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Frontier seventh-grader Jessica Wrisley poses with New England Revolution star forward Charlie Davies.
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Jaywalking: Soccer scholar

Monday, May 11, 2015

South Deerfield native Jessica Wrisley has put on a pretty remarkable balancing act this year. The 13-year-old Frontier Regional School seventh-grader made high honors each of the first three semesters this season, which is no easy feat in itself. Now take into account that she bypassed playing for the middle-school girls’ soccer team, instead going straight to junior varsity. Throw … 0

Jaywalking: Distinguished

Monday, April 20, 2015

Current Greenfield High School students may know Donna Woodcock only as a principal, but before serving in that capacity she was one of the most successful varsity coaches in Franklin County and even the Pioneer Valley. Woodcock coached her last game in 2005 but has remained involved in sports for the past decade, serving in a many capacities. For all that she has … 0

Jaywalking: Sod is the decision, much to the dismay of vocal critics

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It appeared to be a done deal from the start. Despite more than 50 supporters of artificial turf fields showing up, the Greenfield School Building Committee voted to go ahead with installing sod fields with irrigation behind the high school during a meeting Tuesday night in the GHS library. The proposal received a 6-0 vote (two abstentions) and also approved adding two lanes … 0

Jaywalking: Local scene once a ski-jumping mecca

Monday, March 10, 2014

It’s possible you know there was once a ski jump located in Greenfield near Abercrombie Field in the east Greenfield village known to natives as Bingville. The remains of that jump can still be seen at a spot … 0

Jaywalking: Shot clocked

Monday, March 3, 2014

It was a tough night for the Greenfield High School boys’ basketball fans in Cheshire on Friday night. The sixth-seeded Green Wave had its hands full with third-seeded Hoosac Valley High School in the quarterfinals of the Western Massachusetts Division III Tournament. Greenfield had trailed for much of … 0

Jaywalking: Yeoman effort

Monday, February 24, 2014

Five local boys’ basketball teams will begin their fight for WMass supremacy as the boys’ tournaments get under way tonight. While teams like Turners Falls, Mahar and Greenfield are expected to fare well and compete for a chance to make it to Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst for … 0

Jaywalking: Chowing down on Olympics

Monday, February 17, 2014

I groggily turned the alarm clock off at 7:30 on Saturday morning and lay back down in bed, stared at the ceiling a moment to gather my wits, and grabbed the television remote to turn on the 32-inch Vizio that sits atop a bedroom dresser. Welcome to the … 0

Jaywalking: Hall of Famer

Monday, February 10, 2014

Bob Smith has coached the Frontier Regional School girls’ track & field team since the spring of 1980. In that time, he has been at the helm for exactly 241 dual meets. There are eight that specifically stand out in his head. Those would be all of the … 0

Jaywalking: Bowl props

Monday, February 3, 2014

In the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, I thought we would at least be treated to another good game in which I had no real rooting interest, aside from a small wager with a buddy that had me rooting for Seattle and the under. Looking at … 0

Jaywalking: Prep reps

Monday, January 27, 2014

The 22nd Winter Olympics begins next Friday in Sochi, Russia, and although no local athletes will take part, Franklin County does have some connections to three Sochi Games competitors. All three of those athletes come out of the local prep schools. United States women’s hockey coach Katey Stone … 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