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Jack Graves
December 13, 2017
Last year was a lean one for East Hampton High School wrestling — by season’s end Anthony Piscitello, a Ross School wellness teacher who was in his first year of coaching here, had only eight left on a roster that began with somewhat more than 20.

Last year was a lean one for East Hampton High School wrestling — by season’s end Anthony Piscitello, a Ross School wellness teacher who was in his first year of coaching here, had only eight left on a roster that began with somewhat more than 20.

That precipitous fall-off, caused in large part by academic difficulties, but also owing to injuries and defections, led to talk of possibly combining with Southampton, whose program reportedly has also been struggling, but the prospect of a South Fork team — as in boys lacrosse — has been shelved of late given that there’s reason to hope the program here may turn around.

Jack Graves
December 13, 2017
The top two seeds in the East End 7-on-7 Soccer League, the Maidstone Market and Hampton F.C.-Bill Miller, went at it in the playoff final at East Hampton’s Herrick Park recently, with the former winning 3-1.

The top two seeds in the East End 7-on-7 Soccer League, the Maidstone Market and Hampton F.C.-Bill Miller, went at it in the playoff final at East Hampton’s Herrick Park recently, with the former winning 3-1.

It was the third straight season that the Market, managed by John Romero Sr., has won the playoff trophy. 

The champion finished the regular season in first place, with 20 points, by virtue of its 6-2-2 record. Bill Miller and F.C. Tuxpan, each at 4-2-4 (16 points) and Tortorella Pools, at 4-4-2 (14 points), followed. Bateman Painting, which has won championships in the past, was next to last, with a 3-6-1 mark, and Sag Harbor United, whose record improved to 2-7-1 this fall, rounded out the standings.

Star Staff
December 13, 2017
Local Sports Schedule

Thursday, December 14

BOYS SWIMMING, Deer Park vs. East Hampton, Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter, 5 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL, Islip at East Hampton, 6:15 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL, East Hampton at Islip, and Pierson at Comsewogue, 6:45 p.m.

 

Friday, December 15

WRESTLING, East Islip at East Hampton, 6:15 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL, Bridgehampton at Port Jefferson, mandatory nonleague, 4:30 p.m.; Pierson at Stony Brook, 7, and Ross School at Shelter Island, 7:15.

 

Monday, December 18

BOYS BASKETBALL, Ross School at Stony Brook, mandatory nonleague, 4:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, December 19

Jack Graves
December 5, 2017
East Hampton High School’s boys basketball team commenced its season with an impressive win in the Kendall Madison Tip-Off tournament here this past weekend, trouncing McGann-Mercy 80-48 on Friday before besting Pierson (Sag Harbor) 60-47 in Saturday’s championship game.

East Hampton High School’s boys basketball team commenced its season with an impressive win in the Kendall Madison Tip-Off tournament here this past weekend, trouncing McGann-Mercy 80-48 on Friday before besting Pierson (Sag Harbor) 60-47 in Saturday’s championship game.

Jack Reese, Bonac’s senior point guard, led the way with 18 points, 7 assists, and at least as many steals in the final. He was adjudged the tournament’s most valuable player. 

Jack Graves
December 5, 2017
When last Nick West was at a final — at the 2014 state boys soccer championships in Middletown — he was on crutches, having suffered a broken foot in a semifinal the day before.

When last Nick West was at a final — at the 2014 state boys soccer championships in Middletown — he was on crutches, having suffered a broken foot in a semifinal the day before.

That he was at full strength in Saturday’s National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III championship game in Greensboro, N.C., made Messiah’s 2-1 win over Chicago’s North Park University all the more thrilling, his mother, Christine Tulp, said on her return here, especially given the fact that Messiah had lost its conference’s championship game to Lycoming.

A two-time all-state player when he was at East Hampton High School, West played on the left wing in the national tournament. 

Jack Graves
December 5, 2017
The East Hampton High School boys swimming and girls basketball teams began their seasons this past week, with decidedly different results.

The East Hampton High School boys swimming and girls basketball teams began their seasons this past week, with decidedly different results.

The boys, coached by Craig Brierley, swamped Smithtown — a team that had finished a couple of spots higher than the Bonackers in last year’s county meet — in a nonleaguer Friday at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter, and the next day, the girls basketball team, coached by Kelly McKee, was overwhelmed by their Whaler counterparts at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor.

