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  • This time at its holiday dinner, which was held recently at the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett, the Montauk Rugby Club had something to celebrate — a 6-0 fall season in the Empire Geographical Union’s Division III, into which it had been cast following a winless 2013 Division II campaign. The singular season, moreover, earned Montauk a bye in the first playoff round in the spring.

  • There will be three Polar Bear Plunges here on New Year’s Day, beginning with the one at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk, which is to be followed by plunges at East Hampton’s Main Beach and at Wainscott’s Beach Lane.

    The plungers at Gurney’s are to meet in the spa lobby at 11 a.m.

    East Hampton’s plunge is to be held at 1; registration will be from noon.

  • Colton Kalbacher on Saturday became East Hampton’s first Frank (Sprig) Gardner tournament champion in four years, capping a sweep of the tough 152-pound class with an 8-0 victory over the county’s sixth-ranked wrestler, Ward Melville’s Matt Fournaris, in the final.

  • The Bridgehampton High School boys basketball team, the Killer Bees, served notice on League VIII Friday by routing Pierson 77-50 in what was the league opener for both teams.

    Dan White’s Whalers had expected to do better, but were done in by a 21-9 third quarter during which Josh Lamison, the Bees’ tough inside player, essentially took over the game.

    Pierson went into that frame trailing by 11, and immediately pared it to 9 after Andrew James stole the ball from Charles Manning and Robbie Evjen put back a Stephen Musnicki miss.

  • The East Hampton High School boys basketball team, which lost to a tough  Amityville squad here Monday (story on D1), acquitted itself well for the most part in a nonleaguer versus Rocky Point, a fellow Class A school, on Dec. 9.

    The Bonackers won that game 67-53, playing three good quarters and one bad one — the third.

  • Yani Cuesta, who coaches the East Hampton High School girls winter track team, said, in reporting on the girls’ showing earlier that day in an invitational meet at Suffolk Community College-Brentwood, that she thought her charges would stand a good chance at winning the league meet at the end of January.

    The other teams in League V are Shoreham-Wading River, Elwood-John Glenn, Hampton Bays, Southampton, Babylon, McGann-Mercy, Port Jefferson, Mount Sinai, Bayport-Blue Point, and the Knox School.

  • “Where’s the brief?” I asked Mary after we’d seen a somewhat long film about Stephen Hawking, who wrote “A Brief History of Time,” which I’ve taken the time to peruse again in an effort to constantly expand my consciousness, just like the universe.

  • They go for Christmas in a big way in Palm Springs, where we’ll be at the end of the month, with lights and ornaments all around. Yet even if I weren’t jaded when it comes to the mandatory bonhomie of the season, it seems all the more ludicrous to submit this year given the recent baffling refusals of grand juries in Missouri and New York to try police officers who killed unarmed citizens, one who had been told to get up on the sidewalk and another who was placed in an outlawed, and fatal, choke hold for selling single cigarettes.

  • Mattituck, a tough Class C team, won the first Kendall Madison Tip-Off Classic tournament here this past weekend, besting Westhampton Beach, an A school, in Friday’s opening round, and pulling away from Pierson, a fellow Class C-enrollment school, in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s finale to win the trophy by a score of 67-59.

    Meanwhile, East Hampton, which had suffered a rare loss to the Whalers Friday, a game that went down to the wire before Pierson pulled it out 62-59, bounced back to beat Westhampton 45-27 in the consolation game.

  • The East Hampton Football Club, which last year sailed through a 40-0 season in Division III men’s soccer competition that apparently was unprecedented in the 65-year history of the Long Island Soccer Football League, finished the first half of the 2014-15 Division 1 season with a 3-1 win Sunday at the Ross School over Westbury F.C. Azzurri.

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