Berkshire County sports notes, April 16: Polar Bears swimmers excel at championship meet

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PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire Polar Bear masters swim team recently competed in the New England Masters Championships at Harvard University, competing against 40 teams from across the United States and Europe.

The Polar Bears combined to finished 15th as a team, with the women's swimmers finishing in 11th in their division, while the men finished in 14th out of 20 teams in the team scoring.

Dan Rogacki, 71, took home a first-place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke, racing to a New England record of 1 minute, 19.05 seconds to take first. Rogacki also finished second in the 200 individual medley (2:36.50) and finished third in the 1,650 (22:59.14), setting another New England record in the process.

Cynthia Gardner, 67, finished second in her division of the 1,650, racing in 29:48.93.

Alison Dixon, 56, finished seventh in the 1,650 (25:23.83) and 200 IM (3:10.55), and eighth in the 100 breast (1:35.95). She set team records in the 100 breast and 200 IM, and a personal best in the 1,650.

Duncan Ryanmann, 66, finished in fifth in the 50 back (36.53), and set PRs in the 100 breast (11th, 1:36.94) and 100 freestyle (7th, 1:08.65).

Rogacki finished 174th out of 348 competing men, and 11th out of 18 in his age group. Dixon finished in 207th out of 321 female swimmers, and 27th in her age group. Gardner finished in 266th overall and 13th in her age group, while Ryanmann finished in 236th overall and 17th in his age group.

Williams basketball camps

Williams College basketball coaches Kevin App and Pat Manning have announced the dates for their summer basketball camps.

The Berkshire Boys Basketball Clinics will take place at Williams' Chandler Gym June 24-28, and again Aug. 5-8. App, his assistant coaches, and members of the Williams team will conduct the daily sessions.

For more information or to register, contact App at kma2@williams.edu.

The Girls' Basketball Clinic will be held July 29-Aug. 1, also at Chandler Gym. Manning, her staff and members of the team, will be on hand.

Girls interested in registering should email mcm5@williams.edu.

7th annual Chief John F. Skroski Memorial Wiffle Ball Tournament

On Saturday, May 4, the annual Skroski Memorial Wiffle Ball Tournament will be held in Whately.

The format is 3 vs. 3, with all proceeds doing to the Chief John F. Skroski Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fee to enter is $30 per player, and includes lunch and an event T-shirt.

Teams from all over New England come to compete in the event.

To register, text or call Chris Skroski at 413-265-1668. Registration closes on April 26.

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Bay State Games registration

Registration is now open for the summer Bay State Games. There are 31 sports available to compete in for the event, which runs from June 1-27 at venues throughout the state.

There are eight sports hosting showcases — baseball, basketball, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball. There will also be a variety of individual sports, including track and field, wrestling, weightlifting, table tennis, archery, judo, badminton and more. Archery, swimming, and track and field are also available as adaptive sports. The 2019 games will also feature three new sports in pickleball, footgolf and ultimate.

Athletes currently in eleventh grade are eligible for the Bay State Games Future Leaders Scholarship Program which awards six $2,000 college scholarships to Massachusetts High School student-athletes who excel in academics, community service, and athletics. Applications are now available at the Bay State Games website. The deadline to apply is June 5.

For more information, go to http://www.baystategames.org/, or email info@baystategames.org.

Lee CTA after-school challenges

The Lee CTA will be hosting its first-ever Tennis Team Challenges beginning April 24 and running throughout the month of May.

Over the course of six sessions, Berkshire children in grades 3-6, who have had some experience playing, will be placed on level-play based teams for competitive play in a fun and safe environment without an emphasis on instruction or results. Beginners, who can drop hit and rally a few times over the net, will be introduced to competition in a low-pressure team environment that highlights character and skill development.

The program will run from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, Monday, April 29, Wednesday, May 1, Wednesday, May 8, Monday, May 13, and Wednesday, May 22 at the Lee Elementary School gym and Lee MS/HS Tennis Courts. The total fee is $40, including snacks at each session and a T-shirt.

The Team Challenge will be led by Clare "Bunnie" Lahey, a Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Certified Instructor. She is the lead provider for the Lee CTA, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to grow the game of tennis in Lee and surrounding towns. She will be assisted by a PE teacher and over 20 volunteer coaches, including adult players, college students, and parents from throughout Berkshire County all of whom are SafeSport certified.

For additional information or to sign up, visit www.leecta.com, or contact Lahey at info@leecta.com or 413- 243-3240. Deadline for signups is Wednesday.

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.

The team's kick-off meeting will be on Sunday, April 28 at Sideline Saloon in Pittsfield, from 1 to 5 p.m. The meeting will be an opportunity to sign up, review the schedule and pose any questions.

Tryouts for both the junior and senior team will be held rain or shine on Sunday, May 5, Sunday, May 12, and the weekend of May 18-19 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Clapp Park. Signups can also be done at tryouts.

Pat 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.

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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