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  •     The East Hampton High School girls volleyball team swept Bayport-Blue Point in three during the regular season and it did so again here Saturday in a county Class B playoff semifinal, but this time it wasn’t so easy.

        The Phantoms put up a good fight, almost pulling out the pivotal second set before a service ace by Katie Brierley, East Hampton’s libero, and a tip at the net over a double block by Carley Seekamp capped a 27-25 win.

  • East Hampton made the playoffs, with a 3-5 record, retaining the number-eight spot in Division IV that it held going into the game.
  •     Neither Dana Cebulski nor Erik Engstrom, East Hampton High’s chief candidates to go to the state meet in cross-country, made it, though, according to their coaches, not for lack of trying.

  •     Marina Preiss led the way for the East Hampton High School girls swimming team at the league meet in Hauppauge Friday, winning the 50 and 100 freestyle races and anchoring the winning 200 freestyle relay team.

        The latter race, said East Hampton’s coach, John McGeehan, “was the most exciting one of the day. When Marina left the blocks she was almost a full body length behind the Sayville and Harborfields girls, and she out-touched them at the end.”

  •    That some people find the evidence of tradesmen’s lives in the blue-collar section of town offensive is puzzling.

        We’ll never make Springs Saga­ponack no matter how hard we try, nor should we want to. Uniformity, whether in the form of grandiose mansions or too tidy half-acre lots, seems to me to be the real offense.

        Springs used to be celebrated for its diversity (for its admixture of farmers and clammers and artists). Now apparently it is not, conformity being ever on the march.

  •     It took a while for Saturday’s high school football game at Wyandanch to get under way because of A.C.T. testing throughout the county, but the half-hour wait proved to be worth it for Bonac fans, as the locals were to triumph 33-12.

        It was the third straight win for East Hampton, which began the season at 0-4. The last three games have been, scorewise, almost mirror images of the first ones. As of this week, East Hampton has scored 155 points and has given up 185.

  •     With the playoffs looming, the East Hampton High School girls volleyball team, led by Raya O’Neal, one of the best all-around players Kathy McGeehan has ever had, swept Amityville in three sets here Monday afternoon to finish the regular season tied with Sayville for the League VI championship at 11-1.

  •     There is reason to believe that the East Hampton High School football program, assuming it is not forced to move back up into the black-and-blue third division, is in the process of turning itself around.

  •     The East Hampton High School golf team last week won the League VIII tournament, which was played at the long, hilly Rock Hill public course in Manorville, and the girls tennis team finished its season as a semifinalist in the county team tournament.

  •     I’ve been through hell — as it was envisioned by Dante — and it doesn’t strike me as being too different from much of life as we know it (though there are many arresting phantasmagorical special effects).

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