Local sports

Hoosac Valley girls rally, defeat Pittsfield for Berkshire North title

CHESHIRE — A year ago, the Hoosac Valley and Pittsfield girls basketball teams shared the Berkshire North title.On Thursday night, the Hurricanes made sure that they wouldn't have to share with their rivals again.Trailing by double digits in …

High school roundup: Taconic girls basketball ends season with win over Drury

NORTH ADAMS — The Taconic girls basketball team closed its regular season with a 50-36 victory over Drury on Thursday night.The Braves finish their campaign with a 7-13 overall record and a 3-7 mark in the Berkshire North. The Blue Devils …

McCann Tech boys basketball falls in State Vocational tournament semifinals

NORTH ADAMS — The McCann Tech boys basketball team fell to Nashoba Valley Tech in the first round of the Small School State Vocational tournament semifinals 63-55 on Thursday night. It was McCann's first appearance in the tournament since the …

College roundup: MCLA women's basketball eliminated from MASCAC semis on last-second shot

FRAMINGHAM — Raegan Mulherin's 3-pointer with two seconds remaining lifted the Framingham State women's basketball team to a 60-59 victory over MCLA in the MASCAC tournament semifinals on Thursday.Trailing 59-57 with 13 seconds remaining, the …

Six Berkshire County wrestlers to compete at All-States

The MIAA All-State wrestling tournament gets underway on Friday at Reading Memorial High School, and six Berkshire County wrestlers will vie for an All-State championship.Wrestling will begin at noon, with the first five rounds all being wrestled on …

Monument Mountain girls basketball wins fourth straight, qualifies for Western Mass

FISKDALE — The Monument Mountain girls basketball team left its tournament qualification hopes on winning their final four games of the regular season.The Spartans won their final four games of the regular season.Heading out east with a spot …

Local roundup: Guachione scores 32, but Miss Hall's falls

MOUNT HERMON — The Miss Hall's basketball team could not hold on to an early lead, as Northfield Mount Hermon pulled away for the 57-49 win on Wednesday.Grace Guachione scored 32 points for the Hurricanes, including 10 3-pointers. She added …
Howard Herman | Designated Hitter

Howard Herman | Designated Hitter: St. Joseph boys basketball leaves quite a history

PITTSFIELD — They shut the lights off at the Boys & Girls Club for high school basketball Friday night. It might not be for the last time, but it did bring an era to an end.When coach Joe Bennett's St. Joseph Crusaders took the court …

Designated Hitter: Patriots' radio voice Bob Socci reflects on Super Bowl LI

Watching Super Bowl LI from the comfort of the Eagle newsroom, you could sense when the momentum was shifting from the Atlanta Falcons to the now-champion New England Patriots.But what was it like in the stadium? When did Bob Socci, the radio …

Designated Hitter: Breaking down who will win Super Bowl LI

It's time. Super Bowl LI is here.No more listening to Tom Brady deflect questions or Bill Belichick grunt his way through press conferences. It's time to put away the video and get ready for our national holiday.For a week, I have been asked which …
Gene Chague | Berkshire Woods & Water

Berkshire Woods and Waters: New policies on MassWildlife lands

In his February report to the Berkshire County League of Sportsmen, DFW Western District Supervisor Andrew Madden announced that in response to increased and unauthorized trail development activities as well as requests for new trails on its lands, …

Berkshire Woods and Waters: Steve Sears appointed to the Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife Board

Governor Charlie Baker recently appointed Stephen A. Sears, of Dalton, to the seven-person Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife Board representing the Western District. This Board is assigned the responsibility of supervision and control of the …

Berkshire Woods and Waters: Wildlife Habitat Improvement Grants announced

In a recent news release, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that $317,243 in grants were awarded for wildlife habitat improvement projects, totaling 534 acres in 13 Massachusetts communities. These municipal and private conservation efforts …
Fall All-Star Capsules
All-Berkshire football capsules, 2016

First TeamJake McNeice, TaconicOverall MVPMcNeice was a jack-of-all-trades for Taconic this season. The senior signal caller combined for 19 total touchdowns (12 passing and 7 rushing) and had a 58-yard interception return as well. Despite his lack …

