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  •    And now a few words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday we celebrated recently, and who, in 1967, had the following to say in “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?”

  •     Friday’s boys basketball game here with Mount Sinai looked, for a brief moment, as if it would provide East Hampton fans with the same thrill they’d felt 10 days before when Thomas King’s coast-to-coast layup drove a dagger into Shoreham-Wading River’s heart, sending the stunned visitors home on the short end of a 57-56 score.

  •    The East Hampton High School girls basketball team won twice last week to improve its record to 3-4, thus giving it a fighting chance to make the playoffs; the boys swimming team split, losing at league-leading Hauppauge but swamping Deer Park here at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter, and the wrestling team, while it continued winless, could point to some good individual results.

  • The East Hampton High School bowling team needed at least 12.5 points in its match here with Rocky Point Monday to earn a berth in the county tournament, which is to be contested at the Sayville Lanes on Feb. 4.
        “Our seniors, Andrew Payne and Ricky Nardo, have gone to the counties every year, and they wanted to go this year too,” the team’s coach, Pat Hand, said during a conversation Monday morning.

  •    I forgot when writing of my resolutions last week, resolutions for the irresolute, to say that there were two things I especially wanted to do in the new year, first to be able to print out what I’d written on the laptop computer Mary recently gave me, and second, to avail myself of the latitude this might confer, enabled as I would then be to write of nothing in particular from wherever I found myself, whether scaling El Capitan without a rope, sipping absinthe in Montmartre, or twisting the night away in Moscow.

  •    Bobby Vacca, who ought to know, said after the East Hampton High School boys basketball team’s extraordinary fourth-quarter resurgence here against Shoreham-Wading River on Jan. 10 that “the greatest comeback in high school basketball in Suffolk County that I’ve ever seen” had led to the remarkable 57-56 win.
        This writer, who has seen numberless boys basketball games in Suffolk over the past 30 years, wasn’t about to argue.

  • There was much to write home about when it came to East Hampton swimmers this past week.
        The varsity boys team just missed out on winning two meets. “Five more yards and Thomas [Brierley] would have won the 400-yard freestyle relay for us,” Jeff Thompson, the varsity coach, said after the Jan. 10 meet here with Harborfields.

  •     “The brain, then, is a terrible thing. . . ?” this writer said after Dr. Paul Weinhold, a sports psychologist, sat down during a recent visit to The Star.
        “A terrible and a wonderful thing,” he said. “The mind plays an incredible role as to how you’re going to perform. There’s no level of athlete who’s exempt, whether you’re a professional or a weekend warrior.”

  •     “We got killed on the boards,” Bill McKee, who coaches East Hampton High School’s boys basketball team, said during Biddy hoop practice at the John M. Marshall Elementary School Saturday morning.
        McKee was referring to the previous night’s lopsided 70-49 loss at Amityville.
        Howard Wood, who coaches East Hampton’s girls team, said the same thing Monday morning after a two-hour practice session during which he emphasized the importance of “boxing out.”

  •    While having been wrestled to the mat by its tough league opponents thus far this season, East Hampton High’s wrestling team can nevertheless point to some outstanding individual performances by Lucas Escobar, Sawyer Bushman, Mike Peralta, James Budd, and Jacob Hands, among others.

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