Tuesday’s meeting between The BASE and East Boston Expos could be a preview of an exciting postseason series later this summer.
The two Yawkey Baseball League (YBL) squads, which will square-off at Alumni Field in Lowell tomorrow evening at 8 p.m., have enjoyed successful starts to their respective campaigns and have combined for 11 wins and 22 points.
East Boston’s offense is averaging nearly 10 runs per game after producing 12 runs or more three times this summer.
The Expos, who began their campaign with an opening day win over the Charlestown Townies, recently had six players record two runs in a 13-0 victory this past Saturday against the Stoneham Sabres. Derek Adamson, who currently boasts the second-best batting average in the YBL (.667), finished the game with three RBI.
As of this afternoon, East Boston leads all YBL squads with 59 runs while the Sabres rank first as a team in hits (73), doubles (18), and RBI (51). The Expos’ upcoming opponent – The BASE – has produced 51 runs in five contests. The league’s newest member is also averaging 10.2 runs per contest.
Following Tuesday’s must-see matchup, The BASE and Expos will meet again on Monday, July 27 at Ronan Park in Boston.
The Boston Men’s Baseball League has recently started its season with the Metrowest Royals and Metrowest Orioles logging the most games (four, to be exact) in all four divisions.
As of Monday afternoon, the Royals are the top team in the Metrowest MSBL Division with a 4-0 mark (eight points) while the Orioles are second with a 3-1 record. The Royals and Orioles have combined for 62 runs scored.
The Northeast Tides are currently the top squad in the North Shore Baseball League, which began its 2020 season on Tuesday, July 7.
On Sunday, the Tides bumped its overall record to 8-0, thanks to a 5-0 win over the Peabody Champions. Northeast will look to continue its momentum on Thursday, July 23 when they visit the Beverly Recs before hosting the Manchester Marlins on Saturday, July 25.
Finally, the Massachusetts Independent Baseball League (MIBL) has enjoyed a successful start to its inaugural season. They have also been quite active on social media, tweeting updates, scores, and schedules to its fans, players, and coaches.
The league recently named Jackson Hornung their Player of the Week after he helped Ashland win three straight contests while registering four RBI, two doubles, and one home run. Braintree‘s Kyle Roche was tabbed the MIBL Pitcher of the week after recording 11 strikeouts while surrendering just three hits in three contests.
Ashland is one of the top teams in the MIBL Senior League with a 6-1 mark – Medfield boasts the same record – while Braintree is tied for second in the division with Quincy with a 5-2 record.
The Belmont Marauders begin their season on Friday, September 13th against Wakefield. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)
By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11
Ah, another Friday evening (and weekend) of high school football has arrived – are you ready for some Friday Night Lights?
This evening, I’ll be covering Arlington Catholic at Watertown – you can follow our coverage on Twitter @Noontime_FB – and I certainly have a prediction for the non-conference clash below.
With kickoff quickly approaching, let’s dish out picks for week two and see if I can improve my mark from last week where I picked three of seven contests correctly.
