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Emotional Start to Little League Season in Pittsfield
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
02:19PM / Sunday, May 01, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Little League American Division had a lot to celebrate at Sunday's Opening Day ceremonies.   Chief on the list: last year's success in state tournament play and the life of one of the volunteers who helped make that success possible.   The league's first real season-opening festivities since 2019 featured a touching tribute to longtime coach David "Zip" Zerbato, who died at age 50 in 2017.   Zerbato's widow, Sherry, and their sons helped league president Greg Coscia unveil a plaque just beyond the fence in center field at Deming Park to recognize "Zip" and his contribution to the

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Kevin Donati Named as Head Coach of Pittsfield Suns
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:27AM / Sunday, May 01, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Former player and Pittsfield native Kevin Donati will take over as head coach of the Pittsfield Suns and the team promised a great 10th season.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity, being with the Suns for three summers was a great time, I'm looking to build on that," he said when introduced last week. "What I'm looking forward to the most is the friendships that you build, the relationships that you build, and the memories that you get from this opportunity."

Donati is also the owner of Rip City Academy on Hubbard Avenue, which focuses on guiding athletes to improve their game.

"This is our 10th season on the

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Williamstown's Boyd 20th in Age Group at Boston Marathon
08:36PM / Monday, April 18, 2022
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BOSTON, Mass. -- Williamstown's Stephanie Boyd placed 20th in her age group on Monday in the 126th running of the Boston Marathon.   Boyd covered the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 37 minutes, 40 seconds, maintaining a pace of 8:18 per mile to finished 20th in the women's 60-64 division.   The women's 60-64 age group had 450 finishers.   A pair of runners from Kenya won the event, which celebrated its return to the Patriots Day holiday for the first time since 2019.   Evans Chebet took the men's title in a time of 2:06:51. He was followed by countryman Lawrence Cherono (2:07:21) as Kenyan athletes took five of the top six places on the men's

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Pittsfield's Lodowski Heading to Elmira College to Play Softball
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08:35PM / Monday, April 18, 2022
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NEW LEBANON, N.Y. -- Pittsfield's Madison Lodowski Monday signed a celebratory letter to attend Elmira College, where she plans to play softball for the Division III Soaring Eagles.   Lodowski, a senior at the Darrow School, plans to major in pre-medicine in the college's joint medical program with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.   Lodowski played travel softball with the Berkshire Force and the Pittsfield Stars.

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Youth Hockey Academy Looks to Raise Level of Game in the Berkshires
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:35AM / Sunday, March 27, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Organizers of a new youth hockey program in the region are hoping to extend the season and provide opportunities for players looking to sharpen their skills.   The Atlantic Coast Academy will hold tryouts on April 3 in North Adams for its fall program, the Atlantic Coast Selects.   Players born from 2004 to 2009 are eligible to play for the Atlantic Coast Selects, a travel program that offers twice weekly practices and games in showcase events that attract scouts from collegiate, prep and junior hockey programs.   "Ultimately, the league is structured around a couple of showcase events," said Mike Taylor, the owner of the Atlantic

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Hall Class Highlights Trailblazers for Area Programs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:54PM / Saturday, March 26, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Berkshire County Girls Basketball Hall of Fame includes athletes who helped break ground for girls and women’s sports in the region.   On Saturday, it inducted a few players who were ground-breakers for their respective high schools in a different way.   “[Emily Rosse] is one of the greatest basketball players I ever coached, boys or girls,” former Hoosac Valley coach Ron Wojcik said. “I was very, very fortunate.   “She was a catalyst, certainly, in what we were trying to build and do. Her sophomore year, Western Mass, D2 that year, she led us to the title. Great second half, hit a big shot down the stretch. Then

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Youth Girls Lacrosse Clinics Planned in Hinsdale
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09:52AM / Saturday, March 19, 2022
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HINSDALE, Mass. -- Dalton Girls Youth Lacrosse will hold informational meetings and clinics for girls in grades 1 through 8 this week at Kittredge Elementary School.   The event will be held Wednesday, March 23, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.   Girls from throughout Berkshire County are invited to attend.   Players who have a stick and goggles should bring them. If not, there will be some equipment on hand. Players will need to be wearing sneakers.   Sign up online at daltonyouthlacrosse.com.   For information, contact daltongirlslacrosse@gmail.com or find Dalton Girls Lacrosse on Facebook.

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Pittsfield Little League Opens 2022 Registration
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09:00AM / Wednesday, March 16, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Pittsfield Little League registration is open for the 2022 season.   Boys and girls ages 7 to 12 are welcome.   The league is open to residents of Pittsfield, Lenox, Lanesborough and North Richmond.   Tryouts will be April 2 and 3 at Deming Park. In the event of severe weather, they will be held at Rip City Academy on Hubbard Avenue.   Interested families can register at www.pittsfieldlittleleague.com.

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Bayliss Brothers, Bruins Thrill in Gib Kittredge Finals
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
11:40PM / Sunday, March 06, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. – On the Golden Anniversary of the Gib Kittredge Tournament, the Bayliss brothers were as good as gold.   Charles Bayliss scored in overtime to give the Berkshire Bruins a 5-4 win and a squirt division championship.   Everett Bayliss scored with 16 seconds left in overtime to give the Bruins a 3-2 win and a title in the bantam division.   It was a successful day for Berkshire County’s travel programs, which sent five teams to championship games in four age groups and snagged three banners with the Berkshire Rattlers claiming first in the peewee B division.   Everett Bayliss’ goal completed a two-goal comeback for the Bruins against

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State Officials Urge Public to Stay Safe On and Near Ice
06:06PM / Saturday, January 22, 2022
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BOSTON – Environmental and public safety officials urge the public to practice caution on and near apparent frozen lakes, ponds, streams and rivers.   The Massachusetts State Police (MSP), the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and the Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP) are cautioning the public about the potential dangers of thin ice on the state's many lakes, ponds, streams and rivers, and ask the public to be responsible and mindful of local conditions, aware of the possible dangers while on the ice and to remain diligent in following prudent ice safety practices.    "Many factors including

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