25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports 06.19.14

Local sports history

June 15, 1989
    Joseph Nzau, a 39-year-old Kenyan who lives in Laramie, Wyo., and who claims to be 40, won the Shelter Island 10-kilometer race Saturday in 29 minutes and 35 seconds. Nzau, who, after the first mile, went unchallenged, was on a record pace at the halfway point, at 14:20, but slowed somewhat thereafter to finish 42 seconds off the record pace set by a fellow countryman, Yobes Ondeiki, in 1987.

    “There was no air,” Nzau said afterward. “I couldn’t move.”

    “I think he took all the air,” quipped Jerry Lawson, the 22-year-old third-place finisher (and early leader) from Chittenango, N.Y.

    The runner-up was Pat Peterson of Bay Shore, America’s best marathoner, in 30:01.

    Duane Bock of East Hampton, a Campbell University junior who plays out of the Indian Island Country Club in Riverhead, qualified Monday for the New York State Open, to be played next month in Syracuse, by shooting a 73 at the Lawrence Country Club. Bock, who caddies at the Maidstone Club and works with his father, Dave, led Campbell to a first-place finish recently in the Big South Conference.

    Tim Egan, a 30-year-old bayman who lives in Sag Harbor, won the super heavyweight division in an arm wrestling tournament sponsored by Budweiser beer in Corona Park, Queens, on Saturday.

    Egan, who weighs 240 pounds and stands over 6 feet, won four matches on his way to victory in the stand-up tournament. The super heavyweight division is for contestants who weigh 220 and up, he said.

    One of the sides the Montauk Rugby Club fielded for the first 7s tournament to be played here, at East Hampton’s Herrick Park Saturday, was, at 2-2, the runner-up in its division to the eventual winner, the Albany State Old Boys. The locals included Frank Bistrian, who has made the national junior team, which is to tour New Zealand this summer, Larry Lillie, Tom Piacentine, John Peele, Brendan McGorisk, and Kevin Bunce.

    Eben Jones, 28, of Ossining, N.Y., repeated Saturday as the Montauk triathlon champion in a record time of 2 hours, 2 minutes, and 32 seconds. Last year, Jones, who works in the loan department of Manufacturers Hanover Trust, completed the swim-bike-run test in 2:04:52.

    Jones’s wife, Beth, was the fourth woman, in 2:34:14, knocking four minutes off her 1988 time.

    She said she and her husband worked full time. “In addition, he commutes to the city,” she said, adding that they didn’t train together. “He’s just a lot faster than me. We go to the pool together — that’s about it. And we eat together. . . .”

    A three-hour athletic awards ceremony at East Hampton High School last Thursday night capped a season that the school district’s athletic director, Richard Cooney Sr., called “one of the best in the school’s history.”

    “The boys basketball team’s state championship was obviously the highlight,” he said later, “but the whole year was great — we were competitive in just about every sport. This year, we regained a sense of pride and the support of the whole community, which was refreshing.”

    The East Hampton boys’ basketball coach, Ed Petrie, made a point during his talk of thanking East Hampton’s fans. “I don’t think there are any better fans anywhere,” he said.

    Kenny Wood, the basketball team’s star senior center and captain, who received a standing ovation from the 400 or so people who attended the dinner, catered by Village Italian Specialties, and Lara DeSanti, a senior who captained the championship field hockey team and the softball team, were the recipients of the Paul Yuska award, given by the varsity coaches to the school’s top senior student-athletes.

    DeSanti’s grandfather Robert Meinke and her stepfather, Larry Cantwell, were Yuska award winners when they were students at the high school.