WACBA Hoops: Holy Cross’ Manis and Nichols’ Echevarria Headline 2018 All-WACBA Awards

WACBABy WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross sophomore Lauren Manis and Nichols junior Marcos Echevarria headline the All-WACBA scrolls as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association revealed its 2017-18 awards Wednesday in Jen Toland’s weekly college column. Voters included 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, as well as members of the local media.

In a close vote, Manis was named the WACBA Women’s Player of the Year. Fitchburg State’s Mikaela Mitchell claimed Rookie of the Year honors while Becker head coach David Bostick, who shared last year’s accolades, repeated as Coach of the Year. Nichols earned two of the three men’s major awards as Echevarria and head coach Tom Glynn, the recipient of 10 first place votes, repeated as Player and Coach of the Year, respectively. Assumption’s Matthew Kelly was selected as the men’s Rookie of the Year.

Manis also made the All-WACBA First Team for the second consecutive year, as did Becker sophomore Cassidy Harrison, Worcester State junior Britt Herring and WPI senior Ama Biney. Fellow Crusader, senior Infiniti Thomas-Waheed was upgraded from last year’s second team while Assumption junior Morgan O’Donnell made her debut on the scroll. Clark junior Ogechi Ezemma and Becker junior Adrianna Dowdy headlined the second team. They were joined by Anna Maria senior Kristina Russo, Fitchburg State sophomore Angelina Marazzi, Worcester State sophomore Catherine Sweeney and WPI senior Madison Beck.

Echevarria, who was on the top half of all 12 ballots, and sophomore teammate DeAnte Bruton, as well as Anna Maria sophomore Mike Rapoza and Becker senior Samuel Durodola were all named to the All-WACBA First Team for the second year in-a-row. Becker junior Kareem Davis moved up to the first team while Holy Cross junior Jehyve Floyd also earned top billing. WPI senior Chris Rodgers led the second team that also featured Kelly, Clark junior Luca McCormick, Fitchburg State junior Jonathan Perez, Nichols sophomore Jerome Cunningham and Worcester State sophomore Shaun McCarthy.

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 Country Area.


WACBA Women’s Basketball End of The Year Awards

Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Franklin, Mass.), Holy Cross

Rookie of the Year: Mikaela Mitchell (Millbury, Mass.), Fitchburg State

Coach of the Year: David Bostick, Becker

First Team

Assumption

Morgan O’DonnellEaston, Mass.Jr.

Becker

Cassidy HarrisonFoxborough, Mass.So.
Holy CrossInfiniti Thomas-WaheedNewton, Mass.Sr.
Holy CrossLauren ManisFranklin, Mass.So.
Worcester StateBritt HerringWest Brookfield, Mass.Jr.
WPIAma BineyWorcester, Mass.Sr.

Second Team

Anna MariaKristina RussoSouth Windsor, Conn.Sr.
BeckerAdrianna DowdyEast Haven Conn.Jr.
ClarkOgechi EzemmaHope Valley, R.I.Jr.
Fitchburg StateAngelina MarazziManchester, N.H.So.
Worcester StateCatherine SweeneyLowell, Mass.So.
WPIMadison BeckSyracuse, N.Y.Sr.

WACBA Men’s Basketball End of The Year Awards

Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.), Nichols

Rookie of the Year: Matthew Kelly (North Potomac, Md.), Assumption

Coach of the Year:
Tom Glynn, Nichols

First Team

Anna MariaMike RapozaCharlton, Mass.So.
BeckerKareem DavisLowell, MassJr.
BeckerSamuel DurodolaRosedale, N.Y.Sr.
Holy CrossJehyve FloydSayreville, N.J.Jr.
NicholsDeAnte BrutonNew London, Conn.So.
NicholsMarcos EchevarriaLynn, Mass.Jr.

Second Team

AssumptionMatthew KellyNorth Potomac, Md.Fr.
ClarkLuca McCormickFort Lauderdale, Fla.Jr.
Fitchburg StateJonathan PerezLowell, Mass.Jr.
NicholsJerome CunninghamWestbury, N.Y.So.
Worcester StateShaun McCarthyOxford, Mass.So.
WPIChris RodgersFranklin, Mass.Sr.

 

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week Six (Tues. Jan. 9th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Britt Herring (Worcester State | Jr. | West Brookfield, Mass.): The junior center averaged double-double figures of 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in a 1-1 week for the Blue and Gold. She had a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds with two assists and three blocks in the win over Keene State, and then registered another double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds with two assists and three blocks in the MASCAC setback to Salem State. Overall this week, she shot 47.8% from the field and 91.7% from the charity stripe.


