Sports Columns

Jaywalking: Hall calls Doton

When she was in grade school, Kelly Doton had dreams of playing sports later in life just like any other young athlete. The Greenfield native excelled in the sport of ice hockey as a youngster and thought that if she worked hard and continued with it, she might be able to play in college. When she moved on to Greenfield Middle School, she decided to try a new sport that was a version of ice hockey played on grass. That is how Doton began her 0

Keeping Score: No win situation

Good morning! How would you like to be football coach for a day, have a 27-point lead and try keeping it for the last 31 minutes of play? Think you could do it? UMass coach Mark Whipple couldn’t. He let what was a 41-14 blowout slip away last week and lost to a winless Miami of Ohio team, 42-41. The shocking implosion wasn’t what fans anticipated when Whipple was hired last January. “Winning a championship at the 1-A level is the next goal,” he told 0

On the Trail: Hunters moon

The equinox has passed and the Hunter’s Moon is big and bright. The time’s right to write about the new bear-harvest record. But, no, even though I probably should begin with that tidbit, it happened in September and the press release arrived last week at deadline so, in my world, it’s old news by now. It appeared in my inbox late last Wednesday afternoon, my column nearly finished. I had run out of time, and there it has lingered, red-flagged for a week. My take 0

Jaywalking: Top notch

Reigning western Massachusetts girls’ volleyball champs will square off tonight at Goodnow Gym in South Deerfield when defending Division II champion Longmeadow High School heads north to take on 2013 Division III champ Frontier Regional School. The match pits the top two girls’ volleyball teams in WMass for at least the past half-decade, and likely longer. Longmeadow is coached by George Mulry, in his eighth season at the helm. Since he took over, the Lancers have done nothing but win WMass titles, riding a seven-year 0

Keeping Score: Lost Cat

Good morning! Every Saturday each fall Rick Farnham leaves his home in northern Vermont to watch a college football game, be it at Middlebury, Dartmouth or UMass, where he and his wife Diane tailgated prior to last week’s game against Bowling Green. What’s easy to spot is the UVM flag he flies over his vehicle with the catamount leaping from gold-embroidered lettering against the green backdrop. He uses it as a beacon for fellow University of Vermont alumni to join him for a beer before 0

On the Trail: Feeding, reading

Raw and rainy, ripe for a soggy Wednesday walk, the backdrop bursting with flashy splashes of new fall color each day as drab, premature yellow maple leaves with dirty brown stains fall like feathers to the turf, never to attain their flame-orange splendor. I trust enough leaves will stay aloft to paint the sugarbush radiant orange and add brilliance to sunny landscapes. Oh, how the dogs love rainy-day rambles, especially when I’m toting a shotgun, which ain’t far away, only a couple of weeks, in 0

Jaywalking: Reaching out

When the Ray Rice domestic-violence video was released by TMZ a little less than a month ago, there was an outpouring of anger that shot across social media. Many people were disgusted not only by the video, but also by the NFL’s handling of the whole fiasco, first by doling out a far-too-short two-game suspension to Rice, then by the league allegedly (most definitely) covering up the fact that it had known what was on the tape when it handed out the joke of a 0

Keeping Score: Welcome home

Good morning! A sellout crowd of over 17,000 will be at McGuirk Stadium this afternoon to watch the UMass football team play Bowling Green State University in the Mid-American Conference season opener for both teams. The last time UMass played in Amherst was Nov. 19, 2011, when the Minutemen lost to JMU, 34-17. I’ll refrain from any long monologues about what a mistake it was to move to Foxborough, except to mention that only 10,277 turned out to watch UMass lose to Colorado three weeks 0

On the Trail: Nut job

The Harvest Moon has passed, wild asters smile and Henry Ford was a fascist. If you don’t believe it, look it up. It’s true. I don’t know where that came from but must admit I’m under the gun. Off to a late start. Where does the time go? I do have an excuse. Got tangled in titillating conversation with an overnight guest. Old friend. Retired, high-ranking military officer who must have inhaled old-tavern truth serum. Yes indeed, a spellbinding chat we had over morning coffee 0

Jaywalking: Eye-opener

An estimated 550 people packed the dining common (and an overflow room) at Greenfield Community College Monday afternoon to hear the story of former NBA basketball player Chris Herren. High school students from Greenfield and Mahar were bused in and joined a large contingent of adults and other students to hear the story of Herren, a Fall River native who became a first-round NBA draft pick but had his life derailed by drug addiction. Entire sports teams from both schools attended the speech, which was 0