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Jaywalking: Soccer scholar

Monday, May 11, 2015

South Deerfield native Jessica Wrisley has put on a pretty remarkable balancing act this year. The 13-year-old Frontier Regional School seventh-grader made high honors each of the first three semesters this season, which is no easy feat in itself. Now take into account that she bypassed playing for the middle-school girls’ soccer team, instead going straight to junior varsity. Throw in some volunteering around the community and you might be … 0

Jaywalking: Distinguished

Monday, April 20, 2015

Current Greenfield High School students may know Donna Woodcock only as a principal, but before serving in that capacity she was one of the most successful varsity coaches in Franklin County and even the Pioneer Valley. Woodcock coached her last game in 2005 but has remained involved in sports for the past decade, serving in a many capacities. For all that she has … 0

Jaywalking: Sod is the decision, much to the dismay of vocal critics

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It appeared to be a done deal from the start. Despite more than 50 supporters of artificial turf fields showing up, the Greenfield School Building Committee voted to go ahead with installing sod fields with irrigation behind the high school during a meeting Tuesday night in the GHS library. The proposal received a 6-0 vote (two abstentions) and also approved adding two lanes … 0

Jaywalking: Holiday cheer

Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy 2015! Sure, I may be a day or two early, but I’m also probably the first person to say it to you, and there’s always something to be said for firsts. You’re likely to hear the phrase “Happy New Year” so many times in the next few … 0

Jaywalking: Greenfield ready to bid farewell to Nichols Gym

Monday, December 22, 2014

After 57 years of serving Greenfield, the Carl “Ump” Nichols Gymnasium will feature its final high school basketball game tonight when the Greenfield girls’ basketball team hosts Hopkins Academy at 7:30. The gymnasium will be demolished after the new year and a parking lot will be paved over … 0

Jaywalking: Novak

Monday, December 8, 2014

It was a packed house at St. Kazimierz Society in Turners Falls on Sunday afternoon. With the Patriots scheduled to play that night at 8, folks had no reason to skip the 56th annual Anthony “Cannon” Novak Awards banquet, the yearly end-of-season gathering that has drawn large crowds … 0

Jaywalking: Opening Day

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ask a hunter where he shot a deer and he’ll probably tell you one thing: “In the woods.” That, or, “In the neck.” Monday was the first day of the 2014 Massachusetts shotgun deer hunting season. I’ve been covering the shotgun hunting season since the fall of 2007, … 0

Jaywalking: Holiday blowouts

Monday, November 24, 2014

It was 77 degrees and sunny back on Aug. 18. That was a little more than three months ago, marking the first day of practice for high school football teams. Now, after countless snaps, runs, passes, turnovers and touchdowns, we have arrived at the final few days of … 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 … 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