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Women’s Rookie of the Week: Sam Maglione (Worcester State | Fr. | Lancaster, Mass.): The freshman guard averaged 12.5 points in a 1-1 week for the Blue and Gold. She matched a career-high 14 points, going 4-for-5 from beyond the arc in the win over Keene State, and then collected 11 points on three triples and a layup in the MASCAC setback to Salem State on Saturday. Overall this week, she shot 60% from the field, and 63.6% from 3-point range.


Women’s Honor Roll:

Kiera O’Donnell (Assumption College | Sr. | Cheshire, Conn.): O’Donnell was solid for the Hounds in a 1-1 week, averaging 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds on 50.0 percent shooting. The junior posted 17 points, nine rebounds and two assists in an eight-point loss to Adelphi before coming through with 16 points, eight boards and one steal in a 58-44 over New Haven. She also went 6-for-10 from downtown over the two contests to bump her three-point percentage to 44.4 percent for the year.

Angelina Marazzi (Fitchburg State | Soph. | Manchester, N.H.): Marazzi posted a team-leading 16 points, four rebounds and two steals in an 88-49 setback to Framingham State University on Saturday afternoon in the Falcons lone contest of the week.​​

Lauren Manis (Holy Cross | Soph. | Franklin, Mass.): Manis averaged 22 points and seven rebounds, while connecting on eight of 10 freebies, including all four free throws against Lehigh in a pair of games last week for the Crusaders. Additionally, Manis averaged 3.0 steals and 1.5 blocks per game, too. She began the New Year with 26 points and six caroms (four defensive, two offensive) against Lafayatte before netting 18 points against Leghigh.

Jessica Larsh (Nichols College | Soph. | Bolton, Conn.): Larsh helped lead the Bison to a 1-1 mark last week by averaging 18.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. The sophomore scored 18 points to go with three rebounds, three assists, and three steals in a 75-50 win over St. Joseph (Conn.). She followed that up with 19 points, including a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal in a 64-53 setback to Western New England. For the week, she shot 42.3% (11-of-26) from the field, 50% (3-of-6) from beyond the arc, and 75% (12-of-16) at the charity stripe.

Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 15 points and 6.5 rebounds with seven steals and four assists as the Engineers began their NEWMAC slate 2-0. The senior narrowly missed a double-double Wednesday with 12 points and nine rebounds versus Springfield before leading the way with 18 points and five steals, as well as four assists at Wheaton on Saturday afternoon.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Six (Tues. Jan. 9th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With another week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil this week’s Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Co-Men’s Player of the Week: Jerome Cunningham (Nichols College | Soph. | Westbury, N.Y.): Jerome Cunningham averaged a double-double in a 1-1 week for the  Bison, posting 20.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.5 steals per game. Cunningham scored 14 points to go with 12 rebounds, an assist, two steals, and a block in an 86-71 win over Southern Maine. He followed that up with 26 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks in a 100-94 loss in overtime against Western New England. For the week, he shot 62.5% (10-of-16) from the field and 87% (20-of-23) at the charity stripe.


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Co-Men’s Player of the Week: Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass): Rapoza scored a career-high 27 points, which grabbing 15 rebounds against Lasell last Wednesday. On Saturday, against Johnson & Wales, Rapoza netted 17 points and pulled down 14 boards. He has now recorded nine double-doubles of the season.


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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Austin Butler (Holy Cross | Fr. | Latrobe, Pa.): Butler led the team with a career-high 22 points, five rebounds and two assists at Lehigh. He also recorded seven points, three rebounds and two assists at Lafayette. For the week, he averaged 14.5 points.


Men’s Honor Roll

Patrick Fleming (Assumption College |Soph. | Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. ): Fleming was all over the court for Assumption last week, averaging 9.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists with just two total turnovers while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor. The sophomore posted nine points, eight boards and four assists in a 10-point win over Adelphi before registering  a double-double of 10 points, 12 boards and five assists in an eight-point loss to New Haven.

Jonathan Perez (Fitchburg State | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Perez averaged 18.5 points, four rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.5 steals per contest in a 1-1 week for the Falcons. He netted a team-best 24 points and three rebounds in a 73-70 setback to Brandeis on Wednesday before adding 13 points, five boards, one assist and one steal in a 74-52 win over Framingham State on Saturday.

Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross | Jr. | Sayreville, N.J.): Floyd totaled a career-high 16 points, eight rebounds, a career-best four blocks and two assists at Lehigh. He also had 10 points and five rebounds at Lafayette. He hit 13 of 16 field goal attempts on the week (81.3 percent), while averaging 13.0 points and 6.5 rebounds.

