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  •     John McGeehan, who coaches East Hampton High School’s girls swimming team, said following Friday’s meet here with Sayville-Bayport that he had been impressed with his team’s performance in the absence of its all-state freestyler, Marina Preiss, who had been away on a recruiting trip at San Diego State.

        “With Marina there, I think we might have squeaked it out,” said McGeehan, “but while we lost we certainly didn’t roll over.”

  •     Today, you’d think, as in Keats’s ode, the warm days would never cease, and yet the autumnal sighing — a melancholy beauty — has begun.

        Here’s to the soft-dying day, and to gathering what buddies ye may, for Old Time’s a-flying.

  •     Last Thursday’s high school boys soccer game here was billed as a big one given the fact that it was with perennially strong Elwood-John Glenn, though it was East Hampton that proved itself the dominant team.

        The 4-1 win (Glenn’s goal came at game’s end with just about all of Bonac’s starters off the field) improved East Hampton’s league-leading record to 7-0-0.

  •     “I knew Andy Neidnig well,” John Conner said during the awards ceremony following the inaugural 5-kilometer Andy’s Run in Sag Harbor Saturday morning. “I ran with him for 30 years or so. Indubitably, he was a world-class runner.”

        “He ran in masters world championships in Rome; in Melbourne, Australia; Japan; Turku, Finland; Puerto Rico; in Durban, South Africa. . . . And, whenever he could, he ran against the best.”

  •     The Harborfields High School girls swimming team proved to be too powerful for East Hampton’s in Monday’s league opener at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter, though there was plenty of good news for the young Bonackers, who were led by Marina Preiss, one of the state’s best swimmers.

        On Monday, Preiss won the 50-yard freestyle, in 24.92 seconds, won the 100 free, in 54.02, and anchored the winning 400 free relay in 53.44.

  •     The news at the 10th Serpent’s Back duathlon in Montauk Sunday was that Brian Wolff, who is sponsored by Carl Hart Bicycles of Middle Island, did not win.

        Wolff, who had won this run-mountain bike-run race six times — the past four years running — finished 10th this time, “which was quite amazing,” said the race director, Mike Bahel, “considering that he had a flat at mile 4 of the [13-mile] bike.”

  •    The East Hampton High School football team has thus far been unable to play a competitive second half with its opponents. Perhaps this Saturday’s under-the-lights homecoming game with Southampton will be different.

        The silver Hampton Cup, which commemorates a rivalry that dates to 1923, will be up for grabs, and East Hampton for the past year has been in possession of it, as the result of a 42-7 rout last fall. That score is similar to the ones the Bonackers have been on the short end of so far this season.

  •    “I’ve only gotten to the second circle of Hell,” I said to my daughter Johnna in an e-mail the other day, “but I like it.”

        My father, who used to teach humanities, said Dante had to be taught, though I’ve found an edition that has plenty of explanatory notes. Somebody ought to try a modern version of “The Inferno.” It would probably sell like hotcakes.

  •     Following Saturday’s disappointing 20-19 defeat at the hands of the Danbury (Conn.) Rugby Club, Garth Wakeford, once his fellow Montauk R.C. players were gathered around, said the local side’s days might be numbered.

        Danbury scored in the final minutes with Montauk playing a man down — Erik Brierley, its Olympic-hopeful fullback, who now lives in Narragansett, R.I., having been sent to the sidelines for pushing an opponent.

  •     On Sept. 24, for the first time in 24 years, a cross-country meet was held at Cedar Point Park in Northwest, and everybody had been told to bring bug spray so that the runners and spectators wouldn’t be attacked by tick larvae or chiggers, as they are also referred to here.

        As far as was known as of this writing, last Friday, nobody itched afterward, and the other good news was that Bonac’s boys team bageled Rocky Point 15-45, with nine Bonackers preceding Rocky Point’s first man over the finish line.

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