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Wahconah Alum, Olympic Team Coach, Addresses Student Assembly
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Friday, November 09, 2018
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  DALTON, Mass. — One in a long line of successful Wahconah Regional High School athletes was back at the school Thursday to tell the student body to relish their failures.   "Surround yourself in strength," was the theme of Matt Whitcomb, a state high school champion, 1996 Wahconah grad and, more recently, coach on the U.S. Women's Cross Country Ski team that won the nation's first-ever Nordic gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Games.   Whitcomb told the students that no matter what they were doing — whether athletics, academics or some other pursuit — the secret to success is to surround yourself with successful people and feed on

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Ladley Remembered for Fight, Family, Fealty to Berkshire County Sports Community
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:08AM / Thursday, November 01, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ed Ladley was remembered Wednesday evening as a giant of the Berkshire County sporting community.   The New England Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, legendary Wahconah boys basketball coach and educator died on Wednesday. And as word of his passing got around the county coaching fraternity, one word was on everyone's lips: competitor.   "Even when his son, Timmy, played for me my first year at Pittsfield, I remember him yelling at his players because Timmy had five 3s against Wahconah," said Ron Wojcik, now the girls basketball coach at Hoosac Valley.   "Timmy, at the time, was one of our best if not our best player, and [Ed

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Baseball in the Berkshires Offers STEM Programming
09:26PM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018
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LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- STEM programming is coming to the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum.   The exhibit at the Berkshire Mall will present monthly programs on science, technology, engineering and math starting Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1-2 p.m. for all ages.   The first program is "The Crack of the Bat." Learn how a bat is made. Physics, engineering, technology, mathematics and safety all have a part.   Using the bats of Shoeless Joe, The "Babe", Jackie, Miggy, "Big Papi," Dustin, Mookie and Judge, discover how they cracked these problems.

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Area Teams Earn Titles at Dalton Youth Soccer Tournament
09:34AM / Monday, October 08, 2018
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DALTON, Mass. -- Teams from Dalton, North Adams, Pittsfield and Williamstown picked up titles at the 22nd annual Dalton CRA Just for Kicks Socccer Tournament on Sunday.   Fifty-five teams of boys and girls in various age groups converged on Nessacus Middle School and Wahconah Regional High School for two days of games starting on Saturday morning.   Teams were drawn from every part of the county plus the Pioneer Valley, Vermont and New York's Capital District.   The hometown squad from Dalton earned the U14 boys championship with a 6-1 win over Pittsfield Soccer Club in the title game.   In the U14 girls, PSC turned the tables, taking a 1-0 win over Dalton in the

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Parkington Standing Out on College Volleyball Team
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05:38AM / Monday, October 08, 2018
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Wahconah High graduate Emma Parkington is a two-time Rookie of the Week in the Empire 8 as a freshman on the Russell Sage College volleyball team this fall.   Parkington most recently earned the award on Sept. 24 after averaging 1.83 kills per set over 18 sets while hitting to a .310 percentage and recording a team-best 49 assists in four matches for the Gators.   On the year, Parkington leads Sage (5-15) in kills (132), assists (189) and hitting percentage (.224). She also has 20 service aces.   And she is only one of a number of 2018 Berkshire County high school graduates making impacts on their collegiate volleyball teams this season.   At Anna Maria College, freshman

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Pittsfield's Patti Notches Game-Winner for College Squad
iBerkshires.com Sports,
04:21AM / Tuesday, October 02, 2018
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Pittsfield High School alumna Taylor Patti scored the game-winner in double overtime last month to lift Wentworth College to a 2-1 win at Emerson.   It was just the second career goal for the senior back, and it helped Wentworth 5-4-2 record going into Saturday's game against Nichols.   scored her first goal of the season for the Providence College women's soccer team in a 3-2 overtime loss to Xavier last week. The Lenox graduate has a goal and a two assists this season for the Friars (7-4-1).   (Pittsfield) had a team-high seven shots and helped set up the winning goal in Springfield College's 2-0 win over Mount Holyoke on Saturday. Wright has six goals this

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State Officials Mark Boat Ramp Upgrades in Tyringham, Great Barrington
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:24PM / Monday, September 17, 2018
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The new boat ramp was welcomed by those who use the pond often. TYRINGHAM, Mass. — Hundreds of boats can take to the waters of Goose Pond on a weekend.   But in recent years, the boat access has been in poor condition.  It was all gravel, was filled with holes, and when it rained, it all washed out. It was eroding away.    "Every time you have a heavy rain it would carry the gravel down and fill in this section of the lake," said Terry Smith from the state Department of Fish and Game's Fishing and Boat Access division.    Town officials reached out to Smith and the department asking if something could be done to improve it. And things

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Lemme, Mumford Top Individuals at Josh Billings Triathlon
08:34PM / Sunday, September 16, 2018
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LENOX, Mass. -- Kent Lemme and Heather Mumford were the ironman and ironwoman champions Sunday at the 42nd Josh Billings Triathlon.   Lemme completed the run, boating, biking event in a time of 2 hours, 34 minutes, 38 seconds and placed fifth overall in the triathlon, which sees teams and indviduals competing together.   Mumford finished in 4:04:12.   The team from Allen Heights Veterinary (biker Josh Lipka, canoists Tom Keefe/Ben Pigott and runner Steve Monsulick) defended its overall title, finishing in 2:17:08 to edge runner-up Josh Itch (Brian Rabuse, Sue Purdy/Kurt Kuehnel and Stephen Foley). Josh Itch came across the line in 2:29:18.   The top all-female team once

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Locals Have Springfield College Football in National Rankings
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:56AM / Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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A trio of Berkshire County football alumni have helped Springfield College to a 2-0 start and the No. 25 ranking in the country according to D3football.com.   Pittsfield High graduate , Pittsfield residentand Hoosac Valley graduate each is contributing for the Pride, who have outscored opponents by an average of 42-11.   Shade was recognized by the region’s college football writers after an eye-popping Week 1 performance against Western New England.   Shade was recognized with the New England Football Writers Association’s Gold Helmet Award after rushing for 247 yards and six touchdowns in a 42-21 win. Last week, the junior quarterback followed that up with 116

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Monument Mountain Cup Soccer Tourney Returns Sept. 22
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09:59PM / Saturday, September 08, 2018
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Monument Mountain Cup Soccer Committee will host a 3-on-3 youth tournament on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Monument Mountain Regional High School.   Boys and girls divisions will be contested in the under-10, under-12 and under-14 age groups.   All teams of three to four players are guaranteed at least three matches with the top four teams in each division advancing to the semi-finals.   The final games for each division will be played under the lights.   The entry fee is $100 per team. Each division is limited to 16 teams.   Teams from around the region are expected to attend.   For information and registration forms, visit

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