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Jaywalking
Andrew Doty is on his way to a Caribbean baseball soujourn before returning home for his football swan song at Mohawk.
Recorder/Jason Butynski

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 be playing ball against locals, he’ll be donating used baseball gear to Dominicans. It all started last fall after football season. Doty, then a junior quarterback for the Mohawk football team, was one of Franklin County’s most versatile and dangerous players. Doty helped lead Mohawk to the WMass Division VI Championship game, but he suffered an injury in his right shoulder that had him rethinking what he … 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 the finish line in first place to win the 25-lap race in the Thunder Stock … 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 ago, we have also spent the break watching some of the games that begin at … 0

Jaywalking: Frozen Mites

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Boston Bruins are not going to be playing on the frozen ice at Fenway Park this season, but some local kids are going to get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After the success of the 2010 NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park, hockey organizers decided to bring back Frozen … 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