Game of the Week: Arlington Catholic at Watertown (Friday, Sept. 13th at 7 p.m.): Both teams should be in contention later this fall for their respective sectional playoffs, but for Watertown to be successful they must find a way to slow down some key transfers from Pope John’s Super Bowl team last December. Arlington Catholic boasts some impressive talent on both sides of the ball but must stop Watertown halfbacks, David Manoukian and Karim Monroe. Prediction: Arlington Catholic 21, Watertown 13
Tewksbury at Needham (Friday, September 13th @ 6 p.m.): A tough test for the Rockets against a Tewksbury squad that was idle one week ago. Look for Tewksbury to jump out to an early lead and not look back. PREDICTION: Tewksbury 28, Needham 10
Martha’s Vineyard at Mystic Valley (Friday, September 13th @ 6 p.m.): Second-year coach Danny Kelly‘s squad is a year older – they gained some valuable experience last season as a young team, which should help the Eagles soar to an opening day win. PREDICTION: Mystic Valley 18, Martha’s Vineyard 14
Stoughton at Medford (Friday, September 13th @ 6 p.m.): Coach John Curley seems optimistic about his Mustangs, who should be able to deliver the first-year coach his first win. PREDICTION: Medford 21, Stoughton 10
Wakefield at Belmont (Friday, September 13th @ 6 p.m.): After sitting idle last weekend, expect coach Yann Kumin‘s squad to be ready to go come kickoff. Look for the senior leadership on both sides of the ball to carry the Marauders to an opening day win. PREDICTION: Belmont 24, Wakefield 14
Minuteman at Matignon/St. Joseph’s Prep (Friday, Septemeber 13th @ 7 p.m.): The Warriors will look to earn their first win of the season against a Minuteman squad that graduated some key pieces from last year’s 6-5 team. Quarterback Sam Wright should be able to lead the offense up and down the field this evening for a few scores. PREDICTION: Matignon 20, Minuteman 14
Cambridge at Arlington (Friday, September 13th @ 7 p.m.): I didn’t expect the Falcons to win their season-opener against Boston Latin, but Cambridge proved me wrong. So tonight I’ll take the Falcons over the Spyponders. PREDICTION: Cambridge 28, Arlington 21
Medfield at Dedham (Friday, September 13th @ 7 p.m.): After a tough loss to East Bridgewater last week, look for Dedham to bounce back with an opening night win against the Warriors. PREDICTION: Dedham 28, Medfield 14
Falmouth at Somerville (Saturday, September 14th at 11 a.m.): The Highlanders capped their 2018 season with some serious momentum, which should carry into this season. But an opening day date with Falmouth is not an easy match-up. Falmouth is considered one of the top teams in Division 5 South and should certainly provide match-up problems for the Highlanders. PREDICTION: Falmouth 28, Somerville 13
Months after concluding their 2018 campaign with a 26-6 setback to rival Dedham High School, the Norwood High School football team returned to campus last month eager to start a new chapter of the program under first-year coach Manny Lopes.
Lopes, who competed and won a Super Bowl as a student-athlete with Norwood in 2000, is excited for his initial season with the Mustangs, who will visit Walpole High School on Friday, September 6th for a 7 p.m. kick-off.
“It’s exciting,” said Lopes of his team’s first contest of the 2019 season. “Its a respectful rivalry, but we have lost to them long enough, so it will be nice to put some teams out there to compete with them, and we’re excited to get out there (this Friday).”
Walpole topped Norwood, 27-0, last fall, which provided coach Chris Sullivan, a former assistant, and student-athlete with the Rebels with his initial win as the program’s head coach.
Lopes says he is excited to start his “own little rivalry” with Sullivan, who he described as a “great guy.”
Similar to Lopes, his players, including quarterback Jason Denehy are excited for their first game against the Rebels – the Mustangs’ signal-caller says he “takes pride in being a part of” the Norwood-Walpole rivalry.
“It goes back a long time and it means a lot to me from youth and especially now in high school,” said Denehy, who is eager to guide the Mustangs’ offense up and down the field this fall.
Denehy considers Walpole “one of the (stronger) opponents” Norwood will face this fall, so scoring an opening day win over the Rebels would certainly provide the squad with some momentum heading into their second season in the Tri-Valley League (TVL).
Norwood concluded its first season in the TVL with a 2-9 mark – their lone conference win came against Medfield High School last October – but from speaking with a few players last Friday during the squad’s ‘Media Day,’ they certainly seem prepared to face the conference’s large divisional foes again this season.
Said senior tri-captain Aidan Prior, “A lot of these Tri-Valley League teams I never played before (until last season), but there were two teams we have been playing for years (growing up through youth sports) in Dedham and Westwood, so it is good to know coming back a second year what these teams are all about.”
The Mustangs will play two conference games this month against Medway and Westwood before visiting Hopkinton and Holliston in the first two weeks of October. Medfield and Ashland will visit Norwood during the final two weeks of October before the Mustangs compete in either a postseason or non-postseason clash.
Norwood will conclude November with a visit to Dedham on Thanksgiving Day with kickoff scheduled for 10 a.m.
Getting to Know the 2019 Norwood High School Mustangs
Norwood’s first season in the Tri-Valley League (TVL): The Mustangs concluded their initial season in the Tri-Valley League with a 2-9 record. Their lone conference win came against Medfield when the Mustangs defeated the Warriors last October by a score of 21-2.
Familiar Foes: Norwood will see the same seven teams they competed against last season, including all six conference foes. They were competitive against Medway and Westwood but struggled against Ashland, Holliston, and Hopkinton.
