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  •     Thirty-one years ago, Dick Baker, who before he began selling real estate had been a physical education teacher at the Amagansett School for 15 years, inaugurated weekly badminton nights there from the fall through spring.
        During a conversation at The Star the other day, the group’s founder, who is back to playing after having got a new hip on Nov. 21, said, “We’ve got a good group now, from 16 to 18.”

  •     Twelve years ago, after his team had regained the county Class D title by defeating Greenport 62-55, Carl Johnson, the Bridgehampton High School Killer Bees’ coach, said that the graduation of Maurice Manning had not meant the end of Killer Bee dominance in boys basketball.
        And yet . . . and yet it seems hard to believe that Bridgehampton, whose well-known 20-year state championship run ended in 1998, had not, until Monday, won a county title since 2000.

  •    East Hampton High’s varsity football and girls lacrosse teams are to move down a division in the next school year, each having cut ties, at least temporarily, with Pierson High School in Sag Harbor. In addition, next fall’s boys volleyball team will be combined with Bridgehampton.
        “We’re still an ‘A’ school,” said East Hampton’s athletic director, Joe Vas, “though, instead of being the smallest A school in Conference III, we’ll be a good-sized one in Conference IV.”

  •     The week past was a stellar one for Cameron Yusko, a senior captain of East Hampton High’s boys basketball team. During it, he was named, by virtue of his 98.5 unweighted average, as East Hampton’s valedictorian and received Channel 12’s scholar-athlete-of-the-month award.
        He was only the fourth Bonacker to be so honored since Robin Streck first won the award in the fall of 1990.

  •    East Hampton High’s underclassmen got a taste of the playoffs at Shoreham-Wading River Saturday night, and, as a result, Bill McKee, the boys’ coach, said after the 51-40 loss that he hoped they’d play in the interim and come back ready to go further in the postseason next winter.

  •    Just as I lunged to put away a shot at the net, the sole such I’d hit all night in our weekly doubles league, the lights went out.
        And of course I cursed the darkness, and Tim Ross too, though, as I learned after we’d felt our way off the courts, he had had nothing to do with it. It was LIPA’s fault.
        It almost always is LIPA’s fault, though double faults must be borne. Pretty much everything else you can blame on your partner. Any partner really.

  •     In postseason competition this past weekend, East Hampton High’s Ashley West qualified for the state indoor track meet on March 3 by placing third in the state qualifier 600-meter race in 1 minute and 40.24 seconds. As a result, she’ll run with the inter-sectional relay team, Shani Cuesta, West’s coach, said.
        The boys swimming team placed fourth in the league meet at Hauppauge, despite having to forfeit points in diving, “the best finish we’ve had in three years,” said the coach, Jeff Thompson.

  •     Battling from the get-go, the Ross School boys basketball team, the Cosmos, took Bridgehampton’s Killer Bees to school at Ross’s well-appointed gym Monday night before a packed house, which was entertained as well by numerous and lively Ross and Bridgehampton cheerleaders.

  •    The East Hampton High School girls basketball team dug itself into a hole with a 2-point loss here to Shoreham-Wading River on Feb. 7, a game it could well have won. In a must-win situation, at Amityville’s inhospitable gym three nights later, the team fell out of playoff contention.
        Bonac’s boys lost to their Amityville counterparts too, by a lopsided 60-32, here on Saturday, but, at 5-6, they still had a chance to make the postseason if they defeated winless Westhampton Beach in an away game Tuesday.

  •     Dennis Fabiszak, the East Hampton Library’s executive director, has been for a while now an ultradistance runner, which is to say he competes in 50-and-up events, though he’s never been in the ne plus ultra of ultra competitions, the Western States 100.

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