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  • Lou Reale, who recently was named one of the top eight high school softball coaches in the United States, and who stands fourth on New York State’s all-time win list, said Sunday he had been forced by the East Hampton School District’s superintendent, Rich Burns, to retire.
  • Lou Reale, the longtime East Hampton High School softball coach, said Sunday he had been forced to retire. Now parents are trying to rally support.
  • Hughie King corrected me the other day, as he should have, after I’d retrofitted John Howard Payne’s “Home, Sweet Home” with more modern lyrics.

  • As its name, Caminos, suggests, Don Filippelli’s 36-foot J/109, skippered by his son-in-law, and former University of New Hampshire sailing coach, Ryan Dempsey, found a way to win — and win big — at the recent Block Island Race Week.
  • Kevin Harvey, 23, a graduate of Fordham University, where he ran cross-country and track, and who now works at the Gubbins Running Ahead New Balance store in East Hampton, won Sunday’s Firecracker 8K in Southampton, bettering a field of 350-plus in 25 minutes and 33 seconds.
  • Things have been going swimmingly for the East Hampton Little League baseball entries in the 11-to-12 and 9-to-10 playoff divisions.
  • Tune in to the Mets-Phillies game on Aug. 31 and you’ll see an 11-year-old Amagansetter, Dante Sasso, doing some play-by-play in the company of Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, and Gary Cohen, the result of having recently won the NY 529 Plan SNY Kidcaster Contest.
  • Having been born in Camp Pendleton and reared in Hawaii, it is no surprise that Travis Beckmann, who’s lived in Montauk since 2001, became a surfer.
  • East Hampton’s 11-and-12-year-old traveling all-star Little League baseball team began the District 36 playoffs Monday night on the right foot, trouncing Hampton Bays 10-0 in an away game.
  • In 7-on-7 men’s soccer games played at East Hampton’s Herrick Park on June 24, Tuxpan shut out Bateman Painting 3-0, Maidstone Market won by forfeit over Sag Harbor United, and Hampton F.C.-Bill Miller, the league leader, by far, defeated Tortorella Pools 2-1.

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