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  • Asked Monday if he had “a story to tell,” Kevin Barry, who coaches East Hampton High’s boys cross-country team, said, “Yes, definitely. We had a great state meet.”
  • East Hampton High’s girls 200-yard medley relay team made a splash in the county meet’s first event at Suffolk Community College-Brentwood Saturday by taking third place among the 18 entries in a state-qualifying time of 1 minute and 51.20 seconds.
  • Kevin Barry, the East Hampton High School boys cross-country coach, told his charges to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate in the two days leading up to Friday’s county meet at Sunken Meadow State Park, and the first sign he had, he said, that it would be a good day “was when we had to make a pit stop on the way there. They listened!”
  • Kevin Bunce continues to be excited about the under-19 rugby side he’s been coaching — a side, by the way, that has yet to be defeated in three or four outings, the latest of which was Saturday at Stony Brook University, where his 7’s team ran over its North Shore Rugby Club’s counterparts 55-5.
  • Spurred on by a phalanx of Bleacher Creatures, a buoying crowd that included football and girls volleyball players, the East Hampton High School boys volleyball team overcame an 0-2 deficit to force a decisive fifth set in a firstround Class B playoff match at Sayville last Thursday.
  • East Hampton High’s fall coaches named the following as their m.v.p.s at an awards ceremony in the high school’s auditorium Monday night.
  • “I’ve got no one left to root for,” I said to Rob Balnis during a workout at East End Physical Therapy the other day. “First the Pirates, then the Mets, then the Steelers. . . .”

    Then, knowing he’s an ardent Buckeye fan, I added, “Maybe I’ll root for Ohio State. . . .”

  • The fight to retain Lou Reale as East Hampton High School’s girls softball coach continues.
  • I bought recently for our 6-year old granddaughter “D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths,” and then started reading Robert Graves’s encyclopedic version of them, only to realize that while vastly imaginative they are bloody as hell too, to put it mildly.
  • The postseason went swimmingly for three of East Hampton High’s 10 fall sports entries this past week as the boys cross-country team outleaned BayportBlue Point, as it were, by 1 point, for its first league and division championships since 2002, as Stephen Kane and Turner Foster finished first and third in the League VIII golf tournament, and as the girls swimming team posted three statequalifying times in finishing a close second to Sayville (first if the tally were limited solely to the swimming events) in the League II meet at Hauppauge High School.

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