Articles by: Brendan Foley

Brendan Foley: Sports Commentary

Brendan Foley: Sports Commentary

There are some issues which have very clear cut, well-established answers: Ted Williams is the greatest Red Sock in history. The Celtics are probably the definitive basketball franchise. McDonald’s is bad for you. Han shot first. See, it’s so simple. But then there are the issues, the ones which form the majority of problems and questions which surround us throughout […]

by · April 5, 2012 · Opinion
Softball sweeps Mass. Maritime

Softball sweeps Mass. Maritime

It was a busy day for the Athletic Complex, with the baseball and softball teams embroiled in double-headers against Mass. Maritime. On Sunday, April 1, the softball team broke out of the rut that has made up much of their season and annihilated Maritime with two decisive victories. The first game was a loud affair, with the Mass. Maritime bench […]

by · April 5, 2012 · Slideshow, Sports
Baseball splits doubleheader with Mass. Maritime

Baseball splits doubleheader with Mass. Maritime

A cold wind blew on April 1, and a gray sky stretched over the baseball field, with clouds constantly threatening to suddenly explode bounties of cold rain down on players and fans alike. Into this weather came the MCLA baseball team, their white uniforms almost immediately streaked with the brown earth of the baseball diamond. The baseball team was engaged […]

by · April 5, 2012 · Slideshow, Sports
Daniel Gaines throws hard in final year

Daniel Gaines throws hard in final year

True passion for their sport is what motivates and drives athletes to succeed. This can be said about senior baseball pitcher Daniel Gaines. Gaines has loved the game of baseball since he started at the age of six. He also enjoys playing other sports, but baseball is ultimately his favorite. “My second favorite sport to play is basketball,” Gaines explained. […]

by · March 29, 2012 · Slideshow, Sports
Softball drops two games, falls to 2-12

Softball drops two games, falls to 2-12

The softball team continues to struggle, as they lost their first two games back after a disappointing Florida tournament. The softball team spent spring break in Florida, competing in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic. The Trailblazers ended the tournament with a record of 2-10 to kick off the season, a disappointing start for the young team. The team’s first challenge […]

by · March 29, 2012 · Sports
Intramurals program plans for weekend tournaments

Intramurals program plans for weekend tournaments

The Intramurals program is planning for two tournaments that will be held this weekend. While the fourth and final session of Intramurals is still pending, the program has found another way to keep the activities going. On March 31, the Campus Center Gym will host an indoor soccer tournament at 12 PM. Registration for this event ends on March 29. […]

by · March 29, 2012 · Sports
Commentary: Brendan Foley

Commentary: Brendan Foley

“The Hunger Games” may very well end up being the science fiction film of the decade. This was surprising to me. Most young adult literature and films are designed around wish-fulfillment and simple fantasy. Having magic powers. Space travel. Mega-hot boyfriend who never ages. But “The Hunger Games”, at least as a film, turns on much of these concepts and […]

by · March 29, 2012 · Opinion
Lay Off Tebow

Lay Off Tebow

The reasons you hate Tim Tebow have nothing to do with Tim Tebow. There’s a lot to mock, sure. Athletes who constantly talk about God’s influence on their performance are inherently annoying and vaguely insulting to people who have, you know, real problems in their lives besides making multi-million dollar deals to play children’s games professionally. And when the media […]

by · March 22, 2012 · Opinion
Zumba in the Berkshires makes presence known

Zumba in the Berkshires makes presence known

The chorus of “Womanizer” blared out into the hot night air on March 19. The music resonated throughout the Venable Gym, shaking the very rafters of the building. A collection of women and men, of varying ages, heights and weights ring the walls of the gym, leaning against the wall with their arms while one leg kicks the air in […]

by · March 22, 2012 · Sports
Intramural badminton wraps up Session III

Intramural badminton wraps up Session III

The Intramural badminton program met for another round of play in Venable Gym on March 5. Moments before the matches began, a visitor would never have guessed that the court would soon be host to shuttlecocks and nets. The basketball courts were filled with scrimmaging players, while the racquet-wielding badminton participants filed in slowly and took practice swings. The court […]

by · March 8, 2012 · Sports
Safety First

Safety First

The Patriots’ loss to the New York Giants wasn’t nearly as bad the second time around. It was so very, very much worse. See, last time the entire game had the stench of poor referee calls and bad luck hanging over it. Sure, defeat is always bitter, but the die-hard fans of the team could console themselves with the belief […]

by · February 9, 2012 · Opinion
Men’s Trailblazers drop two games

Men’s Trailblazers drop two games

Westfield State junior nails game-winning lay-up with .03 seconds left on the game clock The Men’s Basketball team dropped two nail-biters this past week, severely hurting their chances at a chance for the MASCAC title. The losses have left the team with a conference record of 4-5 and an overall record of 7-15. The team has not won a game […]

by · February 9, 2012 · Slideshow, Sports
Another Super Bowl  heartbreaker for New England

Another Super Bowl heartbreaker for New England

The New England Patriots suffered another difficult Super Bowl loss to their rivals the New York Giants on Sunday, Feb. 5. The Patriots entered the game as the odds-on-favorite to win, thanks to a much stronger regular season record than the Giants. Many Patriots fans were excited by the possibility that the team could avenge their last Super Bowl appearance, […]

by · February 9, 2012 · Slideshow, Sports
Commentary: Brendan Foley

Commentary: Brendan Foley

When the Patriots won their first Super Bowl title, I was just eleven years old. I remember that season very well, with Brady’s impossible emergence as a powerhouse quarterback dominating every conversation, whether it was in school hallways, friend’s houses or hockey lockerrooms. It was an incredible moment, even more so if you were one of the older generation who […]

by · February 2, 2012 · Opinion
Harris crosses 1,000 point mark

Harris crosses 1,000 point mark

Senior Harris hits milestone; Trailblazers go 1-1 in Southern Vermont tournament over the weekend Men’s basketball has gotten off to a rough start to the 2011-2012 season, going just 2-5 in their first seven games. However, even at a time when the team is not performing up to expectations, there are still victories to be had. On Sunday night, senior […]

by · December 8, 2011 · Front Page, Sports