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  • I had a column about my Scrabble complaints ready to go, but thought better of it inasmuch as it seemed, in reading it over, as opaque as a mud flat after a heavy rain.
    In brief, it didn’t breathe. But I did think what I said about the mouse-eaten Webster’s New International Dictionary sagging forlornly at the edge of Irene’s desk was Chekovian, she and I being the only ones left in this office to do it reverence.

  • The Pierson (Sag Harbor) High School baseball and softball teams advanced to state Final Fours this past week as a result of big wins in their backyard.

    To get to Binghamton, the baseball team, which played at the Dowling Sports Complex, had to win twice, and it did, besting Friends Academy 1-0 behind its knuckleballer, Nick Kruel, for the Long Island Class C title Friday, and coming back the next day, with Forrest Loesch on the mound, to defeat Haldane, a familiar postseason foe, 5-1 in the Southeast regional.

  • Maggie Pizzo, who’s going to Yale, where she’ll play lacrosse, and Cort Heneveld, who’s going to Annapolis, where he’ll also play lacrosse, were recipients of the Paul Yuska award, which goes to the senior class’s best athletes, at East Hampton High School’s awards dinner on June 4.

  • With no real competition in the field, Ryan Siebert, the 22-year-old triathlete from Patchogue, swam, biked, and ran away with Saturday’s Mighty Montauk triathlon, winning the Olympic-distance event by about seven minutes.

    It was Siebert’s second win at Montauk in the past three years. He first won there in 2012, at the age of 20, in 1 hour, 52 minutes, and 46.5 seconds. This year, his winning time was 1:48:42.6.

  • About two dozen members of the I-Tri (Transformation Through Triathlon) program, under the watchful eye of a half-dozen instructors, rode bikes Saturday on and around the Maidstone Park course in Springs that is to serve as the hub of two coming triathlons — one for adults 17 and over on June 21, and one for youth on July 13.

    The course is to be the same for both triathlons — a 300-yard swim in Gardiner’s Bay, a 7-mile bike, and a 1.5-mile run.

  • “Oh good,” I said as I cast a glance at my phone on returning to the office on the cusp of Memorial Day weekend. “No one’s called.”

    I’d been to Citarella and BookHampton, and was pleased to tell Bill at the bookstore that it was “just as crowded as Citarella,” which was saying something inasmuch as they had six people at Citarella’s registers and still couldn’t keep up with the volume.

  • There were about 40 enthusiastic youngsters at the Punt, Pass, and Kick contest that the East Hampton Youth Football and Basketball organization put on at East Hampton High’s turf field Saturday, though Don Reese, the group’s president, said he would have liked to have seen 80.

  • Eight athletes, a coach, and two teams are to be inducted into East Hampton High School’s Hall of Fame during the homecoming weekend in September.

    The inductees-to-be were announced at the high school’s athletic awards dinner last night.

  • After the winter season roller hockey final at the Sportime Arena in Amagansett had ended on Feb. 25, with the Black team having edged Tyler Jarvis’s Grey team 7-6, Khloe Goncalves, the Grey team’s 16-year-old goalie, said she’d be back.

    And indeed she was, in the spring final on May 20, allowing the Blue team only two goals as Jarvis and Goncalves’s other Red team teammates poured in 10 — six by Jarvis himself, who is the league’s premier player.

  • Ryan Pilla, “The Car Doctor,” who became the Sports Car Club of America’s national Mazda champion last fall, spent the winter with his Car Doctor World crew, including Rod Davidson (The Nurse) and Erik Palmieri (The Head Surgeon), building nine sporty road and beach-friendly cars, most of which he’s got for sale.

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