Ah, Independence Day. The heady air of freedom!
Freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, freedom from self-censorship, freedom from toeing the line, freedom from zeal, freedom from banality, freedom from filling out forms, freedom from conforming, freedom from filling out more forms, freedom from drudgery, freedom from helicopter noise.
The rumored demise of the East Hampton Town men’s slow-pitch softball league, whose games have been played since the late 1960s at the Terry King ball field in Amagansett, is not premature: The league is, in fact, dead. Though the prospect of a resurrection someday is not entirely out of the question, Rich Schneider, the league’s spokesman, said this week.
East Hampton’s 9 and 10-year-old Little League traveling all-star team stayed alive in the District 36 tournament Monday by “mercying” Westhampton Beach 10-0 in four innings at the Pantigo fields here.
The lopsided victory was sweet indeed inasmuch as the young Bonackers had lost 2-1 at Westhampton a couple of days before. The win improved Tim Garneau’s team’s playoff record to 3-1, and prompted one of his young charges, Callum Menelaws, to exclaim, “We’ve gotten a lot better this year!”
A number of strong volleyballers, including Kim Valverde, whose Hillsborough Junior College team placed seventh in the nation, Jesse Libath, Hayden Ward, the State University Athletic Conference’s player of the year in men’s basketball, and Tahlia Miller, showed up at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk last Thursday evening for an informal round of 4-on-4 games — a prelude to a six-week league to begin July 11.
At the dump the other day, I reached into the paper bin to retrieve a slim volume of what I thought might be racy medieval lyrics — in Latin, as it turned out — and a fat “History of the World” by Toynbee, though abridged.
The inscription referred to Santayana’s opinion that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, though the tome, while moldy (presumably the reason for it having been discarded, along with quite a few other books), didn’t look as if it had been read.
Going up against the dominant defending-champion Reds in the East Hampton Town Little League’s 11-to-12-year-old “world series” presented a challenge for the very young Pirates, but Tim Garneau’s team acquitted itself well in the best-of-three final, which ended with a 4-1 Reds’ victory at the Pantigo fields Friday night.
The Gubbins Running Ahead stores here are high-energy places, and Gubbins’s four new salesmen fit the bill nicely.
Running under the Gubbins Distance Project team banner, the four — Owen Dawson, an all-American 800 runner from Penn State, Ryan Hagen, a second-team all-American from Virginia Tech, Shawn Roberts, a two-time all A.C.C. runner from Georgia Tech, and Will McFall, an all-Ivy 800 runner from Cornell — are expected to pretty much dominate whatever races they may enter here this summer.
Peter Barron, a 14-year-old eighth grader at the East Hampton Middle School, is about to launch an international sailing career, having been picked to represent the United States in the Optimist class.
The U.S. Women’s Open is to be played at the Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton this week, beginning today, and among those listed as players to watch in Newsday’s preview Tuesday were eight South Koreans, one of whom, the 16-year-old Lydia Ko, the U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, lives in New Zealand.
Chris Schenck, the father of an East Hampton High School softball player who took issue with the firing in July of the school's varsity softball coach, Lou Reale, has launched a petition drive on the GoPetition website