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Player Perspective: Kat Walton (Capital University)

Capital University’s Kat Walton recently became the all-time points leader when she recorded eight points on six goals and two assists in the Crusaders’ win last week against Ohio Northern. (PHOTO COURTESY: Capital University Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

Kat Walton knew she was closing in on Kara Hines‘ all-time points record (248 points) with the Capital University women’s lacrosse team, but she may have not know that it would only take her six games this spring to establish a new record after registering six goals and two assists last Wednesday in her team’s 21-9 win over Ohio Northern.

“I knew (before) our season started that I was close (to Kara’s all-time points record) and there was a chance I could break it,” said Walton.

Walton not only broke the record, but recently established a new mark of 262 points after tallying 11 goals and five assists in her team’s last two outings.

Stacey Florence, who is the head coach of the Crusaders, announced at halftime last Wednesday that Walton had broken the record – she also presented the Pickerington, Ohio native with a game ball.

Said Walton, “I absolutely would not have this record without my teammates.”

In addition to becoming the all-time leader in points, Walton also became the second student-athlete in the program’s eight-year history to reach 200 goals last Saturday when she completed her hat trick in the second half of her team’s 22-10 win over Baldwin Wallace.

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Kat Walton to discuss the Crusaders’ current campaign, but also what it means to be the all-time leader in points.

Tell us about last Wednesday’s record-setting performance against Ohio Northern. How were you able to produce a season-high eight points on six goals and two assists?

As a team, we were really fired up coming off of a loss (to John Carroll University). We knew what we needed to do – we needed to execute and play our game, and we wanted to make a statement. We knew that driving to goal was going to be our biggest threat that night and it just worked out that I had a hot hand.

Looking back on the past four years with the Capital women’s lacrosse team, did you think it was possible that you would break Kara Hines’ all-time points record?

I truthfully did not know if it was possible as I was and still am surrounded by so many talented players.

I played with Kara for two seasons – my first season was cut short due to an injury after six games, but I was able to see how talented she was, but also that she set the bar high.

From your perspective, how has the season gone thus far? Did you anticipate your team would win six of seven contests to start the season?

We are having a great season. As a team, we are all just happy and thankful that we are playing again after losing last year (to the Covid-19 pandemic). Every game we go into we want to win of course, but also have fun because that is when we play our best lacrosse.

We are about to enter the second half of our season, so I am expecting to see a lot more wins coming from our team.

What must you and the team continue to do to improve week-by-week and game-by-game?

We need to learn something new about ourselves as individuals, but also as a team. I think each week we must continue to improve our chemistry. We are learning more and more about what we like to do on the field, but also how we can set each other up for success on offense and defense.

Finally, being that this is your final season, what would it mean to end your time with Capital by capturing the program’s first-ever Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Tournament title?

To win our first Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) tournament title would mean everything to our team. Every single year our goal is to win the conference tournament and sadly, we have fallen short, but I truly believe this team has the heart to do it.

I came back for my final year to play with my best friends and to win the conference tournament championship, and I am positive this is an attainable goal.

Noontime’s Games To Watch (Friday, September 4, 2020)

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By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Friday, everyone!

We hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to a LONG weekend – how did we get to Labor Day Weekend this fast?

While this weekend like many during the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic may look a bit different than previous LONG weekends, there will still be some football to watch, including a slew of high school games taking place in Florida, Georgia, and Utah, as well as other parts of the country.

Let’s highlight some games to watch this evening, as well as make some predictions, too.


