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  •     Last year, the East Hampton High School softball team did not make the playoffs — a “first” in Lou Reale’s 30-year career, and at the time he said he wasn’t sure that he’d return.

        But he’s back, and once again focused, given the great amount of mentoring he’ll have to do to bring along a large number of players, some of whom, he said during a conversation Friday, “have no clue.”

  •     The Shelter Island boys and the Pierson girls lost high school playoff basketball games this past week, though the results did not dim their singular seasons during which Shelter Island won its first county championship ever and its first league championship since 1995, and Pierson won its first league title since 1992 and its first county championship since 2000.

  •     Following Saturday’s ice show at the Buckskill Winter Club in East Hampton, the Katy’s Courage fund benefited from a skate-a-thon that, according to the club’s owner, Doug De Groot, raised more than $13,000.

  •     It’s too bad Southampton turned down our athletic director’s proposal that it and East Hampton combine forces in football. It would have been fun to root for the Marinackers, perhaps under their lights on some Friday or Saturday nights.

  •     Three of Sensei Mark Tuthill’s street combat ju jitsu students, all of whom have studied with him at his Three Mile Harbor Road dojo here for the past 15 years, were awarded black belts following an arduous test recently in which they defended themselves for three hours against attackers armed with “knives, guns, and clubs.”

  •     The Black team, which had gone 4-3 in adult roller hockey league play this winter, upset the previously undefeated Grey team, the one featuring the league’s most outstanding player, Tyler Jarvis, 7-6, in the championship game at Sportime’s Arena in Amagansett on Feb. 25.

  •     No sooner had word got out last week that East Hampton High School would not field a varsity football team next fall than tweets began to appear locally suggesting that the seniors — there are eight — who will not be able to play jayvee this year might think of taking up rugby.

  •     If you remember, last spring was not a good one sports-wise in East Hampton, not one team except for boys tennis making the playoffs, and certainly on the first day of this year’s season, which was Monday, the weather with its bitter wind did not augur well.

        Still, numbers-wise, the news, said East Hampton’s athletic director, Joe Vas, was good, there being about the same number of athletes, which is to say around 1,000, as there have been in the past three or four years, and the coaching staff was strong.

  •     Craig Brierley, who coaches the East Hampton High School boys swimming team, reported on returning from the state meet in Rochester that Thomas Brierley, his eldest son, and Trevor Mott had swum their best times of the season up there.

        Mott placed 18th in the 200-yard freestyle, in 1 minute and 45.41 seconds, and 23rd in the 500, in 4:49.36.

        Brierley placed 11th in the 100 backstroke, in 54.05.

  •     Today . . .     Mostly sunny, though clouded conditions resulting from a high-pleasure system that moved through the region late may take a while to clear. By noon, however, one ought to be able to face the day, even though temperatures will continue to be unseasonably cold. By midafternoon undifferentiated thoughts of escape can be expected to arrive from the south-southwest, though the disturbance may be of short duration given that everything’s booked anywhere warm.