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Jack Graves
August 17, 2017
During a conversation at Poxabogue’s Fairway restaurant the other day with Leif Hope, the impresario of the Artists and Writers benefit softball game that is to be played here Saturday, this writer was asked if he could read what he was writing.

During a conversation at Poxabogue’s Fairway restaurant the other day with Leif Hope, the impresario of the Artists and Writers benefit softball game that is to be played here Saturday, this writer was asked if he could read what he was writing. 

What a question. Of course he couldn’t, he replied. Would that then qualify him to play on the Artists’ team? 

A query that evoked one of Hope’s fondest memories, the day in 1977 when the late Tom Twomey and he flew over professional fast-pitch softball battery mates C.B. Tomasiewicz and Kathy Neal from the Meriden (Conn.) Falcons, much to the Writers’ chagrin.

Jack Graves
August 17, 2017
The Hamptons Lifeguard Association did itself proud in the United States national lifesaving championships in Daytona Beach, Fla., this past week, finishing fifth among almost three dozen teams from around the country, including the perennial winner, Los Angeles County, which was bumped to second this time by Monmouth County, N.J.

The Hamptons Lifeguard Association did itself proud in the United States national lifesaving championships in Daytona Beach, Fla., this past week, finishing fifth among almost three dozen teams from around the country, including the perennial winner, Los Angeles County, which was bumped to second this time by Monmouth County, N.J.

Moreover, when it came to open points alone, the H.L.A. team finished third, behind Monmouth and Los Angeles County.

“I think this is the best we’ve ever done,” said John Ryan Sr., whose son, John Jr., and other veteran guards, including Eddie McDonald, who at 70 was vying in his first national competition, oversaw a group numbering close to 60, about two-thirds of them junior lifeguards, some as young as 7.

Jack Graves
August 17, 2017
Dr. Julie Ratner, who 22 years ago launched Ellen’s Run — and later the Ellen Hermanson Foundation — in memory of her younger sister, who died of breast cancer at the age of 42, said during a conversation at The Star the other day that she wanted everyone on the East End to know that no one is ever turned away at the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital.

Dr. Julie Ratner, who 22 years ago launched Ellen’s Run — and later the Ellen Hermanson Foundation — in memory of her younger sister, who died of breast cancer at the age of 42, said during a conversation at The Star the other day that she wanted everyone on the East End to know that no one is ever turned away at the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital.

She wanted them to know, moreover, that all the support services available to recently diagnosed patients and to survivors — including support groups led by a certified oncological social worker, Reiki therapy, yoga, and nutrition counseling — were free as well. 

Jack Graves
August 17, 2017
A 22-year-old squash and tennis player when he was at Dartmouth, Malachi Price, who can run pretty well, won Sunday’s Strides for Life 3-mile race in Southampton. Tara Farrell, 38, who won this race outright the better part of a decade ago, was the women’s winner — and third over all — in 18 minutes and 43 seconds.

A 22-year-old squash and tennis player when he was at Dartmouth, Malachi Price, who can run pretty well, won Sunday’s Strides for Life 3-mile race in Southampton. Tara Farrell, 38, who won this race outright the better part of a decade ago, was the women’s winner — and third over all — in 18 minutes and 43 seconds.

Star Staff
August 17, 2017
Local Sports Schedule

Friday, August 18

TENNIS, youth tournaments for 10 through 16-year-old players at the Buckskill Tennis Club in East Hampton, 1-5 p.m.

SQUASH, professional exhibition as part of event honoring Wally Glennon, Southampton Recreation Center, 5 p.m.

BASEBALL, talk by Geoff Gehman on Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, Bridgehampton Museum Archives, 5 p.m.

SOFTBALL, Artists and Writers pregame party, Schenck Fuels yard off Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 7-10 p.m.

Saturday, August 19

PADDLING, Paddlers 4 Humanity’s 18-mile crossing to Block Island from Montauk Point, 6 a.m.

Jack Graves
August 10, 2017
The Pink Panthers won the 10th Travis Field memorial softball tournament in Amagansett this past weekend, a double-elimination one contested by 17 teams — the most ever — over the course of three days, one of them rainy, at the Terry King ball field.

The Pink Panthers won the 10th Travis Field memorial softball tournament in Amagansett this past weekend, a double-elimination one contested by 17 teams — the most ever — over the course of three days, one of them rainy, at the Terry King ball field.

“But the neatest thing,” Brian Anderson, one of the tournament’s organizers (and the Panthers’ pitcher), said, “was Erica Silich and Anthony Daunt getting engaged at the opening ceremonies on Friday.”

