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  • Asked what it was about hockey, Peter Schaeffer of Amagansett, a recent Rangers’ honoree who saw them play for the first time at the age of 9, said, unlike baseball, “You can’t read a book when you’re watching hockey — hockey grips you.”
  • East Hampton’s sixth-grade boys basketball team cruised to its fifth straight tournament championship at the Southampton Recreation Center on Saturday, afflicting the St. John’s Saints of Southampton, 59-15.
  • It is rare that college coaches come out here to see high school players — Richmond’s Dick Tarrant, who saw Kenny Wood play basketball in East Hampton High’s gym, and the University of South Florida’s head coach, Eddie Cardieri, a former teammate of Ed Bahns’s, who saw Ross Gload hit three home runs in 1994’s county small schools championship baseball game at St. Joseph’s College, being two exceptions that come immediately to mind.
  • The Buckskill Winter Club’s high-school-age hockey team, the Sharks, improved to 3-1 on the season as the result of a 16-8 win here on the night of March 7 over Eastport-South Manor, also known as the Sharks, a team that plays in Suffolk County’s high school hockey league.
  • Katie Helfand, East Hampton High School’s boys tennis coach, has her sights set on a third straight league championship, a second straight in League VII, though Westhampton Beach, a perennial power in the sport, might have something to say about that.
  • Now what shall I write about this week. . . ? Silly question. Of course it’s John 3:16!
  • “We just couldn’t get over the hump,” Carl Johnson, who coaches Bridgehampton High’s boys basketball team, the Killer Bees, said Tuesday on his and his players’ return from Newburgh, where S.S. Seward of Orange County had sent them home the night before on the short end of a 61-60 score.
  • “I’m the mother of the diva,” said Carla O’Donoghue moments after her husband, Tom, had demurred when asked about the fine points of figure skating at Sunday’s exhibition at the Buckskill Winter Club.
  • Jim Stewart, the former longtime East Hampton High School varsity wrestling coach, who now oversees the middle school’s team, and Beau Campsey, one of Stewart’s former wrestlers who took over from Joe Russo the town-sponsored youth program this past fall, are of the same mind when it comes to the future of wrestling here, even in the face of this past winter’s winless season at the varsity level.
  • The turnouts were large, the coaches were sanguine, and the athletes were eager on Monday, the first day of spring practice at East Hampton High School.

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