“That’s a good team,” McKee said following the 75-23 shellacking. As for East Hampton, whose numbers are good, and whose attitude, according to McKee, remains great, “we’ve got a long way to go. “

Star Staff
December 5, 2017
Local Sports Schedule

Thursday, December 7

BOYS SWIMMING, Stony Brook vs. East Hampton, Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter, 5 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL, East Hampton at East Islip, 5 p.m.; Pierson at Center Moriches, 7.

Friday, December 8

BOYS BASKETBALL, Pierson at Babylon, and Bridgehampton at Mattituck, mandatory nonleague, 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 9

WRESTLING, Frank (Sprig) Gardner tournament, East Hampton High School, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Monday, December 11

GIRLS BASKETBALL, Port Jefferson at Pierson, Sag Harbor, 6:15 p.m.

Star Staff
November 28, 2017
Local Sports History

November 19, 1992

The 1992 high school football season ended in East Hampton Saturday, but not before the gallant Bonackers gave undefeated Mount Sinai all it could handle.

If the heartbreaking 21-20 loss did little to console the losers, the fact that some veteran onlookers commented that the game was one of the finest ever played here certainly should.

East Hampton thus ends its season with a 4-4 mark, although in defeat the locals gave arguably their most impressive performance of the season, outplaying the tough-as-nails Mustangs for much of the game before being worn down in the late stages of the second half.

Jack Graves
November 28, 2017
Dan White, who is in his second year coaching the East Hampton High School boys basketball team, said following Saturday’s multiteam scrimmage at Mattituck, a scrimmage that also included Riverhead and Greenport, that he was “optimistic” when it came to the coming season.

Dan White, who is in his second year coaching the East Hampton High School boys basketball team, said following Saturday’s multiteam scrimmage at Mattituck, a scrimmage that also included Riverhead and Greenport, that he was “optimistic” when it came to the coming season.

East Hampton’s girls team scrimmaged too this past week, at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor on Nov. 22, and afterward Kelly McKee, Bonac’s coach, said that he was pleased with his numbers this year — he had 18 players available to him that day — in contrast to the eight he had on his varsity squad last winter. The plan apparently is to harry the opposition with waves upon waves of subs, who, it is hoped, will convert at least some of the turnovers.

Jack Graves
November 28, 2017
The weather was good on Thanksgiving Day, warmer apparently than was expected, so the turnout at the East Hampton Town Recreation Department and John Keeshan Realty’s three and six-mile Turkey Trots in Montauk was bountiful.

The weather was good on Thanksgiving Day, warmer apparently than was expected, so the turnout at the East Hampton Town Recreation Department and John Keeshan Realty’s three and six-mile Turkey Trots in Montauk was bountiful.

So bountiful, in fact, that the 10 a.m. start time had to be pushed back 15 or 20 minutes so that the long lines of day-of-race attendees could be registered.

“All the money after we pay our expenses will go to the Montauk Food Pantry,” said Keeshan, who founded this race (as a six-miler) 41 years ago. “On this day of giving thanks it seems right that the food pantry should be our beneficiary.”

Jack Graves
November 28, 2017
Frank Ackley, the East’s top-ranked 65-year-old United States Tennis Association singles player in 2015, said during a recent conversation at his house in Springs that he hadn’t played singles at the national level in a while, “ever since I broke my leg in a freaky accident on the grass courts at The Bridge.”

Frank Ackley, the East’s top-ranked 65-year-old United States Tennis Association singles player in 2015, said during a recent conversation at his house in Springs that he hadn’t played singles at the national level in a while, “ever since I broke my leg in a freaky accident on the grass courts at The Bridge.”

“It happened so quick,” he said. “I was going for a volley and my partner [Mike Dickens, of Melbourne, Fla.] was too. We ran into each other and I went down and was pushing myself back up when he fell on me. That sidelined me for eight months. When it happened we were getting ready to play in the [2016] national grass courts in Monmouth, N.J.”

Star Staff
November 28, 2017
Local Sports Schedules

Thursday, November 30

GIRLS BASKETBALL, Westhampton Beach at Pierson, Sag Harbor, nonleague, 4 p.m.

Friday, December 1

BOYS SWIMMING, Smithtown vs. East Hampton, mandatory nonleague meet, Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter, 5 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL, Kendall Madison Foundation Tip-Off tournament, Mattituck vs. Pierson, 5 p.m., and East Hampton vs. McGann-Mercy, 6:15, East Hampton High School.

Saturday, December 2

GIRLS BASKETBALL, East Hampton at Pierson, Sag Harbor, nonleague, 3 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL, Kendall Madison Foundation Tip-Off tournament, junior varsity championship game, 3 p.m.; varsity consolation game, 4:30, and varsity championship game, 6, East Hampton High School.

