Lou Reale

Defense definitely was a problem in the first half
One of East Hampton’s 10 sophomores, Jean Paul Palacios, a midfielder, and his teammates were largely on the defensive in Friday’s nonleaguer here with Half Hollow Hills West. Craig Macnaughton

‘Hopefully, the season will end with a banner’
Erik Engstrom, at left, who was sidelined with a stress fracture last spring, “is very fit now,” his coach, Kevin Barry, said at Monday’s Great Bonac road races in Springs. Jack Graves

Girls soccer and boys volleyball won their initial outings last week
A former East Hampton athletic director and varsity football coach, Dick Cooney, shown above with the present A.D., Joe Vas, took the train from Hampton Bays to see the first half of Saturday’s league opener here with Port Jefferson. Jack Graves

Charles Manning won’t be playing in Bridgehampton this winter
Charles Manning told his coach, Carl Johnson, he would “always be a Killer Bee.” Craig Macnaughton

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The spirit was there
Brandon Johnson racked up 100 yards rushing for the Bonackers in their first game in almost two years. Linebackers Axel Alanis and Mikey Perez had the most tackles. Craig Macnaughton

“one of the toughest Hampton Classic Grand Prix courses”
Karen Polle and With Wings went “medium-fast” in the jump-off after their three opponents had rails down. Durell Godfrey

Horses are chiefly heir to orthopedic, gastrointestinal, and respiratory problems, all of which can be serious
Dr. Kyla Ortved, one of the Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists’ three full-time surgeons, and the clinic’s practice manager, Jill Nordberg, were at the Hampton Classic Friday. Jack Graves