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  •     Today . . .     Mostly sunny, though clouded conditions resulting from a high-pleasure system that moved through the region late may take a while to clear. By noon, however, one ought to be able to face the day, even though temperatures will continue to be unseasonably cold. By midafternoon undifferentiated thoughts of escape can be expected to arrive from the south-southwest, though the disturbance may be of short duration given that everything’s booked anywhere warm.

  •     Ryan Koresky, a hockey coach at the Buckskill Winter Club, and his fellow Torontan, Derrell Levy, the founder of In-Tech Skills and Conditioning, who oversaw a weeklong hockey camp for 7-through-12-year-olds at Buckskill last week, agreed that their own careers on ice would have advanced far more quickly had they been availed of In-Tech’s sophisticated training methods when they were youngsters.

  •     There will be — because of an apparent lack of numbers and the unwelcome prospect of moving a tiny squad of 20 back up from Division IV (in which the Bonackers played in 2013) to Division III, the so-called “black and blue” division — no varsity football team at East Hampton High School this fall.

  •     Jim Nicoletti, who heads East Hampton High School’s Hall of Fame committee, said during a conversation this week that he thought the spirit that had attended the inauguration of the Hall’s first class in the fall of 2012 might lessen with the induction of succeeding classes.

  •     There will be an ice show, at 1:15 p.m., a barbecue, and a Katy’s Courage skate-a-thon, at 4, at the Buckskill Winter Club here on Saturday, March 8.

        Joanne Doran, the club’s manager, said of the ice show, “There will be at least 50 young skaters and their coaches [one of whom, Claire Belhumeur, recently took first place in the Empire State Games’ pre-preliminary ladies’ figure-skating competition at Lake Placid] . . . there will be half a dozen solos. . . . It will be a big day for Buckskill.”

  •     The Pierson (Sag Harbor) High School girls basketball team won its first county championship since the year 2000 by besting Southold-Greenport 54-49 at Northport High School on Feb. 18.

  • For only the fourth time in 90 years of football in East Hampton, the high school won't yield a varsity football squad.
  •     “‘I gave up masonry in November,’ ” Ken Raf­ferty told me in May of 1978. “ ‘I could stay down here and paint 14 hours a day. I get my hot cocoa and dash around back through the snow. People must think I’m crazy. One abstract I did I called, ‘It’s Snowing on My Cocoa.’ ”

  •     It seemed as if half of Shelter Island was in attendance at the county Class D boys basketball championship game at Longwood High School Saturday.

        As a consequence, said one of those spectators, Cliff Clark, who owns the South Ferry Company, “the Island just rose six inches.”

        Actually, the Islanders were sky-high after their boys defeated Greenport 73-66 that day to become county champions — for the first time ever in this tiny school’s history.

  •     Kyle McGowin, who led Savannah State to its first-ever appearance in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division 1 baseball tournament last spring, and who recently received Georgia’s D-1 player of the year award, was to have left for the Los Angeles Angels’ training camp in Tempe, Ariz., yesterday.

        Kyle planned to make the trip in a brand new, shiny black pickup truck that was bought with some of his sizable bonus money. His parents, Shaun and Tracy, were to have followed along.

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