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Bay State Winter Games Return this Weekend
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
01:05PM / Thursday, January 26, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Ice and snow and sweat and cheers are all on the agenda over the next five weeks as the 32nd annual Bay State Winter Games return to Berkshire County.

For 37 days at six different venues, athletes from throughout Massachusetts and around New England will compete in sports ranging from ice hockey to snowshoeing.

It all begins Saturday at Williams College's Lansing Chapman Rink with two days of figure skating competition and the BSG's signature event, the Bay State Skate.

The annual Saturday night show features winners from Saturday's competition, special invited guests and the production team from the weekend's hosts, Christmas Brook Figure

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Mount Greylock Grads Competing on College Ski Circuit
12:24AM / Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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The collegiate ski season got under way this weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y., where several Mount Greylock alumni were in action for their respective collegiate teams.   Williams College senior helped the Ephs finish sixth at the season-opening St. Lawrence Carnival. On Day 1, Costley placed 13th in the 1.5-kilometer classic sprint race.   Williams’ ski teams -- downhill and cross country -- combined to finish in sixth place after two days of competition at Whiteface and Mount Van Hoevenberg.   Colby College senior helped the Mules place fourth in the event. Chenail was 67th on Saturday in a 5K skate race.   Freshmenandmade their collegiate debuts for Bates and

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MCLA to Host Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day
02:06AM / Wednesday, January 18, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Saturday’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will feature opportunities for the area’s youngest athletes and showcase the talents of some of Berkshire County’s top women collegians.   The daylong festival that begins at 8 a.m. in MCLA’s Amsler Campus Center concludes with a 1 p.m. women’s basketball game featuring the Trailblazers and the Springfield Pride.   The Pride features 2013 Drury High graduate Danielle Racette, who is averaging 3.3 assists in 21.4 minutes per game this winter. Springfield (11-4) is gunning for its eighth NEWMAC championship and first since

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Mount Greylock Grad Recognized on Senior Day at Bates College
iBerkshires.com Sports,
01:56AM / Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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Bates College senior Carlos Ames of Williamstown earned a pair of wins on Saturday as the 19th-ranked Bobcats men’s squash team celebrated Senior Day with wins over Hobart and Hamilton.   The Mount Greylock senior, playing at No. 8, defeated Hamilton’s Atticus Jones, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4. Then Ames moved to No. 9 on the ladder to beat Hobart’s Matthew Frantz, 11-7, 11-6, 12-14, 11-8.   Earlier this winter, Ames and the Bobcats came to Williamstown to face Williams College, and he earned a five-set win over the Ephs’ Andrew Litvin to help Bates win, 8-1.   Mount Greylock gradis a freshman at Bates this winter.   December saw Drew University

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Bruins Bag Banner With OT Win in Kittredge Tourney
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:03PM / Sunday, January 15, 2017
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Caleb Kollmer capped the 46th Gib Kittredge Hockey Tournament in style.


The Berkshire Bruins defenseman Sunday scored midway through the second overtime to give the hosts a 4-3, come-from-behind victory over Avon, Conn., in the Bantam Division title game.


Seamus Hayes scored with just less than three minutes left in regulation to complete the Bruins’ comeback from a 3-1 deficit, and Nate Haley made two saves in the last 10 seconds of regulation to send the game to OT.


“Whenever you win the Kittredge, you get to look at the banner for a couple more years,” Bruins’ coach Rob Abel said. “A lot of these guys, this is their last

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All Girls Youth Hockey Team Hits the Ice
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
02:08AM / Tuesday, January 10, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Bill Rech had a simple message for his hockey team the first time it hit the ice.   “I told them, ‘Girls, look around. Do you remember the first time you ever took the ice when you were kids? Remember the smell of the rink? Remember walking on the bench and it was kind of scary? Look around you. Own this moment. This is the first time you’ve ever skated with no boys. This is your team, your organization,” Rech recalled recently. “This is your team. This is your opportunity to be girls.   “And they absolutely thrived on it. From there, the girls exploded.”   The explosion reverberating through local rinks this

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Ski Butternut Joining World Record Attempt
12:26PM / Wednesday, January 04, 2017
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Ski Butternut is joining 80 resorts across the United States and Canada this Friday, Jan. 6, in trying to set a Guinness Book of World Records for "The World’s Largest Lesson."

All lessons will take place simultaneously in seven different time zones - 9 a.m. Alaska time,  10 a.m. Pacific time, 11 a.m. Mountain time, noon Central time, 1 p.m. Eastern time, 2 p.m. Atlantic time and 2:30 Newfoundland time (with the last two time zones in Canada only).

To encourage participation, and to mark January as National Learn to Ski/Snowboard month, Ski Butternut will offer a special $10 "First Timer Learn to Ski/Snowboard" package on

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Cross, Carpenter Honored by Conferences
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12:29AM / Monday, December 19, 2016
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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts junior Keiland Cross was named the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week and Player of the Week on Monday, Dec. 12.   Cross averaged 24.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and six assists in a 2-1 week for the Trailblazers. He was named MVP of the Tri-State Shootout after collecting 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in the 82-79 win over Fisher College, notched 27 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the 71-67 win over RPI and added 19 points, six assists and five rebounds in setback to WPI.   For the year, Cross is averaging a team-high 16.9 ppg in 32 minutes per night for the 2-8 Trailblazers.   The rookie

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High School Athletes Learn Leadership Lessons
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
12:23AM / Wednesday, December 07, 2016
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One of the chief lessons of Tuesday's Berkshire County Student-Athlete Leadership Summit was that leaders serve those whom they lead.

But featured speaker John Martin gave the 130 high school students gathered in the Boys & Girls Club gym permission to be self-centered — if just for one day.

"When you have a chance to speak this morning in your breakout sessions, I want you to get a little bit selfish in your role as a leader," said Martin, a guidance counselor and coach at East Longmeadow High School and a director at Palmer's Advanced Performance Academy.

"Ask yourself how you can bring back what you can take back from us,

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Carpenter Earns All-America Honor at Georgetown
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12:53AM / Monday, November 21, 2016
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Lenox Memorial graduate Scott Carpenter earned all-America recognition with a 10th place finish on Saturday at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.   Carpenter covered the 10-kilometer course in 30 minutes, 3 seconds to become the 11th runner in Georgetown history -- and the second in two years -- to finish in the top 10 at nationals.   His eight points helped the Hoyas finish 21st in the nation.   “Scott Carpenter stole the show today," Georgetown coach Brandon Bonsey said. "He has developed from a guy who few schools recruited out of high school into one of the best distance runners in Georgetown history. He saw what Jon

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