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Jack Graves
May 24, 2018
Despite the rain, about 30 long-distance runners turned out for Saturday’s Hither Hills Half-Marathon, a double-looped trail run in the environs of Ed Ecker County Park at the end of Montauk’s Navy Road.

Despite the rain, about 30 long-distance runners turned out for Saturday’s Hither Hills Half-Marathon, a double-looped trail run in the environs of Ed Ecker County Park at the end of Montauk’s Navy Road.

“It wasn’t great for the spectators, but the runners didn’t mind it,” said Sharon McCobb, the president of the Old Montauk Athletic Club, the race’s beneficiary. 

Eric Perez and Erik Engstrom led the way, Engstrom, a University of Massachusetts sophomore who recently finished fifth in the Atlantic 10 Conference’s steeplechase, crossing the Rod’s Valley finish line in 1 hour, 36 minutes, and 10 seconds. They were the winning men’s relay team.

Jack Graves
May 24, 2018
Men’s slow-pitch, in the form of a 10-team league divided into two divisions, has returned to the Terry King ball field in Amagansett following an absence of five years.

Men’s slow-pitch, in the form of a 10-team league divided into two divisions, has returned to the Terry King ball field in Amagansett following an absence of five years. 

The death notice appeared in these pages in July of 2013, though it was reported in the same story that “resurrection someday is not entirely out of the question.”

That day, thanks largely to Ray Wojtusiak and Andy Tuthill, has come. Play — one game per night to begin with — began this past week, with Marcello Masonry, the Thirsty Bubs, and Uihlein’s coming up winners.

Jon M. Diat
May 23, 2018
Jon Diat took advantage of a golden opportunity Monday to pose with the U.S. Open’s silver cup.

I will be wearing two hats, so to speak, at the coming U.S. Open at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club — one as a volunteer on the leaderboards committee for three days, and the other as a credentialed reporter, a rather fun and unique combination.

When an email from the United States Golf Association’s public relations department arrived a few weeks ago, inviting me to Monday’s media preview at the club and inviting me, as well, to play the course that day, I was both flattered and anxious. Playing on such a famous stage where four Opens have been held in three centuries would indeed be a rare treat, though at the same time I wondered just how embarrassing my performance would be. Would I literally tear the course up?

Jack Graves
May 16, 2018
The East Hampton High School boys tennis and boys and girls track seasons continue, though it’s all over for baseball, softball, and boys and girls lacrosse, none of these teams having finished with playoff-caliber records.

The East Hampton High School boys tennis and boys and girls track seasons continue, though it’s all over for baseball, softball, and boys and girls lacrosse, none of these teams having finished with playoff-caliber records.

East Hampton’s track teams, coached by Yani Cuesta and Ben Turnbull, played host to the East End Classic invitational Saturday — a meet at which Kal Lewis, a Shelter Island sophomore, ran the 1,600 in 4 minutes and 18.31 seconds, the fastest mile ever run here, eclipsing the 4:24 East Hampton’s Artie Fisher ran in 1988. 

Jack Graves
May 16, 2018
The Old Montauk Athletic Club’s Montauk Mile cup, which was introduced to that revived race from the train station to Lions Field last year, is hereafter to be known as the Montauk Mile John F. Conner Cup in honor of the 83-year-old former mile and half-mile world record-holder, who, because of a stroke, walks with difficulty now.

The Old Montauk Athletic Club’s Montauk Mile cup, which was introduced to that revived race from the train station to Lions Field last year, is hereafter to be known as the Montauk Mile John F. Conner Cup in honor of the 83-year-old former mile and half-mile world record-holder, who, because of a stroke, walks with difficulty now.

“We want to acknowledge him,” said Mike Bottini, whose idea it was, “because when it comes to the mile he’s the guy.”

Jon M. Diat
May 16, 2018
Bob Bubka, radio’s “Voice of Golf,” who lives now in Houston, traced his eventful career to two fortuitous breaks that occurred about 50 years ago.

“As a little kid from Sag Harbor my life has been a real fairy tale,” Bob Bubka, the internationally known pro golf radio broadcaster, said during a conversation this week.

Radio’s “Voice of Golf,” who lives now in Houston, traced his eventful career to two fortuitous breaks that occurred about a half-century ago. “In 1963, I volunteered to go to the Air Force’s base in Thule, Greenland — the inducement being that if you went there you’d get out three months early.”