Noontime’s Games to Watch for Friday, September 4, 2020

Ohio: Mentor at Euclid (Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.): For Euclid to claim its second victory of the season, they will need to slow down Mentor’s quarterback Ian Kipp, who accounted for three touchdowns last week in the Cardinals’ season-opener against Medina. In addition to Kipp, Euclid must also find a way to stop halfback Riley Coughlin, who rushed for a pair of scores last week. Expect a big game from the Mentor front seven, including the defensive ends and linemen. PREDICTION: Mentor over Euclid 

Indiana: Cathedral at Penn High School (Friday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. eastern): Nathan McCahill has enjoyed an extremely successful senior season with Cathedral thus far, throwing for 200 yards or more in back-to-back wins over Carmel and Westfield. McCahill and the Fighting Irish should have no problem continuing their early-season success against the Kingsmen, who earned their first win of the 2020 season last Friday against La PortePREDICTION: Cathedral over Penn 

Florida: IMG Academy at Venice (Friday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. eastern): The top team in the country (IMG Academy) will commence its 2020 campaign with hopes of providing first-year head coach Bobby Acosta with his initial win with the Blue and White. Prediction: IMG Academy over Venice 

Georgia: Valdosta at Warner Robins (Friday, Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. eastern): Quarterback Jake Garcia, who transferred from La Habra (Calif.) to Valdosta, will have a chance to lead the Wildcats to its initial win of the season when they visit Demons in what should be a very enticing high school football contest. Garcia is committed to playing football next year at the University of Southern California, and will certainly be a player to watch this fall in Georgia. PREDICTION: Valdosta over Warner Robins

Utah: Corner Canyon at Jordan High School (Friday, Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. eastern): The Chargers enter their fourth contest of the season with a great deal of momentum, posting 42 points or more in their last three outings. Quarterback Jaxson Dart has thrown 13 touchdowns, including six to Talmage HandleyPREDICTION: Corner Canyon over Jordan

13 States Will Not Play High School Football This Fall

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According to the National Federation Of State High Schools Association (NFHS), 13 states will not play football this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan

We all know playing football during a pandemic is risky – there is a lot of concern from both coaches and players regarding safety, especially when it comes to tackling or crouching in front of an opposing offensive or defensive player.

So it should come as no surprise that 13 states, including Californa, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, and Oregon have decided to not allow its high schoolers to play football this fall, according to a recent update from the National Federation Of State High Schools Association (NFHS). That number is expected to increase, not just this week, but over the next few weeks as more organizations unveil plans for allowing student-athletes to return to playing field either later this month, next month, or at some point this fall.

There are some states planning to play football this year, including Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Louisana, and Michigan – there are others, of course – while here in New England, it seems to be an unknown if and how the sport could be played safely.

As of this morning, all six New England states seem to have some plans in place for allowing fall sports teams to startup after Labor Day – here in Massachusetts, the plan would be to allow programs to return to the practice field on Monday, September 14, but that date could change due to a recent uptick in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.

Three New England states – Connecticut, Maine, and New Hampshire – might be able to play high school football this fall, but all three seasons will be much shorter than usual.

Football in Rhode Island is a possibility – there is a schedule posted on the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) website, but according to the organization’s Tumblr page, no decision will be made on fall sports until Monday, August 17.

Vermont’s Governor Phil Scott said fall sports would occur during last Friday’s press conference but what does that actually mean for the state’s football programs is an unknown. If football is allowed in Vermont, expect it to look a bit different than usual. Maybe we would see flag football or 7 on 7 contests?

While there is so much uncertainty surrounding fall sports, especially high school football, one must remember that the situation is fluid and plans could change, not just here in New England, but in other parts of the country. More announcements on high school football, as well as other fall sports should be coming this week – keep your eyes on Ohio where Governor Mike DeWine is supposed to make a decision about all athletic events, including high schools and youth sports. 

Watching football on both Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons would certainly provide us all with a sense of normalcy, but as I mentioned during an op-ed piece on Friday, the thought of risking the health of not just student-athletes, coaches, team representatives, officials, parents, and community members is not worth it.

Sunday Column: Why We Should All Root For Cleveland In The N.B.A. Finals

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are two wins away from winning the franchise's first N.B.A. Finals. (Photo Credit: Bleacher Report)
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are two wins away from winning the franchise’s first N.B.A. Finals. (Photo Credit: Bleacher Report)

By Matt Noonan 

The 2015 N.B.A. Finals have been a real treat.

Unlike past years that have pitted squads with championship resumes, this year’s finals features two teams representing cities desperate for hardware.

