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  •    Sartre was right: Hell is other people, I think,s as I try to navigate as calmly as possible through the throbbing, siren-wailing traffic here.
        Well, perhaps not other people, but other drivers, for sure. In the aggregate, they and I could pass for a pretty fair approximation of hell, which if by hell you mean torment.
        Yes, it’s pretty safe to say that we who drive here in the summertime are tormented — a fact music, however serene, or talk radio, however demented, will not allay.

  •    John Romero, whose Maidstone Market team has been the perennial champion here in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 men’s soccer games for the better part of the past decade, and Corey DeRosa, a Sag Harborite who recently returned to the game as the Market’s goalkeeper, announced this week that open tryouts will be held at the Ross School fields on Aug. 6 and 8 for a team to be known as the Hampton United Football Club, which is to compete in the fall in the Long Island Soccer Football League’s third division.

  •    Thomas Brierley, a 17-year-old Atlantic Beach lifeguard who wants in the near future to become an elite triathlete, won Sunday’s I-Tri youth triathlon at Maidstone Park, edging his training partner and fellow lifeguard, Teague Costello, by five seconds. But the well-attended race, in which two dozen or so of the I-Tri self-empowerment program’s girls participated, was, as all agreed, about finishing.

  •     Katie Brierley, the junior libero on East Hampton High School’s girls volleyball team, left Sunday for Australia, where she is to play for the United States 16’s team this week, after which she’ll spend three days in Hawaii.

  •     The East Hampton Little League’s traveling all-star 10-to-11-year-old girls softball team remained in contention for a state playoff berth earlier this week, having won one and lost one in Islandwide pool play.
        The young Bonackers were to have played at East Meadow Tuesday. “If we beat them, there will be three teams at 2-1, and then run differentials will come into play,” said Rich Swanson, the locals’ coach.

  •     Alfredo Corchado, the prizewinning Dallas Morning News journalist, whose beat is the dangerous border between the United States and Mexico, returned to the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton recently to suggest, along with Shannon K. O’Neil, a senior fellow for Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, that Mexico and the United States each stand to gain appreciably if the relations between the two “distant neighbors” are strengthened.

  •    My brother-in-law said as I mumbled something about having to go to the U.S. Women’s Open this past week that there was, after all, nothing else to write about.
        “What nonsense,” I said. “There’s Little League!” And, indeed, our 9 and 10-year-olds were not to disappoint on the evening of July 1 as they took the wind out of Westhampton’s sails, by a score of 10-0, a merciless rout that was ended mercifully after four innings instead of the customary six.

  •     The air-conditioned Sportime arena in Amagansett played host to a hotly contested 5-on-5 men’s basketball tournament Saturday that was won by Brian Marciniak’s Team One, whose roster also included Kelly O’Halloran, Greg Burkhard, Mitch Rudin, David Hansen, and Kyle McKee.
        The tourney, the brainchild of Marciniak, Jason Grossman, and Anthony Providenti, the latter two longtime members of a summer weekend pickup game here, was played as a fund-raiser for the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation.

  •    The East Hampton Little League’s 10-to-11-year-old girls softball team, managed by Rich Swanson and coached by Matt Ward, won the District 36 championship this past week, overwhelming Westhampton Beach’s entry by scores of 22-0 and 20-12.

  •    There is a new net game at the East Hampton Indoor-Outdoor club and it is a fun one for the young and old, especially the old because the court is considerably smaller than a tennis court.
        This writer, after attending two clinics given by Vanessa Heroux, one of the club’s young pros, can say he very much likes the paddle and Wiffle ball game, though remains not altogether certain of the rules, which, he has been told, will sink in eventually.

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