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  •     “‘I gave up masonry in November,’ ” Ken Raf­ferty told me in May of 1978. “ ‘I could stay down here and paint 14 hours a day. I get my hot cocoa and dash around back through the snow. People must think I’m crazy. One abstract I did I called, ‘It’s Snowing on My Cocoa.’ ”

  •     It seemed as if half of Shelter Island was in attendance at the county Class D boys basketball championship game at Longwood High School Saturday.

        As a consequence, said one of those spectators, Cliff Clark, who owns the South Ferry Company, “the Island just rose six inches.”

        Actually, the Islanders were sky-high after their boys defeated Greenport 73-66 that day to become county champions — for the first time ever in this tiny school’s history.

  •     Kyle McGowin, who led Savannah State to its first-ever appearance in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division 1 baseball tournament last spring, and who recently received Georgia’s D-1 player of the year award, was to have left for the Los Angeles Angels’ training camp in Tempe, Ariz., yesterday.

        Kyle planned to make the trip in a brand new, shiny black pickup truck that was bought with some of his sizable bonus money. His parents, Shaun and Tracy, were to have followed along.

  •     The boys basketball seasons ended for the East Hampton and Pierson (Sag Harbor) High School teams this past week as each lost by somewhat lopsided margins to Harborfields (in East Hampton’s case) and Stony Brook (in Pierson’s).

        The Bonackers, coached by Bill McKee, acquitted themselves well in the first half of a Class A quarterfinal on Feb. 12 at Harborfields. At the break, East Hampton, Class A’s seventh seed, led the second-seeded Tornadoes 34-31.

  •     It was a star-crossed season for Bridgehampton High School’s Killer Bees, made all the more evident when, early in the second quarter of a semifinal boys basketball playoff game at Greenport on Feb. 12, their sophomore center, Josh Lamison, who’s arguably the league’s most dominant player, went down with a severely sprained ankle.

  •     The East Hampton High School boys swimming team acquitted itself very well in Saturday’s county meet at Suffolk Community College-Brentwood, finishing seventh among Suffolk’s 17 teams — and fifth absent the diving points that two of its league rivals, West Islip and Sayville, garnered.

        In his emailed account, East Hampton’s coach, Craig Brierley, reported that just about everyone he took turned in season-best performances.

  •     The workers have just left, leaving us with a pristine room at the end of the hall, a room that had long been overstuffed with all manner of things — a log bed, a dark, ponderous chest of drawers, a ratty light-green rug, and a closet so bursting at the seams that the unanchored sliding closet doors angled several inches outward when shut.

  •     The East Hampton High School boys swimming team finished fourth in the League II meet at Hauppauge Friday, and its coach, Craig Brierley, hopes to do at least as well in the county meet at Suffolk Community College-Brentwood this Saturday.

        At the leagues, Trevor Mott, one of the senior captains, won the 500 and was the runner-up, by the length of a fingernail, in the 200 freestyle. His 200 time qualified him for the state meet in that event.

  •    “It was nice to see the gym packed and that the Bleacher Creatures were back,” Bill McKee, who coaches East Hampton High School’s boys basketball team, said after his charges, playing with increasing confidence, dispatched Bayport-Blue Point 77-67 here Friday, a win that assured the Bonackers a berth in the Class A bracket of the county tournament.

  •    The East Hampton High School wrestling team is sending three competitors to the county championships at Hofstra University this weekend — Lucas Escobar, at 120 pounds, Luciano Escobar, at 160, and Richie Browne, at 285.

        Lucas Escobar improved his senior-year record to 33-3 as the result of winning (by pin) three matches and losing one at Saturday’s league championship meet at Shoreham-Wading River.

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