Area Notes: Hoosac Valley girls basketball recognized by MIAA for Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser


One of the components of the MIAA is to recognize student-athletes, coaches or teams for participation in exemplary initiatives or outstanding acts in relation to one or more of the MIAA Educational Athletics pillars of Community Service, Leadership and Sportsmanship. This Thursday, the Hoosac Valley Girls' Basketball team was honored with this award for their organization and efforts with Coaches v. Cancer, prior to their game vs. Pittsfield. Rich Riley, MIAA Assistant Director, was on hand to present the award.

Hoosac Valley, the invited tournament teams and the Hurricanes Booster Club combined to raise $6,000, which was presented to the American Cancer Society.The five-year total raised by Hoosac's Coaches v. Cancer tournament now exceeds $18,000.

Northern Berkshire Independent Youth Baseball

The NBIYB, formerly North Adams Little League, will be having sign ups for their house league play on Feb. 13 and 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

All sign-ups will take place at the Armory in North Adams.

The league is open to all 7 to 12 year olds who reside in Berkshire County, with games being played in North Adams. There are two divisions; a minors division (ages 7 and up) playing on a 46/60 field and a major division (ages 10 and up) playing on a 50/70 field. The cut-off date for age is you cannot turn 13 before 5/1/18 and you should be 7 before 5/1/18. The cost is $45 per player and $30 for additional family members. A birth certificate must be presented at sign-ups and fees will be due at that time. Scholarships are available.

Any questions, concerns or for more information contact Steve Phaneuf at 413-822-7790 or

Greylock Thunder Travel Softball

Attention U-14 & U-16 girl softball players, you're invited to come to the final try-outs for the 2018 Greylock Thunder Travel Softball Summer Teams.

Any player, from any team, from any town is welcome to try out for the Greylock Thunder Travel Softball Teams. Those who attended the fall try-outs are encouraged to attend. Please note that the U-12 summer team try-outs will be held this spring at a date to be announced.

U-14 & U-16 final summer try outs will be at the Williams College Field House at 82 Latham St. Williamstown on Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. Please wear sneakers.

For more information contact or visit Greylock Thunder Softball on Facebook.

Baseball in the Berkshires hosts "Talkin' Baseball"

On Saturday, Feb. 17, Baseball in the Berkshires will host a double session of its popular "Talkin' Baseball" series.

From 1-2 p.m., former Pittsfield Cub Bryan House will return for another meet and greet session with an autograph-signing. Then, from 2-3 p.m., Pittsfield High School graduate and San Francisco Giant draftee Joe Bateman will do some Talkin' Baseball and sign autographs.

Come join us on the 17th at the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum inside the Berkshire Mall and meet these two outstanding young men. The Berkshire Mall exhibit celebrates the history of baseball in Berkshire County.

For more information contact Larry Moore, Educational Consultant and Outreach Educator at National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, at

Ladley adding to Baseball Hall of Fame collection

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, Ed Ladley and his family will be traveling to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY where he will present his 1958 Dodger Rookie jacket to the Hall of Fame to be added to its collection. The presentation will take place in the HOF's Bullpen Theater at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. (Normal admission fee will be in effect at the HOF). On Sunday, Feb. 11 there will be a reception for Ed Ladley from 1-2 p.m. at the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum in the Berkshire Mall for everyone who would like to not only see the jacket one more time but congratulate Ed on his great career serving the youth and athletic programs of our county. He must be commended for his generosity in wanting to share his jacket with all visitors of the HOF.

Dalton CRA hosts youth baseball clinic with Wahconah

The Dalton CRA will be hosting local youths for a baseball clinic with members and coaches from the Wahconah Regional High School Baseball team.

It will be a four-week program put on be the two-time defending Western Massachusetts Division III champions, all taking place at the Wahconah gym. The clinic will focus on fundamentals such as throwing, catching, fielding hitting, bunting and pitching.

The clinic dates are Feb. 18 and 25, and March 4 and 11. Session I will be for those in grades 3-6 and run from 5:15 to 6 p.m.. Session II will be for those in grades 7-10 and run from 6 to 6:45 p.m. The charge is $40. Sign-ups run through Feb. 13 at the Dalton CRA.

For more information contact Dan McMahon at or 413-684-0260 ext. 204.

Berkshire South to Hold 8th Annual Swim-A-Thon Fundraiser

Berkshire South Regional Community Center (BSRCC) will hold its 8th annual Swim-A-Thon fundraiser on Saturday, March 3, 2018, starting at 8 a.m. This year's goal is to raise $15,000. Last year participants raised over $13,000. All funds raised are used to support adaptive needs programming and equipment at the Center.

Berkshire South's adaptive needs programming strives to address the needs of all our members. We provide specially trained employees that offer classes and individualized training accessible to all and for all abilities. Berkshire South's adaptive needs initiatives range from free swim lessons and scholarships for membership to class modifications and specialized equipment to serve members with varying levels of ability.

Berkshire South is excited to have George Wallace as our official Swim-A-Thon ambassador this year. Wallace, a Center member since childhood and a member of the adaptive needs community, hopes to encourage others both to participate in swimming and to sponsor those they know that are swimming.

Swim-A-Thon participants can register now through March 1st. Sign up to swim as an individual or as a relay team. Participants collect donations based on either the number of pool lengths that they swim or flat contributions. Swimmers have up to 2 hours to swim up to 200 pool lengths, but they are able to instead choose to swim any shorter length or time frame as they are able. Swim-A-Thon is open to swimmers of all ages and abilities. Pick up a registration packet at the Berkshire South Front Desk, located at 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, or register or donate to a participant online at For additional information, please contact our Aquatics Manager at 413-528-2810 ext. 12 or


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