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  •     A flush bank account inspired me the other day to buy two new pairs of athletic socks, a spending spree that I hid from my wife until I thought the timing was right.

        She chose that moment to confess that she, too, had been prodigal, having taken to the cleaners a wool sweater that needed mending.

  •     East Hampton High’s softball team, whose roster includes a number of freshmen and even a couple of eighth graders, missed an opportunity here Monday as it dropped a 2-0 decision to Bayport-Blue Point. A win would probably have meant that the young Bonackers would enter the second half of the season all even, at 5-5.

  •     The Sportime Arena in Amagansett was packed Saturday with fans who had come to see the indoor season’s over-38 and open men’s futsal finals.

        The main event, which got under way at 10, matched a good young team, Scorpion, against an older but more experienced one in Virgen del Milagro.

  •     The East Hampton High School baseball team was swept last week by Miller Place in its season-opening series, though, once the arms are warmed up, the first-year coach, Mike Ritsi, thinks his pitchers, who include Peter Shilowich, Kyle McKee, and Maykell Guzman, should keep East Hampton in the mix.

        Last Thursday’s 6-0 loss here was nothing much to write home about, though the day before, at Miller Place, the home team edged the locals 6-5.

  •     Ryan Mahoney, the first-year coach of East Hampton High’s girls lacrosse team, said during a conversation Monday that his charges were still on course to make the playoffs.

        “We’re in sixth place among the seven Class B teams at the moment,” he said, “with six games to go.” The top seven B’s will make the postseason, he added.

  •     Mary, unlike me, who because I’m a journalist knows better, immerses herself in the depressing news that Henry dutifully brings to our door every morning.

        Immediately, I reach for the sports, which are to be found within the business section, whose contradictory reports on the economy often can be found on facing pages: The economy, according to the latest jobs report, looks as if it’s on the upswing . . . Yellen Mutters, Market Tanks. . . . That kind of thing. So you buy and hold . . . on for dear life.

  •     Once again, East Hampton High School runners ran away with Saturday’s Katy’s Courage 5K in Sag Harbor. Erik Engstrom repeated as the overall winner, in 16 minutes and 44 seconds, and Dana Cebulski won among the females, in 19:42.47.

        The race, the first of the season here, again drew large numbers. One estimate put the turnout of runners and walkers, many of them young people, at around 1,200, an impressive number, rivaling, in only its fourth year, the Shelter Island 10K and Ellen’s Run.

  •     Endurance athletes at home and abroad were in the news this week in the wake of the 70-kilometer Paumanok Pursuit, a 43.5-mile running race that took place recently along the western section of the Paumanok Path’s trails, and Ed Cashin and Mike Bahel’s return here from the Cape Epic, a 497-mile eight-day stage race in the environs of Cape Town, South Africa, that is known as “The Tour de France of Mountain Biking.”

  •     Things continue to be somewhat problematic for the boys lacrosse and boys tennis teams, though, with the arrival this week of Julian McGurn’s younger brother, Ravi, a seventh grader who is slated to play second singles right off the bat, things ought to go better from now on for Michelle Kennedy’s squad.

  •     Annie Kennedy, last year’s player of the year among the softball players in League IV, and a University of Maine recruit, pretty much single-handedly handled East Hampton High School’s team here on April 1, on the mound and at the plate.

        The final score was Rocky Point 9, East Hampton 0 as Kennedy drove in several of those runs, with an 0-2 double to the fence in the first inning and with a full count two-run double off the fence in the visitors’ four-run fifth.

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