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  • The second meeting of the Bridgehampton High School Killer Bees and the Pierson Whalers, in Sag Harbor Saturday afternoon, proved to be far more arresting than the first.

    The Bees, who look as if they’ve got a team that could well make that school’s first trip to Glens Falls in 16 years, routed the Whalers 77-50 in a league-opener at the Bee Hive in mid-December, though, on Pierson’s court, whose stands were packed with fans, it was a different story.

  • While he was reared in Southampton, Chris Pike, a baseball pitcher who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays last June, has East Hampton ties inasmuch as his late grandfather, Carl Johanson, was for many years an administrator and football and basketball coach in the East Hampton School District.

    That and the fact that he played five summers as a teenager for Kevin Brophy’s South Fork Sharks, a traveling baseball team that was based in East Hampton, practically makes him a local son.

  • A cold wind whipped along the ocean beach on New Year’s Day, though scores of “freezin’-for-a-reazon” plungers were not fazed. It was said that several hundred took the plunge for East Hampton’s food pantries at the village’s Main Beach, and that, soon afterward, 100 or so did so for Phoenix House at Beach Lane in Wainscott.

  • Bill McKee, who coaches East Hampton High’s boys basketball team, said on the eve of the team’s resumption of league play, at Elwood-John Glenn Tuesday, that, given the vacation results, “we’re a better team than we were before Christmas.”

  • We will have returned from Palm Springs by now. When last we were there, at this time two years ago, I described it as heavenly inasmuch as we’d been able “to take delight in each other and to remember why we were magnetized from the start.”

    “. . . It’s been a week in which everything’s been more than all right. No appointments to keep, no need to strip the bed because the cleaning women are coming, no urgencies, no duties of any kind. Ah, I’m telling you, to do nothing is to progress wonderfully.”

  • The year 2014 here in sports belonged to soccer, as the tide turned against football, though encouraging results in East Hampton’s middle school and youth program held out the promise that the sport may revive here in time.

  • I’ve read that the greatest Christmas gift is the knowledge that one is blessed, and I know that that is not a frequent occurrence.

  • Lori King, a long-distance swimmer and part-time Amagansett resident, Ed Cashin, Mike Bahel, and Annette MacNiven, a late mountain-biker and youth swim coach, were honored at the Old Montauk Athletic Club’s recent holiday dinner at the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett.

    King, who this past summer swam the Catalina Channel, a 22.5-mile agon, mostly in the dark in 8 hours, 51 minutes, and 15 seconds, making her one of only 37 Catalina swimmers since 1927 to break nine hours, was OMAC’s athlete of the year.

  • 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.

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