New England Football Offseason Notebook: FSU’s Kelley Announces Retirement

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Weeks after guiding his team to a ninth Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) title, along with an appearance in the NCAA D-III Football Tournament, Framingham State University football coach Tom Kelley announced his retirement on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020.

Kelley, who is an alum of the program, coached the Rams for 13 seasons. He guided Framingham State to five NCAA Tournaments and four bowl victories, including a 3016 New England Bowl championship.

“I cannot express how grateful I am to have been the head coach of the football program at Framingham State for the past 13 seasons,” Kelley said via Wednesday’s announcement on the Framingham State athletics website.

“As a former player, I could not be more proud of our teams and all the fine student-athletes who have come through the program. I was lucky to be surrounded by great coaches on our staff throughout the years that helped lead our teams to so much success.

“At this point, it is time for me to step away from coaching with the program sitting in a great spot coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances.  It’s time to put the horse in the barn.”

Framingham State won 107 games under the direction of Kelley, including 100 games in the last 13 seasons. Kelley has coached two AFCA All-Americans while being named the coach of the year eight times by five different organizations, including the New England Football Writers in 2012 when he led the Rams to a New England Football Conference (NEFC) championship, NEFC Bogan Division title, a MASCAC crown, and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Kelley will remain in his current role as the school’s Director of Athletics while an announcement of a new coach should be coming within the next few weeks.

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Endicott College’s Nick DiCairano will represent the Gulls in The Dream Bowl on Monday, January 21dt, 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nick Grace)

Endicott College senior kicker Nick DiCairano will be representing the Gulls’ football program next Monday, January 21st, 2020 at The Dream Bowl in Salem, Virginia at the Salem Football Stadium, as announced earlier this week on the athletic department’s website.

The Dream Bowl, which started seven years ago, “is a College Football All-Star Showcase of the best FCS, D-II, and D-III players from across the country.”

DiCairano will compete on the 2020 Crusaders team – he will be joined by a few other New England college football players, including Framingham State’s Dwayne Hunter-Parker.

Last month, DiCairano represented Endicott in the National Bowl College All-Star Game after producing an impressive senior season with the Gulls, which included career-bests in field goals (13), extra points made (57) and points (96). His longest field goal of the 2019 season was a 47-yard kick, which he recorded three times against Framingham State, Curry College, and Salve Regina University.

In addition to DiCairano, a few other New England college football players will be competing next Monday at The Dream Bowl, including Sacred Heart wide receiver Kezio Snelling, who was named to the Northeastern Conference (NEC) second team last November.

Also on the Crusaders is Derek Mountain and Corey Stefanik of Holy Cross and Momodou Mbye and Kevin Lawrence of Rhode Island College.

Mass. High Schools: Somerville Unveils 2019 Football Schedule

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The Somerville Highlanders will play a trio of regular-season games at Dilboy Stadium this fall. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com) 

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

The Somerville High School football team’s schedule for the 2019 season has been released with the Highlanders scheduled to host a trio of regular-season contests, including their season-opener against Falmouth on Saturday, September 14th with kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m.

Six days after hosting the Clippers the Highlanders will entertain Malden on Friday, September 20th for their initial Greater Boston League (GBL) meeting before visiting the defending Division I champions St. John’s Prep (Danvers) one week later.

The Highlanders will commence October with a visit from Ipswich on Saturday, October 5th before embarking on a three-game road trip with visits to Concord-CarlisleEverett, and Medford.

Somerville will spend the month of November competing in postseason or non-postseason contests before capping the month with their annual pre-Thanksgiving Day meeting with Cambridge to compete for the Picket Fence. Somerville captured the Picket Fence last season, thanks to a late fourth-quarter touchdown run by quarterback Louis Montina.

The Highlanders concluded 2018 with a 4-7 record – they snapped their seven-game losing streak with a trio of non-postseason wins against Wilmington, Wakefield, and North Reading before edging Cambridge, 23-19.

2019 will mark the first time since in three years that Somerville will compete in the GBL after competing the past two seasons in the Northeastern Conference (NEC).

Coach Makonnen Fenton will welcome back some key pieces from last year’s squad, including Montina, halfback Fred Castin and wide receiver Miyard Joseph.


Somerville High School 2019 Schedule

  • Saturday, August 31st – Jamboree at Everett High School (3 p.m.)
  • Saturday, September 14th – Falmouth at Somerville (12 p.m.) 
  • Friday, September 20th – Malden at Somerville (7 p.m.) 
  • Friday, September 27th – Somerville at St. John’s Prep (7 p.m.)
  • Saturday, October 5th – Ipswich at Somerville (2 p.m.) 
  • Friday, October 11th – Somerville at Concord-Carlisle (7 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 18th – Somerville at Everett (7 p.m.)
  • Friday, October 25th – Somerville at Medford (7 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, November 27th – Somerville at Cambridge (6 p.m.)

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Mass. High Schools: The Greater Boston League Returns

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

The Greater Boston League (GBL) is back in business.

