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  • Despite the fact that he has yet to reach his fourth birthday, Casey Jack Macnaughton can lay claim to being arguably — or perhaps inarguably — East Hampton Town’s best athlete.
  • David Brooks lamented the other day that Americans are tending to stay put, while in the past they moved about quite a bit, were more adventurous. The short answer to that, I think, is health care’s exigencies.
  • While it was raw and windy early Sunday morning, Vinny Alversa, East Hampton High’s new varsity baseball coach, had his charges — there were 17, a good number given that the winter break was not over — create a baseball diamond on the turf football field and begin catching fly balls, lofted into the outfield by a generator-operated machine, and fielding flies and grounders that he and the new junior varsity coach, Andrew Rodriguez, hit their way.
  • Numbers and safety concerns had prompted him to recently propose that the Bridgehampton School Board allow Bridgehampton to combine with South­ampton’s varsity while remaining with East Hampton at the junior varsity level, Mike Miller, the Bridgehampton athletic director, said last week. The board, he said, had approved his recommendation.
  • Asked by a colleague, with whom I share a birthday, how I’d spent mine, I said, “On the tarmac, in Houston — they couldn’t get us to a gate for the better part of an hour and kept thanking us for our patience.”
  • The Pierson High School girls basketball team went out in style this past week, avenging itself on Southold-Greenport, a feisty playoff semifinal foe that had bested it by 4 points in a recent regular-season clash, before being edged 46-43 in Saturday’s county Class C final by Port Jefferson, a team that had routed the Whalers the last time they had met, on Feb. 11.
  • Talk about making a big splash: Anthony McGorisk in leading his State University at Cobleskill swim team to the North Eastern Athletic Conference championship at Cazenovia College last week won all seven events he swam in, a list that comprised the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle races, the 200 medley relay, the 200 freestyle relay, the 400 free relay, and the 800 free relay.
  • Cory Lillie, who coaches the Buckskill Winter Club’s high-school-age hockey team, now in its second year of play here, said following Saturday’s 14-1 rout of Southampton that he has been pleased with his charges’ improvement all around.
  • The weather lately has been spring-like, and, of course, that can lead one to think of renewal and — if one is a sportswriter who has grown accustomed largely to low expectations in the past couple months — of bright prospects.
  • “So,” said Perry Silver, my dentist, looking at the chart. “You’re 76.”

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