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  • It seemed reading the paper the other morning that all was chaos, and yet . . . and yet the baseball season had begun!

    And, somehow — for that moment at any rate — everything seemed all right, everything seemed natural, and fitting, and harmonious — just as it should be.

    And, what’s this, the Mets won!

    And what’s this, the Yankees lost!

    On opening day. The lowly raised up and the mighty fallen — just as it should be.

  • While things continued to proceed in rather lackluster fashion last week insofar as East Hampton High’s lacrosse and baseball teams were concerned, the school’s boys tennis and track teams — not to mention the girls track team, which put up a fight in a losing cause — pushed to the fore.
  • The Montauk Rugby Club took it on the chin at East Hampton’s Herrick Park Saturday as it was outscored 35-10 by the New York Rugby Club in a second-round Empire Geographical Union Division III playoff match.
  • The Booster Club would be in a position to sponsor summer camps here in return for donations to the club and the proviso that the children of year-round residents could attend at minimal cost.
  • Carl Johnson, who coached the Bridgehampton High School Killer Bees basketball team to a state championship at Glens Falls recently, is Newsday’s coach of the year in Suffolk, and one of his players, Charles Manning Jr., has been named to Newsday’s all-Long Island first team.

    Those announcements were made in Newsday’s Sunday high school sports edition.

    It was the third time Johnson, who now has three state championships to his credit as a player and four as a coach, has been Suffolk’s coach of the year.

  • “You’re quite the tennis player,” my younger opponent said the other night.

    Well, I would like to think so, but there’s much to do. Several times recently I’ve felt I was on the brink of mastering my serve, only to be disabused. Tim Ross says he has that got-it-nailed feeling with his golf swing at times only to have it vanish the next time out.

  • East Hampton High’s track teams jumped into spring with meets on April 1. The boys went to Miller Place that day for a tri-meet with that school and Amityville, and the girls played host to their strong Miller Place peers.

    Predictably, the Miller Place girls won, though Yani Cuesta’s charges were competitive, losing in the end by a score of 80-60. The boys, in turn, defeated Miller Place 72-64, but lost 90-57 to Amityville, “though it wasn’t due to a lack of effort,” Luis Morales, their coach, said in an email report.

  • Last month, Caroline Cashin and Dan Farnham, with their spouses — Ed in Caroline’s case and Sue in Dan’s — participated in the “Tour de France of Mountain-Biking,” an eight-day stage race in the mountains and valleys of southern Africa.

    “We averaged 70 miles and 7,000 feet of climbing per day — 500 miles in all,” said Farnham during a conversation this week.

  • The only game in town Monday was in Sag Harbor, behind Pierson High, and the good news was that it was played in springlike weather.

    The result, a 10-0 win by Babylon, was rather bad news, though Pierson was missing four starters, who presumably were in even warmer climes enjoying the weeklong spring break.

    Don McGovern, Pierson’s athletic director, and his counterpart at Babylon (which was missing three starters of its own) had agreed to play the game at a later date, but Section XI said no.

  • Despite the defections of three players and the loss of a fourth to shoulder surgery, Katie Helfand, who’s in her first season of coaching the East Hampton High School boys tennis team, expects her lineup to do well.

    Topped by Julian MacGurn, a junior who placed fourth in last year’s division tournament, the boys got off to a good start here on April 1, defeating Center Moriches 6-1, with only the fourth singles player, Ben Karlin, losing, in a 10-point third-set tiebreaker. East Hampton won the other matches in straight sets.

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