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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 the 2014 season. And the final days will look very different from opening day, as the forecast is calling for cold, snowy … 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 memories from his days as … 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: 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

Jaywalking: It keeps giving

Monday, March 17, 2014

The beauty of writing local-history tales is that, while I’m sure last week’s ski-jumping piece evoked many memories, it also gave folks a chance to further school me on the topic. Call it a story that keeps on … 0

Jaywalking: Local scene once a ski-jumping mecca

Monday, March 10, 2014

It’s possible you know there was once a ski jump located in Greenfield near Abercrombie Field in the east Greenfield village known to natives as Bingville. The remains of that jump can still be seen at a spot … 0

Jaywalking: Shot clocked

Monday, March 3, 2014

It was a tough night for the Greenfield High School boys’ basketball fans in Cheshire on Friday night. The sixth-seeded Green Wave had its hands full with third-seeded Hoosac Valley High School in the quarterfinals of the Western Massachusetts Division III Tournament. Greenfield had trailed for much of … 0

Jaywalking: Yeoman effort

Monday, February 24, 2014

Five local boys’ basketball teams will begin their fight for WMass supremacy as the boys’ tournaments get under way tonight. While teams like Turners Falls, Mahar and Greenfield are expected to fare well and compete for a chance to make it to Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst for … 0

Jaywalking: Chowing down on Olympics

Monday, February 17, 2014

I groggily turned the alarm clock off at 7:30 on Saturday morning and lay back down in bed, stared at the ceiling a moment to gather my wits, and grabbed the television remote to turn on the 32-inch Vizio that sits atop a bedroom dresser. Welcome to the … 0

Jaywalking: Hall of Famer

Monday, February 10, 2014

Bob Smith has coached the Frontier Regional School girls’ track & field team since the spring of 1980. In that time, he has been at the helm for exactly 241 dual meets. There are eight that specifically stand out in his head. Those would be all of the … 0

Jaywalking: Bowl props

Monday, February 3, 2014

In the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, I thought we would at least be treated to another good game in which I had no real rooting interest, aside from a small wager with a buddy that had me rooting for Seattle and the under. Looking at … 0

Jaywalking: Prep reps

Monday, January 27, 2014

The 22nd Winter Olympics begins next Friday in Sochi, Russia, and although no local athletes will take part, Franklin County does have some connections to three Sochi Games competitors. All three of those athletes come out of the local prep schools. United States women’s hockey coach Katey Stone … 0