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BCC's Lauren Pellegrino to be Inducted into Berkshire County Girls Basketball Hall of Fame
Feb 7, 2014
The board of directors of the Berkshire County High School Girls Basketball Hall of Fame are proud to announce the schedule of events for the second annual Berkshire County Girls Basketball Hall of Fame Induction, scheduled to be held in Pittsfield on Sat., Feb. 8.

Fourteen individuals - including 11 players, 2 coaches, and 1 contributor that have all had a tremendous impact on Berkshire County girls basketball - highlight the diverse group of inductees that will be honored at Taconic High School, home of the Berkshire County Girls Basketball Hall of Fame.

BCC's Director of Recreational Services Lauren Pellegrino is one of the individuals selected to inducted.

A non-profit organization with the mission of recognizing accomplishments and services within the history of Berkshire County High School Girls Basketball, the Hall of Fame was established in 2012 based on the vision of long-time local coach, Bob O'Neil. The names and honors of the inductees will be displayed permanently in the Taconic High School gymnasium. This is the second year in which induction festivities will take place in an effort to connect the past, present, and future of local girls basketball .

The upcoming Hall of Fame festivities will feature a free youth basketball clinic open to all Berkshire County girls youth players and teams, a Hall of Fame induction ceremony prior to the Lee vs. Taconic high school game, and a Hall of Fame social held at J. Allen's Restaurant. All events are open to the public.

A county-wide youth basketball clinic, as well as a Hall of Fame Game featuring Berkshire rivals - the Lee Lady Wildcats and Taconic Lady Braves - will serve as the centerpieces of the February 8th festivities.

The clinic will take place at Taconic High School for 3rd-5th graders from 10 to 11 a.m. and 6th-8th graders from 11 a.m. to Noon. All clinic participants will receive a free ticket to the afternoon Hall of Fame Game.

A brief on-court Hall of Fame inductee recognition ceremony will take place at 3:00 p.m., followed by a 3:30 Lee vs. Taconic varsity match-up. Following the game, all are invited to join the Hall of Fame inductees at an informal social at J. Allen's Restaurant on North Street in Pittsfield. The Hall of Fame Social is open to the public at no cost. A limited selection of appetizers will be served, with a full menu also available to event attendees.

The second annual Berkshire County High School Girls Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Festivities feature:

Hall of Fame - Class of 2014

Players:

Sue Carpenter, Mt. Everett 1980's, Two-Time Athlete of Year, Capt. At Clark Univ., NCAA Elite 8

Jen Bennett, Mt. Everett 1990's,1,788 Career Points, Two-Time All W. Mass Selection, Endicott

A.J. Skowron, Lee 1990's, Assumption College, 1,000 Point Club, State Champion

Nicky Vallieres, Hoosac Valley 1990's, H.V.'s All-Time Girls Leading Scorer, AIC, NWBL Pro League

Abigail Lemanski, Lenox 1990's, All-Berkshire Selection, St. Michael's, 1,000 Point Club

Katlyn Cunningham, Drury 2000's, 1,265 Career Points, W. Mass Finals, played at Union College

Courtney Shepard, Pittsfield High 2000's, Back-To-Back State Finals, 1,498 Career Points, W. Mass Champion

Lauren Pellegrino, Mon. Mt 1990's, W. Mass. Champion, Adelphi University MVP, 1,000 Point Club

Shannon Hoosick, Wahconah 1990's, All-Berkshire Selection, 1994 W. Mass Champion, 1,010 Career Points

Peg Kirby, St. Joe 1940's, 1,344 Career Points, National AAU Tournaments, Multi-Sport Star

Maureen Michaels, Taconic 1990's, 1,500 Point Scorer, W. Mass Champion, Drexel University

Coaches:

Tom Cinella ,Lee, 20 seasons as Head Girls Coach, 6-Time State Champion, 470 career wins, 15 -Time W. Mass Champion, 55 Game Winning Streak

Fred Lafave, Lenox, 46 yr Coaching Career, Coached boys & girls teams simultaneously for 8 yrs. Only coach in Mass. history to lead both Boys & Girls to State Championship

Contributors:

Mike Kinne, Great Barrington, 48 yr Officiating Career, 1960's-Present, MIAA State Finals Referee, Berkshire County officials assignor & mentor, WBEC Award Recipient

Schedule Of Events:

Youth Basketball Clinics
Sat., Feb. 8
Taconic High School, 96 Valentine Road, Pittsfield, MA
Free Of Charge & Open To All Berkshire County Youth Players & Teams
All participants will receive a free ticket to the Hall of Fame Game
10-11 a.m.: 3rd-5th Graders 11 a.m. - Noon: 6th-8th Graders
Check-In begins at 9:30 a.m.
Clinic will be supervised by Basketball Hall of Fame members and local high school team captains

"Class of 2014" Induction Recognition Ceremony
Sat., Feb. 8 at 3:00 p.m.
Taconic High School, 96 Valentine Road, Pittsfield, MA
Brief ceremony recognizing the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 held prior to the varsity high school game

2014 Hall of Fame Game - Lee vs. Taconic
Sat., Feb. 8 at 3:30 p.m. Tip-Off (Varsity Game) (JV Game played at 1:30 p.m.)
Taconic High School, 96 Valentine Road, Pittsfield, MA

Hall of Fame Social
Sat., Feb. 8 at 5 p.m.
J. Allen's Clubhouse Grille - 41 North Street, Pittsfield, MA

Open to the all \ No tickets required \ Great opportunity for friends and family to gather and socialize
Light refreshments courtesy of the Berkshire County High School Girls Basketball Hall of Fame \ Full menu also available

For information: Jim Abel, Pittsfield Public Schools Athletics (413) 519-2629


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