Berkshire County youth shoot free throws at Knights of Columbus Regional

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Knights of Columbus, Western Mass. Regional Free Throw Championship

Last Saturday, nine youth basketball players from Berkshire County represented their local Knights of Columbus councils in the Western Mass. Regional Free Throw Championship.

The event was held at St. Thomas Apostle School in West Springfield.

Ahna Balcom of Pittsfield finished first overall in her age group after winning two tiebreaker rounds. She represented Council #103. Both Cliff Flynn and Grace Julieano of Lenox and Council 314 won their age groups as well.

Balcom, Julieano and Flynn will represent Berkshire County at the state competition on April 14 at Anna Maria College in Paxton.

Emily Glasier of Cheshire, representing Council #230 of Northern Berkshire, finished second in her age group, as well.

Hot Stove Baseball Discussion

On Saturday at 1 p.m., the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum in the Berkshire Mall will host a "Hot Stove League Baseball Discussion" hosted by Kevin Larkin.

Larkin writes a blog for Central New York Baseball, as well as for Legends on Deck where he is currently writing on his greatest baseball teams of different eras. Come discuss any topic in baseball and voice your opinion.

The museum is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

Pittsfield Figure Skating's Fantasy on Ice show: Heroes and Villains.

Watch adorable, humorous and enthralling and beautifully skated programs by the skaters of the Pittsfield Figure Skating Club at their annual show.

Heroes and Villains will take place twice on Saturday, at 1 and 6 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires at the third-floor rink.

The year's show will feature two pairs of nationally ranked guest ice dancers. The guest skaters for the 1 p.m. show are Katarina DelCamp & Maxwell Gart. They are the 2017 U.S. National Novice Ice Dance Silver Medalists. Anna Pettersson and TJ Carey will perform at the 6 p.m. show. The pair are two-time national competitors in ice dance. They placed ninth at the novice level at the 2018 US Figure Skating Championships.

For tickets or more information, contact flowerchild137@gmail.com or visit http://www.pittsfieldfsc.com

Dalton girls youth lacrosse

There will be a second signup for Dalton girls youth lacrosse on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Dick's Sports Goods in Pittsfield.

There are three divisions being created; for those in Grades 3 and 4, Grades 5 and 6, and Grades 7 and 8. They will be names the Bantams, Juniors and Seniors.

Signups will include a $60 charge, in addition to a USLacrosse membership.

Any questions or if you cannot make the signup day, contact Daltongirlslacrosse@gmail.com.

Pittsfield Girls Softball League signups

The Pittsfield Girls Softball League has opened registration for all interested players from tee ball through high school (ages 6-19). Online registration is currently open for all divisions at www.pittsfieldgirlssoftball.com.

On March 24 house league evaluations will take place at Reid Middle School in Pittsfield for Rookie (10U, DOB 2007-2009) and Minor (12U, DOB 2005-2006) League Divisions.

The Rookie Division evaluation will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for new players in the division only.

The Minor Division evaluation will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. for all players including those returning to the division. New teams will be forming to ensure even competition. Therefore, all players in the division should attend this evaluation even if they played in the division last year.

There will also be an evaluation for Minor Division prospective pitchers and catchers from 1:30 to 2 p.m.

For additional information please visit www.pittsfieldgirlssoftball.com or email info@pittsfieldgirlssoftball.com.

Northern Berkshire independent youth baseball

Formerly the North Adams Little League, the NBIYB is hosting tryouts for its Major Division on Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday from 3-5 and March 18 from 5-7 at the Amsler Campus Center Gym at MCLA. Players are asked to bring sneakers and a glove.

The league is open to all players residing in Berkshire County. Games will be based in North Adams. The league consist of two divisions; Minors, ages 7 and up, and Majors, ages 10 through 12 where games are played on a 50/70 field. You cannot turn 13 before May 1, 2018 to be eligible. The cost is $45 per player and $30 per extra sibling. A birth certificate is required at signups. Any questions or concerns contact Steve Phaneuf at 413-822-7790 by phone or text.

Lee CTA hosting youth tennis clinics

The Lee Community Tennis Association is sponsoring its yearly free Learn To Play Tennis following The United States Tennis Association instruction. It is on Friday at Lenox Elementary for kids in Grades K-3. It will have a variety of fun, food games and prizes. Lee CTA also trains and certifies interested middle & high school players at the USTA training sites. This allows teenagers to teach tennis and earn some extra money doing what they love.

