Local sports notes
Considering that Saturday’s league-opener with Port Jefferson had been “the first football game that’s been played here in two years,” East Hampton High School’s coach, Joe McKee, told his charges he liked what he’d seen.
A soon-to-be Yale senior, Karen Polle of New York City, outdueled a former mentor, Todd Minikus, and two others, Canada’s Chris Sorensen and Meagan Nusz of Texas, in the Hampton Classic Grand Prix’s jump-off Sunday to win the $250,000 class, which was presented by Longines.
The Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists clinic, which is adjacent to Belmont Park, gave a lunch at the Hampton Classic Friday, and one of the top-notch veterinarians there, Dr. Kyla Ortved, a specialist in orthopedic surgery, was on hand to field questions.
The Montauk Rugby Club has begun to seriously train for this fall’s season, one in which it will be matched up largely against Connecticut foes, but it should not go unremarked upon that the Sharks’ softball team recently won the playoff trophy in Montauk’s wood bat slow-pitch league.
While Victoria Colvin, 18, of Loxahatchee, Fla., didn’t have much success in Sunday’s Grand Prix on Echo Von T Spieveld, she rode hunters to first, second, fourth, and fifth-place finishes earlier that day in the $10,000 Hermes junior/amateur-owner hunter classic, the weeklong Hampton Classic show’s final hunter class.

hris (Wonder) Schoeck, 47, a personal trainer at Manhattan’s Equinox Gym who began bending steel five years ago, much in the manner of turn-of-the-century strong men at Coney Island, performed before a crowd of about 70 at the Hampton Classic last Thursday afternoon.
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Paddlers for Humanity’s 10th Montauk-to-Block Island stand-up paddle event on Saturday raised about $190,000 for several local children’s causes.