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Jaywalking

Jaywalking: Bye Scott

Monday, September 15, 2014

For the first time since 1997, Greenfield High School boys’ basketball is searching for a coach. Scott Thayer officially stepped down last week after 16 years at the helm of Green Wave hoops. It was a decision Thayer said came to him rather suddenly, and he decided it was time step down. “It’s just time for a change,” he said. “I think the program needs a new voice. It’s just … 0

Jaywalking: Welcome to the real world

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello Patriots’ fans. Oh, have we been waiting for you. Welcome back to the club of “fans who actually worry about their NFL team.” I know it’s been a good long time since you were part of this popular club. You left for about 15 years to move on to an elite society reserved for fans of teams so dominant that fans of … 0

Jaywalking: Family fun

Monday, September 1, 2014

Perhaps you could say that two area teens are making the sport of BMX racing a little more “funky.” Maybe that’s just a bad play on words, but the fact is that Aimee and Grayson Funk both captured state championships during the USA BMX Massachusetts State Championships over the weekend at Whip City … 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

Building daze

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The work has finally begun on the new Greenfield High School. Oh what exciting times these are at the school, as students and faculty will surely enjoy trying to work and learn amidst a construction zone. Nothing like trying to take a calculus test with the rumbling of … 0

AC does it

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I’ve been working here for more than six years now and I’ve seen the name Turners Falls Athletic Club plenty during that span. Whether it’s the defending Franklin County Babe Ruth Baseball League champion team named after the club or a Co-Rec softball team, you probably see TFAC … 0

Local flavor

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Former Northfield Mount Hermon School basketball player Spike Albrecht became an overnight sensation a week ago during the NCAA Division I men’s national championship game in Atlanta, Ga. The Michigan freshman guard entered the game as an afterthought, averaging 1.8 points per game coming into the title game. … 0

Labor of love

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Asked to describe his late mother, Jody Killeen, Sean Killeen didn’t need to think before speaking seven words. “To know her, was to love her.” Killeen contacted me last week to say he would be taking part in the Boston Marathon as part of the Dana Farber Marathon … 0

Hillman is Hills’ man

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Josh Hillman did more than groom golf courses during his time in Pittsfield as Berkshire Hills Country Club’s head pro. For the past four years, Hillman was also grooming his replacement, someone he knows quite well. In fact, they may spend some time together on the holidays. Cousin … 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