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Cannon Novak Award winners, from left, Trent Bourbeau, Jalen Sanders and Tyler Charboneau. (submitted photo)

Jaywalking: Novak

Monday, December 8, 2014

It was a packed house at St. Kazimierz Society in Turners Falls on Sunday afternoon. With the Patriots scheduled to play that night at 8, folks had no reason to skip the 56th annual Anthony “Cannon” Novak Awards banquet, the yearly end-of-season gathering that has drawn large crowds since it began in 1959. The award is given annually to the … 0

Jaywalking: Opening Day

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ask a hunter where he shot a deer and he’ll probably tell you one thing: “In the woods.” That, or, “In the neck.” Monday was the first day of the 2014 Massachusetts shotgun deer hunting season. I’ve been covering the shotgun hunting season since the fall of 2007, and — despite not being … 0

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 … 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

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