Children can be signed up at Lee CTA.com for a spring, summer or fall program. There are weeknights, weekends and school break programs. Also offering super fun adult instructional programs from the very beginner to advanced pairing for singles and doubles. Lee CTA has lighted courts, hardtru courts & clay courts through out Lee and Lenox.

For more info go to LeeCTA.com.

Youth soccer in need of officials

The BCYSL (Berkshire County Youth Soccer League) is in desperate need for soccer referees in the area at the youth level.

The next certification class is Sunday at the Hampton Inn in Lenox, and there is some pre-work that is required. The league is looking to high school-aged players and fans around the county to join. The course cost and all of the details can be found using the following link: https://www.massref.net/becomeref.cfm

The BCYSL has also agreed to support this initiative by reimbursing new referees for the kit that they purchase after they have officiated a total of 10 games within a calendar year.

Any inquiries should be directed to Anthony Pedolzky at assignor@BCYSL.org or Nigel at head referee@BCYSL.org

Dalton CRA spring signups

The Dalton Community Recreation Association is holding signups for Youth Baseball, Softball and Soccer at the Dalton CRA through March 31. All participants must have a current CRA/DYC Youth Membership ($40) valid through June 2018 and pay league fees. A waiting list is created after March 31 if all teams are full.

Register at the Dalton CRA. For more information please call the CRA at 684-0260 or visit our website at: www.daltoncra.org.

'What It Takes to be a College Athlete' event

Adams Community Bank will host an information session on what it takes to be a college athlete on Sunday, March 25 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at Skyline Country Club in Lanesborough. Special guests include Deb Raber (MCLA women's soccer coach), Peter Mendel (Curry College men's soccer coachoach), Drew Pearce (former UAlbany and Siena College baseball assistant coach) and Lauren Mangiardi (MCLA Student/Athlete). Guidance will be provided to high school studen- athletes and their parents on how to prepare to be a college athlete, what college coaches look for, the recruitment process and NCAA eligibility.

The event is being sponsored by Adams Community Bank. Please register with the number of attendees by leaving a message for Kris Bona at 413-749-1165 or by emailing kbona@adamscommunity.com by Wednesday, March 21. Light refreshments will be offered. The event is free and open to the public.

Wahconah and Dalton Youth Football

The 12th Man Boosters of the Wahconah Football and Dalton Youth Football programs will host the annual "Popsie" Goerlach Memorial Game Supper on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Wahconah Country Club. Come out and enjoy the best venison dinner in the area. Cost is $15 and kids under 12 eat free. Also, there are great raffles and prizes for all ages. Purchasing advanced tickets at the Dalton General Store is highly recommended, or you can take the chance of paying at the door on the 15th. Seats are limited, come early and help support the programs of Dalton Youth Football and Wahconah Football.

Varsity Soccer Coach opening

Pittsfield High School is seeking applicants for the position of head varsity girls soccer coach for the 2018-2019 school year. Candidates should have relevant background in the sport, excellent communications skills, and a philosophy consistent with the mission and goals of the school.

Candidate will be responsible for providing leadership to a competitive Division I program. Ability to teach fundamental soccer techniques, playing rules, and game strategies is required.

Candidate should have the ability to convey messages of sportsmanship, work ethic, and commitment to one's team. Professionalism, effective player-coach communication skills, and ability to build positive rapport amongst players, coaching staff , and stakeholders is expected.

Experience as a head coach at the high school level is preferred, but not required.

Interested applicants are required to submit letter of interest, resume, and references online via the "Job Openings" link at www.pittsfield.net.

PHS/Taconic girls lacrosse seeking JV coach

The Pittsfield Public Schools are seeking applicants for the JV/assistant girls lacrosse coach for the PHS/Taconic co-op this spring.

The candidate should have the ability to convey messages of sportsmanship, work ethic, and responsibility to one's team.

Additional responsibilities of the position include assisting in the planning of well-organized practices, scouting opposing teams, teaching proper technical offensive and defensive techniques, assisting in game-day strategy development and player utilization\substitutions, completing MIAA required coaching workshop, and completing school district personnel department requirements.

Experience as a player and\or coach at the high school level is preferred, but not required.

For additional information about the position, email Head Coach Jeff Murray at jrmurray11@yahoo.com or call 413-441-9904.


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