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  • Craig Brierley, who coaches East Hampton High’s girls swimming team, said the day after an easy win here over Stony Brook last week that this team, which has on it four eighth graders who’ve already made a splash, is the best in the history of the program, which dates to 2007.
  • The East Hampton High School football team, despite likely record-setting performances by two of its backs, Brandon and Jordan Johnson, suffered a stunning 40-38 defeat at McGann-Mercy in Riverhead Saturday — a loss made all the more galling because of controversial calls that went against the visitors, the last of which, in the final minute, cost East Hampton the game.
  • East Hampton’s boys cross-country team bageled Hampton Bays and Mount Sinai by 15-50 scores in a trimeet held at Cedar Point County Park on Oct. 6, and placed fourth among 35 schools in the Reebok invitational’s two-and-a-half-mile varsity B race at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx Saturday.
  • When the Republican candidates began to talk the other night about sending in the Sixth Fleet, strangling Putin, strong-arming China, and bringing Mexico’s bordercrossing legions to heel, I walked down the hall to see on our other TV the Pirates-Cubs game.
  • Early last month, Chasen Dubs, who at the age of 14 is still too young to be a certified lifeguard here, and Amanda Calabrese, who encouraged him last year to try out for the United States’ international junior surf lifesaving team, represented this country in the threeday World Surf Rescue Challenge on Australia’s Sunshine Coast.
  • Hleb Maslau, the Ross School Tennis Academy pro, who earlier in the summer had put himself in position to qualify for the U.S. Open in men’s singles, men’s doubles, and, with his fellow Ross School pro, Simona Weymar, in mixed doubles, fell short at the national playoffs at Yale University, but Frank Ackley, Maslau’s coach, said during a recent conversation that the native of Belarus “is looking forward — he’s only 23.”
  • “‘Rose, pure contradiction,joy...’”I began as Mary looked up from her porch chair on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 15.
  • Harry de Leyer, “the Galloping Grandfather,” who turned 88 last week, and his plow horse turned show champion, Snowman, are the subjects of a prizewinning documentary, “Harry & Snowman,” that is to be screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival
  • Note: Robert Lipsyte of Shelter Island, who has written on sports in the past half- century for The New York Times, The New York Post, and USA Today, and who has received a dozen major awards, among them an Emmy, two Meyer Berger awards, and an American Library Association citation for the contribution he’s made to young-adult literature, not to mention his sports column’s runne

  • I don’t know if it’s that I’m finally getting it, but I’ve begun to feel more akin to nature, which, yes, includes rats and bats, and, of course, those wonderful languorous slugs about whose lovemaking I wrote a few weeks past.

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