25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports 04.17.14

Local sports history

April 6, 1989
    At a dinner sponsored by the WLNG radio station, which drew a crowd of about 300, Ed Petrie, the state-championship boys basketball team’s coach, said, “The support we got from our fans was a little bit unbelievable. They came up in buses for a 9 p.m. game, which lasted till 11, and then made the six-hour trip back, arriving early in the morning, and on Sunday, they came up again. Not many fans anywhere in the country would have done that.”

    Petrie called the 58-57 upset of Gloversville “the highlight of the year.” Many in the crowd of 5,400 were fans of the Albany-area school, “but,” said Petrie, “the 300 or so East Hampton fans sounded like 3,000.”

    Bob Bubka said that while broadcasting the final with Rye he learned that two of the three Hampton Jitney spectator buses had been in accidents on the New York Thruway. Although assured that no one had been hurt, he decided, he said, not to mention the accidents on the air for fear of arousing undue concern at home. Meanwhile, he anxiously waited for the bus riders to arrive.

    When, at halftime, the fans still hadn’t shown, he cut back to the studio and went outside, where he saw the Jitney that had been able to continue on pull up. “They’ve been on the road eight hours,” said the announcer. “The door opens, and the first thing I hear is, ‘Are we winning?’ They watched 16 minutes of basketball and rode 20 hours to see it. That’s the kind of fans East Hampton has.”

April 27, 1989
    Eighty bowlers — 55 men and 25 women — have signed up for a handicap bowling tournament to be held at the East Hampton Bowl Sunday. The tourney, sponsored by Riverhead Building Supply, will offer a purse of $2,100, with $600 to go to the winner and $300 to the runner-up.

    “The top 20 will be awarded cash prizes,” said one of the tournament’s organizers, Steve Graham, who ventured that it was the first prize-money tourney ever held here.

    The East Hampton High School softball team, which is ranked 15th on Long Island and eighth in Suffolk County, made easy work of the perennial League VII champion, Hampton Bays, in an away game Monday, 20-3.

    Margaret Lisi, the senior transfer from Parishville-Hopkinton, got the win as she struck out 8 and walked 1, but Lisi got ample help at the plate as the team banged out 15 hits. The lineup, according to the coach, Barry Mackin, is strong throughout.

    The number-six hitter, Sarah Brown, is averaging .600, as is the seventh hitter, Judith Rade. Nicole DiSunno and Jennifer Vish, who hit eighth and ninth in the lineup, are each averaging .500. “Thirteen of my 14 players are averaging better than .500 in on-base percentage,” said Mackin.

    The win over Hampton Bays improved the Bonackers’ record to 4-0 (9-0 over all).