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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 Reveals 2018-19 All-Star Selections

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By WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER, Mass. – Nichols College senior Marcos Echevarria and Holy Cross junior Lauren Manis have repeated as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Players of the Year, as revealed on Wednesday in Jen Toland’s weekly college column.

The announcement also features the annual All-Stars, Rookies of the Year and Coaches of the Year as voted upon by sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, including Division I Holy Cross and Division II Assumption College, as well as members of the local media.

Echevarria claimed the hardware for the third consecutive year while it was also a threepeat for the Bison with first-year head coach Scott Faucher earning Coach of the Year accolades. Assumption’s Cal Connelly, meanwhile, became the second Greyhound in as many years to secure Rookie of the Year honors. For the women, Manis narrowly missed out on a perfect ballot while fellow Crusader Avery LaBarbera was named as the Rookie of the Year, and Worcester State’s Karen Tessmer was selected as the Coach of the Year.

Nichols’ DeAnte Bruton and Matt Morrow joined Echevarria on the first team, as did Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza, Becker’s Kareem Davis, and Holy Cross’ Jehyve Floyd. The second team was comprised of Fitchburg State’s Nicholas Tracy, Worcester State’s Tyler Dion, Assumption’s Matthew Kelley, Clark’s Tyler Davern, and WPI’s Jake Wisniewski and Reid Walker.

Manis and LaBarbera along with Worcester State’s Brittany Herring, Assumption’s Morgan O’Donnell, Fitchburg State’s Angelina Marazzi, and Becker’s Adrianna Dowdy were named to the first team. Clark’s Ogechi Ezemma, Anna Maria’s Amber Wilson, Becker’s Cassidy Harrison, Fitchburg State’s Catherine Coppinger, as well as, Worcester State’s Catherine Sweeney and Kaitlyn Berkel landed on the second team.

This year’s Paul N. Johnson and Pat Oroszko Courage Award recipients will be announced at a later date.

WACBA (Worcester Area College Basketball Association) is an organization billed as “one of its kind in the country” featuring nine colleges, 18 programs plus sports information directors and media members to foster friendships and camaraderie along with promoting the GREAT GAME OF BASKETBALL throughout the TRADITION RICH Worcester County Area.

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 MEN‘S ALL-STARS

Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.), Nichols (third consecutive)
Rookie of the Year: Cal Connelly (Rochester, N.H.), Assumption (back-to-back for Greyhounds)
Coach of the Year: Scott Faucher, Nichols (third consecutive for a Bison head coach)

First Team
Nichols College Marcos Echevarria*# Lynn, Mass. Sr.
Nichols College DeAnte Bruton*# New London, Conn. Jr.
Anna Maria Mike Rapoza*# Charlton, Mass Jr.
Becker College Kareem Davis^# Lowell, Mass. Sr.
Holy Cross Jehyve Floyd# Sayreville, N.J. Sr.
Nichols College Matt Morrow Leicester, Mass. So.
Second Team
Fitchburg State Nicholas Tracy Indianapolis, Ind. Jr.
Worcester State Tyler Dion Barre, Mass. Jr.
WPI Jake Wisniewski West Brookfield, Mass. Jr.
WPI Reid Walker Lithia, Fla. So.
Assumption College Matthew Kelly& No. Potomac, Md. So.
Clark University Tyler Davern Webster, Mass. So.

 WOMEN‘S ALL-STARS

Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Franklin, Mass.), Holy Cross (back-to-back)
Rookie of the Year:
 Avery LaBarbera, Holy Cross
Coach of the Year: 
Karen Tessmer, Worcester State

First Team
Holy Cross Lauren Manis*# Franklin, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Brittany Herring*# West Brookfield, Mass. Sr.
Assumption College Morgan O’Donnell# Easton, Mass. Sr.
Fitchburg State Angelina Marazzi& Manchester, N.H. Jr.
Holy Cross Avery LaBarbera Harrison, N.Y. Fr.
Becker College Adrianna Dowdy& East Haven, Conn. Sr.
Second Team
Clark University Ogechi Ezemma*& Hope Valley, R.I. Sr.
Anna Maria Amber Wilson New York, N.Y. So.
Becker College Cassidy Harrison*# Foxborough, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Catherine Sweeney& Lowell, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Kaitlyn Berkel Waterford, Conn. Sr.
Fitchburg State Catherine Coppinger Boston, Mass. Jr.

