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Introducing ‘This Is Noontime’

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

In just a few weeks, Noontime Sports will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary, which is hard for me to fathom.

When I started my site as a junior in college, my intentions were simple: get a job in sports media and shut down your little entity that was predominantly focused on analyzing Boston sports – well, more attempting to opine on various hot stove issues surrounding the Boston BruinsCeltics, and Red Sox, as well as the New England Patriots, too.

But over time, the site became more than just a hobby that produced daily or weekly podcasts on independent baseball or whatever I was watching on ESPN.  Instead, it became a labor of love. And that labor of love blossomed into an outlet that covered games at Harvard StadiumTD Garden, and WPI. And the list goes on and on.

The journey seemed unimaginable for a soon-to-be 21-year-old who was ready to imagine life after Wheaton College (Mass.). But looking back on the past ten years, I am so proud of what I built (and established) within the small college space, along with the occasional major and minor league sports coverage, and yes, some high schools, too.

My site has connected me with some amazing people, including current and past editors, writers, and stringers throughout the New England region, to new friends like Anthony Karpouzis of Zelos AthleticsBrett Sillari of Sillari Properties, and Mike Loveday of LaxRecords.com. 

Additionally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my two favorite D3 football guys – that would be James Baker and Frank Rossi – as well as Rusty Eggen and Mark Therien, who helped establish a partnership with the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA). All four have inspired me to produce content that highlights the true meaning of the student-athlete – I owe a lot to all four of these guys and am forever thankful for their help and support of coverage.

Of course, there are others that have made this journey so special like Tom Kelley, who became the first Division III football coach I ever spoke with when I elected to begin covering the small college sports beat in 2012 to Larry Anderson and Sonia Raman at MIT. And how could I forget Melissa Hodgdon, who has always believed me in since I was a student at Wheaton when I broadcasted her various basketball games, including an epic New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship win over Springfield College in 2008.

‘This is Noontime’ is a testament to the amazing people I have met throughout this journey – it is a tribute to their buy-in and appreciation for what I set out to do, which again provided hyperlocal sports coverage to the Division III world (and yes, even Division I and II in New England) years ago. (Did you know I tried to get UMass football on my radar?) 

My hope is this series, which you will see both here on NoontimeSports.com, as well as across social media, will inspire you to chase your dreams and follow what you love. I can’t say this has been an easy journey – nope, there have been a slew of challenges I have faced and overcome – but again, I am proud of what I attempted to do and thankful to so many people for allowing me to step into their office, swap texts or emails, or speak with me for a 20 minute call, so I could tell their story through various mediums like features and podcasts.

I am excited to begin this new series and hope you will enjoy as much as I do, so stay tuned for the first video episode, as well as some written insight, as well.

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Casey McGarvey (CGA) & James Baker (InThe HuddLLE)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Casey McGarvey (United States Coast Guard Academy Athletics) and James Baker (In The HuddLLe) highlighted today’s Noontime Sports the Podcast, which was hosted by Matt Noonan.

McGarvey, who is a sports information assistant/new media mogul at UGA, discussed the impact of social media on campus and how his office has explored new ways to tell stories about student-athletes and coaches, including blog posts, which can be seen on the academy’s athletic website. He also highlighted the football team’s final regular game against Merchant Marine Academy, which will be broadcasted by ESPN.

Baker, who was a frequent guest on the podcast last football season, shared his pre-season thoughts (and ideas) on the various New England teams to watch this fall, including Western New England, which secured a spot on this week’s D3Football.com Preseason Poll. The Golden Bears checked-in 24th out of 25 teams, while earning 100 points.

Entering this upcoming football season, Baker, along with co-host Frank Rossi, will be celebrating 10 years of D3 Football coverage. Their podcast has featured numerous student-athletes and coaches from the Liberty League, along with broadcasters and media members, too. They have also covered the NCAA Division III Football Tournament’s selection show, while interviewing the committee chair about postseason play.

Make sure to check-out past episodes of the In The HuddLLE by HOPPING HERE!

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode Five (James Baker | In The HuddLLe)

Noontime Sports Podcast

By NoontimeSports.com 

On Tuesday evening, Matt Noonan was joined by James Baker – one of the co-hosts for ‘In The HuddLLe’ (yes, there is an extra ‘L’) to talk about the first week of the NCAA Division III Football season for the fifth episode of Noontime Sports The Podcast.

Baker, who co-hosts a weekly D3 Football podcast with Frank Rossi, provided his ‘two-cents’ on the various New England teams and conferences, including Framingham State, Endicott College, WPI, Springfield, Husson and various New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schools.

Make sure to stay connected with Baker (and Rossi) throughout the entire season on Twitter (@ITHuddLLe) and check-out their week one/season preview podcast – HOP HERE.