25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports

January 1, 1987
    When, some years ago, East Hampton Town abandoned, halfway through construction, an attempt to build a platform tennis court adjacent to the town’s Essex Street tennis courts in Montauk because there was no money left for the chickenwire fencing enclosure, Ted Monell, a part-time Montauk resident, offered a simple solution — forget the fencing, adjust the lines a bit, and, instead of platform tennis, you’ve got a paddle tennis court.

January 8, 1987
    One thousand spectators jammed the East Hampton High School gym Saturday night to see a boys basketball doubleheader that matched Bridgehampton with Hempstead, and East Hampton with Central Islip.
    In the feature event the Bridgies, also known as the Killer Bees, left Hempstead, the state’s top-ranked team last year and the Hofstra Cup winner the past two years, in a state of shock.
    As a result of the impressive 73-59 win, Bridgehampton received from the New York State Sports Writers Association the top small school ranking in the state.
    All the Bridgies’ starters wound up in double figures. Darryl Hemby, a senior wing, who couldn’t miss from the outside, led the team with 23 points, followed by the standout senior point guard, Troy Bowe, and the sophomore center, Duane White, each with 13; Bobby Hopson, the freshman wing, with 12, and Ronnie Gholson, a senior wing, with 10.

January 15, 1987
    Playing before a vocal, largely teenage crowd numbering about 8,000 at Nassau Coliseum Sunday afternoon, the Killer Bees of Bridgehampton High School, as is their custom, rose to the occasion to defeat Boys and Girls High of Brooklyn 85-80 in a game that was not decided until the final seconds.
    The Martin Luther King Jr. Classic matchup, one of four that day that pitted Long Island against New York City teams, enabled the Bees to perform on an impressive “stage” before an audience larger than any in the school’s history.
    “. . . What can I say?” said John Niles, Bridgehampton’s coach, afterward. “It was a super game, and we pulled it out. The kids didn’t lose their composure. Boys and Girls was absolutely as tough as we were on defense. They trapped at halfcourt like we do. They always had their hands in our face. They’re tougher than Hempstead.”
    . . . Troy Bowe, who scored his 1,000th career point early in the first quarter, dazzled the crowd with his pinpoint passing. He finished with 19 assists and 14 points. All of the starters finished in double figures.

January 22, 1987
    In League Seven girls basketball, it’s Pierson and then the rest. The Whalers disposed of Center Moriches, East Hampton, and Eastport last week by margins ranging from 33 to 67 points.
    “I don’t think I’ll ever see a group like the one I have now,” said Pierson’s coach, Larry Foden, who is a bit embarrassed by his riches — a virtually all-senior team that has height and quickness.
    . . . On Friday, Pierson overwhelmed East Hampton 89-22 as Katie Browngardt, with 24 points, and Kyle Beyel, with 23, led the scoring.

January 29, 1987
    Katie Browngardt, Pierson’s high-scoring senior forward, was credited with her 1,000th point in Pierson’s 83-40 rout of Hampton Bays in Sag Harbor Friday. It was the first time in Pierson’s long history of girls basketball, which dates to 1908, that a player had reached the 1,000-point mark, according to the Whalers’ coach, Larry Foden.
    “. . . Not only can they pass,” said Hampton Bays’ coach, Vince Doty, “but they can also catch. . . . Pierson is the best small school team in the state.”
    Foden didn’t argue that. “They’re good,” he said of his charges. “They move the ball well, they shoot well. . . . They’re nice to watch.”