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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

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

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