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A rite of winter — the annual New Year’s Day Plunge for the food pantries.
The legions having leapt in and, just as quickly, having left, Santa Claus (Pat Sullivan) wished a fellow dawdler in the frigid surf a happy new year. Jack Graves
Logan Tarlow, with his mother Claudia behind, ran for dry land. . Durell Godfrey
Sacrificial rites, or at least semi-sacrificial ones such as Sunday’s ocean plunge, have ancient roots. Durell Godfrey
East Hampton’s Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad made sure that Sunday’s plungers at the village’s Main Beach got in and out safely. The Hurricane swim team’s parents and the East Hampton Lions Club made sure they had something sustaining waiting for them near the pavilion afterward. Durell Godfrey
One of the plungers, Dennis Fa­biszak, the East Hampton Library’s director, recently won a 100-mile race near Cape Canaveral in 22 hours and 46 minutes. Mark Drautz
The Gilbert brothers, Colin and Rick, were among the 300 or so who plunged. At least that many, said Steve Brierley, the honcho in John Ryan Sr.’s absence, looked on. Durell Godfrey
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East Hampton Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. welcomed the plungers. Durell Godfrey
Polar Bear Plungers line up at Main Beach. Durell Godfrey

‘They didn’t fear me, they just thought I was nuts’
The Long Island championship golf trophy had “a mystical feel,” the interviewee said in The Star’s June 9, 2011, story on the singular win. Jack Graves


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The news having to do with East Hampton’s young basketball, baseball, swimming, and girls volleyball teams in particular was pretty much all good
In the sportsworld here this past year, the emphasis was largely on youth, John Franco, splitting the Artists-Writers Game’s traditional grapefruit, being the lone exception in this layout, and the promise it holds for better athletic days ahead. Axel Alanis, below, one of the young ruggers Kevin Bunce has brought along, played well with the Montauk Rugby Club this fall. Craig Macnaughton, Durell Godfrey, Ricci Paradiso, Jack Graves Photos
Jack Dickinson pitched East Hampton’s 9-10s into the Little League district finals.
The Buckskill Winter Club’s high-school-age ice hockey team is in its second year.
Esteban Valverde, taking flight, is among the talented young players contributing to the East Hampton Football Club’s Islandwide success.
Luke Castillo (109), a sixth grader, has already made himself known in local road races.
Turner Foster, a Bonac sophomore, turned heads as he won the county golf championship this fall.
Nina Piacentine and her Hampton Lifeguard Association teammates finished third in the national tourney in California.
Sam Merritt has been making strides as East Hampton High’s softball pitcher.
Erik Engstrom (1385) the high school’s first county cross-country champion, is running now at the University of Massachusetts.

Killer Bees defeat Port Jefferson 70-51 at the Beehive
Elijah Jackson, with the ball above, J.P. Harding, and Elijah Harding are the core of a Class D team that the Killer Bees’ coach, Carl Johnson, thinks could go all the way. Craig Macnaughton
Tony Scotto, guarded by the Bonackers’ Malachi Miller above, shot 6-for-6 at the foul line in the final seconds of last Thursday’s game here with Hampton Bays. Jack Graves

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A 77-39 nonleague win over McGann-Mercy
Chris Stoecker, East Hampton High’s 6-foot-8-inch junior center, had five rebounds, a steal, blocked a shot, and scored 4 points in about six minutes of playing time here Saturday. Craig Macnaughton
Elijah Jackson began to hit early in the third quarter at the Ross School on Dec. 14 and finished with 14 points for Bridgehampton’s Killer Bees, who won by a score of 68-50. Jack Graves

‘McGowin and Adams are both solid pieces’
Kyle McGowin, who weighs 197 pounds at the moment, could stand to gain 13 more, according to Rich Decker of Studio 89 in Sag Harbor, where McGowin worked out Saturday morning. Jack Graves