Recent Stories: Sports

Jack Graves
October 19, 2017
The “Killer Bees” documentary film that premiered recently, a film by Orson and Ben Cummings that followed Bridgehampton High School’s 2015-16 boys basketball team for the better part of a year, was, by and large, well received, but some maintained there was more to the story.

The “Killer Bees” documentary film that premiered recently at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, a film by Orson and Ben Cummings that followed Bridgehampton High School’s 2015-16 boys basketball team for the better part of a year, was, by and large, well received, though there were some demurrals from former members of that storied team, Nick Thomas and the Bees’ present head coach, Ron White, among them, who maintained there was more to the story.

Jack Graves
October 19, 2017

Hockey Loss

The Pierson-Bridgehampton field hockey team bested East Hampton here Monday, winning in a shootout that followed a 1-1 tie in regulation and a scoreless 7-on-7 overtime period during which E. Bistrian had several breakaways that, unfortunately, came to naught.

Charlotte Johnson and Maddie Schenck, the teams’ goalies, faced off in the shootout, with Johnson, the Whalers’ goalie, getting the better of the one-on-one confrontations. 

As a result, the Whalers vaulted over the Bonackers into ninth place among Division II’s 15 teams, and dropped East Hampton into 11th place.

 

Fight Night

Jack Graves
October 19, 2017
The sports lineup for this week.

Thursday, October 19

GOLF, East Hampton vs. Center Moriches, Rock Hill Golf and Country Club, Manorville, 4 p.m.

Friday, October 20

BOYS VOLLEYBALL, Huntington at East Hampton, 5:45 p.m.

Saturday, October 21

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL, East Hampton at invitational tourney, Smithtown West High School, 8 a.m.

RUNNING, Shelter Island 5K, Crescent Beach, Shelter Island Heights, 11 a.m.

RUGBY, Brooklyn Rugby Club vs. Montauk R.C., Herrick Park, East Hampton, 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 22

MEN’S SOCCER, over-30s, Sporting America vs. Hampton United, Hampton Bays High School, 4 p.m.

Monday, October 23

Jack Graves
October 18, 2017
The Section XI Warriors, a young rugby 7s side with players spanning East Hampton and East Islip, continue to impress, according to one of their coaches, Kevin Bunce, who said that the junior varsity side won two games and tied one at a tournament in Pelham, N.Y., this past weekend.

The Section XI Warriors, a young rugby 7s side with players spanning East Hampton and East Islip, continue to impress, according to one of their coaches, Kevin Bunce, who said that the junior varsity side won two games and tied one at a tournament in Pelham, N.Y., this past weekend.

Star Staff
October 12, 2017
Local Sports History

October 22, 1992

Wedge blocking has been around since football began in America. Pudge Heffelfinger, Yale’s fabled left guard, solved the Flying V in the 1888 Princeton-Yale game by leaping and planting both feet in the point man’s chest after taking a running start, paving a path to the ball-carrier.

Heffelfinger’s zealous response is no longer allowed, though the wedge — a massed formation of linemen behind which the fullback plows forward — can come tumbling down if the defensive linemen stay low and cut the legs out from under the point man.

Jack Graves
October 12, 2017
Chris Daily, 58, of Farmingdale and Florida, won Mike Bahel’s Serpent’s Back Duathlon (2.3-mile run, 11.5-mile bike, and 2.3-mile run) in Montauk’s Hither Hills Sunday, in 1 hour and 34 minutes, bettering a longtime rival, Joe Amato, a Pierson High School cross-country coach, by a little less than six minutes.

Chris Daily, 58, of Farmingdale and Florida, won Mike Bahel’s Serpent’s Back Duathlon (2.3-mile run, 11.5-mile bike, and 2.3-mile run) in Montauk’s Hither Hills Sunday, in 1 hour and 34 minutes, bettering a longtime rival, Joe Amato, a Pierson High School cross-country coach, by a little less than six minutes.

Daily, who last won this race in 2005, said afterward that “the last time I was here, about three or four years ago, I broke my foot on a rock with about a mile and a half to go. I was so happy to finish second.”

Jack Graves
October 12, 2017
The East Hampton High School boys cross-country team, which has been something of a pleasant surprise for its coach, Kevin Barry, has finished the regular season as the league champion, at 6-0, defeating previously unbeaten Shoreham-Wading River at Sunken Meadow on Oct. 3.

