Howard Herman | Designated Hitter

Designated Hitter: Youth showing with UMass men's basketball

AMHERST — If you are a fan of a team that favors youth rather than experience, sometimes you are required to take the good with the bad.The good for Derek Kellogg and the University of Massachusetts basketball team came Wednesday night. The …

Designated Hitter: Consider a high school pond hockey game

I had a chance to make a visit to Mooney's Pond on Wednesday night, and it got me thinking.For those of a certain generation, Mooney's Pond was the affectionate nickname of the rink at the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club. The Mooney in question is …

Plenty of college hoops for us to see

When the ball dropped at Times Square, it meant a couple of things.One, the Carnegie Deli in Manhattan is gone forever. Two, it's time for college basketball to kick into high gear.We in the Berkshires are particularly fortunate, because we can …
Gene Chague | Berkshire Woods & Water

Berkshire Woods and Waters: 2016 black bear harvest was a record

MassWildlife Furbearer and Black Bear Project Leader Dave Wattles recently reported that a new record of 283 bears were harvested over the three 2016 seasons. The previous record harvest of 240 bears occurred in 2014.During the first (September) …

Berkshire Woods and Waters: Sweren receives Crooked Staff Award

At its December meeting, the Taconic Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) presented Henry Sweren of Dalton its most prestigious award, the Crooked Staff Award. He was also presented a plaque and, newly instituted this year, the use of the late Mr. Ernest …

Darey retires from Fish & Wildlife Board

George "Gige" Darey of Lenox recently announced his retirement from the Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife Board. He has served on that board for 38 years, with 35 of them as its Chairman. The 88-year-old Chairman stated that he had missed only five …
Local sports

High school roundup: Taconic boys defeat Wahconah

Berkshire Eagle Staffsports@berkshireeagle.comPITTSFIELD — Coming off a nearly week-long break, the Taconic boys basketball team showed no signs of rust in defeating Wahconah 68-56 on Wednesday.Similar to their game against Sabis at the …

UMass men's basketball holds off St. Joseph's

AMHERST — There are games where teams play exciting and pretty basketball and win. Wednesday night in Amherst was not one of those nights.That being said, the University of Massachusetts came out with a victory.Zach Lewis had a UMass …

College roundup: MCLA women top Fitchburg State 62-38

FITCHBURG — Courtney McLaughlin scored 18 points, leading the MCLA women's basketball team over Fitchburg State 62-38 on Wednesday. Kayla Hotaling added eight points and 24 rebounds. The Trailblazers held the Falcons to just 2 of 30 shooting …

St. Joseph swimming sweeps Taconic

PITTSFIELD — With Berkshire County Individuals, Western Mass. and States all between now and Feb. 19, high school swimmers certainly have a lot of important swimming in the near future.But the dual meet season, although coming to a close next …

Local roundup: Williams women's hockey falls

WILLIAMSTOWN —The fifth-ranked Division III women's hockey team made an appearance at Lansing Chapman Rink on Tuesday night, demonstrating to one and all why Elmira has earned the ranking.The visitors (10-2-2) scored five unanswered goals …

Berkshire County Alpine skiing previews, 2017

LenoxCoach: Greg Knight (3rd year)Last year: Boys — 2nd place, Girls — 1st placeKey returnees: Devon Atwell (Jr.); Andrew King (8th); Matthew Shields (8th); Paul Curtil (8th); Zach Suffish (Fr.); Ella King (Sr.); Taylor Knight (Fr.); …

Pittsfield High great Tom Grieve to be inducted to Western Mass. Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball and Berkshire County have long gone together. Baseball is also part and parcel of Western Massachusetts. "I know that before I was in high school and after I was in high school, Western Massachusetts has always been represented with fine …
Winter sports previews
Berkshire County boys basketball previews, 2016-17

North DivisionDruryCoach: Jack Racette (12th year)Last Season: 12-10, lost in Western Mass. quarterfinalsKey Returnees: Hayden Bird, Connor Meehan, Reece RacetteOutlook: Drury returns a high-powered offense, looking to build on last year's Western …

Berkshire County girls basketball previews, 2016-17

Berkshire County Alpine skiing previews, 2017

Berkshire County League Nordic skiing previews, 2017

Berkshire County swimming previews, 2016-17

Berkshire County hockey previews, 2016-17

Berkshire County wrestling previews, 2016-17

Community sports
Berkshire County bowling scores, Jan. 15

Candle Lanes90% Handicap Tournament — High Triple: George Ascan Sr. 631, Mike Haring 596, Scott Wood 594, Darlene White 590. Mark Burda 582.George Harrington Memorial League — High Triple: Allan Codding 153-401, Don White 116-326, …

Berkshire County bowling, youth basketball and youth hockey, Jan. 8

Area Notes: Bruins alumni game set for Saturday at Berkshire School

Patriots
Patriots happy to be home for AFC title game

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots have had what seems like an annual spot in the AFC championship game over the past decade.But the fact that this year's game is at home could factor into whether they are able to make a return trip to the …

Texans couldn't avoid mistakes in 34-16 loss to Patriots

I'll have the usual: Patriots advance to AFC title game

Lewis scores 3 TDS, Pats advance to AFC title game 34-16

Newcomer Floyd could be X-factor for Patriots in playoffs

National sports
Patriots' Bennett remaining himself during playoff run

FOXBOROUGH — To step into Martellus Bennett's world is to be in a place that is both spontaneous and full of introspection.In his first season in New England, the Patriots tight end has brought a mellow vibe and unique personality to an …

Cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting

Even as Knicks tumble again, Carmelo wants to be in New York

Tomlin: Brown 'foolish' to livestream postgame locker room

Yankees
Yankees' Chapman: Cubs' Maddon misused me during postseason

NEW YORK — Aroldis Chapman says Cubs manager Joe Maddon misused him during the postseason, putting the hard-throwing reliever on the mound too often in Chicago's successful effort to win the World Series for the first time since 1908.Traded …

Sabathia happy to have Chapman back in Yankees bullpen

With $86M Chapman deal, Yanks straddle present and future

Giants
Reese: Giants investigating hole in wall outside locker room

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese has told star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. that he needs to look at some of his antics on and off the field and be more responsible.Beckham has been under the microscope for the …

Rodgers works Hail Mary magic, Packers beat Giants 38-13

Manning defuses receivers trip to Miami to celebrate

Celtics
Thomas scores 52 for Celtics in 117-114 win over Miami

BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas had a fourth quarter better than any other player for a team rich in history.Thomas set a club record with 29 points in the fourth quarter, finishing with a career-high 52 points and leading the Boston Celtics to a …

Celtics hold off pesky Grizzlies for second time in a week

Westbrook triple-double leads Thunder past Celtics 117-112

Bruins
Marchand has 2 goals, 3 assists and Bruins pound Flyers 6-3

BOSTON — Brad Marchand was fortunate that the puck found its way into the net without him getting off a shot.The way he's feeling now, it doesn't seem to matter.Marchand had two goals — one short-handed, the other an empty-netter — …

Maroon hat trick leads Oilers to 4-3 win over Bruins

Bruins return to ice; honor player, coach and GM Schmidt

Red Sox
Red Sox trade pitcher Clay Buchholz to Phillies

BOSTON — The Red Sox kept adding starting pitchers, and Clay Buchholz kept getting bumped further down in the rotation.There was David Price last offseason and Drew Pomeranz mid-year. By the time Chris Sale was acquired from the Chicago White …

Red Sox sign 1B Moreland for 1 year

Sale on yielding ace role: 'We play for a trophy, not a tag'

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