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Jaywalking

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: Virtual verdict

Monday, January 20, 2014

What happened to the Mohawk field hockey team is unfortunate. Due to an ineligible player, the Warriors were forced to forfeit all but two of their games from this past fall. Here’s what happened for those who missed it. Former full-time Mohawk student Holly Brown decided to take … 0

Jaywalking: Deerslayer Kid

Monday, January 13, 2014

Dylan Fisher had two choices to make as he sighted his black powder gun on the second Friday of the two-week Massachusetts shotgun deer hunting season: left or right. Fisher, a 9-year-old from Northfield, and his dad, Chuck, had been hunting together every day from a familiar stand … 0

Jaywalking: Best of 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year’s Eve New Year’s Day signs are everywhere. School vacation is winding down, the bowl games are in full swing, and ABC is likely queuing up footage of Dick Clark to bring out as Ryan Seacrest once again sits on the throne made famous by the … 0

Jaywalking: Frozen Mites

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Boston Bruins are not going to be playing on the frozen ice at Fenway Park this season, but some local kids are going to get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After the success of the 2010 NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park, hockey organizers decided to bring back Frozen … 0

Jaywalking: Sports Cave

Monday, December 16, 2013

It has been just over one year since I was able to afford my very own sports cave. I had an old dilapidated room in the back of my house that was in rougher shape than Tom Coughlin’s … 0

Jaywalking: Novak Awards

Monday, December 9, 2013

Years from now, someone may be looking in the trophy case at Mohawk Trail Regional High School, staring at the Western Mass. Division VI runners-up trophy and wondering why a piece of the state of Massachusetts is missing. Cape Cod to be exact. Turns out, it’s in Turners … 0

Jaywalking: Sheff’s Field

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Just before Joe Sheff left Turners Falls in the fall of 1943 to head across the Atlantic and fight during World War II, he met with George Bush, the senior boy who would captain the high school’s varsity basketball team that winter. Sheff handed Bush a number of … 0

Jaywalking: Kiss of death

Monday, November 25, 2013

A promise is a promise. Former Turners Falls High School running back Ryan Wilder held a fundraiser back in the spring to raise money for a trip he was taking to Australia to play in the “Down Under Games.” That night, a number of prizes were raffled off, … 0

Jaywalking: Back to the future

Monday, November 18, 2013

The year 2009 seems distant to the Frontier Regional School football team. That fall, the Red Hawks went 9-1 in the regular season and advanced to the WMass Division III Super Bowl, where they put up a valiant effort against what had looked to be an unstoppable force … 0

Jaywalking: Homegrown

Monday, November 11, 2013

Clarisse Hutchinson’s cross country career came to an end Saturday with her 43rd-place finish in 23 minutes, 9 seconds at the WMass Division II Cross Country Championships at Northfield Mountain. Her Franklin County Technical School legacy, however, will last much longer. This fall marked the first time that … 0

Jaywalking: Nothing’s perfect

Monday, November 4, 2013

We have finally reached the first-ever Massachusetts Statewide Football Playoffs, ushered in with mixed feelings. I’ve received phone calls, e-mails and talked with people at games and around town about the new playoff system, which includes a Division VI tournament that features McCann Tech, Mohawk, Franklin Tech and … 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