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Jaywalking

Jaywalking: Ravenous pro

Monday, August 18, 2014

It has been a while since I checked in with the local fighters from Team Ravenous. For those who don’t recall, Team Ravenous is a mixed martial arts (MMA) team residing in Greenfield that has now been around Franklin County for about seven years. I have not heard much from the group in the past year or so, but a recent text message from Ravenous founder and Greenfield resident Jeremy … 0

Jaywalking: Cup visit

Monday, August 11, 2014

I didn’t think I’d be late when I arrived at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield at about 10:20 a.m. Sunday. When I spoke to Franklin County Hockey Association president Sean Lavoine last week in advance of Sunday’s visit to the rink by Los Angeles Kings head trainer Chris Kingsley and the Stanley Cup that … 0

Jaywalking: Trade diary

Monday, August 4, 2014

Boston Red Sox fans have now had five days to absorb their team’s demolition that occurred this past Thursday during the MLB Trade Deadline. Over the past two weeks, the Sox have traded away or released eight players from their 25-man roster. That’s quite the overhaul, although it should have come at no surprise given the fact that the team is in last … 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

Turf war

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I’ve spent the past week thinking about a letter published in last Monday’s paper from James C. Adams of Greenfield. He wrote. I can’t help but wonder how much insulation we could buy for the price of an Astro-turf football field. Seriously?! It got me thinking about the … 0

Ring return

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sonya Lamonakis is getting back in the ring for her first boxing match since suffering her first professional loss in April. It’s not exactly the bout the Turners Falls native was hoping to prepare for, however, as she will still have to wait to get her illusive first … 0

Riding high

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

It was a crowded diamond at Lunt Field in Greenfield earlier this spring during tryouts for the 10 & Under Greenfield tournament team. Twenty-five kids showed up to try out for a travel team that would compete in various postseason summer tournaments, including the Cal Ripken Districts. That … 0

Relay Run

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Scott Miner had a difficult end to his last semester of eighth grade seven years ago. The Greenfield Middle School student was finishing up his first season on the Greenfield High School track and field team when he learned that his mother, Sharon Andrew, had been diagnosed with … 0

Value vaulting

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Vlad Popusoi has destroyed pole-vaulting records at Greenfield High School this season. The junior came into the season primed to break the school record, which stood at 12 feet, 7 inches since Seth Mansur cleared that height in 2003. As a sophomore, Popusoi’s best jump of the year … 0

Comeback Kid

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

C.J. Artus never imagined his senior season would have ended up the way it did. Following his 2011-12 junior campaign that saw him average 13 points per game, Artus probably envisioned winning some sort of scoring award this winter. Well, he did indeed pick up hardware at the … 0

Young guns

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

When a varsity baseball coach fills out his lineup, he would probably like to pencil in students from double-digit grades. In this day and age, we see plenty of varsity teams that wind up playing players in eighth and ninth grade, and they typically reside at the bottom … 0

Opening bell

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

When the Greenfield Minor League needed someone to sing the national anthem on Opening Day, an unexpected person answered the call. On Sunday morning, roughly 200 young baseball players paraded down Federal Street in Greenfield to Lunt Field, where the GML held its Opening-Day ceremonies and honored Greenfield … 0