Jaywalking

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 age of 59, he thought it was time to retire from marathon running. He crossed the finish line 2 hours, 44 minutes after he began the 26.2-mile run. Five minutes later, at the 2:49 mark of the race, disaster struck when a pair of bombs exploded at the finish line. McKenzie was still in the vicinity of the finish line. Like most people that cross the line … 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. As the team bus rolled back into town that night, the sky suddenly lit up … 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. Both men are hanging up their whistles after terrific coaching careers. They began coaching together … 0

A friend indeed

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cassie Taylor has never run a marathon before. Just six months ago, she had never even run more than eight miles at one time. But that all changed one morning this past fall at about 5 a.m. The Greenfield native received an email four hours earlier from her … 0

Smitty ditty

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I heard from numerous people last week after a story appeared in Tuesday’s paper about the legendary Jim Smith retiring after 56 years as a coach. Smith was one of the most personable coaches I’ve dealt with in my six-plus years covering sports. Smith always spoke his mind … 0

Training day

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

For you, this Tuesday may be like many others. Perhaps you are reading this column as you sip a hot cup of coffee before heading off to work. For Greenfield native Joe Hudson, today is unlike any Tuesday he’s every experienced, as today is the first day that … 0

Down Under

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Turners Falls High School’s Ryan Wilder became the first running back in Franklin County history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a single season this past fall. He will now take his talent halfway around the world to represent not only Turners Falls and Franklin County, but … 0

Transition time

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sure, many of us here in Franklin County may have spent the weekend digging out from under two feet of snow, backs still aching from shoveling, and faces still frozen from the numbing winds, but it’s never too early to talk baseball is it? The reason I need … 0

Malcolm in the Middle

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

It’s possible that Turners Falls High School junior Malcolm Smith has had one of the best years of any local high school athlete. More remarkable is that he’s still flying under the radar. Smith helped quarterback the Indians’ football team to its best record in more than a … 0

No mercy?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

There sure have been some lopsided basketball scores in western Massachusetts this season. It’s old news by now (welcome to the wonderful world of newspapers), but for anyone who missed it, St. Joseph’s Central High School of Pittsfield set the bar for blowouts on Jan. 12 by defeating … 0

Miller time?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Like the ringing of a store door announcing a new customer, there is a familiar sound whenever Northfield’s George Miller enters The Recorder newsroom. “Miller Time,” are the words that resonate from editor Gary Sanderson, colleague Mark Durant or myself as he enters, sometimes all three of us … 0

Countdown

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year. I was asked by someone what the top local story of the past year was and it got me to thinking. My first thought was to recall all the great things that have happened locally over the past 12 months. The second, was a question … 0

MVP

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

It’s been well more than a month since Greenfield quarterback Zach Bartak last put on the pads and stepped onto a football field, but since his high school career came to an end in the WMass Division III semifinals, the senior has had plenty to do. What has … 0

Cannon Novak

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I met with the 2012 Turners Falls High School football team for the last time on Sunday. It would be the last time the entire team would likely be in the same room together. No longer on the playing field – that ended 10 days ago when the … 0

Major changes

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The high school basketball world in the Commonwealth is going to get a drastic makeover starting in the 2013-14 season. There are a lot of mixed opinions regarding the moves, which include the creation of a new statewide Division IV and the moving of teams, not only among … 0