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The win improved the Bonackers, who long ago clinched a playoff berth, to 11-1 in league play
Nick West scored two goals from acute angles in East Hampton’s 5-0 win over Shoreham-Wading River here on Oct. 16. Craig Macnaughton

    The East Hampton High School boys soccer team continued to roll Monday, defeating Amityville 3-0 thanks to goals by Nick West, Camillo Godoy, and Nick Quiroz.

    The win improved the Bonackers, who long ago clinched a playoff berth, to 11-1 in league play. Presumably the two-time defending county Class A champions will receive that bracket’s top seed again. The eighth seeded Class A team is to play at the top seed in a first-round game next Thursday at 2 p.m.

    Kathy McGeehan, who coaches East Hampton’s girls volleyball team, said Monday she thought John Glenn, by virtue of the fact that it is undefeated in its league, would get the top Class B seed in the playoffs. That bracket’s third seed is to play at the second seed (which presumably will be East Hampton) on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m.

    McGeehan’s crew has lost only to Sayville in league play. That game had been rescheduled to the Monday after homecoming weekend so that the Bonackers could play in an upstate tournament this past weekend. “It was well worth it,” the coach said on her team’s return from Horseheads. “We saw a lot of top regional teams there, teams of all classifications, including some from Long Island [John Glenn and Harborfields] we hadn’t seen before. . . . We left there at 7 p.m. and got back here at 3 a.m. It was a long trip, but, again, it was worth it.”

    East Hampton, by virtue of the fact it had finished third in pool play (having lost to Eden and Maine Endwell and having defeated Francis Lewis twice and Tioga once), advanced to the gold division, where, after defeating Class A Harborfields and Marcellus, a fellow B school, it lost in three to Warwick.

    Glenn, which placed second in another pool, advanced to the eight-team championship division where it lost in the first round. That division was won by Baldwinsville, which defeated Kellenberg Memorial, a Long Island team, in the final, McGeehan said.

    “We played some great teams, from all over the place,” she continued. “Marcellus was a B, Tioga was a B . . . Eden, which is a C school, was the best team we’ve played all year.”

    Asked if she thought her team would win the league championship, McGeehan said, “Assuming we get by Shoreham-Wading River and Amityville, and if Westhampton beats Sayville, we’ll win it outright. Otherwise, we and Sayville will probably wind up sharing the title.”

    East Hampton’s boys volleyball team, while it has a losing record in countywide play, can very well make the small school playoffs, its coach, Josh Brussell, said following a loss in four here Monday to Connetquot.

    Connetquot had two lights-out hitters, but, despite that, the Bonackers were in the match pretty much the whole way. “Their coaches and players said afterward that we were much-improved,” said Brussell, whose team had defeated Huntington on Friday.

    “Our outsides — Pat Silich, Jack Abrams-Dyer, and Pete Shilowich — have been playing well, and our middles, Henry Whitney and Rob Anderson, have been outstanding.”

    Monday’s scores were 25-17, 16-25, 26-24, 25-22 in Connetquot’s favor.

    To make the playoffs, said Brussell, “We’ll have to beat Shoreham-Wading River at home next Tuesday, and if we do that we’ll probably play at Eastport-South Manor in the first round of the playoffs. They’re definitely beatable.”

    In other action Monday, East Hampton’s girls swimming team, which has on it a number of younger competitors who have been winning races, defeated West Babylon here 91-71. The team, coached by John McGeehan, had won by similar scores at Huntington and Hauppauge last week.

    As a result of Monday’s win, the team improved its league record to 3-2, and to 5-2 over all.

    Among Monday’s highlights, McGeehan said, were Cecilia De Havenon’s time of 1 minute and 6.47 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly, which she won, and her 1:05.69 in the 100 backstroke, and Marina Preiss’s wins in the 100 back, the 200 individual medley, and in the 200 freestyle relay, which she anchored.

    Preiss, who has been a state qualifier in four of her five years here, eschewed her main events, the 50 and 100 freestyle races, so that she could do the 200 I.M. “She was shooting for a state time, and just missed it with her 2:18,” said McGeehan, who added that “she has qualified for the states in the 100 free, though not yet in the 50 — I’m sure she will — and she’s trying for a state time in the 200. She’s done a 1:58.94 in that event; the state qualifying time is 1:57.24.”

    McGeehan’s charges are to compete in the League III championships at Hauppauge High School on Friday, Nov. 1, at 4:30 p.m.

Brady Yusko’s jump serve was a formidable weapon in Monday’s match with Connetquot. Jack GravesBrady Yusko’s jump serve was a formidable weapon in Monday’s match with Connetquot.Jack Graves