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  •     There were flowers all around for the seven seniors and hugs and touching tributes before the girls basketball game began at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor Monday evening.

        But when Kasey Gilbride, one of those seniors, hurled a Southold opponent to the floor in fighting for possession of the opening tip-off, one knew that Kevin Barron’s Whalers, who were looking to nail the lid down on the school’s first league championship since 1992, had come to play.

  •     The high school wrestling career of Lucas Escobar, East Hampton’s senior 120-pounder, as well as Richie Browne, who competes at 285 pounds, though he weighs much less, were cited by their coach, Steve Tseperkas, following Jan. 22’s match with Mount Sinai at the East Hampton Middle School.

        There is a third senior on the squad, Gabe Vargas, though an early-season injury has kept him sidelined throughout the campaign.

  •     Given its two losses this past week, to Amityville last Thursday and to Elwood-John Glenn Saturday morning, the East Hampton High School boys basketball team must run the table, which is to say defeat Mount Sinai, Miller Place, and Bayport-Blue Point, to make the playoffs.

  •     I had thought I’d been sleeping unduly long — 9 to 11 hours at times if I can get away with it — until I read a report in the weekly science section of The New York Times on the so-called glymphatic system, which takes out the trash, as it were, from the brain while one is in Never-Never Land.

        “So what is removed from our brains as we sleep?” I asked Mary, who is as much of an insomniac as I am a narcoleptic, this morning.

  •    Dan White, who coaches Pierson High School’s boys basketball team, said following a barn burner in Sag Harbor with Bridgehampton’s Killer Bees that he couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

        Arguably White would have said the same thing even had his team lost, which it didn’t. The Whalers, whom the Bees played toe-to-toe throughout almost the entire game, rode Forrest Loesch’s hot hand that day to a 70-61 victory.

  •    Erik Fredrickson, 37, a fitness and wellness business owner, trainer, and consultant who has been East Hampton High School’s part-time strength and conditioning coach since the fall, had to put himself to the test not long ago, after having undergone treatment for a form of leukemia.

        “The doctors said we don’t know where it came from, we can’t prevent it, but we can cure it!” the East Hamptoner said during a conversation at The Star Saturday morning.

  •     The Ross School’s 69-68 win over Smithtown Christian Saturday, by virtue of Jiahui Guo’s short jumper from the corner with six seconds left, kept the 4-5 Cosmos on a playoff pace.

        Earlier in the week, Ross lost 53-44 to league-leading Pierson, but Dan White, the Whalers’ coach, said that “it was a close game — it was tied with five minutes left. . . . Ross, Southold, Stony Brook, and my team should make the Class C playoffs, but that’s getting a little too far ahead. One step at a time.”

  •     The East Hampton High School boys swimming team left Harborfields far in its wake at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s pool on Jan. 15.

        The reported score was 91-74, though the Bonackers, coached by Craig Brierley and Brian Cunningham, “exhibitioned,” which is to say forwent points, in some events.

  •     Lucas Escobar, who’s been wrestling at 120 pounds for the East Hampton High School wrestling team, improved his record to 24-1 on Saturday as he won four matches (three by pin) on the way to the 120-pound championship at the Mattituck invitational.

        It was the senior’s second tournament championship this season.

  •     Of course when I said, on my return from San Pancho, Mexico, “Let the games begin,” I didn’t know a blizzard was imminent, which caused the cancellation of just about everything over this past week, except for the skating at Buckskill and the Gin Rummy games which Mary seems to invariably win, even as she says I am an astute card player.