Will Watkins, Jr. (Worcester State | So.| Southbridge, Mass.): Worcester State’s scoring was led by Will Watkins Jr., who had 23 points in the Lancers’ 104-92 setback to Salem State on Saturday. He went 10-for-17 (58.8%) from the floor and 3-for-8 (37.5%) from 3-point range. He also collected six rebounds, and two steals in the setback.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Two (Tuesday, Nov. 28th)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

WORCESTER  With the second week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Player of the Week: Samuel Durodola (Becker College | Sr. | Rosedale, N.Y.): Durodola demonstrated his inside dominance this past week in strong performances against both 7th ranked Babson and Western New England. First, against the Beavers, Durodola posted 22 points with nine rebounds with two blocks. Then, in a 72-68 win over Western New England, the senior posted 23 points and eight rebounds. For the week, Durodola shot 46.7 percent from the floor. As of press time, Durodola ranks second in the NECC in scoring at 21.3 points per game through four games.


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Rookie of the Week: Matthew Kelly (Assumption | Fr. | North Potomac, Md.)Kelly averaged 15.0 points, 3.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in a 1-1 week. The freshman led the Hounds to a 79-70 victory with a career-high 21 points, including 13 in the second half while missing just a single shot as Assumption outscored Molloy by 12 in the period. He also dished off four assists in the game. In Kelly’s first action of the week he scored nine points with three steals and two assists in a loss to Bentley.


Honorable Mentions

Karl Charles (Holy Cross | Jr. | Roselle, N.J.): Totaled 17 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals in the Fairleigh Dickinson game. Charles led the team with 16 points and two assists against Albany. He connected on 50.0 percent of his three-pointers and 80.0 percent of his free throws on the week.

Cal Howes (Worcester State | Soph. | Maynard, Mass.): The sophomore guard recorded 19 points in the Lancers’ 88-72 setback to WPI on Tuesday. He also collected three rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) will once again be the home to WACBA this winter, and will post the weekly awards every Tuesday morning. Selections will also be published in the Telegram & Gazette each Wednesday as part of Jen Toland’s Campus Notes. Make sure to keep up with WACBA (@WACBAHoops) for up-to-date news, notes, scores and more, while also following Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter (@NoontimeSports and @MattNoonan11). 

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week One (Tuesday, Nov. 21st)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

With the first week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Ogechi Ezemma (Clark | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): In a 2-1 week for the Cougars, Ezemma averaged a double-double of 18.0 points and 10.7 rebounds, while connecting on 71.4 percent of her free throws. She opened the season with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds in her team’s 79-62 win over Fitchburg State before recording her second double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds on the second day of the Worcester City Tournament against Becker. She netted a season-high 21 points by connecting on 10 of 12 shots from the field during her team’s 82-75 setback to Worcester State last Friday. Additionally, she recorded two blocks, one steal and one assist against the Lancers, too.


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Women’s Rookie of the WeekSam Maglione (Worcester State | Fr. | Lancaster, Mass.): Maglione averaged 10.3 points and one steal per game in a 2-1 opening week for the Blue and Gold. Overall, she shot 45.5% from the field, 41.2% from 3-point range, and a perfect 100% from the charity stripe. In the season opener, she posted 11 points on three triples and a bucket along with three swipes. In the Worcester City Tournament’s first round against Clark, Maglione logged 14 points, three rebounds, and two assists to help the Lancers secure their second win of the season. In the Championship game against WPI, she notched six points with a rebound and a steal.


Women’s Honor Roll

Maritza Gustave (Anna Maria | Sr. | Fall River, Mass.): Gustave averaged 10 points and 9.5 rebounds in a pair of games last week. She grabbed herself a double-double against Becker of 14 points and 13 caroms, while concluding the week with six points, six caroms and one steal against Ave Maria.

Idalis Miranda (Clark | Fr. | Naugatuck, Conn.): In a 2-1 week for the Cougars, Miranda averaged 14.3 points, 6.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals, while connecting on 70 percent of her free throws. In her initial collegiate contest, she recorded a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, which helped Clark top Fitchburg State. She would net double-figures twice more in the week, tallying 15 against Worcester State before netting 11 against Becker. She converted her first trifecta of her college career in an 82-75 setback to Worcester State on the opening night of the Worcester City Tournament.

Kate Surprenant (Worcester State | Jr. |Pelham, N.H.): The junior guard averaged 12 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in a 2-1 week for the Blue and Gold. She logged six points, six rebounds and two assists in the Lancers’ opening night win at Mount Holyoke. She then recorded a career-high 20 points, going 8-for-13 from the field, in the Lancers’ 82-75 win over Clark with two rebounds, two assists and one steal. In the Worcester City Tournament Championship game against WPI, she tallied 10 points, three rebounds, and three assists. Overall this week, she shot 66.7% from the field, and 75% from the free throw line.

Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 15 points to go with eight rebounds, four steals and two assists en route to repeat Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors and the program’s fourth consecutive title at the annual Worcester City Tournament. In Saturday’s title game versus Worcester State, Biney scored 22 points, six rebounds and three steals. The fourth quarter saw the local product personally tie the Lancers with eight points.