Jackie Pape
August 10, 2017
Surfers, philanthropists, and spectators alike are hoping for waves on Saturday — the date of the East End Foundation’s 19th annual Rell Sunn Surf Contest at Ditch Plain Beach in Montauk.

Update: The event has been postponed until Sunday due to rain in the forecast. 

Surfers, philanthropists, and spectators alike are hoping for waves on Saturday — the date of the East End Foundation’s 19th annual Rell Sunn Surf Contest at Ditch Plain Beach in Montauk. 

“Rell Sunn was a beloved Hawaiian surfer who fought breast cancer for 14 years, and she died in the beginning of 1998,” said Alice Houseknecht, the assistant to Roger Feit, a co-founder of the East End Foundation. “Before she died, she was an advocate for women’s health, and she worked with other women to get the word out as far as knowing if you have the signs, and what to do about it.” 

Jack Graves
August 10, 2017
A young Frenchman from Alsace, Simon Mayeur, won the Run for Rotary 5K, and a young Bonacker, Ryan Fowkes, won the 10K in Amagansett Saturday morning.

A young Frenchman from Alsace, Simon Mayeur, won the Run for Rotary 5K, and a young Bonacker, Ryan Fowkes, won the 10K in Amagansett Saturday morning. 

Though the runners might have done without the rain, which drizzled initially and poured ultimately, the coolness of the day was to their liking. There were 58 participants in all, pretty much evenly divided between the 3.1 and 6.2-mile counterclockwise loops, which began and ended at Fresh Pond Park.

Fowkes, the top runner on East Hampton High School’s boys cross-country team, and one of his training partners, Eric Perez, a sophomore now at the State University at Oswego, where he runs, treated the 10K as a tempo run. Fowkes’s winning time was 38:03. Perez was the runner-up, in 38:22.

Star Staff
August 10, 2017
Local Sports Notes

Volleyball Camp

Kathy McGeehan, who coaches East Hampton High School’s girls volleyball team, will oversee, with Alex Choi, Kim Valverde, Donna Fischer, Cindy Belt, Laura Romeika, Catherine Vonschoenermarck, and Raya O’Neal, a Bonac Booster Club-sponsored skills camp for fifth through 12th graders at the high school from Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 18.

Romeika and Vonschoenermarck are pros, O’Neal plays at St. John’s, Belt is Shelter Island’s head coach, Fischer is Pierson’s coach, Valverde, a former high school all-American, is East Hampton’s jayvee coach, and Choi is McGeehan’s varsity assistant. He also coaches the Long Island Blaze’s 16-year-old traveling team.

Star Staff
August 10, 2017
Local Sports Schedule

Thursday, August 10

WOMEN’S SLOW-PITCH, game three of first-round Bono-Schenck Fuels and Groundworks-P.B.A. series, Terry King ball field, Abraham’s Path, Amagansett, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.

MEN’S SLOW-PITCH, playoff semifinal-round games, 7 and 8:15 p.m., Hank Zebrowski field, Edgemere Road, Montauk.

Friday, August 11

MEN’S SLOW-PITCH, playoff semifinal-round games, 7 and 8:15 p.m., Hank Zebrowski field, Edgemere Road, Montauk.

Saturday, August 12

SURFING, Rell Sunn contest, Ditch Plain, Montauk, 9 a.m., registration from 7:30.

Sunday, August 13

Jack Graves
August 10, 2017
The Hamptons Lifeguard Association has its junior and senior teams competing in the national tournament at Daytona Beach, Fla., this week, and among its competitors will be Chasen Dubs, who recently recorded four national Y.M.C.A. qualifying times at a regional short course Y meet in Naples, Fla., and Amanda Calabrese, the two-time reigning beach flags champion who represents the United States in international lifesaving competitions.

The Hamptons Lifeguard Association has its junior and senior teams competing in the national tournament at Daytona Beach, Fla., this week, and among its competitors will be Chasen Dubs, who recently recorded four national Y.M.C.A. qualifying times at a regional short course Y meet in Naples, Fla., and Amanda Calabrese, the two-time reigning beach flags champion who represents the United States in international lifesaving competitions.

Jack Graves
August 3, 2017
Peter Kazickas of Amagansett, who plans to teach computer coding to Zimbabwean youth for 12 weeks this fall, an effort that he hopes will serve as a pilot for similar tutorial work in the developing world, has been devoted to Mark Crandall’s Hoops 4 Hope basketball-life skills mentoring curriculum for the past half-dozen years.

Peter Kazickas of Amagansett, who plans to teach computer coding to Zimbabwean youth for 12 weeks this fall, an effort that he hopes will serve as a pilot for similar tutorial work in the developing world, has been devoted to Mark Crandall’s Hoops 4 Hope basketball-life skills mentoring curriculum for the past half-dozen years.

