25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports 10.24.13

Local sports history

October 6, 1988
    The East Hampton High School field hockey team, which was to have played a formidable opponent, Westhampton, here yesterday, extended its winning streak to seven games earlier in the week, shutting out Mattituck in a game during which Bonac’s goalkeeper, Dawn DaCostafaro, never had to touch the ball.

    Jennifer Vish got East Hampton going with two goals scored in the first two minutes of the game. Others to score that afternoon for the Bonackers were Megan Barnett, Lara DeSanti, Bridget McSweeney, Arlene Pizzo, and Jennifer Wilson.

    A rather loose observance of soccer practice by a number of East Hampton High School players recently led the team’s coaches, Mark Sucsy and Jim Stewart, to sit some starters for varying periods in games last week, a measure that the coaches hope will lead the team to “play more as a unit.”

October 13, 1988
    Among the age group winners in the Montauk Chamber of Commerce’s 15K (9.3-mile) road race Saturday was Allan Kirik, 45, of Bridgehampton, the American record holder in the 100K (62-mile) race. Kirik is the only American to have won the 55-mile London-to-Brighton race in England. He runs 95 miles a week. “In my heyday,” said Kirik, “I ran 130 to 140 a week.”

October 27, 1988
    The East Hampton High School field hockey team, described by its coach, Ellen Cooper, as the best she’s ever had, wound up an unprecedented undefeated season here last Thursday with a 6-0 shutout of Mattituck. The crossover win enabled the League V champions to finish at 14-0.

    . . . East Hampton has outscored its opponents 53-1 this season, “and that goal,” said Cooper, referring to East Hampton’s 2-1 win over Southampton here earlier in the season, “was actually scored off one of our defenders.”

    For the first time in the eight years Kathy Strandberg has been coaching the sport here, the East Hampton High School gymnastics team has won a league championship. The young, talented team did it by defeating Babylon 138.8 to 138.3 here on Tuesday.

    The Bonackers gained the all-important half-point edge in the final floor exercise routines.

    The win extended the Bonackers’ undefeated string to eight.

    . . . In the decisive and final event, Robin Streck won with an 8.0, Jennifer Fuchs was second, with a 7.9, and a Babylon gymnast, Heather Scanlon, was third, with a 7.8.

    “The reason this has come to be,” said Fuchs’s father, Charles, “is because of the USGF program that Kathy has run, without pay, for the past eight years. As a result of her dedication, this town has one of the best girls gymnastics programs on the Island. It’s the biggest sport for girls out here, and I think it’s time that the town sponsored the program — USGF should be 10 times the size that it is — and paid her.”