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East Street Complex Considered For 'Pilot' Dog Park in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:08AM / Monday, February 25, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  City officials are considering opening a field at the East Street Complex as a test site for a dog park.   The city has been awaiting funding to construct a dog park at Burbank Park since a 2017 working group fleshed out the idea and identified a location. An award from the Stanton Foundation would allow it to take the next steps.   Meanwhile, however, off-leash dogs continue to be an issue in the city.   Parks and Open Space Manager James McGrath is now suggesting using the dormant East Street location as a place to essentially test out a dog park. It wouldn't have the amenities that the eventual Burbank Park site will have but it will

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Barrett, Aitken Lead Westfield State Women to League Crown
Westfield State Sports Information,
06:38PM / Saturday, February 23, 2019
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WORCESTER, Mass.  – Senior Kierra McCarthy scored 22 points and classmate and tournament MVP Lucy Barrett added 20 more as Westfield State rallied from a 12-point deficit to win the 2019 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball tournament championship game, 84-73 over top seeded Worcester State at the Brissette Court on Saturday.   With the win, the Owls claim their fourth straight MASCAC title and will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament when the field is announced on Monday.   Westfield improves to 18-9 overall, while Worcester drops to 20-7.   The Owls trailed by as many as 12 points in the

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Berkshire Bruins Take Three Banners at Kittredge Tourney
By Stephen Dravis,
03:51PM / Monday, February 18, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Bruins Peewee Gold squad exploded for four goals in a four-minute stretch of the second period Monday to put away Bethlehem, N.Y., and cap a successful 48th Gib Kittredge Tournament for the hosts.   Berkshire won three banners in the tournament, whose Martin Luther King Day Sunday finals were delayed by weather and rescheduled to Presidents Day.   The Peewees scored seven unanswered goals to earn an 8-1 win over Bethlehem in their title game.   Griffin Kotelnicki scored in the third period to give the Bruins Squirt Black squad a 3-1 lead, and it hung on for a 3-2 win over Schenectady.   And the Bruins’ Squirt Gold won its division

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Former Pittsfield Cub to Appear at Baseball Museum
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07:00AM / Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Former Pittsfield Cub star Bryan House will be “Talkin’ Baseball” at the Baseball in the Berkshires museum at the Berkshire Mall on Saturday, Feb. 16.   The former pro will meet and greet attendees and sign autographs free of charge as part of the museum’s Talkin’ Baseball program.   Attendees also will be able to have their picture taken with House, who will appear from 3 to 4 p.m.   The museum is located in the Berkshire Mall.

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BArT Advances in League Playoffs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
01:22AM / Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The BArT Wolfpack used a 14-2 first-half run to open up a double digit lead and never looked back Monday in a 71-59, River Valley Athletic League tournament win over Eagle Hill of Hardwick.   Isaac Bamba scored 31 points, and Brandon Bamba scored 22 to lead Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, which moves on to the RVAL A Bracket semi-finals, scheduled for Tuesday against Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion.   Both Bambas showed their versatility, knocking down 3-pointers and slashing to the hoop, while William Peets helped BArT hold its own in the post, collecting numerous rebounds and blocking four shots in the second

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Local Youths Advance in Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition
02:22PM / Monday, February 11, 2019
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  PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Eight local boys and girls have earned the right to compete at the Western Mass regional of the Knights of Columbus free throw shooting contest.   Patrick McLaughlin, Jason Sibley, David Kirchner, Danielle Glasier, Katie Shove, Jocelyn Fairfield, Grace Julieano and Ahna Balcom advanced in their age groups from a field of 15 competitors at Crosby Elementary School.   The winners are eligible to compete at the March 9 regional competition at St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Springfield.  

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Koperek Wins Gold at Bay State Winter Games
08:42PM / Sunday, February 10, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Yvonne Koperek of Christmas Brook Figure Skating Club earned a gold medal this weekend in the Bay State Winter Games at Williams College's Lansing Chapman Rink.   Koperek topped a field of 10 skaters in her group in the Excel Pre Juvenile Girls Free Skating division.   The Bay State Winter Games continue the first weekend in March with events in North Adams and Pittsfield.   The masters ice hockey tournament will be held at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink, March 1-3.   The inaugural Bay State curling competition will be held March 2 and 3 at the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club. CurlBerkshires will host the

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MCLA Softball Program Offers Youth Clinics
02:45PM / Sunday, February 10, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA softball program this winter will host a pair of clinics that will focus on skill development of a wide range of age levels.   The first clinic is for youth players aged 7-13 and will be held on Feb. 24. The second clinic is set for March 3 and will be for high school student-athletes.   Registration is required for both clinics. Registration is not complete without payment and the corresponding health forms above. All players must bring the consent form prior to participation.   The cost for each clinic is $50.   The youth clinic will run from 8 a.m. to noon on Feb. 24. It will focus on the following:   Skill

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Bamba, BArT Pull Out Narrow Victory
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
04:28PM / Wednesday, February 06, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The BArT basketball team Tuesday closed its regular season in style, earning a 69-64 win over Westfield’s White Oaks Charter in a back-and-forth game at the Armory.   Isaac Bamba scored 29 points to lead Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, which trailed by as many as four points in the second half and was down, 62-61, with two minutes left to play.   Brandon Bamba backed up Isaac with 16 points, and Owen Brady added 18 as BArT wrapped up its home slate and final tune-up before next week’s River Valley Athletic League playoffs.   The turning point came with 43 seconds left, when White Oaks was whistled for a bench technical

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Patella's UVM Catamounts Top Daley's UMass-Lowell River Hawks
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08:05PM / Saturday, February 02, 2019
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LOWELL, Mass. -- Lenox's Bailey Patella hit a first-half 3-pointer Saturday to help the University of Vermont men's basketball team to a 74-65 win at UMass-Lowell.   Anthony Lamb led the Catamounts with 29 points, and UVM improved to 17-5 and 7-1 in the America East.   UMass-Lowell, coached by Dalton native Pat Duquette, got six points and four assists in 28 minutes from Pittsfield's Bryce Daley.   Daley hit a lay-up with 1 minute, 20 seconds left in regulation to make it a two-point UVM lead, 67-65, after UMass-Lowell had trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half.   But the Catamounts scored the game's last seven points to earn the

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