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North Adams' Poirot Has Big Holiday Weekend in New Hampshire
11:40AM / Monday, July 06, 2020
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WINCHESTER, N.H. -- North Adams’ Kevin Poirot celebrated July Fourth by winning his division in the Winchester Speedpark’s Championship Series on Saturday.   Poirot finished second in the day’s first race and first in the second race in the 30-plus B Division. He earned 47 season points in the process and ended the weekend in second place in the division.   On Sunday, Poirot raced to second- and third-place finishes to finish second on the day behind season points leader Brenden Johnson of Somers, Conn. Through three days of racing this summer, Johnson has 133 points to Poirot’s 119.   Also on Saturday, Savoy’s James Williams placed third in the

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Dalton CRA Summer Sports Leagues Registration Extended
10:06AM / Saturday, June 27, 2020
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DALTON, Mass. — Registration for the Dalton Community Recreation Association summer sports leagues — soccer, softball and baseball — has been extended through Monday, June 29. 

In addition to youth programs, the CRA has added teams through grade 12 to allow high school students who missed their spring sports season a chance to get on the field. 

Summer leagues registration is open to all Berkshire County youth. Fees vary by league and the CRA will not require an annual youth membership fee for the summer sports leagues. To register, visit the CRA at 400 Main St., Dalton, during business hours as follows: Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon, and Monday, 8 a.m.

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Koperniak Joins Big NECBL Class Signing Pro Deals
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08:38AM / Monday, June 22, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Hoosac Valley High School graduate Matt Koperniak was one of 17 New England Collegiate Baseball League alumni to sign free agent contracts with Major League ball clubs after this month's entry draft.   Koperniak, a graduate of Trinity University who played two summers with the 'Cats at Joe Wolfe Field, signed with the St. Louis Cardinals.   The Cards also inked a pair of players from the NECBL's Martha's Vineyard Sharks: Matt Chamberlain, who played at the University of New Haven with Taconic's Izaiya Mestre, and Nick Raposo (Wheaton College).   Koperkniak's former SteepleCats teammate Jackson Coutts was signed as a free agent by

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Return of Youth Baseball Seen as 'Good First Step'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:02AM / Wednesday, June 17, 2020
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Dalton-Hinsdale held tryouts this past weekend; Pittsfield's leagues are holding them Saturday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After waiting more than two months to get back on the diamond, area youth baseball players may finally get to hear their favorite words: Play ball.   Little Leagues in Pittsfield and Dalton and the Williamstown Cal Ripken baseball and softball league are making plans to get kids outside and enjoying the American pastime in the weeks ahead with the Little Leagues aiming to play house league games as soon as June 29.   That is the earliest the commonwealth might move into Phase 3 of the governor's phased recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. And

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Trail Conservancy Cautions Pandemic Care When Hiking
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:37AM / Sunday, May 31, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Although most of the Appalachian Trail is still open, hikers are asked to practice common sense during the pandemic while on the trail or to just stay home.   COVID-19 has challenged people to find new ways to stay active while practicing social distancing and local trail volunteer Cosmo Catalano, Jr said although folks are encouraged to stay home, common sense needs to be used to maintain social distancing.    "The AT, along with other trails on public lands provides an important resource for people to get outdoors in a healthy way," he said. "With care and common sense, it's relatively easy for people to maintain appropriate

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Independence Day Road Race Canceled for 2020
10:09AM / Thursday, May 21, 2020
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Following the announcement that the 2020 Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade has been cancelled, the organizers of the BMC Independence Day Run, a very popular 5K run held just before the parade kicks off, have decided to cancel the event.

This would have been the 35th anniversary of the Independence Day Run, which raises funds to benefit Berkshire Medical Center.

Organizers of the Independence Day Run cite the ongoing caution surrounding COVID-19 and the continuing need for social distancing to help prevent the spread of the virus in the Berkshires.

The event is being planned for 2021 and it is hoped conditions at that time will allow for the continuation of this

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National High School Federation Offers Guidance on Return of Sports
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:45PM / Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Do not expect this spring to be the last high school sports season impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   That is the sobering takeaway from a 14-page report issued Tuesday by the National Federation of High School Associations in Indianopolis.   The national group's Sports Medicine Advisory Committee wrote the report to advise the NFHS' 51 member state associations as they think about a phased return to interscholastic athletics in consultation with state health departments.   "It is important to be clear that this is guidance for individual states to consider as they return to activities this fall," NFHS Executive Director Karissa

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American Legion Baseball Season Canceled
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03:47PM / Monday, May 11, 2020
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QUINCY, Mass. -- Massachusetts' American Legion Baseball season Monday became the latest sports league to see its season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   In a news release from the Department of Massachusetts Athletic Committee, Chairman Richard D. Paster Monday announced that the department is canceling the 2020 season effective immediately.   "This is a sad day indeed for American Legion Baseball in Massachusetts and marks only the second time since 1926 that there will be no program," Paster wrote "Let's hope life returns to normal in time for the 2021 season."   In a three-page memo to teams, post commanders, coaches and families,

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Youth Baseball, Softball Leagues Working to Salvage Seasons
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:26AM / Saturday, May 09, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Playing before an international television audience in Williamsport, Pa., is not the goal for Little Leaguers this year.   Playing games in their own hometowns will be victory enough.   Local youth baseball and softball officials are discussing how they can give youngsters an experience in the sport if and when state and local authorities give the green light.   Last week, Little League announced that it is following the lead of its colleagues in professional, college and high school sports by canceling the World Series and Regional tournaments because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not known how many other national competitions will follow

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Massachusetts Golf Courses Reopen Under Restrictions
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
11:14AM / Thursday, May 07, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The U.S. Golf Association's "Rules of Golf" runs more than 160 pages long.   On Thursday, Massachusetts golfers got a few more rules to follow, courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic and the commonwealth's social distancing restrictions.   Local officials say the game's devotees will be ready to do whatever it takes to get back on the course.   "We're ready," said Eric Mabee, the head pro at the Country Club of Pittsfield.   "[Social distancing] is going to be up to the players. That's their civic duty to maintain that."   It will be impossible for the courses themselves to

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