Daily Noontime: Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone. I hope you are ALL doing well and ready for another great day – I know I am!

It may not totally feel like spring (or summer) like it did yesterday, but I am confident the weather this morning and early afternoon will put a smile on your face. And you know what will also make you smile (and feel happy) is a brand new Daily Noontime, so let’s get started.

The TD Garden will be the go-to site for some great local high school basketball this afternoon and evening – here is today’s Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) schedule:

  • MIAA D4 State Semifinals: Matignon vs. Cathedral, 2 p.m. 
  • MIAA D4 State Semifinals: Snowden vs. Abington, 3:45 p.m. 
  • MIAA D1 State Semifinals: Andover vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 5:30 p.m. 
  • MIAA D1 State Semifinals: Lynn English vs. Mansfield, 7:15 p.m. 

As of this morning, it appears as if fans will be allowed to attend these four games, but if anything changes due to COVID-19, we will let you know! Fans can also stream all four contests through NFHSNetwork.com.

The Boston Bruins will return to the ice this evening when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers for a 7 p.m. face-off. Boston is looking to return to the win column after losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning this past weekend.

Following their trip to Philadelphia, Boston will head to upstate New York for a Friday evening affair with the Buffalo Sabres before returning home on Saturday, March 14th for a 7 p.m. face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for three wins this week!

The Boston Celtics return to the hardwood this evening, kicking off a three-game set in four days with a visit to the Indiana Pacers with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Boston is looking to return to the win column after being edged by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

Following their visit to Indiana, the Celtics will take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday followed by a home date Friday, March 13th against the Washington Wizards.

With COVID-19 continuing to spread throughout the New England region, as well as the country, the NBANHL, and MLB are preparing for the possibility of playing games without fans.

Speaking of games without fans, according to D3Hoops.com, Amherst College, which will be the host site of this week’s NCAA D-III Women’s Basketball Sectional semifinals and finals, will not allow supporters of the four teams in their gym after denying access last weekend for three games, including the Mammoths’ initial postseason contest against Framingham State University.

According to the Burlington Free Press, the Norwich University women’s ice hockey team will play its first NCAA Tournament game against Amherst on Wednesday, March 11th without any fans due to concerns of the coronavirus. And this may not be the first postseason college hockey game to not include fans.

Finally, we’re inching closer to learning where Tom Brady will play this season – will it be with the New England Patriots or somewhere else? Amy Trask of The Athletic thinks there are plenty of teams that would love to sign the six-time Super Bowl champion.

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Wednesday, which means we’re going to work extra hard today (and tomorrow) for the weekend, right?

It is a WINDY day outside today, so make sure to hang onto your hat (and maybe your glasses, too). And make sure to look both ways before crossing the street, as well.

Alright, enough about the weather (and crossing streets). Let’s get into the Daily Noontime!

  • The Boston Bruins picked-up an important 2-1 win last night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. With the win, the Black and Gold improve to 42-13-12 overall – they also picked up two more points to bump their season total to 96 (wow!).
  • Boston will attempt to gain an additional two points tomorrow, Thursday, March 5th when they visit the Florida Panthers for a 7 p.m. face-off.
  • With their win last night over the Lightning, it appears as if the Bruins have the Atlantic Division locked up. Boston and Tampa Bay will meet again on Saturday, March 7th – it will be another game to watch, of course – and could see each other in the postseason.
  • The Brooklyn Nets scored 51 points in the fourth quarter and then outscored the Boston Celtics, 11-2, in overtime to secure a 129-20 win last night on Causeway Street. Jaylen Brown led the Green and White with 22 points while Kemba Walker chipped in 21 points.
  • Boston will be fine – don’t worry, Celtics fans! – but they will need everyone on their roster to feel better and get healthier as they head into the final weeks of the regular season. And one of those players is Jayson Tatum, who was sidelined last night with an illness.
  • A 15-pitch bullpen session on Sunday has resulted in Chris Sale sitting on the bench and waiting for Dr. James Andrews to review his MRI. Hopefully, we receive some positive news later today or this week about the Boston Red Sox pitcher, who was forced to end his season last summer with an elbow issue. Perhaps the Sox will need to acquire some free-agent pitchers to bolster its rotation?
  • The Lowell High School boy’s basketball team extended captured its 23-straight contest this season with a hard-fought win over Cambridge on Tuesday evening in the MIAA D1 North semifinals at Woburn High School. Jaceb McKenzie and Carlos Nunez scored 16 points, respectively, for the Red Raiders, who will now face Lynn English in Saturday’s D1 North Finals at the Tsongas Center.
  • Tufts University men’s lacrosse netted 25 goals for the ninth time in program history last night as the Jumbos rolled past Springfield College in a non-conference clash. Tufts, which improved to 2-0, received seven points from Mac Bredahl while Mason Pollack turned aside five shots.
  • Brandon Pavoni netted five goals while setting up three more tallies as the Anna Maria College men’s lacrosse team outlasted Nichols College on Tuesday for their second win of the 2020 season.

