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  • The East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad came in for unrivaled praise Saturday morning as swimmer after swimmer exited the ocean at Montauk’s Ditch Plain.

  • Tortorella Pools, a frequent bridesmaid in the men’s 7-on-7 soccer league, won the spring-summer season’s playoff trophy at East Hampton’s Herrick Park on July 23, defeating East Hampton F.C.-Bill Miller 4-1 in a penalty kick shootout that followed an hour and a half of intense, but scoreless play.

    Tortorella lost to Bill Miller in this game last year, and lost, as well, to the perennial champion, Maidstone Market, in the fall’s final.

  • Amanda Calabrese would be a prime candidate were there an East Hampton lifeguarding poster child contest.

    Most everything — everything athletic in any event — that she’s done thus far in her young life — she’s 16, about to enter her senior year at East Hampton High School — has been undertaken with an eye toward becoming a better lifeguard.

  • The old order changeth: Well, not entirely, for while Provisions, which in this and in numerous former incarnations has been a perennial participant in East Hampton Town women’s slow-pitch softball league finals over the years, has stumbled, Connie Mabry, who has played in the league since her graduation from East Hampton High School in 1973, and who pitches for Groundworks Landscaping, has not.

  • The life of Jeff Bogetti, who died on May 30, was celebrated with a "beach picnic" gathering of about 500 attendees at Groundworks @Hrens in Amagansett Thursday evening.
  • I bought a new racket the other day and dubbed it Wonder Boy, and told the young guy who strung it, at 44 pounds, that I’d never lose again.

    That was two losses ago. Amend that then to “Once it’s broken in, I’ll never lose again.” Reality is so boring — when it’s not horrific or beautiful, that is.

  • The East Hampton Town women’s lifeguard team repeated as the Main Beach invitational tournament’s champion last Thursday, while East Hampton’s men’s A team was the runner-up to the perennial men’s champion, Smith Point, by 2 points.

  • Sporting seven trophies attesting to its utter sweep of division, league, and state titles in Division III men’s soccer, the East Hampton Football Club celebrated on Saturday evening in Sag Harbor what its head coach, John Romero, said has been an unprecedented run.

  • Tom Eickelberg, the 25-year-old Long Island-born pro who lives in Cortland now, where he coaches SUNY Cortland’s swim teams, four-peated at the Montauk Lighthouse Sprint Triathlon Sunday in one hour, two minutes, and three seconds.

    He would have set a record, said Eickelberg, whose sponsors include Western Beef, the Babylon Bike Shop, and PowerBar, had not the swimmers had to fight against an outgoing tide in Block Island Sound.

    Montauk’s own Kai Costanzo holds the record, at 1:00.11, which he did in 2001.

  • Jim Arnold, the Montauk Swim Challenge’s race director, said Monday that he expects as many as 200 long-distance swimmers, from as far away as the Bahamas and the West Coast, will take part in this Saturday’s event, from which the Montauk Playhouse Community Center’s aquatics center fund is to benefit.

    Arnold is anticipating a large turnout in part because “we’re on the U.S. masters swimming calendar. . . . Rod McClave [the perennial winner] may have some competition this year. That’s what we’re hoping.”

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