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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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Pittsfield Suns Return Saturday Night For Sixth Season
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Friday, June 02, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Suns General Manager Kristen Huss says the ballclub has found the formula for success and is continuing to improve it.   The Futures Collegiate Baseball League team will call Wahconah Park home for the sixth consecutive summer. The home opener is Saturday night and Huss said each year the organization's attendance numbers have been climbing. This year, she hopes to build on that and has an array of special events and activities scheduled.   "We're going into our sixth season. We have four firework nights. We have a jersey giveaway which is modeled after A League of Their Own jerseys because it is their 25th anniversary. We are

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Law Enforcement Golf Tournament Supports Child Abuse Victims
01:16PM / Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 25th annual Berkshire County Law Enforcement Golf Tournament (BCLEGT) to benefit victims of child abuse will be held on Thursday, June 2.

Local law enforcement, prosecutors and members of the community will tee it up at Berkshire Hills Country Club to support the programs and services provided by Berkshire County Kids' Place, a children's advocacy center that provides services to approximately 400 child victims and their non-offending family each year at no cost.

This event began a quarter century ago as one of the first fundraising efforts to support Berkshire County Kids' Place, even contributing to a down payment on the building that

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Berkshire Force Softball Team Wins Greenfield Tourney
11:37AM / Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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The 10 and under Berkshire Force softball team won the Greenfield Memorial Day Bash Tournament with a 5-0 record over the weekend of May 27-28.   The team was 3-0 in pool play, outscoring the competition 35-5. The girls then won the semi-final game, 5-3, before securing a 6-5 win in the championship with clutch hitting, great fielding, and tremendous pitching.   The team is coached by Will Glebus, Jessica Potter, Rick Arpante and Kevin Sherman and includes: Kamryn Renata, Audrina Maloney, Caroline Sherman, Natalie Arnhold, Taryn Bannon, Ja’Leah Rosa, Michaela Hinckley, Jaezsa Bartolotta, Amanda Pou, Cheyann Goddard and Mia Arpante.

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Berkshire High School Athletes, Coaches Honored at Sports Caravan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Thursday, May 25, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the 55th annual Sports Caravan Awards were given to outstanding athletes and coaches of area high schools, a moment was taken to note it would be the last year that one of those schools would be represented.    Jay Anderson, president and CEO of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, introduced the winners of the Robert "Boog" Powell Awards, and opened by noting the closing of St. Joseph's Central High School and acknowledging girls swimmer Jessie Tobin, who will be the last St. Joe athlete to be presented with a Caravan award.     "What I noticed this year is how well represented each one of the schools is

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McGovern Tapped as Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club
11:53AM / Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires have selected Joseph W. McGovern as its chief executive officer effective July 1.

McGovern will replace the current CEO, Chris Jacoby, who will retire June 30. Jacoby is expected to resume his position as a member of the board of directors.

"We wish Chris well in his retirement and thank him for his years of dedicated service to the club as a board member and CEO. We are delighted to have someone with Joe McGovern's background to fill the CEO position," said Cynthia A. Spinola, board president of the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires. "In addition to his impressive experience as an executive

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Pittsfield-Based 10th Grade AAU Team Wins Tournament
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05:00AM / Saturday, May 06, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Heat 10th grade AAU basketball team won the Team Mass Spring Blast AAU Tournament in Sturbridge last month.   The team title follows a second-place finish in the season opening Springfield Trailblazers Spring Tournament.   The team finished eighth at the YBOA Nationals last year and includes players from Pittsfield High, Taconic and Drury.   The roster includes: Quincy Davis, Amin Purry, Sam Higuera, Dylan Thompson, Odin Williams, Josh Tayi, Robert McCowan, Javi Osorio, Collin Frinks, Nick Sayers, Gage Williams, Justin Mendez and Victor Fred. The coaches are Vince Higuera and Dave Williams.   The local AAU program's 12th grade team

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Locals Vying for Conference Titles on College Teams
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04:49PM / Friday, May 05, 2017
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Westfield State seniorearned six points to help the Owls women’s track and field team win the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference Championship last month.   The Wahconah alumna placed fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 35 feet, 11-¼ inches, and she was eighth in the long jump, hitting a mark of 15-7-½.   Earlier this spring, Farrell won the triple jump at the Springfield College Invitational, a non-team scored event.   Also at the MASCAC meet, Fitchburg State’s (Drury) tied for second in the pole vault, clearing 2.9 meters and helping Fitchburg finish fourth in the conference.   Monument Mountain graduate , a junior at

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Pittsfield Suns Hire New Assistant Coach
10:56AM / Friday, May 05, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Suns have hired Chris Haynes as assistant coach for the 2017 season. Haynes will assist Head Coach Matt Gedman with on-field duties this summer.

Haynes, a 2009 graduate of Le Moyne College, was a catcher for the Dolphins. He has a career .292 batting average, with a season best .353 and seven home runs as a junior. Haynes was recognized with a spot on the 2008 All-tournament first team and the 2009 pre-season Division I first team. He currently still holds a Division I NCAA record for most home runs in one inning (two) against St. Peters on April 12, 2008.

The 2017 season marks Hayne's second season as an assistant coach at Oswego State

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