The East Hampton High School boys cross-country team, which has been something of a pleasant surprise for its coach, Kevin Barry, has finished the regular season as the league champion, at 6-0, defeating previously unbeaten Shoreham-Wading River at Sunken Meadow on Oct. 3.

“It was a very exciting meet given that both teams ran their best times over the 2.8-mile course,” said Barry in an emailed report. Ryan Fowkes, East Hampton’s number-one runner, won, in 14 minutes and 52 seconds, followed close behind by Shoreham’s Joey Krause, in 14:58. Geo Espinoza, Bonac’s number-two, placed fourth, in 15:19, followed by a Shoreham runner, after which came Omar Leon, Ethan McCormac, and Frank Bellucci, all Bonackers. 

Jack Graves
October 12, 2017
A brigade of 20 or so golf carts shuttled behind U.S.G.A. officials at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club one bright, breezy day last week to view some of the changes made since the U.S. Open was last played there in 2004.

A brigade of 20 or so golf carts shuttled behind U.S.G.A. officials at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club one bright, breezy day last week to view some of the changes made since the U.S. Open was last played there in 2004.

A brisk wind was blowing out of the southwest — the prevailing wind direction here — and gusting up to 25 to 30 miles per hour. The wind can often be a defender of par at Shinnecock, as it was in 1986, when only Raymond Floyd wound up under par, by one stroke.

Star Staff
October 12, 2017
Local Sports Notes

Homecoming Schedule

East Hampton High’s homecoming athletic schedule is as follows:

Thursday — golf versus Westhampton Beach at the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett, 4 p.m.; boys soccer versus Mount Sinai, 4:30, and boys volleyball versus Sayville, 5.

Friday — pep rally, 1:55 to 2:20 p.m.; girls soccer versus Harborfields, and girls volleyball versus Shoreham-Wading River, 4:30.

Saturday — Hall of Fame breakfast, 8:30 a.m., followed by induction ceremonies; field hockey versus Hampton Bays, 11; color run, 11:30; field hockey alumnae game, 1:30 p.m.; flag football game, 3, and boys volleyball versus East Islip, 6.

 

Baseball Fund-Raiser

Star Staff
October 12, 2017
Local Sports Schedule

Thursday, October 12

GOLF, Westhampton Beach vs. East Hampton, South Fork Country Club, Amagansett, 4 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER, Mount Sinai at East Hampton, 4:30 p.m.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL, Sayville at East Hampton, 5 p.m.

Friday, October 13

HOMECOMING PEP RALLY, East Hampton High School gym, 1:55-2:20 p.m.

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

GIRLS SOCCER, Harborfields at East Hampton, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 14

HALL OF FAME, breakfast and induction, East Hampton High School, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

FIELD HOCKEY, Hampton Bays at East Hampton, 11 a.m.

FRESHMAN CLASS 2K, color run, East Hampton High School, 11:30 a.m.

Jack Graves
October 5, 2017
The junior varsity rugby 7s team that Kevin Bunce coaches fared well, he said, in a tournament in Pelham, N.Y., this past weekend, winning two and losing one.

The junior varsity rugby 7s team that Kevin Bunce coaches fared well, he said, in a tournament in Pelham, N.Y., this past weekend, winning two and losing one.

“We shocked some people,” Bunce said during a conversation Monday at The Star. “These were good teams we played.”

But initially it was Bunce’s team that was shocked. “We were whomped 36-0 in our first game by French American Academy after a two-and-a-half-hour bus ride. It was kind of embarrassing, we weren’t paying attention, we were holding the ball on the ground. . . . We picked it up after that.”

Jack Graves
October 5, 2017
Hampton United, the local entry in the Suffolk (over-30) Men’s Soccer League, defeated S.F.C. Newcastle 4-1 on Sunday in a game played in Hampton Bays. Quique Araya, the goalie, said goals were scored by Miguel Munoz (two), Jimmy Bedoya, and Jose Almansa. Romulo Tubatan, the right wing, assisted on Munoz’s goals — “two beautiful crosses,” Araya said.

Hampton United, the local entry in the Suffolk (over-30) Men’s Soccer League, defeated S.F.C. Newcastle 4-1 on Sunday in a game played in Hampton Bays. Quique Araya, the goalie, said goals were scored by Miguel Munoz (two), Jimmy Bedoya, and Jose Almansa. Romulo Tubatan, the right wing, assisted on Munoz’s goals — “two beautiful crosses,” Araya said. 

