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  •     Debbie Jayne, who took eight Pierson High School field hockey teams to state Final Four tournaments during her 30-year tenure in Sag Harbor only to wind up disappointed every time, can rest easy now given the fact that the 2013 Whalers on Sunday won the school’s first state championship by defeating Cazenovia (its nemesis in this game three years ago) 1-0 on Kasey Gilbride’s corner play goal with 32.9 seconds remaining in double overtime.

  •    With UpIsland teams having forfeited to them, East Hampton’s under-30 and over-30 men’s soccer teams scrimmaged each other pretty much toe-to-toe on Nov. 10 at the Ross School, with the under-30s winning out 3-2, thanks to an own goal.

        The under-30 team, known as the East Hampton Football Club, which sports Aston Villa jackets provided it by Aston Villa’s owner, Randy Lerner, is undefeated in the third division of the Long Island Soccer Football League, and appears to be unheaded.

  •    Long bus trips up the Island to such schools as Huntington, Amityville, Harborfields, Elwood-John Glenn, and Wyandanch for nine of East Hampton High School’s 24 athletic teams are largely to end come spring, a step long advocated here.

        Bill McKee, the varsity boys basketball coach, and Ed Bahns, the outgoing varsity baseball coach, around a decade ago proposed realigning Class A enrollment schools (of which East Hampton is one) so that there would be two Class A leagues, one to the west and one to the east of Route 112.

  •     Virgen del Milagro, Sportime, and the Cosmos won futsal championships before a large crowd at the Sportime Arena in Amagansett Saturday night.

        In the men’s open title game, played at 10 p.m., Virgen’s opponent, Liga Sayausi, gave the eventual winners a tough time in the first half, which ended in a 2-2 tie — Virgen’s goals having been scored by John Morocho and Antonio Padilla and Liga Sayausi’s by Harry Pena and Cesar Correa.

  •     I’ve just been afforded a welcome opportunity to listen to a concerned, and perceptive, citizen regarding the recent election — he making a good case that one-party rule, whether Democrat or Republican, often doesn’t make for good governance.

  •     For the first time in three years, the Pierson (Sag Harbor) High School field hockey team is returning to the state Final Four.

  •     This was to have been the year for the East Hampton High School girls volleyball team inasmuch as the perennial county Class B champion, John Glenn, was not supposed to be as strong as it had been in the past.

        Well, Glenn, which defeated the Bonackers in four at Bay Shore High School on Nov. 6 to win yet another county Class B title, was strong enough.

  •     While, as expected, the East Hampton High School varsity football team lost at Babylon Friday night in a first-round county playoff game, the news was pretty much all good insofar as the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders went.

        The seventh-and-eighth-grade team, coached by Dave Fioriello, with Nick Finazzo and Scott Abran, finished the season undefeated this past week by shutting out previously undefeated Center Moriches 12-0 on the Red Devils’ field.

  •     Marina Preiss qualified for the state meet in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races at Saturday’s county swim meet, finishing second by a fraction of a second in both events.

        It is the fourth year in the past five that Preiss, who is to swim at San Diego State, a Division 1 school, come next fall, has qualified for the state meet, which this year is to be held at Ithaca College over the Nov. 22-23 weekend.

  •     “I hadn’t known there were real people in Palm Springs,” I said to Mary after we’d seen the Hampton Theatre Company’s riveting production of “Other Desert Cities.”

        There’s still much to learn no matter how old you get.

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