If you remember, last spring was not a good one sports-wise in East Hampton, not one team except for boys tennis making the playoffs, and certainly on the first day of this year’s season, which was Monday, the weather with its bitter wind did not augur well.
Still, numbers-wise, the news, said East Hampton’s athletic director, Joe Vas, was good, there being about the same number of athletes, which is to say around 1,000, as there have been in the past three or four years, and the coaching staff was strong.
Craig Brierley, who coaches the East Hampton High School boys swimming team, reported on returning from the state meet in Rochester that Thomas Brierley, his eldest son, and Trevor Mott had swum their best times of the season up there.
Mott placed 18th in the 200-yard freestyle, in 1 minute and 45.41 seconds, and 23rd in the 500, in 4:49.36.
Brierley placed 11th in the 100 backstroke, in 54.05.
Today . . . Mostly sunny, though clouded conditions resulting from a high-pleasure system that moved through the region late may take a while to clear. By noon, however, one ought to be able to face the day, even though temperatures will continue to be unseasonably cold. By midafternoon undifferentiated thoughts of escape can be expected to arrive from the south-southwest, though the disturbance may be of short duration given that everything’s booked anywhere warm.
Ryan Koresky, a hockey coach at the Buckskill Winter Club, and his fellow Torontan, Derrell Levy, the founder of In-Tech Skills and Conditioning, who oversaw a weeklong hockey camp for 7-through-12-year-olds at Buckskill last week, agreed that their own careers on ice would have advanced far more quickly had they been availed of In-Tech’s sophisticated training methods when they were youngsters.
There will be — because of an apparent lack of numbers and the unwelcome prospect of moving a tiny squad of 20 back up from Division IV (in which the Bonackers played in 2013) to Division III, the so-called “black and blue” division — no varsity football team at East Hampton High School this fall.
Jim Nicoletti, who heads East Hampton High School’s Hall of Fame committee, said during a conversation this week that he thought the spirit that had attended the inauguration of the Hall’s first class in the fall of 2012 might lessen with the induction of succeeding classes.
There will be an ice show, at 1:15 p.m., a barbecue, and a Katy’s Courage skate-a-thon, at 4, at the Buckskill Winter Club here on Saturday, March 8.
Joanne Doran, the club’s manager, said of the ice show, “There will be at least 50 young skaters and their coaches [one of whom, Claire Belhumeur, recently took first place in the Empire State Games’ pre-preliminary ladies’ figure-skating competition at Lake Placid] . . . there will be half a dozen solos. . . . It will be a big day for Buckskill.”
“‘I gave up masonry in November,’ ” Ken Rafferty told me in May of 1978. “ ‘I could stay down here and paint 14 hours a day. I get my hot cocoa and dash around back through the snow. People must think I’m crazy. One abstract I did I called, ‘It’s Snowing on My Cocoa.’ ”