Joe Vas would like to have those positions filled in time for the school board’s reorganizational meeting on July 1
Announcements of Bill Herzog’s retirement, the first dating to 2009, when the above photo appeared under the headline “Bows Out in Blowout,” have been premature — until now. Jack Graves
Joe Vas hopes he can get Howard Wood, who recently retired as the high school’s girls basketball coach, to remain with the program in some capacity. He’s shown above with his star 1,000-point protégée, Kaelyn Ward. Jack Graves
Pat Hand, the athletic director Joe Vas’s secretary for the past eight years, and the former bowling team’s head coach and assistant coach, was honored by Section XI this week as the top athletic department secretary among the county’s 62 schools. Hand is to retire in June.

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Kraig Rau won Sunday’s half-marathon in 1 hour, 33 minutes, and 18 seconds
Mike Bahel, Body Tech’s owner, who was third, neared the finish line toting his son James. Jack Graves

Kindergartner cuts ribbon at center
Among those at Friday’s ribbon-cutting for the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center’s new junior field were, from left, John Graham, Dennis Ruiz III, GoodCircle’s founders Joan Overlock and Fred Doss, and the center’s director, Maureen Wikane. Christine Sampson
“If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands . . .”
Dennis Ruiz III got to cut the ribbon because he had, on his own, raised $450 for the project. Christine Sampson Photos

"The kids are picking it up quick,”
Kevin Bunce’s under-14 ruggers include, from left, Christian Johnson, Jake Brown, Kevin Bunce Jr., Nick Wyche, and Chad Brown. Doug Brown

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Defeat Elwood-John Glenn 12-11
Hollie Schleicher, one of three very good freshmen from Pierson, scored five goals in Monday’s 12-11 win here over Elwood-John Glenn. Jack Graves

The first cross-country runner from East Hampton ever to win a sizable collegiate athletic scholarship
Erik Engstrom signed with the University of Massachusetts as the high school’s principal, Adam Fine, his guidance counselor, Marilyn Marsilio, his coaches, Kevin Barry, Mike Buquicchio, and Paul Hamilton, and the athletic director, Joe Vas, and his parents, Gerard and Diane, looked on. Jack Graves

Nick Lemon left the sold-out field in the dust
And they’re off, into the wind at Havens Beach. Jack Graves
The Mother’s Day 5K in Montauk drew a small, but strong field, including, from the left (with a double stroller), Cheryl Bahel, Sinead FitzGibbon, Lauren Ruiz, Caroline Cashin, and Erik Perez. Jane Bimson
Nick Lemon, sporting the Gubbins singlet, repeated at the Bridgehampton Half’s winner, in one hour, 10 minutes, and 40 seconds. Craig Macnaughton