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  •     I’m in the eighth ditch of the eighth circle of Hell now, with the falsifiers. Today it would probably not be so populous a place, for relatively few of us moderns can claim to know the truth (thus how could we falsify it) enveloped as we are in cosmic molasses.

  •     A league championship was on the line at Cedar Point Park on Oct. 8, and, as the East Hampton High School boys’ coach, Kevin Barry, expected, the visiting team, Shoreham-Wading River, would prevail. They had only lost three meets in the past 13 years and were the eighth-ranked team in the state, he said.

  •     Eleven individual honorees, two coaches who were also athletic directors, and two teams were inducted into East Hampton High School’s Hall Of Fame Saturday.

        The teams were the undefeated, once-tied 1965 football team coached by the late Gary Golden, which boasted the best defense in Suffolk County, and the 1976-77 boys basketball team coached by Ed Petrie that was the Southeast Regional champion (a state champion in effect).

  •     The East Hampton High School golf team was to have played for at least a share of the league championship at Westhampton Beach Tuesday — an outcome made possible by East Hampton’s defeat of the former front-runner, Southampton, at the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett on Oct. 9.

  •     John McGeehan, who coaches East Hampton High School’s girls swimming team, said following Friday’s meet here with Sayville-Bayport that he had been impressed with his team’s performance in the absence of its all-state freestyler, Marina Preiss, who had been away on a recruiting trip at San Diego State.

        “With Marina there, I think we might have squeaked it out,” said McGeehan, “but while we lost we certainly didn’t roll over.”

  •     Today, you’d think, as in Keats’s ode, the warm days would never cease, and yet the autumnal sighing — a melancholy beauty — has begun.

        Here’s to the soft-dying day, and to gathering what buddies ye may, for Old Time’s a-flying.

  •     Last Thursday’s high school boys soccer game here was billed as a big one given the fact that it was with perennially strong Elwood-John Glenn, though it was East Hampton that proved itself the dominant team.

        The 4-1 win (Glenn’s goal came at game’s end with just about all of Bonac’s starters off the field) improved East Hampton’s league-leading record to 7-0-0.

  •     “I knew Andy Neidnig well,” John Conner said during the awards ceremony following the inaugural 5-kilometer Andy’s Run in Sag Harbor Saturday morning. “I ran with him for 30 years or so. Indubitably, he was a world-class runner.”

        “He ran in masters world championships in Rome; in Melbourne, Australia; Japan; Turku, Finland; Puerto Rico; in Durban, South Africa. . . . And, whenever he could, he ran against the best.”

  •     The Harborfields High School girls swimming team proved to be too powerful for East Hampton’s in Monday’s league opener at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter, though there was plenty of good news for the young Bonackers, who were led by Marina Preiss, one of the state’s best swimmers.

        On Monday, Preiss won the 50-yard freestyle, in 24.92 seconds, won the 100 free, in 54.02, and anchored the winning 400 free relay in 53.44.

  •     The news at the 10th Serpent’s Back duathlon in Montauk Sunday was that Brian Wolff, who is sponsored by Carl Hart Bicycles of Middle Island, did not win.

        Wolff, who had won this run-mountain bike-run race six times — the past four years running — finished 10th this time, “which was quite amazing,” said the race director, Mike Bahel, “considering that he had a flat at mile 4 of the [13-mile] bike.”

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