Mass. High Schools: Tuesday Scoreboard

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_HS

Another busy day of high school sports in Eastern Massachusetts have concluded, and below are a few scores reported to @Noontime_HS on Twitter.

Coaches, teams, and fans can submit local scores (and updates) by tweeting to our high school sports Twitter handle or @NoontimeSports. 

Boy’s Lacrosse

  • Braintree 11, Walpole 9
  • Winchester 14, Burlington 3
  • Dracut 14, Tewksbury 3
  • Medfield 25, Bellingham 2
  • Lexington 14, Wakefield 4
  • Hanover 12, Silver Lake 8
  • Reading 16, Wilmington 5
  • Newburyport 16, North Reading 6
  • St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 7, St. John’s Prep (Danvers) 6
  • Acton-Boxborough 14, Waltham 5
  • Concord-Carlisle 11, Newton South 5
  • Billerica 8, Central Catholic 5
  • Needham 18, Weymouth 3
  • Chelmsford 18, Methuen 5

Girl’s Lacrosse 

  • Bedford 20, Cambridge 13
  • Swampscott 18, Medford 1
  • Newburyport 19, North Reading 6
  • Walpole 16, Braintree 6
  • Needham 17, Weymouth 2
  • Boston Latin 17, Waltham 10
  • Weston 15, Newton South 7
  • Revere 16, Gloucester 11
  • Saugus 10, Malden 9
  • Marblehead 16, Beverly 10
  • Winchester 15, Salem 1
  • Concord-Carlisle 17, Wayland 16
  • Norwell 13, Abington 1

Baseball 

  • St. Mary’s (Lynn) 5, Bishop Fenwick 2
  • Cambridge 4, Acton-Boxborough 3
  • Stoneham 5, Watertown 0
  • Lexington 4, Winchester 0
  • Boston Latin 9, Newton South 3
  • Concord-Carlisle 9, Westford 0
  • East Bridgewater 2, Middleborough 0
  • Whitman-Hanson 6, Plymouth North 1

Softball 

  • Everett 10, Somerville 1
  • Latin Academy 7, East Boston 1

Boy’s Tennis 

  • Newton South 3, Cambridge 2
  • Malden 5, Lynn English 0

Girl’s Tennis 

  • Newton South 5, Cambridge 0
  • Malden 3, Lynn English 2
  • Needham 3, Notre Dame Academy 2

Boy’s Volleyball 

  • Cambridge 3, Arlington 0
  • Wayland 3, Westford 1
  • O’Bryant 3, Madison Park 1

Make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports’ Eastern Massachusetts high school sports coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_HS 

High School Sports: MIAA Basketball State Finals Predictions

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_HS

Saturday will be a busy day in Massachusetts with 16 high school basketball teams vying for eight state championships.

Holy Cross and WPI will be the sites of this year’s Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) state championships with games tipping off at 12 p.m.

Before all eight games commence, let’s dish out our thoughts on each contest, as well as our predictions, too.

Stay connected Noontime Sports’ high school coverage by following @Noontime_HS on Twitter today! 


MIAA State Basketball Championship Predictions 

MIAA D1 Boys Final: Lynn English vs. Putnam (6:45 p.m. @ Holy Cross): The Bulldogs were just the better team on Tuesday when they beat Newton North in the state semifinals. Alonzo Linton was one of many players that powered the Maroon and White to the team’s 22nd victory of the season. Linton should be a factor on Saturday against Putnam, which must find a way to slow down him and others on this Lynn English team. PREDICTION: Lynn English

MIAA D1 Girls Final: Braintree vs. Springfield Central (2:15 p.m. @ Holy Cross): For the third-straight March, the Wamps and Golden Eagles will meet in the finals. Jaliena Sanchez highlighted Springfield Central’s win over Franklin on Tuesday with 32 points and should be a factor against Braintree on Saturday, which needed a second-half surge to beat Central Catholic. PREDICTION: Springfield Central 

