Sportswise, hope’s flames continued to be fanned here in 2016, which is to say that the news having to do with East Hampton’s young basketball, baseball, swimming, and girls volleyball teams in particular was pretty much all good.
Bridgehampton High School’s Killer Bees improved their record to 3-2 by defeating Port Jefferson 70-51 at the Beehive on Dec. 21, and the following night East Hampton dropped to 1-5 as the result of a 59-52 loss here to Hampton Bays.
Wonderful to tell, the East Hampton High School boys basketball team cruised to a 77-39 nonleague win over McGann-Mercy Saturday evening, the first win of his career here for Dan White, a new hire who has coached in Sag Harbor for the past seven years and whose new charges had been 0-3 going in.
Asked during a conversation the other day at The Star if he thought this were a “make or break year” for him in his professional baseball career, Kyle McGowin, who turned 25 on Nov. 27, said that while it would definitely be a big year for him, he would rather think of it as “a new opportunity.”
The East Hampton High School boys swimming team improved its record to 3-0 with an easy league-opening win here over North Babylon on Dec. 13, and the indoor boys’ and girls’ track seasons are underway.
It was shoulda-coulda-woulda Monday night as the East Hampton High School boys basketball team shot itself in the foot, drawing several technical calls down the stretch that aided the cause of the home team, Mount Sinai, which came away with a 70-57 victory.
Glen Cove Avellino’s Jay Crawbuck was a late arrival to Sunday’s men’s soccer showdown with the East Hampton Football Club at the Hampton Bays High School’s turf field, but his timely goal with about seven minutes left until halftime gave the visitors all they needed to wrest first place from the locals going into the winter break.
Mike Ritsi’s recent resignation as East Hampton High School’s varsity baseball coach — a decision that Ritsi, who also resigned as manager of the Sportime Arena in Amagansett, said was prompted by “a shift in focus” — has resulted in his replacement by Vinny Alversa, the junior varsity’s coach in the past two years.
East Hampton High’s boys swimming team began the season with two nonleague wins this past week; the boys basketball team, by contrast, was 0-2 as of Monday, and the wrestling team, which has on it a number of tough, though inexperienced kids willing to work, had three of its competitors place fifth in the Frank (Sprig) Gardner invitational...