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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.

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Four (Dec. 4th)

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WORCESTER  Another busy week of Worcester area basketball has been recorded, which means its time to unveil our fourth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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WACBA Women’sPlayer of the Week: Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Sr. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy was absolutely dominant this past week, averaging 25.5 points per game with 13.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.5 assists. The senior team captain exploded for 26 points and 18 rebounds in Becker’s 48-45 victory on Saturday at Elms College. This came after her 25 & 8 performance against New England College earlier in the week, a narrow 63-58 loss to the Pioneers. Dowdy currently leads the NECC in shooting percentage and is ranked third in rebounds.

Korbey HS WACBA Women’s Rookie of the Week: Calli Korbey (Worcester State | Fr. | Hopkinton, Mass.):Korbey enjoyed her best week with the Lancers, netting 23 points in two games, including a game-high 18 points in her team’s 66-58 win last Saturday over Keene State. Against the Owls, she netted a season-high four triples, while finishing the contest with six rebounds, four assists and one steal. Prior to her stellar performance against Keene State, she netted five points on 2 of 4 shooting, while adding a trio of defensive caroms in a 61-46 setback to Connecticut College.

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Catherine Coppinger (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Boston, Mass.): Coppinger averaged a double-double of 12.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per contests as well as four steals and 4.5 assists in a 2-0 week for the Falcons. She netted a double-double of 21 points and 15 boards to go along with four assists, five steals and one block in an 87-62 triumph against Elms on Tuesdays before adding four points, 14 rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in a 73-54 victory over Lasell on Saturday.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis posted two double-doubles in a pair of contests last week against Vermont and UMass Lowell. She recorded a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds against the Catamounts before tallying 18 points and 17 rebounds against the River Hawks. Manis has now registered six double-doubles this season.

Kate Surprenant (Worcester State | Sr.|Pelham, N.H.): In a 1-1 week for the Lancers, the senior guard averaged 17 points, 6.5 rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals. She started the week by netting 14 points, including eight freebies, in her team’s 61-46 setback to Connecticut College before exploding for a season-high 20 points on 6 of 11 shooting, including 2 of 6 from beyond the arc in her team’s sixth win of the season over Keene State. In addition to netting 20 points against the Owls, Surprenant recorded seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.

WACBA Milestone/Highlight: Congratulations to the former Holy Cross assistant women’s basketball coach Melissa Hodgdon, who recently became the all-time winningest coach at Wheaton College last week when the Lyons defeated WPI in their New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener. The win over the Engineers provided the tenured bench boss with her 208th win win the Blue and White.

Hodgdon, who has been coaching at Wheaton since 2003, helped Holy Cross capture a trio of Patriot League crowns, while leading the Crusaders to three NCAA Division I Tournaments (2000, 2001 & 2003). She also helped the Crusaders make an appearance in the 2002 National Invitation Tournament (NIT), as well. 


Stay connected with WACBA Hoops on Twitter by following @WACBAHoops 

 

Noontime Sports 2016 Year In Review

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Ah, the final day of 2016 has arrived.

And just like past years, it’s time to revisit some of our favorite stories from the past 12 months.

Yet, unlike past years, this year’s ‘year in review’ is made-up of a variety of stories from ‘Catching Up’ to features on the Amherst College and Endicott College football programs to Wheaton women’s basketball providing Coach Melissa Hodgdon with her 200th win as a head coach.

I also made sure to highlight a few podcasts from the past few months – yes, Noontime Sports the Podcast returned this summer and I am super excited to host the 16th episode, which will be posted later next week.

So, sit back, relax, and re-read or listen to some of our biggest posts from 2016, and have a wonderful and safe Happy New Year!

See you in 2017!

New England D3 Hoops: Wheaton Set To Host Fifth Annual Cheryl Warren-Powers’ 95 Tournament

It will be a special weekend for Wheaton College as they host the fifth annual Cheryl Warren-Powers '95 Tournament. (Photo Credit: Wheaton College Women's Basketball)

It will be a special weekend for Wheaton College as they host the fifth annual Cheryl Warren-Powers ’95 Tournament. (Photo Credit: Wheaton College Women’s Basketball)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11

It’s a special weekend for the Wheaton College women’s basketball program, as the Lyons will host the fifth annual Cheryl Warren-Powers ’95 Tournament, beginning this evening in Emerson Gymnasium.

The two-day event celebrates the life of Warren-Powers, who sadly passed away on May 22, 2012. A two-sport athlete (basketball and softball) at Wheaton, Warren-Powers became the second female basketball player at Bishop Feehan High School (Attleboro, Massachusetts) to score 1,000 career points.

“(This event) is for her twins (Jordan and Craig),” said Wheaton women’s basketball head coach Melissa Hodgdon. “A lot of alums will be coming back (to campus), we will be hosting an alumni game Saturday morning and a reception afterward.

“There will also be some (former classmates) from Cheryl’s class that will be here Friday and Saturday, and the twins will be speaking, along with Cheryl’s brother prior to Friday night’s game.”

As noted on the school’s athletic website, fans are encouraged to donate to the Little Angles of Warren-Powers Memorial Fund, which benefits Cheryl’s twins, Jordan and Craig, by visiting their GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/2tv67744

Wheaton will commence the two-day tournament with a 5:30 p.m. contests against New Jersey City before Framingham State takes on Newbury College at 7:30 p.m. Both winners will advance to Saturday’s tournament final at 3 p.m. with a consolation contest scheduled for 1 p.m.

Mass. College Hoops: Wheaton Provides Coach Hodgdon With Win No. 200

By Matt Noonan

Wheaton College women’s basketball head coach Melissa Hodgdon earned her 200th career victory on the sidelines yesterday when the Lyons defeated Mount Holyoke in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.

Hodgdon, who is in her 13th season with the Blue and White, is currently second all-time in wins in program history with 188 victories.

After the win was recorded, numerous tweets were sent out to congratulate Coach Hodgdon on the impressive feat:

 

 

 

 

In addition to Hodgdon’s victory, the Lyons collaborated for 56 rebounds (33 defensive caroms), 23 assists and 12 steals. Kiley Shoemaker, who shattered a 28-year-old program record for rebounds last week, concluded the contest with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Oppie Morris finished with 13 points and 11 boards.

Wheaton – currently sixth in conference play – will look to extend their current winning streak to three-straight when they visit Clark on Wednesday, January 27.

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