Rabasco Wins Steel Rail Half Marathon

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Pittsfield's Mark Rabasco Sunday won the Steel Rail Half Marathon with a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes, 39 seconds.
 
Rabasco covered the course with a mile pace of 5:32 and finished nearly 12 seconds ahead of runner-up Mac Bissaillon of Merrimac.
 
Mount Greylock graduate Emily Kaegi was the first woman across the line, finishing in 1:29:02. She was followed by April Varellas of Adams in 1:31.46.
 
Six hundred, twenty-one competitors finished the half marathon, which is held in conjunction with an 8-kilometer race.
 
Adams' Justin Levesque won the 8K in 30:28, more than two minutes ahead of runner-up and first woman across the line Heather Cirka of Hudson, N.Y., who finished in 32:42.
 
Half Marathon Top 20
1. Mark Rambasco, Pittsfield, 1:12:39; 2. Mac Bissaillon, Merrimac, 1:12:51; 3. Matt Rabasco, Pittsfield, 1:16:41; 4. Connor Meehan, North Adams, 1:17:58; 5. Arturo Fernandez, Oakland, Calif., 1:19:09; 6. Jason Varney, Waltham, 1:20:33; 7. Ryan Serre, Pittsfield, 1:21:13; 8. Mitch Graves, Waltham, 1:21:40; 9. Nicholas Curelop, Great Barrington, 1:23:21; 10. Eric Ciocca, Northampton, 1:23:38; 11. Jordan Webb, Charlotte, N.C., 1:24:04; 12. Don Kjelleren, Williamstown, 1:25:14; 13. Michael Hoffert, Somerville, 1:25:16; 14. Ian McHugh, Syracuse, N.Y., 1:25:47; 15. Mike Spitzer, Sheffield, 1:25:56; 16. Sam Culver, Williamstown, 1:26:31; 17. Rob Van Der Kar, Averill Park, N.Y., 1:27:27; 18. Brian Kugel, Rocky Hill, Conn., 1:27:33; 19. Maxwell Spence, Pittsfield, 1:28:08; 20. Ed Chartier, Phillipston, 1:28:44.
 
8K Top 20
1. Justin Levesque, Adams, 30:28; 2. Heather Cirka, Hudson, N.Y., 32:42; 3. Allen Hall, Westford, 34:05; 4. Francisco Och, Great Barrington, 34:09; 5. Thomas Tracy, Rowley, 34:53; 6. Stephen Rondeau, North Adams, 34:57; 8. Blaine Freadman, Pittsfield, 35:08; 9. Ace Curtis, Pittsfield, 35:23; 10. Christopher Sherman, North Adams, 36:41; 11. Mia Albano, Pittsfield, 36:42; 12. Whitney Sparks, New York, N.Y., 37:02; 13. Kevin Crosier, Pittsfield, 37:03; 14. David Lipinski, Adams, 37:31; 15. David Hall, Pittsfield, 37:54; 16. Karen Tibbetts, 37:58; 17. David Kreps, Belchertown, 38:03; 18. Cassandra Lane, Lenox, 38:08; 19. Kimberly Gero, Pittsfield, 39:06; 20. Bernard Mack, Pittsfield, 39:21.
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Pittsfield Hoop Club Awards Five Scholarships

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Hoop Club continues its long-standing tradition of supporting local student-athletes and celebrating the city’s rich sports tradition with the announcement of the Class of 2019 Scholarship Award Recipients.
 
Since 1998, The Pittsfield Hoop Club has contributed more than $85,000 to local student-athletes through their scholarship program. In addition to investing in the future of local student-athletes, the organization is also devoted to recognizing former players, coaches, and contributors to the game. Five senior basketball players, who are set to graduate this month from Pittsfield High School and Taconic High School, are being recognized by the Pittsfield Hoop Club – with each student receiving a $500 scholarship to be allocated to their post-secondary education.
 
“We are pleased to award these scholarships," club president John McLaughlin said. "The scholarship program has been a core part of our mission since The Pittsfield Hoop Club was founded close to 20 years ago. It’s gratifying to support these particular students in such a direct way.”
 
The Pittsfield Hoop Club scholarships are awarded at a time when the average annual college tuition hovers around $10,000 at public universities and $35,000 at private colleges, which does not include room, board, and other expenses. Kevin Codey and Tim Carroll, the Pittsfield Hoop Club Scholarship Committee co-chairs, noted the body of work that the annual scholarship recipients possess. 
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