All-Berkshire volleyball capsules, 2016

Winter sports previews
Berkshire County boys basketball previews, 2016-17

North DivisionDruryCoach: Jack Racette (12th year)Last Season: 12-10, lost in Western Mass. quarterfinalsKey Returnees: Hayden Bird, Connor Meehan, Reece RacetteOutlook: Drury returns a high-powered offense, looking to build on last year's Western …

Berkshire County girls basketball previews, 2016-17

Berkshire County Alpine skiing previews, 2017

Berkshire County League Nordic skiing previews, 2017

Berkshire County swimming previews, 2016-17

Berkshire County hockey previews, 2016-17

Berkshire County wrestling previews, 2016-17

Community sports
Berkshire County Sports Notes, Feb. 20

Donald Troy Sr. Sportsmanship AwardThe Berkshire Chapter of the National Ice Hockey Officials Association, along with the family of the late Don Troy Sr., would like to honor the 2016-17 Donald Troy Sr. Sportsmanship Award winner. This year's winner …

Berkshire County bowling and youth basketball scores, Feb. 19

Berkshire County bowling, youth basketball and youth hockey scores, Feb. 12

National sports
Truex forced to relive closest 2nd in Daytona 500 history

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Martin Truex Jr. saw his Daytona 500 victory vanish in just a blink of an eye.Eyes open. Eyes shut.One-hundredth of a second, the time it takes lightning to strike the ground.Truex might want to keep his eyes closed for a …

Mississippi self-imposes 1-year football postseason ban

MLB players' union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

'Monster' ex-USA Gymnastics doctor charged with sex assault

Patriots
Alabama hires Patriots assistant Brian Daboll to run offense

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama has hired New England Patriots assistant Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, reuniting him with his former boss Nick Saban.Saban announced Monday that Daboll will replace Steve Sarkisian, …

Champion's lament: Bill Belichick notes that New England is playing catch-up once again

Super Bowl hero James White has a history of coming up big

Stunning rally raises question: How do Pats rank in history?

History makers: Brady leads biggest comeback, Patriots win Super Bowl LI in OT

Yankees
Swisher arrives as guest instructor, A-Rod on deck

TAMPA, Fla. — Nick Swisher has arrived as a New York Yankees guest spring training instructor and Alex Rodriguez is on deck.Swisher worked with outfielders Monday during his first day, which came three days after announcing his retirement as a …

Cashman says Yankees not waving white flag in transition year

Hal Steinbrenner speaks highly of Girardi and Cashman

Giants
Giants release Cruz, Jennings in salary cap moves

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants said goodbye to Victor Cruz after a seven-year storybook run during which he developed into one of the NFL's most feared receivers and a fan favorite, helping the franchise to a Super Bowl title …

Reese: Giants investigating hole in wall outside locker room

Rodgers works Hail Mary magic, Packers beat Giants 38-13

Celtics
Little big man: Isaiah Thomas a full-fledged All-Star

NEW ORLEANS — Isaiah Thomas isn't even average.The Boston Celtics list their two-time All-Star point guard at 5-foot-9 — even that is believed to be a bit generous — and 185 pounds. That means Thomas actually is slightly shorter …

For Stevens and his family, time for an All-Star vacation

Thomas scores 33, Celtics hold off late push by 76ers

Bruins
Marchand's OT goal helps Bruins beat Sharks 2-1

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Even a week off for a bye couldn't slow the rolling Boston Bruins under interim coach Bruce Cassidy.Brad Marchand scored on a breakaway with 2:24 left in overtime and the Bruins picked up where they left off before their …

Cassidy wins 2nd straight as Bruins' coach, 4-3 over Canucks

Bruins give new coach first win behind bench

Red Sox
Moreland isn't thinking about replacing Ortiz's production

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mitch Moreland knows he's likely the only new player in Boston's lineup since David Ortiz retired at the end of last season.He's just not listening to those who say he needs to replace Big Papi's lofty production."I try not …

Henry has championship aspirations for Red Sox

Slimmed Sandoval hopes to regain Boston 3B job

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