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  •     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.

  •     There was no joy in Bonac as the sun went down Monday afternoon given the fact that John Glenn’s boys soccer team had outscored the Bonackers 4-2 in a penalty kick shootout that followed 80 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of overtime play.

  •     The East Hampton High School girls volleyball team swept Bayport-Blue Point in three during the regular season and it did so again here Saturday in a county Class B playoff semifinal, but this time it wasn’t so easy.

        The Phantoms put up a good fight, almost pulling out the pivotal second set before a service ace by Katie Brierley, East Hampton’s libero, and a tip at the net over a double block by Carley Seekamp capped a 27-25 win.

  • East Hampton made the playoffs, with a 3-5 record, retaining the number-eight spot in Division IV that it held going into the game.
  •     Neither Dana Cebulski nor Erik Engstrom, East Hampton High’s chief candidates to go to the state meet in cross-country, made it, though, according to their coaches, not for lack of trying.

  •     Marina Preiss led the way for the East Hampton High School girls swimming team at the league meet in Hauppauge Friday, winning the 50 and 100 freestyle races and anchoring the winning 200 freestyle relay team.

        The latter race, said East Hampton’s coach, John McGeehan, “was the most exciting one of the day. When Marina left the blocks she was almost a full body length behind the Sayville and Harborfields girls, and she out-touched them at the end.”

  •    That some people find the evidence of tradesmen’s lives in the blue-collar section of town offensive is puzzling.

        We’ll never make Springs Saga­ponack no matter how hard we try, nor should we want to. Uniformity, whether in the form of grandiose mansions or too tidy half-acre lots, seems to me to be the real offense.

        Springs used to be celebrated for its diversity (for its admixture of farmers and clammers and artists). Now apparently it is not, conformity being ever on the march.

  •     It took a while for Saturday’s high school football game at Wyandanch to get under way because of A.C.T. testing throughout the county, but the half-hour wait proved to be worth it for Bonac fans, as the locals were to triumph 33-12.

        It was the third straight win for East Hampton, which began the season at 0-4. The last three games have been, scorewise, almost mirror images of the first ones. As of this week, East Hampton has scored 155 points and has given up 185.

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