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  •    For five hours Saturday anyone with even the slightest interest in outdoor pursuits could avail him or herself of a virtual cornucopia of experts ready and willing to share their knowledge of nature at the Sportsmen’s Expo on the Amagansett Fire Department’s grounds.

  •    The Montauk Rugby Club is entering the playoffs with barely the number it needs, having lost — until further notice — about a dozen players, some of them veterans, in recent months.

  •    With the exception of boys tennis, not many Ws have bloomed thus far this spring on the fields of East Hampton High School.
        In the week past, softball, which is having a down year, owing in part to a back problem that continues to nag the team’s all-state pitcher, Casey Waleko, lost three games, two of them by wide margins, and baseball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, and tennis all lost contests.

  •    Forty or so girls from the Montauk and Springs Schools who are training for the I-Tri triathletic and mentoring program’s Youth Triathlon at Maidstone Park in July took part in a bicycle session at the Springs School Saturday with Sharon McCobb, Annette MacNiven, and Diane O’Donnell, coaches who have extensive swimming, biking, and long-distance running experience.

  •     Dr. Frank Adipietro and his wife, Mary Ellen, the race director of the Shelter Island 10K, were enjoying (he as a participant, she as a finish-line spectator) Monday’s marathon in Boston when bombs on Boylston Street turned what had been a joyous occasion into an ugly, bloody one.

  •    As a cold rain slants down (and as the grass and mosses green before my eyes), it is pleasant to think of Cayo Levantado, an islet off the Dominican Republic to which we repaired recently to divest ourselves, however temporarily, of any untoward thoughts, or of any thoughts whatsoever, frankly.

  •    Four East Hampton High School coaches could be described as happy as of Tuesday morning, a group that included Ed Bahns, of baseball, Mike Vitulli, of boys lacrosse, Matt Maloney, of girls lacrosse, and Michelle Kennedy, of boys tennis, though the latter was as of Monday awaiting the outcome of a protest she’d filed with Section XI following Friday’s match at the Ross School.

  •    Saturday’s Katy’s Courage 5K road race in Sag Harbor, which inaugurated the running season here, was hugely well-attended with some estimates running as high as 1,200.
        According to Bob Beattie’s Island-Timing crew, there were 1,087 finishers, including the late Katy Stewart’s paternal grandfather, Walt, a member of the national wrestling Hall of Fame, whose handshake remains firm at 88.

  •    The viewing choice the other night was between “Berkeley Square” and “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”
        “I guess it’s ‘Berkeley Square,’ ” I said to Mary, “because you don’t like sushi.”
        “Penny [Wright, her boss at Rogers Memorial Library] says you don’t have to like sushi to like it,” she said.
        “The sushi one then.”

  •    Anchored by female chuggers, Team Hopper, Tira Na Og, and the Shamrocks finished first, second, and third among 25 spirited teams that contested a relay race at the Montauk Brewing Company on March 30.
        Caroline Cashin, one of the organizers, who is a personal trainer and a frequent winner in endurance races here, said that the response to the unadvertised event had been a bit overwhelming.

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