Berkshire County Sports Notes, April 21

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Pittsfield Junior League Bowling

The Pittsfield Junior League had four bowlers qualify for Junior Gold Tournament, set to be held in Cleveland, Ohio.

In order to qualify, each bowler needed to win a tournament in their age division: U12, U15 or U20.

On April 9, these athletes bowled in the 2017 MA Pepsi Championship, a scratch tournament to win their spot in Junior Gold.

All of the athletes bowl together every Saturday morning at Ken's Bowl in Pittsfield.

The (pictured) bowlers are: Alex White (U15), Andrew Robitaille (U12), Mya Duhamel (U12) and Lynsey Aldam (U20).

North Adams Little League

North Adams Little League will be conducting final sign-ups to play baseball on Saturday, April 22.

The league is open to boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 11 from North Adams, Clarksburg, Florida Mtn., Williamstown, Stamford and Readsboro, Vt.

Registration will take place at Greylock Field (Fallon) starting at 9:30. There is a $40 fee.

Starting at 10:30, at Greylock Field, there will be a clinic for all new applicants and all minor league players already registered.

Any info needed, please contact Steve Phaneuf at 413-822-7790.

Williamstown Cal Ripken

The annual Cal Ripken Opening Day in Williamstown is on Saturday May 6.

The boys and girls of the Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball League will be marching through town to celebrate opening day, escorted by a color guard from American Legion Post 152, the WES marching band, Village Ambulance and the Williamstown Police and Fire Departments.

The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. from the Williamstown Elementary School and ends at Bud Anderson field. After the opening ceremonies and the singing of the National Anthem, the season begins with games all day at Bud Anderson and the WES fields. Come to enjoy the festivities, games, and concessions.

Pittsfield Little League

Opening Day for the Pittsfield Little League National League Division has been set for April 29.

Opening Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. at The Myron Gray Little League Field at Clapp Park on West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield, with Senator Adam Hinds throwing out the first pitch.

Three games will follow with Civitan v. Elks at noon, Greylock Federal Credit Union v. Parkside Caf at 2 p.m. and Pittsfield Fire Department v. ITAM at 4 p.m.

The Police Department Club will be featured at a game at Deming at 1 p.m. v. Teo's. The National League Division has seven teams and was formed in 2015 when the Pittsfield West and Pittsfield North merged.

YMCA Youth Baseball

The Berkshire Family YMCA's Pittsfield branch will have open registration for youth baseball for 3rd to 5th grade players. League dates are May 4 to June 24.

The Y's Youth Baseball League is an 8-week program designed to be instructional in nature and non-competitive in practice in that the score is not kept. Children will learn fundamental baseball skills, the rules of the game and sportsmanship values by knowledgeable volunteer coaches.

Games are played on Saturday mornings at the fields behind the Paterson Field House at Berkshire Community College. Practices will be held for the first 30 minutes. The latter 30 minutes will be a game.

Three divisions will be available: Biddy Ball for ages 3 and 4 years old, T-Ball for kindergarten to 2nd graders, and Coaches Pitch for 3rd to 5th graders.

The cost for Biddy Ball is $25 for members and $45 for non-members. The cost for T-Ball and Coaches Pitch is $45 for members and $65 for non-members. An annual youth membership is $42.

Children will receive a t-shirt, as well as an end-of-the-year award. The Y provides bats, balls and helmets. However, it's the parents and players responsibility to bring a glove. Volunteer coaches are always needed.

For more information, contact Brandon Rousseau at 413-499-7650 x233 or brousseau@bfymca.org.

5th Annual Chief John F. Skroski Memorial Wiffle Ball Tournament

The tournament will be held on Saturday, May 13 at 9:30 a.m. It's 3 vs. 3 teams at $20 per player (includes lunch). There will be t-shirts, trophies, prizes and a Red Sox tickets raffle.

It is one of the biggest Wiffle Ball tournaments in New England, and is held at 128 Christian Lane in Whately.

To register, call or text Chris Skroski at (413) 265-1668.

All proceeds go to the Chief John F. Skroski Memorial Scholarship fund, established in 2011 after former Southampton and South Deerfield Police Chief's passing. He was very active in youth sports, so a scholarship was started in his name at two local high schools for graduating student athletes who are going on to attend a four-year college.

Lee Community Tennis Programs

Registration is now underway for the Lee Community Tennis Association's youth and adult summer instructional programs.

The Lee CTA is a member of the United States Tennis Association, delivering affordable USTA programs for all ages and levels of ability. All adult programs are led by LCTA coach DeWitt Thomson. All youth programs are led by LCTA coach Wilson Tan. Enrollment is limited.

The programs are: Adult Instruction: Spring Tune-Up: This program for adults seeking to refresh their doubles game, focus on strategy and sharpen their skills. The clinic runs Sundays from 9-10:30 a.m. from May 14-June 18 at the Lee High School tennis courts. The fee is $110 for guests and $88 for members of the LCTA.

Adult Instructional Program: This program for adults seeking to learn tennis with their friends in a fun, game-based approach.

Great for those new to the game, young adults to seniors and for those returning to the game and wishing to brush up on their skills.

Nine hours of instruction introduces all the strokes, rules, court positioning and basic strategy.

The program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. from June 20-July 6 at the Greenock Country Club courts. The fee is $120 for guests and $96 for members of the LCTA.

Adult Practice and Play: This program emphasizes the USTA Games Approach to improving tennis skills and play.

The six sessions build from a limited skills base and add more skills, such as the lob and overhead, along with refining and practicing skills that were introduced in the first six lessons of Adult Instruction (see above).

The program serves as a review of skills and an opportunity to focus on strategy for any level of player. It runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. from July 11-July 27 at the Greenock Country Club courts. The fee is $120 for Guests and $96 for members of the LCTA.

Adult Intermediate/Advanced Instruction and Play: This program is designed for the established singles/doubles player with a NTPR rating of 3.5+.

Elements of the program include game-based situations that will address the latest skills and strategies that are performed at the professional level, constructive input for improving the serve, recognition drills to improve decision-making and cooperative/competitive drills with other advanced players to acquire correct reactions in "live play." (Permission from Director requested before registration is submitted.)

It runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from August 1-August 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. The fee is $120 for guests and $96 for members of the LCTA.

Youth Instruction: Summer Tennis Academies: This program is for committed youth players 9-15 years old who can rally over the net and play full court matches. The program includes skills and drills, matches and swimming.

It runs from 9-2:30 during four sessions: June 20-23, June 26-29, July 24-27 and July 31-August 3 at the Lee High School courts and the Greenock Country Club courts. The fee is $175 for guests and $150 for LCTA members.

For more information on youth and adult tennis, or to register: www. Leecta.com or email questions to info@leecta.com or call Lee CTA at 413-243-3240.


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