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Jaywalking

Jaywalking: Turf decision

Monday, January 26, 2015

We are quickly approaching the decision as to the fate of the athletic fields behind Greenfield High School. Currently, the area behind the school is a muddy mess, the entire area torn up by bulldozers and excavators, serving as yet another reminder of the school’s multimillion-dollar facelift. And while that construction project has been moving along at a steady and relatively uneventful pace, the biggest remaining piece to the puzzle … 0

Jaywalking: Young gun

Monday, January 19, 2015

Five years ago, Rebecca Rodgers was a 9-year-old getting introduced to the sport of curling by watching it during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. This week, she is competing on one of the 10 women’s teams to qualify for the 2015 Junior National Championships in Devil’s Lake, N.D. Like many people, Rodgers first got introduced to curling during the Vancouver Games. I also … 0

Jaywalking: Barnstorming

Monday, January 12, 2015

It’s amazing where a story can lead you to. Two days before Christmas, I touched on some of the history of Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield. The gym opened when the new high school opened up in 1958 and has all sorts of stories to tell from its 57 years of service to the … 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

Jaywalking: Healing run

Monday, April 14, 2014

Five minutes may not seem like a lot of time, but for Greenfield’s Jack McKenzie, it may have been the difference between life and death. One year ago, McKenzie was running in his 22nd Boston Marathon. He thought it was going to be his swan song. At the … 0

Jaywalking: Panther payback

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pioneer football coach Glen Wilson has not forgotten the treatment he and the rest of the Panther football team received in 2009 following a 14-8 overtime loss to Ware High School in the WMass Division IV Super Bowl. … 0

Jaywalking: Over and out

Monday, March 31, 2014

I took up an invitation to Greenfield High School hockey’s end-of-the-season banquet last week. The celebration took on a whole new meaning this season, since it was the final time 11-year head coach Mike Duclos and assistant coach Todd “Happy” Boynton would be together to address the team. … 0