All-WACBA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Teams (Tuesday, March 31st, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

With another season of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, it is time to unveil our All-Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams.

Noontime Sports is excited to share our end of season All-WACBA Teams for the seventh consecutive season after being the host site for the organization’s weekly honor rolls, which have appeared every Tuesday throughout the Worcester basketball season. 

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.


WACBA Men’s Basketball Postseason Award

WACBA Women’s Basketball Postseason Awards 


All-WACBA Men’s Basketball (First Team)

Mike Rapoza 

Anna Maria College

Charlton, Mass.

Matthew Kelly 

Assumption College

North Potomac, Md.

Joe Pridgen

Holy Cross 

Winchendon, Mass.

DeAnte Bruton

Nichols College

New London, Conn.

Tyler Dion

Worcester State 

Barre, Mass.

Garrett Stephenson

WPI

Townsend, Mass.


All-WACBA Men’s Basketball (Second Team)

Bobby Perette

Anna Maria College

Marshfield, Mass.

Malik Brown

Assumption College

Waldorf, Md.

Mateus Ribeiro

Becker College

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Biko Gayman 

Clark University

Fort Pierce, Fla.

Matt Morrow

Nichols College

Leicester, Mass.

Chris Cardoso

Worcester State 

Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Jake Wisniewski

WPI

West Brookfield, Mass.


All-WACBA Women’s Basketball (First Team)

Amber Wilson

Anna Maria College

New York, N.Y.

Brianna Capacchione

Assumption College

Washington Township, N.J.

Hannah Favaloro

Clark University

Blackstone, Mass.

Lauren Manis

Holy Cross 

Franklin, Mass.

Avery LaBarbera

Holy Cross

Harrison, N.Y.

Mya Mosley 

Worcester State 

Worcester, Mass. 


All-WACBA Women’s Basketball (Second Team)

Sierra Johnson

Anna Maria College

Brockton, Mass.

Cassidy Harrison

Becker College

Foxborough, Mass.

Natasha Pacheco

Becker College

Fairfax, Va. 

Angelina Marazzi

Fitchburg State 

Manchester, N.H. 

Isabella Nerney 

Nichols College

Guilford, Conn.

Catherine Sweeney

Worcester State 

Lowell, Mass.

Spencer Vinson

WPI

Los Angeles, Calif. 

 


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.

WACBA Men’s Basketball Postseason Awards (Tuesday, March 24th, 2020)

 

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another season of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our end of season Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball awards for our coach, player, and rookie of the year.

Noontime Sports is excited to share our end of season WACBA honors for the seventh consecutive season after being the host site for the organization’s weekly honor rolls, which have appeared every Tuesday throughout the college basketball season. 

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.


Wentworth and Nichols College

DeAnte Bruton capped an impressive career with the Bison by placing first in program history in field goals made (863). (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Player of the Year: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Sr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton capped an impressive career with the Bison by securing the top spot in the program’s history for field goals made (863) while securing the second position in multiple categories, including scoring (2,334 points), three-pointers (226) and steals (226). He currently ranks fourth all-time in free throw (382) while placing sixth in the record book in scoring average (20.6 points per game) and seventh in free throw percentage. Bruton, who became the fourth student-athlete in program history to net 2,000th points, secured multiple first-team honorees at the conclusion of the regular and postseason from the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), D3Hoops.com, National Association of Basketball Coaches, and NoontimeSports.com.


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Joe Pridgen averaged 17.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Crusaders this past season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Year: Joe Pridgen (Holy Cross | Fr.|Winchendon, Mass.): Named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Pridgen concluded an impressive first season with the Crusaders that culminated in spots on the league’s all-rookie team and third-team. The Winchendon, Massachusetts native averaged 17.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while hitting 55.8 percent of his field-goal attempts. He led the team in both scoring and rebounding while finishing fourth in the conference in scoring, sixth in field goal percentage, and seventh in rebounding. His 521 total points scored on the year were the second-most in both Holy Cross and Patriot League history.