But as senior tri-captain Teddy Willet said, “We got to watch these teams on film but never saw them on the field, we never played with them before, but the way I look at it is they have never seen us before and they have to come to stop us.”
Norwood’s first conference game is Saturday, September 21st against Medway, which defeated the Mustangs last fall, 34-18.
A new potential rival for Norwood: While Norwood will continue its rivalry with Dedham and Walpole this fall – the Marauders are also part of the Tri-Valley League, too – it seems a new rivalry is taking shape with its next-door neighbors.
Norwood and Westwood are slowly becoming rivals – the two towns don’t have the same history as Norwood-Dedham or Norwood-Walpole, but as coach Manny Lopes said, “Westwood is starting to be a little rivalry.”
One of Lopes’ coordinators said he considers Norwood-Westwood a “great rivalry,” especially after last year’s contest, which saw the Wolverines edge the Mustangs, 7-6.
Said Lopes, “Walpole and Dedham are the big ones. The Westwood one is growing, there have been some close games in the past couple of years, but it is really Walpole and Dedham.”
Norwood and Westwood will square-off Saturday, September 28th at 1 p.m.
Norwood’s Captains: The Mustangs named three student-athletes captains this season: Teddy Willett, who will play halfback and outside linebacker, Aidan Prior, who will be spotted at offensive guard and defensive tackle, and Connor Sheehan, who will play offensive guard and middle linebacker.
The offensive plan: Lopes said he and his staff have implemented a new offense for the upcoming season, which will be a mix of run-pass. Lopes seems eager to watch Denehy quarterback an offense that may not feature too many designed plays but will allow the junior signal-caller to run the ball, too.
Norwood returns three starters on the offensive line, according to Lopes, including Prior and Sheehan.
Getting to know Norwood’s defense: While Prior, Sheehan, and Willett will be tasked with leading the Mustangs’ defense, there are some holes Lopes and his staff must fill heading into their first game on Friday.
Lopes doesn’t seem too concerned about filling the graduation gaps – he has faith in his seniors to step-up and make plays. “We’ll be fine,” said Lopes.
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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimeLax
Due to Mother Nature, all five Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) state lacrosse championship games will occur tomorrow, Friday, June 21st.
Babson College will be the site for three games, including the MIAA D3 boy’s lacrosse state final between Dover-Sherborn and Grafton at 3 p.m.
Following D-S and Grafton, Longmeadow and Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) will square-off in the D1 girl’s lacrosse state finals at 5 p.m. followed by the D2 state championship between Cohasset and Manchester-Essex at 7 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Stadium, the new home of the Boston Cannons, will host a pair of boy’s state championship games, beginning with the D2 state finals between Medfield and Winchester at 1 p.m. The D1 final between Lincoln-Sudbury and Hingham will take place at 4 p.m.
Here are our predictions for all five contests – remember to stay connected tomorrow for updates from all five games on Twitter by following @NoontimeLax.
MIAA D1 Boy’s Lacrosse: Lincoln-Sudbury over Hingham. The Warrior scored some impressive wins over the past few weeks, including a 10-6 victory in the MIAA D1 North finals against St. John’s Prep. Earlier this season, the Warriors beat the Harbormen in the Coaches Cup Finals and should once again find a way past Hingham in the state championship.
MIAA D2 Boy’s Lacrosse: Winchester over Medfield. The Sachems averaged 15.33 goals per game in a trio of MIAA D2 North postseason contests – they netted 17 in their quarterfinal win over Wakefield – and recently scored a very impressive 10-3 win over St. John’s (Shrewsbury) in the D2 state semifinals. Medfield was also a team to watch in the D2 East/Central bracket, scoring wins over Concord-Carlisle, Walpole, and Westwood before flexing their muscles against Sandwich with a 21-5 win in the state semifinals. This has the making of an exciting contest that could come down to the final possession.
MIAA D3 Boy’s Lacrosse: Dover-Sherborn over Grafton. The Raiders and Indians will square-off in the title game for the second time since 2016 and third since 2015. D-S has won both match-ups against the Indians and will certainly rely on Pierce Gregory to lead the Raiders to hopefully their final victory of the 2019 season. Henry Kenney will also be a player to watch on D-S, as well, but the Raiders must find a way to slow down Grafton’s Matt Gilliatt, who located the back of the net six times in his team’s state semifinal victory against Dracut.
