Thomas Brierley, a 15-year-old who the day before had been nosed out for second place in the Hamptons Challenge 2-mile ocean swim in Montauk, breezed to a win in Sharon McCobb’s Youth Triathlon (300-yard swim, 7-mile bike, and 1.5-mile run) Sunday at Maidstone Park in 37 minutes and 8.1 seconds.
But the event, in whose field of 53 were 19 members of the Spring School’s I-Tri program, made up of girls who, before joining, had not thought of themselves as athletes, was about persisting and finishing rather than winning.
Maidstone Market wound up an undefeated season in the Wednesday evening 7-on-7 men’s soccer league on July 20, defeating Tortorella Pools 2-0 in a playoff final that, while played toe-to-toe throughout, was decided essentially by two Tortorella defensive errors and two highly promising offensive chances that miscarried.
When, bent by the heat, I shuffled into Alex Astilean’s new Speedfit studio off Newtown Lane in East Hampton the other day — the hottest of the summer — he asked me if I thought I was fit.
I replied that while I played tennis doubles twice a week and took Pilates and stretching classes at the East Hampton Y.M.C.A. RECenter, I didn’t really think so. Looking over at his treadmills, I allowed as how I hadn’t run in years, knee replacements in my 60s having persuaded me to give it up.
Some 131 swimmers, twice last year’s number, who ranged in age from 8 to 62, participated in two-mile, one-mile, and half-mile ocean swims early Saturday morning to benefit the Montauk Playhouse’s aquatics center.
The two-miler, which spanned Kirk Park and Ditch Plain Beach, was won by Rod McClave, 37, a world-class triathlete from New York City who has said the swimming races overseen by the Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad here have impressed him as “the best-run and safest I’ve ever been in.”
More than 100 6-through-14-year-olds, boys and girls, about evenly divided, learned from some of the best last week in a Rusty Red lacrosse camp overseen by Owen McCormack and his uncle, Brian, at East Hampton High School.
“It went great, though it was the hottest week of the summer,” said the younger McCormack, who assists Mike Vitulli in coaching the East Hampton High School boys varsity and heads up the Police Athletic League youth lacrosse program here.
With the playoffs looming, Bostwick’s has clinched the top seed in East Hampton Town’s women’s slow-pitch softball league, and, in the men’s league, Schenck Fuels was poised to follow suit if it defeated The Independent Monday.
There is no doubt that among the 550 athletes who participated in Sunday’s Montauk Lighthouse Sprint Triathlon and Relay, Amanda Jones had the closest connection to the Light. Her great, great, great, great-grandfather James G. Scott served as head keeper there from 1885 to 1910 and her great, great, great-grandmother Emily Scott Strong grew up in the historic landmark.
On entering the office one recent deadline morning, I was told that the electricity had gone out and would be out for the next six hours.
Since I had one more story to write, not of much moment, but nevertheless a story that needed to be done to fill out the page, I thought, for the first time in a very long time, of manual typewriters and how they would — for me at any rate, because I don’t have a laptop — save the day.