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Little Bellas Mentors Young Girls Through Mountain Biking
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:22AM / Saturday, July 29, 2017
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The program was so well liked in the first year that nearly all of the girls returned. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is nothing else Mary Parkman would want to do instead of going mountain biking with her friends.   It gives her confidence, camaraderie, and is a lot of fun. Now she is passing on what has been such a big part of her life to young girls. Parkman runs Little Bellas summer camp. The weeklong program connects young girls with mentors, and together they mountain bike.    "It has been a big part of my life and my friendships. And we're passing it on to the girls," Parkman said.   The program started last year as a local chapter of the

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Berkshire Force 12U Team Wins County Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:56PM / Friday, July 28, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, MASS. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under softball team jumped out to a five-run lead after two innings and held off Dalton for an 9-3 win in the Berkshire County Championship at the Doyle Complex.   Maddie Ladowski scattered six hits and struck out five to earn the win in the circle, and Abby Lummus went 2-for-4 with a triple and four runs scored as the Force won a four-team tournament that got under way on Wednesday.   The big blow came from Mia Alfonso, who delivered a bases clearing three-run single to make it 5-0 in the bottom of the second. But the Force got at least one hit from seven different players.   “This team, we’re really

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Adams-Cheshire 16U Softball Team Advances in County Tourney
09:24AM / Friday, July 28, 2017
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Adams-Cheshire Swat 16-and-under softball team defeated Great Barrington, 12-9, on Thursday in the Berkshire County Championship.   McKenzie Kupiec and Caitlyn Nicol combined for the win in the circle in a game played at Olympia Meadows.   Katherine McNeice led the Swat offense with a pair of hits.   ACS played strong defense early, but Great Barrington was able to string together hits and rally to draw close.   ACS will play at the Doyle Complex on Monday at 6 against the Berkshire Force in the tournament semi-finals.   Thursday’s scheduled final in the 12-and-under division between Dalton and the Berkshire Force was rescheduled

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Post 68 Juniors Fall in Elimination Game at State Tourney
11:24PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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FRANKLIN, Mass. -- The Post 68 Juniors Wednesday saw their run in the American Legion Baseball State Tournament come to an end on Wednesday with a 9-4 loss to Methuen.   Cedric Rose went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs in the loss, which also saw Carter Matthews go 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.   Hunter Potash and Joe Traversa split time on the hill.

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Dalton 12Us Open County Tournament with Win
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:38PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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DALTON, Mass. -- The Dalton 12-year-old softball team needed just five hits to score 17 runs Wednesday and advance past the Greylock Thunder in the Berkshire County tournament opener at Chamberlain Park.   Olivia Wehner went 2-for-3 with a double to lead Dalton’s offense, and Casey Wilson pitched a three-hitter in a game ended in the fifth inning.   On a night when the Thunder had trouble keeping the ball away from the basket, the battery of Wilson and Wehner was firing on all cylinders for Dalton, registering seven strikeouts and just one wild pitch.   “They did a good job today,” Dalton coach Jody DiMassimo said after his team's 17-3 win. “Our

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Adams Pedal & Plod Road Race Returns for 34th Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — More than 100 athletes will be running and pedaling there way through Adams on Sunday for 22-mile Pedal and Plod Race.    The event returns for 34th year and organizers hope to attract even more bikers and runners this year. Some 90 two-person teams and another 40 individual "Iron Person" participated last year.    "We hope to attract more participants," organizer Carol Cushenette said. "We have done more marketing and added online registration."    Runners will start near the Town Common and run 4.4 miles to Lime, East and East Hoosac before returning; bikers will pedal a 22-mile loop through Adams and

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Hall, Traversa Double in Winning Rally for Post 68 Juniors
09:46PM / Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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FRANKLIN, Mass. -- Joe Woronick reached on a squeeze bunt that drove in a run in a five-run rally that lifted the Post 68 Juniors to a 5-3 win over Barnstable in the American Legion Baseball State Championships on Tuesday.   The Post 68 Juniors advanced to Wednesday’s semi-finals, where they will face the winner of Tuesday’s late winners’ bracket game between Methuen and Hudson.   On Tuesday, Hunter Potash got the big rally started with a leadoff single, and Ryan Gaudette followed with a base hit. After Woronick’s squeeze bunt scored a run, Zach Hall hit a two-run double.   Carter Matthews then singled, and Joe Traversa hit a two-run double to finish

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Berkshire Attack Girls Lacrosse Team Edges N.Y. Squad
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05:42PM / Monday, July 24, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Berkshire Attack girls lacrosse team recently defeated Averill Park, N.Y., 11-10, at the Zavattaro Athletic Complex at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   The Berkshire team includes: Pittsfield's Sierra Murray, Hoosac Valley's Sara Tokiewicz and Abi Disbrow, Pine Cobble's Olivia Witter, Miss Hall's School's Maya Creamer, Herberg's Alaina Percy and Mount Greylock's Brooke Phelps.

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Berkshire Force 10U Wraps Season with Tourney Win
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10:18AM / Monday, July 24, 2017
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DALTON, Mass. -- The 10-and-under Berkshire Force softball team went 4-0 this weekend to win the Dalton Invitational Softball Tournament.   In its season finale, the Force once again turned in a total team effort with great pitching, flawless defense, and strong at-bats. In pool play it defeated Hoosick Falls, 12-2, followed by a nine-inning battle with Guilderland that the Force won, 5-3.   In tournament play they beat Hoosick Falls, 15-0, in the semi finals. In the finals, the Force battled Guilderland again, taking a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth before blowing it open with a seven-run inning and eventually taking the championship, 12-5.   For the season, the Force

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Potash Powers Post 68 Juniors to Win at State Tourney
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09:21PM / Sunday, July 23, 2017
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FRANKLIN, Mass. -- Hunter Potash threw three innings of shutout ball and hit a grand slam Sunday to lead the American Legion Post 68 Juniors to an 11-8 win over Rockland at the State championship.   The win kept Post 68 alive in the losers bracket of the eight-team tourney.   After dropping a 4-2 loss to Methuen on Saturday, Post 68 bounced back to stay alive and knock Rockland out of the championship.   Potash started on the mound and left with a 10-0 lead. He combined with four other pitchers on the win: Joe Cracolici, Ryan Guadette, Joe Traversa and Carter Matthews.   Matthews earned the save by coming in to get the final out with the bases loaded in a three-run game

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