Berkshire County Sports Notes, Sept. 27



On Sept. 16, John and Libby Moritz held their annual Golf Outing, dinner and fundraiser for Hearts of the Father Outreach at the Wyantenuck Golf Club in Great Barrington.

They shared stories with the assembled audience about their travels throughout the world to rescue orphans, abandoned and marginalized children.

Pictured above, John Vaneria of Stockbridge, John Moritz of Sheffield and Dave Politzer of Albany announced the establishment of the Tikkun Olam Foundation International, which will serve as a charitable foundation for the physical and educational support of orphaned, abandoned and marginalized children and in so doing will function as an endowment for Hearts of the Father Outreach.

The Board of the endowment will consist of John and Libby Moritz, John Vaneria and Eugene Graf.


Twenty-four youths participated in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition hosted by the City of Pittsfield Recreation Program on Sept. 17 at Taconic High School.

The following girls earned first-place honors: Rafaella Canino of Pittsfield, age 6-7, with a score of 26; Madysen Pelkey of Washington, age 8-9, with a score of 72; Emma Blazick of Dalton, age 10-11, with a score of 84; Lauren Crocker of Pittsfield, age 12-13, with a score of 168.8.

On the boys side, the winners were: Evan Roccabruna of Pittsfield, age 6-7, with a score of 106.5; Chase Cook of Pittsfield, age 8-9, with a score of 165; Luciano Canino of Pittsfield, age 10-11, with a score of 183; Jaden Keefner of Pittsfield, age 12-13, with a score of 287.

These eight winners will move on to a sectional competition, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 10 in Westfield. They could qualify for the Team Championships competition, to be held at a date to be determined, in conjunction with a New England Patriots game.


The PHS cross-country teams, in conjunction with Weider Mechanical, are putting on a race Saturday, Oc. 8 at 9 a.m. at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport.

Race on the Runways is a 1-mile race in which the winner is the person who comes closest to their predicted time. The airport will be closing its longest runway to host this race.

T-shirts to the first 100 registered. Cost is $15 for entries received by Thursday, Oct. 7, $20 the day of race. Day of race registration closes at 8:15 a.m.

For information and registration, look online at


Lee Middle and High School is looking for a girls JV basketball coach for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

Any interested applicants should send a letter of interest to the Lee Athletic Director at 300 Greylock Street, Lee, MA 01238.


The Western Mass Athletic Club will be holding the Monroe Trail Races on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m.

There will be a 10.5-mile race and a 2-mile race.

For more information and race applications, go to the website.


On, Sept. 19, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) held its 20th Annual MCLA Golf Classic at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield.

The tournament was sponsored for the third consecutive year by President's Club Title Sponsor Petri Contracting of Clarksburg.

This annual event brings together community members and local businesses to support the College's athletics programs. The tournament drew a field of 20 teams, which competed for gross and net prizes.

The Gross Division Winner was the Desmarais team, which consisted of Jerry Desmarais, Russell Dillman, Larry Hulland and Mike Sanders. The Net Division Winners were Deb Raber, Nancy Bullett, Brendan Bullett and Jamie Zdon.

The tournament is an 18-hole scramble format. Contests included hole-in-one prize holes, as well as closest-to-the-pin and longest drive competitions. A raffle and silent auction was held throughout the day.

All proceeds raised from the event benefit the MCLA Athletics Department and the College's student-athletes.


—Fall Swim Lessons

Session 1: Dates Sept. 26 — Nov. 19.

Swim Lessons teach basic fundamental swimming skills up to advanced level skills, fitness swimming, and swim team readiness.

Please select your swimmers level based on the information below or previous instructors recommendation. Instructors may suggest switching classes based on swimmers skill.

Pre-school for any swimmers aged 3-5 not enrolled in kindergarten. Learn-to-Swim Levels (Ages 5+, 5 y/o must be enrolled in kindergarten)


*Registration is required for both House and Travel League — visit to register*

House Tryouts: Monday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Nov. 9 — Boys 5th-6th (5th graders 4:30-5:15) (6th graders 5:15-6:00) — Boys 7th-8th (7th graders 6:00-6:45) (8th graders 6:45-7:30).

Tuesday, Nov. 8 and Thursday, Nov. 10 — Boys 3rd-4th (3rd grade Boys-4:30-5:15) (4th grade Boys-5:15-6:00) — Girls 3/4/5th (6:00-6:45) — Girls 6/7/8th (6:45-7:30).

Travel Tryouts: (Must register online to tryout) Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5-6 for Grades 5th-6th and 7th-8th — boys and girls. Time: Girls 4:00-5:30 Boys 5:30-7:00.

No tryouts for 3rd/4th grade. Travel team will be picked by the coaches.


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