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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: 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

Jaywalking: Trade diary

Monday, August 4, 2014

Boston Red Sox fans have now had five days to absorb their team’s demolition that occurred this past Thursday during the MLB Trade Deadline. Over the past two weeks, the Sox have traded away or released eight players from their 25-man roster. That’s quite the overhaul, although it … 0

Jaywalking: Tight team

Monday, July 28, 2014

There are lots of things to do on a summer evening in our area. Cooking on the grill, sitting around the campfire or on a patio, or going for a walk or a run as the sun sets are some ways to enjoy the evening and relax. Another … 0

Jaywalking: Travelin’ man

Monday, July 21, 2014

Andrew Doty will spend the next nine days in the Dominican Republic playing baseball, giving back. Doty will be taking part in a trip being sponsored by MVP Baseball, a college recruiting company, and not only will Doty … 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