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Pittsfield Wrapping Up Summer Recreation Programs, Looks to Fall
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Friday, August 18, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Parks Department is looking for another program for the fall now that the NFL stopped the Punt, Pass, and Kick program.   The youth football competition had been sponsored by the National Football League since 1961. In the spring, the NFL affiliate USA Football voted to end the program during its annual summit. Instead, the NFL is launching a flag football program in schools, ending its sanctioning of the Punt, Pass, and Kick program.   "We believe programs such as NFL FLAG-In-Schools offer a unique opportunity to expand our reach and introduce more kids to the fundamentals of football in school and recreational environments," reads a

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OT Thriller Decides Wednesday Summer Lacrosse League
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:33PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The signature moment of the Berkshire County Wednesday night summer lacrosse league may have come before Wednesday’s first league semi-final.   The team from Adams-Cheshire only had eight players on hand to face Dalton for a berth in the league championship game.   The officials asked the Dalton players whether they wanted to play eight-on-eight or field 10 players against a short-handed opponent.   Without hesitation, the Dalton players replied, “eight-on-eight.”   That is what the summer league is all about: love of the sport and friendly competition.   “It's a great opportunity for them to learn and play more and

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Dalton Events to Mark Appalachian Trail Community Designation
04:31PM / Monday, August 14, 2017
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DALTON, Mass. — The town of Dalton become the third Appalachian Trail Community in the state on Saturday, Aug. 19, with a celebration including hikes, music and a cookout.    State and local officials and representatives from the Appalachian Mountain Club and Appalachian Trail Conservancy will have a short ceremony at Pinegrove Park at noon.    The 2,200-mile long trail completed in 1937 runs from Georgia to Maine, passing through 14 states and the length of the Berkshires. Great Barrington and North Adams are the only other Appalachian Trail Communities. It is maintained by local clubs, the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, state Department of

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Carrier Leads Team to Giorgi League Title
10:12PM / Thursday, August 10, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Lawrence Carrier scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Thursday to lead

 

Troiano & Sons/Kingsbread/Flynn & Dagnoli to a 75-70 win over Yard Work By Dan in the championship game of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.

  Carrier hit a pair of 3-pointers and shot 5-for-3 from the line on his way to earning the league's Most Valuable Player honor.   Dave Wellington backed him up with 20 points -- five on 3-pointers -- while Sedale Jones scored 16 to go with seven rebounds and a block.   Taverick "Tank" Roberson led Yard Work by Dan with 20 points and eight boards.   Shaq Ardray scored 18 points on six

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Pittsfield Suns Ousted from FCBL Playoffs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:50PM / Tuesday, August 08, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Nashua Silver Knights Tuesday rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to end the Pittsfield Suns’ season with a 5-2 decision in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League playoffs.   Tom Blandini broke a 2-2 tie with a solo home run off the right field fair pole, and Cam Cook and Anthony Meduri each doubled in a run to help Nashua score three off Pittsfield reliever Austin Wendt and advance out of the play-in game and into the best-of-three league semi-finals.   Pittsfield (26-28) fell behind, 2-0, after the third inning thanks to a pair of unearned runs allowed by starter Austin Pope.   But the Suns tied it in the bottom of the fifth when

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Yard Work by Dan, Troiano & Sons Reach Giorgi League Final
10:15PM / Monday, August 07, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Joe Wiggins scored 28 points, and Dave Wellington scored 23 Monday to lead their respective teams into the championship game of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball league.   Wiggins’ teammate, Taverick “Tank” Roberson, added 27 as their Yard Work by Dan squad jumped out to a 21-point half-time lead and held off a furious second-half comeback bid by defending champion Moonlight Diner before prevailing, 77-65, in Monday’s opener at the Armory.   In the nightcap, Wellington was backed up by 21 points from Lawrence Carrier and 20 from Sedale Jones in a 75-62 win for Troiano & Sons/Kingsbread/Flynn & Dagnoli against Central

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Youth Teams Sought for Soccer Kickoff Event at BCC
10:10PM / Monday, August 07, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Registration is under way for the 24th annual Berkshire Kickoff Classic Youth Soccer Tournament, scheduled for Sept. 2 and 3 at Berkshire Community College.   Teams are welcome for boys and girls in the under-10, under-12 and under-14 divisions.   The event begins with a high school preseason jamboree for varsity boys and girls teams on Friday evening.   "As the competition has grown in popularity the High School Jamboree has become an integral part of the tournament," the tournament's website reads. "In addition, it provides our young players a vision of playing soccer at the next level after their youth soccer

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Quinto Finishes 32nd at Junior Am
11:24PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017
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SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -- Recent Pittsfield High graduate Kevin Quinto carded a 5-over 76 on Wednesday to finish tied for 32nd at the 99th annual Massachusetts Junior Amateur Golf Championship at the Orchards Golf Club.   Quinto finished the three-round event as one of seven players tied at 16-over.   On Wednesday, he earned a pair of birdies, on the 151-yard, par-3 10th hole and the 449-yard, par-5 16th. He birdied the 16th in all three rounds of the competition.   The championship was claimed by Dillon Brown of the Country Club of Halifax, who was 4-under on Wednesday and finished at 8-under for the tournament.

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ACS Swat, Berkshire Force Win County Softball Titles
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
11:01PM / Tuesday, August 01, 2017
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One team rallied from an eight-run deficit to win, and another saw its comeback fall just short in the final championship games of the Berkshire County Softball Championships on Tuesday night.   In the 16-and-under division, the Berkshire Force trailed, 8-0, early but came back to beat the Greylock Thunder, 12-8, under the lights at the Doyle Complex in Pittsfield.   At Dalton’s American Legion Field, the ACS Swat 10-and-under team jumped out to a 14-2 lead and held on for a 15-14 win over host Dalton.     Ash Lesure held Dalton to two runs over the first two innings in the circle for ACS Swat, allowing her team to build a 12-run lead midway through the

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Ryan Leads Berkshire Adult Baseball League Team to Win
04:09PM / Tuesday, August 01, 2017
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Pat Ryan homered and drove in seven runs recently as the Adams Aces scored 21 wins to win over the Outlaws and clinch first place in the regular season in the 35-year-old division of the Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   Matt Witek threw a complete game for the Aces, who improved to 12-1 this season.   Jamie Zdon, Corey Swistak, Mike Rinaldi, Ray Boudreau, Dave Clark and Witek each had multiple hits; Swistak drove in five runs.   The Aces have a three-game lead over the second-place Dalton Bandits (9-4), who dropped a 4-3 decision to the fourth-place Moneymakers (7-6) in crecent action.   Jeff Aldrich snapped a 3-3 tie with an RBI single in the fifth inning for the

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