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  • Kevin Bunce, who has been bringing along young rugby players in the past few years, having taken over the under-19 reins from Rich Brierley, can point with some pride now to the fact that three of his protégés — Brandon Johnson, Axel Alanis, and Josh King — have won scholarships to play the increasingly popular sport in college.
  • Speaking of having one’s wits about one, I, on my return home the other day from a hectic day of doing nothing, worrying as I was about what I would possibly write about that week — summer largely being what a sportswriter’s imagination says it is — I called out, “Have you seen my wits, Mary?”
  • We must stay calm, O’en and I, though this is a particularly trying season to pursue the middle way, neither sniffing nor yearning overmuch.
  • Fighting Chance, a free service for cancer patients and their families, was on its own this year, following what was described as an amicable parting with Swim Across America, and despite the fact that the site had to be changed from Long Beach to Havens Beach at the last minute, all went well, the weather being beautiful and the swimming conditions being pretty much perfect.
  • The popular B-rated horse show will be held Wednesday in Sagaponack.
  • The East Hampton 9-10 Little League traveling all-stars, who had won the District 36 championship the night before, lost a first-round Section IV game Tuesday to Smithtown-St. James, the District 35 champion, by a score of 12-5.
  • East Hampton’s 9-10-year-old traveling all-star team rode its pitching, hitting, and heads-up baserunning to a District 36 championship, the first in a quarter-century, this week.
  • The town’s lifeguarding guru, 82-year-old John Ryan Sr., said Monday morning at his customary Amagansett Beach Association post, that all was well with the town’s lifeguarding program, from the ground up.
  • Asked his name after he had crossed the Firecracker 8K finish line in Southampton Sunday morning, the winner said, “Jeff Ares.”
  • After the accident in 2010 that deprived him of the use of his legs, two of his upper thoracic vertebrae having been fractured, Dennis Johnson, who loved just about all sports as a youth, said he was “a little bit depressed.”

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