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Daily Noontime: February 6, 2019

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Happy National Signing Day, Everyone! (PHOTO COURTESY: Sports Illustrated)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

It’s Wednesday – a.k.a. hump day – as well as National Signing Day, too!

We’ll be keeping our eyes on social media today to find out where our high school student-athletes will be taking their talents to next fall.

But in the meantime, let’s dish out a brand new Daily Noontime for February 6, 2019 – have a great day, everyone!


In The News


In Case You Missed It (ICYMI):

  • We started our D3 State Lacrosse Teams for 2019 last night, highlighting student-athletes from California and Colorado. More to come later today!
  • We had some new student-athletes honored yesterday by the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA). (Men’s Report | Women’s Report).

Video of the Day: Jimmy Kimmel shares his thoughts on the State of the Union!

Mass. College Football: Bentley’s Hill Earns 1st Team All-Northeast-10 Honors For 2nd Time

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Bentley University sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about wide receiver Jeff Hill, who was voted to the All-Northeast-10 Conference first team:

 WALTHAM, Mass. – For the second straight year, Bentley University junior wide receiver Jeff Hill (Mansfield/Mansfield HS) has been voted to the All-Northeast-10 Conference first team.

Hill led the Northeast-10 in both receiving yards (1,225) and yards per reception (16.3) while catching 75 passes for the 6-5 Falcons. Included were a dozen touchdown catches for a team-high 72 points. Nationally, he ranks 13th in Division II in receiving yards, 14th in receiving yards per game and 15th in receiving touchdowns.

Of his dozen touchdowns, half were for 30 yards or more, including 77 yards (vs. Saint Anselm), 76 (vs. Merrimack), 73 (vs. Southern Connecticut) and 60 (vs. Pace).

Hill finished the 2013 season with six 100-yard games, including 199 against Saint Anselm, 178 against Southern Connecticut and 166 at Merrimack. His 1,225 yards was the third highest single season total in program history and he became the fourth Falcon to catch at least 75 passes in a season.

On Bentley’s all-time list, Hill ranks third in receiving yards (2,376) and touchdown catches (25), sixth in receptions (132), and is one TD reception away from cracking the top ten in points.

Also recognized by the Northeast-10 with selection to the All-Rookie Team were freshmen Tyler Ford (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan HS) and Sam McDonald (Norfolk/King Phillip Reg. HS).

McDonald, who started the final four games at free safety, shared the Northeast-10 lead in interceptions with five, all coming during the season’s final six games, including two against Southern Connecticut State. He was in on 22 tackles and also had three pass break-ups.

Ford was fourth in the NE-10 in punting, finishing at 37.3 with 11 of his 43 ending up inside the 20. He averaged at least 40 in six games and had a long of 60 at Pace University.

St. John’s Prep Ends Mansfield’s Playoff Run, 64-55

 

St. John's Prep junior forward Steve Haladyna and his team were too much for Mansfield to handle! (Credit Dan Libon)

By Matt Noonan

BOSTON, MA – At times it seemed possible that Mansfield High School was going to upset St. John’s Prep, but with the game on the line and the Hornets without their star player, senior forward Jeff Hill during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, the Pioneers sank their free-throw shots and punched their ticket to the MIAA Division I state finals in Worcester on Saturday, as St. John’s Prep prevailed, 64-55.

“I think we did a pretty good job defensively against them,” said St. John’s Prep head coach Sean Connolly. “They have a kid [Michael] Lofton who is very good. Creates a lot of mismatches [and] once he gets to the paint it’s tough because he’s such a good passer, but overall, I thought we did a good job defensively.”

Defense seemed to be the key ingredient for the Pioneers success on Tuesday, as St. John’s Prep held the Hornets to just seven points during the first quarter, which came on behalf of Hill, who knocked down three baskets and went [1-3] at the line during the opening eight minutes.

Yet, the Hornets fought back during the second quarter, when Hill led the team on a 7-2 run to end the first half. Not only did Mansfield rely on Hill during the first half, but also, senior forward Joseph Gracia who knocked down a clutch three pointer during the closing seconds, as well as junior guard Brian Hershman scored on a layup after his team forced a Pioneers turnover.

While the Hornets appeared rejuvenated from forcing turnovers and scoring on the transition, Mansfield head coach Michael Vaughn seemed determined that his defense would help his struggling offense score points and win the game.

“I thought our defense did exactly what we had to to win the game,” said Vaughn.

Entering the second half, St. John’s Prep scored first and eventually took advantage of Mansfield’s missed shots, as the Pioneers extended their lead to 41-29, but being resilient, the Hornets stormed back again. The Hornets may have indeed struggled to convert jump shots or long rang three-pointers, so they utilized their taller players, such as Jeff Hill and senior forward Michael Lofton to score points in the paint.

“We haven’t shot well against teams that are good defensively,” said Vaughn. “We kind of find ways to muster points and score in spurts and coming in the shots weren’t falling, we had some early looks and all of a sudden we stopped shooting them and every shot you don’t take is like a miss as well because it just makes the defense that much more beneficial.”

Once the fourth quarter began, the Hornets continued to stop the Pioneers and draw closer to their lead, but once Hill committed his fifth foul of the game, it seemed as if Mansfield wasn’t going to be headed to the state title game in Worcester.

“I can’t say enough about what Hill brought to the table,” said Vaughn. “When we struggled offensively you could kind of see our offensive moral being down and Jeff just motored. He gave us everything he possibly had to a point.”

“I think it made it a little bit easier for us having him out, probably the best defender,” said Connolly.

With Hill done for the game and Mansfield’s title hopes slipping a way, the Hornets would pull within three points, but that would be as close as they could get, as Vaughn ordered his team to foul their opponents and send St. John’s Prep’s best player to the line, senior guard Pat Connaughton, who knocked down three free-throws during the final minutes. He also electrified the crowd during an open court steal, which prompted him to show off his vertical jump and dunk the ball too, which clearly electrified the crowd.

“Coach said, I had to get a dunk at the Garden, I played here three games and hadn’t one yet,” said a smiling Connaughton.

St. John’s Prep finished the game with critical free-throws and will return to school in preparation for their biggest game of the season, the state title, which will be occur on Saturday the DCU Center in Worcester.