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  •     Mario Olaya, the center midfielder on East Hampton High School’s boys soccer team and League VI’s player of the year, wound up a stellar four-year varsity career Saturday by scoring the winning goal in the exceptional senior Suffolk-Nassau all-star game played at Dowling College, the scene recently of East Hampton’s first-ever county championship.

  •     Last year, though it didn’t win much, the East Hampton High School boys basketball team made things interesting, and Bill McKee, Bonac’s coach, now in his second year at the helm since Ed Petrie’s retirement, hopes the 2011-12 team will make things interesting again this winter.
        Though McKee, who again will be assisted by Bobby Vacca, could do without the tragic third acts, which haunted the Bonackers in 2010-11.

  •     Luis Correa’s hat trick at East Hampton’s Herrick Park on Thanksgiving eve enabled his team, Maidstone Market, to take over sole possession of first place in Wednesday’s 7-on-7 soccer league and vaulted him into first place in the league’s “Golden Boot” goal-scoring competition, with seven.

  •     I’m sorry, of course, that Steve Jobs died, though, perhaps unlike many, I can’t say he’s improved my life. Well, maybe some, for I do like going onto Google when in need of a trenchant quote or some such. And Wikipedia can be fun, whether the articles are peer-reviewed or not.

  • It’s the first time since 2006 that the Sharks have advanced to Division II’s national Sweet 16 tournament.
  •     In recounting during a conversation the other day how he’d come to place third in a recent men’s physique show in New York City, a finish that has qualified him to compete in national shows and has opened doors to a professional modeling career, Beni Shoshi said, “The key is dieting.”
    The ebullient Kosova-born 24-year-old business owner said it was his trainer, Chris Cosich of the East Hampton Gym, who clued him into this when he went to him to train at the beginning of last summer.

  •     Howard Wood and his assistant, Louis O’Neal, spoke many times last season about the need for the East Hampton High School girls basketball team’s players to practice in the off-season.
        Apparently, however, not many did, aside from Kaelyn Ward, the junior point guard from whom more big things are expected this year, and Quincy King, Ward’s sister, a sophomore.

  •     East Hampton High School’s interim superintendent, Richard Burns, and the school’s principal, Adam Fine, had hoped by holding a press conference Tuesday afternoon to pre-empt discussion at the school board meeting that night concerning a defaced boys soccer team photo in the locker room. It was discovered the morning of Nov. 7, a day in which the boys soccer and volleyball teams vied in playoff games here.

  • My eldest daughter, Emily, who is a 10, celebrated her 11-11-11 birthday this weekend with a dinner in D.C. where we were dressed to the nines, slapped high-fives, and thanked our GPS systems that we weren’t at sixes and sevens.
        Champagne flowed, and all of that, which is by way of saying that this resurrected column — of 11 years ago! — will have to do this week:

  •     “There’s a new sheriff in town,” the Speed Channel announcer Greg Kramer said after Ryan Pilla drove an MX5 Spec Mazda to a win in a Sports Car Club of America race last month at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville.
        From sheriff, Pilla soon ascended to attorney general status as he followed up the Jersey win with an American Road Racing Championship at Road Atlanta, a race for Mazdas that attracted “all the top drivers from Canada to California
    . . . the best of the best.”

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