A new Paddle Series is set to debut this weekend with the Housatonic Paddle and Pant slated for Saturday along the Housatonic River.
The Berkshire Real Estate Paddle Series — the first of its kind in Berkshire County — is sponsored by Berkshire Real Estate's Steve Ray. It will consist of four paddling races over the summer, one each in May, June, July and August.
The first event is a 5 mile paddle combined with a mile run, or an 8 mile paddle with a 3 mile run. The race begins at 11 a.m. at the Decker Boat Launch on New Lenox Road in Lenox. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at Decker. The fee is $15 for iron people who will paddle and run, and $30 for teams who will have a paddler or paddlers and a runner. If a team has two paddlers, only one needs to run.
The second event will be the Wild Goose Chase on Saturday, June 11, also on the Housatonic. The Goose Chase is a 5 or 8-mile paddle that will start and finish at the Decker Launch. That race begins at 11 a.m. with 9 a.m. registration. Fee is $15 per paddler.
Next up is The annual Chocolate Bowl race on Stockbridge Bowl. That will be held on Wednesday, July 27. The Chocolate is a 6-mile paddle, or two laps around the Bowl. There is also a one-lap recreational category. Fee is $15 per paddler or $10 for those 12-and-under. The race begins at 6 p.m. with registration at 5 on the Stockbridge Bowl boat ramp.
The series will close with the Cookie Bowl on Friday, August 26, also on Stockbridge Bowl. The stats, dimensions and fees are the same as with the Chocolate Bowl.
All entries will receive a Berkshire Real Estate Paddle Series T-Shirt. To be eligible for the overall awards for Point Series Winners, competitors must participate in at least three of the races. There will also be individual prizes for each race, including hats and snacks. Paddlers will accumulate points at each race and the top two or three male and female point winners in canoe, kayak and SUP categories will win gift certificates to Berkshire Outfitters, the Arcadian Shop and other Berkshire businesses.
For more information go to Berkshire Races and Sporting Events Facebook page or email Patty Spector at email@example.com.
Lee boys 4, Lenox 1
LEE — The Wildcats didn't take long earning the season's ninth win. Lee captured each singles match in a 4-1 win over Lenox on Wednesday afternoon.
Matt Petrescu surrendered just one set in first singles and the same was true for Matt Kinney in third singles. Josh Perrier took care of business 6-3, 6-1 in second singles.
Lee's Cam Tyer and Mason Mihlek wrapped up the match with a win in first doubles.
The Wildcats (9-1) are slated to host Mount Everett on Friday. Lenox will play the same Eagles later today at 4 p.m.
Singles — 1. Petrescu (Lee) def. O'Brien 6-1, 6-0; 2. Perrier (Lee) def. Piretti 6-3. 6-1; 3. Kinney (Lee) def Sohl 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles — 1. Tyer/Mihlek (Lee) def. Fuster/Bayne 6-4, 6-4; 2. Ilia/Manrique (Len) def. Winston/Geoghan 6-4, 3-6, 14-12.
Friday night's high school slate will be featured in sport-specific roundups at BerkshireEagle.com/sports. The Eagle will also have complete coverage of the late Pittsfield at Wahconah softball game.