25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports

February 5, 1987
    “We’re ranked number-one in one poll, number-two in another, number-one in another. . . . Plus, we’re the New York State defending champions, so everybody wants us,” said the Bridgehampton High School boys basketball coach, John Niles, on Tuesday. “A win over us would make a team’s season.”
    Center Moriches made a valiant attempt on Friday, and Southampton tried on Monday, but the Killer Bees, playing at home in each case, repelled the attacks.

    When told that his team had been ranked number one this week in Suffolk County, Larry Foden, the Pierson High School girls basketball coach, who hadn’t seen the poll, said, “It must have been a misprint. . . . It sounds like someone’s setting us up for the kill.”
    Meanwhile, the Whalers continue to look hale and hearty, rather invincible, in fact. Over the past week, they interred Stony Brook 98-27, dispatched Center Moriches 75-33, and disposed of Mercy 86-29.

February 12, 1987
    Kenny Wood, East Hampton’s 6-foot-4-inch sophomore center, scored his 1,000th point early in the first quarter of Friday’s sellout game here with Bridgehampton, a milestone that was greeted with cheers from the crowd and a break in the action so that East Hampton’s coach, Ed Petrie, could present Wood with the game ball.
    In the beginning, it looked as if East Hampton might pull off an upset as the team took a 10-0 lead, but the Bridgies, who came out cold, gradually warmed up, the full-court press causing turnovers, and the offense running fast breaks.

February 19, 1987
    Like the Phoenix, the Montauk Rugby Club is ready to mix it up again. A nine-game spring schedule has been arranged, pitting Montauk against a number of Metropolitan Rugby Union Division One sides. Practice is to begin at East Hampton’s Herrick Park on Tuesday, and the call has once again gone out for more bodies.
    “Men, this is it,” said the club’s president, Charlie Whitmore, in a recent newsletter. “Montauk’s final go-round. All of us are determined to bring this team into the 21st century, but it will ultimately depend on you. Montauk is worth the effort. It’s the greatest sport happening on the East End of Long Island. It’s a contact game for adults who enjoy a challenge, and enjoy being with good people who love a hard game. . . .”
    In its most recent incarnation as the Eastern Long Island Rugby Club, the side abandoned its Met Union schedule last fall as the result of a lack of manpower. Hopes run high, however, that the squad, now coached by Dan Voorhees and Dan Vasti, will be able to field two full 15-man sides this spring.

    For the third straight year the East Hampton High School wrestling team has won the League Seven championship, having defeated Hampton Bays-Southampton 34-27 in a showdown at Hampton Bays Friday night, and is looking to repeat as the Conference Four champion, as well, this Saturday.
    Friday’s match, which was exciting throughout, marked the first time apparently that an East Hampton team had defeated one coached by Mike Fitzgerald in the Hampton Bays “den.” It was only the second time in recent memory, according to East Hampton’s coach, Jim Stewart, that an East Hampton wrestling team had defeated a Hampton Bays one.
    Lennie McMullan’s win over Hampton Bays’ John Mensch at heavyweight was the decisive one.

February 26, 1987
    Because of an outstanding performance Saturday in the Conference Four meet, which it won handily, for the third year in a row, the East Hampton High School wrestling team will enter 13 competitors in 10 weight classes at the Suffolk County tournament that begins tomorrow afternoon at the State University at Stony Brook.
    . . . “It’s the best chance we’ve ever had for a county championship,” said Bonac’s coach, Jim Stewart. No East Hamptoner, as far as he knew, had ever won a county title, he said. The late Jim Miller was a two-time finalist, and John Kalbacher and Kevin Bunce each reached the finals once.

    John Conner of Springs, who celebrated his 52nd birthday Saturday night, continues to be fast afoot. At an Athletic Congress indoor meet at Fordham University on Feb. 15, Conner won the 1,500-meter race in the 50-to-54-year-old group in 4 minutes and 41 seconds, and was the 50-54 runner-up in the 800.