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  • Slow-pitch softball, while it may be dead in Amagansett, is alive and well in Montauk — the playoffs’ fifth game there the night of Sept. 2, played before an enthusiastic crowd, provided ample evidence of that — though, as Bill Becker pointed out, the Hank Zebrowski field is pretty ragged, and in the outfield largely unlit.

  • Joe Vas, the East Hampton School District’s athletic director, thinks just about all of the high school’s teams will be competitive this fall, beginning with boys soccer, which looked very sharp in a scrimmage here with Westhampton Beach on Sept. 3.

  • A 49-year-old Manhattanite, Adrian Mackay, won Sunday’s Mighty Hamptons Triathlon, though because he had started in a later wave than the 27-year-old Julian Acevedo, of Astoria, Queens, who was the first to cross the Long Beach, Noyac, finish line, it wasn’t immediately apparent that the elder triathlete had won.

  • Summer does not so much make a light escape here as a noisy one, so that we, the birds who stay, and who indeed will shiver, rejoice.

    Thus the seasons are for us rearranged, and the waning of summer, what for many is a signal of decline, brings promise here.

  • “Ireland, Ireland, Ireland,” the Hamp­ton Classic’s press officer, Marty Bauman, said at the press conference that followed Sunday’s $250,000 Grand Prix, alluding to, among other Irishmen, the Grand Prix’s winner, Kevin Babington, and its third-place finisher (and $30,000 Longines rider-of-the-week winner for the second year in a row), Richie Moloney.

  • When Lori King arrived at the jumping-off place for her 22.5-mile Catalina Channel swim, in the depths of the night, she was thrown a curve: The captain said she should do it the other way round, from the mainland to the island.

  • Almost 200 runners showed up at the Springs Firehouse Labor Day morning to take part in the Great Bonac 10 and 5K races, and many of them, wonderful to tell, were young and eager, boding well for East Hampton High School’s boys and girls cross-country and track programs.

    Among the participants was Howard Lebwith, who 37 years ago founded the race, along with Ed Hults and John Conner. Lebwith, who “slogged” the 5K, is now 84, and Sharon McCobb, president of the Old Montauk Athletic Club, consequently allotted him 84 as his bib number.

  • Marie-Christophe De Menil, who in 1976 founded what was to become the five-day, A-rated Hampton Classic Horse Show, presented in the Grand Prix ring last Thursday the Firefly Challenge trophy to Christina Firestone, the Amateur-Owner Jumper 1.30-meter division’s champion.

    Philip Richter, who won this championship at the Classic in 2011, ’12, and ‘’13, named the new trophy in De Menil’s honor, and asked that De Menil, whose daughter, Taya, had been trained in the 1970s by his mother, Judy Richter of Bedford, N.Y., present it.

  • Mike Bahel’s Pump ’n’ Run contest, held at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett last Thursday, was won by Neil Falkenhan, who chest-pressed 115 pounds (60 percent of his body weight) 55 times before running on the sand to Indian Wells Beach and back — a distance of 1.7 miles — in 10 minutes and 59 seconds, faster than anyone else.

    Thus Falkenhan’s net time for the event, once his 10:59 run was reduced by 2 minutes and 45 seconds (each rep being worth three seconds of subtracted run time to the competitors), was 8:14.

  • The Bridgehampton School Board was expected this week to formally appoint Eric Bramoff, a Sag Harborite with strong family connections in Bridgehampton, as the school’s athletic director, replacing Mary Anne Jules, who recently retired following a 32-year career.

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