Area Notes: Pittsfield Family YMCA Polar Bears earn Masters top 10 spots


The Pittsfield Family YMCA's Polar Bear Masters swimmers picked up a handful of top 10 results for the United States and World during their 2018 season.

Masters swimmers Barbara West and Dan Rogacki, along with two relay teams, made the 2018 FINA World and the United States top-10 list in multiple events. West, of Windsor, placed eighth in the world and third in the United States for her time in the 400-meter individual medley. She also had a handful of other United States top-10 rankings, including third in the 200 IM, seventh in the 800 freestyle, seventh in the 200 freestyle, and eighth in the 400 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 200 breaststroke.

Rogacki, of Becket, placed seventh in the world and fourth in the United States in the 100 individual medley.

The team of Laurie Brenner, of Lanesborough and Alison Dickson, of Becket, along with Mary Dixon of Pittsfield and West placed ninth in the world and third in the United States in the women's 400 medley relay for the age group 240-279. The same team had a few other United States top-10 finishes that included seventh in the 200 freestyle relay, fourth in the 200 medley relay, fifth in the 400 freestyle relay and fifth in the 800 freestyle relay.

The men's 240-279 SCM free relay team placed eighth in the world and fourth in the United States. The team included Rogacki, Steve Kolis of Windsor, and Duncan RyanMann and Jack Moore, both of Pittsfield. The team of Jack Moore and David Stambovsky of Pittsfield, along with Tim Gore of Lenox, and Kolis placed 10th in the United States for their time in the short course 800 free relay.

J4K goalkeeper summer camp

The first goalie camp with coach Alan Rubin this summer will be from Aug. 6-7 in Canaan, NY from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Camp will be held at the Fieldhouse and will cost $149, which includes a pair of gloves and T-shirt.

No experience is necessary and anyone between the ages 8-18 are welcome to attend. For more information head to

A second camp will take place, in partnership with the Dalton CRA, on Aug. 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for kids between the ages of 8-13. For more information check out

The Dalton CRA camp will cost $20 a day or $85 for the week.

Chris Herren at Mahaiwe

Former NBA player Chris Herren will be in Great Barrington on Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center to promote community conversation in the fight against the opioid crisis

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Harren will share his recovery journey in a brutally honest format with just a microphone. The event will start with a five-minute film introducing Herren and showing highlights of his basketball career and how his dream to play in the NBA fell apart by a few bad choices. The Fall River native will take the audience on his journey from addiction to sobriety. Herren will end the event by fielding questions from the audience.

The program is free and will take place at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington.

Mayor Linda Tyer introduces refurbished tennis courts at Herberg

On Thursday, Mayor Tyer is pleased to host a recognition ceremony to celebrate the refurbished courts at Herberg Middle School.

Last fall the city began a project to repair the courts and two more courts at Reid Middle School. The courts are used by the city's boys and girls tennis teams, which includes students from both Pittsfield high and Taconic. The event will begin at 3 p.m. at Herberg.

American Legion Baseball

Pittsfield Post 68 has announced a series of important dates for the coming season.

Post 68 tryouts are open to any player in Central and Northern Berkshire County, or high school players from Pittsfield, Taconic, Wahconah, Hoosac Valley, Drury, McCann Tech or Mount Greylock, who are ages 16 to 19. The cut-off date for eligibility is Jan. 1, 2000. There will be a separate team from South County this summer.

There is a $150 fee per player.

Tryouts for both the junior and senior team will be held rain or shine on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Clapp Park.

Patt Bassi returns as head coach of the senior team, along with manager Jim Mazzer. John Grady and Mount Greylock coach Steve Messina will join the staff as well. Zach Neary will coach the Post 68 junior team.

"2016 State Champion Post 68 and its coaches are looking forward to regaining their title and are searching for young players who play the game with respect and passion," Bassi said in a release.

The American Legion season begins on June 10 and consists of around 25 games. Post 68 plays in the Division I Valley League.


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