Mass. High Schools: Games to Watch In Week Three (Sept. 19-21st)

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Week three of the Massachusetts high school football season resumes today with Old Colony facing Keefe Tech which means its time to unveil our weekly games to watch and predictions, too.

Let’s see how we do this week – we have struggled the past few weeks with picks, but we think we have some good selections for today, tomorrow and Saturday!


Mass. High Schools: Games to Watch | Week Three

Old Colony at Keefe Tech (Thursday, Sept. 19th): The Cougars took care of business last week, defeating Avon-Holbrook 41-6 in their season-opener. Look for their week two effort to continue against Keefe Tech in Framingham. PREDICTION: Old Colony 28, Keefe Tech 17 

Newton North at Needham (Friday, Sept. 20th): This is a must-win for the Rockets, which have dropped back-to-back games against Natick and Tewksbury. Newton North’s Andrew Landry enjoyed a successful to start to his final season with the Tigers by tallying five touchdowns in a 33-0 win over Waltham last Saturday. PREDICTION: Newton North 30, Needham 14 

Latin Academy at Boston Latin (Friday, Sept. 20th): The Wolfpack are seeking their first win of the 2019 season, while the Dragons of Latin Academy enter Friday’s tilt with some momentum following a 16-14 win last week over Tech Boston. LA’s Robert Marek will be a player to watch in this game. PREDICTION: Latin Academy 21, Boston Latin 14 

Lynnfield at Medford (Friday, Sept. 20th): The Pioneers enjoyed a successful start to their 2019 season with a 43-7 win over Newburyport. Look for that momentum to continue against the Mustangs in Medford. PREDICTION: Lynnfield 30, Medford 10 

Millis at Lowell Catholic (Friday, Sept. 20th): Lowell Catholic enters week three as winners in their last two contests. They should continue that trend on Friday – look for a big game from Ryan PenrosePREDICTION: Lowell Catholic 21, Millis 10 

Watertown at Cambridge (Friday, Sept. 20th): The Raiders scored multiple points in the first half last week, while their defense provided a slew of challenges for the Arlington Catholic offense. Watertown will need both its offense and defense to duplicate its performance from last week against a Cambridge team that is averaging 32.5 points per game. PREDICTION: Watertown 30, Cambridge 22 

Malden at Somerville (Friday, Sept. 20th): Greater Boston League (GBL) play begins in Somerville on Friday – this is a tough matchup for a Golden Tornadoes squad that will tasked with finding ways to slow down Jamir Vernet and Louis MontinaPREDICTION: Somerville 32, Malden 10 

Lynn Classical at Danvers (Friday, Sept. 20th): The Falcons return to the gridiron after starting their season with 41-20 victory over Masconomet. Lynn Classical has faced some real challenges during the past two weeks and is eager to finally crack the win column. PREDICTION: Lynn Classical 35, Danvers 32 

North Quincy at Westwood (Friday, Sept. 20th): Jake Pfaff and the Wolverines used a total team effort to beat Medway last week. Look for Pfaff and company to continue last week’s success against North Quincy on Friday evening. PREDICTION: Westwood 28, North Quincy 13 

Walpole at Wellesley (Saturday, Sept. 21st): The Rebels look to bounce back from a 31-7 setback to Natick last week, while Wellesley looks to continue its early-season momentum. The Raiders’ defense has yielded 6.5 points through two contests. PREDICTION: Wellesley 22, Walpole 20

Lexington at Concord-Carlisle (Saturday, Sept. 21st): The Patriots’ special teams seemed to be the difference a week against Oliver Ames. Will they need that unit again against the Minutemen? PREDICTION: C-C 28, Lexington 21 

Medway at Norwood (Saturday, Sept. 21st): Look for Norwood to deliver first-year coach Manny Lopes his first win with the Mustangs. PREDICTION: Norwood 28, Medway 14 

Mass. High Schools: Belmont Football 2019 Season Preview

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The Belmont Marauders seem optimistic about their 2019 campaign with hopes of returning to the MIAA D3 North playoffs and going a bit further than last year. (PHOTO: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Coach Yann Kumin seems content about his team’s preseason practices thus far.

“It’s been a good preseason so far,” said Kumin, who is excited to coach the Belmont Marauders this fall.

Kumin’s crew mustered just three wins in seven regular-season contests last fall but still managed to secure a spot in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Division 3 North playoffs. Belmont fell to Danvers in the quarterfinals but erased memories of their postseason setback to the Falcons with a thrilling come-from-behind Thanksgiving Day win over Watertown.

Perhaps their exciting win against the Raiders is a sign of things to come this fall for a Marauders squad that returns a slew of talent on both sides of the ball, especially at wide receiver.

According to Kumin, this year’s wide receivers are “probably one of the more talented” groups he has coached since being named the sideline boss of the Marauders prior to the 2014 season.