Chris Bartley

WPI men’s basketball coach Chris Bartley guided the Engineers to a 20-8 overall record this season, along with an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. (PHOTO COURTESY: Frank Poulin/WPI Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year: Chris Bartley (WPI): Bartley guided the Engineers to a 20-win season, the program’s third-straight appearance in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament championship, and a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in his 19-years coaching the WPI men’s basketball team. With a 20-8 overall record, Bartley has now guided the Engineers to 20 wins or more in 14 of 19 seasons.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, February 18th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our eleventh Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to partner with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


Wentworth and Nichols College

DeAnte Bruton averaged 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in back-to-back games last week for the Bison. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: DeAnte Bruton (Nichols College | Sr. | New London, Conn.): Bruton averaged 19.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in a 2-0 week for the Bison to pull Nichols within a half a game of first-place entering the final week of the regular season. Bruton began the week with a 26-point effort in a monumental comeback win over Western New England, scoring six points in the final minute of the game as the Bison rallied from a 15-point deficit to score the final 20 points of the contest and stun the Golden Bears. He closed the week with 13 points, eight rebounds, six dimes, and three steals in just 25 minutes of action against Curry College.


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Joe Pridgen averaged 27.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in a pair of games last week for the Crusaders. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Joe Pridgen (Holy Cross | Fr. | Winchendon, Mass.): The first-year forward averaged 27.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in a pair of games last week for the Crusaders while connecting on 19 of 27 field goals (70.4 percent). Additionally, he sank 16 of 21 freebies (76.2 percent). Pridgen began the week by netting 30 points on 11 of 14 shooting against Lehigh before netting 25 points to go with eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks against Lafayette.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Jordan Rose-Wheatley (Becker College | Sophomore | New Bedford, Mass.): Rose-Wheatley put up a strong week for the Hawks, averaging 12.5 points per game with 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists. The sophomore shot 66.7 percent from the floor.

Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Sr. | Barre, Mass.): Dion averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 assists, and 1.5 rebounds in a pair of wins last week for the Lancers, who enter the final week of the regular season as one of the top squads in their conference. Against Salem State last Thursday, the senior tallied 10 points, five assists, and three rebounds before exploding for 29 points on 8 of 12 shooting, including three of five from beyond the arc in a 96-89 victory over MCLA. Dion concluded his team’s contest against the Trailblazers a perfect 10 for 10 from the charity stripe.

Dakota Wheeler (WPI | Jr. | Easthampton, MA): Wheeler averaged 18 points and six rebounds while shooting 68.4% from the floor and an eye-popping 62.5% from 3-point land during a 2-0 week for the Engineers. The junior knocked down three consecutive trifectas late in the second half to help the Engineers go on the road and defeat Babson College, 75-56, last Wednesday. Wheeler ended up with 17 points versus the Beavers before tossing in 19 more points, including five 3-pointers in a comprehensive 85-64 victory over Emerson College.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

 

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 21st, 2020)

 

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Another week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our seventh Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to partner with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


Cardoso Dean

Worcester State’s Chris Cardoso nearly averaged a double-double in three games last week for the Lancers. Cardoso concluded the week with 21.67 and 9.0 rebounds (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State University Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Chris Cardoso (Worcester State | Jr. | Jamaica Plain, Mass.): In a 3-0 week for the Lancers, the third-year guard averaged 21.67 points and nine rebounds to go along with 1.67 steals and one assist. Cardoso recorded back-to-back double-doubles against Framingham State and Westfield State while netting a season-high 28 points on 10 of 14 shooting last Tuesday which helped the Lancers secure their first of three-straight conference wins. The Jamaica Plain native scored 14 points against the Rams before adding 23 points this past Saturday in his team’s 80-67 win over Salem State. Through 15 games this season, Cardoso is averaging 15.3 points and 6.9 rebounds.


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Joe Pridgen recorded his first double-double this past weekend against American University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Joe Pridgen (Holy Cross | Fr. | Winchendon, Mass.): In a pair of games last week for the Holy Cross men’s basketball team, the first-year forward averaged 22.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in a pair of games while hitting 58.8 percent of his field-goal attempts. He began the week by tallying 17 points, six rebounds, and two steals against Army before leading the Purple and White with 28 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and two steals against American University. The 28 points, 12-rebound effort was Pridgen’s first double-double with the Crusaders.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Malik Brown (Assumption College | RS-Jr. | Waldorf, Md.): Brown finished the week averaging a double-double of 12 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. He started the week with 11 points and nine rebounds in a 67-61 victory over Pace before recording 13 points and 12 rebounds in a 75-54 win over American International College this past Saturday. Additionally, he added seven assists and came up with four steals on the week.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker College | Jr.| Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro led the Hawks to a 78-64 win over Mitchell College this past week, posting another great all-around performance with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists while shooting 8-of-16 from the floor. As of press time, Ribeiro ranks tenth in the nation in minutes per game and total minutes.

