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  •     A team of 11 lifeguards from East Hampton trained by Katie Osiecki placed third among 27 teams in the all-female National Parks Service tournament at Sandy Hook, N.J., on July 31.
        “The teams came from up and down the Eastern Seaboard,” John McGeehan said in reporting the results.
        Lucy Kohlhoff won the beach flags competition and Kira Garry won in the distance run. Amanda Calabrese was the runner-up in the run-paddle-run event and, with Katrina Garry, Kohlhoff, and Paige Duca, second in the run relay.

  •    Elizabeth Kotz recently put me on to Electro Mix, little packets of minerals — heavy metals, her husband, Steve, told me — that I have found to be quite effective when playing tennis in humid heat.

  •    The ocean swims overseen by East Hampton’s volunteer ocean rescue squad in Montauk Saturday drew record numbers — 57 for the 2-miler spanning the Kirk Park and Ditch Plain beaches, 56 for the 1-miler, and 41 for the half-miler.
        The swims benefited the Montauk Playhouse committee’s fund for the planned aquatic center there. Maureen Rutkowski of the committee said that fund-raising was proceeding apace.

  •    Peter Kazickas, a Hamilton College junior (and captain of its basketball team) who lives in Amagansett, recently returned from his second visit in three years to Hoops 4 Hope’s center in Harare, Zimbabwe, having brought with him 80 basketballs and money he’d raised to fill the many potholes in that area’s basketball courts, which are the focal point of the nonprofit organization’s work with at-risk children.

  •    Dahlia Aman, who had, because of the heat in one case and an injury in another, never won a national tennis title at the biannual Senior Games, did so last week in Cleveland, Ohio, sweeping through her opponents in the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals.
        Last year at this time, Aman, whose husband, George, is a master bridge player and head of East Hampton’s board of education, said her goal was to win at Cleveland this year, “and then stop.”

  •     No one has run away with the East Hampton Town women’s slow-pitch softball league’s regular season, and so there is no particular favorite going into the playoffs, which are to begin at the Terry King ball field Tuesday.

  •    I know it’s after the fact and thus irrelevant to the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen whom Mr. Zimmerman, an armed neighborhood watch volunteer, had pursued while the youth was returning to the condo his father’s fiancée rented in a gated Florida community, but one wonders why on earth a neighborhood watch volunteer was carrying a gun in the first place.
        Thinking on that reminded me that armed “auxiliaries” were once proposed here.

  •    The water was calm, the setup by Eric Bramoff, chief of East Hampton Village’s lifeguards, was said by John Ryan Sr. to be ideal, and, as usual, Smith Point’s A team won the Main Beach invitational lifeguard tournament last Thursday.
        The tournament drew eight men’s teams and five women’s teams — the most ever inasmuch as the women were concerned, said Ryan. And the good news for East Hampton was that its town team, captained by Katie Osiecki, “easily” topped the other female entries.

  •    Duvan Castro said after Hampton F.C.-Bill Miller’s 4-3 victory over Tortorella Pools in the Wednesday evening 7-on-7 league’s final on July 17 that for two years he had wanted to enter a team in the league, and that he had seized on East Hampton-Bayberry’s withdrawal this spring to do so.
        Most of his players, he said, following the exciting win — it was as hotly contested a final as this writer can remember — had not played in the league before.

  •    A showdown in the Montauk slow-pitch softball league on July 16 between the two division leaders, the Montauk Fire Department and Sloppy Tuna, an all-Dominican team whose player-manager is Jerry Uribe, resulted in a 6-1 win for the Fire Department.
        Uribe said afterward that he was missing a few of his better players, promising a better game next time. Indeed, the play in Sloppy Tuna’s outfield that night was rather sloppy.

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