25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports 09.13.12

Local sports history

August 6, 1987
    Bridgehampton High School’s sophomore wing, Bobby Hopson, and East Hampton’s junior center, Kenny Wood, were starters on the Long Island team that played in the Empire State Games at Syracuse last weekend.

    About 150 spectators watched as a Racquet Club of East Hampton pro, Frank Ackley, defeated Ken Trell, a member of the Green Hollow Tennis Club, 7-5, 6-2 in the finals of the senior men’s open tournament held Sunday at the Racquet Club.

August 13, 1987
    The Bridgehampton High School boys basketball team last week won the Brookhaven Town summer league playoff championship, for the second year in a row, by defeating Longwood in the final last Thursday, 71-70.
    A 3-point buzzer beater by Bill Richard as the first 20-minute half ended proved to be “the key,” according to the coach, John Niles. “That put us up 37-36; the second half was 34-34.”
    Bobby Hopson led the Bees’ scoring with 24 points, followed by Duane White, with 18, Richard, with 11, Corey Johnson, with 8, Kyle Jones, with 6, and Maurice Gholson, with 4.

    Mike Tramontano, six feet and 200 pounds of solid gentility and intelligence, by day an airplane mechanic and by 5:30 a body-building devotee who subscribes to the natural no-steroids approach, recently provided this writer with her first glimpse into what pumping iron is all about.
    . . . Among the body builders canvassed, regimes and goals don’t appear to be standardized, although year-round workouts, six days a week, seem to be the norm. Winters or non-competitive periods are generally spent building up, with the emphasis on a high-protein diet in order to gain muscle mass. Toward the competitive season, calories and especially fat intake is reduced in order to increase definition, known in the parlance as “getting ripped” or “cut-up.” And the last 24 hours prior to a contest, competitors concentrate on reducing water retention in order to maximize definition.      Bonnie Maslin        

August 20, 1987
    Paul Simon, the songwriter, who played left field for the Artists in the Artists-Writers Softball Game, was the consensus m.v.p. inasmuch as he went 4-for-5 at the plate, drove in three runs, played flawlessly in the field, and tagged out the Writers’ Mike Thomas in a sixth-inning rundown between second and third.
    “It’s the rich and famous versus the poor and obscure,” said Mike Landi as John Scanlon announced the Writers’ starting lineup, which included Peter Maas, Richard Reeves, George Plimpton, Ben Bradlee, Larry O’Donnell, Ed Tivnan, Ken Auletta, Jackie Leo, Avery Corman, and Norman Lear.
    The Artists started Sam Cohn on the mound, Charles Slackman, Victor Caglioti, Dan Welden, Jack Dowd, Dan Christensen, Simon, Dennis Lawrence, Ken Keegan, and Landi.

    Saturday’s Artists-Writers Softball Game was an hour late getting started because of a rare Herrick Park permit mixup.
    . . . While the sight of Ultimate disc and softball players using the park at the same time was a cheering one inasmuch as Herrick is rarely used to such an extent, the teams, whose playing areas overlapped, found themselves on a collision course.
    Batting practice was limited to infield grounders and soft flies, though a couple of times there were near beanings.
August 27, 1987
    The most exciting of last Saturday’s whaleboat races in Sag Harbor was won by a Sag Harbor Fire Department team comprising Beaver Early, Jimmy Remkus, Glenn Ficorilli, and Ed Burke Jr.
    . . . Just as Burke’s harpoon made its mark, a race official announced that an oar the crew had lost overboard earlier had to be retrieved to make the win legitimate. The crowd let out a loud moan.
    But these guys, having got that far, and still in the lead, weren’t about to give up. Ficorilli headed the boat back over to the wharf for the drifting oar, and, with the crowd cheering all the way, the boat made it to the beach victorious.
    . . .Over 16 Suffolk County fire departments had entered the competition, but still Sag Harbor came out on top.