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Erik Engstrom, recently returned from the University of Massachusetts, reintroduced himself to the running community here by walking away with the Hither Hills Trails Half-Marathon Saturday, in 1 hour, 36 minutes, and 34 seconds — a record given the fact that the course was changed this year.
For a while there on May 10 it looked as if East Hampton High School’s softball team might well make the playoffs, and in so doing hand Shoreham-Wading River, the League IX champion, its third league loss.
Sas Peters of Amagansett, who has been the driving force behind international and national-championship competition for older Ultimate disc players, will oversee a Grand Masters (over-40) and Legends (over-60) tournament here this weekend at the John M. Marshall Elementary School fields.
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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.