Noontime’s Senior Salute: Spencer Vinson (WPI)

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WPI’s Spencer Vinson averaged 10.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this past season for the Engineers. (PHOTO COURTESY: WPI Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

WPI‘s Spencer Vinson enjoyed one of her best seasons with the Engineers this past winter.

The Los Angeles, California native, who started all 26 contests, averaged a career-best 10.3 points per game. Additionally, Vinson registered career-bests in points (267), rebounds (187), blocks (38), and steals (17) while dishing out 23 assists.

Vinson scored 10 points or more in 17 games while netting a season-high 20 points on 10 of 13 shooting during her team’s 60-45 win over Cal Tech. The senior center scored the game’s first six points before finishing with 10 rebounds and one block.

Named to the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) second team, Vinson, who started 39 of 69 contests, concluded her four-year career with 524 points, 382 rebounds, 67 blocks, 50 assists, and 38 steals.

We recently caught-up with Vinson to discuss her playing career with the Engineers, as well as her future plans beyond graduation.


What will you remember most about your final season with the Engineers? 

There were a lot of memories I had this past year. I’d say my most memorable one was  our ‘Senior Day.’

Was there a game (or two) that you will remember most from either your senior season or the past three years? If so, which game(s) are they? 

One of the games I’ll remember was from this past year when we played Williams College at home. It was such a fun and competitive game from the start to finish, and we really came together as a team that evening, which provided us with some momentum for our next few games.

Another game I will remember is our New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinal contest against Babson College. It was such an exciting game that  I will never forget because of it going into overtime.

What have you enjoyed most about competing for the WPI women’s basketball program these past four years? What will you miss most after graduation?

I’m going to miss the sisterhood my teammates and I established, as well as the drive our team had, both this season and the past few years. I am so appreciative of how close our team has always been, especially during a time when so many of us are at home and not together on campus. We have established a sense of community and love within this team (and program) that I appreciate and adore.

Do you hope to stay involved with your sport in the future? Any interest in being a coach? 

Being removed from the basketball world these past few weeks has made me miss the sport so much, so yes, I would be interested in staying involved with this game in some way in the future. I am not sure about coaching at this particular moment, but it is something I am certainly open to doing.

Tell me about your major. How did you choose it and what do you plan to do with it after graduation? 

I am currently majoring in mechanical engineering. It’s very interesting. I enjoy it because it’s a very open field with different focuses and possibilities. After graduation, I am going to pursue a master’s in management. My hope is to pick up some new skillsets and become an even better communicator. Beyond my studies, both currently and in the future, I do hope to land a job with an athletic company.

Three New England College Basketball Players Drafted In The 2020 WNBA Draft

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Lauren Manis, who competed for the Holy Cross women’s basketball team the past four seasons, was drafted in the third round of the 2020 WNBA Draft by the Las Vegas Aces. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

A trio of New England college basketball players heard their names called last night during the 2020 WNBA Draft, including Holy Cross‘s Lauren Manis, who was selected in the third round by the Las Vegas Aces.

Manis, who was a two-time Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Player of the Year, led the Crusaders to a 19-11 overall record this winter, along with a spot in the Patriot League semifinals for the second-straight season. She recorded a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds in her team’s final contest against Lafayette and concluded her impressive four-year career with 2,020 points and 1,188 rebounds.

A native of Franklin, Massachusetts, and alum of Bishop Feehan, Manis broke the school and conference record in rebounds while becoming the first Holy Cross basketball player in school history, including men’s basketball, to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.

“It’s a dream come true,” Manis said, via Paloma Villicana of Fox 5 Lase Vegas when asked about being drafted by the Aces.

Manis, who averaged 18.6 points and 11.5 rebounds per game this past season, is currently third in program history in career points and second with 58 career double-doubles. She is also the first student-athlete in Holy Cross women’s basketball program history to be drafted by a WNBA team.

In addition to Manis, a pair of University of Connecticut women’s basketball players were drafted last night, including Megan Walker, who was taken ninth overall by the New York Liberty. Walker, who led the Huskies with 19.7 points, will join former UConn teammates, Kia Nurse and Kiah Stokes.

Crystal Dangerfield, who averaged 14.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 30 contests, was selected 16th overall in the second round by the Minnesota Lynx. Dangerfield will team up with her former teammate, Napheesa Collier, who was named the league’s Rookie of the Year last September.

Walker and Dangerfield become the 39th and 40th WNBA draft picks in UConn program history.

University of Oregon’Sabrina Ionescu was selected first overall by the New York Liberty. Ionescu’s teammate Satou Sabally was selected second by the Dallas Wings while Baylor University‘s Lauren Cox was selected third by the Indiana Fever.

