Berkshire County sports notes, June 20

Mendel earns lacrosse award

Hoosac Valley boys lacrosse senior and captain, Austin Mendel, received the Berkshire County League of Officials Association 2017 Defensive Player of the Year Award from BCLOA President Joe Maruco.

Mendel will go on to play lacrosse and study Electrical Engineering at Hudson Valley Community College.

Photo attached.

Murphy selected to All-League

Pittsfield native Julia Murphy, a senior pitcher who plays softball at Suffield Academy, has been selected to the Western New England Prep School Softball All-League Team for this past season.

Procopio to receive award

Paul Procopio, a former Berkshire County coach, educator and athlete, has been selected to receive the inaugural New England Basketball Hall of Fame Buster Sheary Mentor Award.

The award is named in honor of the Holy Cross basketball coach who led the Crusaders to a 155-36 record and coached All-Americans Bob Cousy, Togo Palazzi and Tom Heinsohn.

In March, the New England Basketball Hall of Fame executive committee nominated Sheary for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Kansas City.

Procopio will receive the Sheary Mentor Award on Sept. 8.

High school hoops coaches needed

Lee Middle and High School is looking for a boys varsity basketball coach and a boys junior varsity basketball coach for the 2017-18 season.

Any interested applicants should send in a letter of interest and a brief resume to: Superintendent Al Skrocki, 300 Greylock Street, Lee, MA 01238.

Berkshire Force 14U

The Berkshire Force 14U team hosted a tournament this past weekend at Doyle Field.

They played four games on Saturday. In game one, the Force defeated the Outlaws Black 10-1. They secured the victory thanks to nine runs in the fourth inning. Sophia-Marie Groves earned the win for the Force.

In game two, Jordyn Lummus collected four hits in four at-bats, as the Force defeated the Rotterdam Rush 14-4. In the third game, the Force jumped out to an early lead over Mizzuno Northeast and took home a 16-2 victory. The Force scored on a home run by Lummus. Addison Lyon and Lummus each drove in three runs to lead the Force.

In the fourth game, the Force jumped out to an early lead over the Bethlehem Revolution and took home a 10-3 victory.

Kirsten Carrigan earned the win for the Force.

In game one on Sunday, an early lead helped the Force defeat the Greylock Thunder 5-2. Groves earned the win for the Force. Jordyn Codding, Lyon, and Carrigan all had three hits. In game two, the Force beat the Concord Raiders 5-2. Lyon earned the win for the Force.

Finally, in the championship, the Force fell to East Coast Impact 6-5. The Force had nine hits and the Impact had eight. Codding and Lexi Sondrini each collected multiple hits for the Force.

5K/10K and 5K walk

Wild Thing 5K/10K Trail Race and 5K walk in Kennedy Park on Sunday, June 25.

Wild Thing will benefit education and conservation programs at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox. The race begins at 9 a.m. at Pleasant Valley and goes through single track and carriage roads in Kennedy Park.

All racers are invited to join us for the post-race celebration in the big red barn.

Online registration is at the Berkshire Running Center and for more information go to or call 637-0320.

Dalton CRA Golf Tourney

The Dalton Community Recreation Association's 23rd annual Golf Tournament, underwritten by Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, will be competed Monday, June 26, at Wahconah Country Club.

The tourney — a four-person captain-and-crew format — begins with registration and lunch at 11 a.m. and a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.

The $140 per person entry fee includes greens fee, cart rental, lunch, refreshments, dinner and hole-in-one contest. Proceeds benefit Community Recreation Association (CRA) youth programming and financial aid for those less fortunate, for summer camps and sports programs.

Cash prizes will be awarded to each member of the top three teams, and there will be additional prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive and straightest drive. Each player also will receive a sleeve of golf balls and tournament T-shirt.

For a registration form or more information, visit the or call 413-684-0260.

Jimmy Fund Little League

All New England Little League baseball and softball programs are invited to join the 31st season of Jimmy Fund Little League, presented by Extra Innings and Franklin Sports.

This annual fundraiser supports adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Jimmy Fund Little League provides thousands of New England Little League players the opportunity to continue playing baseball and softball after the regular season ends by participating in local tournaments and fundraising efforts, including canister collection, carwashes and more.

Last summer, more than 5,000 children throughout New England participated in this fundraiser, raising more than $260,000.

To register your team or learn more, please visit

Kick for Dana-Farber

Soccer players can register your team for Kick for Dana-Farber, a fundraiser in partnership with the New England Revolution supporting patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

All New England soccer programs — including youth, middle and high school, college and club teams — are invited to participate in this fundraiser, which will run through Dec. 15.

Kick for Dana-Farber soccer teams rally their team and community together through fundraising activities like carwashes and bake sales to score the ultimate goal — conquering cancer. There is no registration fee or fundraising minimum. Each team can utilize a peer-to-peer website to help raise funds and earn the opportunity to win great prizes.

Teams that raise $1,000 or more will be entered into a drawing for two grand prizes — tickets and a Rally Tunnel experience at a 2018 New England Revolution game. For each additional $1,000 raised, teams get an added entry into the drawing.

Additionally, the top 12 fundraising teams will be invited to a soccer clinic run by the Revolution Academy at the Field House at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, which will include soccer instruction, a question-and-answer session, photos and autographs with Revolution players.

To learn about Kick for Dana-Farber — including all prizes and official rules — or to register your team, please visit

Hole in One

Bill Kerwood of Pittsfield got a hole in one at Donnybrook Country Club in Lanesborough on June 8.

The achievement came on hole number 4 with a TaylorMade 7-iron at 1:15 p.m.

Bob Kerwood, John Keegan and Greg Anderson were witnesses.


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