June 11, 1987
Duane Bock, a senior who has played five years on East Hampton High School’s varsity golf team, finished fifth in the New York State high school golf championships held Sunday and Monday at Cornell University.
It was the first time that an East Hampton student had placed in the state tournament, which this year was won by the Suffolk team. One of Duane’s older brothers, Darrell, played in the state tournament in 1983, as a junior, finishing 25th, and E.J. Pospisil went as an alternate in 1977 and ’78.
East Hampton High School celebrated a very good athletic year with an awards dinner attended by about 500 at the high school’s gymnasium on June 9. Of the 17 teams the school fielded, three — wrestling, boys track, and boys tennis — won league and conference championships.
There were, as well, outstanding individual performances by, among others, Eric Kaufman, who, as a 112-pound senior wrestler, became the first East Hampton student ever to win a Suffolk County championship, after which he went on to become a state finalist; Kenny Wood, the 6-foot-4-inch sophomore boys basketball team’s center, who now stands third on the school’s all-time scoring list, with 1,130 points, only 103 shy of breaking the record held by his older brother, Howard, and Duane Bock, a five-year letterman on the golf team, who recently placed fifth in the New York State tournament.
The Paul Yuska award, given to the school’s most valuable senior athlete, was shared by three students — Kirsten Barrett, who last fall set a school record for shutouts (10) by a field hockey goalkeeper, Kaufman, and Michael Scott, who played number-one singles for the boys tennis team, and who won the Conference Four singles championship.
Wrestling, coached by Jim Stewart, won the League Seven and Conference Four championships for the third year in a row; boys tennis, coached by John Goodman, repeated as the league champion, at 14-0, and, also for the second straight year, won the conference singles (Scott) and doubles (Luke Wornstaff and Clark Silva) doubles titles. Boys track, coached by Mike Burns, won championships in League Seven and, for the first time ever, in Conference Four.
With the weather cooperating as well as could be expected, a 24-year-old Kenyan, Yobes Ondeiki, a 25-year-old New Zealander, Christine McMiken, and a 42-year-old former Miller Place resident, Bobbi Rothman, broke course and Long Island records in Saturday’s Shelter Island 10K race. Ondeiki’s time was 28 minutes and 53 seconds, the result of a blistering 4:39-per-mile pace.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything more, it was a total success,” Cliff Clark, the race director, said afterward. “We’ve now got all four Long Island 10K records — in the open and masters divisions.”