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  • Carl Johnson, who coaches the Bridgehampton High School boys basketball team, said during a conversation Monday that Charles Manning, who transferred from Bridgehampton to Long Island Lutheran this past fall, “is now the best or one of the two best players on that team.”
  • Goethe thought solipsism was the worst sin, and while I think he may have a point there, it is my birthday, and what else can I do but revel in the fact.
  • The East Hampton and Bridgehampton High School boys basketball teams won league titles in games played Tuesday night.
  • East Hampton High School’s boys and girls winter track teams did well at Sunday’s small schools meets at Suffolk Community College-Brentwood, especially the girls, who finished ninth — the highest finish their coach, Yani Cuesta, who’s in her 11th year, can remember — among 20 schools.
  • It is Mozart’s birthday as I write this, and that reminds me of what the late Steve Sigler said in an interview I did with him in March 1996, to wit, that Mozart was “all about reconciliation, total reconciliation — no wonder he died at 35.”
  • As of earlier this week, the East Hampton Bonackers and the Bridgehampton Killer Bees were on track to win at least a share of their leagues’ championships.
  • Two South Fork pitchers, Kyle McGowin of Sag Harbor and Chris Pike of Southampton, are about to embark on another year in their minor league baseball careers.
  • The East End Sharks’ freshman hockey team took the ice at the Buckskill Winter Club Sunday morning for the second time this season, and, wonderful to tell, thanks to four goals by Jack Dec, and sure goaltending by Taky Dimopoulos, came away with a 5-3 win over Dix Hills’ select team.
  • “Teach me a kick serve,” I said to Lisa Jones, “and it will be the last piece in the jeweled crown that is my doubles tennis game.”
  • Bill McKee, who coaches East Hampton High School’s boys basketball team, said following last Thursday’s big 71-64 win at Bayport-Blue Point that he thought the memory of Bonac’s loss in a showdown for the league championship there last year was fresh in his players’ minds.

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