‘Some swimmers come out as if baptized’
Michael Petrzela was again first out of the water in Fighting Chance’s longest swim, a 2-miler this time. Craig Macnaughton
Sophia Taylor and Paige Duca are two reasons why John Ryan Sr. has such confidence in East Hampton’s women’s lifeguard team. Jack Graves

“When I pointed out to her that her horse’s stall had an ocean view, she relented.”
Mercedes Mann has been teaching at the Topping Riding Club in Sagaponack for about 40 years. Jack Graves
Emily Aspinall, Mercedes Mann, and Tinka Topping have worked closely together at the Topping Riding Club for many years. Jack Graves

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District champion 9-10 Little League traveling all-star team lost a game Tuesday night. Caroline Cashin

The first in a quarter-century
Atta boy: East Hampton’s 9-10 Little Leaguers were congratulated by their parents after Sunday’s 13-4 win here over Patchogue-Medford. On Monday, in Riverhead, they won the District 36 championship. Jack Graves
Carter Dickinson’s lead-off double in the second inning of Monday’s championship game “set the tone,” according to one of his coaches, Tim Garneau. Craig Macnaughton
Tyler Hansen has been lights out on the mound for East Hampton’s 9-10 traveling all-star team. Jack Graves

Kayaking, along with other paddle sports, may seem idyllic, but it can be dangerous and strenuous. Durell Godfrey

“Yes, we’re getting bigger, and better too,” John Ryan Sr. said.
John Ryan Sr. is happy to see that more and more youngsters here are learning to swim. There are about 350 kids in the junior lifeguard program and about 100 6-through-8-year-old Nippers at present. John Musnicki

Win results in a $1,500 donation to the Wellness Foundation and in a $14,000 donation to the East Hampton Food Pantry

“The women’s field was so fast," said Dennis Fabiszak.
Danielle Opatovsky won among the women and was sixth over all. Craig Macnaughton
The youngest competitor, at the age of 9, was Luke Tumino, who ran the course in 1 hour, 13 minutes, and 12.10 seconds. The eldest competitor, according to the Firecracker 8K’s timer, was 94. Craig Macnaughton and Jack Graves Photos
Paige Mattingly and Mia Pazera ran the 3-mile walk course, finishing well ahead of the others. Craig Macnaughton

Day camp leader: ‘Be the best person you can be’
Dennis Johnson is an inspiration to young and old, the Y’s director, Glenn Vickers, has said. Jack Graves