College notebook: Pittsfield's Shade earns two weekly football honors


Six days ago, Chad Shade of Pittsfield came off the bench to lead Springfield College to a come-from-behind win over Worcester Polytechnic Institute. On Monday, Shade received a pair of awards.

The freshman quarterback, who played at Pittsfield High School and did a post-graduate year at Cushing Academy, was named the Liberty League's rookie of the week, as well as being named the ECAC Corvias Division III North rookie of the week.

Shade engineered the rally from a 17-point deficit to beat WPI 28-23, and end a two-game losing streak against the Engineers.

Shade ran for 164 yards on 20 carries, scoring touchdowns of 50 and 19 yards. He also went 2 of 3 for 76 yards and his 22-yard touchdown pass to Nick Valles put the Pride ahead for keeps.

Shade is joined on the Pride by former Pittsfield teammate Dom Traversa, a linebacker, and offensive lineman Zach Wright of Hoosac Valley.


Three Berkshire County athletes are currently active over at Union College in Schenectady.

Allie Supranowicz, who played soccer at Pittsfield High School, is a junior midfielder on the Union women's soccer team. She has no goals and two assists for 4-3-2 Union.

Annika Wells of Williamstown went to high school at Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y. She is a sophomore defenseman for the 3-5 Union field hockey team. She has played in three games.

Max Spence, also from Pittsfield High School, is a junior on the Union cross-country team.


Williamstown's Tom Dils is in his senior year at Middlebury, and so far, it has been a memorable one.

Dils' soccer team is ranked 16th in the nation and fourth in New England with a 5-0-1 record. Dils scored a goal in the season opener against Norwich, a 4-1 win. He plays on the back line for the Panthers.

Circle the calendar, because Dils and Middlebury will visit Williams College on Oct. 25.


Dalton's Kevin Boino has played in five games for the 2-6-1 University of Massachusetts Minutemen soccer team. Boino, who was an Atlantic 10 Conferene rookie of the week last year and led the Minutemen with two game-winning goals, has yet to score for the Minutemen this year.

In his five games, the former Wahconah standout and All-Eagle MVP has averaged 43 minutes.


Through four games, Nate Stump of Pittsfield has played in three contests at Beloit (Wisc.) College. Stump, a sophomore who played for St. Joseph and Drury has registered three tackles and two assists in three games.

Beloit is 2-2.

Beloit will be playing Macalester College later this year, and Stump will see former Lee football player Matt Heppleston playing for Macalester.

Heppleston, a Lenox resident, has played in two games and has registered a tackle. That came in a 34-0 win over Grinnell.

Macalester and Beloit play on Oct. 22.

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