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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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Richardson Recognized Twice During MCLA's Athletic Celebration
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
07:00PM / Tuesday, May 05, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Megan Richardson of Adams wrapped up two year-ending honors Tuesday as the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts celebrated its 2019-20 student-athletes.   Richardson, a graduate of Hoosac Valley High School and an MCLA senior, was recognized in a Twitter poll for recording the Best Moment of the Year and Best Fall Moment.   For entire year, the top moment was Richardson's shutout in goal for MCLA's women's soccer team on senior day.   That afternoon against Framingham State, Richardson made 15 saves to preserve a 1-0 win, just the third of the season for the Trailblazers.   Richardson finished her career at MCLA with 596

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NECBL Commissioner: Canceling Season the 'Responsible Thing to Do'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:35PM / Saturday, May 02, 2020
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NECBL had to weigh the well-being of players and the logistics of trying for a postponed season before making the decision  to cancel.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The directors of the New England Collegiate Baseball League waited as long as they could to hold a vote no one wanted to take and affirm a decision that was largely out of their hands.   "We wanted to be a ray of hope for our communities, but the ramifications of doing so felt reckless," NECBL Commissioner Sean McGrath said on Saturday morning.   Instead, the board Friday had the responsible but unenviable task of informing the league's players, fans and communities that it would not be

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New England Collegiate Baseball League Cancels 2020 Season
09:42PM / Friday, May 01, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – The New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) Friday night announced that its board of directors, comprised of executives from its 13 member teams and officers, has voted to cancel the 2020 summer collegiate baseball season.    This decision was reached after a careful and thoughtful review of the guidance from federal, state and local officials, the leadership of our host communities, and recommendations from the CDC and medical community, the league said in a news release. The conclusion was that canceling the 2020 season was necessary for the health, safety and well-being of our players, coaches, umpires, volunteers, fans and host

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42nd Annual Sam Gomez Race Goes Virtual
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:31PM / Thursday, April 30, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Sam Gomez 5K road race is on for this weekend to benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center.    With COVID-19 limiting the way people can interact, one would think a road race would certainly be out of the question.   But Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Student Government Organization, the race organizers, found a creative solution.   "We saw that some other races around the country and in the Berkshires had made their races virtual and were inspired to make our race virtual as well," Student Government Association members Fabby Street and Megan Bantle said in a joint email. "This way we can still advertise our amazing

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MCLA's Sam Gomez 5K Continues as Virtual Event
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01:58PM / Wednesday, April 29, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA’s Student Government Association will host the first-ever Virtual Sam Gomez Road Race from 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 3.   The race will begin in conjunction with MCLA's virtual Take Back the Night event on April 30 to stand against sexual assault, harassment, and domestic violence and to continue to support the Elizabeth Freeman Center.   Participants are not required to register. Simply run or walk a 5K of your choice the weekend of May 1 and submit a photo of yourself on the run to sga@mcla.edu to receive an e-certificate to commemorate your race. You can also post your photo on Instagram or Facebook using the

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Running Community Adapts to COVID-19 Reality
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
04:08AM / Sunday, April 19, 2020
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The commonwealth’s premier road race may be shut down, but that will not keep down Berkshire County’s running enthusiasts.   Monday should be marathon day in Massachusetts, but the 124th running of the Boston Marathon has been postponed until at least September by the Boston Athletic Association in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   On Saturday, Gov. Charlie Baker recognized the loss of the event.   “This year, while the race will not be taking place on Monday, the sentiment, I think we all feel here in Massachusetts on marathon Monday remains true: Massachusetts is strong, we are resilient, and we can run any marathon anybody wants us to run,” Baker

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