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  •     R.J. Etzel, the former star East Hampton High School athlete who recently moved back here from Miami to coach the varsity baseball team, and who was “forced into resigning” on March 21, said this week that the circumstances surrounding his resignation had led him to conclude that he had been “hung out to dry.”

        It was just two and a half weeks into the 10-week season.

  •     It was good news for East Hampton High’s baseball and softball teams Friday as both came away with wins, the boys defeating Pierson, a probable Class C playoff team, 3-1 in a nonleaguer, and the girls shutting out Westhampton Beach 9-0.

        The girls’ win was their first of the season, after having dropped 16-4 and 4-2 decisions to Sayville and Miller Place earlier in the week.

  •     The Ross School’s boys tennis team, while it has a number of new faces, appears strong enough to contend again for the league championship that it has won the past four years.

        Juan Diaz, Ross’s coach, said he expected the Cosmos’ strongest opponent will be Westhampton Beach, “though,” he said during Monday’s match in the bubble with East Hampton, “we won’t play them until next week.”

  •     Luis Morales, who coaches East Hampton High School’s boys track team, said, concerning last Thursday’s meet at Comsewogue, “Unfortunately, we didn’t win, but our guys put on a strong performance over all.”

  •     Because the winter past was particularly dreary, any sign of respite has been welcome; a little sun is all I ask, that and the crack of a bat and a head-first slide into second, or a deft pass for a one-touch score from the corner of the crease.

  •     All went smoothly, Yani Cuesta, who coaches East Hampton High’s girls track team, said following Saturday’s first-ever invitational meet here.

  •     “For the past 14 years the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation has been run out of my house,” Maureen Rutkowski said as measurements were being taken last Thursday for a rug in the new foundation office adjacent to a cavernous section of the immense Tudor-style building that once housed two glass-roofed tennis courts and a gallery that could accommodate more than 6,000 spectators.

        The Tennis Auditorium was to have been the centerpiece of Carl Fisher’s resort, but the Great Depression ate his dreams.

  •     A handsome trophy and medals galore were on display at the American Legion Hall in Amagansett Friday night as the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s youth swim team’s members and their parents celebrated the team’s highest-ever finish (third) at a New York State meet.

  •     When I go, I’d like to go, as Montaigne said, “planting my cabbages,” which is to say either swept away by the one I love or, that failing, by the sure knowledge that I have swept away the opposition in a last rally at East Hampton Indoor.

  •     Jen Gatz, an exercise physiologist and doctoral candidate who teaches an Advanced Placement biology class at Patchogue-Medford High School, hopes a research study in which Theresa Roden’s I-Tri girls are to participate will validate her hypotheses that exercise improves problem-solving abilities, and that the consequent neurocognitive improvement can produce a change for the better in junior high girls’ attitudes toward the study of science.