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  • The Gubbins Running Ahead Store was in the van in Saturday’s Rotary Club 5 and 10K road races in Amagansett: Barbara Gubbins, the store’s owner, who’s 55 years old, ran away with the 5K, and one of her employees, Kevin Harvey, who’s 22, did the same in the 10K, although, as he said later, a half-mile probably was added on to the distance because of a wrong turn taken by the lead car at around mile 4.
  • Forty-eight avid basketball players of all ages did battle at Sportime’s Arena in Amagansett Saturday for a handsome cup filled to the brim with Montauk Brewery’s summer ale and for Down syndrome research.
  • The annual pre-Artists-Writers Game conversation with Leif Hope at the Poxabogue golf course restaurant the other day was interrupted periodically by a summoning cellphone — Hope will make that one concession to the times, though he doesn’t, he said, do email. Yet it was deadline day for the journal advertising, so what could he do?
  • Ellen’s Run can at the age of 20 now lay claim to having become a tradition here, along with such events as the Shelter Island 10K, the Great Bonac Footraces, and the Artists-Writers Softball Game, with which it shares the Aug. 15-16 weekend.
  • For the second year in a row, Groundworks, which featured in its lineup former East Hampton High School stars who went on to play in college, won the East Hampton Town women’s slow-pitch softball league’s playoff championship by sweeping the Police Benevolent Association in the final series this past week.
  • “The fields are alive with the sound of athletes,” I sang, in my best Julie Andrews imitation, to Mary, who was happy the other day to hear it.
  • A somewhat shorthanded Maidstone Market team, until recently the 7-on-7 league’s perennial champion before Tortorella Pools and Hampton F.C.-Bill Miller began asserting themselves a couple years ago, was defeated 1-0 by Bill Miller in the league’s hotly contested playoff final at East Hampton’s Herrick Park on July 22.
  • When this writer arrived at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center’s challenge swims at the Ditch Plain beach early Saturday morning, he saw that the clock read one hour, four minutes, and some seconds, which led him to look around for Rod McClave, the perennial winner of the 5K, but the swims, said Peter Gidion, one of the Ocean Rescue Squad members, had begun late that day, and, as it turned out, McClave wasn’t among the competitors.
  • Playing before an appreciative home crowd under Fiske Field’s towering trees, the top-seeded Shelter Island Bucks racked up a 5-0 win over the fourth-seeded Montauk Mustangs in the first of a best-of-three Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League playoff semifinal Monday evening.
  • Three of East Hampton’s most admired coaches of the past generation — Jim Nicoletti, Ellen Cooper, and Kathy McGeehan — appeared in wholehearted support of Lou Reale, the ousted championship and award-winning softball coach, at the school board’s organizational meeting on July 14 — Bastille Day.

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