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  • David Brooks wrote recently about the lack of trust in our society, and how corrosive walling oneself off can be when it comes to the intermingling a thriving democracy requires.
  • A long-distance runner, a longtime wrestling coach, and two young swimmers were honored at the Old Montauk Athletic Club’s holiday dinner at the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett Monday night.
  • With things about ready to warm up sportswise here, Joe Vas, East Hampton’s athletic director, said during a conversation last Thursday that wrestling’s numbers were viable, that Dan White, a new hiree, was doing “a terrific job” as the boys basketball team’s coach, that boys swimming, under Craig Brierley and Brian Cunningham, ought to be strong, that a revamped coaching staff was now overseeing girls basketball, a team replete with all-around athletes, and that the indoor track teams, coached by Yani Cuesta and Ben Turnbull, ought to be competitive.
  • When last we touched base with Nick Haas, the Atlantic Golf Club’s assistant pro, who analyzes swings in a basement room of the East Hampton Indoor Tennis Club’s annex with the help of a TrackMan launch monitor and high-speed cameras, he was prescribing an exercise by which my brother-in-law could gain more of a shoulder tilt on his flattish backswing.
  • I’ve been reading in comparative mythology recently, about ritual regicide, virgin births, thefts of fire, trees of life and of death, resurrections . . . that kind of thing, and apparently, at least according to Joseph Campbell, it’s all one — more or less the same stories and symbols from Day One aimed at reconciling earth with the heavens.
  • Virtually all of the players on Maidstone Market’s 7-on-7 soccer team play as well for the East Hampton Football Club, which this week moved into first place in the Long Island Soccer Football Club’s Division-I A flight.
  • The Montauk Rugby Club finished the fall season with a flourish recently, knocking off its Rockaway rival 33-14 at Rockaway, a win that enabled it to garner a berth in the Empire Geographical Union playoffs in the spring.
  • Thanksgiving Day’s Turkey Trots in Montauk drew a sizable two and four-legged field, the latter prompting one runner to suggest that the East Hampton Town Recreation Department begin adding a dog division.
  • The East Hampton Football Club, which as of the moment trails Glen Cove Avellino by one point in the Long Island Soccer Football League’s first-division A flight, knocked Port Jefferson, a tough B flight rival, out of the league cup tournament here Sunday by a score of 2-1.
  • Jacqui Thorsen, an East Hampton High School senior who has participated in five different sports and has a 100-plus weighted average, signed on Nov. 15 a letter of intent to attend Wagner College, where she will play lacrosse and major in either economics or finance.

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