Sports Briefs: 10.26.17

Local Sports Notes

Foster Wins

East Hampton’s Turner Foster, the defending county champion, prevailed on the fifth hole of a playoff to win League VII’s individual title on Monday at the Rock Hill Golf and Country Club in Manorville. East Hampton’s team placed second, with 419 strokes, to Pierson-Bridgehampton, which had 415.

 

Soccer Loss

The East Hampton High School boys soccer team, which, despite tying the undefeated league champion, Amityville, recently, drew the ninth seed among the county’s Class A schools, lost 3-1 in an outbracket game at eighth-seeded Wyandanch on Monday. East Hampton’s coach, Don McGovern, had been hoping for a higher seed — and thus a home game — but “we had too many one-goal losses,” he said in an email. 

The Bonackers, nevertheless, ended the season as winners, with a 6-5-1 record in League VI play, and a 9-7-1 record over all. Wilmur Guzman scored East Hampton’s goal in the playoff game.

 

Boys Volleyball

East Hampton High’s boys volleyball coach, Josh Brussell, said before Monday’s match here with Smithtown East that he was happy that his young crew had made the playoffs. The Bonackers are the fourth seed in the Division II bracket whose first-round games are to be played Nov. 4.

Smithtown East won Monday’s first set with relative ease, at 25-16, after which its coach called off the dogs, going to his bench in the second set, which the Bonackers wound up winning in exciting fashion 31-29. In that second set, East Hampton’s Sutton Lynch, Clark Miller, Eamon Spencer, and James Kim found the floor with kills, and Morgan Segelken, the libero, made a great one-handed save to tie the count at 29-29, after which Smithtown East erred twice, handing East Hampton the victory. The visitors won the third and fourth sets 25-14 and 25-18.

 

Young Ruggers

The Section XI Warriors, a junior varsity rugby 7s team coached by Kevin Bunce, played its way into first place in a series of tournaments being played at Pelham High School upstate this past weekend by winning two games and losing one, to the host school, by a 12-10 score.

“I thought this would be our letdown week, that we’d go 0-3 or 1-2, something like that, but it wasn’t,” the coach said during a conversation Tuesday morning. “We were missing some guys, but the kids I had stepped up. We beat Bishop Loughlin 19-0 to begin with and then followed up with a 17-10 win over Thornton-Donovan before losing on an extra-point kick in the final seconds to Pelham.”

Last year, said Bunce, “we played at the varsity level, but our kids were too young to do that this year, which is why we went with a jayvee. That’s the same thing I hope they do with wrestling here. We’ve got some good young wrestlers, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth graders, but you don’t want to put ninth graders into an untenable situation where they’ll get killed all the time and quit.”