Things continue to be somewhat problematic for the boys lacrosse and boys tennis teams, though, with the arrival this week of Julian McGurn’s younger brother, Ravi, a seventh grader who is slated to play second singles right off the bat, things ought to go better from now on for Michelle Kennedy’s squad.
Annie Kennedy, last year’s player of the year among the softball players in League IV, and a University of Maine recruit, pretty much single-handedly handled East Hampton High School’s team here on April 1, on the mound and at the plate.
The final score was Rocky Point 9, East Hampton 0 as Kennedy drove in several of those runs, with an 0-2 double to the fence in the first inning and with a full count two-run double off the fence in the visitors’ four-run fifth.
On the same course as last week, I’d like to think that not thinking is the goal when it comes to doing something athletic, tennis in my case, which is why I thought a couple of months ago that it would be good to attend East Hampton Indoor’s weekly “stroke of the week” clinics, so I could think about what I was doing wrong and could take heedless satisfaction in what I was doing right.
East Hampton High School’s lacrosse teams embarked on their seasons this past week, with promising results in the girls’ case, and with somewhat less heartening results in the case of the boys.
Each team went into the season ranked 17th in their divisions, though given the girls’ 2-goal loss here to ninth-ranked Huntington Friday — a hotly contested game that went down to the wire — Ryan Mahoney’s crew seems, at least in the early going, to have the edge when it comes to playoff hopes.
The I-Tri empowerment-through-triathlon program has in it about 60 teenaged girls this February-through-July season, 25 of them from Southampton who have joined peers from Springs and Montauk.
At the moment, the group, whose annual triathlon (a 300-yard bay swim, 7-mile bike leg, and 1.5-mile run) at Maidstone Park in Springs will be held July 13, is engaged in an equipment drive to raise money for bicycles, helmets, swimsuits, swim caps, goggles, et cetera.
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.”