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Jaywalking
The 1964 Greenfield High School state champion cross country team from left to right: Dave Ciszewski, Denny Bates, Denny Tetreault, John Thompson, John Kaczenski, George Platek, Mike Belleau, Vern Sund, Steve Kelleher, and Ed Haselton. In front-right is coach Peter Conway.
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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 memories from his days as head coach of the Greenfield High School … 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 take in live games every … 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 High School athletic director Mike Kuchieski. He excitedly listened to the message, hoping it contained … 0

Jaywalking: Winning formula

Monday, July 7, 2014

Paul Barnard has been around the sport of auto racing for 30 years, but earlier this season, the Montague resident did something he had never done before. He won. Barnard guided his No. 24 1985 Monte Carlo across … 0

Jaywalking: Name game

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lunchtime on the farm has taken on a new look recently. Typically, my father and I congregate around noon for about a half-hour break to eat a sandwich and some fresh vegetables while watching the noontime newscast. But since the start of the World Cup about three weeks … 0

Jaywalking: Helping hands

Monday, June 23, 2014

You’ve probably heard by now or even seen the photos in Saturday’s Recorder, but somehow you know that PGA professional Jason Dufner was hitting balls at Crumpin-Fox Club in Bernardston Friday. The golfer, currently listed at No. 19 in the world golf rankings, was in the area over … 0

Jaywalking: Catching cousins

Monday, June 16, 2014

Brody Markol and Morgan Ozdarski graduated from Turners Falls High School earlier this month. The cousins have grown up together, spending a lot of time with each other, especially around their grandmother’s house, located across the street from Morgan’s. When Brody was about 8, he put on the … 0

Jaywalking: MIAA strikes again

Monday, June 9, 2014

This past weekend was supposed to be for some the fulfillment of high school dreams. It became a nightmare. The common villain in all cases? No! You won’t believe it: The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. It was not a good weekend for the folks at the MIAA offices, … 0

Jaywalking: Mayo bet

Monday, June 2, 2014

I betcha! Those words can be described many ways. Call it the start to a challenge or call them fighting words, but when one person begins a sentence with “I bet you,” it’s put-up or shut-up time for the challenged. That person must either accept the bet, or … 0

Jaywalking: Sully

Monday, May 26, 2014

One evening back in 1993, Mark Sullivan told his neighbor and softball coach Charles Mullins that if Mullins ever needed anyone to hit fly balls at practice, he’d be happy to help out. That coach, better known as Turners Falls High School legend Gary Mullins, told him he … 0

Jaywalking: Kiddie Corps

Monday, May 19, 2014

Man how the spring flew by. We are already into our final week of the high school spring regular season and it seems like it has just began. Perhaps that’s due to the late start we got after digging out of the snow that just would not seem … 0

Jaywalking: Headline gripes

Monday, May 12, 2014

A couple weeks back, Greenfield High School girls’ track & field athlete Claire Abelson asked through her father and Recorder editorial page editor Justin Abelson why her team never got a headline. I responded half-jokingly that you need to win or do something special to get headlines. Truth … 0

Jaywalking: Real deal

Monday, May 5, 2014

It has been about a month since Deerfield’s Mae Emerson won the Under-14 Tier II Girls’ Hockey National Championship with her Assabet Valley hockey team, and her team’s national-champion status still hasn’t totally set in. “It feels a … 0

Jaywalking: Saluting a coach

Monday, April 28, 2014

Former Mohawk Trail Regional High School football coach David Bodenstein had a couple credos his former players recalled living by, but on Sunday he said that when he was coaching, this was what he wanted his players to … 0

Jaywalking: One Run

Monday, April 21, 2014

Angela Worden-Corey and Kate Koonz joined hundreds of runners Sunday for perhaps one of the most inspirational 6.5-mile runs anyone has ever been a part of. The two local women took part in the final stage of the One Run For Boston, which was a fundraiser attracting thousands … 0