Additionally, Kumin is excited for his defense, too – he and his staff welcomed back a slew of talent at the skill positions, but currently, the coaching staff is trying to find replacements for the four seniors that were spotted up-front one year ago.

“We’ve got to fill those gaps up-front,” said Kumin, “and those big guys are the ones that motor the team and make the offense go and make the defense stout, so that has been our focus of camp to get that unit operating and working at the level we want it.”

 

Whoever is spotted up-front on defense will certainly need to be extra prepared as Belmont competes against some of the state’s best talent in the Middlesex League, a conference Kumin considers one of the “best leagues in the state.”

Said Kumin, “I love being a Middlesex League coach. I was a defensive coordinator with Stoneham, so I got an early taste (of the league) there, (but) you have to play your best game week-to-week in the league in order to win. So, that’s kind of our focus in these first two weeks and the scrimmage weeks is quality of execution. That is something that is really important to us, going out and getting quality reps and execution (while) staying out of negative plays.”

For Belmont to enjoy a successful season, they will need to lean on their five captains, Avery Arno (quarterback), Ryan Santoro (fullback/inside linebacker), Justin Rocha (cornerback/wide receiver), Zachary Hubbard (wide receiver), and Ryan Hoffman (center/interior tackle) to guide the squad, both in and outside conference play.

Kumin spoke highly of his five captains prior to Monday’s practice – he considers them all great leaders for the program.

“We take leadership really seriously in this program,” said Kumin. “One of the things we say is that being a captain and leadership, in general, is the first to serve and the last to be served … all five of (our captains) have been primed and taught by the guys who came before them and that is what the mantle of leadership and responsibility means in this program.”

Additionally, Kumin commended his other seniors and upperclassmen for their leadership and commitment to the program. “I have always kind of had that here (in Belmont) – I am really lucky to have it,” he said.

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Mass. High Schools: Tuesday Scoreboard

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_HS

Another busy day of high school sports in Eastern Massachusetts have concluded, and below are a few scores reported to @Noontime_HS on Twitter.

Coaches, teams, and fans can submit local scores (and updates) by tweeting to our high school sports Twitter handle or @NoontimeSports. 

Boy’s Lacrosse

  • Braintree 11, Walpole 9
  • Winchester 14, Burlington 3
  • Dracut 14, Tewksbury 3
  • Medfield 25, Bellingham 2
  • Lexington 14, Wakefield 4
  • Hanover 12, Silver Lake 8
  • Reading 16, Wilmington 5
  • Newburyport 16, North Reading 6
  • St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 7, St. John’s Prep (Danvers) 6
  • Acton-Boxborough 14, Waltham 5
  • Concord-Carlisle 11, Newton South 5
  • Billerica 8, Central Catholic 5
  • Needham 18, Weymouth 3
  • Chelmsford 18, Methuen 5

Girl’s Lacrosse 

  • Bedford 20, Cambridge 13
  • Swampscott 18, Medford 1
  • Newburyport 19, North Reading 6
  • Walpole 16, Braintree 6
  • Needham 17, Weymouth 2
  • Boston Latin 17, Waltham 10
  • Weston 15, Newton South 7
  • Revere 16, Gloucester 11
  • Saugus 10, Malden 9
  • Marblehead 16, Beverly 10
  • Winchester 15, Salem 1
  • Concord-Carlisle 17, Wayland 16
  • Norwell 13, Abington 1

Baseball 

  • St. Mary’s (Lynn) 5, Bishop Fenwick 2
  • Cambridge 4, Acton-Boxborough 3
  • Stoneham 5, Watertown 0
  • Lexington 4, Winchester 0
  • Boston Latin 9, Newton South 3
  • Concord-Carlisle 9, Westford 0
  • East Bridgewater 2, Middleborough 0
  • Whitman-Hanson 6, Plymouth North 1

Softball 

  • Everett 10, Somerville 1
  • Latin Academy 7, East Boston 1

Boy’s Tennis 

  • Newton South 3, Cambridge 2
  • Malden 5, Lynn English 0

Girl’s Tennis 

  • Newton South 5, Cambridge 0
  • Malden 3, Lynn English 2
  • Needham 3, Notre Dame Academy 2

Boy’s Volleyball 

  • Cambridge 3, Arlington 0
  • Wayland 3, Westford 1
  • O’Bryant 3, Madison Park 1

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NEC High Schools: Boy’s Ice Hockey Top 10 Week Three Poll (Jan. 6th)

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By NEC High Schools | @NEC_HighSchools

Luke Evangelista‘s hat trick against Marblehead helped Winthrop defeat the Headers for an important Northeastern Conference (NEC) win on Saturday, which provided the Vikings with the top spot in this week’s poll.

Marblehead held the top spot in the first two polls, but will look to regroup on Wednesday when they face sixth-ranked Saugus in another important NEC North clash.

