25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports 06.12.14

Local sports history

May 4, 1989
Toni (Rusty) Botta, a 131-average bowler from Montauk, won the $600 first prize in Sunday’s tournament at the East Hampton Bowl. Emerging from the six-game qualifying round in the fifth spot, Botta successively knocked off her opponents in head-to-head competition in the finals to best a field of 80.

The top five to come out of qualifying were Kathy Mezynieski (156 average) of Wainscott, with a 1,037 series, including the day’s high scratch game, a 235; Jim Rivera (146) of Springs, with a 1,289; Gloria Harris (165) of Bridgehampton, with a 1,282; William Leland (170) of Springs, with a 1,242, and Botta, with a 1,232.

May 25, 1989
Artie Fisher, an East Hampton senior, and Kevin Hogan, a Westhampton sophomore, matched each other stride for stride in the 1,600-meter race Tuesday.

“It was a dead heat at the end,” said East Hampton’s coach, Mike Burns. “The difference between them was an eyelash. Artie was gaining at the end.”

Hogan, who is considered one of the top, if not the top long-distance runner in the county, was declared the winner, in four minutes and 25.2 seconds. Fisher’s time, the best he’s run by two seconds, was virtually the same.

“A lot of people, including some officials, said it was the best high school mile they’d ever seen,” said Burns. “Both of them are class kids.” Hogan beat Fisher decisively when they met recently in a dual meet. The Westhampton sophomore ran a 4:35 that day. Fisher’s performance broke his school record by three seconds.

East Hampton had two conference champions in Ernie Vorpahl, a sophomore, in the high jump, at five feet, 11 inches, and in Anthony Baker, also a sophomore, in the triple jump, at 40-11/2.

June 1, 1989
Ellamae Gurney mowed Springs Fire Department batters down at Maidstone Park Monday evening as Amagansett won its third game in seven Little League outings.

June 8, 1989
Shaun McGowin, a Pierson High School junior who wrestles with the East Hampton High School team, qualified on Saturday to represent Long Island in the Greco-Roman high school division at the Empire State Games in August.

Greco-Roman is a form of stand-up wrestling limited to throws above the waist. McGowin will compete in a freestyle qualifier on June 17.

About 200 rugby players on 17 teams from southern New Jersey to New Hampshire, including several from New York City, will contest the Montauk Rugby Club’s first 7’s tournament, to be played on fields behind the John M. Marshall Elementary School and at Herrick Park from 9 a.m. Saturday. Seven-on-a-side rugby is a faster version of the 15-on-a-side game. Halves are seven minutes long, and there is no waiting for the ball to pop out from rucks and mauls.

Jim Rossi, Montauk’s spokesman and one of its forwards, said he’s hopeful that the tournament will help rugby gain a following. “Five years down the road we’re hoping that ESPN will broadcast it,” he said.

Pete’s Boys, a traveling East Hampton Town men’s slow-pitch softball team named after the late Peter Landi, learned yesterday that it has received a berth in the northeast regional tournament in Rochester, N.Y., in September.

The team’s players are Dan Mazzeo, Ken Weldon, Barry Mackin, John Gale, Jim Nicoletti, Steve Thebner, Rob Nicoletti, Ed Bahns, Jody Dragotta, and Mike Rand.