25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports

Jack Graves

October 8, 1987
    An unexpectedly tough Southampton High School football team came close to rocking East Hampton in Sunday’s stormy weather, but thanks to an early Bonac score, a defense that rose to the occasion, costly Mariner miscues, and an untried place-kicker, East Hampton repossessed the handsome silver Hampton Cup, 7-6, to continue undefeated.
    Southampton was said to have compiled the more impressive statistics, and East Hampton’s coach, Ted Meyer, whose stats were “obliterated” by rain and wind, didn’t disagree. “But we’ll take the win,” he added, “even though it wasn’t pretty.”
    . . . When the clock ran out, East Hampton’s bench cleared, and the team’s captain and senior right tackle, David DiSunno, was hoisted aloft to display the Cup, which will now be displayed in East Hampton’s trophy case. In the six years of the Cup’s existence, the Bonackers have won it four times, although the rivalry, which began in 1923, is vastly in Southampton’s favor.

    The East Hampton-Pierson cross-country team continued undefeated, at 3-0, last week as it bested Mattituck 22-37 on Sept. 29.
    Jim Lattanzio, the team’s top runner, won the 3.1-mile race in 17 minutes and 10 seconds. Matt Murphy was third at 18:04; Artie Fisher was fifth at 18:09; Ken Hallock was sixth at 18:40, and Joe Tucker rounded out East Hampton’s scoring as he finished seventh in 18:50.

October 15, 1987
    Susan Menu, the mother of one of East Hampton’s linemen, Jason Menu, was at Saturday’s game with a television crew, producing a segment on the Bonackers for a weekly Coca-Cola high school sports show that is aired by Madison Square Garden cable.
    The segment featured interviews with the team’s coach, Ted Meyer, its quarterback, Jamie Grubb, the captain, David DiSunno, and the tight end, Michael Sarlo, and bits of the game, during which the Bonac fans were prevailed on to cheer for the camera when, with fourth-and-six, East Hampton turned the ball over in the first quarter at the Mercy 35.

    Paul Annacone, the East Hampton-reared touring tennis professional, had one of the best tournaments of his career last week as he wound up as the runner-up to John McEnroe in the AT&T Challenge in Atlanta, Ga., 6-4, 7-5.
    In earlier rounds the 24-year-old East Hampton and Knoxville, Tenn., pro had defeated the world’s number-one and number-two players, Ivan Lendl and Stefan Edberg. Annacone disposed of Edberg 6-2, 6-3, and dispatched Lendl 6-3, 6-2. It was the first time that Annacone had defeated Lendl. He had defeated Edberg in the Volvo-Los Angeles final in 1985, his first professional tournament singles win.