Sports Briefs - 05.19.11

Ross Tennis
    The Ross School, which has been seeded second, behind defending-champion Half Hollow Hills East, in Suffolk’s boys tennis team tournament, is to play a home match with the Northport-Longwood winner tomorrow at 4 p.m. The winner of tomorrow’s match is to play, again at the site of the higher seed, on Monday, also at 4. Tuesday’s semifinals are to be played at the sites of the higher seeds as well. The final is set for Wednesday at 4 at Smithtown East High School.
    Ross lost to Hills East in last year’s final by a score of 5-2. Earlier this season, the teams played a nonleaguer at Ross, with the Thunderbirds winning 5-2 again. Cole Katzter, one of the Cosmos’ top doubles players, was not in the Cosmos’ lineup that day, however.
    In the recent division individual tourney, Ross’s Henry Lee and Felipe Reis won the doubles, and Richard Sipala, the team’s number-one, lost to his Southampton rival, Jeremy Dubin, in the singles final.
    The county individual tournament’s semifinal, final, and consolation rounds were to have been played at Smithtown East yesterday.

Rugby Family Day
    A rugby clinic for youngsters overseen by Play Rugby USA will precede a barbecue and a friendly match between the Montauk and Connecticut Yankees Rugby Clubs at East Hampton High School Saturday. Registration for the youth clinic will be at 10 a.m.
    Montauk, which has recently added the services of some young pile-driving forwards and fleet backs, has done surprisingly well in friendly matches this spring. Saturday’s game will be the first the Sharks have played at home since last fall.

Swim Across America
    A kickoff party for Swim Across America’s July 2 Hamptons Swim in Gardiner’s Bay will be held Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbor. Olympians Craig Beardsley and Glenn Mills are to speak.
    Laura Mott is handling reservations for the party. Her e-mail address is ljmott@optonline.net.

Team in Training
    An informational meeting on Team in Training, whose running and triathloning teams throughout the country raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, will be held at the Amagansett Library Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Participants will be availed of certified coaching in preparation for such events as the Hamptons Half-Marathon and Marathon and the Tobay Triathlon in Oyster Bay.
    Tennille Treadwell, who is one of Team in Training’s coaches, said 75 percent of the funds raised through Team in Training’s participation in various long-distance events throughout the country “go toward finding a cure for all blood cancers.”

Bocce Showdown
    Wreaking revenge for last year’s loss, a Southampton Bocce League team, the Founders, comprising Sal Ficara Sr., Rich VanHouten, Charles Mottern, and Saverio Naclerio, defeated a Southampton Town Board team 12-9 at the Southampton Recreation Center on May 10.
    Councilman Chris Nuzzi, Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, Councilwoman Bridget Fleming, and Teri Kiernan, the town’s tax receiver, made up the town board’s team.    
    Steve Marciw, the bocce league team’s captain, said that “the match was tied several times until the Founders picked up three points with one toss.”
    The 24-team league, whose matches are contested at S.Y.S. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, is to begin play June 14.
    “When we started, in 2008, we only had eight teams,” said Marciw.

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