Berkshire County sports notes, Feb. 27

Berkshire Bruins compete in Lake Placid The Berkshire Bruins played in the Lake Placid International Youth Hockey Tournament last weekend, at the Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam teams all made their respective championship games.

The Bantams and Squirts brought home titles.

The Bantams started the tournament with a 4-3 loss to the host Sara-Placid team. They won the final two games of pool play, beating the Bethlehem Eagles 6-0 and the Midstate Nationals 5-1. In the semifinals, the Bruins beat Sara-Placid 2-1, winning with a penalty shot in OT. The Bantams were able to upset the No. 1 seed in the final, the Jersey Shore Wildcats, 4-2.

The Squirts used a dominating performance to roll through their division, going 5-0 on the weekend and only allowing two goals the entire tournament. After an 8-1 win on Thursday over Sara-Placid the Squirts never looked back beating the Tupper Lake Lumberjacks 7-0, the Ramapo Saints 6-0, and Massena 7-0. In the final the Bruins had a rematch with Ramapo and recorded an 8-1 win.

The Pee Wee team battled through numerous ups and downs through the weekend and fell just short of a third banner. They started with a 1-0 shutout win on Thursday over the Center State Stampede. This was followed by a 6-5 loss to Amherst on Friday. The Bruins then battled for two one-goal wins on Saturday and Sunday — a 2-1 victory over the Skyland Kings and the second a 3-2 win over Sara-Placid to get them into the final. Despite their best efforts they came up just short falling 3-1 in a rematch with the Stampede

Mathias J. Bartels Community Nordic Ski Race

The 10th annual Mathias Jessup Bartels benefit cross-country ski race and tour will be held Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at Mount Greylock Regional High School.

The event will feature a 3k kids/beginners classic race at 11:30, a lollipop race for young children and a 6k classic race starting at 11:50. Races are suitable for all ages and abilities.

Prizes will be awarded to overall and age category winners. A $15.00 donation is requested at day of race registration. All proceeds benefit the Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Mount Greylock Nordic Ski Team. Checks can be made out to: Mt. Greylock Regional School - M.J. Bartels Scholarship Fund.

In the event of limited snow coverage at Greylock, check for race updates.

Bartels was an outstanding young man — a scholar, athlete, and leader of his class. He was a high school junior and standout member of the Mount Greylock Nordic Ski Team when he died in his sleep on Jan. 31, 2004 of sudden cardiac arrest due to a heart arrhythmia of unknown cause. The Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior who exhibits the integrity, kindness, and commitment to excellence shown by Mathias.

For more information, please email Hilary at

Baseball in the Berkshires book talk

The Baseball in the Berkshires Museum at the Berkshire Mall is hosting an event with local author Kevin Larkin on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. Larkin, who co-authored the Baseball in the Berkshires: A County's Common Bond book that spawned the museum, s also the author of Baseball in the Bay State, a story looking at the history of baseball in Massachusetts. He has also written Gehrig: Game by Game, a look at one of his childhood heroes, Lou Gehrig. Larkin will be speaking about all three books at the mall Saturday. Admission is free, as it is always for the museum.

Berkshire South to hold 8th Swim-A-Thon Fundraiser

Berkshire South Regional Community Center (BSRCC) will hold its 8th annual Swim-A-Thon fundraiser on Saturday 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 members. BSRCC provides 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 the 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 tHURSDAY. 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 two 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 the Aquatics Manager at 413-528-2810 ext. 12 or

Marty's T Ball

Registration for Marty's T Ball is Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Elks Hall North Adams. The cost is $35 per player, $40 for families with more than one player. There will be a late registration fee of $45 per player. For more information call Jim Lipa at 413-281-6637, Ryley Gaudreau at 413-329-6060 or Greg Vigna at 413-822-9262. Marty's T Ball is open to boys and girls ages 5 through 7.

Pittsfield girls lacrosse sign-ups

Online registration for Pittsfield Thunder Girls Lacrosse is now open at Teams are available for girls in grades 1-8. The season runs from late March through early June. Register at a discounted fee of $40 until March 9 and $60 after March 9. All equipment can be provided.

Grades 1 and 2 will feature a six-week instructional program tentatively scheduled for Sundays at 4 p.m. Grades 3 and 4 will have two events per week, scheduled for Wednesdays & Saturdays. Grades 5 and 6 will have two or three events each week, days/times to be determined. Grades 7 and 8 will feature two or three events per week, days/times to be determined

For more information contact Jeff Murray at

CYC Volleyball

Registration is open for the Berkshire Family YMCA's CYC Volleyball league. Register at the YMCA on North Street in Pittsfield any day 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The season begins March 21 with two clinics. First, Grades 5 and 6 will meet at the Gladys Allen Brigham Center at 5:30 p.m. Grades 7 and 8 will meet at the same location at 6:30 p.m.

New England Football League

Teams are wanted for the NEFL, a full-contact, adult tackle football league. The NEFL would like to field teams in the Pittsfield and North Adams areas in one of three levels to accommodate all talent levels. Games are played July through November with NCAA rules, five certified officials and a certified EMT on site. Players must be 18-plus. Teams will play an eight or 10 game season with rosters ranging from 35 to 65 players. Games are played throughout New England. For more information in being a part of the NEFL's 25th season, contact Peter J. Vorias at 207-229-9950, or visit

Berkshire County Dart League

The Berkshire County Dart League is a travel league that play bars around Pittsfield and Dalton. Games are played Tuesday nights and the league is always looking for new teams and players. If interested, contact Michelle Hoffman at


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