Sports Briefs 09.17.15

Local sports notes

Reale Petition

Chris Schenck, the father of an East Hampton High School softball player who took issue with the firing in July of the school’s varsity softball coach, Lou Reale, has launched a petition drive on the GoPetition website to have Reale reinstated by the school district’s superintendent, Rich Burns.

The petition’s preamble says, in part, “Superintendent Burns . . . has forced Coach Lou Reale to retire from coaching the girls varsity softball team after 27 years. Mr. Burns has repeatedly ignored the majority of supporters for Coach Lou.”

“At the board of education meeting [in July] more than 50 people showed up to speak in support, including ex-players, current players, parents, and colleagues. Two people spoke against. Most of the supporters couldn’t show up due to prior commitments and to the short notice given. Mr. Burns hasn’t given any reason for his actions and doesn’t plan to.”

“We all know this is a personal vendetta. . . . Coach Lou has impacted so many lives in positive ways. . . . My daughter [Maddie, the team’s catcher] learned more from him in one season than in the previous five. I want him, as do many others in this community, reinstated. . . .”

As of Tuesday morning, the online petition had received 88 signatures.


Men’s Soccer

The men’s fall soccer season began this past weekend for the East Hampton Football Club’s Over-30 team, which defeated Manorville 4-2 at the Ross School Sunday. The Division 1 and the D-1 Reserve teams are to begin the fall season Sunday versus Forest Park at Glen Cove High School.


E.H.I.T. Champs

The following were the winners and runners-up in tournaments held recently at the East Hampton Indoor-Outdoor tennis club:

Men’s A singles, Steve Camac and Scott Jacobs; Men’s B singles, Greg Freeman and Gino Fava; Men’s A doubles, Seth Gordon/Milosz Gudzow­­ski and Josh Saks/Gideon Mendelson; Men’s B doubles, Gary Bowen/Jack Graves and Freeman/Jeff Kramer.

Men’s 60-plus singles, Howie Lippman and Jerry Cohen; Men’s 60-plus doubles, Barry Emanuel/Lippman and Peter Newman/Cohen; Men’s 70-plus singles, David Halpern and Fava.

Women’s A singles, Nanette Hansen and Anna Bernasek; Women’s B singles, Karen Frank and Ilene Melniker; Women’s A doubles, Allison Hashmall/Hansen and Kelly Canavan/Bernasek; Women’s B doubles, Charlotte Hannah/Melanie Zrihen and Karen Frank/Lien Do; Mixed A doubles, Seth Gordon/Heather Gordon and Canavan/Steve Deblasi, and Mixed B doubles, Melniker/Rob Likoff and Diane Shifman/Mark Davis.