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  •     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.

  •      Two Gubbins Running Ahead employees, Ryan Hagen and Jason Cusack, went one-three in Saturday’s Hamptons Half-Marathon, one of three races put on by Diane Weinberger and Amanda Moszkowski under the Hamptons Marathon banner.

  •     When the late long-distance runner Andy Neidnig’s house was sold in Sag Harbor this past year, the buyer discovered in it and in its garage boxes and boxes of medals, trophies, and awards Neidnig, who John Conner has described as “the best runner ever to come out of the East End,” had won from his high school years on.

  •     Watching the East Hampton High School boys soccer team take Amityville apart in Monday’s late afternoon sun was a pleasure.

        The Warriors were not patsies — they’ve won four games this season — but they could not break through East Hampton’s firm defense. Meanwhile, the Bonackers, who wound up winning 4-0, were constantly on the attack, and only prevented from scoring more goals by a tall and quick Amityville goalie, who made some spectacular saves.

  •     Things are quiet now, the racket is over, and silence, marvelous silence, is about to gather us in. I feel it in the air, I see it in the light that glistens on the honeysuckle leaf in the outdoor shower, and, as happens every fall, the feeling is delightful.

  •     As happened the week before, the East Hampton High School football team played a good first half, but a rather poor second one in Saturday’s matchup here with Greenport-Southold-Mattituck, a team that was several spots below the Bonackers in the preseason rankings.

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