A somewhat shorthanded Maidstone Market team, until recently the 7-on-7 league’s perennial champion before Tortorella Pools and Hampton F.C.-Bill Miller began asserting themselves a couple years ago, was defeated 1-0 by Bill Miller in the league’s hotly contested playoff final at East Hampton’s Herrick Park on July 22.
When this writer arrived at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center’s challenge swims at the Ditch Plain beach early Saturday morning, he saw that the clock read one hour, four minutes, and some seconds, which led him to look around for Rod McClave, the perennial winner of the 5K, but the swims, said Peter Gidion, one of the Ocean Rescue Squad members, had begun late that day, and, as it turned out, McClave wasn’t among the competitors.
Playing before an appreciative home crowd under Fiske Field’s towering trees, the top-seeded Shelter Island Bucks racked up a 5-0 win over the fourth-seeded Montauk Mustangs in the first of a best-of-three Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League playoff semifinal Monday evening.
Three of East Hampton’s most admired coaches of the past generation — Jim Nicoletti, Ellen Cooper, and Kathy McGeehan — appeared in wholehearted support of Lou Reale, the ousted championship and award-winning softball coach, at the school board’s organizational meeting on July 14 — Bastille Day.
The rain held off and the competitors, including 60 I-Tri girls and members of the East Hampton Y.M.C.A.’s youth swim team, the Hurricanes, as well as many spectators, turned out for I-Tri’s youth triathlon at Long Beach in Noyac on July 15.
Seven individuals, one of them tapped as an honorary member, and one team, the 2001 softball squad coached by Lou Reale, which won the school’s first-ever county championship, are to be inducted into East Hampton High School’s Hall of Fame as part of Bonac’s homecoming celebration on Oct. 3.
Joe McKee, who is trying to revive East Hampton High’s football program, said Monday that he’d finished assembling his staff and that “it looks like we’ll have between 25 and 30 on the varsity and on the junior varsity this fall.”