Led by its boys soccer team, East Hampton High School enjoyed a largely joyous homecoming week that included victories by its girls swimming, girls volleyball, girls tennis, and boys volleyball teams.
The soccer game, which the Bonackers won 3-0, was historic inasmuch as it, rather than football (East Hampton has no varsity this season), served as the main homecoming attraction under the lights Saturday night.
The revived Montauk Rugby Club trounced its rivals from Brooklyn at East Hampton’s Herrick Park Saturday by a score of 48-10, a lopsided win that obviously delighted those, several of them among the local side’s elder statesmen, who had suffered a 35-19 defeat at Brooklyn’s hands here last year.
(That was then, however, when Montauk had trouble fielding a complement of 15, sometimes suiting up players in their 40s and 50s, and this is now, when coaches do their best to get the young turks who show up playing time.)
Nine individuals, one of them a coach, and two teams, the 1989 state-championship boys basketball team and the 1991 state-semifinalist baseball team, whose 25-5 record made it the winningest in East Hampton High’s diamond history, were inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame on homecoming morning.
It’s hard to imagine that participating in sectarian slaughters fraught with possibilities that we’ll be played for suckers perhaps by all the combatants will lead to any good, and yet it seems we have no choice given the likelihood of a greater evil emerging insofar as Americans are concerned from a jihadist triumph.
East Hampton High’s boys soccer team looked mighty good in its league opener here with Bayport-Blue Point last Thursday, besieging the Phantoms’ goalie from the get-go on the way to a 6-1 win.
Auguring very well for the Bonackers was the fact that six different players scored, not just the usual suspects, namely Nick West (who did have one) and Esteban Valverde.
The Montauk Rugby Club started off aggressively in its game here Saturday with the Suffolk Bull Moose, a side from the Stony Brook area, and paid for it with a couple of penalties, one of which was converted for a 3-0 Bull Moose lead, but thereafter the Sharks, who, by virtue of that day’s 45-8 win improved to 2-0 in Division III play, took over.
While it may be too much to expect the East Hampton High School boys cross-country team — the best its coach, Kevin Barry, says he’s had in 10 years — to topple the odds-on favorite, Bayport-Blue Point, the Bonackers are definitely worth watching.
The only chance to see them here, however, will be Sept. 29 at Cedar Point County Park when they run in a double-dual meet with Mount Sinai and John Glenn.
Monday was a good afternoon for East Hampton High’s teams.
Field hockey won 1-0 in a well-contested game with Pierson-Bridgehampton at Sag Harbor’s Mashashimuet Park, the girls tennis team, which had lost tough 4-3 matches to Westhampton Beach and Eastport-South Manor, defeated Southampton 5-2, the girls swimming team opened its season with a 98-82 win at Sachem North, the boys volleyball team shut out West Babylon 3-0, improving its record to 1-2, and boys soccer improved its record to 4-0 with a 4-0 shutout here of Mount Sinai.
Thursday, September 18
GIRLS TENNIS, McGann-Mercy at East Hampton, nonleague, 4 p.m.
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL, Sayville at East Hampton, 5 p.m.
GOLF, East Hampton at Westhampton Beach, 3:30 p.m.
GIRLS SOCCER, East Hampton at Elwood-John Glenn, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, September 19
GIRLS SWIMMING, Smithtown vs. East Hampton-Bridgehampton-Pierson, Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter, nonleague, 5 p.m.
BOYS SOCCER, East Hampton at Elwood-John Glenn, 4:30 p.m.