Star Staff
November 22, 2017
Local Sports History

November 19, 1992

Armed with donations from numerous East Hampton organizations and well-wishers, Tim Egan, a butcher at the Montauk I.G.A. supermarket, flew to Geneva, Switzerland, on Nov. 2 to compete in the World Armwrestling Federation championships. 

Vying with 23 others in the heavyweight class (220 to 240 pounds), Egan finished a very creditable fourth, behind an undefeated Italian, a Swede, and a wrestler from the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

“The competition was incredible,” Egan said on his return. “The world competition made our nationals look like a country fair.”

Jack Graves
November 22, 2017
A 35-yard rocketed knee-high shot by Luis Barrera early in the second half of Sunday’s Suffolk Men’s Soccer League showdown between Barrera’s team, Hampton United, and Charruas 1950, a perennial rival from Central Islip, put the locals atop the league’s 10-team first division once again with two more games left in the fall half of the season.

A 35-yard rocketed knee-high shot by Luis Barrera early in the second half of Sunday’s Suffolk Men’s Soccer League showdown between Barrera’s team, Hampton United, and Charruas 1950, a perennial rival from Central Islip, put the locals atop the league’s 10-team first division once again with two more games left in the fall half of the season.

It was the Uruguay-based team’s first loss of the fall.

As of Monday, the league’s top four comprised Hampton United (5-1-1, with 19 points), Charruas (5-2-1, with 17 points), Massapequa F.C. (5-1-1, with 16 points), and Sporting America (5-1-1, with 16 points).

Jack Graves
November 22, 2017
Two of the captains of East Hampton High School’s league-champion girls swimming team, Madison Jones and Lucy Emptage, were the focus of attention at the high school on Nov. 14.

Two of the captains of East Hampton High School’s league-champion girls swimming team, Madison Jones and Lucy Emptage, were the focus of attention at the high school on Nov. 14.

Emptage, at 1 p.m., signed a national letter of intent to attend La Salle University in Philadelphia on a lacrosse scholarship, and, at 1:30, Jones, Channel 12’s scholar-athlete of the month, was interviewed and filmed in the high school’s halls and, later, at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s pool.

Jack Graves
November 22, 2017
When Aziza El, the 5-foot-9-inch middle hitter, went down with a rolled ankle near the end of Friday’s girls volleyball practice session at Pierson High School, Donna Fischer, Pierson-Bridgehampton’s coach, rolled her eyes, as if to say, “Oh no.”

When Aziza El, the 5-foot-9-inch middle hitter, went down with a rolled ankle near the end of Friday’s girls volleyball practice session at Pierson High School, Donna Fischer, Pierson-Bridgehampton’s coach, rolled her eyes, as if to say, “Oh no.”

As well she should, for the Whalers were on the verge, for the first time in the program’s history, of playing in the state Class C Final Four at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Star Staff
November 22, 2017
Local Sports Schedule

Thursday, November 23

RUNNING, East Hampton Town Recreation Department and John Keeshan Realty 3 and 6-mile Runs for Fun, Montauk Circle, 10 a.m., check-in from 8 to 9:30, $15 day-of-race fee.

Saturday, November 25

BOYS BASKETBALL, East Hampton at Mattituck, scrimmage, 10 a.m., and McGann-Mercy at Pierson, scrimmage, 11.

GIRLS BASKETBALL, Pierson-Bridgehampton at Shoreham-Wading River, nonleague, noon.

Sunday, November 26

MEN’S SOCCER, Hampton United over-30 men’s team at Inter United, Baymen Soccer Complex, Sayville, 2:15 p.m.

Monday, November 27

GIRLS BASKETBALL, Pierson-Bridgehampton at North Babylon, scrimmage, 4:30 p.m.

Star Staff
November 16, 2017
Local Sports History

November 5, 1992

Bears Lose by Grisly Margin

Any member of the East Hampton High School football team will tell you Saturday was a perfect day for football, but for the Stony Brook Bears it was a cold and bitter day indeed.

Bonac used the occasion of its annual homecoming game to demolish the outclassed visitors 47-28, rolling to a 20-0 first-quarter lead and scoring 27 more points before the halftime gun sounded.

Jack Graves
November 16, 2017
In recent postseason action, the East Hampton High School boys cross-country team, the county Class B champion, followed form by placing ninth last weekend at the state meet.

