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Andrew Doty is on his way to a Caribbean baseball soujourn before returning home for his football swan song at Mohawk.
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Jaywalking: Travelin’ man

Monday, July 21, 2014

Andrew Doty will spend the next nine days in the Dominican Republic playing baseball, giving back. Doty will be taking part in a trip being sponsored by MVP Baseball, a college recruiting company, and not only will Doty be playing ball against locals, he’ll be donating used baseball gear to Dominicans. It all started last fall after football season. Doty, then a junior quarterback for the Mohawk football team, was one of Franklin County’s most versatile and dangerous players. Doty helped lead Mohawk to the WMass Division VI Championship game, but he suffered an injury in his right shoulder that had him rethinking what he … 0

Jaywalking: Winning formula

Monday, July 7, 2014

Paul Barnard has been around the sport of auto racing for 30 years, but earlier this season, the Montague resident did something he had never done before. He won. Barnard guided his No. 24 1985 Monte Carlo across the finish line in first place to win the 25-lap race in the Thunder Stock … 0

Jaywalking: Name game

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lunchtime on the farm has taken on a new look recently. Typically, my father and I congregate around noon for about a half-hour break to eat a sandwich and some fresh vegetables while watching the noontime newscast. But since the start of the World Cup about three weeks ago, we have also spent the break watching some of the games that begin at … 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

Miller time?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Like the ringing of a store door announcing a new customer, there is a familiar sound whenever Northfield’s George Miller enters The Recorder newsroom. “Miller Time,” are the words that resonate from editor Gary Sanderson, colleague Mark Durant or myself as he enters, sometimes all three of us … 0


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year. I was asked by someone what the top local story of the past year was and it got me to thinking. My first thought was to recall all the great things that have happened locally over the past 12 months. The second, was a question … 0


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

It’s been well more than a month since Greenfield quarterback Zach Bartak last put on the pads and stepped onto a football field, but since his high school career came to an end in the WMass Division III semifinals, the senior has had plenty to do. What has … 0

Cannon Novak

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I met with the 2012 Turners Falls High School football team for the last time on Sunday. It would be the last time the entire team would likely be in the same room together. No longer on the playing field – that ended 10 days ago when the … 0