* 2017 First Team
^ 2017 Second Team
# 2018 First Team
& 2018 Second Team

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 15 (Feb. 26th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes women’s player and rookie of the week.

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

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Catherine Sweeney came close to averaging a triple-double in back-to-back conference tournament games last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

WACBA Women’s Player of the Week: Catherine Sweeney (Worcester State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Sweeney came close to averaging a triple-double in a pair of games last week by tallying 12.5 points, 18.5 rebounds, and eight assists. She recorded her third triple-double of the 2018-19 season during her team’s semifinal win over Framingham State last Thursday with 20 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 caroms before adding 21 rebounds, five points, five assists, and two blocks in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championship against Westfield State. As of last Saturday, Sweeney has recorded three triple-doubles, which is the most by any Division III women’s basketball player this winter.

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Avery LaBarbera stuffed the stat sheet this past Saturday in her team’s exciting win over Bucknell University. (PHOTO COURTESY: Holy Cross Athletics)

WACBA Women’s Rookie of the Week: Avery LaBarbera (Holy Cross | Fr. | Harrison, N.Y.): LaBarbera had a stellar week in a 1-1 showing for the Crusaders, recording nine points and one steal in a setback to Army last Wednesday before tallying 16 points, two assists, one block and one steal in her team’s win over Bucknell University this past Saturday.

Cassidy Harrison (Becker College | Jr. | Foxborough, Mass.): Harrison led the Hawks into the finals of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championships this past week by averaging 14.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.6 steals and 1.6 assists in three games. She had one of her best performances of the season last Tuesday against Newbury College when she scored 20 points with a career-high 10 steals, tying a Becker school record for steals. For her contributions last week, Harrison was named to the NECC All-Tournament Team.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi netted a game-best 27 points, five rebounds and one assist in a setback to Bridgewater State in the MASCAC quarterfinals last Tuesday evening for the Falcons.

Morgan O’Donnell (Assumption College | Sr. | Easton, Mass.): O’Donnell averaged 24.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in a 1-1 week for the Hounds. She started with 14 points, six rebounds and one block in a 16-point win over Franklin Pierce, before going off for 35 points, 12 boards and three blocks in a tough 82-80 loss to Stonehill College this past weekend.

Megan Swords (Holy Cross | Jr. | Glen Rock, N.J.): Swords averaged double figures in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. In a loss to Army last Wednesday, she recorded 10 points, four rebounds, and one steal before adding 11 points and eight caroms in a Holy Cross win over Bucknell University.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week 15 (Feb. 26th)

 WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes our men’s player and rookie of the week.

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

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Echevarria averaged 26.0 points in back-to-back Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament games last week. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

WACBA Men’s Co-Player of the Week: Marcos Echevarria (Nichols College | Sr. | Lynn, Mass.): Echevarria averaged 26.0 points in back-to-back Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament games as the Bison became the fourth team in conference history to capture its third-straight league title. The Lynn, Massachusetts native scored 21 points on 8 of 11 shooting in a come-from-behind win over Western New England last Thursday in the semifinals before stuffing the stat sheet with 31 points, nine assists, and five rebounds in a 105-90 championship win over Gordon College last Saturday at the Hart Center. Echevarria drained seven trifectas to become the all-time leading scorers in the CCC with 2,240 points.

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WACBA Men’s Co-Player of the Week: Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Sr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Floyd averaged 17.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 4.5 blocked shots last week while hitting 88.2 percent of his field goal attempts (15 of 17). He posted 18 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocked shots against Boston University before tallying 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four blocks, and two steals in the 73-71 win at Lehigh University. Against Lehigh, Floyd converted a three-point play with 41.9 seconds left to give the Crusaders the lead for good.