While at Thule, Bubka joined the Armed Forces Radio staff, and, just before he was to be released from the service, learned from his mother that a new radio station, WLNG, was about to open in Sag Harbor. 

Star Staff
May 15, 2018
Local School Notes

Synchronized Swimming

Meg Preiss reported Monday that Greer Costello won the solo and figures events in her age group at the Region B synchronized swimming championship meet in Phoenixville, Pa., this past weekend. As a result, Greer, Preiss said, “will compete against the top 45 soloists in the country the last week in June.”

A teammate of Costello’s, Kassidy Brabant, a first-year competitor, placed sixth in solo in the intermediate division.

 

Men’s Slow-Pitch Returns

Star Staff
May 15, 2018

Thursday, May 17

BOYS TENNIS, county team tournament, second round, (12) Sachem at (5) East Hampton, 4 p.m.

 

Friday, May 18

BOYS TENNIS, county team tournament, quarterfinal round, tentative, (5) East Hampton at (4) Half Hollow Hills West, 4 p.m.

 

Saturday, May 19

TRAIL RUNNING, Hither Hills Half-Marathon, Ed Ecker County Park, Navy Road, Montauk, 8 a.m.

YOUTH RUGBY, tentative, Bishop Loughlin vs. Section XI Rugby Academy, Mattituck High School, 2 p.m.

 

Sunday, May 20

RUNNING, Wolffer Estate Bud Break 5K, Wolffer Estate wine stand, 3312 Montauk Highway, Sagaponack, 9 a.m.

 

Star Staff
May 10, 2018
Local Sports History

May 13, 1993

Becky Cooper set two East Hampton High School records Tuesday in a girls track meet here with Mercy. Throwing into a slanting wind, the genial Bonac senior broke the discus record on her first try, unleashing a low throw of 101 feet, one-and-one-half inches that smashed Audine Franzone’s mark, set three years ago, by almost 10 feet.

Jack Graves
May 10, 2018
Ryan Fowkes ran the fastest mile that’s been run here in 30 years at the St. Anthony’s invitational track meet Saturday, and on Monday the baseball team snapped what its coach, Vinny Alversa, said was a 51-game losing streak at Amityville, a school whose program has also been struggling in the past few years.

Ryan Fowkes ran the fastest mile that’s been run here in 30 years at the St. Anthony’s invitational track meet Saturday, and on Monday the baseball team snapped what its coach, Vinny Alversa, said was a 51-game losing streak at Amityville, a school whose program has also been struggling in the past few years.

East Hampton, with Kurt Matthews having come on in relief of Jackson Baris in the first inning — Baris having sustained a foot injury while batting — defeated Amityville 6-2. The Warriors were to have played here yesterday, but Alversa said that given A.P. testing today, he was trying to switch it to an away game, with Amityville to come here for the season finale this afternoon.

Jack Graves
May 10, 2018
Jonny De Groot, who plays number-one on East Hampton High’s boys tennis team, was to have played Center Moriches’s Mike Koscinski, the top seed, Monday afternoon, for third place in Division IV’s singles draw, while two East Hampton doubles teams, Alex Weseley and Jamie Fairchild and Matthew McGovern and Miles Clark, were to have fought it out for third place among the division’s doubles teams. The top four in each draw advance to the county individual tournament that is to begin tomorrow.

Jonny De Groot, who plays number-one on East Hampton High’s boys tennis team, was to have played Center Moriches’s Mike Koscinski, the top seed, Monday afternoon, for third place in Division IV’s singles draw, while two East Hampton doubles teams, Alex Weseley and Jamie Fairchild and Matthew McGovern and Miles Clark, were to have fought it out for third place among the division’s doubles teams. The top four in each draw advance to the county individual tournament that is to begin tomorrow.

Jon M. Diat
May 10, 2018
In a month, the sports world will be fixated on the 118th U.S. Golf Open, set to be played at the iconic Shinnecock Hills Golf Club during the week of June 11 through 17.

In a month, the sports world will be fixated on the 118th U.S. Golf Open, set to be played at the iconic Shinnecock Hills Golf Club during the week of June 11 through 17. One of the five founding member clubs of the United States Golf Association, Shinnecock Hills is playing host to its fifth U.S. Open.

As more than 9,000 hopefuls began vying this week in qualifying events for 90 berths in the Open’s 156-player field — one such was held at the Southampton Golf Club on Monday — the U.S.G.A. has also begun training the 4,500-plus volunteers who will staff the main event, including yours truly. 