Jack Graves
August 3, 2017
Groundworks, which has some young blood in players like Thea Grenci, Casey Brooks, and the Daunt cousins, Zoe and Lacey, planted a 6-2 loss on P.B.A., and Schenck Fuels, the last seed, upset the defending champion, Bono Plumbing, 7-2 in women’s slow-pitch league playoff openers last Thursday at the Terry King ball field in Amagansett.

Groundworks, which has some young blood in players like Thea Grenci, Casey Brooks, and the Daunt cousins, Zoe and Lacey, planted a 6-2 loss on P.B.A., and Schenck Fuels, the last seed, upset the defending champion, Bono Plumbing, 7-2 in women’s slow-pitch league playoff openers last Thursday at the Terry King ball field in Amagansett.

Insofar as the Schenck-Bono game went, it should be said that Bono barely fielded the minimum eight, Bethany Trowbridge’s arrival in the parking lot just before game time preventing a forfeit.

Ryan Troudt, Bono’s manager, did the best he could to close up the gaping hole in right field, repositioning his second baseman, Kara Struble, frequently, depending on who was hitting.

Star Staff
August 3, 2017
Hoops 4 Hope, the 22-year-old South African-based youth mentoring-basketball program founded by Mark Crandall of Amagansett, is again raising money to send a shipping container of “upcycled sneakers, basketballs, basketball uniforms, and essential parts to keep our Schaefer bus running” to Zimbabwe in the fall.

Hoops 4 Hope, the 22-year-old South African-based youth mentoring-basketball program founded by Mark Crandall of Amagansett, is again raising money to send a shipping container of “upcycled sneakers, basketballs, basketball uniforms, and essential parts to keep our Schaefer bus running” to Zimbabwe in the fall.

GoodCircle is helping with this project, expected to cost about $24,000. Donations can be made online through the GoodCircle.org website. One-third of the goal has been pledged thus far.

Star Staff
August 3, 2017
Local Sports Schedule

Friday, August 4

U.S.T.A. TENNIS, boys and girls singles tournaments, Ross School, 9 a.m.

BENEFIT SOFTBALL, Travis Field memorial tournament, Terry King ball field, Abraham’s Path, Amagansett, games from 5 p.m.

Saturday, August 5

LIFEGUARDING, junior lifeguard tournament, Indian Wells Beach, Amagansett, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

BENEFIT SOFTBALL, Travis Field memorial tournament, Terry King ball field, Abraham’s Path, Amagansett, games from 9 a.m.

RUNNING, Run for Rotary 10K and 5K races, Fresh Pond Park, Amagansett, 9 a.m., packet pickup and late registration, 8-8:45.

Sunday, August 6

Jack Graves
August 3, 2017
East Hampton’s 11-and-under East End Tomahawks baseball team that plays in the very competitive Brookhaven summer league won at least a share of the Central Division’s pennant Sunday by defeating the Long Island Mudcats of Eastport-South Manor 10-2.

East Hampton’s 11-and-under East End Tomahawks baseball team that plays in the very competitive Brookhaven summer league won at least a share of the Central Division’s pennant Sunday by defeating the Long Island Mudcats of Eastport-South Manor 10-2.

The win improved Kenny Dodge’s charges’ record to 12-3. A win over the Islip Owls in a game that was to have been played Tuesday night would guarantee the young Bonackers the title outright and the top seed in the playoffs.

“If we derail on Tuesday, we’ll be the co-champs and will be seeded anywhere from first to third,” Dodge said in an email Monday morning. “Either way, we will hold the title.”

Jack Graves
August 1, 2017
Jordan’s Run, a 5K run-walk in Sag Harbor honoring that village’s heroic Marine, Jordan C. Haerter, has, after taking some tentative steps in 2016, grown by leaps and bounds.

Jordan’s Run, a 5K run-walk in Sag Harbor honoring that village’s heroic Marine, Jordan C. Haerter, who on April 22, 2008, saved the lives of 33 fellow Marines by standing his ground in the face of an explosive-packed truck whose driver’s aim was to blow up a barracks in Ramadi, Iraq, that he and Jonathan Yale were guarding, has, after taking some tentative steps in 2016, grown by leaps and bounds.

“There were maybe 20 of us here last year,” said Joi Jackson Perle, who, with her fellow Team Jordan members, including Patty Sales and Mike Davis, pushed within the past year to build Jordan’s Run into the impressive event that was unfurled Sunday, the late Navy Cross-winner’s birthday.

