Berkshire County sports notes: Local youth earns 3rd degree black belt


PITTSFIELD — Darrick Croshier was six years old when he got his first taste of Taekwondo. His friend hosted his party at the U.S. Taekwondo studio that sits next to Price Rite in Pittsfield.

"I was interested in the stuff they did," Croshier said. "I just wanted to see how it was. I enjoyed it and liked it ever since."

Five years later, Croshier, who is now 11, is the first and youngest student of the U.S. Taekwondo studio to earn a third-degree black belt. In order to secure the coveted belt, Croshier had to perform a handful of tests and earn a 90 overall average.

"[Achieving the belt] was the hardest thing I've done," Croshier explained. "I was nervous at first, but once I started doing it I wasn't nervous at all. I am always excited to be there and have fun."

Short term, Croshier is looking to advance on to a masters belt. Long term, Croshier is determined to one day become a stunt man in movies.

"That is my goal," Croshier said. "Whenever me and my dad watch something that involves combat or fighting, my dad tells me to watch that and reminds me I could do it someday if I put in the effort."

Fly Fishing clinic

The Westfield River Watershed Association is hosting Introduction to Fly Fishing, a clinic that will run on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The clinic is free to all, including children with adult accompaniment, and will take place on Route 20 in Huntington at the turnout on the Westfield River, across from Huntington Health Center.

The event will run rain or shine.

A separate event in honor of late president of the WRWA and Western Mass Fly Fisherman's Association Bill Rose is being planned for the fall.

Lee Sportsmen Fun Shoot

Tonight at the Lee Sportsmen's Club, the Berkshire Action Shooters are hosting a Thursday Night Steel Fun Shoot and an IDPA Level 1 Club Match on Sunday.

The first event begins today with a safety briefing at 5:45 p.m., and will start at 6 p.m.

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The three-stage shoot will cost $10 with an additional gun option for $5. The categories are Center Fire, 22LR Pistol, 22LR Rifle and Pistol Caliber Carbine with five magazines.

On Sunday, the match costs $15 and will feature five stages, with concealment garment required. There will be new shooter orientation at 11 a.m., followed by an 11:45 a.m. safety briefing.

There will also be a raffle for a S&W M&P 15-22 sport 22LR rifle.

Cold range rules apply.

Register at, or visit the Berkshire Action Shooters on Facebook.

Fox Memorial Golf Tournament

The 11th annual John Fox Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Skyline Country Club on Friday at 11 a.m.

The event raises money for Berkshire County Youth Basketball programs.

A year ago, the tournament helped to donate more than $9,000 to the Dalton CRA and Berkshire Family YMCA.

Taconic Football

Practices for Taconic football are set to begin on Friday, Aug. 16.

Players should report at 12:30 p.m. to pick up equipment and player packs. Each pack costs $40.

There will be a players-only team meeting in the school auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

The team will then practice from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Any questions should be directed to coach Jim Ziter at


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