In recent postseason action, the East Hampton High School boys cross-country team, the county Class B champion, followed form by placing ninth last weekend at the state meet.

The meet was held near Rochester on a 23-degree day, and the 5K course, at Wayne Central High School, was said to be icy and muddy. Ryan Fowkes was East Hampton’s first runner to be scored, placing 63rd in the 127-runner Class B field in 18 minutes and 12.20 seconds. 

Fowkes was followed by Omar Leon (100th in 19:07.50), Ethan McCormac (103rd in 19:15.80), Gio Espinoza (105th in 19:29.80), Nicolas Villante (116th in 20:24.20), and Frank Bellucci (125th in 21:00.20).

Jack Graves
November 16, 2017
The Montauk Rugby Club, with an impressive 60-29 rout of the Suffolk R.C. at East Hampton’s Herrick Park Saturday, finished the Empire Geographical Union’s fall Division III season at 3-5, though had the team been at full strength throughout the campaign, Rich Brierley, the Sharks’ coach, agreed that it could have gone undefeated.

The Montauk Rugby Club, with an impressive 60-29 rout of the Suffolk R.C. at East Hampton’s Herrick Park Saturday, finished the Empire Geographical Union’s fall Division III season at 3-5, though had the team been at full strength throughout the campaign, Rich Brierley, the Sharks’ coach, agreed that it could have gone undefeated.

“We have 30 on the roster, but only 17 were usually available to us, and of those only six or seven were solid contributors, which made it tough,” said Brierley, who, at 58, often was in the lineup. 

Star Staff
November 16, 2017
Local Sports Schedule

Sunday, November 19

MEN’S SOCCER, over-30 men’s league, Charruas 1950 vs. Hampton United, Hampton Bays High School, 2:30 p.m.

Monday, November 20

MEN’S SOCCER, 7-on-7 league, Tortorella Pools vs. Bateman Painting, 6:30 p.m.; Sag Harbor United vs. Maidstone Market, 7:25, and Hampton F.C.-Bill Miller vs. Tuxpan F.C., 8:20, Herrick Park, East Hampton. 

Wednesday, November 22

GIRLS BASKETBALL, Patchogue-Medford at East Hampton, scrimmage, and Riverhead at Pierson, scrimmage, 10 a.m.

Jack Graves
November 16, 2017
The fall indoor season wound up at the Sportime Arena in Amagansett Saturday night with victories by Liga Sayausi in the open men’s final, by La Tri in the over-38 men’s final, and by A.D.N. in the open women’s championship game.

There was plenty of soccer action this past week as: 

The fall indoor season wound up at the Sportime Arena in Amagansett Saturday night with victories by Liga Sayausi in the open men’s final, by La Tri in the over-38 men’s final, and by A.D.N. in the open women’s championship game.

Sag Harbor United, which has been kicked around for the past few years in the Wednesday evening men’s 7-on-7 league, notched its first win of the fall by defeating Tortorella Pools 3-2 at East Hampton’s Herrick Park on Nov. 8.

Jack Graves
November 15, 2017
The Dock Race, revived these past few years by George Watson’s son, Chris, a fitting warm-up for the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, drew a large multigenerational crowd of runners, cyclists, skateboarders, baby strollers, walkers, and dogs to the starting line at the Montauk Post Office Sunday morning.

The Dock Race, revived these past few years by George Watson’s son, Chris, a fitting warm-up for the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, drew a large multigenerational crowd of runners, cyclists, skateboarders, baby strollers, walkers, and dogs to the starting line at the Montauk Post Office Sunday morning.

The course, a roller-coaster one that is said to be 3.3 miles, was “definitely longer than a 5K,” said Sharon McCobb, the president of the Old Montauk Athletic Club, which is soon to honor George Watson with its community service award. 

Jack Graves
November 9, 2017
For the second time in the past three years East Hampton High’s boys cross-country team won a county championship at Sunken Meadow State Park, besting Class B’s field of eight teams on Friday.

For the second time in the past three years East Hampton High’s boys cross-country team won a county championship at Sunken Meadow State Park, besting Class B’s field of eight teams on Friday.

“There was some confusion at the finish line as the runners, some of them in waves, came across — 20 seconds separated 10th from 25th,” Kevin Barry, East Hampton’s coach, said during a conversation before the team practiced Monday. 

At one point, as the coaches were tallying their scores, Barry was told that Southampton had won, “by two,” at another, that East Hampton had won, “by two,” and at still another, that Miller Place had won.