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Travel Softball Team to Host Games Saturday on Rehabbed Pittsfield Diamond
11:56AM / Friday, September 22, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Thanks to the work of volunteers and the city, a Newell Street softball field not used for years will come alive on Saturday when the Berkshire Blaze 14-and-under travel squad hosts a series of games.   Lakewood Park will be the site where the Blaze entertains teams from Adams-Cheshire and Granby, Conn.   The Blaze program welcomes players from throughout the county.   "We began back in March with very few committed players and now we have two teams this fall," said Cory Bazinet, one of the coaches in the program.   The public is invited to check out the field and the action with game times at 11 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:30.   More

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New Strength And Conditioning Gym Opens on Elm Street
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:15PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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The gym opened earlier this year and now Jennings is looking to expand its reach and add more training options. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Joseph Jennings used to push himself in the weight room and with his fitness training. And he kept getting injured.   "I was training so much that I found myself getting injured, getting sick, I was unable to recover. A few years ago, I dislocated my shoulder and broke my leg in the same year. A big part of my rehab was training with the kettlebells to regain my strength," Jennings said.    Kettlebells became a new obsession for him. He realized that building dense strength and strong muscle movement was the base for any

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Course Record Set at Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon
07:55PM / Sunday, September 17, 2017
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LENOX, Mass. -- The Allen Heights Veterinary team won Sunday's Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon in record time.   Biker Josh Lipka, kayakers Tom Keefe and Ben Pigott and runner Steve Monsulick combined to cover the course in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 28 seconds.   The old record, set by a team from High Lawn Farm, was 2:15:55.   On Sunday, Allen Heights finished 11 minutes ahead of runner-up You Doin' the Josh, which finished in 2:26:32 with Jonathan Molk biking, Tim Hudyncia paddling a canoe and Scott Carpenter running.   The event sends bikers over a 27-mile course, includes a 5-mile canoe, kayak or paddleboard leg and ends with a 6-mile run.   The top

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Clark Art Hosting Second Annual Trail Run
10:43AM / Thursday, September 14, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -— The Clark Art Institute will host the second annual Stone Hill Trailblazer 5K Run on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8 a.m.   Registration is $32 ($27 for Clark members). Register before Sept. 23 to save $5. Ages 12 and under are free.   To register, visit berkshirerunningcenter.com or call 413-344-4472. Day-of-race pick up and registration start at 7; day-of-race registration payment is cash or check only.   The 5K trail run is a great way to explore both the Clark's campus trails and the interconnected trails maintained by the town of Williamstown. The race features individual timed results and is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities.

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Traversa, Shade Lead Springfield to Rivalry Game Win
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02:32AM / Monday, September 04, 2017
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The local high school sports scene gets under way on Tuesday, but the area’s collegians already are laboring on fields throughout the nation.   On Saturday in Springfield, Pittsfield High graduatesand helped lead the Springfield College football team to a 35-21 win over local rival Western New England. Shade completed three of four passes for 43 yards and ran 11 times for 40 yards. Traversa, a senior captain for the Pride, had five tackles. Springfield’s squad also includes Hoosac Valley graduates Zach Wright, a junior offensive lineman, and Jameson Coughlan, a freshman on the O-line, along with St. Joe graduate Jonny Bianchi, a senior cornerback who had one tackle in

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Pittsfield Hoop Club Announces Scholarship Recipients
04:52PM / Sunday, September 03, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Hoop Club continues its long-standing tradition of supporting local student-athletes and celebrating the city’s rich sports tradition with the announcement of their Class of 2017 Scholarship Award Recipients.   Since 1998, the Pittsfield Hoop Club has contributed more than to $80,000 to local student-athletes through their scholarship program. In addition to investing in the future of local student-athletes, the organization is also devoted to recognizing former players, coaches, and contributors to the game. Seven senior basketball players, who recently graduated from Pittsfield High School and Taconic High School were recognized by the

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Berkshire Mall Baseball Exhibit Offers Special Program Saturday
03:58PM / Sunday, September 03, 2017
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- A long-time sports journalist and two former pros will share their insights into America’s pastime on Saturday at the Berkshire Mall.   “Baseball in the Berkshires: A County’s Common Bond,” the permanent exhibition of memorabilia at the mall, will offer an afternoon of presentations at its inaugural Baseball Day.   Former Colorado Rockies farmhand Peter Greenbush of North Adams will open the day by greeting fans and signing autographs from noon to 1 p.m.   At 1:30 in the mall’s Center Court, former Providence Journal and ESPN reporter Steve Krasner will offer a creative writing workshop for teachers, parents and students of

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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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