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High School Athletes Learn Leadership Lessons
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
12:23AM / Wednesday, December 07, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One of the chief lessons of Tuesday's Berkshire County Student-Athlete Leadership Summit was that leaders serve those whom they lead.

But featured speaker John Martin gave the 130 high school students gathered in the Boys & Girls Club gym permission to be self-centered — if just for one day.

"When you have a chance to speak this morning in your breakout sessions, I want you to get a little bit selfish in your role as a leader," said Martin, a guidance counselor and coach at East Longmeadow High School and a director at Palmer's Advanced Performance Academy.

"Ask yourself how you can bring back what you can take back from us,

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Greylock Junior High Travel Basketball Team Opens Season
08:22AM / Monday, November 28, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Greylock boys basketball travel team got its season under way this weekend with two wins in its jamboree.   Derek Paris scored 13 points to lead Greylock to a 25-5 win over Adams in the opener.   In Game 2, Lenox defeated Greylock, 15-12, after a 3-point try rimmed out at the buzzer. Malcom Waynick led Greylock with five.   Patrick Ross and Oscar Low each scored three to lead Greylock in a bouncback, 14-10 win over Dalton. Alex Axt hit a jumper from the corner late in the game to help seal the win.   "Overall our kids played great all weekend and we were happy with how they preformed," Greylock coach Rick Paris said.   Paris'

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Carpenter Earns All-America Honor at Georgetown
iBerkshires.com Sports,
12:53AM / Monday, November 21, 2016
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Lenox Memorial graduate Scott Carpenter earned all-America recognition with a 10th place finish on Saturday at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.   Carpenter covered the 10-kilometer course in 30 minutes, 3 seconds to become the 11th runner in Georgetown history -- and the second in two years -- to finish in the top 10 at nationals.   His eight points helped the Hoyas finish 21st in the nation.   “Scott Carpenter stole the show today," Georgetown coach Brandon Bonsey said. "He has developed from a guy who few schools recruited out of high school into one of the best distance runners in Georgetown history. He saw what Jon

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Mount Greylock School Committee Asked to Cut Football as a Health Issue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A retired epidemiologist Tuesday night challenged the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee to take the lead on addressing "an epidemic in slow motion" by suspending the district's high school football program.

Dr. Nicholas Wright gave a presentation to the committee outlining some of the evidence that full contact football presents a severe concussion risk to its participants — so severe that the extracurricular activity is incompatible with the school's mission.

Wright went further, suggesting that the school district challenge the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association to take the same step and replace its current

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UNICO Baseball/Softball Hall of Fame Inductions Set for Nov. 18
12:25PM / Monday, November 07, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- UNICO will induct five athletes in its Baseball/Softball Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m.   The 21st induction dinner and ceremony will be held at Berkshire Hills Country Club. Past recipients are encouraged to attend. The five 2016 recipients will join 112 other Berkshire County coaches and players (amateur and professional) who have been inducted over the past 20 years.   These five individuals not only exhibited exceptional athletic skills that were developed through various Berkshire County youth programs, but also have given back to their communities.   The 2016 UNICO Hall of Fame recipients are:   Gladu played four years at Hoosac

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Pittsfield's Patti Helps College Team Win League Title
iBerkshires.com Sports,
04:45PM / Sunday, November 06, 2016
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It is championship time for college athletes in fall sports, and Berkshire County products are contributing for their teams throughout New England and beyond.

 

On Saturday, the Wentworth College women’s soccer team won the Commonwealth Coast Conference title with a 4-0 win over Gordon, and sophomore Taylor Patti again helped contribute to the shutout in the back.

 

Patti has appeared in 14 games this fall for the Leopards (15-3-3). The team has allowed just 13 goals for a .60 goals against average.   Sophomore (Pittsfield) assisted on the goal in Springfield College’s regular season finale, a 1-0 win over Wellesley, and she appeared in both the

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DeMarsico Pasta Dinner, 5K Set for Nov. 12 and 13
09:20AM / Thursday, November 03, 2016
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The annual Up Front  for DeMar 5K race and 1 mile walk and pasta dinner will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13.   These annual events raise money for the SPC Michael R DeMarsico II scholarship fund and to honor DeMarsico and all who serve and have served.   SPC DeMarsico was killed in action on Aug. 16, 2012, while serving in Afghanistan. "DeMar" to his fellow battle buddies, he served at the front of his battalion searching for IED's. The young specialist discovered 16, saving many men in his unit, before stepping on one.   In the days and weeks that followed Michael's death, his community came out in full support of

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Young BArT Harriers Excel at League Championships
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:00PM / Wednesday, November 02, 2016
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ADAMS, Mass. -- In its first year hosting the River Valley Athletic League cross country championships, the teams from BArT Charter were hospitable.   The course at the Greylock Glen? Slightly less so.   “We definitely have the hardest 5K course in the county, I think,” Berkshire Arts and Technology coach Bennjamin Griffin said on Wednesday afternoon. “There’s 550 feet of elevation gain, and there are four significant climbs on it. I think some of the kids come in a little underprepared if they’re from other schools.”   That cannot be said of individual champions Mac Sloan-Anderson of Greenfield’s Four Rivers and Delaney Bullock of

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Quinto Wins Junior Golf Event at Waubeeka
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03:30PM / Sunday, October 30, 2016
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Under cloudy skies and cool fall temperatures, Kevin Quinto of Pittsfield High School Saturday won the American Junior Golf Association qualifier at Waubeeka Golf Links.   Quinto carded an even par 71 with three birdies and three bogeys.   South Windsor, Conn.’s, Jared Walter was second with a 4-over 75, but the highlight of the day was when he aced the 140-yard No. 7 using a Taylor Made 9 iron and a Titleist Prov1x.   First alternate position went to Connor Piecuch of East Longmeadow High School. Second alternate was Monica Mo of Guangzhou, China, by way of Pittsfield’s Miss Hall’s School.   The AJGA Preview Event now has a full

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Mount Greylock Grad Dils Earns Academic Honor
02:42PM / Friday, October 28, 2016
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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury College senior and Mount Greylock Regional School alumnus Tom Dils has been named a College Sports Information Directors of America District I First-Team Academic All-District selection.   Dils of Williamstown and his Middlebury teammate Adam Glaser each were recognized, the college announced on Friday.   The pair will be in action at Williams’ Cole Field on Saturday when the Panthers play the Ephs in the quarter-finals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship.   Dils currently boasts a 3.92 GPA as an English major. He has been a key contributor off the bench for the Panthers after moving up to a forward position a

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