Saturday was as beautiful a day as you’d want for skating, and consequently the Buckskill Winter Club’s rink was bustling.
As Tim Luzadre and several assistants ran a surprisingly skilled group of 9-and-under boys through junior hockey drills, Joanne Doran, who also oversees tennis there from April through early November, spoke of the club’s winter programs.
Paul Frediani, an advocate of long-distance open water swimming and a trainer for the past 25 years who, before that, became a highly paid model after winning a Golden Gloves title in California, was happy to hear during a conversation at his home in Springs the other day that his visitor, while pushing 74, remained physically active.
As it neared 8:30 p.m. on a recent Sunday night, Mary and I, as is our wont these days, talked of the time that remains to us, and she wondered, in that connection, what places I might really like to see and what things I might really want to do.
“What do I really want to do now? Or in the future?” I said.
“Both,” she said, “but let’s begin with now.”
The sporting year just past was perhaps more characterized by losses than wins — the rugby team, for instance, went 0-6 in divisional play, a rarity, and, for the first time in his long career, a softball team coached by Lou Reale did not make the playoffs, not to mention the Boston Marathon where the family of Jim Stewart, East Hampton High’s former wrestling and boys soccer coach, and Shelter Island’s Frank and Mary Ellen Adipietro, the race director of the popular 10K there, found themselves almost within the deadly radius of the bombs near the finish
An 82-67 win over Mattituck in the consolation game of Center Moriches’s invitational boys basketball tournament last weekend was viewed as “a breakthrough” by East Hampton’s coach, Bill McKee, and his assistant, Bob Vacca.
“We got cremated by Westhampton,” Vacca said of the Bonackers’ 53-36 loss in that tournament’s first round.
During its most arduous workout of the season, a series of timed intervals totaling 2,200 yards, at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s pool Friday, Craig Brierley, who coaches East Hampton High’s boys swimming team, said he thought his 31-strong squad had a legitimate chance to win a first-ever league championship.
“What I’m trying to teach them,” said Brierley, “is how to stay engaged mentally [and thus to retain their form] when they’re in a race and haven’t anything left.”
In Nelson Mandela and, closer to home, in Lee Hayes we have examples of moral authority, a persistent strength in the face of injustice, made all the more notable for their refusals to succumb to bitterness.
There are very few humans who exhibit that charity, that superior strength, which can come out of suffering, but which, in many more instances, can result in resignation or a lust for vengeance.
Valinda Miller Valcich, when told during a recent conversation that she’s known as the best golfer, man or woman, at Montauk Downs, said she was “humbled,” though her golf bona fides, which include a 3-handicap rating, three holes-in-one, and, most recently, a double eagle (or albatross) on the Downs’s par-5 seventh hole, make a strong case in her favor.
Garth Wakeford, the South African-born number-eight man of the Montauk Rugby Club, spoke movingly at the club’s holiday dinner in Sag Harbor recently of the late Nelson Mandela, who united his country, and who became a heroic symbol for courage and justice worldwide.
Wakeford said he had been led to believe as he grew up that Mandela was a terrorist, but came to realize that his struggle against apartheid had been justified.
Chris Schenck, the father of an East Hampton High School softball player who took issue with the firing in July of the school's varsity softball coach, Lou Reale, has launched a petition drive on the GoPetition website