.