25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports 02.27.14

Local sports history

February 9, 1989
    Playing as if it were their last time on the tiny Bridgehampton High School basketball court, a possibility given last spring’s vote to close the upper grades, a vote that is now being appealed, the Killer Bees ran rampant Friday night and Saturday afternoon, scoring a total of 240 points.

    Whether back-to-back 120-point games constituted a record of some sort, either in school or county annals, could not be determined, but two records were set in Saturday’s possible swan song, a 120-82 rout of Pierson. Bobby Hopson, the junior point guard, scored 52 points, high in Suffolk this season, and Duane White, the senior center, broke the all-time school scoring record of 1,259, held by Troy Bowe, the University of Hawaii’s sophomore point guard.

    . . . A bittersweet ceremony preceded Saturday’s game as cheerleaders presented all the players, who wore black bands protesting the upper school’s possible demise, with carnations.

    In addition, plaques were given by Stephanie Hemby, a sophomore, to John Niles, the Bees’ coach, to the cheerleaders’ coach, Nancy Nagel, and to Nancy Niles, the coach’s wife and a school board member, who, along with her husband, is one of those petitioning the state education commissioner, Thomas Sobel, to overturn the closure vote.

    East Hampton High School’s long dominance of League Seven wrestling came to an end at Hampton Bays Friday as the Baymen, who are combined with Southampton in the sport, decisively defeated the hitherto-undefeated Bonackers 33-23.

    The Bonac wrestlers, who were looking for their fifth straight league championship, managed to win only four of the 13 matches, although just about all of them were exciting.

    Under Jim Stewart, East Hampton won league championships between 1985 and 1988, and conference tournament championships in ’85, ’86, and ’87. The team finished second to Hampton Bays-Southampton in the conference tourney last year.

February 16, 1989
    With Kenny Wood, its star senior center, leading the way, the East Hampton High School boys basketball team won the League Seven championship here on Saturday, defeating Bridgehampton 70-57.

    It was the first time in Wood’s five years with the Bonackers that East Hampton (11-1) had won the crown outright.
    . . . Already the county’s all-time scoring leader, Wood can be expected to become the state’s all-time public school scorer in Saturday’s game. He’s just seven points shy of the record, 2,391 points. Kenny Anderson of Archbishop Molloy, a Catholic school in Queens, broke the record last month.

February 23, 1989
    Facing a formidable Amityville team in a county class B semifinal boys basketball game here Saturday, East Hampton, led by Kenny Wood, proved up to the challenge, winning 77-59.

    The victory and Riverhead’s 63-60 win that day over John Glenn set up the East End showdown here Tuesday for the county class B title, which East Hampton won.

    Wood scored 40 points against Amityville, the most tallied against that team by a single player this season, and had 17 rebounds.

    “It’s not only Kenny out there,” said Ed Petrie, East Hampton’s coach, afterward. “Everyone performed excellently . . . Lance McDonald, Terrell . . . the Scribner kid. . . . It wasn’t just one person out there. Billy Barbour is 5-11, maybe 6-0, and he was putting his body on [Louis] Wilson, who’s 6-7 and probably outweighs him by 30 pounds. It was a tremendous defensive effort.”

    While the Pierson-Shelter Island High School girls basketball team, which wound up its League Eight season in a second-place tie with Center Moriches, each at 7-3, did not make the county playoffs (only the league champion, Southampton, did), it was invited to participate in the state Class D tourney, an invitation that P-SI’s coach, Larry Foden, turned down.

    “I felt we weren’t ready yet,” said Foden. “I didn’t want our participation in the tournament to be a negative experience.”
    Had Pierson-Shelter Island competed, it would probably, said Foden, have met Alexander Hamilton, of Elmsford, a perennial class D power, in the Southeast regional game.

    The last time a Pierson girls team played in the state tournament, in 1987, the Whalers, then led by Katie Browngardt, Kyle Beyel, and Irene McMahon, lost in overtime, 50-47, to Germantown in the Eastern regional championship game at Glens Falls.

    Bridgehampton High School’s Killer Bees earned themselves, after a year’s hiatus, a return trip to the state class D tournament by defeating Southold 78-60 in the county class D championship game played Saturday at East Hampton.