Jaywalking
Steve McKelvey of Belchertown with on his autographed baseballs. Recorder/Paul Franz

Jaywalking: Labor of Love

Monday, March 30, 2015

When Dick “The Rev” McKelvey was young, he had a pair of events shape what would become a passion for the rest of his life. It all happened well before McKelvey grew up and moved his family from Germantown, Pa., to Deerfield, where he became a well-known baseball coach and teacher at Deerfield Academy. This story starts in 1933, when … 0

Jaywalking: Top scorers

Monday, March 16, 2015

It was a good year to be a Pioneer Valley Regional School basketball player. The girls’ team won the Franklin County League South Division and wound up making it to Curry Hicks Cage for the WMass Division IV semifinals. The boys’ team also had a successful season, finishing third in a very tough Hampshire League with 14 wins for its best season since … 0

Jaywalking: Goal oriented

Monday, March 9, 2015

Nowadays, you can find Dr. Reza Namin at the Franklin County Jail, where he serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. But once upon a time Namin was a soccer star in his native home of Iran as well as around New England. Namin was 19 years old when he moved from Iran to America in 1979. It … 0

Jaywalking: A cut above

Monday, November 17, 2014

One day before I spoke with Mohawk Trail Regional High School cross-country coach Joe Chadwick about his girls’ team, I got a surprise visit from another Hall of Fame coach, Pete Conway, who dropped by the office last week. He brought with him an old scrapbook full of … 0

Jaywalking: Sideline chatter

Monday, November 10, 2014

There are lots of reasons to love tournament season. It’s the time of year when every game counts. It makes for great drama every night, and when games live up to their billing, it’s even better. Tournament season also gives me the opportunity to hit the road and … 0

Jaywalking: Hoop junkie

Monday, November 3, 2014

It was a phone call Tim Caplice did not want to miss, but as he lounged around on his couch watching football one recent Sunday, he did exactly that. Caplice was late getting to his phone when he heard it ringing and saw the missed call/voice-mail from Greenfield … 0

Jaywalking: Hall calls Doton

Monday, October 13, 2014

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 … 0

Jaywalking: Top notch

Monday, October 6, 2014

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 … 0

Jaywalking: Reaching out

Monday, September 29, 2014

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 … 0

Jaywalking: Eye-opener

Monday, September 22, 2014

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 … 0

Jaywalking: Bye Scott

Monday, September 15, 2014

For the first time since 1997, Greenfield High School boys’ basketball is searching for a coach. Scott Thayer officially stepped down last week after 16 years at the helm of Green Wave hoops. It was a decision Thayer said came to him rather suddenly, and he decided it … 0

Jaywalking: Welcome to the real world

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello Patriots’ fans. Oh, have we been waiting for you. Welcome back to the club of “fans who actually worry about their NFL team.” I know it’s been a good long time since you were part of this popular club. You left for about 15 years to move … 0

Jaywalking: Family fun

Monday, September 1, 2014

Perhaps you could say that two area teens are making the sport of BMX racing a little more “funky.” Maybe that’s just a bad play on words, but the fact is that Aimee and Grayson Funk both captured state championships during the USA BMX Massachusetts State Championships over … 0

Jaywalking: Ravenous pro

Monday, August 18, 2014

It has been a while since I checked in with the local fighters from Team Ravenous. For those who don’t recall, Team Ravenous is a mixed martial arts (MMA) team residing in Greenfield that has now been around Franklin County for about seven years. I have not heard … 0

Jaywalking: Cup visit

Monday, August 11, 2014

I didn’t think I’d be late when I arrived at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield at about 10:20 a.m. Sunday. When I spoke to Franklin County Hockey Association president Sean Lavoine last week in advance of Sunday’s visit to the rink by Los Angeles Kings head trainer Chris Kingsley … 0