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  • Yes, she was competitive, Pearl Ramirez, an up-and-coming 11-year-old gymnast, said with a bright smile during a conversation the other day at The Star.
  • Don Reese, who for the past half-dozen or so years has headed up East Hampton’s youth football and basketball programs, said during a conversation at The Star Monday that, despite criticisms leveled at him following his fifth-and-sixth-grade team’s recent tournament championship win at the South­ampton Recreation Center, he was not an elitist.
  • Joe Vas, the East Hampton School District’s athletic director, said during Monday’s baseball scrimmage here with Southampton that he had made the decision to accept the Section XI-mandated move up from Conference IV to the “black-and-blue” Conference III, a move dictated by new enrollment numbers, though he wanted to hear that night at a meeting in the school’s cafeteria what the parents’, players’, and coaches’ thoughts were.
  • I can’t wait to try out my new Signum Pro Tornado strings in a stroke-of-the-week clinic tomorrow. The website says you will “wreak havoc” with them.
  • The Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s youth swim team, the Hurricanes, placed fourth among 40 teams at the state Y meet in Ithaca this past weekend.
  • Asked what it was about hockey, Peter Schaeffer of Amagansett, a recent Rangers’ honoree who saw them play for the first time at the age of 9, said, unlike baseball, “You can’t read a book when you’re watching hockey — hockey grips you.”
  • East Hampton’s sixth-grade boys basketball team cruised to its fifth straight tournament championship at the Southampton Recreation Center on Saturday, afflicting the St. John’s Saints of Southampton, 59-15.
  • It is rare that college coaches come out here to see high school players — Richmond’s Dick Tarrant, who saw Kenny Wood play basketball in East Hampton High’s gym, and the University of South Florida’s head coach, Eddie Cardieri, a former teammate of Ed Bahns’s, who saw Ross Gload hit three home runs in 1994’s county small schools championship baseball game at St. Joseph’s College, being two exceptions that come immediately to mind.
  • The Buckskill Winter Club’s high-school-age hockey team, the Sharks, improved to 3-1 on the season as the result of a 16-8 win here on the night of March 7 over Eastport-South Manor, also known as the Sharks, a team that plays in Suffolk County’s high school hockey league.
  • Katie Helfand, East Hampton High School’s boys tennis coach, has her sights set on a third straight league championship, a second straight in League VII, though Westhampton Beach, a perennial power in the sport, might have something to say about that.

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