Jack Graves
May 10, 2018
While its playoff chances seem to be dim — presumably because of recent losses at the hands of Class-A Islip, Southampton, and Kings Park — East Hampton High’s softball team has nevertheless been competitive this season, as it showed in Saturday’s game here with Kings Park, which prevailed 3-1.

While its playoff chances seem to be dim — presumably because of recent losses at the hands of Class-A Islip, Southampton, and Kings Park — East Hampton High’s softball team has nevertheless been competitive this season, as it showed in Saturday’s game here with Kings Park, which prevailed 3-1.

Star Staff
May 10, 2018
Local Sports Notes

Bonac Football Update

At a meeting of parents and prospective players at East Hampton High School on May 2, the gathering was told East Hampton is to play an eight-game schedule in Conference IV this fall with the proviso that it forgo the playoffs.

As of Monday, Joe Vas, East Hampton’s athletic director, said 22 have signed up to play, though about half that number will be incoming freshmen. Joe McKee, the coach, said he’d like to have at least 25 on the varsity, “and if there’s enough to have a jayvee, I’d love that too.” McKee said he’d try to get a firmer fix on numbers next week.

Star Staff
May 10, 2018
Local Sports Schedule

Thursday, May 10

SOFTBALL, East Islip at East Hampton, 4:30 p.m.

GIRLS LACROSSE, Sayville at East Hampton, 4:30 p.m.

BASEBALL, Amityville at East Hampton, tentative, 4:30 p.m.

 

Friday, May 11

BOYS TENNIS, county individual tournament, two rounds of singles, William Floyd High School, Mastic Beach, noon.

SOFTBALL, Mattituck at East Hampton, 4:30 p.m.

BOYS LACROSSE, Rocky Point vs. Islanders, Southampton High School, 4:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, May 12

BOYS TENNIS, county individual tournament, two rounds of singles and doubles, William Floyd High School, 9 a.m.

T-BALL, John M. Marshall Elementary School, East Hampton, 9-10:30 a.m.

Star Staff
May 3, 2018
Local Sports History

April 22, 1993

Suffern and East Hampton were to have played Saturday on Abner Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y., but torrential rains washed the game out. Nevertheless, the players, who had spent the night in Oneonta, visited baseball’s Hall of Fame Saturday morning before making the long trip home.

The Hall of Fame seemed a fitting place to talk about Steven Quick’s no-hitter versus Pierson on April 14. According to Jim Nicoletti, East Hampton’s coach, it was the first no-hitter thrown by a Bonac pitcher since 1969. The last one came readily to the coach’s mind because he had caught it.

Jack Graves
May 3, 2018
Sydney Salamy, an East Hampton High School junior who runs cross-country, came upon the idea not long ago, given the fact that she and her siblings, Drew, a baseball player, and Sienna, a softball player, were going through lots of sports gear, to pass this equipment on to needier kids on Long Island.

Sydney Salamy, an East Hampton High School junior who runs cross-country, came upon the idea not long ago, given the fact that she and her siblings, Drew, a baseball player, and Sienna, a softball player, were going through lots of sports gear, to pass this equipment on to needier kids on Long Island.

“I asked my mom [Patricia, a runner herself] about it, and she looked up an organization, Play It Forward USA, online, and so we became a branch of it,” Sydney said during a recent conversation. 

As a result, Sydney’s mother created a website through which donations of athletic equipment and money to the nonprofit can be made, and Sydney put a large red bin in the high school lobby, a bin that was soon overflowing. 

Jack Graves
May 3, 2018
The East Hampton High School boys tennis team, as expected, assured itself of a share of the League VII title by virtue of a 6-1 win here Saturday over Rocky Point, thus finishing the regular season at 9-1, though — through no fault of his own — Kevin McConville, East Hampton’s first-year coach, flirted with a possible forfeit before the match began given the fact that he could not readily come up with seven cans of new tennis balls.

The East Hampton High School boys tennis team, as expected, assured itself of a share of the League VII title by virtue of a 6-1 win here Saturday over Rocky Point, thus finishing the regular season at 9-1, though — through no fault of his own — Kevin McConville, East Hampton’s first-year coach, flirted with a possible forfeit before the match began given the fact that he could not readily come up with seven cans of new tennis balls.

Jack Graves
May 3, 2018
The men’s rugby team here, the Montauk Sharks, may be having a numbers problem, but the youth teams aren’t, according to Kevin Bunce, who coaches a high school-age side that’s playing a 15-on-a-side season now versus metropolitan area opponents.

