Howard Herman is a sports columnist at The Berkshire Eagle. The dean of full-time sportswriters in Western Mass., he has been with the Eagle since 1988, and is a member of the New England Baseball and Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Back in 2016, the Pittsfield girls basketball team played Longmeadow at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield. In 2023, no Berkshire teams have been invited to play in the event.

For local sports fans of a certain age, the Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires holds special significance.

It has been the epicenter of high school basketball in Berkshire County for decades. And on Monday night, it seemed like old times again.

When Pittsfield and Taconic hit the court for the “War on the Floor” rematch, the bleachers were close to being full.


Howard Herman can be reached at or 413-496-6253.