Just when I thought I knew it all, I was blessed — yes, blessed — the other night to discover that I have a glaring weakness: I cannot hit, when receiving in the deuce court, a serve curved from the far corner.
Monday’s 4-3 win here over William Floyd, which assured the East Hampton High School boys tennis team a second-straight undefeated season in league play, at 12-0, was not the nail-biter that the recent match with Westhampton Beach was.
Bill Herzog, who coaches East Hampton High’s boys track team, was singing the spring vacation blues this past week, bemoaning the fact that of a squad of 36 only 11 had showed up for Saturday’s invitational at Westhampton Beach.
Noah Avallone, 8, who recently became a national champion in the sport, first snowboarded, his father, Mike, said, “at the age of 18 or 20 months, at Third House here in Montauk. We strapped him in and pushed him down the hill and he stayed on, and he had a big smile on his face.”
Mountaineering is not something to be undertaken idly, and so Lisa Ruiz, who is soon to climb Denali (formerly Mount McKinley) in Alaska, the highest peak in North America, climbed Mount Rainier last month to reacclimate herself to the sport, and has been training on treadmills and stairs this past year toting a 60-pound backpack.