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  • The good news is that the East Hampton High School boys basketball team’s starting lineup — a group that has been great fun to watch in this otherwise dreary winter — will be back next year.

    The bad news is that the boys, despite an inspiriting 20-3 comeback run spanning the end of the third quarter and most of the fourth, lost Friday in a county Class A semifinal at Harborfields by a score of 73-58.

  • Steve Tseperkas, who coaches East Hampton High School’s wrestling team, took five competitors to the recent Suffolk County meet at Hofstra University, two more than he had last year, and while only two of them, Axel Alanis, at 195 pounds, and Luciano Escobar, at 170, won matches, Alanis’s sixth-place finish earned him an all-county designation.

    He’s thus the first all-county wrestler East Hampton’s had since Jarrel Walker, of Bridgehampton, placed fifth at 275 in 2002 and 2003.

  • The East Hampton High School boys basketball team prevailed 52-47 over sixth-seeded Islip in a tumultuous first-round Class A playoff game at the high school Tuesday night, setting up a game Friday at second-seeded Harborfields, which on Tuesday handily defeated Amityville.
  • I’ve got to get beyond the birth-and-death thing, as my Zen book advises, though the good news is that my birthday is tomorrow and Mary is going to take me out to dinner.

    When recently the subject of first loves came up, I told her that mine had tossed me over in the end because I had “no ambition.”

    “That was what Mom and I always admired about you, that you had no ambition,” she said, “that you chose to go your own way.”

  • In the end, Dan White, who coaches Pierson High School’s boys basketball team, thought it was Stony Brook’s senior guards who made the difference in the final minutes of the county Class C championship game Monday, a hotly contested game that Stony Brook won by a score of 44-39.

    “I thought we were there — we were up by 6 early in the fourth,” White said with a sigh, “but their press took some of our momentum away . . . and [as for the guards] you’ve got to make the plays late, not look for others to make them.”

  • The East Hampton High School boys swimming team ended its season with a 10th-place finish at the Suffolk County meet at Suffolk Community College-Brentwood on Saturday.

    Sixteen teams competed in the meet. The ones finishing behind East Hampton, which forewent diving points because it has no divers, were Sachem North, Deer Park, Lindenhurst, Central Islip, Sayville-Bayport-Blue Point’s B team, and North Babylon.

  • Joe Vas, the East Hampton School District’s athletic director, at an athletic forum recently proposed that a general sports booster club be started here, a suggestion that inspired a dozen or so parents of young athletes, largely of elementary and middle school age, to come forward.

    The A.D. met with them at the high school on Feb. 11 to discuss the details, and said during a conversation the day after that the hour-and-a-half session had gone well and that things were proceeding apace.

  • The Bridgehampton boys basketball team were named the Suffolk County Class D champion with a 77-34 win over Smithtown Christian at William Floyd High School on Monday afternoon.
  • The East Hampton High School boys basketball team has been seeded third in the county tournament’s Class A bracket, setting up a home game with sixth-seeded Islip Tuesday at 6 p.m.

    Bayport-Blue Point, the League VI champion, was awarded the A’s top seed; Harborfields was seeded second.

    Bill McKee, East Hampton’s coach, said his team’s seeding was about what he had expected. “It will be nice to play at home,” he said. “Islip has the county’s high-scorer, a guard, so it should be interesting.”

  • The East Hampton High School wrestling team, as the result of high finishes in Saturday’s League VI tournament, which was held here, is sending five competitors to the county meet, which is to be held this weekend at Hofstra University.

    Colton Kalbacher, a 152-pound senior, got the furthest, finishing as the runner-up to the top seed, John Glenn’s Matt Porrello, by a score of 12-8.

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