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  •    If Saturday’s high school boys nonleague basketball game between Pierson and East Hampton was any indication, the gyms here will be warm indeed this winter.

        Following the Bonackers’ 72-69 win, which went down to the wire despite the fact that the Whalers’ star, Forrest Loesch, had to sit out the final four minutes with a foot injury, the coaches — Dan White of Pierson and Bill McKee of East Hampton — heaped praise upon each other.

  •     On the eve of his first-ever boxing bout, Richie Daunt, 23, a 141-pounder from Montauk, said during a conversation at The Star last week that he was both excited and nervous, “though not too nervous . . . actually, I can’t wait,” the well-tattooed fighter said with a broad smile.

  •     Steve Tseperkas, East Hampton High’s wrestling coach, was pleased to report Sunday that all of his charges had been certified the day before at the weights they were shooting for.

        Lucas Escobar, arguably the team’s most talented wrestler, was certified at 120 pounds, “where he wanted to be. Last year we wanted him to be at 113, but he stayed at 120 and had to wrestle bigger kids. . . . He may start out wrestling at 126 and go down to 120 after Christmas.”

  •     Whether or not Tylik Furman, the Bridgehampton High School boys basketball team’s sophomore point guard, will be able to play this season remained in doubt Monday morning as his coach, Carl Johnson, and the school’s athletic director, Mary Anne Jules, awaited the results of a second doctor’s opinion.

  •        We tried, but, as usual, failed to escape Thanksgiving.

           “Let’s go to Sam’s,” I said to Mary when the subject came up, “and have a large pizza with cranberry topping.”

  •        The East Hampton Football Club continued its winning streak at the Ross School Sunday by defeating Brishna, a tough men’s soccer team from Queens whose players are of Afghan ancestry, 4-3, thanks largely to three goals by the elusive Luis (Piri) Correa.

           The game had particular importance inasmuch as it was a third-round contest in the State Cup, a tournament that will continue in the spring.

  •        Despite the cold weather on Thanksgiving Day (in contrast to recent years), which probably persuaded a number of runners not to come, the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 3 and 6-milers in Montauk drew a big crowd.

           There were 445 finishers in the 3-miler, which was won in 16 minutes and 46.6 seconds by Nicholas Berglin, 16, of Hampton Bays, and 55 in the 6-miler, which was won by 25-year-old Daniel Widlowski in 34:46.9.

  •        “I think they may have had the better of it,” Howard Wood, who coaches East Hampton High School’s girls basketball team, said following Saturday morning’s scrimmage here with Pierson-Bridgehampton.

  •     There are some days when you feel that you’re up to anything, at the top of your game.

  •     As a bitter northwest wind swept across the field, the East Hampton Football Club swept through its opponent, O.F.I. Crete, of Astoria, Queens, 8-0 in a men’s soccer game played at the Ross School Sunday afternoon.

        The rout of the West Division’s runner-up team improved East Hampton’s record in the Long Island Soccer Football League’s third division to 7-0-0. John Romero’s powerful squad has outscored its opponents 38-4 since its first season of play in the L.I.S.F.L. began.

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