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Jaekwon Spencer posted career-highs in both points (15) and rebounds (10) in a come-from-behind win over Western New England last Thursday. (PHOTO COURTESY: Nichols College Athletics)

WACBA Men’s Rookie of the Week: Jaekwon Spencer (Nichols College | Fr. | Bristol, Conn.): Against the Golden Bears, Spencer came off the bench and posted career-highs in both points (15) and rebounds (10) to help the Bison rally from a 19-point deficit to advance to the conference championship. The Bristol, Connecticut native was a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe, while also recording a blocked shot. He played seven minutes against the Fighting Scots in the CCC Championship and picked up three points, two rebounds, two steals, and one assist in seven minutes.

Colin McNamara (WPI | Soph. | Arlington, Mass.): McNamara led the Engineers in scoring last week while sinking the game-winning bucket with no time left to edge MIT, 55-53, in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) semifinals last Thursday. The sophomore shared game-high honors with 20 points at Babson before doing the same with 13 at MIT. McNamara finished the week with 16 points in a NEWMAC championship setback to Emerson College last Saturday.

Nicholas Tracy (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Indianapolis, Ind.): Averaged 12 points, 4.5 rebounds, four assists and 1.5 steals per contest in two games for the Falcons. He posted 11 points, seven boards, six assists and one steal in a 67-55 victory over Worcester State on Tuesday before adding 13 points, two caroms, two assists and one steal in a 78-72 setback to Westfield State on Thursday.


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WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week 14 (Feb. 19th)

WACBABy WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER – With another week of Worcester basketball in the books, it’s now time to unveil our latest Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, which includes women’s player and rookie of the week.

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

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Brittany Herring netted a career-high 32 points last week against Westfield State while averaging a double-double in a pair of games. (PHOTO COURTESY: Worcester State Athletics)

Women’s Player of the Week: Brittany Herring (Worcester State | Sr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): Herring averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Lancers. She exploded for a career-high 32 points on 11 of 14 shooting this past Saturday against Westfield State while snatching 15 rebounds (her second-highest total of the current season) in an 82-77 setback. Three days earlier against Bridgewater State, she netted 18 points on 9 of 11 shooting, while recording seven rebounds, three assists and one steal in a 79-54 victory against Bridgewater State.

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Holy Cross first-year Oluchi Ezemma was

Women’s Rookie of the Week: Oluchi Ezemma (Holy Cross) | Fr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): Ezemma matched her career-high with 10 points off the bench in a 64-61 Turnpike Trophy victory over Boston University this past Saturday, while also chipping in six rebounds. Prior to her impressive showing against the Terriers, she produced eight points and eight rebounds, along with two steals in a three-point win over Navy

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Becker College’s Adrianna Dowdy is now the program’s all-time leader in rebounds. (PHOTO COURTESY: Becker College Athletics)

Women’s Basketball Milestone: Adrianna Dowdy (Becker College | Sr. | East Haven, Conn.): Dowdy became Becker’s all-time leader in career rebounding this past Saturday, as she pulled down 13 rebounds in a heart-breaking 41-39 loss to Mitchell College. Dowdy, who entered the day with exactly 1000 career rebounds, passed former Becker great Dawn Fitzpatrick as Becker’s all-time leading rebounder. Dowdy pulled down her eighth board of the day off a defensive rebound with 1:11 to go in the second quarter, breaking Fitzpatrick’s old record of 1,007. Dowdy would snag five more caroms to bump her career rebounding total to 1,013.  As of press time, Dowdy is one of only nine active players in the nation with 1000 career points and rebounds.

Hannah Favaloro (Clark University | Soph. | Blackstone, Mass.): Favaloro led the Cougars offensively with 31 points in a 1-1 week. She began the week with 10 points and three rebounds in a victory over Mount Holyoke last Wednesday before posting a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds in a setback at Springfield College this past weekend.

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross) | Jr. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis recorded a pair of double-doubles in a 2-0 week for the Crusaders. Against Navy last Wednesday, she chipped in 13 points and 14 rebounds before posting 11 points and 11 rebounds in a 64-61 win over Boston University.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi averaged 13.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, five assists and 1.3 steals per contest in three games for the Falcons this past week. She collected ten points, six assists and one steal in a 66-39 setback to Keene State on Monday before adding 15 points, eight boards, four assists and three steals in an 89-61 setback to Westfield State on Wednesday. Marazzi concluded the week with 16 points, two caroms, and five assists in an 89-61 setback to Bridgewater State on Saturday.


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