MIAA D1 Girl’s Lacrosse: Notre Dame Academy over Longmeadow. Postseason wins over Needham and Westwood, along with a recent state semifinal victory against Walpole has provided the Cougars with the momentum they will need to slow down the Lancers, who are seeking their first state title since 2015 (beat Westwood, 10-9, in double-overtime). NDA last captured the D1 state championship in 2013 when they beat Longmeadow, 13-10, and will need a solid effort from their senior class, including Madison Ahern and Kelsey Kenney.
MIAA D2 Girl’s Lacrosse: Cohasset over Manchester-Essex. Cohasset’s Jane Hansen will attempt to cap her high school career with a state championship before she attempts to lead Northwestern University to a national championship next spring. Hansen and the Skippers have gained some valuable experience this spring by competing against some of the state’s top teams, including Longmeadow, Notre Dame Academy, and Wellesley. That experience should help the Skippers against a talented Hornets squad, which has scored some exciting postseason wins, including a 7-6 win over Newburyport in the D2 North finals and an 11-10 win earlier this week over Bromfield in the state semifinals.
The final few days of the Massachusetts high school lacrosse season are upon us with sectional finals set to begin tomorrow for some teams, while others will compete on Friday and Saturday.
Below are the sectional final schedules, including dates, times and locations. As always, make sure to stay connected with @NoontimeLax on Twitter for in-game updates, scores, and news from the 2019 Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament.
Boy’s Lacrosse | Sectional Finals Schedule
MIAA D1 North: No. 3 Lincoln-Sudbury at No. 1 St. John’s Prep | Friday, June 14th at 5 p.m.
MIAA D2 North: No. 6 Billerica at No. 1 Winchester | Friday, June 14th at 5 p.m.
MIAA D3 North: No. 4 Dracut at No. 2 Austin Prep | Friday, June 14th at 5 p.m.
MIAA D1 South: No. 6 Duxbury at No. 1 Hingham | Saturday, June 15th at 4 p.m.
MIAA D2 South: No. 2 Sandwich vs. No. 1 Hanover | Thursday, June 13th at 5 p.m. (Game will be played at Hingham High School).
MIAA D3 South: No. 3 Cohasset vs. No. 1 Norwell | Thursday, June 13th at 7 p.m. (Game will be played at Hingham High School).
MIAA D2 Central/East: No. 1 Medfield vs. No. 2 Concord-Carlisle | Thursday, June 13th at 4:30 p.m. (Game will be played at Natick High School)
MIAA D3 Central/East: No. 1 Dover-Sherborn vs. No. Littleton | Thursday, June 13th at 7 p.m. (Game will be played at Natick High School)
MIAA D2 Central/West: No. 2 St. John’s vs. No. 5 Longmeadow | Friday, June 14th at 5:30 p.m. (Game will be played at Assabet Valley)
MIAA D3 Central/West: No. 1 Grafton vs. No. 3 St. Bernard’s | Friday, June 14th at 7:30 p.m. (Game will be played at Assabet Valley)
Girl’s Lacrosse | Sectional Finals Schedule
East Division 1: No. 3 Concord-Carlisle at No. 1 Walpole | Friday, June 14th at 4:30 p.m.
East Division 2: No. 3 Medway vs. No. 4 Foxborough | Friday, June 14th at 7 p.m. (Game will be played at Walpole High School)
North Division 1: No. 2 Chelmsford vs. No. 4 Marblehead | Friday, June 14th
North Division 2: No. 4 Manchester-Essex at No. 3 Newburyport| Friday, June 14th at 5 p.m.
South Division 1: No. 1 Westwood vs. No. 2 Notre Dame Academy | Friday, June 14th at 6:30 p.m. (Game will be played at Hingham High School)
South Division 2: No. 3 Cohasset vs. No. 4 Hanover | Friday, June 14th at 4 p.m. (Game will be played at Hingham High School)
Central/West D1: No. 1 Longmeadow vs. No. 2 Minnechaug | Thursday, June 13th
Central/West D2: No. 1 Bromfield vs. No. 10 Mount Greylock | Thursday, June 13th