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Bay State Girls Basketball Tryout Sunday at McCann Tech
03:39PM / Saturday, June 24, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The final tryout for the Western Massachusetts girls basketball team for this summer's Bay State Games is Sunday, June 25, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at McCann Tech.   The team primarily is for girls entering grades 9 through 12, though recent graduates are welcome. Each team is allowed up to three 2017 grads.   Players must be a full-time resident of Massachusetts and a full-time student at a recognized academic institution.   The tryout fee is $38.   The 2017 Bay State Games are July 14-16 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury Crossing.   For information, contact Amy Cyr at acyr@hr-k12.org.

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Wahconah Football Program to Hold Youth Camp in August
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09:25PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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DALTON, Mass. -- The Wahconah Regional High School football program this summer will host a Youth FUNdamental Football camp.   Coach Gary Campbell Jr., will conduct the camp, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 7, through Thursday, Aug. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.   Campbell's teams have won four out of the last five Western Massachusetts titles and in December 2016 played in the state final at Gillette Stadium for the second time in three years.   Players from the Wahconah team will join Campbell to teach fundamental skills, teamwork, self-discipline and how to achieve your potential on and off the field.   The coaching staff will instruct each camper in every position, and all

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Area Grads Wrap Up Successful Spring Campaigns
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01:10AM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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earned all-tournament recognition from the Empire 8 Conference after helping Ithaca win the conference title and a berth in this spring’s NCAA Division III Championships.   On May 11, he went 6-⅔ innings on the mound, scattering four hits and one earned run in a tournament win over Elmira. Two days later, he came out of the bullpen to throw two innings of one-hit, shutout relief in the title game against St. John Fisher.   He made one appearance in the NCAAs, going 5-⅔ innings in a loss to Oswego. On the season, he had a 4.52 ERA and a 6-2 record in 14 appearances.   (Pittsfield) led Division I University at Albany with a .327 batting average this spring,

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Plenty of Nail-Biters in Berkshire Adult Baseball League
11:33AM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Three pitchers combined on a 4-3 win Sunday that lifted B.B.A. into first place in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League’s 20-and-over division.   Seamus Morrison, Connor Lein and Joe Delsoldato threw for B.B.A. in the win over the North County Knights, who slipped to 0-5-1 this summer.   B.B.A. improved to 5-1, pushing it past Lenox and Housatonic, who are tied for second in the seven-team division at 4-2.   On Father’s Day, Jesus Lay went 1-for-1 with two walks and scored twice for B.B.A.   The Knights got a pair of hits from Joe Boucher.     Great Barrington scored four times in the top of the seventh to take an 8-4 lead, but Lenox stormed back

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Berkshire Force 14U Team Reaches Softball Tourney Final
09:37AM / Monday, June 19, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Force 14-and-under softball team won two games on Sunday to reach the final of its two-day tournament at the Doyle Softball Complex, where the Force dropped a on-run decision to a team from New York's Capital District.   In its first game Sunday, an early lead helped the force defeat Greylock Thunder, 5-2.   The Force scored on a groundout by Jordyn Lummus in the first inning and a error in the second inning.   Sophia-Marie Groves earned the win, throwing six innings and allowing two runs and three hits while striking out four and walking one.   The Force collected 13 hits in the win. Kirsten Carrigan, Addison Lyon, and Jordyn

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National Advocacy Group Weighs in on Mascot Ban Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:15AM / Saturday, June 17, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Even as the Turners Falls Indians softball team, Grafton Memorial Indians boys lacrosse team and Taconic Braves baseball team vie for state championships on Saturday, there is a move afoot in Boston to make sure that those teams never take the field again … at least, not with those nicknames.   A longtime national discussion about the appropriateness of Native American-themed nicknames and mascots has reverberated this spring in the Bay State, where a bill on Beacon Hill would prohibit "the use of any Native American mascot by a public school in the Commonwealth."   The Pittsfield School Committee is considering taking action at the local

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Pittsfield AAU Team Wins Tourneys in Amherst, Albany
04:48PM / Friday, June 16, 2017
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The Pittsfield Heat 16-and-under AAU basketball team has won two tournaments recently, taking home first place in the Mass Hoops Jaguars Spring Classic June 5 in Amherst against teams from Boston, Springfield, and Southern Connecticut, and the Adirondack Hoops Spring Classic in Albany against teams from Albany, Schenectady, Boston and the Hudson Valley.   This brings the team’s spring record to 15-4 with three first place finishes, one second and one third in five tournaments.   The team includes Gage Williams, Javi Osorio, Nick ‘Truck’ Sayers, Odin Williams, Amin Purry, Sam Higuera, Collin Frinks, Quincy Davi, Josh Tayi, Dylan Thompson and Robert McCowan. It is

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North Adams SteepleCats to Appear at Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit
02:43PM / Sunday, June 11, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The North Adams SteepleCats will meet fans and sign autographs at the Baseball in the Berkshires exhibit at Berkshire Mall on Thursday, June 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.   Baseball in the Berkshires, A County's Common Bond, opened in the spring at what organizers hope will be a permanent location across from American Eagle and Spencer's in the mall.   The exhibit is open Fridays from 3 to 9 and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6. The exhibit has a sattelite location at the Old Stone Store in Sheffield through July 2.

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Locals Compete in Mass Amateur Qualifier at Waubeeka
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10:42PM / Wednesday, June 07, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. Ronald Laverdiere carded a 2-over-par 73 Wednesday to lead a field of 26 players in the Massachusetts Amateur Open qualifier at Waubeeka Golf Links.   Laverdiere of Hickory Ridge Golf Club led four players who qualified for the state am from the event.   Cameron Sheedy of Vesper Country Club, Andy Drohen of the Ranch Golf Club and Jesse Morgan of Amherst Golf Club each finished at 3-over 74 to tie for second and punch their ticket fr the Massachusetts Amateur.   Three players, Aaron Corn, Connor Phillips and Mark Millay, were named alternates to the state am after finishing at 75.   The event drew two Berkshire County competitors.   Berkshire

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Berkshire Natural Resources Council President to Depart
01:09PM / Friday, June 02, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Natural Resources Council president Tad Ames will depart the organization on December 31, 2017, after more than 27 years of service, the last 16 as president.

Ames said that he has made the decision to resign from BNRC in order to make a change in his professional career and to seek new opportunities.

"I am now in my mid-50s and I've reached an age and a stage in my professional life where I have the opportunity to create one more chapter," he said. "It is not easy to leave a place and people whom I love so much, but I want to seize the opportunity to be part of another story. It's time to pass leadership to a new leader to bring

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