Berkshire County sports notes: Pittsfield's Rodriguez honored with Brian Piccolo Award

PITTSFIELD — Graduating Pittsfield High senior Edwin Rodriguez was honored recently at a ceremony with the Brian Piccolo Award.

Presented by the Pittsfield chapter of UNICO, the Piccolo Award is given to a senior football player from one of the city high schools each year and is accompanied by a scholarship.

"We ask the coaches for input, but we're looking for a kid with good academics who is also an outstanding football player," said Piccolo selection committee chair Paul Procopio. "Edwin has a tremendous story and is a really terrific kid. At the Monday Morning Quarterback Club banquet, he took home like four awards and scholarships."

Rodriguez, a running back and defensive end for Brian Jezewski at PHS, was a football and basketball captain. He will attend and continue playing football at Framingham State.

"We picked the right kid, that's for sure," added Procopio.

Pittsfield Skills Basketball Camp

Taconic High School boys varsity basketball coach Bill Heaphy will be conducting his 14th annual skills basketball camp the week of Aug. 6.

The camp is available to players in Grades 3-12 at the Boys & Girls Club of The Berkshires. It will run Monday through Friday, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Registration is $125 for the week in cash or check delivered to the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires or to Coach Heaphy on the first day of camp. Brochures are available at the Club or you can register online:

If you have any questions, you can reach Coach Heaphy at 413 281-2643.

Adams Summer Basketball

On July 5, the Adams Summer Basketball league held a free throw contest. The winners for each division were: Arianna Mazza, Skyana Field, Kyler Coss, Collin Boyd, Jayquan Vazquez, Alex Boyd, Seth Barton, Macey Tatro, Emily Glasier, Jason Knapp and Darius Tovani.

Wednesday Night Baseball

Coach Mike and his friends will once again be hosting free baseball clinics and games for children who have not had a chance to play this summer.

Starting July 18 and running every Wednesday and Saturday through the summer, Coach Mike and other coaches will teach young players the skills of hitting, fielding and fundamentals. All kids play for free on a first come, first served basis, with a max of 60 kids.

There will be four teams, with the age group for the clinics ages 7 to 12.

The Wednesday sessions will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the Saturday sessions will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Coach Mike at 413-443-3731.

Berkshire Saints YMCA Football signups

Registration is underway for the Berkshire Saints youth football travel program. There are three teams; PeeWee players (ages 7 to 9), Junior players (ages 10 to 11, and 12-year-olds under 85 pounds that do not turn 13 by the end of the calendar year), and Senior players (ages 12 to 13, or 8th grade 14-year-olds not turning 15 by the end of the calendar year).

The date-of-birth cutoff for all players is Aug. 31.

The registration fee is $42 for a YMCA membership and $58 for the football program fee.

If a player has an active Greylock Credit Union Kid's account, receive a Greylock coupon and submit it at registration and the program fee will be waived, if if the coupon has not been used for any other YMCA programs.

Register your player at the YMCA on North Street in Pittsfield between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. during the week, and until 6:30 p.m. on the weekends.

The first day of practice is Aug. 6.

McCann Tech searching for coach

McCann Tech is in need of a boys varsity soccer coach for the upcoming season. Interested candidates can send their resume to principal Justin Kratz at For questions, contact athletic director Robert Guettler at 413-663-5383, ext. 172. The deadline to apply is July 27.

Summer Neighborhood Basketball signups

Registration is underway for the 2018 Summer Neighborhood Basketball League, hosted by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.

Boys and girls ages 8-16 are eligible to participate in this free, non-competitive league that runs 4 to 5 weeks during the summer at various playgrounds in North Adams.

There are two divisions, ages 8-12 and 13-16, with four teams.

To register, fill out a player form by contacting Liz Boland either by phone at 413-663-7588 or email at, or by visiting the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at 61 Main Street, Suite 218, North Adams.

Lenox Fall Soccer Registration

Lenox Youth Soccer, in conjunction with Black Rock FC, will begin its league on Sept. 8 this year, running through Oct. 27. The cost to register is $45 per play until July 28, and rises to $60 after that. Deadline to register is Aug. 10.

Registration can be found at the Lenox Community Center, or on the Town of Lenox website.


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