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When last Nick West was at a final — at the 2014 state boys soccer championships in Middletown — he was on crutches, having suffered a broken foot in a semifinal the day before.
The East Hampton High School boys swimming and girls basketball teams began their seasons this past week, with decidedly different results.
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The weather was good on Thanksgiving Day, warmer apparently than was expected, so the turnout at the East Hampton Town Recreation Department and John Keeshan Realty’s three and six-mile Turkey Trots in Montauk was bountiful.
Dan White, who is in his second year coaching the East Hampton High School boys basketball team, said following Saturday’s multiteam scrimmage at Mattituck, a scrimmage that also included Riverhead and Greenport, that he was “optimistic” when it came to the coming season.
Frank Ackley, the East’s top-ranked 65-year-old United States Tennis Association singles player in 2015, said during a recent conversation at his house in Springs that he hadn’t played singles at the national level in a while, “ever since I broke my leg in a freaky accident on the grass courts at The Bridge.”
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A 35-yard rocketed knee-high shot by Luis Barrera early in the second half of Sunday’s Suffolk Men’s Soccer League showdown between Barrera’s team, Hampton United, and Charruas 1950, a perennial rival from Central Islip, put the locals atop the league’s 10-team first division once again with two more games left in the fall half of the season.
Two of the captains of East Hampton High School’s league-champion girls swimming team, Madison Jones and Lucy Emptage, were the focus of attention at the high school on Nov. 14.
When Aziza El, the 5-foot-9-inch middle hitter, went down with a rolled ankle near the end of Friday’s girls volleyball practice session at Pierson High School, Donna Fischer, Pierson-Bridgehampton’s coach, rolled her eyes, as if to say, “Oh no.”
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