Joe Leonard, top with reddish hair, goes for a submission hold against an unidentified opponent at a recent event. Leonard has not allowed debillitating Crohn's Disease to derail his combative fighting passion in the ring. 
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Jaywalking: Still going strong

Monday, February 8, 2016

Joe Leonard fights on. If you frequently read this column, you may remember reading about Leonard a few years back. He is one of the head honchos for Team Ravenous, the local mixed martial arts team that has now been around for nearly a decade. What makes Leonard such an extraordinary person is that since 2007 he has battled Crohn’s … 0

Bulletin Board: Emond helps EDGE trim Greenfield, 43-36

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Troy Emond had 14 points as the EDGE upended Greenfield, 43-36, in a grades 7 & 8 Suburban League boys’ basketball game Saturday at Messer … 0

School Wrestling: Decker, White, Rich WMass top seeds

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Three local wrestlers picked up top seeds for this weekend’s WMass Division III Individual Wrestling Championships at Southwick-Tolland Regional High School. Athol High School got … 0

Raiders take down rival Senators

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Athol High School boys’ basketball team has had its fair share of struggles this season but on Friday night the Red Raiders turned in their best half of basketball in the second half of their home game … 0

Indian swimmers swept; Wave falls

Friday, January 29, 2016

Riley Palmer and Jay Fritz each qualified for the WMass Individual Swimming Championships on Friday but their Turners Falls High School boys’ swimming team suffered a 79-59 loss to Chicopee High School in a Constitution Division meet in Chicopee. Palmer qualified for the 100 yard butterfly with his … 0

Girls’ hoop fun day at Pioneer

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Pioneer Valley Regional School girls’ basketball program will host a basketball Fun Day Sunday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. It is open to all girls in grades 4 through 6 in the Pioneer Valley Regional School District. All participants are asked to wear comfortable athletic clothing and … 0

Keeping Score: A long story

Friday, January 29, 2016

(Second of two parts) Good morning! When the mercury dips below 50 in South Florida, people don’t come out for the newspaper, but Burmese pythons will come out from the underbrush. “This cold weather’s perfect,” said Brian Wood, … 0

Schools: Mahar drops Panthers; Hopkins keeps rolling

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mahar Regional School got strong outside shooting and turned in a strong defensive effort to hand Pioneer Valley Regional School its third consecutive loss with a 64-61 Hampshire League boys’ basketball victory Thursday night at Grzesik-Bixby Gymnasium in … 0

Schools: Hurricanes blow down Wave

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Amherst Regional High School scored five times in the final period to break open a close game and beat Greenfield High School, 8-2, in Fay-Wright Division hockey action Wednesday night at Orr Rink in Amherst. Evan Simmons scored … 0

On The Trail: Rattler feedback

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Lots of feedback here and there about last week’s column confirming a MassWildlife proposal to establish a population of endangered Timber Rattlesnakes on a secluded, unspecified Quabbin Reservoir island since dubbed “Rattlesnake Island” by the Boston Globe. “What are they, nuts?” were the most common words uttered. Followed … 0

Senators flatten Raiders

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Mahar Regional School earned seven forfeits Wednesday night to remain unbeaten in Tri-County League matches by defeating rival Athol High School, 51-27, in Orange. The Senators (5-7 overall, 4-0 TCL) moved into a first-place tie with South Hadley … 0

Bulletin Board: Frontier awaits another Pack-The-House-Night

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Four years ago, Frontier Regional School basketball player Mindy Esposito went to a UConn women’s basketball game with her father Eddie Esposito and watched the Huskies play in front of a packed house. She remarked how cool it would be to play in front of a full gymnasium … 0

Girls’ Hoops: Chmyzinski, Turners Falls take down Pioneer

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

As far as Ted Wilcox is concerned, this was one game where the box score didn’t tell even part of the story. Maddy Chmyzinski turned in another solid performance, but the Indians also received all kinds of support … 0