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  • The East Hampton High School boys swimming team improved to 2-1 in League II competition by defeating Deer Park here by a score of 85-75 last Thursday. Going into this week, the team was 4-1 over all.
  • Carl Johnson, who coaches Bridgehampton High School’s boys basketball team, the Killer Bees, said Monday he was happy with the Bees’ progress so far, save for their 57-40 loss to East Hampton in the Holiday Classic’s consolation game on Dec. 29.
  • The new home for the Kendall Madison Fitness Center at East Hampton High School is cavernous, a super-gym four times larger than the old one, and, wonderful to tell, it is not only filled with equipment — much of it having been donated by the Hampton Gym Corp’s Bruce Cotter last spring, a gift valued at $250,000 — but also is filled with students working out every school day, 30 to 50 on average, from 2:30 on.
  • Mary’s great-grandmother, a star of stage and the early screen, reportedly said — or so the family story has it — on passing by the open casket of a woman who had in life borne the burden of her severe lameness with good humor, “She never suffered as I have.”
  • The surf was silvery, the weather, if not balmy, at least in the temperate range, and young faces — grizzled ones too — were beaming in the sun.
  • Claude Beudert, who is in his 40th year of coaching (though he’s been retired since June as a teacher), said during a conversation the other day at The Star that he’s thankful that the first wave of athletes he oversaw still say hello to him.
  • The East Hampton High School boys basketball team played, according to its coach, Dan White, its “best game thus far” in defeating Bridgehampton 57-40 in the consolation game of the Holiday Classic tournament at Suffolk Community College-Selden last Thursday.
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama seem to agree that joy springs through suffering, and so, I suppose, it’s appropriate that I’m reading “The Book of Joy” at the moment, while in the throes of a wretched cold.
  • The late boys basketball coach Roger Golden, when I asked what it was he loved about basketball, said, “The gyms are warm.”
  • Sportswise, hope’s flames continued to be fanned here in 2016, which is to say that the news having to do with East Hampton’s young basketball, baseball, swimming, and girls volleyball teams in particular was pretty much all good.

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