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  • Sunday’s Youth Triathlon at Maidstone Park was the I-Tri program’s biggest yet, what with 72 entrants who ranged in age from 10 to 17.

    “We’ll probably have to cap the number of entrants soon,” said Diane O’Donnell, one of I-Tri’s volunteer coaches, given the fact that the town has yet to close down the 7-mile bicycle course to traffic.

    Still, all went smoothly, Theresa Roden, I-Tri’s founder, said afterward, adding, “We were thrilled with the turnout.”

  • Zach Brenneman, a former all-American midfielder at Notre Dame and pro who’s embarked now on a career in the financial world, has not entirely put lacrosse behind him: This week he and eight other coaches, most of whom he grew up playing the game with, oversaw a camp at East Hampton High School that drew 53 kids between the ages of 5 and 12.

  • About 100 swimmers of all ages participated Saturday morning in a Swim Across America event in Gardiner’s Bay that raised an estimated $65,000 for cancer research and for Fighting Chance, “the best provider of services to cancer patients on the planet,” in the words of Gerry Oakes, chairman of Swim Across America’s volunteer Nassau-Suffolk committee.

    “It wasn’t a race,” Oakes later said, “though people can if they want to. It’s about swimming together for a great cause.”

  • With eight games to go as of Tuesday, the Montauk Mustangs, a first-year entry in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, needed to win four to earn a playoff berth.

    While the playoffs may not be in the cards, the season, according to the Mustangs’ coach, Jason Szafarski, has gone “really well. We’re probably among the top two in the league in attendance. The field is beautiful, I just hope they maintain it.”

  • Soccer is king at East Hampton High School — the team, in the absence of a varsity football squad, will be featured at homecoming this fall as the result of a student vote — and it has been king here at the adult level for years, beginning with emigrants from Costa Rica in the mid-1960s, after which came Mexicans, Colombians, and Ecuadorians, mostly from Cuenca (not to mention the Irish).

  • Those East Hamptoners of Costa Rican and Colombian descent watched the World Cup quarterfinal matchups involving those countries with especial interest here this past weekend, and while neither Colombia nor Costa Rica wound up winning, the fans (most of them skillful soccer players themselves) with whom this writer spoke pronounced themselves happy all in all.

  • When this writer asked Lisa McKee at Saturday’s basketball tournament at the Sportime Arena where her son Kyle was, she pointed to the tiled floor, where he’d landed moments before, after having been decked trying to go to the hoop. “There.”

    “Yes,” she said, answering a follow-up question, “the offensive players are supposed to call the fouls, but Kyle’s too polite. He doesn’t say anything.”

  • Both East Hampton traveling all-star teams were eliminated from Little League’s District 36 tournament this past week, losing to their North Shore American (Rocky Point) counterparts in each instance.

    Tim Garneau’s 11 and 12-year-olds, who had been hurt by the fact that Lou Britton, one of their stars, was sidelined for the final two games with a shoulder injury, finished at 2-3 in pool play, while Liz Genovesi’s 9-10s finished at 4-1.

  • We watched “The Natural” the other night, for the umpteenth time. It never grows old. It is our fable.

    At least the movie version is, with Roy Hobbs’s transcendent home run (“That’s how it feels, isn’t it, to come through like that in a game?” said Mary as the soaring music played and the sparks from the short-circuited stadium stanchions lit Roy’s way ’round the bases) and the father-and-son catch in the farm field in the golden light at the end.

  • As of earlier this week, both East Hampton Little League all-star teams — the 9-and-10-year-olds and the 11-12s — were alive in District 36 pool play, though as of Monday afternoon the little ones, coached by Liz Genovesi, were in better shape record-wise, at 3-0, while Tim Garneau’s 11-12s were 2-1, having lost 10-4 the day before at Hampton Bays.

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