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  • There were two sporting events of note on Sunday — the Red Devil long-distance bay swims in Amagansett that benefited East Hampton’s Ocean Rescue Squad, and Ellen’s (5K) Run in Southampton, a benefit for the Ellen P. Hermanson breast cancer foundation.

    The run and walk drew a field of around 800. Fifty-one competitors swam in the swims.

  • With all its collegians in tow, Groundworks Landscaping swept the Police Benevolent Association in the East Hampton Town women’s slow-pitch softball league’s playoff final by scores of 7-1 (on July 29) and 12-3 on Aug. 5.

    Groundworks was the playoff champion in 2012, but had to forfeit the final to Provisions last year because its half-dozen college students returned to school that week.

  • Quentin Bazar, an Amagansetter who’s 12, 6 feet, and growing, said during a recent conversation that he’s “always done things that have to do with the water,” though, in order to pursue the sport he loves, he has to cross a large body of water, Long Island Sound, to engage in it.

    That sport is water polo, and he plays it for a 12-and-under traveling team in Greenwich, Conn., which recently acquitted itself well at USA Water Polo’s Junior Olympics in Stanford, Calif.

  • Recently, I read of someone who was described as “a great herder of cats.” Leif Hope, a great ballplayer, by the way, who moves like a cat on the mound and bats like a lion, is one of those — an artistic manager of swing-for-the-fences egos in the service of the greater good.

  • Two youth basketball teams based at the Southampton Recreation Center for which a number of East Hamptoners play reached the finals of a high-powered Amateur Athletic Union tournament at Montauk’s Playhouse Community Center this past weekend.

    The under-16s won the Silver bracket trophy, defeating the Montauk Kings 71-55, while the under-18s, in a hotly contested Gold bracket championship game, lost 73-69 to a New York City team coached by the tournament’s director, Charles Melone.

  • John Ryan Jr. reported on his and East Hampton’s senior and junior lifeguard team’s return from the national tournament at Virginia Beach, Va., this past week that the Bonackers, who were up against teams from California, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Canada, New Jersey, and New York, not to mention Hawaii, had done well, “especially our 12 and 13-year-olds.”

  • Ashley West, an all-American in the indoor 800-meter race, and a former Landmark Conference runner of the year, has been working all summer at the Gubbins’s New Balance store in East Hampton Village, thus, although she’s been working out, the Miss Amelia’s Cottage 2-miler in Amagansett Sunday was her first road race here this season.

    “I always try to do this race,” said the Susquehanna University junior, “because at the beginning of cross-country season we have to do a 2-mile time trial.”

  • Lars Svanberg said Paddlers for Humanity’s Montauk-to-Block Island cross­ing on Saturday took place on “a picture perfect day, and drew about 40 paddlers, all of whom had had to raise at least $1,500.”

  • Perhaps the gentrification of the Turnpike and its environs is inevitable — James Gambles, then the Bridgehampton Child Care Center’s director, said it was in an interview with The New Yorker’s Calvin Tomkins 41 years ago.

    But if property values trump the other values we profess — neighborliness and good will, and the attentiveness to local history that strengthen those feelings presumably being among them — we will be the poorer for it.

  • When it comes to picking East Hampton High School seniors whom it deems deserving of Travis Field scholarships, the committee considers whether the candidates are athletes and to what extent they’ve worked to help others.

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