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Hoosac Valley Girls Promote Social Distancing, Support for Frontline Workers in Video
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:05PM / Wednesday, April 15, 2020
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — The two-time state champion Hoosac Valley girls basketball team is sending a dual message with the video it created for social media this month.   Like a lot of basketball teams, the Hurricanes have caught the craze of posting a video montage of players who cannot gather in one place but can virtually unite as a ball is passed from outside the frame to each team member and then relayed to the next, who catches and passes in their own backyard or driveway.   The videos are a fun take on the concepts of social distancing and staying connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Hoosac Valley coach Ron Wojcik decided to put a different spin on

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College Baseball Leagues in Holding Pattern
10:25AM / Friday, April 10, 2020
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Despite Friday's snow showers, New Englanders know that summer -- or what passes for it in these parts -- is just around the corner.   But it remains to be seen whether one of North County's rites of summer, opening day for the North Adams SteepleCats, will happen on schedule or happen at all.   On Thursday, the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball, an umbrella group that includes the New England Collegiate Baseball League, said it continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and how it might impact the seasons of its 12 member leagues.   "Due to vast uncertainty about when the pandemic will safely pass and when social distancing requirements may be

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No Delay for Opening Day in Strat-O-Matic Baseball League
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
03:48AM / Wednesday, March 18, 2020
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Xander Bogaerts will have a chance to lead his team back to the playoffs.

Aaron Judge will continue his assault on the home-run record book.   There will be a baseball season in 2020. And it will open sometime in early April.   At least in Cheshire it will.   For more than four decades, the World Baseball League has used Strat-O-Matic Baseball to bring the game home for brothers Jeff and Matt Chaput and a group of friends who have tested their baseball IQs against one another and fate to see who is the best at managing a virtual team of very real Major Leaguers.   Strat-O-Matic, which began in 1961, combines the statistics of current players with

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Adams, North Adams Girls Win County Titles
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02:37PM / Monday, March 09, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams girls basketball seventh- and eighth-grade travel team in on a roll having won nine out of their last 10 and currently sits at 26-12 on the season.    This past weekend, it went 4-1 and achieved its goal of bringing the Berkshire County title back to Adams.    It opened the county tournament on Friday night by beating Mount Greylock, 49-14. Saturday morning, it defeated Dalton, 49-36. Saturday evening, it suffered its lone tournament loss to the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club, 38-36, on a last second layup.    That loss set up a semifinals matchup against Dalton, where Adams prevailed, 49-37. Adams wrapped their championship

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J Star Gymnastics-Hosted Invitational Brought 200 Athletes to City
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:33AM / Monday, March 09, 2020
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More than 200 athletes compete at Drury High School. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — J Star Gymnastics hosted an invitational at Drury High School that brought more than 200 young athletes to the city.

Gym owner Jon Girard had a busy week when the seven gymnastics schools from Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island descended upon the city to compete in the Hip Hop Classic invitational.    "We did it here last year but we wanted it to be bigger so from here on out it will be at Drury," he said. "Unless it gets even larger then we would need a bigger space which is the end goal."   Girard said J Star inherited the invitational from a Brattleboro Vt.,

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MCLA Men's Tennis Opens Season with Win
09:03PM / Sunday, March 08, 2020
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BENNINGTON, Vt. — The MCLA men's tennis team opened its 2020 season with a resounding 8-1 win over NVU-Johnson Sunday at the Bennington Tennis Center.   In this non league matchup, the Trailblazers started fast as they swept through the doubles matchups. Savoy's Cal Najimy paired with John Archer-Harvey for an 8-1 win in the top doubles slot. Andrew Nygard and Nick Castle disposed of Patrick Bell and Kyle Robbins for another point, and when Mohamed Mahrous and Curt Nitzsche won, the Trailblazers were up 3-0.   In singles play, Nygard defeated David Cosman 6-2, 6-3 for his second point of the day. Archer-Harvey won handily in the third singles slot while Castle earned

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MCLA Men's Lacrosse Drops Second
08:59PM / Saturday, February 29, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Mitchell College's Jade Shields scored five goals to lead the Mariners to an 18-6 win over the MCLA Trailblazers Saturday.   Mitchell's James Giovanneillo tallied just one minute into the game to start the scoring, but MCLA's Lucas Colavecchio responded with his first tally to tie things up just three minutes later.     Mitchell (1-2) tallied the first quarter's final three goals to take a 4-1 lead.   The run continued for Mitchell as it notched the next two goals to increase the lead to 6-1. Jade Shields scored a short handed goal to cap the spurt. MCLA's Colavecchio tallied his second goal of the contest to cut the lead to

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MCLA Men Fall in League Semi-Finals
10:29PM / Thursday, February 27, 2020
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WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Worcester State University men's basketball team is off to the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship game after defeating MCLA, 96-72, Thursday night in the conference semifinals at John P. Brissette Court.   With the win, Worcester State moves to 15-11 overall on the season, and will face Westfield State in the MASCAC Championship on Saturday afternoon.   Worcester State jumped out to a quick start in the first half and never looked back. The Lancers hit three-pointers on each of its first three possessions of the contest to take a 9-0 lead just 1:28 in. Sophomore Corey Olivier hit the first two, followed by the first of five

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MCLA Men Advance in League Tournament
11:55PM / Tuesday, February 25, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA freshman center Chris Becker scored with two seconds remaining to lift the #2 seed Trailblazers to a hard fought 80-78 win over the sixth seeded Fitchburg State in the quarterfinal round of the 2020 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletics Conference (MASCAC) men's basketball tournament a Tuesday evening.

The Trailblazers (15-10) advance to the semifinal round where they will travel to the second seeded Worcester State Lancers on Thursday night at 6pm.

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MCLA Men's Lacrosse Drops First Game in Program's History
09:53PM / Saturday, February 22, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The College of Mount Saint Vincent received seven goals from Patrick Nagy as they cruised past the MCLA Trailblazers 13-0 Saturday evening in non-league men's lacrosse action.   The game marked the first in program history for MCLA as it was officially welcomed as a varsity sport. The Dolphins are now 1-0 while MCLA is 0-1.   In the opening quarter, Mount Saint Vincent's Patrick Nagy tallied the game's opening two goals in the first 2:21 for an early 2-0 advantage. The visitors would continue their strong play in the opening quarter with two more goals to up the margin to 4-0 after one period of play.   The Dolphins would add five more goals

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