Three East Hampton High Teams Eye Banners This Week

Bonackers in the running
East Hampton’s team this season comprises, from left, Stephen Kane, Ryan White, Turner Foster, Nate Wright, Kevin Boles, Tyler Chittavong, Luke Vaziri, and Hunter Medler. Coach Claude Beudert is at right. Jack Graves

The East Hampton High School boys cross-country team was to have vied with Bayport-Blue Point for the league championship at Sunken Meadow State Park Tuesday. The girls swim team, whose overall record stood at 4-2 as of Monday, continues to point toward the league meet at the end of the month, and Bonac’s golf team as of Monday was on the verge of winning a league banner for the 15th time in the past 17 years.

Claude Beudert, East Hampton’s golf coach, said, in looking back upon his team’s season, that “I’ve been a little surprised. I wasn’t sure we’d be as good as we’ve been. We needed a fifth and a sixth, and we found them in Kevin Boles, a senior who was our number-eight last year, and in Hunter Medler, Dr. Ray Medler’s grandson, a sophomore who played on the junior varsity last fall.”

“Hunter clinched our win over Pierson, at Noyac, and Kevin clinched our match with Southampton.”

Beudert’s number-one, Turner Foster, a freshman, whose father is the head pro at the Maidstone Club, “is the best in our league. . . . Southampton’s Christian Oakley, who would have been their number-one, broke a wrist in a touch football game.”

Stephen Kane, a senior, is East Hampton’s number-two, Ryan White, also a senior, who, Beudert said, has “improved his game by five shots,” is numberthree, and Nate Wright, a ninth grader, is at four. He was in the sixth spot last year. “This week,” the coach said during a conversation over the weekend, “we beat Southampton 7.5-1.5. Foster’s 40 was our best round. White shot a 41, and Boles beat his man by four shots, 48-52, to clinch it.”

Last Thursday, Westhampton Beach, the league leader as of that day, also fell to East Hampton at South Fork, the Bonackers’ home course, by 34 shots. The 8.5-1.5 win shocked the Hurricanes, who had beaten the Bonackers by eight shots on their course. “It was our best round at South Fork this year, and our 197 total [a 39.4 average for nine holes] was our second-best ever,” said Beudert, who’s in his 29th year of coaching the varsity. “The 2011 Long Island championship team had a 187.”

Four of East Hampton’s golfers were in the 30s on South Fork’s front nine that day — Turner, with a (2-over) 37, Kane, with a 38, White, with a 39, and Wright, with a 38. Boles’s 44 was “a season-best.”

“We’re not there yet,” the coach said when the subject of sharing the league title with Westhampton Beach was broached. “We’re home to Pierson on Wednesday and we play at Center Moriches Thursday, and that’s it. . . . We’ve won nine in a row.”

Craig Brierley, East Hampton’s swim coach, said in an emailed report that “while we cruised to an easy win over Huntington in [Oct. 13’s] tri-meet at Deer Park, Harborfields [which defeated East Hampton 51-40] was an entirely different story.”

“None of the coaches knew how it would turn out because both teams were so closely matched. Many of the races were separated by less than a second between places, and it was very exciting to witness. . . . Both teams are looking forward to the league championship meet next week.”

Brierley’s daughter, Julia, one of four outstanding eighth graders on the team, was named “swimmer of the meet.” She turned in a season-best time of 1 minute and 11.08 seconds in winning the 100-yard breaststroke; she was second in the 200 individual medley; her 50-yard leg in the 200 freestyle relay, which placed second, was also a season-best, and she also swam the breaststroke leg with the runner-up 200 medley relay team.

Brierley also cited Sophia Swanson, another eighth grader, for having “added the 100 butterfly to her list of countyqualifying times.”

East Hampton was to have swum at Hauppauge Monday, the team’s final regular-season meet. The league championship meet is to be held there next Thursday.

Today, the team is to swim against Sachem East, a League II team, at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter.

“This will be our senior meet — the last time our senior swimmers will compete in their home pool. There will be a traditional ceremony prior to the start of the meet, and we hope you can all be there to support the seniors and the rest of the team too.” Kevin Barry’s cross-country team swept Shoreham-Wading River and Miller Place on Sunken Meadow’s 2.8mile course on Oct. 13 with Erik Engstrom leading the way. Engstrom, the overall winner, turned in a time of 14 minutes and 28 seconds. Mike Godfrey, of Shoreham, was the runner-up, after which came East Hampton’s Josh Dempsey, Geo Espinoza, T.J. Paradiso, and Jimmy Makrianes.

As of Tuesday, East Hampton and Bayport-Blue Point stood atop League VII with 4-0 records, followed by Shoreham (3-2), Miller Place (2-3), Hampton Bays (2-3, Mount Sinai (1-3), and John Glenn (0-4).

The last league title East Hampton’s boys cross-country team won was in 2003, said Barry, who added that “it’s a good year for East End running. Shelter Island, Pierson, and Southampton are strong too. Kal Lewis, an eighth grader who is Shelter Island’s top runner, is one of the best in the state in Class D.”

Liana Paradiso, left, a sophomore, has been the East Hampton High School girls cross-country team’s number-one runner this fall. She placed 17th in a field of 140 in Saturday’s Nassau Coaches’ meet’s 5K at Bethpage State Park in 21 minutes and 29 seconds. Erik Eng­strom, right, leads the way. Ricci Paradiso