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  •     Romaine Gordon of the B-East Fitness Studio said following Saturday afternoon’s spin at Amagansett Square to benefit the Max Cure Foundation, that given the brief time she had to put the event together, it had, thanks largely to her staff of instructors and college and high school kids, gone off quite well.

  •     Before he entered Gardiner’s Bay early Saturday morning for the Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad’s half-mile swim John Conner, who was an international-class miler and 800 runner before being struck by a truck on a bicycle training ride here 10 years ago, recalled Glenn Cunningham, the great American miler, as having said, “In running it’s you against yourself — the cruelest of competitors.”

  •     Although the Travis Field memorial softball tournament drew 14 teams this year rather than the 15 it had in 2010, “the competition is a lot, lot tougher,” said Brian Anderson, one of the popular four-year-old tourney’s founders, who, in fact, had said pretty much the same thing at this stage last year.

  •     Justin Kulchinsky, 38, who 15 years ago recorded the 1996 Montauk triathlon’s fastest 10K run split, covering the hilly 6.2-mile course in 34 minutes and 2 seconds on his way to a fourth-place finish, reappeared on the race scene in the Miss Amelia’s Cottage two-miler Sunday, and, not surprisingly, wound up winning it in 10 minutes and 59 seconds.

  • August 7, 1986
        This season, Howard Wood, who does his own salary negotiating now, and who has “played every position except guard,” returns to Spain’s “A” professional basketball league, with Valencia.

  •     The poem from which Robert Lipsyte, a Shelter Islander who began an all-star reporting, writing, and broadcasting career with The New York Times a half-century ago, borrows the last two lines to serve as an epigraph for his memoir, “An Accidental Sportswriter,” is Dylan Thomas’s “Should Lanterns Shine,” a poem that while despairing of the heart or the head’s ability to transcend our dreary past, sites hope for new possibilities and reinvention in the quickened pulse.

  •     My wife got up to take communion at Tom Bergmann’s funeral at Most Holy Trinity Church the other day, and I must admit I, unshriven as usual, was a bit surprised.
        But she reminded me later that she thought of the rite differently, that it had to do for her with bounteous nature and our humble place in it rather than with any pastoral proscriptions or learned behavior.

  •     This past season, Maggie Pizzo, a pert but tough lacrosse midfielder who is about to enter her sophomore year at East Hampton High School, was the leading scorer on Bonac’s lacrosse team, which barely missed the playoffs, was named to the all-county team, and was subsequently picked to try out for the Yellow Jackets, a select Long Island all-star squad coached by Northport’s Carol Rose.

  •     The summer’s athletic pace picks up this weekend, what with open water swims in Gardiner’s Bay, road races in Southampton and Amagansett, and a softball tournament at the Terry King ball field on tap, to be followed, on Aug. 20 and 21, by the Artists and Writers Softball Game, an ancient (frequently madcap) tilt that has been surprisingly well played in the recent past, and the popular Ellen’s (5K) Run, which is in its 16th year.

  •     It may be summer here, but it’s winter in New Zealand, a country to which Joe Mensch, whose father, Mark, is a former East Hampton High School assistant football coach and trainer, headed this week for a month of professional snowboarding competition.

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