“It wasn’t as easy as the score indicated,” Araya added. “It was scoreless at the half. In the second, we were able to take advantage of gaps in their defense and kept the pressure on.”

Jack Graves
October 5, 2017
Exhibitioning in some events, which is to say forgoing points that had been won, the East Hampton High School girls swimming team dunked Hauppauge 102-63 at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter Monday.

Exhibitioning in some events, which is to say forgoing points that had been won, the East Hampton High School girls swimming team dunked Hauppauge 102-63 at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter Monday.

It was the third straight league win for Craig Brierley’s crew, which, as of Tuesday, led League III with a 3-0 record. In other meets this past week, the Bonackers defeated West Babylon 83-73 last Thursday, and on Sept. 26 lost 92-76 to Ward Melville, a nonleague opponent, a team that Brierley thinks may wind up being tops in the county.

Jack Graves
October 5, 2017
EventPower’s staff had to step lively this past week inasmuch as it had, because of a slightly high blue-green algae reading in Fort Pond, to cancel the swim legs of Sunday’s three-part triathlon festival in Montauk.

EventPower’s staff had to step lively this past week inasmuch as it had, because of a slightly high blue-green algae reading in Fort Pond, to cancel the swim legs of Sunday’s three-part triathlon festival in Montauk. 

“We’ve been tracking the readings in Fort Pond since June,” Chris Pfund, the race director, said, “but, with a slightly high reading at the end of last week, we decided discretion was called for and therefore we announced on Facebook on Friday that we were canceling the swims.”

Star Staff
October 4, 2017
Local Sports Schedule

Thursday, October 5

GIRLS SOCCER, Islip at East Hampton, 4:30 p.m.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL, West­hampton Beach at East Hampton, 4:30 p.m.

GOLF, East Hampton vs. William Floyd, Rock Hill Country Club, Manorville, 4 p.m.

Friday, October 6

BOYS SOCCER, Westhampton Beach at East Hampton, nonleague, 4:30 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY, Sayville at East Hampton, 4:30 p.m.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL, East Hampton at Harborfields, nonleague, 5 p.m.

Saturday, October 7

MEN’S SOCCER, Hampton United in over-30 friendly game, Water Mill Community Club, noon.

Sunday, October 8

Star Staff
September 28, 2017
Local Sports History

October 8, 1992

There’s no doubt now that the East Hampton High School football team can play.

The Bonackers proved it with a stunning 26-6 win over Bayport-Blue Point in the home opener Saturday. East Hampton’s coach, David MacGarva, had been hopeful going in, though not overly optimistic given Bayport’s 35-0 whitewashing of Mercy. But after his team dominated the first half, tallying three touchdowns and obstructing the opponent’s offense, the coach had to be a believer.

Jack Graves
September 27, 2017
The East Hampton High School boys soccer team had won three in a row as of Tuesday, improving its overall record to 4-5.

The East Hampton High School boys soccer team had won three in a row as of Tuesday, improving its overall record to 4-5.

Don McGovern, the coach, said, however, that there was still much work to do. The boys shut out Mount Sinai 2-0 on Sept. 15, defeated Miller Place 3-1 in the rain here on Sept. 19, and shut out Babylon 1-0 at Babylon Saturday. 

The Miller Place game would have been a shutout too had not the goalie, Kurt Matthews, in the final minutes misplayed a bouncing ball that landed on the foot of a Panther forward, who tapped it into the empty cage. 

Marco Gutama was the star of that game, scoring goals in the 23rd and 56th minute. Brian Gonzalez, who came off the bench, scored the other, in the 64th minute.

Jack Graves
September 27, 2017
On Sept. 2, the 57-year-old long-distance swimmer and corporate attorney who lives in Northwest Woods attempted a swim to Block Island, "14 miles as the crow flies."

George Velmachos, an experienced fisherman, was gazing from Montauk Point out toward Block Island one day in late August, wondering why no one had yet attempted to swim that span (14 miles as the crow flies).

Two days later, he was told by his friend Dennis Loebs that, on Sept. 2, Spencer Schneider, a 57-year-old long-distance swimmer and corporate attorney who lives in Northwest Woods, would try, and was asked if he’d like to come along.

“It’s the local Everest of swimming,” Sinead FitzGibbon, Loebs’s wife and a strong endurance athlete herself (in addition to being a physical therapist with a Ph.D.), said during a telephone conversation Monday.

