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  •    Just as I lunged to put away a shot at the net, the sole such I’d hit all night in our weekly doubles league, the lights went out.
        And of course I cursed the darkness, and Tim Ross too, though, as I learned after we’d felt our way off the courts, he had had nothing to do with it. It was LIPA’s fault.
        It almost always is LIPA’s fault, though double faults must be borne. Pretty much everything else you can blame on your partner. Any partner really.

  •     In postseason competition this past weekend, East Hampton High’s Ashley West qualified for the state indoor track meet on March 3 by placing third in the state qualifier 600-meter race in 1 minute and 40.24 seconds. As a result, she’ll run with the inter-sectional relay team, Shani Cuesta, West’s coach, said.
        The boys swimming team placed fourth in the league meet at Hauppauge, despite having to forfeit points in diving, “the best finish we’ve had in three years,” said the coach, Jeff Thompson.

  •     Battling from the get-go, the Ross School boys basketball team, the Cosmos, took Bridgehampton’s Killer Bees to school at Ross’s well-appointed gym Monday night before a packed house, which was entertained as well by numerous and lively Ross and Bridgehampton cheerleaders.

  •    The East Hampton High School girls basketball team dug itself into a hole with a 2-point loss here to Shoreham-Wading River on Feb. 7, a game it could well have won. In a must-win situation, at Amityville’s inhospitable gym three nights later, the team fell out of playoff contention.
        Bonac’s boys lost to their Amityville counterparts too, by a lopsided 60-32, here on Saturday, but, at 5-6, they still had a chance to make the postseason if they defeated winless Westhampton Beach in an away game Tuesday.

  •     Dennis Fabiszak, the East Hampton Library’s executive director, has been for a while now an ultradistance runner, which is to say he competes in 50-and-up events, though he’s never been in the ne plus ultra of ultra competitions, the Western States 100.

  •    Rusty Drumm wrote recently in the praise of fish and fishermen, likening their tales to love sonnets, and to Shakespeare’s “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day . . .” in particular.
        It was a really wonderful piece, and yet among the 154 sonnets Shakespeare wrote, there are few that are as transporting as number 18.

  •     A 13-member committee headed by Jim Nicoletti, who perhaps is best known for the championship baseball teams he coached here between 1985 and ’95, is seeking nominations for an East Hampton High School Hall of Fame.

  •    With the playoffs looming, almost all the boys and girls basketball teams here are in contention.
        As of Monday, East Hampton High’s boys remained in third place in League VI, at 5-4, despite a rather shocking loss here Friday to fourth-place Bayport-Blue Point, and Bonac’s girls, as the result of a 46-37 win at Bayport last Thursday, were in fourth place in league play, at 4-5.

  •    In postseason competition over the past weekend, Deilyn Guzman of East Hampton High School’s boys indoor track team won the small schools 300-meter race in 37.34 seconds, ranking him among the county’s top six in that event, and Lucas Escobar, at 106 pounds, and Mike Peralta, at 145, were third-place finishers in League V’s wrestling meet, thus qualifying for the county tournament at Stony Brook University this weekend.

  •    In only its third year, East Hampton High School’s boys swimming team has finished a season with a winning record.
        Jeff Thompson’s charges have finished at 3-2 in League III, good for third place, behind 5-0 Hauppauge and 3-1 Harborfields, and ahead of 2-3 Deer Park, 1-3 Huntington, and 0-5 North Babylon. The team went 3-4 over all.

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