25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports: 03.09.17

Local Sports History

February 13, 1992

The East Hampton High School girls basketball team won all three of the games it played last week, thus assuring itself of at least a tie for second place in League VII and a berth in the Class B bracket of the county playoffs.

The girls trounced Mount Sinai 59-18 on Feb. 5, defeated Mercy 48-38 on Friday, and prevailed over Center Moriches 39-34 on Monday. The win over Center Moriches was especially sweet inasmuch as the Bonackers had lost earlier in the season by 20 points on the Red Devils’ court, and were playing Monday without Nicole Ficeto, the team leader. 

“It was a big win for us,” the coach, Barry Mackin, said. 

. . . East Hampton thus far has been averaging 45 points for and 35 against. “Our defense probably puts us among the top three or four teams in the county,” Mackin ventured.

The Pierson High School boys basketball team officially eliminated East Hampton from postseason competition Friday night in Sag Harbor by surviving a gallant fourth-quarter Bonac charge by the margin of one basket.

East Hampton’s senior point guard, Kenny Dodge, got off the last shot, from the top of the key, but it bounced off the rim, and so Pierson wound up the winner, 57-55.

The Pierson Whalers virtually assured themselves the first Class D seed in the county high school boys basketball playoffs by defeating Bridgehampton’s Killer Bees Tuesday in the fabled Beehive. The Whalers also clinched second place in League VII with the victory.

Sparked by Tyler Ratcliffe’s dazzling shooting, the Whalers played a remarkable game to upend the Bees 93-88.

The Beehive, a floor considerably smaller than a regulation court, is not the ideal place for visiting basketball teams. The Bees, of course, feel right at home there, and well they should. The cramped setting plays perfectly into their helter-skelter style of play, and the fans, stacked just inches off the sidelines, add to the dizzying atmosphere.

. . . Ratcliffe has been shooting from so far out, in fact, that some of the Pierson faithful have taken to calling him “Mars” — after the planet, not the candy bar. 


February 27, 1992

Ellen Cooper, a longtime East Hampton High School coach and physical education instructor, recently received an award from the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport at the State University at Stony Brook.

Cooper, who heads the school’s successful field hockey program, remembers when, in the mid-1960s as “a coach of everything” in Sag Harbor, she had to “lay out and line the field, coach the teams, officiate the games, and serve cookies and milk afterward — all for $500 a year. And I choreographed the musicals, too.”


Andy Neidnig, 72, of Sag Harbor was recently chosen the New York Road Runners Club’s athlete of the year in the golden age class for the third consecutive time. Neidnig was a co-winner of the award the past two years. The 26,000-member group noted Neidnig’s dominance in a series of races over the past year, including a third consecutive first-place age-group finish in the New York marathon.

Neidnig was awarded a Tiffany crystal bowl. He has amassed a mantelful of vases and the like in the past few years. “I think my wife is going to keep potato salad in this one,” he quipped.