GREAT BARRINGTON — At a recent Monument Mountain swim practice, the student-athletes sat in circles doing what they call a “popcorn gratitude drill.”

Head coach Jill Svirida excused herself and moved well out of earshot. She didn’t want to intrude on what could be the kids’ final time together as a full team at practice.



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Mike Walsh is sports editor at The Berkshire Eagle. He's been with The Eagle since 2017. Walsh also authors the NENPA-winning Powder Report column. He's an avid snowboarder, runner, homebrewer, and he used to play a pretty mean sousaphone.