In the predawn hours before the boys basketball state final last week, I began thinking of possible headlines, assuming, of course, that the eight-time-champion Killer Bees would win a ninth title. Which they did, in fine fashion.
“Bees on Cloud Nine”
“Bees Swarm to the Task”
“Beeline Made to Title”
“Bees Awake and Sting”
“How the Once Mighty Are Pollen”
“Apidi, Apidae . . . How the Rout Goes On”
On Saturday afternoon wet wind-blown snow slanted across the mucky pitch at East Hampton’s Herrick Park — it was a perfect day for rugby.
With the length of the near sideline filled with spectators, a good number of them Montauk Rugby Club vets — ostensibly retired in most cases, though, if you twisted their arms, they might suit up for one last go — the Sharks shut out their formidable foes from Brooklyn, 13-0, thus advancing to the second round of the playoffs, which are to continue through mid-May.
Jim Brooks, who kicked the extra points for East Hampton High’s championship football team in 1965, and Ken Collum tackled Bonac’s 92-year athletic history in a slide talk before fellow East Hampton Historical Society members at Clinton Academy Friday night, beginning with Pop Cheney’s checkered gridiron debut and ending with a screening — to everyone’s delight — of Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?”
Foul weather has made a mess thus far of East Hampton High’s spring sports schedule, though, between the snow and rain, some teams saw action last week, with pretty good results.
Lou Reale’s very young softball team played Harborfields at home Monday, and wound up winning 8-7. Earlier in the week, the girls lost 5-1 at Sayville. And considering that the team, which has only one senior starter, had been “in the gym the past month, we’re doing okay.”
We were sitting on a narrow, pleasantly crowded fine-sand beach in Naples, Fla., the other day, reading our books under an umbrella as walkers paraded by, one of whom caught my eye, wearing as he was black shorts and his long black hair tied back.
What made him come up to us I forget, though it seemed apt. I told him I was reading a book on Zen Buddhism, and he said that that was good, and that — according to Mary’s recall — he liked to propound too much to be a Buddhist.
Bridgehampton High School’s Killer Bees found themselves back in the honey Saturday as they breezed by the defending state Class D champion, New York Mills, 62-49.
It was the ninth state championship for Bridgehampton, which has 40-some students in its high school, and its first since 1998. Only Mount Vernon, with 10, has more state titles than the Bees, who can reasonably be expected, given the fact that this year’s edition comprised underclassmen, to return to the Glens Falls Civic Center next year.
When early in the second quarter of Friday’s state Class D boys basketball semifinal Bridgehampton’s taller opponent, undefeated Moriah, opened up a 10-point lead thanks to a 3-pointer and a subsequent two-handed dunk by the Vikings’ 6-foot-5-inch guard, Taylor Slattery, and a fast-break layup that succeeded an errant 3-point try by Charles Manning Jr., things did not look good for the fabled Killer Bees, who were making their first appearance at the Glens Falls Civic Center in 17 years.
Chris Schenck, the father of an East Hampton High School softball player who took issue with the firing in July of the school's varsity softball coach, Lou Reale, has launched a petition drive on the GoPetition website