Engstrom Takes Regional; Field Hockey Wins Twice

Coach rates his team in state’s top five
The goal by E. Bistrian, at right, early in Saturday’s field hockey game here with Port Jefferson was said by Robyn Mott to be one of the prettiest she’d ever seen. Craig Macnaughton

East Hampton High’s boys cross-country team made itself known statewide at an invitational meet in Wawrick Saturday, taking third place among the 16 teams in one of the varsity races there, paced by Erik Engstrom’s winning time of 15 minutes and 43.5 seconds.

“We took third over all,” said Bonac’s coach, Kevin Barry, “behind Mount Academy, the second-ranked Class C school in the state and F.D.R. of Hyde Park. . . . There were 16 teams from four different Sections — 1, 8, 9, and 11.”

As a result of his charges’ finish, “I’d say we’re in the top five statewide among the B schools,” the coach added.

In other sporting action involving East Hampton High School teams this past week, field hockey, coached by Robyn Mott, won twice, besting Greenport-Southold 4-3 in a one-on-one shootout that followed a 1-1 tie in regulation and two scoreless 10-minute 7-on-7 overtime periods, and shut out Port Jefferson 4-0 following Saturday’s football game.

Katie McGovern, in regulation, and Francesca Keogh, Grace Amaden, Elizabeth Conchard, and Devon Zinnel in the shootout scored versus Greenport-Southold.

E. Bistrian, Vanessa Hammond, Brooke Rivkind, and Keogh were the goal-scorers vs. Port Jeff.

“None of them came off corners,” Mott said. “They all came off fast breaks.” The first one by Bistrian, who capped a counter play during which only two others touched the ball in the game’s opening minutes, “was one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen,” the coach said.

Field hockey was to be at home to Harborfields yesterday, and is to play at Southampton tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Girls tennis, a squad that includes players from East Hampton, Pierson, and Bridgehampton, began the season with a win on Sept. 9, besting Southampton 6-1, the only loss coming at fourth singles.

Katie Helfand has a strong squad, led by a transfer, Pamela Pillco, a sophomore. Helfand’s singles lineup in the Southampton match also numbered Isabel Peters, a Pierson junior, Rebecca Kuperschmid, a ninth-grader, and Bryce Slater, a senior who hasn’t played since eighth grade.

The doubles teams were Harriet De Groot, a Bridgehampton senior, and Allie Clarke, a Pierson junior, at one; Jacqui Thorsen and Raquel Burns, both juniors, at two, and Kate Quimby, a Pierson ninth-grader, and Erin Gray, a sophomore, at three.

There are six players from East Hampton, six from Pierson, and one - -De Groot — from Bridgehampton on the squad.

Girls volleyball defeated Miller Place 3-1, but lost 3-0 to Sayville. Boys volleyball lost 3-1 to Bay Shore.

With the graduation of nine starters from last year’s state-finalist squad, boys soccer is young — there are 10 sophomores. The team lost 3-1 at Elwood-John Glenn on the 9th, and was shut out 5-0 by Shoreham-Wading River here Friday. The visitors led 4-0 at the half.

Girls soccer lost twice, as well, 3-2 to Southampton and 6-0 to Elwood-John Glenn.

Back to boys cross-country, Barry said the Wawrick course was “rolling, never flat,” and that it was 3.09 miles in length, “a few yards short of a 5K.”

Engstrom, who has been training all summer, topped a field of 112 in the Varsity-2 race, winning “by 150 yards.”

“It was very impressive,” said Barry. “It was his first high school race since April.”

Bonac’s second runner was Geo Espinoza, a sophomore, in 17:23. Josh Dempsey, a junior, was the third — 20th over all — in 17:24. Eric Perez, a senior, as is Engstrom, was the fourth to be scored — and 27th over all — in 17:38, a personal-best for him. East Hampton’s fifth man was T.J. Paradiso — 45th over all — in 18:19. Jimmy Makrianes, a senior, was the sixth man, in 18:24, a personal record “by almost a minute,” said his coach. “He may well be the best sixth man in the county.”

Liana Paradiso, a member of East Hampton’s girls team, placed 24th in the girls’ race, in 22:52, Barry added.

The boys are to run in the Bob Pratt invitational at Sunken Meadow this Saturday. “Erik may go up against the Sachem kid, who’s number-one in Suffolk County.”

Miller Place’s boys soccer team is to play here today at 4:30; the girls swimming team is to begin its season at Half Hollow Hills tomorrow; Bayport-Blue Point’s boys soccer team is to play here Saturday at 10 a.m., and on Monday Bayport-Blue Point’s field hockey team is to play here at 4:30.