Bulletin Board: Stone outduels Whitback at Mug Race
It may have taken place in Montague, but Saturday’s annual 5.5-mile Mug Race was a race of two Greenfield residents.
Aaron Stone edged out fellow Greenfield resident Ben Whitbeck by seven seconds to repeat as the championship of the Montague Mug Race in Montague Center.
Stone’s winning time of 31 minutes, 47 seconds was a bit off his 2013-winning time of 31:21 but still good enough to beat Whitbeck, who finished second in 31:54. Those two were well ahead of the rest of the field, as Female Division champion Kim Nedeau of Hatfield was third overall in 33:17.
Howard Hannah from Amherst was fourth overall and third in the Men’s Division in 34:31, Robert Bezio from Erving came in fifth overall in 34:54, and Edward Parrot from Amherst was sixth overall and fifth in the Men’s field in 35:13.
Molly Hoyt from Hatfield was the second woman to cross the finish line, placing eighth overall in 35:39. Laure Van Den Brock from Amherst was ninth overall and the third woman in 35:55. Carrie Stone from Shutesbury was the fourth woman in 42:00, and Jeannie LaPierre from North Granby was fifth in 42:37.
Don Maynard Memorial
The 20th annual Don Maynard Memorial 5-mile Road Race and 3-mile Walk will take place on Sept. 20 at 9:30 a.m.
The race begins and ends at the Green River Swimming & Recreation Area in Greenfield.
The first 100 registered participants will get a free T-shirt. Entry fee is $20 for the run and $14 for the walk. Registration forms can be picked up at the YMCA or the Body Shoppe in Greenfield, or by contacting Chuck Adams at 522-6688. Participants can also register online at www.runreg.com.
The third annual “Your First Mud Run” will take place at Holyoke Community College on Sept. 28 at 10 a.m.
The race covers two miles and features numerous obstacles such as wall climb, tires, jump ropes and a mud pit. The event is open to the whole family and is a good practice for those interested in running something larger, such as the Tough Mudder or Spartan Race. Every participant will get a T-shirt and a medal, and pictures and other gear will be available.
For more information, contact Brad at 201-891-4115 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To register go to www.yourfirstmud.com.
Track & field
PV pole vault school
The Pioneer Valley Pole Vault School in Bernardston is open by appointment for individual and group lessons through the fall with negotiable rates.
Lessons will be taught by Pioneer Valley Regional School track and Northfield Mount Hermon pole-vault coach Jim Bell, himself a Masters pole vaulter.
For more information, contact Bell at 413-648-8929.
Beck’s wins A Division
Beck’s Automotive defeated Main Street Bar & Grill, 14-3, in the championship game of the Greenfield Co-Rec Adult Softball League A Division Saturday at Green River Field in Greenfield.
Beck’s finished the season 17-2 and went 4-0 in the playoffs to win the title. Sunny Lucas went 9-for-16 in the tournament with three doubles, a home run, eight runs and nine RBIs. Uriah Barlett finished 9-for-16 with two doubles, a triple, two home run, eight runs and nine RBIs. Adam Bastarache was named Male Most Valuable Player for his stellar defensive play at shortstop, as well as an 8-for-11 performance at the plate that included two home runs, five runs scored and seven RBIs. Kelly Sadler was named Female MVP due to her pitching (all four wins) and also going 6-for-14 at the plate with four runs scored and two RBIs.
Beck’s defeated RC Pratt, 20-0, in the first round, beat Smitty’s Pub, 9-7, in the second, and then edged The Doors, 6-5, in the semifinals.
In the championship game, Bartlett made a diving catch in the right-center gap on a ball hit by Scott Powers with the bases loaded that would have been a grand slam and made the game close. Coach Jay Sadler said it was one of the top defensive plays of the season.
“He made a Jackie Bradley Jr. type of catch to save a grand slam,” Sadler said.
TF Pizza wins B Division
A new sponsor brought a championship for Turners Falls Pizza House in the B Division.
The former B Team won its first title in the nine-year history of the franchise with a 14-6 victory over Hot-L in the championship game Saturday at Green River.
Turners Falls Pizza went into the championship series of the double-elimination tournament unbeaten but dropped a 6-2 decision to Hot-L, which advanced out of the loser’s bracket.
In the decisive game, Mark Kosloski, Mike Laude, Tim Sevrens and Tracy Ziniewski each went 3-for-4 and combined to score nine times. David Warner went 2-for-3 in the loss.
In the 6-2 win by Hot-L earlier in the day, Rorth Som was 3-for-3 with a run scored for the winners.
Earlier on Saturday, Turners Falls Pizza advanced to the finals with a 9-7 win over The Red Door.
Becky Dame went 3-for-4 in the win, and Sevrens went 4-for-4.
Troy Thomas was 3-for-4 in the loss.
Overall, Sevrens and Dame were each named Most Valuable Players. Sevrens finished 14-for-19 overall and surrendered no walks in five playoff games. Dame finished 11-for-21 at the plate.
Edge Hill 2-Ball
Mark Eaton and Mark Graves shot a 72 to win low gross during the Edge Hill Golf Course Two-Ball Tournament in Ashfield.
Skip Heddens and Paul Cohen picked up low net in the Men’s Division with a 60. Ronnie Parker and Sandy Hanks won the Mixed Couples Division in 56, and June Heideman and Ellen Bitzer won the Ladies Division with a 59.
Heideman was closest to the pin on No. 10 in the women’s division at 21 feet, 9 inches, and Dave Cote was closest on No. 10 in the men’s division at 9 feet. Jo-Anne Sherburne won the ladies long drive on No. 11, and Graves won the men’s long drive.
Thomas Senior Champ
Charlie Hunting shot a 81 to win the Senior Club Championship at Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club in Turners Falls over the weekend.
David Dion came in second with a 87.
Dan Benoit and Bill Pettengill shot a 66 to win low gross in the Member/Member Scramble at Crumpin-Fox Club in Bernardston.
Matt Kimball and Keith Burch came in second with a 68, and Mike Duclos and Tom Helbig finished third with 70.
Chet Kugler and Gene Kugler won low net via a match of cards with a 63. Dave Crisafulli and Phil Phillips came in second with a 63, and Rich Young and Mike Covey placed third with a 65.
Kevin Piecuch, Adis Jarovic, Ed Vartanyan and Ravel Agaev tied the team of Ira Lyvytska, Dennis Gheorghita, Eli Gojan and Vlad Popusoi with a 115 to win the FootGolf Classic at the Country Club of Greenfield on Sunday.
Brian Wood, Jason Kelton, Eli Placinta and Abaz Cecunjanin came in third with a 116, and Caleb Walk, Shawn Miller and Eli Ahrensdorf took fourth with a 117.
Locals at Hickory Open
Jeff Blomstedt came in second in the Senior Division of the United States Hickory Open Golf Championship at the Ashville Country Club in Ashville, N.C. over the weekend.
Blomstedt is a member of the Country Club of Greenfield and joined two other Country Club golfers at the event. Bill Conant came in sixth place overall, and Bill Wardwell finished eighth.
All three men are members of the Hickory Golfer of Massachusetts, a group established this year at the Country Club.
Boys’ 7 on 7 tourney
The Fall Face-Off 7-on-7 boys’ lacrosse tournament will be held Oct. 5 at Indoor Action Sports in Greenfield.
It will feature separate High School Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions. Each team will be guaranteed three games, plus the opportunity for playoffs, with certified officials for each game.
Entry fee is $500 per team.
For more information, call IAS at 413-772-8665.