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Jaywalking

Jaywalking: Healing run

Monday, April 14, 2014

Five minutes may not seem like a lot of time, but for Greenfield’s Jack McKenzie, it may have been the difference between life and death. One year ago, McKenzie was running in his 22nd Boston Marathon. He thought it was going to be his swan song. At the age of 59, he thought it was time to retire from marathon running. He crossed the finish line 2 hours, 44 minutes after he began the 26.2-mile run. Five minutes later, at the 2:49 mark of the race, disaster struck when a pair of bombs exploded at the finish line. McKenzie was still in the vicinity of the finish line. Like most people that cross the line … 0

Jaywalking: Panther payback

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pioneer football coach Glen Wilson has not forgotten the treatment he and the rest of the Panther football team received in 2009 following a 14-8 overtime loss to Ware High School in the WMass Division IV Super Bowl. As the team bus rolled back into town that night, the sky suddenly lit up … 0

Jaywalking: Over and out

Monday, March 31, 2014

I took up an invitation to Greenfield High School hockey’s end-of-the-season banquet last week. The celebration took on a whole new meaning this season, since it was the final time 11-year head coach Mike Duclos and assistant coach Todd “Happy” Boynton would be together to address the team. Both men are hanging up their whistles after terrific coaching careers. They began coaching together … 0

Jaywalking: Sports Cave

Monday, December 16, 2013

It has been just over one year since I was able to afford my very own sports cave. I had an old dilapidated room in the back of my house that was in rougher shape than Tom Coughlin’s … 0

Jaywalking: Novak Awards

Monday, December 9, 2013

Years from now, someone may be looking in the trophy case at Mohawk Trail Regional High School, staring at the Western Mass. Division VI runners-up trophy and wondering why a piece of the state of Massachusetts is missing. Cape Cod to be exact. Turns out, it’s in Turners … 0

Jaywalking: Sheff’s Field

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Just before Joe Sheff left Turners Falls in the fall of 1943 to head across the Atlantic and fight during World War II, he met with George Bush, the senior boy who would captain the high school’s varsity basketball team that winter. Sheff handed Bush a number of … 0

Jaywalking: Kiss of death

Monday, November 25, 2013

A promise is a promise. Former Turners Falls High School running back Ryan Wilder held a fundraiser back in the spring to raise money for a trip he was taking to Australia to play in the “Down Under Games.” That night, a number of prizes were raffled off, … 0

Jaywalking: Back to the future

Monday, November 18, 2013

The year 2009 seems distant to the Frontier Regional School football team. That fall, the Red Hawks went 9-1 in the regular season and advanced to the WMass Division III Super Bowl, where they put up a valiant effort against what had looked to be an unstoppable force … 0

Jaywalking: Homegrown

Monday, November 11, 2013

Clarisse Hutchinson’s cross country career came to an end Saturday with her 43rd-place finish in 23 minutes, 9 seconds at the WMass Division II Cross Country Championships at Northfield Mountain. Her Franklin County Technical School legacy, however, will last much longer. This fall marked the first time that … 0

Jaywalking: Nothing’s perfect

Monday, November 4, 2013

We have finally reached the first-ever Massachusetts Statewide Football Playoffs, ushered in with mixed feelings. I’ve received phone calls, e-mails and talked with people at games and around town about the new playoff system, which includes a Division VI tournament that features McCann Tech, Mohawk, Franklin Tech and … 0

Jaywalking: Pelc's chance

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

When Andy Pelc’s baseball team in the Greenfield Minor League needed a catcher three years ago, he was the only player to raise his hand and take a chance. It proved to be the right decision. On Friday, the 10-year old from Whately will be among 288 players … 0

Jaywalking: In memory

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ask someone that knew Don Maynard what he was like, and you will get the same response nearly every single time. “Don always had a smile on his face,” is what they will tell you. This weekend marks the 19th running of the Don Maynard Memorial Five Miler … 0

Jaywalking: Boomer memory

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Watching George Scott play first base for the Boston Red Sox was for many years a thing of beauty. The man known as “Boomer” was everything a true baseball fan wanted. He could hit for power, leading the American League in home runs in 1975 with 36, and … 0

Jaywalking: Local battler has no quit

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Joe Leonard won his first career mixed-martial-arts match one month ago, but it was far from the first fight he’s won. It won’t be his last, either. The South Deerfield resident has spent the past six years living with Crohn’s Disease, and during that time he’s not only … 0

Turf war

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I’ve spent the past week thinking about a letter published in last Monday’s paper from James C. Adams of Greenfield. He wrote. I can’t help but wonder how much insulation we could buy for the price of an Astro-turf football field. Seriously?! It got me thinking about the … 0