Berkshire County Sports Notes, Sept. 13



Young pro football fans will have the opportunity to exhibit their football skills when the city of Pittsfield Recreation Program hosts an NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Taconic High School, 96 Valentine Road.

Due to ongoing construction, enter the field off of Lakeway Drive.

The football competition, administered by USA Football, allows youth to showcase their talents in punting, passing and kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy. The competition is free and open to boys and girls ages 6-15.

Participants must have a copy of their birth certificate at the time of registration and sneakers must be worn. Age classification is as of Dec. 31 at 11:59 p.m. local time of the current year.

The top finishers from each of 10 age groups at the local competition will advance to a sectional competition. The winners at the sectional competition will have their scores compared with other sectional champions. The top four scorers from the pool of sectional champions advance to the New England Patriots Team Championship, to be held at their game on a date to be determined.

Age-group champions at this level will be declared NFL Punt, Pass & Kick team champions. The top four finishers in the boys' and girls' divisions within each age bracket from the pool of all team champions will qualify for the National Finals at an NFL playoff game in January.

Entry forms are available online at or at For more competition information, call Becky Manship Recreation Activities Coordinator at 413-499-9370.


The Josh Billings Matchmaker is looking for runners of all abilities to match up teams. Matchmaker is also looking for recreational paddlers, canoe or kayak.

Please contact


The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires will hold its 16th annual Chili Chowder Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Camp Russell, 341 Boys Club Road, Richmond.

The second annual 5K Run/Walk for Success will proceed the Festival beginning at 11:30 a.m., also at Camp Russell.

The admission fee for the Festival is $20 per adult and includes chili and chowder prepared by area restaurants and two tokens for grill food. Admission for children 12 years and under is free. The day's lineup includes free hourly giveaways, music, lawn games and children's activities. Hot dogs, hamburgers, soda, water, beer and wine are available for purchase.

The cost of participating in the 5K is $25 per person or $60 for family of four. Participants receive $5 off entry to the Chili Chowder Festival when entering the 5K.

Registration forms for the 5K are available at Berkshire Running Center or online at For more information about the Chili Chowder Fall Festival, call the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires at 413-448-8258, or visit


The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires' Gerard Miller Children First Golf Tournament was held Aug. 29 at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

A field of 144 golfers helped the Club raise a net profit of $40,000. The funds will benefit the Club's many programs and activities.

The Tournament, celebrating its 15th year, honors Gerard Miller, a founding member of the Alumni Golf Committee and an original Alumni Board member at the Club.


eduKaytion golf is offering a "Golf 8.5 — Discover Your Golf Swing" workshop on Saturday, Sept. 17 and a Short Game Workshop on Sunday, Sept. 18. Both days are from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kay McMahon, LPGA Teaching Hall of Famer, will be conducting both workshops at Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort in Lenox.

McMahon's 8.5 workshops cover all swing principles, video analysis and a simple step-by-step approach, guaranteed to take the mystery out of the game with immediate results. The workshop applies to all levels of players — beginners to experienced — can be taken by couples and families to take together.

A person can take one day or the other, or both days. The fee for each workshop is $179/person with family discounts available. Taking both workshops drops the fee to $278, a savings of $80.

To register and for more information, visit or call 518-669-1551.


The Dalton Moneymakers beat the Berkshire Bandits two games to zero to with an 8-0 win in game two.

Jarrett Bayliss tossed a seven-hit shutout while Dalton bunched their eight hits in two innings, getting five runs in the 3rd and three in the 7th.

Jared Shannon recorded three hits/RBI and Ryan Norton drove in two runs for the champs. Defensively, the Moneymakers played errorless ball.

The Bandits got two hits from Chris Joyce and Dan Corbett. Bandits had bases loaded and one out in the 2nd and 7th, but Bayliss got out of both jams.

Jeff Aldrich was named playoff MVP, going 9-for-17 in the playoffs.


Shire Breu-Haus recently won the Dalton CRA Co-ed "B" division softball championship, going undefeated in the double elimination playoffs held at Pinegrove Park.

Team picture below.


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