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  •     Three Class D boys basketball teams — Shelter Island, Greenport, and Bridgehampton — were battling for playoff spots as of this week.

        Bridgehampton’s Killer Bees, whose record was 6-7 as of Tuesday morning, needed to win two of their final three regular-season games to make it. Ditto Greenport, which also was 6-7 as of Tuesday morning. Shelter Island, which was at 7-6 going into its Tuesday afternoon game at home with the Bees, needed to win one of its final three.

  •     Lucas Escobar, the East Hampton High School senior who wrestles at 120 pounds, improved his record to 30-2, defeating five opponents, four of them in Saturday’s invitational tournament at Port Jefferson.

        These wins give him 93 for his career, seven short of joining Eric Kaufman, who’s in East Hampton’s Hall of Fame, in “the century club.”

  •     “The curse of poverty has no justification in our age,” wrote Martin Luther King Jr. in a book, “Where Do We Go From Here — Chaos or Community?” that was written in 1967, and into which I dip every year around this time.
        He said that almost 50 years ago, when there were three social classes in this country. Now, it’s pretty much fair to say there are two, the gap between them continuing relentlessly to widen.

  •     There were flowers all around for the seven seniors and hugs and touching tributes before the girls basketball game began at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor Monday evening.

        But when Kasey Gilbride, one of those seniors, hurled a Southold opponent to the floor in fighting for possession of the opening tip-off, one knew that Kevin Barron’s Whalers, who were looking to nail the lid down on the school’s first league championship since 1992, had come to play.

  •     The high school wrestling career of Lucas Escobar, East Hampton’s senior 120-pounder, as well as Richie Browne, who competes at 285 pounds, though he weighs much less, were cited by their coach, Steve Tseperkas, following Jan. 22’s match with Mount Sinai at the East Hampton Middle School.

        There is a third senior on the squad, Gabe Vargas, though an early-season injury has kept him sidelined throughout the campaign.

  •     Given its two losses this past week, to Amityville last Thursday and to Elwood-John Glenn Saturday morning, the East Hampton High School boys basketball team must run the table, which is to say defeat Mount Sinai, Miller Place, and Bayport-Blue Point, to make the playoffs.

  •     I had thought I’d been sleeping unduly long — 9 to 11 hours at times if I can get away with it — until I read a report in the weekly science section of The New York Times on the so-called glymphatic system, which takes out the trash, as it were, from the brain while one is in Never-Never Land.

        “So what is removed from our brains as we sleep?” I asked Mary, who is as much of an insomniac as I am a narcoleptic, this morning.

  •    Dan White, who coaches Pierson High School’s boys basketball team, said following a barn burner in Sag Harbor with Bridgehampton’s Killer Bees that he couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

        Arguably White would have said the same thing even had his team lost, which it didn’t. The Whalers, whom the Bees played toe-to-toe throughout almost the entire game, rode Forrest Loesch’s hot hand that day to a 70-61 victory.

  •    Erik Fredrickson, 37, a fitness and wellness business owner, trainer, and consultant who has been East Hampton High School’s part-time strength and conditioning coach since the fall, had to put himself to the test not long ago, after having undergone treatment for a form of leukemia.

        “The doctors said we don’t know where it came from, we can’t prevent it, but we can cure it!” the East Hamptoner said during a conversation at The Star Saturday morning.

  •     The Ross School’s 69-68 win over Smithtown Christian Saturday, by virtue of Jiahui Guo’s short jumper from the corner with six seconds left, kept the 4-5 Cosmos on a playoff pace.

        Earlier in the week, Ross lost 53-44 to league-leading Pierson, but Dan White, the Whalers’ coach, said that “it was a close game — it was tied with five minutes left. . . . Ross, Southold, Stony Brook, and my team should make the Class C playoffs, but that’s getting a little too far ahead. One step at a time.”

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