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  •     For a brief moment last week, the East Hampton High School softball team was in contention for the playoffs, but a 6-5 loss at Shoreham-Wading River on May 6 ate those dreams, and, still on the subject, it seemed on Monday as if the girls lacrosse team might also be in the same boat.

  •     “We couldn’t pass and we couldn’t catch,” Mike Vitulli, who coaches East Hampton High’s boys lacrosse team, said following a 13-8 loss here to Bellport Monday.

        It was the fifth straight loss for the Bonackers, whose last win, aside from a forfeit by McGann-Mercy during the spring break, was over Mattituck-Greenport-Southold on April 22.

  •     I see there’s a casting call for “Hamlet.” I wonder if any septuagenarians have ever played the title role. It offers a chance for re­­demp­tion, though my main chance, I suppose, is Polonius.

        I still remember parts of the soliloquies that I mostly forgot in what was nevertheless a tediously long four-hour production at the Hill School on prom weekend in 1958.

  •     Forty-one long-distance runners turned out Sunday for what they say is the most beautiful off-road race in this area — the Paddlers for Humanity half-marathon, which began and ended at Ed Ecker County Park off Montauk’s Navy Road.

        Jason Hancock, who teaches sixth grade at the Amagansett School, and was unheaded throughout the rolling 13.1-mile loop through Hither Woods, won it, in 1 hour, 36 minutes, and 14 seconds.

  •     Following Friday’s disappointing 13-11 loss here to Babylon, Ryan Mahoney, who coaches East Hampton High’s girls lacrosse team, told his charges, in his quiet-spoken way, that he was sick of watching them watching the ball.

        Time and again, especially in the second half, Babylon won out in the battles for the ball that the opposing teams’ face-off players, East Hampton’s Carley Seekamp and Babylon’s Kaileen Hart, sent high into the air at midfield.

  •     When the first singles match between Jan Menke and Cooper Lacetera ended last Thursday in the Ross School’s bubble with the latter triumphing 6-2 in the third set, the Westhampton Beach senior was mobbed by his joyful teammates who had been looking on as the perennial League VII rivals battled for the championship.

        It was the first time in five years that Westhampton, which finished the regular season with a 12-0 league record, had won the title.

  •     Wonderful to tell, because of a thrilling 1-0 upset of Islip Friday — a win sandwiched between lopsided losses to Mount Sinai and Rocky Point — the East Hampton High School softball team was still in playoff contention as of Monday, with a 6-10 record in league play. However, its coach, Lou Reale, said it would have to win out to get a berth.

  •     Julian MacGurn, the sophomore who plays first singles for East Hampton High School’s boys tennis team, placed fourth in the division individual tournament, which was played at William Floyd High School Friday, Saturday, and Monday.

  •     So, they say Edward Snowden is a traitor and yet they give those who reported on his public service work the Pulitzer Prize.

        The Obama administration admits that it has overstepped when it comes to its spying on all of us, and yet if Snowden returns to this country, they will leap upon him and prosecute him to the full extent of the law.

  •     For the Shelter Island 10K’s Mary Ellen Adipietro, who was at the Boston Marathon’s finish line last year when the bombs went off, the 2014 marathon “was a full 360,” especially given the fact that an American, Meb Keflezighi, won it.

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