Star Staff
July 27, 2017
Local Sports History

July 30, 1992

“This is the real Artists-Writers game, it’s more sincere,” said Christopher Blake, a 32-year-old Boston architect, who had come to Maidstone Park Saturday for the annual Maidstoners-Max’s Kansas City softball game and feast.

Billy Hofmann, who with Dan Christensen founded the Maidstoners when Wolfie’s Tavern was The Birches, and who was a charter member of the 1950s and ’60s Greenwich Village softball team that, to hear him tell it, vanquished all comers, was inclined to agree.

The now-defunct Max’s, one of several clubs owned by Mickey Ruskin, played its games on a field at New York University that has since fallen victim to the atomic age, said Hofmann.

Jack Graves
July 27, 2017
Things went swimmingly this past week inasmuch as a lifeguard tournament was held last Thursday at East Hampton’s Main Beach, a youth triathlon to benefit the I-Tri program was held that same evening at Noyac’s Long Beach, and a masters swim meet was contested Saturday at a house on Georgica Close Road here.

Things went swimmingly this past week inasmuch as a lifeguard tournament was held last Thursday at East Hampton’s Main Beach, a youth triathlon to benefit the I-Tri program was held that same evening at Noyac’s Long Beach, and a masters swim meet was contested Saturday at a house on Georgica Close Road here.

The lifeguard tournament was of interest primarily because the East Hampton Town women’s A team won vis-a-vis its peers, while the town men’s A team placed second, behind the perennial champion, Smith Point.

Carissa Katz
July 27, 2017
In Jeff Mayer’s version of “Field of Dreams” it wasn’t “if you build it, they will come,” but rather they came and so he built it — the “it” in this case being a BMX pump track at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton.

In Jeff Mayer’s version of “Field of Dreams” it wasn’t “if you build it, they will come,” but rather they came and so he built it — the “it” in this case being a BMX pump track at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton.

Rewind three years. Mayer, a former BMX pro, D.J., and designer, was spending his first summer at the Hayground Camp with his wife, Angela De Vincenzo, a learning specialist, and their son, Luca. The couple were running their Blocks, Trucks + Art programs from the trailer of an 18-wheeler they call Big Mama.

The truck and the Mayer-De Vincenzo team were an instant hit.

Jack Graves
July 27, 2017
Greg Stautner, who times the East Hampton Village Ocean Rescue Squad’s Ocean Challenge distance swims, said at the event Saturday that the numbers this year were so great that he had to reallocate the chips of no-shows.

Greg Stautner, who times the East Hampton Village Ocean Rescue Squad’s Ocean Challenge distance swims, said at the event Saturday that the numbers this year were so great that he had to reallocate the chips of no-shows.

There were 136 competitors in all, divided among 5K, one-mile, and half-mile swims that ended at Montauk’s Ditch Plain Beach.

“That kid was fast,” the 5K’s runner-up, Mike Petrzela, who’s 42, said of the winner, Jonathan Boffa, a 24-year-old native of Italy who lives in New York City now.

Star Staff
July 27, 2017
Local Sport Notes

Jordan’s Run

A 5K run/walk in memory of the late Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan C. Haerter is to be held in Sag Harbor on Sunday. Based at Pierson High School, the run/walk is to start at 8:30 a.m. There will be check-in from 7. Participants can register online through ItsYourRace.com. The day-of-race registration fee will be $40 — $35 in advance.

 

Hoops Camp

Star Staff
July 27, 2017
Local Sports Schedule

Thursday, July 27

WOMEN’S SLOW-PITCH, playoffs begin, (4) Schenck Fuels vs. (1) Bono Plumbing, 6:45 p.m., and (3) P.B.A. vs. Groundworks (2), 8, Terry King ball field, Abraham’s Path, Amagansett.

Friday, July 28

TENNIS, U.S.T.A.-sanctioned tourneys for boys and girls, Ross School, 9 a.m.

Sunday, July 30

RUNNING, Jordan’s 5K walk/run, Pierson High School, Sag Harbor, 8:30 a.m., check-in from 7.

Monday, July 31

LIFEGUARDING, Suffolk County lifeguard tournament, Smith Point Beach, 9 a.m.

MEN’S SOCCER, 7-on-7 Simon Gavron tournament, pool play, Fiske Field, Shelter Island, 4 p.m.

Star Staff
July 20, 2017
Local Sports History

July 2, 1992

A five-mile road race dubbed “the Sir Thomas Crapper Memorial Runs,” in honor of the reputed father of the flush toilet, “the Edison of the loo,” will be held in Springs Saturday morning.

 

July 9, 1992

Because its 1991 entry in the Little League District 36 tournament won the county championship, East Hampton has received a first-round bye in the double-elimination tourney.