Berkshire County sports notes, Aug. 14: Great Barrington Little Leaguers raise $5,000 for Jimmy Fund

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BOSTON — The youth of Great Barrington Little League have worked hard enough to make their fundraising efforts felt far beyond southwestern Massachusetts. As a result, on Saturday night they will visit a field far beyond their home diamond at Olympia Meadows.

Great Barrington will be honored at Fenway Park during a pregame ceremony at the Champions Club, before the Boston Red Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles.

The reason behind the group's trip to Boston is the $5,815 dollars they have raised for the Jimmy Fund. That mark is one of the top amounts among teams in the 2019 Jimmy Fund Little League season, and it will go toward patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Institute.

The Great Barrington Little Leaguers will walk the same grass as the Red Sox during an on-field appearance Saturday as well.

The Jimmy Fund Little League season ran this summer throughout New England, and raised a collective total of more than $200,000. That adds to a total of more than $5.5 million since the league's inception in 1987.

Junior Team Tennis

LONGMEADOW — A Berkshire County contingent took home a championship at the Western Massachusetts Local Junior Team Tennis championships this past weekend at Longmeadow High School.

Over two days, coach Jon Martin's team of Isaiah Neski, Kevin Huban, Adam Quinto, Isabella DeFelice, Ava Martin and Gabi DeFelice claimed the Western Mass. title.

MMQB Codey Scholarship

PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield's Monday Morning Quarterback Club held its annual scholarship dinner recently, recognizing 16 high school football players from Pittsfield, Taconic and Wahconah.

The award winners of the John D. Codey Jr. Scholarship were Matt Smith, Nick Sayers, Jayden Cross, Nick Puntin, Ian Benoit, Joe Traversa, Matt Bilotta, Tanner Hill, Kyle Lee, Jake Scalise, Liam Nester, Tim Clayton, Conner Noyes, Rob Genaway, Matt Fortin and Hunter Potash.

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Greylock Thunder Softball

The 2019 Fall Ball program at Greylock Thunder Travel Softball is on the horizon.

Programs will be offered for U14, U16 and U18 players, and all are invited from any league looking for a different experience. There is an $80 fee for each player.

The U14 and U16 teams will play doubleheaders on Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29, with all games played in New York. Registration for U14 teams is Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at Russell Field in Adams. For more information, contact Lesley Kowalczyk at lesleykowalczyk@gmail.com. If it rains, registration is moved to Adams Memorial School on Sunday from 6-8 p.m.

Registration day for U16 teams is Aug. 25 from 9-11 a.m. at Russell Field. For more information, contact Bill Bird at dusters043@yahoo.com.

The U18 team will play Sunday doubleheaders at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Nonotuck Park in Easthampton Sept. 11 through Oct. 27. Registration for that team is on Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at Russell Field. For more information, contact Matt Witek at m3witek@atlantiscorpeast.com

Josh Billings RunAground clinics

Clinics for the upcoming Josh Billings RunAground have started up. Wednesday paddle clinics will continue on Aug. 29 at Stockbridge Bowl at 6 p.m. Also, every Wednesday evening in August the Arcadian Shop will be at the lake with paddleboards (free to use) and will help give lessons on paddling techniques to any Josh participants. Those lessons also start at 6 p.m.

There will be a bike clinic on Aug. 25 beginning at 9 a.m. at Stockbridge Bowl boat ramp. This clinic will focus on lesser experienced and slower riders. The clinic will go over logistics, riding in a pack, and then the group will go on a 20-mile ride. On Sept. 1, there will be another clinic for riders to go over logistics and riding in packs, and then the group will go down to Great Barrington and back up on the Josh bike course. No mountain bikes are allowed at either clinic.

The run clinics will be on Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 with instructions from the Berkshire Running Center. The clinics will go over logistics, then head out onto the Josh course. Meet at the main gate of Tanglewood at 8 a.m.

The Ironman clinic will be on Sept. 7 following the run clinic. That will start at approximately 9:30 a.m. at the Stockbridge Bowl boat ramp. Bring your bike and boat.


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