25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports 12.06.12

Local sports history

November 5, 1987
    The East Hampton-Pierson cross-country team continued its stellar season Saturday by adding the Conference Four title to the league championship it had already won.
    Led by Jim Lattanzio, East Hampton-Pierson won five of the top 10 places in the 3.1-mile race over the hilly Sunken Meadow State Park course to easily defeat its rival, Stony Brook, 25 to 38. East Hampton and Stony Brook, in turn, bested Mattituck, Westhampton, Hampton Bays, LaSalle Military Academy, and Center Moriches.

    Among the 22,000 New York City marathoners Sunday were at least several local participants who came away with buoyed spirits, and bodies that apparently were not unduly affected by the rigorous 26.2-mile ordeal.
    “It was like being in the Super Bowl,” said Tim Fitzpatrick, a former Bank of New York East Hampton branch employee, now a mortgage consultant with Southold Savings Bank’s main office, who finished 918th in 2 hours, 58 minutes, and 16 seconds.
    Johanna Pfund, 32, of Montauk, who was running New York for the first time, did a cartwheel at the finish line, but the TV cameras, as had been the case with the tape-breaking of the winner, Ibrahim Hussein, missed it.
    . . . It was not a personal best for either Billy O’Donnell or Pfund — he had run a 2:56 at Atlantic City, N.J., in 1978, and she had run a 3:32 in her first venture four years ago — though both were pleased to report they felt good at the end.

November 17, 1987
    Two East Hampton High School football team linemen, David DiSunno and Bill Barbour Jr., have been named by League Seven’s head coaches to the all-Suffolk County team.
    “It’s the first time in a long while that East Hampton has had two players make all-county,” said the team’s coach, Ted Meyer. DiSunno, this year’s captain, and Barbour, the captain-elect, made the all-league team as well, as did another lineman, Nick Algios, and a running back, Mauricio Castillo.

    There was the drumming of gunfire along the Mohawk and beyond this week with the opening of this year’s deer-hunting season.
    . . . State wildlife officials are anxious to see adult doe quotas “realized” so that population buildups due to lower-than-usual hunting success can be reversed.

November 26, 1987
    Beginning next spring, scientists from the County Health Department will make the first concentrated effort to sample the kinds and amounts of organic nutrients entering East End bays. The nutrients are thought to feed the brown algae, called Aureococcus anorexefferens, the creature responsible for wiping out the million-dollar local scallop industry, and for chasing a great variety of finfish from their natural haunts.
    . . . “It’s time to get to the guts of it, to look at the action in the bay,” said Chris Smith, a county Sea Grant agent and chairman of the county’s algae task force. “We don’t know the relative inputs of sewage treatment and road runoff into the bays. . . .”