JaywalkingColumn

GHS Principal Donna Woodcock, who recently received the prestigious 2015 PVIAC Distinguished Service Award, smiles as she sits at her desk. The award is given annually for exemplary contributions to the Pioneer Valley athletic scene.
Recorder file photo/Paul Franz

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 … 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: Decision time

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tonight is a big night for future Greenfield High School’s athletic fields. I say that as though the fate has not already been decided, even if I have a feeling that it already has. While the GHS building committee has not officially decided what to do with the fields behind the school, it … 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

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