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  •     I saw a film the other night, “Riding the Rails,” and, on re-reading some of my old interviews this weekend, I came serendipitously upon one with Alex F. Dzieman, whom many of you, I hope, may remember as “The Lone Defender” on our letters pages years ago, whose letters were signed “From the Mountaintop.”

  •     Pandemonium reigned at the East Hampton Y.M.C.A. RECenter’s pool on Jan. 29 as Trevor Mott, one of the East Hampton High School boys swimming team’s captains, who had begun the third leg of the 400 freestyle relay finale half a pool length behind his Sayville counterpart, tore through the four laps in a personal best 47.80 seconds, almost pulling even as his fellow senior captain, Thomas Brierley, waited his anchorleg turn with a smile on his face.

  •     The Mancilla brothers, Juan, 23, and Luis, 21, as well as Richie Daunt, 23, were to have represented East Hampton — more specifically Springs in the Mancillas’ case, and Montauk in Daunt’s — in this year’s Daily News Golden Gloves tournament, which  is now under way, though, for various reasons, all three had pulled out as of earlier this week.

  •     Thanks to a come-from-behind win over Mount Sinai on Friday, the East Hampton High School boys basketball team remained on track — provided it won at Miller Place Tuesday — to make the county playoffs.

  •     Three Class D boys basketball teams — Shelter Island, Greenport, and Bridgehampton — were battling for playoff spots as of this week.

        Bridgehampton’s Killer Bees, whose record was 6-7 as of Tuesday morning, needed to win two of their final three regular-season games to make it. Ditto Greenport, which also was 6-7 as of Tuesday morning. Shelter Island, which was at 7-6 going into its Tuesday afternoon game at home with the Bees, needed to win one of its final three.

  •     Lucas Escobar, the East Hampton High School senior who wrestles at 120 pounds, improved his record to 30-2, defeating five opponents, four of them in Saturday’s invitational tournament at Port Jefferson.

        These wins give him 93 for his career, seven short of joining Eric Kaufman, who’s in East Hampton’s Hall of Fame, in “the century club.”

  •     “The curse of poverty has no justification in our age,” wrote Martin Luther King Jr. in a book, “Where Do We Go From Here — Chaos or Community?” that was written in 1967, and into which I dip every year around this time.
     
        He said that almost 50 years ago, when there were three social classes in this country. Now, it’s pretty much fair to say there are two, the gap between them continuing relentlessly to widen.

  •     There were flowers all around for the seven seniors and hugs and touching tributes before the girls basketball game began at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor Monday evening.

        But when Kasey Gilbride, one of those seniors, hurled a Southold opponent to the floor in fighting for possession of the opening tip-off, one knew that Kevin Barron’s Whalers, who were looking to nail the lid down on the school’s first league championship since 1992, had come to play.

  •     The high school wrestling career of Lucas Escobar, East Hampton’s senior 120-pounder, as well as Richie Browne, who competes at 285 pounds, though he weighs much less, were cited by their coach, Steve Tseperkas, following Jan. 22’s match with Mount Sinai at the East Hampton Middle School.

        There is a third senior on the squad, Gabe Vargas, though an early-season injury has kept him sidelined throughout the campaign.

  •     Given its two losses this past week, to Amityville last Thursday and to Elwood-John Glenn Saturday morning, the East Hampton High School boys basketball team must run the table, which is to say defeat Mount Sinai, Miller Place, and Bayport-Blue Point, to make the playoffs.