As confirmed through a press release this morning, the league is ready to begin a new era with five schools beginning next school year.

The five schools that will make-up the GBL are EverettMaldenMedfordSomerville, and Revere.

All five schools currently compete in the Northeastern Conference (NEC) but elected to reform the GBL following a two-year trial merger, which began in the spring of 2017.

Prior to merging with the NEC, the GBL was considered one of the state’s top leagues, which featured some impressive competition at all levels that would be represented in both the college and professional sports worlds.

The league’s reformation certainly has excited many, including the coaches, student-athletes, and administrators, who are ready to restart the competition between the five communities this fall.


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New England HS Notebook: Can Reading Repeat As MIAA D2 State Champions?

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

It finally feels like spring in New England, which means a brand new season of high school lacrosse is set to begin for a few squads later this week – are you excited?

This spring, Noontime Sports will be producing some features and notebooks on New England high school lacrosse, which we are super-excited about – we hope you are, as well.

Let’s begin our coverage with our initial notebook of the season with some news and links from the world wide web and social media!

  • Mike Tobin and the Reading Rockets will begin their title defense next Monday, April 1st when they host Marblehead for a 4:30 p.m. face-off. Tobin should once again be the player to watch on Reading this spring before he heads west to compete for the University of Massachusetts. Tobin and the Rockets were recently featured in The Boston Globe last week – can they make it back-to-back seasons as champions? We’ll have to wait and see.

    In addition to facing Marblehead next Monday, Reading is also scheduled to compete next Friday, April 5th against Austin Prep (4 p.m.). Five days later, Reading will entertain Watertown before hitting the road for a late week tilt with Wakefield.

  • After falling short of reaching the championship game last spring, the Greenwich girls lacrosse team will attempt to reach that stage later this spring, thanks to 20 returners from its 2018 squad.

    As noted in the piece on Greenwich, four players will continue their career at the next level, including Olivia Cann, who will compete for Johns Hopkins University. Fans can spot Cann this spring on the defensive end.

  • Catherine Manning, Alex Houlden and Alyssa Saraceni will captain the Peabody girls lacrosse team this spring, as noted in the Daily Item. All three seniors were captains for the Tanners last spring, which should bode well for Peabody, which hopes to erase memories of a postseason setback to Reading.

    Peabody will entertain Gloucester next Wednesday, April 3rd with opening draw set for 4 p.m.

  • A new era of high school lacrosse is set to begin in Nashua, New Hampshire as both the boys and girls’ teams will have new coaches this season, according to The Telegraph.

    Nick Sampson will oversee the boys lacrosse team – he is a New Hampshire native that competed for Daniel Webster College – while Heather McKillop and Kristen Peterson will be co-coaches for the girl’s team.

  • Bridgewater-Raynham boys lacrosse has established a winning tradition over the past few years, but the Trojans must find a way to continue it without 12 seniors from last year’s 16-3 unit.

    For B-R to continue its previous success, they will need to rely on its defense to fuel its offense. The team’s four captains, including James MacDermott, is confident in the defense but optimistic about what they should see from the offense this spring.

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Mass. High Schools: Boston Latin Tops Somerville In MIAA D2 North First Round

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Somerville’ Austin Pacheco netted the Highlanders’ lone goal on Tuesday in a 4-1 setback to Boston Latin. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Austin Pacheco netted Somerville‘s lone goal of Tuesday evening’s tilt with Boston Latin late in the third period, but the late marker didn’t ignite a comeback, as the Highlanders fell to the Wolf Pack, 4-1, in the opening round of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) D2 North Tournament at Ryan Rink in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Tuesday’s loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Highlanders, which included a Mulloy Tournament championship six days ago when Somerville beat Essex Tech in Everett.

Boston Latin secured an early lead in the first period before Jeff Monahan and Frank Linso padded the Purple and White’s advantage with back-to-back tallies late in the second to provide the Wolf Pack with a 3-0 lead.

Damon Alexander extended Boston Latin’s lead to four goals early in the third period before Pacheco buried a feed from Chris DeSousa and Dylan Zracket with 2:30 remaining.

With the win, the Wolf Pack secured a date with Stoneham on Friday, March 1st in the quarterfinals. The game will be a rematch of last year’s D2 North championship, which saw Stoneham edge Boston Latin, 2-1.

Stoneham secured a rematch with the Wolf Pack by defeating Winthrop this evening in the opening round by a score of 6-2.

Somerville concludes its season with nine wins, which matches the Highlander squad from the 2014-15 that advanced to the postseason, but fell to Marblehead in the opening round.

Additionally, the Highlanders concluded its second season in the Northeastern Conference (NEC) with a 4-2-3 mark, which was good enough for 11 points.

“The boys played hard all game,” said Somerville coach Kevin Wilson shortly after his team’s 2018-19 season concluded. “(They) never gave up … I am proud of them for not giving up. It was a great learning experience.

“Latin played a good system, so hats off to them … again, it was a great learning experience.”