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  • Before the Kendall Madison Tip-Off Classic’s consolation and championship games got under way at East Hampton High School Saturday, a Slamming Santa youth hoop holiday invitational tournament for third-and-fourth and fifth-and-sixth-grade teams filled the gymnasium with players from Southampton, Shelter Island, Mattituck, and Sag Harbor.

    The youth tourney was sponsored by the East Hampton Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, and members of the high school’s Key Club provided volunteers.

  • “Did you hear?” I said the other day to Mary, who was working at Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton.

    “Yes. Obama finally bit the bullet on immigration.”

    “Well, there’s that, but they’ve found that 90 percent of social drinkers are not alcoholics! I had been hoping, though, to stand up at an A.A. meeting and say, ‘My name is Jack Graves and I still use floppy disks.’ ”

  • This past week was a big one for men’s soccer here.

    Tortorella Pools won the 7-on-7 league’s final at East Hampton’s Herrick Park Monday evening, erasing a 3-1 deficit in the second half to defeat Hamptons-Bill Miller 4-3. The same teams met in the spring season final, with Tortorella prevailing in a penalty kick shootout.

  • Thankfully, Thanksgiving Day was far better weather-wise than the unremitting rain of the day before, and while the hard-core runners in the crowd of 600-plus at Montauk’s Circle last Thursday morning would probably have turned out anyway, many others would have rolled over in bed had it been raining, or snowing, or bitter cold.

  • The Bonackers and Killer Bees went at it in East Hampton High’s gym Saturday morning, a scrimmage that comprised nine 10-minute quarters.

    Both coaches, Bridgehampton’s Carl Johnson and East Hampton’s Bill McKee, saw good things and not-so-good things.

    “Defensively, we need a lot of work,” said Johnson, though he more or less liked the way his players, who he thinks could well go all the way this year, ran the offense.

  • A high school boys varsity and junior varsity tournament, the Kendall Madison Tip-Off Classic, and a tournament for youth teams are to be held at the high school this weekend.

    Varsity and jayvee teams from Mattituck, Westhampton Beach, Pierson, and East Hampton are to vie in the Kendall Madison tourney, a fund-raiser for the Kendall Madison Foundation, which each spring awards mentoring scholarships to East Hampton High School seniors. This year’s winners were Thomas Nelson and Marina Preiss.

  • When asked following East Hampton High’s first-ever appearance in a state boys soccer final if this weren’t the best high school team he’d ever seen, Rich King, Bonac’s coach, who’s seen a lot of good teams and who’s played on good ones at Sachem, said it was certainly one of the better teams he’d ever seen.

    He added, however, that the mix of talent, determination, willingness to sacrifice, and cohesion of this year’s players, many of whom have grown up together in the sport, was indeed unique.

  • The Blue team, which had finished in third place in the fall roller hockey season at Sportime’s arena in Amagansett, came on to win the playoff trophy there on Nov. 11, defeating the top-seeded Green team 4-3.

    Both goalies, Dodge of the Blues, who uses the single name, and the 16-year-old East Hampton High School junior Khloe Goncalves, of the Greens, were kept quite busy during the showdown, each finishing with 36 saves.

  • It had been a year since Frank Ackley of Springs had played a singles match, so, with the United States Tennis Association’s men’s 65 clay court championships coming up in New Orleans in early November, he took himself to the Ross School, where, he said, “they let me play singles and doubles with the academy kids . . . and they didn’t take it easy on me either.”

  • Middletown High School, where the state boys soccer Final Four games were played recently, is the Taj Mahal of high schools, the size, I thought, of at least two airports.

    An eight-lane track wraps around a large turf field overlooked by a Jumbotron — yes, a Jumbotron — and at the other end is a large grandstand over which a commodious press box stretches. I tend to stay away from press boxes, though, preferring a ground-level view, as close to the action as possible.

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