MIAA D2 Boys Final: Tech Boston vs. Taconic (2:15 p.m. @ WPI): Tech Boston’s Shamar Browder was very impressive against Belmont on Wednesday, netting 19 of his 30 points in the second half, while Lyron Bennet was extremely clutch from the charity stripe, especially in the fourth quarter. Both players will need to mimic their performance on Saturday against Taconic, which pushed ahead for good against Westboro in the second half of its semifinal contest. Tech Boston won their meeting with the Braves last year, but Taconic should be motivated to erase last year’s setback with a win over the Bears this weekend. PREDICTION: Taconic 

MIAA D2 Girls Final: Pentucket vs. Northampton (4:30 p.m. @ Holy Cross): The Sachems’ full-court press and transition offense seemed to be one of many reasons the Green and White was able to secure the lead for good against Pembroke on Wednesday. Look for a big game from Pentucket’s Angelica Hurley, who finished Wednesday’s semifinal with 19 points and nine rebounds. PREDICTION: Pentucket 

MIAA D3 Boys Final: Bishop Stang vs. Dover-Sherborn (12 p.m. @ Holy Cross): Everything seems to be clicking for Dover-Sherborn these days. The Raiders have scored some impressive wins over the past few weeks to secure a spot in the championship game, including recent victories over Sabis in the state semifinals and Hudson, which was the top seed in the D3 Central Tournament. Their luck should continue against the Spartans in their first championship appearance since 1981. PREDICTION: Dover-Sherborn. 

MIAA D3 Girls Final: St. Mary’s of Lynn vs. Hoosac Valley (12 p.m. @ WPI): Alexandria Mercier has been the go-to this season for the Hurricanes, especially earlier this week when she canned a game-high 22 points against Millis in the state semifinals. Mercier, along with Alison Mendel will be a tough duo to stop on Saturday and should find a way to lead Hoosac Vallet past a Spartans squad that overcame a nine-point deficit to defeat Archbishop Williams at the Garden on Wednesday. PREDICTION: Hoosac Valley 

MIAA D4 Boys Final: Abington vs. Worcester Tech (6:45 p.m. @ WPI): The Green Wave was rather impressive Tuesday – they rallied to beat Pope John at the Garden, thanks to a late three-pointer from William Klein, which secured Abington a spot in this year’s championship game. The Green Wave will need to play the way they did down the stretch against Pope John to beat a talented Worcester Tech squad. PREDICTION: Abington 

MIAA D4 Girls Final: Cathedral vs. Hopkins Academy (4:30 p.m. @ WPI): Dejah Jenkins will attempt to cap her senior year with the Panthers by delivering Cathedral its second state title in three seasons. Cathedral beat Fenway en route to its D4 crown in 2017, so expect the same to happen this time, as well. PREDICTION: Cathedral


Stay connected with Noontime Sports’ high school sports coverage on Twitter at @Noontime_HS! 

Mass. High Schools: MIAA North & South Basketball Tournament Pairings

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_HS

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) unveiled its pairings (North and South) for the upcoming high school state tournament with most games tipping-off early next week.

Below are links to the North and South brackets – we will be keeping an eye on the numerous games through our high school sports Twitter handle @Noontime_HS, so make sure to follow for some game coverage, along with scores, news, and links.


North Tournaments 

MIAA D1 Noth Boy’s Tournament | Top Seed: Lynn English 

MIAA D2 North Boy’s Tournament | Top Seed: Belmont

MIAA D3 North Boy’s Tournament | Top Seed: St. Mary’s (Lynn)

MIAA D4 North Boy’s Tournament | Top Seed: Mystic Valley 

MIAA D1 North Girl’s Tournament | Top Seed: Belmont

MIAA D2 North Girl’s Tournament | Top Seed: Pentucket 

MIAA D3 North Girl’s Tournament | Top Seed: Latin Academy

MIAA D4 North Girl’s Tournament | Top Seed: Fenway 


South Tournaments

MIAA D1 South Boy’s Tournament | Top Seed: Brookline

MIAA D2 South Boy’s Tournament | Top Seed: Randolph

MIAA D3 South Boy’s Tournament | Top Seed: Wareham 

MIAA D4 South Boy’s Tournament | Top Seed: Blue Hills

MIAA D1 South Girl’s Tournament | Top Seed: Bridgewater-Raynham

MIAA D2 South Girl’s Tournament | Top Seed: Foxboro 

MIAA D3 South Girl’s Tournament | Top Seed: Archbishop Williams

MIAA D4 South Girl’s Tournament | Top Seed: West Bridgewater 


Stay connected with our Noontime Sports high school sports coverage by following @Noontime_HS on Twitter!