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The 1964 Greenfield High School state champion cross country team from left to right: Dave Ciszewski, Denny Bates, Denny Tetreault, John Thompson, John Kaczenski, George Platek, Mike Belleau, Vern Sund, Steve Kelleher, and Ed Haselton. In front-right is coach Peter Conway.
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Jaywalking: A cut above

Monday, November 17, 2014

One day before I spoke with Mohawk Trail Regional High School cross-country coach Joe Chadwick about his girls’ team, I got a surprise visit from another Hall of Fame coach, Pete Conway, who dropped by the office last week. He brought with him an old scrapbook full of memories from his days as head coach of the Greenfield High School … 0

Jaywalking: Sideline chatter

Monday, November 10, 2014

There are lots of reasons to love tournament season. It’s the time of year when every game counts. It makes for great drama every night, and when games live up to their billing, it’s even better. Tournament season also gives me the opportunity to hit the road and take in live games every … 0

Jaywalking: Hoop junkie

Monday, November 3, 2014

It was a phone call Tim Caplice did not want to miss, but as he lounged around on his couch watching football one recent Sunday, he did exactly that. Caplice was late getting to his phone when he heard it ringing and saw the missed call/voice-mail from Greenfield High School athletic director Mike Kuchieski. He excitedly listened to the message, hoping it contained … 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

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