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  • East Hampton High’s boys cross-country team vied for a league championship at Sunken Meadow State Park on Oct. 13, coming up a bit short, losing 20-39 to Bayport-Blue Point, the state’s seventh-ranked team, while defeating Westhampton Beach 23-39 and Shoreham-Wading River, last year’s league champ, 25-37.

    East Hampton’s Erik Engstrom, a junior, won the League VI race outright, in a school-record time of 16 minutes and 9 seconds, “though Bayport had the next five kids,” said Kevin Barry, East Hampton’s veteran coach.

  • Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel has said that when you hit 75 you ought not to bother with any medical intervention, the statistics showing plainly that our body’s inevitable decline begins then.

    My ears perked up when I heard this — one is glad that anything perks up at my age — given that my 75th birthday looms in February.

    “Well, perhaps I’ll begin refusing medical assistance when I reach 85,” I said to Mary, who, bless her, says she wants to keep me around for a while longer.

  • A 2-1 win here over Forest Park on Sunday combined with Port Jefferson’s 3-2 loss to A.C. Glen Cove that day enabled East Hampton to climb into a first-place tie with Port Jeff at the top of the Long Island Soccer Football League’s top division at 12 points each.
        East Hampton, which had defeated Glen Cove 3-1 at the Ross School field on Oct. 5, found Forest Park, which has only won one game thus far, to be a tough opponent.

  • The East Hampton High School boys cross-country team was to have run for the league championship at Sunken Meadow State Park Tuesday in a meet in which all seven of League VI’s schools were entered.

  • The East Hampton High School girls volleyball team, which had been riding high with a 6-0 record in league play, suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of its perennial rival, Westhampton Beach, here on Oct. 7.

  • The East Hampton High School boys soccer team beat Elwood-John Glenn to clinch fourth consecutive league title.
  • Were victory and defeat becoming the imposters they are, I wondered the other morning as I told Mary how I’d perhaps arrived at long last at the threshold of wisdom, to wit, that being calm was the key to winning tennis, if not to life itself.

    “That’s why meditation’s so big, why yoga’s so big — everyone wants to be calm — mental toughness is simply to be calm,” I said, recalling that I had been cast out of the only meditation session I’d ever attended because I couldn’t sit still.

  • The Montauk Rugby Club and the East Hampton Football Club won games this past weekend, to continue undefeated at the top of the league in rugby’s case, and to continue in the runner-up spot in the case of the men’s soccer team.

  • At Saturday’s second Andy’s Run in Sag Harbor, Robert Arcs, who two years ago became the steward of hundreds of trophies, medals, and plaques won by the late Andy Neidnig over the course of a lifelong long-distance running career, said that he hoped the turnout could be increased in the coming years.

    “There were 120 last year, and only 88 this year — we need to juice it up,” said Arcs, who, along with other family members, is on the mend from having his vehicle recently “rear-ended by a pickup truck on North Sea Road.”

  • “There’s joy in Mudville,” John Geehreng said as he left the field after having manned the chains during the East Hampton-Mercy junior varsity football game here on Oct. 1.

    Geehreng’s grandson, Johnny Walters, had that afternoon quarterbacked the young Bonackers to a 39-0 rout of the Riverhead Catholic school, much to everyone’s delight.

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