GloucesterDanvers and Lynn remain in the third, fourth and fifth positions, respectively, while Medford and Somerville each moved-up. The Mustangs’ tie with the Sachems helped the Blue and White secure the seventh position, while a pair of NEC South wins over Revere/Malden and Swampscott helped the Highlanders move-up two spots. The Highlanders, who haven’t lost since falling to Cambridge last month, will look to continue their current momentum on Wednesday when they host Watertown.

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NEC High Schools: Boy’s Ice Hockey Week Three Poll (Jan. 6th, 2019)

1. Winthrop

6-2, 3-0 NEC North

Last Week: No. 2

2. Marblehead

7-1, 3-1 NEC North

Last Week: No. 1

3. Gloucester 

6-2-1, 4-0 NEC South

Last Week: No. 3 

4. Danvers 

3-1-2, 2-1-1 NEC North

Last Wee: No. 4

5. Lynn 

4-2-1, 2-1-1 NEC South

Last Week: No. 5 

6. Saugus  3-2-3, 1-0-2 NEC North Last Week: No. 6
7. Medford  1-3-1, 1-3-1 NEC North Last Week: No. 8
8. Somerville  3-2-2, 3-0-1 NEC South Last Week: No. 10
9. Swampscott  2-5-1, 1-3 NEC South Last Week: No. 7
10. Beverly  1-5-1, 1-3-1 NEC North Last Week: No. 9 

On the Rise: Everett (3-5, 0-3 NEC South)


Previous Polls: Week One | Week Two


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NEC Boy’s Ice Hockey: Games To Watch In December

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @NoontimePuck 

The end of December can be a busy time in the high school hockey world, which is why we have decided to highlight some Northeastern Conference (NEC) boy’s ice hockey games to watch over the next few weeks – there are lot of great match-ups, so hopefully you can attend one of them or at least follow along on social media.

Make sure to stay connected with the NEC High Schools on Twitter by following @NEC_HighSchools.


Watertown vs. Saugus (Wednesday, Dec. 19th | 4 p.m.): After recording a pair of ties in its first two contests, one has to think that these Sachems will find a way into the win column Wednesday when they skate against Watertown. Look for Joe Cross, CJ Graffeo and Anthony Cogliano to lead the Red and White in this one.

Somerville vs. Everett (Wednesday, Dec. 19th | 7:30 p.m.): The Highlanders rallied to tie the Lynn Jets in its season-opener, thanks to an impressive six point performance by Jeremy Procter. But despite their recent outcome against Latin Academy – the Highlanders fell to the Dragons, 3-2 – Somerville should find a way into the win column against their neighbors. Everett enters Wednesday’s tilt 2-1 overall, thanks to back-to-back wins over East Boston.

Danvers vs. Marblehead (Saturday, Dec. 22nd | 1:40 p.m.): This is always a must-see, must watch game, which will be taking place at the Bourque Arena at Endicott College. The Headers recently cracked the win column with a 4-1 victory over Medford earlier this month and should enter the marquee tilt with a second win against Weymouth when the two teams meet on Wednesday. Danvers will look to erase the memories of a 2-2 tie with Peabody from last week with hopefully a win over Medford on Wednesday before turning their attention to Marblehead.

Beverly vs. Gloucester (Wednesday, Dec. 26th | 6 p.m.): Derek Hopkins and EJ Field will be just two of many players to watch for Gloucester as the Fishermen will attempt to tame the Panthers in an opening round Cape Ann Savings Bank Tournament contest. Beverly netminder Jack ten Hope will also be a player to watch in this one, as well.

Lynn vs. Swampscott (Wednesday, Dec. 26th | 6 p.m.): The Jets and Big Blue will meet on the opening day of the Lynn Christmas Tournament in what should be a great early season match-up. The winner will face Essex Tech-Northeast in Thursday’s championship. Let’s see how the Big Blue defense does with containing Lynn’s Brian Clougherty and John DiFilippo. Swampscott’s Conor Donovan should certainly be a factor in this game, as well – look for the junior forward to set-up a few goal scoring opportunities.

Essex Tech vs. Revere/Malden (Saturday, Dec. 29th | 12 p.m.): It has been a tough start for the Patriots, who struggled against both Bourne and Dartmouth earlier this month – they face-off against Swampscott on Wednesday before competing in the First Responders Cup against Methuen on Wednesday, December 26th. But no matter what happens in their next few contests, this should hopefully be a game that provides Revere/Malden with a spark heading into their early January clash with Somerville.

Winthrop vs. Lynn (Saturday, Dec. 29th | 1:30 p.m.): The Vikings are off to a good start – they have recorded recent wins over Portland (Maine) and Northeast – but despite falling to Mansfield last Saturday, they should regain some momentum heading into this NEC North vs. NEC South match-up. The Vikings will need to defend Lynn’s Brian Clougherty, who netted four goals against Somerville.


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