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Wahconah Alum, Olympic Team Coach, Addresses Student Assembly
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Friday, November 09, 2018
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  DALTON, Mass. — One in a long line of successful Wahconah Regional High School athletes was back at the school Thursday to tell the student body to relish their failures.   "Surround yourself in strength," was the theme of Matt Whitcomb, a state high school champion, 1996 Wahconah grad and, more recently, coach on the U.S. Women's Cross Country Ski team that won the nation's first-ever Nordic gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Games.   Whitcomb told the students that no matter what they were doing — whether athletics, academics or some other pursuit — the secret to success is to surround yourself with successful people and feed on

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Ladley Remembered for Fight, Family, Fealty to Berkshire County Sports Community
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:08AM / Thursday, November 01, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ed Ladley was remembered Wednesday evening as a giant of the Berkshire County sporting community.   The New England Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, legendary Wahconah boys basketball coach and educator died on Wednesday. And as word of his passing got around the county coaching fraternity, one word was on everyone's lips: competitor.   "Even when his son, Timmy, played for me my first year at Pittsfield, I remember him yelling at his players because Timmy had five 3s against Wahconah," said Ron Wojcik, now the girls basketball coach at Hoosac Valley.   "Timmy, at the time, was one of our best if not our best player, and [Ed

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Pittsfield's Wright Honored by League, Scores in Springfield's Tourney Win
09:30PM / Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Reigning New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Athlete of the Week Amanda Wright Tuesday scored a goal to help the Springfield College women's soccer team to a 3-1 win over Wheaton in the first round of the NEWMAC tournament.   Wright, a graduate of Pittsfield High School, scored her ninth goal of the season in the 58th minute to give the Pride a 2-0 lead at the time.   Springfield moves on to play Emerson on Thursday in the league semi-finals.   On Monday, Wright, a Springfield senior, was recognized for her performance the week prior.   Wright was instrumental in a pair of NEWMAC victories for the Pride last

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Baseball in the Berkshires Offers STEM Programming
09:26PM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- STEM programming is coming to the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum.   The exhibit at the Berkshire Mall will present monthly programs on science, technology, engineering and math starting Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1-2 p.m. for all ages.   The first program is "The Crack of the Bat." Learn how a bat is made. Physics, engineering, technology, mathematics and safety all have a part.   Using the bats of Shoeless Joe, The "Babe", Jackie, Miggy, "Big Papi," Dustin, Mookie and Judge, discover how they cracked these problems.

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Area Teams Earn Titles at Dalton Youth Soccer Tournament
09:34AM / Monday, October 08, 2018
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DALTON, Mass. -- Teams from Dalton, North Adams, Pittsfield and Williamstown picked up titles at the 22nd annual Dalton CRA Just for Kicks Socccer Tournament on Sunday.   Fifty-five teams of boys and girls in various age groups converged on Nessacus Middle School and Wahconah Regional High School for two days of games starting on Saturday morning.   Teams were drawn from every part of the county plus the Pioneer Valley, Vermont and New York's Capital District.   The hometown squad from Dalton earned the U14 boys championship with a 6-1 win over Pittsfield Soccer Club in the title game.   In the U14 girls, PSC turned the tables, taking a 1-0 win over Dalton in the

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Parkington Standing Out on College Volleyball Team
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05:38AM / Monday, October 08, 2018
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Wahconah High graduate Emma Parkington is a two-time Rookie of the Week in the Empire 8 as a freshman on the Russell Sage College volleyball team this fall.   Parkington most recently earned the award on Sept. 24 after averaging 1.83 kills per set over 18 sets while hitting to a .310 percentage and recording a team-best 49 assists in four matches for the Gators.   On the year, Parkington leads Sage (5-15) in kills (132), assists (189) and hitting percentage (.224). She also has 20 service aces.   And she is only one of a number of 2018 Berkshire County high school graduates making impacts on their collegiate volleyball teams this season.   At Anna Maria College, freshman

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Mount Greylock, Wahconah Add Unified Basketball Teams
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
07:23AM / Sunday, October 07, 2018
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Mount Greylock Athletic Director Lindsey von Holtz has been wanting for several years to bring the program to the school.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock senior Clare Sheedy had some butterflies going into Thursday's basketball practice.   And they had nothing to do with her jump shot.   "Before this practice — and [teammate Jayden Johnson] can attest to this, I was very nervous," Sheedy said after her first workout with the school's new Unified Basketball team. "I was worried I'd say the wrong thing or maybe I'd feel awkward or I wouldn't be a good influence. But the first five minutes, I felt it was going really

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Pittsfield's Patti Notches Game-Winner for College Squad
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04:21AM / Tuesday, October 02, 2018
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Pittsfield High School alumna Taylor Patti scored the game-winner in double overtime last month to lift Wentworth College to a 2-1 win at Emerson.   It was just the second career goal for the senior back, and it helped Wentworth 5-4-2 record going into Saturday's game against Nichols.   scored her first goal of the season for the Providence College women's soccer team in a 3-2 overtime loss to Xavier last week. The Lenox graduate has a goal and a two assists this season for the Friars (7-4-1).   (Pittsfield) had a team-high seven shots and helped set up the winning goal in Springfield College's 2-0 win over Mount Holyoke on Saturday. Wright has six goals this

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Pittsfield Little League Looks to Spruce Up Deming Park
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:23PM / Saturday, September 22, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Little League is looking to spruce up Deming Park.   Greg Coscia has begun conversations with the city to make a number of improvements to the park. First, the league wants to make railings leading to the scorekeeper's building permanent. Those were installed prior to the district tournament when stairs were replaced and repaired. Coscia hopes to put a taller fence behind it to make it more difficult for trespassers to get in.   "We are going to fund all of the materials and stuff," Coscia said. "We'd like to get to it before the winter but I'm not 100 percent sure if we can or not."   The Little League is also

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Pittsfield Finalizes Plans For Clapp Park Renovations
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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Architects Rachel Loeffler, of Berkshire Design Group, and John Barry of Barry Architects presented the plans to the Parks Commission on Monday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A final design for more than a half-million dollars worth of improvements to Clapp Park was finalized Monday.   The Parks Commission gave its stamp of approval on the design crafted by Berkshire Design Group. The design, however, isn't entirely what parks officials had been hoping for when first crafted. The full vision is now expected to be done in phases.   The city had worked with the designers on a fully re-envisioned park after receiving a $400,000 state grant but all of the elements wanted proved

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