Local sports notes

The spirit was there
Brandon Johnson racked up 100 yards rushing for the Bonackers in their first game in almost two years. Linebackers Axel Alanis and Mikey Perez had the most tackles. Craig Macnaughton

“one of the toughest Hampton Classic Grand Prix courses”
Karen Polle and With Wings went “medium-fast” in the jump-off after their three opponents had rails down. Durell Godfrey

Horses are chiefly heir to orthopedic, gastrointestinal, and respiratory problems, all of which can be serious
Dr. Kyla Ortved, one of the Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists’ three full-time surgeons, and the clinic’s practice manager, Jill Nordberg, were at the Hampton Classic Friday. Jack Graves

The Ruggers finished the regular season as the runner-up in the B division
The Montauk Rugby Club, whose slow-pitch softball team recently won the Montauk wood bat league’s playoff trophy, has begun practicing in earnest at East Hampton’s Herrick Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Jack Graves

“Way Cool is, I think, one of the best horses I’ve ever ridden,”
Victoria Colvin has now won the Kathy Scholl memorial trophy, given to the best rider in the Hampton Classic’s junior hunter divisions, five times. Jack Graves

By Sharon G. Jonas
Chris (Wonder) Schoeck straightened and twisted horseshoes, and bent steel bars, railing posts, and industrial spikes in half at the Classic last Thursday. Jon Kassel
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“We wanted to make as big a splash as we could this year, no pun intended. It was great,”
Fifty-two paddlers raised at least $1,500 each in Paddlers for Humanity’s 10th paddle to Block Island on Saturday. David Vaughan Studio

"Our varsity is young, but the players are filled with great spirit and determination."