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Smitty’s through to Co-Rec finals



Staff Writer
Sunday, August 12, 2018

Smitty’s Pub is headed to the Greenfield Co-Rec Adult Softball League championship.

The defending A Division champions won a pair of games in Saturday’s playoffs to advance to Wednesday night’s championship game at Green River Park in Greenfield at 6.

In the quarterfinals, Matt Gilbert hit a walk-off single as Smitty’s beat Montague Elks, 10-9. Smitty’s moved on to the championship bracket semifinals to face Beck’s Automotive and a four-run seventh helped Smitty’s come from behind to earn a 13-10 win. 

Beck’s will face Bathfitters Tuesday night at 6 at Green River Field in the loser’s bracket for the right to play Smitty’s.

Basketball

Next Up results

The Next Up Basketball street basketball tournament was held at Unity Park in Turners Falls on Sunday.

The event featured 17 teams in three divisions with over 70 players from throughout western Mass. The event helped promote safe, youth street basketball.

Gold Chips from Conway and Holyoke won the Varsity Division, B-Town from Belchertown won the Junior Varsity Division, and Chicopee Havoc won the 12U division.

High schools

Frontier start times

The Frontier Regional School athletic department announced the following opening dates and times for the 2018 fall sports season.

• Varsity and JV football: Equipment handout, Wednesday at 4 p.m.; conditioning practice, Friday from 4-6 p.m.

• Middle school football: Aug. 20 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

• Boys and girls’ cross country (grades 7-12): Aug. 23, 6 p.m.

• Boys’ varsity and JV soccer (grades 7-12): Aug. 23 from 10:30-12:30 and 5-7 p.m., Herlihy Park

• Boys’ middle school soccer: Sept. 4 from 2:45-4:45 p.m., Sunderland Rec Field

• Girls’ varsity and JV soccer (grades 7-12): Aug. 23 from 8-10:30 a.m. and 3-4:30 p.m., Herlihy Park

• Girls’ middle school soccer: Sept. 4 from 2:45-4:45, Sunderland Elementary School

• Varsity, JV and middle school field hockey tryouts: Aug. 23 from 8:30-noon

• Girls’ volleyball tryouts: Aug. 23 — returning varsity and JV players as well as newcomers in grades 10-12 (1-4 p.m.), seventh and eighth-graders and newcomers from grades 7-9 (5-7 p.m.).

• Golf tryouts (grades 7-12): Aug. 23 at 1 p.m., Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst

All potential players must register on Family ID (Familyid.com) and have a medical exam within 13 months of the first practice date on record with Frontier to be eligible to participate. Please be aware that student-athletes will become ineligible to participate on the exact day 13 months from their last physical exam date.

Turners football practice

Anyone interested in playing football for Turners Falls High School should plan to attend the parents and players meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the theater at Turners Falls High School.

Equipment will be issued Thursday evening after the meeting and first practice is Friday at 4.

The middle school team will practice Aug. 27-29 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Turners start times

The Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School athletic departments released the list of practice starting times for the upcoming fall season.

The volleyball team will begin with practices on Aug. 23 from 8 to 10 a.m. and Aug. 24-26 from 5 to 7 p.m. JV volleyball practice is Aug. 27-29 from 10 a.m. until noon.

Varsity field hockey practice will be Aug. 23, 24, 27, 28 and 29 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Aug. 26 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Middle School field hockey is Aug. 27-29 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Golf opens on Aug. 23 at 9 a.m. at Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club.

Cheerleading begins Aug. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the dance room.

High school boys’ soccer opens Aug. 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Franklin County Technical School, while the girls’ team begins Aug. 23 from 4 to 6:30 p.m., also at Franklin Tech. The middle school team opens the first day of school at 2:30 p.m. in the theater.

There will also be an all-athlete meeting at 2:30 p.m. in the theater on the first day of school.

Golf

Ashfield Ladies

Francie Hall scored a 21 to win the Even Hole Tournament during the Ashfield Community Golf Course Ladies League.

Diane O’Connell came in second with a 22.

Barb Ladd won fewest putts with a 13.

Track & field

PV pole vault school

The Pioneer Valley Pole Vault School in Bernardston is open by appointment for individual and group lessons through the fall with negotiable rates.

Lessons will be taught by Pioneer Valley Regional School track and Northfield Mount Hermon School pole-vault coach Jim Bell, himself a Masters pole vaulter.

For more information, contact Bell at 413-648-8929.