Sports Briefs: 05.18.17

Local Sports Notes

Synchro Swans at Regionals

Meg Preiss reported this week that several of her synchronized swimming competitors had done well at the Region B championships in Phoenixville, Pa., last weekend. Ruby Talmage, she said, “won the figure event in her division, and she, Diana Winthrop, and Greer Costello also took first.”

“Diana had a beautiful solo swim to take third place, but unfortunately only the solo event’s top two go on to the Junior Olympic nationals in Riverside, California. That event is the hardest to qualify in. . . . Diana and Greer, however, did qualify for the nationals in duet.”

“All three girls have a wonderful work ethic,” Preiss continued. “The regional results prove that they have the determination to do wonderful things.”

While the Y.M.C.A.’s heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system was being replaced in the past months, Preiss’s charges practiced at Gurney’s Resort.


Soccer Fever Wins

Two East Hampton Soccer Fever teams — the under-11s and the under-12s — are two wins away from the Long Island Junior Soccer League’s championship round in their divisions as the result of wins this past weekend.

The under-12s, coached by Duvan Castro, defeated the North Babylon Cosmos 1-0 thanks primarily to a goal by Gary Gutama and the goaltending of Rudy Salmeron. The under-11s, coached by Carlos Vargas, easily defeated the American Football Club of Hauppauge 5-2. 

Soccer Fever’s president, Marcelo Merchan, said, “A lot of people are pretty surprised that these kids are competing at such a high level, against teams with much larger selection pools. Not me though. For the kids we have the sky is the limit. They want to learn and love playing the game. It’s a blessing to be able to be a part of this.”


Boys Tennis Report

Jonny de Groot, the third singles player on East Hampton High’s boys tennis team, after upsetting East Hampton’s number-one (and the tournament’s top seed), Jack Louchheim, in Monday’s division tournament quarterfinals, lost in three sets to the fifth seed, Mike Kosinski of Center Moriches, in the semis. De Groot, who wound up finishing third, was the tourney’s eighth seed. Meanwhile, Ravi MacGurn, Bonac’s number-two, and the tourney’s third seed, won his semifinal match in straight sets and was to have played Kosinski in the final Tuesday.

As for the county team tournament, East Hampton defeated West Islip 5-2 in its first outing, but lost 6-1 to Commack in the quarterfinals. Commack, in turn, was then ousted by Half Hollow Hills East, which was to have played Half Hollow Hills West in the final.


Volleyball Clinics

East Hampton Town Recreation Department-sponsored Wednesday evening girls volleyball clinics at the Montauk Playhouse are to begin this week. Sixth-through-eighth-grade sessions are to be from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with ninth through 12th graders to follow, from 7:30 to 9. Clinic takers can register, at $45 per person, either at the Parks and Recreation Department or at the Playhouse.


Multi-Agency Drill

The East Hampton Village Ocean Rescue Squad, the United States Coast Guard, the East Hampton Town and Village Police Departments, the New York State Parks police, the Montauk Fire Department, and the town’s marine patrol unit took part in a multi-agency “swimmers in distress rescue drill” off the north side of Montauk Point on May 10.