Biko Gayman (Clark University | Jr. | Fort Pierce, Fla.): In a pair of games last week, Gayman averaged 23 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.0 steals. Against Springfield College last Wednesday, the third-year guard led the Cougars with 21 points on 10 of 17 shooting to go along with four assists, three steals, and one rebound. Three days later against Babson College, Gayman again led the Red and White with 25 points on 7 of 15 shooting while hitting 9 of 12 freebies. Gayman concluded the contest with six rebounds (all defensive caroms), four assists, and one steal, which helped the Cougars claim their first win over the Beavers in Worcester since January 25th, 2014. Heading into a new week, Gayman is seven points shy of becoming the 28th member of the Clark men’s basketball program to reach 1,000 points. 

Colin McNamara (WPI | Jr. | Arlington, MA): McNamara shot 50 percent from the floor and averaged 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals at the Engineers went on the road and posted victories at Wheaton College and Coast Guard Academy.  


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 

WACBA Men’s Basketball Honor Roll (Tuesday, January 7th, 2020)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation & @WACBAHoops 

Happy New Year!

A few weeks of college basketball in the Worcester area are in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fifth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Honor Roll for the 2019-20 season.

Noontime Sports is proud to sponsor with WACBA for the seventh consecutive season to host the weekly honor roll, which will be seen every Tuesday throughout the current college basketball season. Each week, we will select a player and rookie of the week, as well as highlight various milestones, too.

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more. 


Amherst at Anna Maria

Anna Maria College’s Mike Rapoza averaged a double-double in four contests over the holiday break for the AMCATs. (PHOTO COURTESY: Anna Maria College Athletics)

Men’s Basketball Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria College | Sr. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza competed in four contests since Monday, December 9th, 2019, averaging 23.25 points and 18 rebounds per game. During the four-game stretch, the senior forward tallied 20 rebounds or more in back-to-back wins over Framingham State and Mitchell College. He also recorded 20 points or more in both contests, too. Against Trinity College this past weekend, Rapoza recorded a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds.


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Joe Pridgen averaged 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in six games since Monday, December 9th, 2019. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

Men’s Rookie of the Week: Joe Pridgen (Holy Cross | Fr. | Winchendon, Mass.): In six games since Monday, December 9th, 2019, Pridgen has averaged 20.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists, while hitting 59.0 percent of his field-goal attempts and 57.1 percent of his three-pointers. He scored a career-high 32 points against UMass Boston while adding  26 points against Loyola (Md.) and 23 points against Sacred Heart. The first-year forward netted double-figures in three more outings since his team’s mid-to-late December contests while matching a career-high of nine rebounds at Siena.


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Assumption College’s Matthew Kelly averaged 20 points in four contests since mid-to-late December while eclipsing the 1,000-point mark against Georgian Court. (PHOTO COURTESY: Assumption College Athletics)

Men’s Milestone of the Week: Matthew Kelly (Assumption College | Jr. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly scored 80 points in a four-game stretch for Assumption College as the Hounds picked up four wins since the beginning of December and now sit at 8-4 overall as of this morning’s release. He started the break with 25 points in a 91-76 conference victory at Saint Michael’s before netting his 1,000th career point in a victory over Georgian Court where he totaled 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Kelly would add 12 points in a victory over Chestnut Hill before putting up a game-high 26 points in an 83-79 victory at Molloy this past Saturday. He is currently leading the Hounds with 19.2 points per game.


Men’s WACBA Honor Roll | Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Zackary Mittelstadt (Clark University | Sophomore |Wilton, Maine): In a pair of late December contests against Endicott College and Salem State, the second-year guard averaged 17.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. He netted a season-high 22 points on 7 of 11 field-goal attempts against the Vikings, which helped Clark score a 97-87 win before tallying 13 points in a 94-71 setback to the Gulls of Endicott.

Mateus Ribeiro (Becker |Jr. | Sao Paulo, Brazil): Ribeiro entered the break by continuing to enjoy a breakout year for the Hawks, as the Junior averaged 22.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game in wins over Bridgewater State and Maine Maritime. Ribeiro shot 52.6 percent from the floor.

Garrett Stephenson (WPI| Jr. | Townsend, MA): Stephenson netted eight of WPI’s 17 points in a game-opening 17-0 run as the Crimson and Gray opened 2020 with a 90-38 road victory at Framingham State. The junior center finished with a game-best 16 points on perfect 8 of 8 shooting from the floor to go along with four rebounds and three assists in just 17 minutes of action.  Stephenson added a defensive effort that equaled the fewest points allowed in the Chris Bartley era as the Engineers have not allowed fewer points in a game in 68 years, a span of 1,562 games.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.