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  • At the beach the other day there were beautiful sights — one of Amanda Calabrese, who was to have been named this week to the United States’ competitive lifesaving team, whirling through the waves in a long, sleek lifesaving craft of which she was obviously the master, and the other of the back of my wife’s head as it and her body rose and fell gently with the water in the late afternoon.
  • Bateman Painting, whose glory years date back pretty much a decade — the last 7-on-7 soccer championship it won was in the fall of 2007 — is, as the result of a 2-1 win over Tortorella Pools in a playoff semifinal at East Hampton’s Herrick Park on July 20, knocking on the door again.
  • Michal Petrzela and David Powers crossed the finish line at Ditch Plain hand-in-hand following the longest of Saturday’s Montauk Playhouse ocean challenge swims, a point-to-point 5K, in 59 minutes and 52 seconds.
  • East Hampton’s women’s A team, for the fourth straight year, won the Main Beach invitational lifeguard tournament last Thursday.
  • A 22-year-old University of North Carolina graduate, Taylor Sharp, recently showed here a compelling documentary he and a fellow North Carolinian, Dan Hedges, have made about Mark Crandall’s Hoops 4 Hope mentoring project in Zimbabwe and South Africa — a film that could, once distributed, net for Hoops 4 Hope the full-court backing it has never had.
  • Groundworks Landscaping, which has been the pre-eminent team in the East Hampton Town women’s slow-pitch softball league the past few years, winning three of the four championship series contested since 2012 — it had to forfeit to Provisions in 2013 after winning game one because its collegians had to return to school — is barely scraping by in the present campaign.
  • “Old age should burn and rave at close of day,” Dylan Thomas said, and so I’m playing tennis this evening with the Wednesday group — 16, sometimes 20 of us doing battle in the waning light.
  • As of Saturday, the Montauk Mustangs were in second place, behind the Westhampton Aviators, in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League with a 20-13 record. The Sag Harbor Whalers, at 15-19, were in fifth place among the league’s seven teams. The top four make the playoffs.
  • Tom Eickelberg made it six in a row at the Montauk Lighthouse sprint triathlon Sunday, skimming over the water, pounding the bike, and breezing through the run to a 1 hour, 3 minute, and 17 second finish.
  • Ken Dodge, who has coached East Hampton’s 9-to-10-year-old entry in the District 36 (eastern Long Island) Little League tournament, had no words, he said during a conversation Tuesday morning, to describe the heartbreaking loss the young Bonackers had suffered in the district’s championship game at Riverhead the night before.

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