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  •    The Mighty Midgetts powered their way to a repeat win this past weekend in the Travis Field memorial slow-pitch softball tournament, which was contested by 15 entries over the course of four days.
        A team put together by Brian Midgett of East Hampton, the Midgetts, boasted some impressive power hitters, one of whom, Neil Hagland, a lefty from Lake Grove, launched what Eddie Bahns said was the longest home run he’d ever seen at the Terry King ball field.

  •    Lynne Cox, whose two record-breaking crossings of the English Channel when she was 15 and 16 years old served as a prelude to an astounding open water career during which she has conquered the Bering Strait, the Straits of Magellan and Gibraltar, the Cape of Good Hope, and the Catalina Channel, among other daunting challenges, was here Sunday, signing copies at the Gubbins New Balance store of her “Open Water Swimming Manual: An Expert’s Survival Guide for Triathletes and Open Water Swimmers.”

  •     A team of 11 lifeguards from East Hampton trained by Katie Osiecki placed third among 27 teams in the all-female National Parks Service tournament at Sandy Hook, N.J., on July 31.
        “The teams came from up and down the Eastern Seaboard,” John McGeehan said in reporting the results.
        Lucy Kohlhoff won the beach flags competition and Kira Garry won in the distance run. Amanda Calabrese was the runner-up in the run-paddle-run event and, with Katrina Garry, Kohlhoff, and Paige Duca, second in the run relay.

  •    Elizabeth Kotz recently put me on to Electro Mix, little packets of minerals — heavy metals, her husband, Steve, told me — that I have found to be quite effective when playing tennis in humid heat.

  •    The ocean swims overseen by East Hampton’s volunteer ocean rescue squad in Montauk Saturday drew record numbers — 57 for the 2-miler spanning the Kirk Park and Ditch Plain beaches, 56 for the 1-miler, and 41 for the half-miler.
        The swims benefited the Montauk Playhouse committee’s fund for the planned aquatic center there. Maureen Rutkowski of the committee said that fund-raising was proceeding apace.

  •    Peter Kazickas, a Hamilton College junior (and captain of its basketball team) who lives in Amagansett, recently returned from his second visit in three years to Hoops 4 Hope’s center in Harare, Zimbabwe, having brought with him 80 basketballs and money he’d raised to fill the many potholes in that area’s basketball courts, which are the focal point of the nonprofit organization’s work with at-risk children.

  •    Dahlia Aman, who had, because of the heat in one case and an injury in another, never won a national tennis title at the biannual Senior Games, did so last week in Cleveland, Ohio, sweeping through her opponents in the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals.
        Last year at this time, Aman, whose husband, George, is a master bridge player and head of East Hampton’s board of education, said her goal was to win at Cleveland this year, “and then stop.”

  •     No one has run away with the East Hampton Town women’s slow-pitch softball league’s regular season, and so there is no particular favorite going into the playoffs, which are to begin at the Terry King ball field Tuesday.

  •    I know it’s after the fact and thus irrelevant to the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen whom Mr. Zimmerman, an armed neighborhood watch volunteer, had pursued while the youth was returning to the condo his father’s fiancée rented in a gated Florida community, but one wonders why on earth a neighborhood watch volunteer was carrying a gun in the first place.
        Thinking on that reminded me that armed “auxiliaries” were once proposed here.

  •    The water was calm, the setup by Eric Bramoff, chief of East Hampton Village’s lifeguards, was said by John Ryan Sr. to be ideal, and, as usual, Smith Point’s A team won the Main Beach invitational lifeguard tournament last Thursday.
        The tournament drew eight men’s teams and five women’s teams — the most ever inasmuch as the women were concerned, said Ryan. And the good news for East Hampton was that its town team, captained by Katie Osiecki, “easily” topped the other female entries.

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