To see who else was selected in the 2020 WNBA Draft – HOP HERE

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone – how is everyone doing?

From a quick glance outside the window, it appears as if the sun is shining, which is something positive to report, right?

Yes, it will be a bit cold today, so if you do wander out of your home, condo or apartment (or wherever you’re hunkering down these days), please bundle up and wear an extra hat.

And now, let’s get to some news (and links) to start your day!


Noontime’s Headlines for Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 


Noontime’s Recent Links!


On this Date in History 

  • 1973: Bobby Orr becomes the first player in NHL history to record 100 points in four-straight seasons.
  • 1990: Joe Sakic becomes the youngest player in NHL history to record 100 points when he scored a goal in a 3-2 loss to the Hartford Whalers.
  • 1994: The Chicago White Sox assigned former NBA (and Chicago Bulls) superstar Michael Jordan to their Class AA affiliate the Birmingham Barons.
  • 1997: Arizona beat Kentucky, 84-79 (OT), in the 59th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship to secure the program’s first national title.
  • 2002: The University of Connecticut women’s basketball captured the 21st NCAA Championship – the Huskies beat Oklahoma, 82-70, and finished their season 39-0.
  • 2002: Andre Agassi won his 700th career match by beating Roger Federer in the Nasdaq-100 Open in Florida.

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

We’re coming to you a bit later than normal – yes, we know it is almost 2 p.m. (eastern time), but we do have some news to share. And it begins with the Summer Olympics, which have been postponed.

  • The games will be postponed but will be played no later than the summer of 2021. And the reason, of course, is due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Tom Brady was introduced today as a new member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – the former New England Patriots signal-caller was peppered with questions during an introductory conference call. If you missed it, the Bucs did upload the press conference to their YouTube channel.
  • Yesterday, we unveiled another All-Decade team, highlighting a slew of Massachusetts D-III football players that competed in the Bay State from 2010 to 2019.
  • Earlier today, we unveiled our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) postseason honors for both men’s basketball and women’s basketball.

We’ll be back tomorrow with a longer ‘Daily Noontime,’ but continue to be well and stay safe, friends!

WACBA Women’s Basketball Postseason Awards (Tuesday, March 24th, 2020)

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Another season of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our end of season Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball awards for our coach, player, and rookie of the year.

Noontime Sports is excited to share our end of season WACBA honors for the seventh consecutive season after being the host site for the organization’s weekly honor rolls, which have appeared every Tuesday throughout the college basketball season. 

Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.


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Lauren Manis is one of just three active Division I players to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. (PHOTO COURTESY: Mark Seliger)

Women’s Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Sr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis averaged 18.6 points and 11.5 rebounds per game while shooting 46.3 percent from three-point range to posting 69 assists and 27 blocks. She led the Patriot League in scoring and three-point percentage, while also ranking fourth in Division I with 20 double-doubles and fifth in Division I with 344 total rebounds. Manis finished her impressive career with 2,020 career points and 1,188 career rebounds while becoming Holy Cross’ only player in history – men’s or women’s basketball – and one of just three active Division I players to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Additionally, she broke program and league records in career rebounding; her rebound total tied for second in single-season school history. She was named to the All-Patriot League first team, becoming one of just eight players in league history to be named to the first or second-team four times.  


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Becker College first-year Natasha Pacheco concluded her first season with the Hawks by averaging 11.7 rebounds per game with 8.3 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Brian Foley)

Women’s Rookie of the Year: Natasha Pacheco (Becker | Fr.| Fairfax, Va.): Pacheco’s rookie season with the Hawks was extraordinary, as she was voted New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Rookie of the Year. Pacheco averaged 11.7 rebounds per game with 8.3 points, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals for the Hawks and was named WACBA Rookie of the Week three times as well as NECC Rookie of the Week on three occasions. The first-year player was further voted All-NECC, and her rebounding numbers were the most by a rookie player in Becker history. Overall, Pacheco led the Hawks in rebounding, assists, field goal percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio. Pacheco is the third Hawk ever to be recognized as NECC Rookie of the Year, joining teammate Cassidy Harrison (after the 2016-2017 season) and former Becker great Tatiana Mojica (after the 2010-2011 season).


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Coach Karen Tessmer guided the Worcester State women’s basketball team to its second-straight MASCAC Tournament Championship this winter. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year: Karen Tessmer (Worcester State): Despite graduating four elite-level seniors from one year ago, coach Karen Tessmer still managed to lead the Worcester State women’s basketball team to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tournament finals for the second straight season. The Lancers finished one win shy of matching three former teams that won 20 contests but did score two impressive postseason wins over Fitchburg State University and Westfield State.


Fans of Worcester college basketball are encouraged to follow @WACBAHoops on Twitter for scores, news and more.