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Mount Sinai, one of the top two teams in Suffolk’s third division, showed how key defense can be in the sport of girls lacrosse, giving East Hampton’s attackers no room to maneuver within the goal area during the first half of Saturday’s game here, which the Mustangs won 16-1.
It seemed like a defeat, though Sunday’s Long Island Soccer Football League game here between N.Y. Serbia, a Queens team, and the East Hampton Football Club ended in a tie, at 3-3.
In dramatic fashion the East Hampton High School softball team put itself one game away from the playoffs Monday by defeating Southampton 6-5 here, thanks to a walk-off, bases-clearing hit by Sam Merritt, East Hampton’s fireballing pitcher.
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Asked during a conversation the other day at his parents’ Navy Road house in Montauk if he’d improved during the course of the past year, Noah Avallone, a redheaded, curly-haired 9-year-old, readily replied, matter of factly, “A lot.”
Mark McKee, one of seven brothers who were inducted last fall into East Hampton High School’s Hall of Fame, is to retire soon as a Springs School physical education teacher and its athletic director.
Jared Keating, a 34-year-old London-based investor who spent summers in Bridgehampton as he was growing up, won Saturday’s half-marathon there in 1 hour, 22 minutes, and 32 seconds.
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Whatever else happened sportswise last week, we’ll always have Thursday.