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MIAA Proposal Would Eliminate Sectional Titles, Create Statewide Tourneys
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:28PM / Thursday, January 09, 2020
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  FRANKLIN, Mass. — The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association this winter will be asked to decide whether to implement a statewide playoff system for most sports, abandoning the current structure of four sectional tournaments producing semifinalists who play for a state title.   On Thursday, four members of the MIAA's Tournament Management Committee held an open press conference call (in which iBerkshires participated) at the association's office to explain the system, which the committee says is the best way to address two concerns the state hears from stakeholders: schools forced to play larger teams in sectional tournaments and the

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Bay State Games Recognizes 'Berkshire Heroes'
01:25AM / Monday, January 06, 2020
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Bay State Games presented the Berkshire Hero Award on Saturday evening to two staunch supporters of the annual Winter Games.   The 2020 recipients are Nate Cariddi from Williams College and Sue Briggs of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce. The two recipients received their awards during the Bay State Skate Figure Skating Show, which took place at the college's Lansing Chapman Rink on Saturday.    Nate Cariddi is the groundskeeper lead at Williams with responsibilities including the ice rink. Cariddi has served as an important contact between the Bay State Games and the college. He and his crew also put in a lot of extra work and care during

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MCLA Men Start 2020 with Home Win
09:44PM / Saturday, January 04, 2020
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA's Chris Becker scored a game-high 20 points while teammates Noah Yearsley and Mike Demartinis added 19 and 17 points respectively to lead the Trailblazers to a 95-76 non conference win over the visiting Norwich Cadets on Saturday.   MCLA (7-4) never trailed as Becker asserted himself in the opening half.  He scored 16 of his 20 in the opening twenty minutes of action leading the Trailblazers to a 44-36 halftime edge.  MCLA shot 49% in the half.   The Trailblazers quickly extended out to a double digit advantage in the second half. The lead remained in double figures for most of the half with MCLA leading by as many as 25 late.   Becker

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Q&A: Williamstown's Benzinger Plays in Friday Bowl
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Tuesday, December 24, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When Jake Benzinger left Williamstown to go to Wake Forest University in the fall of 2015, the Demon Deacons' football program had won 12 games in the last three seasons and had not gone to a bowl game since 2011.   This week, Benzinger comes north with his teammates to compete in Friday's Pinstripe Bowl in New York City, where they will take on Michigan State University at Yankee Stadium on Friday afternoon.   He is one of two Berkshire County products playing in bowls this week. On Monday afternoon, Pittsfield's Jake Hescock, a red-shirt junior tight end at Central Florida, was in Tampa to help the 9-3 Knights take on Marshall in

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Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey Welcomes Bruins Alumni for 50th Anniversary Event
09:18AM / Thursday, December 12, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey League will celebrate 50 years of hockey on Jan. 11, 2020, with a full day of hockey at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink.   The day will start with the league's travel teams taking to the ice to highlighting our current players. The day will end as NBYHL welcomes back alumni of its program to take on the Boston Bruins alumni at 3:00 p.m.   These events will help us celebrate 50 years of hockey in Northern Berkshire. Funds raised will go to support the continued growth and availability of hockey to the youth of the region.   The day will include:   • Games for NBYHL's 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U

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Bird Leads MCLA Men to Road Win
10:56PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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CHICOPEE, Mass. --  Drury High graduate Hayden Bird led four Trailblazers in double figures with 25 points as the MCLA men's basketball team used a strong first half to earn an 89-72 win over Elms.   MCLA is now 5-4 as is off until Jan. 4. Elms dips to 2-7 on the season.   Bird was 9-for-14 from the floor and an impressive 7-for-10 shooting from beyond the 3-point line. He added seven rebounds. Chris Becker aided Bird's efforts with 19 points while Noah Yearsley chipped in with 17. Ki-Shawn Monroe notched 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Quentin Gittens took advantage of his start to snag a team best 11 rebounds.   MCLA led just 17-14 in the first

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Monroe Leads MCLA Men Past Rivier
09:03PM / Saturday, December 07, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Ki-Shawn Monroe scored a career best 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the MCLA men's basketball team to a convincing 92-69 win this afternoon over visiting Rivier in the Amsler Campus Center on Saturday.   In the opening half, the MCLA defense held Rivier to just 26% shooting while the home team converted on a sizzling 67% of their attempts. MCLA (5-4) led just 15-12 early on, but used a 16-3 spurt to increase the lead to 31-15 with 7:22 left in the half. The Trailblazers would continue the offensive onslaught and lead 53-28 at the half.   Chris Becker was outstanding in the opening half for MCLA. The center went 7-for-7 from the floor for 14

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MCLA Men's Basketball Reaches .500 Mark
09:00PM / Tuesday, December 03, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Noah Yearsley scored 20 points, and the MCLA men's basketball team Tuesday erased a six-point half-time deficit to earn an 87-80 win over Russell Sage.   Drury graduate Hayden Bird scored 11, and Taconic alum Quentin Gittens added eight points and four rebounds for the Trailblazers.   Quran Davis and Ki-Shawn Moore added 12 and 11, respectively, as MCLA evened its record at 4-4.   MCLA is home on Saturday afternoon against Rivier.

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Berkshire Family YMCA Appoints New CEO
02:06PM / Tuesday, December 03, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Family YMCA's board of directors has appointed Jessica Rumlow as CEO and executive director for the organization.

Rumlow was appointed interim CEO and executive director in May after Randy Kinnas, the nonprofit's CEO for the last 19 years, moved on as director of Member Advancement for the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs.

"We're thrilled to work with Jess as the Y's new leader. Transition in leadership can pose several challenges; however, this has been seamless given her vast Y experience and understanding of the needs of the Berkshire County community," said Peter Moore, board president of the Berkshire Family YMCA.

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Hescock, Benzinger Look Ahead to Bowl Bids
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05:38AM / Monday, December 02, 2019
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Winter has -- prematurely -- arrived back home in the Berkshires, but for at least two county alumni, their fall seasons are continuing.   Wake Forest senior Jake Benzinger of Williamstown and Central Florida junior Jake Hescock of Pittsfield each has helped his college football team qualify for a bowl game.   Hescock, a former Taconic High student-athlete who finished his secondary education at Connecticut's Salisbury School, is a junior at UCF.   This fall, the tight end has nine catches for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The UCF Knights are 9-3 and carry a two-game winning streak into the post-season.   Benzinger and the Demon Deacons dropped a heartbreaker in

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