Howard Herman is a sports columnist at The Berkshire Eagle. The dean of full-time sportswriters in Western Mass., he has been with the Eagle since 1988, and is a member of the New England Baseball and Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Independence Day Run returned to downtown Pittsfield on Monday for the first time since 2019, traversing 5K along the Fourth of July parade route to an exciting finish at Wahconah Park.
Playing before the largest crowd of the season, 2,327 got to see visiting Brockton score four runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a tie and hand the Pittsfield Suns their third straight loss.
Evan Franz of Tamarack, N.Y., thought it was going to be a good day to meet members of the Brockton Rox who were the children of Boston Red Sox legends he grew up rooting for. Little did he know that the Rox and the Pittsfield Suns put together a surprise at Wahconah Park that included a one-day contract with the Rox and an at-bat against Pittsfield starter Freddy Mosier.
It took three months to gather a staff and recruit players, but earlier this month, new UMass basketball coach Frank Martin went online to discuss the incoming class of Minutemen. UMass has five transfers and two freshman coming in to play this winter.
The decision by USC and UCLA to join the Big 10 Conference sent shockwaves throughout college sports. Eagle sports columnist Howard Herman spoke with UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford to see how those waves might eventually impact the state university's sports programs.
It was a rough Friday night for the Pittsfield Suns, who lost the back end of a home-and-home series with the Westfield Starfires.
Dave Paulsen, who led Williams to the NCAA Division III men's basketball championship in 2003, is the newest assistant coach at Division I Fordham.
Players from Mount Greylock baseball and Wahconah boys lacrosse, two Berkshire County state champions, lead the list of spring sport PVIAC All-Star teams.
Former Red Sox closer Keith Foulke, who was in Pittsfield to watch his son's Brockton Rox team play, says he'll always be part of Red Sox Nation.
The Vermont Lake Monsters used a big seventh inning to beat the Pittsfield Suns, 11-1. After a slow start for both sides, the Lake Monsters run-ruled the Suns in the seventh and maintain their lead atop the Futures League.