Star Staff
September 27, 2017
Local Sports Schedule

Thursday, September 28

GOLF, Pierson vs. East Hampton, South Fork Country Club, Amagansett, 4 p.m.

GIRLS TENNIS, East Hampton at Mattituck, 4 p.m.

GIRLS SOCCER, East Islip at East Hampton, 4:30 p.m.

GIRLS SWIMMING, East Hampton at Deer Park, 5 p.m.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL, East Hampton at Miller Place, 5 p.m.

Saturday, September 30

RUGBY, Suffolk Rugby Club vs. Montauk R.C., Herrick Park, East Hampton, 1 p.m.

Sunday, October 1

TRIATHLONS, MightyMan Olympic and Half Ironman, 6:50 a.m.; MightyMan Sprint, 7:15, Fort Pond, Montauk.

MEN’S SOCCER, over-30 league, S.F.C. Newcastle vs. Hampton United, Hampton Bays High School, 5 p.m.

Jack Graves
September 26, 2017
The Hamptons Marathon and Half Marathon were held in Southampton Saturday, and Barbara Gubbins, who is 57, made news inasmuch as she finished third over all among the half-marathon’s female entrants.

The Hamptons Marathon and Half Marathon were held in Southampton Saturday, and Barbara Gubbins, who is 57, made news inasmuch as she finished third over all among the half-marathon’s female entrants.

Her time of 1 hour, 31 minutes, and 19 seconds — which, age-graded, pretty much equaled her best-ever half of 1:13 and put her very close to the top 10 percent in her age group worldwide — was just 6 seconds slower than the women’s runner-up, Erin O’Brien of Brooklyn, who is 34.

“She was behind me for most of the race,” said Gubbins, who admitted she was more bothered by a headwind near the end of the 13.1-miler than by the heat, which affected pretty much everyone’s times. 

Star Staff
September 20, 2017
Local Sports History

September 10, 1992

Eleven years after having been told she had a less-than-one-in-10 chance to survive, Karen Kalbacher, 31, a former East Hampton resident, is about to participate in a monthlong 1,662-mile fund-raising bicycle ride from Victoria, British Columbia, to Tijuana, Mexico.

The public relations director of the Massachusetts Special Olympics, Kalbacher was feted by her surgeon last year after having gone five years without a flare-up of the rare muscle cancer that was discovered in her junior year at Boston College. She hopes to raise $12,000 through her participation in the West Coast trek.

Jack Graves
September 20, 2017
East Hampton High’s cross-country teams made their debuts here at Cedar Point Park on Tuesday, Sept. 12, in a meet with a number of other schools from up the Island, Amityville being the farthest-flung.

East Hampton High’s cross-country teams made their debuts here at Cedar Point Park on Tuesday, Sept. 12, in a meet with a number of other schools from up the Island, Amityville being the farthest-flung.

“Everybody agrees once they get out here that this is one of the prettiest courses on Long Island,” Kevin Barry, the boys’ coach, said, though, apparently because the woodsy 2.8-mile loop with bay views is so distant, the Sept. 12 meet was the first and last to be held at Cedar Point this fall. Bonac’s teams are to run at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park, the site of the county championships, from here on in.

September 20, 2017
Local Sports Notes

Hoops Academy

Nicholas Worrall, a 2004 graduate of East Hampton High School, said during a recent conversation at The Star that he was encouraged by the turnouts at two three-hour Hamptons Hoops Academy clinics at the Sportime Arena in Amagansett this summer to broaden the Academy’s reach here next year.

Jack Graves
September 20, 2017
Two of East Hampton High’s teams, field hockey and boys soccer, engaged in riveting battles on the high school’s turf field this past week, the boys versus Amityville, the League VI leader, and the girls versus Shoreham-Wading River, which came in as Division II’s runner-up.

Two of East Hampton High’s teams, field hockey and boys soccer, engaged in riveting battles on the high school’s turf field this past week, the boys versus Amityville, the League VI leader, and the girls versus Shoreham-Wading River, which came in as Division II’s runner-up.

The boys wound up losing 3-2 and the girls wound up winning 1-0, though, as aforesaid, both contests merited the spectators’ attention.

“That was a big win,” Robyn Mott, the field hockey coach, told her delighted charges after Saturday morning’s tilt with Shoreham, whose league record, as a result, dropped to 3-2 while East Hampton’s overall mark improved to 4-1. (The Bonackers were 2-1 in league play as of Monday.)