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  • Mary has a most marvelous moth-eaten gray sweater that she loves. I’ve felt it and I know why, the tatters be damned.

    The paint stains speak to me of the universe, the tear, resembling a hara-kiri cut, of the vagaries of life — in short of wonder, joy, and woe.

    I told her recently as she sat reading on the deck that I envied her that sweater. Mine by contrast are not nearly as fine. I have one that is in the running, a dark blue cashmere one with a collar that is worn through at the elbows. It’s my favorite.

  • It was a pretty festive South Fork Halloween at Sunken Meadow Park Friday as the Southampton boys cross-country team won the Class C championship; the Pierson girls defeated Shelter Island, by 5 points, to win the Class D title; Lindsey Gallagher, a Shelter Island ninth grader, finished first in the girls Class D race, and East Hampton’s Erik Engstrom qualified for the state meet as well, placing third in the boys Class B race.

  • An hour and a half after the East Hampton High School boys soccer team had written its ticket for the county championships Monday, the boys volleyball team, coached by Josh Brussell, did the same before a raucous crowd in the high school’s gym.

    Spurred on by the packed stands on one side of the floor, which featured an early appearance of “the bleacher creatures” who cheer on the boys basketball team in the winter, Brussell’s charges made quick work of Sayville, winning three straight, 25-15, 25-23, 25-23.

  • Joe Vas, the East Hampton School District’s athletic director, said at Friday’s state qualifier cross-country meet at Sunken Meadow State Park that a decision had been made to curtail the high school junior varsity football season with two games remaining, one scheduled to be played at Port Jefferson on Oct. 25 and one to be played here with Bayport-Blue Point on Nov. 1, “because we were down to 12 players, owing to injuries and ineligibilities, and the minimum is 16.”

  • Kathy McGeehan said following Saturday’s Class B semifinal loss in four to Elwood-John Glenn that in the team meeting afterward she really hadn’t talked about the volleyball match — an obviously disappointing one insofar as her charges were concerned — but rather about the ways in which having been part of such a tightly knit, competitive team would be of value to her players later in life.

  • East Hampton High School’s golf team, which recently finished in a three-way tie for the League VIII cham­pionship with Southampton and Pierson-Bridgehampton, won the league tournament at the Rock Hill Golf Club in Manorville last Thursday.

    The team was led by its number-two, Stephen Kane, who in finishing the tourney as the runner-up shot a 79. Turner Foster, the eighth grader who plays number-one for the Bonackers, and Jack Bistrian tied for fifth.

  • Monday was a wonderful one for Bonac sports — East Hampton High School's boys soccer and boys volleyball teams won playoff games here, advancing to county championship contests Thursday.
  • Returning from an ever so brief visit to D.C., where we — Mary, I should say — baby-sat two grandchildren, and I tended largely to the basic needs of a pug who had a heavily bandaged foot (the result of a torn, bleeding toenail), we listened with fascination to NPR’s “TED Radio Hour” as scientists traced (ever so briefly) what’s been going on for the past 13.8 billion years.

  • The Montauk Rugby Club capped its fall season with a hard-fought 32-29 win over the New York R.C. at East Hampton’s Herrick Park Saturday before an appreciative crowd that included a number of Montauk alums who had come out not only to see the finale, but also in memory of Ron Jensen, a popular former forward who died at the age of 44 this past week in Jupiter, Fla.

    “New York is a really good team, definitely the best we’ve played all season,” said Rich Brierley, one of Montauk’s coaches, during a conversation Monday.

  •  The East Hampton High School boys soccer team, which had, with a 1-0 victory over Elwood-John Glenn here on Columbus Day, clinched at least a share of the League VI title, claimed it outright on Oct. 21, defeating Amityville here by a like margin.

    The Bonackers, coached by Rich King and Don McGovern, thus finished the regular season undefeated, at 10-0-2. It is the school’s fourth consecutive league title, and its fifth in the past six years.

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