The men’s rugby team here, the Montauk Sharks, may be having a numbers problem, but the youth teams aren’t, according to Kevin Bunce, who coaches a high school-age side that’s playing a 15-on-a-side season now versus metropolitan area opponents.

The team Bunce — and Mike Jablonski of Mattituck — co-coach is a combined one, with players from East Hampton, Mattituck, Shoreham-Wading River, Mount Sinai, and Patchogue. “We’ve got one or two seniors, three juniors, and the rest are sophomores and freshmen. . . . We practice Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Veterans Memorial Field in Calverton, across from the Calverton Cemetery on Route 25. It’s centrally located, everyone has to make an effort to get there, and they are.”

Star Staff
May 3, 2018
Local Sports Notes

Monday Results

Matt Babb, who coaches the South Fork’s combined boys lacrosse team known as the Islanders, said in an email Tuesday that he hoped Monday’s 15-0 shutout of Deer Park would carry over into the team’s final three games.

Brian Damm of East Hampton scored 4 goals in Monday’s rout, Kai Parcher-Charles of the Ross School scored 3. The team’s record was 5-6 as of Tuesday. “We have a tough task ahead of us,” Babb said, “but if we get healthy and play to our capability we can pull off some upsets in the final week and a half.”

Star Staff
May 3, 2018
Local Sports Schedule

Thursday, May 3

BASEBALL, Shoreham-Wading River at East Hampton, 4:30 p.m.

BOYS TRACK, Shoreham-Wading River at East Hampton, 4:30 p.m.

GIRLS TRACK, East Hampton at Shoreham-Wading River, 4:30 p.m.

 

Friday, May 4

BOYS TENNIS, division individual tournament, first and second-round matches, William Floyd High School, Mastic Beach, 10 a.m.

SOFTBALL, East Hampton at Southampton, 4:30 p.m.

BOYS LACROSSE, Islanders at Westhampton Beach, 4 p.m.

 

Saturday, May 5

BOYS TENNIS, division individual tournament, quarterfinal and semifinal matches, William Floyd High School, 9 a.m.

Jack Graves
April 26, 2018
The East Hampton High School softball team headed into the second half of the season on a warm — if not a hot — streak, having belayed Pierson 22-1 and pulled the rug out from Southold-Greenport 3-2 this past week, on the way to a third-straight win at Amityville on Friday.

The East Hampton High School softball team headed into the second half of the season on a warm — if not a hot — streak, having belayed Pierson 22-1 and pulled the rug out from Southold-Greenport 3-2 this past week, on the way to a third-straight win at Amityville on Friday.

“When everyone’s here they play well,” Chris Schenck, whose daughter, Maddie, is Bonac’s catcher, said during a nail-biter here with Southold-Greenport on April 17.

Star Staff
April 26, 2018
Local Sports Schedule

Thursday, April 26

BASEBALL, East Hampton at Bayport, 4:30 p.m.

 

Friday, April 27

BOYS TENNIS, Rocky Point at East Hampton, 4:30 p.m.

SOFTBALL, Kings Park at East Hampton, 4:30 p.m.

BOYS LACROSSE, Elwood-John Glenn vs. Islanders, Southampton High School, 4:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, April 28

SOFTBALL, Islip at East Hampton, 10 a.m.

BASEBALL, East Hampton at Hauppauge, 11 a.m.

 

Sunday, April 29

MEN’S SOCCER, over-30 league, Hampton United at Manorville, 5 p.m.

 

Monday, April 30

BOYS TRACK, Amityville at East Hampton, 4:30 p.m.

Jack Graves
April 26, 2018
The weather was, at long last, spring-like when more than 600 runners set forth from Sag Harbor’s West Water Street in the eighth running of the Katy’s Courage 5K Saturday morning. It was the first road race here of the season.

The weather was, at long last, spring-like when more than 600 runners set forth from Sag Harbor’s West Water Street in the eighth running of the Katy’s Courage 5K Saturday morning. It was the first road race here of the season.

Ryan Fowkes, 17, an East Hampton High School junior and the school’s best distance runner, was to win it, in 16 minutes and 48.37 seconds, unheaded throughout the pleasant 3.1-mile loop through the village.

Fowkes was third in this race last year, though under the weather, he said, finishing in 17:12.22. He would like, he added, to shave about 10 seconds from his 4:30 mile time this season.