Cleveland hasn’t celebrated a championship since 1964, the year the Browns defeated the Baltimore Colts in the N.F.L. Championship.

Golden State – winners of the 1975 N.B.A. Finals – have come close to winning its fourth championship in franchise history, but have only appeared in the final round twice since defeating the Washington Bullets in four straight games.

Unlike Cleveland, Golden State, which plays its games in Oakland, has seen neighboring professional squads win titles. The Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers have won Super Bowls since the 1970’s, while the Oakland A’s captured the 1988 World Series, sweeping the San Francisco Giants in four game. The Giants have won a trio of championships since 2010, including their franchise’s eighth World Series crown last fall.

The San Jose Sharks, however, are the lone Bay Area team without a championship. San Jose has appeared in the Western Conference Finals three times since the turn of the century, but suffered setbacks to the Calgary Flames (2004), Chicago Blackhawks (2010) and Vancouver Canucks (2011).

So, who needs this title more? The answer would be both Cleveland, right?

If Cleveland wins the title then it will probably call-off school, work and everything else the following day. Yet, if the series does go the distance, I guess school would be cancelled the following Monday, right?

The Bay Area has celebrated multiple championships. So, while Oakland and San Francisco would rejoice in the Warriors’ fourth franchise crown, it may not feel as special as Cleveland finally getting over the hump and winning a title.

Cleveland has seen its baseball team come close to winning a World Series title since capturing the 1948 World Series.

In 2013, the Indians attempted to extend its campaign to the round of eight, but lost to Tampa Bay in a play-in-game, 4-0. Cleveland concluded the game with nine hits – one more than the Rays – but could not muster a single run.

In 2007, the Indians fell to the Boston Red Sox – remember when they were good? – in the American League Championship Series and dropped a pair of American League Division Series in 2001 and 1999.

Cleveland did, however, appear in 1995 and 1997 World Series, but did not win.

The Indians saw its best chance to end the city’s championship drought in 1997 when they prolonged their championship series with Florida to seven games following a 4-1 victory in the sixth game. Yet, despite an early two-run lead in the final game of the Series, the Marlins rallied to even the game at 2-2 before plating the final run in the bottom of the 11th to win their first-ever crown.

As for the Cleveland Browns, they haven’t earned a postseason victory since 1989 after defeating Buffalo, 34-30. The Browns advanced to the Conference Championship following their win against the Bills, but fell to the Denver Broncos for the second time in three seasons by a score of 37-21.

Cleveland outscored the Broncos, 21-14, during the third stanza, but did not register a single point during the final 15 minutes. John Elway connected with Sammy Winder for a 39-yard touchdown strike, while David Treadwell kicked a pair of field goals during the final session to send the Broncos to the Super Bowl.

Since the turn of the century, the Browns have posted a pair of winning seasons, including a 9-7 mark during their 2002 campaign. Yet, similar to past years, the Browns fell in the playoffs, losing to rival Pittsburgh. Cleveland registered a 10-win season in 2007 – their most wins in a single-season since 1994 – but did not qualify for the postseason.

Let the debate rage on, who needs this championship? Cleveland or the Bay Area? I guess you would say, Cleveland, right?

Initially, I chose to Golden State to hoist the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, but after rattling off Cleveland’s frustrating postseason setbacks, I guess I have to root for the Cavaliers.

Enjoy the remainder of the N.B.A. Finals and consider rooting for Cleveland, so they can finally celebrate a championship for the first time since “Can’t Buy Me Love” by The Beatles was a chart topper.

NFL 2012 Hall Of Fame Game Announced

By NoontimeSports.com 

The NFL announced on Wednesday that the New Orleans Saints, who were originally selected to to play in the Hall of Fame Game, will face-off against the Arizona Cardinals on August 6, 2012.

The Cardinals haven’t made a trip to Canton, Ohio since they were the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986, while the Saints haven’t played in this particular game since their 20-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007.

Finally, the NFL Network will broadcast the exhibition game, too.