Berkshire County sports notes, Aug. 25

Lee CTA planning 21st annual trip to U.S. Open

The Lee Community Tennis Association is planning its 21st Annual U.S. Open bus trip on Aug. 30. An air-conditioned luxury bus will depart from the Big Y parking lot in Lee at 7:15 a.m. with stops in Stockbridge, Great Barrington and Egremont before arriving at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens at 10:45 a.m. The bus will return to Lee, leaving at 7 p.m., arriving in Lee at 10.

An extra hour has been added this year for those late-day matches. Assigned seating is included inside the newly covered Arthur Ashe Stadium. This means no more suspension of play in case of inclement weather.

Plan for a full day of doubles and singles tennis matches on all 17 courts and the five stadiums, including the new Grandstand Stadium with lots of afternoon shade, and watch the top pros on the many practice courts. Cost of the trip, which includes ticket and bus, is $125 per adult (discounts for Lee CTA members), $100 for children 18 and under and $62.50 for Lee CTA children. A limited number of tickets are still available. Go to to sign up and pay for this event or call Bunnie and Ed at 413-243-3240 for more information.

Pittsfield girls cross-country practices

The Pittsfield girls cross-country team is still looking for potential new runners, and the team has several upcoming practices.

Today, the team will practice from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Pittsfield state forest, with the team meeting at the ski lodge.

On Saturday, the team will practice from 9-11 a.m. on the bike path, and will meet at the beginning of the path near the mall.

On Monday, the team will practice at Reid Middle School from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Parents are also invited to practice on Monday to tour the team's home course at the middle school.

For more information, contact coach Theresa Apple at 413-464-1186.

Imperial Bowl winter leagues forming

Imperial Bowl's winter leagues are now forming, and anyone can join as an individual, with a friend or with a team.

Interested bowlers can call Imperial at 413-443-4453 to sign up.

Hoosac Valley girls soccer hosting fun run

The Hoosac Valley girls soccer team will host its first annual My School Color Run "Color Your Kicks 5K" on Oct. 1 at 10:45 a.m. at the high school. The event is to raise money for the soccer team.

The run is an untimed 5-kilometer fun run/walk for all ages and fitness levels, and it's open to the entire community.

The run will take place on the grounds of the high school, and will feature special color zones to enhance the runner's experience.

Participants that sign up by Sept. 15 will receive a special T-shirt, race bib and a color packet to be thrown at the end of the race.

To sign up, visit, or contact a race organizer. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For more, contact Elizabeth Greene (413-346-3213) or Amy Godfrey (413-770-6544).

Hillcrest to host 16th annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament

Hillcrest Educational Centers is hosting its 16th annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament on Sept. 29 at Wahconah Country Club.

The proceeds from this year's tournament will go toward the renovation of the newly-purchased St. Mark's School, which is being utilized as Hillcrest's Therapeutic Day School.

The tournament will have a morning and afternoon shotgun start and scramble format. Individuals and partial teams are welcome.

There will also be a silent auction and raffle, in addition to other contests on the golf course.

The fee is $175 per player, and includes golf cart, greens fees, breakfast, lunch, a gift and dinner.

To register, visit, or contact Tim Gallagher at or 413-499-7924, ext. 133.

19th annual Monument Cup

The Monument Cup, a 3-on-3 youth soccer tournament, will be held on Sept. 23 at Monument Mountain.

There are three age groups, U10, U12 and U14, with divisions for both girls and boys. All teams are guaranteed at least three matches, with the top four teams in each pool advancing to the semifinals. The finals for each group will be played under the lights.

The entry fee is $80 per team, and each group is limited to 16 teams.

For more information, or for registration forms, go to, or contact Matt Naventi at 413-243-1159 or

Sports department seeks correspondents

The Berkshire Eagle sports department seeks correspondents to expand and augment our coverage of various sporting events throughout Berkshire County. If you enjoy following the action -- from local high school sports to amateur athletic competitions, adult recreational leagues and individual sporting pursuits like skiing, climbing and cycling -- and can write about it well and on a deadline, we want to hear from you. Email a resume and a brief note explaining why you'd make a Eagle sports correspondent to Executive Editor Kevin Moran at


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