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  •     If all went well, we’re in San Pancho, Mexico, now, having escaped Christmas, for the first time ever.

        She remonstrated a bit when I told her a few days before we left that I’d gotten her a present (a gold hummingbird pin). I had seen it advertised in The New Yorker after we’d seen a jaw-dropping documentary on these extraordinary birds.

  •     The East Hampton High School wrestling team placed sixth among the eight schools that vied here Saturday in the Sprig Gardner tournament, an all-day tourney that officially opens Bonac’s wrestling season.

        It was expected that Ward Melville and Hauppauge would fight it out for the top spot, and they did, with Hauppauge winding up the winner. Ward Melville, whose Nick Piccininni was voted the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler, placed second.

  •     The East Hampton High School boys basketball team was to have played three games last week, but wound up playing just one, here with Shoreham-Wading River on Dec. 11.

        That game went down to the wire, with East Hampton coming up on the short end of a 49-48 score.

  •     Five East Hampton High School seniors, three of whom play lacrosse, one of whom plays volleyball, and one of whom swims, and their proud parents celebrated at the high school’s library on Dec. 11 the fact that they have been recruited by Division-1 colleges to continue their athletic and academic careers.

  •     I would have been standing on line for an eternity in Chelsea today to experience 45 seconds of it in Yayoi Kusama’s “Mirrored Room,” but forgot, in my anticipated bliss, to get someone to look after our aging Lab, Henry.

  •    If Saturday’s high school boys nonleague basketball game between Pierson and East Hampton was any indication, the gyms here will be warm indeed this winter.

        Following the Bonackers’ 72-69 win, which went down to the wire despite the fact that the Whalers’ star, Forrest Loesch, had to sit out the final four minutes with a foot injury, the coaches — Dan White of Pierson and Bill McKee of East Hampton — heaped praise upon each other.

  •     On the eve of his first-ever boxing bout, Richie Daunt, 23, a 141-pounder from Montauk, said during a conversation at The Star last week that he was both excited and nervous, “though not too nervous . . . actually, I can’t wait,” the well-tattooed fighter said with a broad smile.

  •     Steve Tseperkas, East Hampton High’s wrestling coach, was pleased to report Sunday that all of his charges had been certified the day before at the weights they were shooting for.

        Lucas Escobar, arguably the team’s most talented wrestler, was certified at 120 pounds, “where he wanted to be. Last year we wanted him to be at 113, but he stayed at 120 and had to wrestle bigger kids. . . . He may start out wrestling at 126 and go down to 120 after Christmas.”

  •     Whether or not Tylik Furman, the Bridgehampton High School boys basketball team’s sophomore point guard, will be able to play this season remained in doubt Monday morning as his coach, Carl Johnson, and the school’s athletic director, Mary Anne Jules, awaited the results of a second doctor’s opinion.

  •        We tried, but, as usual, failed to escape Thanksgiving.

           “Let’s go to Sam’s,” I said to Mary when the subject came up, “and have a large pizza with cranberry topping.”

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