Thomas Brierley, a 17-year-old Atlantic Beach lifeguard who wants in the near future to become an elite triathlete, won Sunday’s I-Tri youth triathlon at Maidstone Park, edging his training partner and fellow lifeguard, Teague Costello, by five seconds. But the well-attended race, in which two dozen or so of the I-Tri self-empowerment program’s girls participated, was, as all agreed, about finishing.
The East Hampton Little League’s traveling all-star 10-to-11-year-old girls softball team remained in contention for a state playoff berth earlier this week, having won one and lost one in Islandwide pool play.
The young Bonackers were to have played at East Meadow Tuesday. “If we beat them, there will be three teams at 2-1, and then run differentials will come into play,” said Rich Swanson, the locals’ coach.
Alfredo Corchado, the prizewinning Dallas Morning News journalist, whose beat is the dangerous border between the United States and Mexico, returned to the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton recently to suggest, along with Shannon K. O’Neil, a senior fellow for Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, that Mexico and the United States each stand to gain appreciably if the relations between the two “distant neighbors” are strengthened.
My brother-in-law said as I mumbled something about having to go to the U.S. Women’s Open this past week that there was, after all, nothing else to write about.
“What nonsense,” I said. “There’s Little League!” And, indeed, our 9 and 10-year-olds were not to disappoint on the evening of July 1 as they took the wind out of Westhampton’s sails, by a score of 10-0, a merciless rout that was ended mercifully after four innings instead of the customary six.
The air-conditioned Sportime arena in Amagansett played host to a hotly contested 5-on-5 men’s basketball tournament Saturday that was won by Brian Marciniak’s Team One, whose roster also included Kelly O’Halloran, Greg Burkhard, Mitch Rudin, David Hansen, and Kyle McKee.
The tourney, the brainchild of Marciniak, Jason Grossman, and Anthony Providenti, the latter two longtime members of a summer weekend pickup game here, was played as a fund-raiser for the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation.
There is a new net game at the East Hampton Indoor-Outdoor club and it is a fun one for the young and old, especially the old because the court is considerably smaller than a tennis court.
This writer, after attending two clinics given by Vanessa Heroux, one of the club’s young pros, can say he very much likes the paddle and Wiffle ball game, though remains not altogether certain of the rules, which, he has been told, will sink in eventually.
Bobby Harris, East Hampton High School’s most outstanding athlete in 1964, who, after a long layoff, began vying successfully in senior track competitions (primarily in the high jump) throughout the country in 1999, at the age of 54, wants to attend the national senior games in Cleveland at the end of the month, where he would compete in the 65-to-69 group, but needs some sponsorship in order to do it.
Chris Schenck, the father of an East Hampton High School softball player who took issue with the firing in July of the school's varsity softball coach, Lou Reale, has launched a petition drive on the GoPetition website