Briefs: Union 38 programs; Belchertown celebrates soccer coaches

  • Family, friends, and current and former Belchertown High School soccer players gathered last month to celebrate the retirement of longtime coaches Tony Almeida and Scott Cameron. The surprise party was held March 18 at Ludlow Country Club. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Published: 4/4/2018 7:21:01 PM
Union 38 to offer softball team

Deerfield Recreation is forming a Union 38 softball team for girls in grades 7-9 from Conway, Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately.

The team will practice and play games once a week in the Quabbin Valley League, which runs from May 19 to June 24.

Players must be 15 years old as of Sept. 1. High school varsity players are ineligible. Junior varsity players are eligible but cannot pitch.

Registration deadline is April 15. Fee is $60. Forms can be found at www.deerfieldma.us and mailed to: Deerfield Recreation Office, 8 Conway St., South Deerfield, MA 01373.

For more information, contact Sue Antonellis at suea@town.deerfield.ma.us or call 665-1400 ext. 107, or Jim Ewen at jaewen13@aol.com or call 387-8824.

Union 38 to hold field hockey clinic

Union 38 will hold an introductory field hockey program for girls in grades 3-6 from the towns of Deerfield, Whately, Sunderland and Conway.

The clinic will be held on Sundays from April 22 to May 20, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Frontier Regional.

Frontier varsity coach Missy Mahar will focus on skills development. Union 38 will provide field hockey sticks, shin guards and balls to the first 35 girls who register. Participants are asked to wear a mouthguard and bring a water bottle.

Registration fee is $20. Equipment deposit is $50 which will be returned when equipment is returned.

For more information or to register call the Deerfield Recreation Office at 665-1400 ext. 107 or email suea@town.deerfield.ma.us. Registration forms available at www.deerfieldma.us.

Deerfield Rec. baseball program

The Deerfield Recreation Department will hold a Start Smart Baseball Program for Deerfield residents 4 and 5 year olds on Mondays from April 23 to May 21 from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

The Smart Start Baseball program prepares children for organized baseball in a fun environment. The group will meet four times. The parents will work one on one with their child teaching them the basics of baseball: throwing, catching, batting and running.

A parent must attend every session with their child. There is no session on May 7.

Participants will receiver one bat, one ball and one glove, and are asked to wear sneakers and bring a water bottle.

Cost is $40. The program will be held at Old Deerfield Ballfield at intersection of Greenfield Road and Memorial St.

For more information or to register call the Deerfield Recreation Office at 665-1400 ext. 107 or email suea@town.deerfield.ma.us. Registration forms available at www.deerfieldma.us.

Belchertown fetes soccer coaches

Family, friends, and current and former Belchertown High School soccer players gathered last month to celebrate the retirement of longtime coaches Tony Almeida and Scott Cameron.

The surprise party was held March 18 at Ludlow Country Club.

Almeida retired this past fall after guiding the Orioles for the past 22 seasons. Cameron has been an assistant for the past 18 seasons.

The coaches guided Belchertown to 11 league titles, seven Western Massachusetts Tournament championships, three state title appearances and one state title.

EHS baseball team collects for Haiti

The Easthampton baseball team will be collecting items that Dr. Mark Bigda will deliver to Haiti.

The Eagles are collecting vitamins (adult and child, no gummy), Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, creams, lotions, ointments and small toys.

Donations can be dropped off at Mantis Graphics, Easthampton High School, White Brook Middle School, Smitty’s Package Store and at a car wash the team will be holding on April 22 at 50 Payson Ave.

Roller derby kicks off in Pioneer Valley

The Pioneer Valley Roller Derby will kick off its 12th season April 14 at the Bunker in Florence.

Doors open at 3 p.m. and the first 20 ticket holders in line will receive a $5 gift certificate from Bueno Y Sano.

State Rep. Aaron Vega will blow the game starting whistle at 4 p.m.

The first game will feature the Western Mass Destruction (PVRD’s women’s A team), led by captain Bratmobile, as they take on the Ithaca SufferJets (women’s A team) from the Ithaca League of Women Rollers.

In the second game at 5:30 p.m., the United Front (PVRD’s all/no-gender team), led by captain Mai Tai Fighter, will play a mash-up team featuring skaters from a variety of leagues in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont.

The Bunker is at 296 Nonotuck St. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 7-12; kids 6 and under are free.




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