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  •    Duvan Castro said after Hampton F.C.-Bill Miller’s 4-3 victory over Tortorella Pools in the Wednesday evening 7-on-7 league’s final on July 17 that for two years he had wanted to enter a team in the league, and that he had seized on East Hampton-Bayberry’s withdrawal this spring to do so.
        Most of his players, he said, following the exciting win — it was as hotly contested a final as this writer can remember — had not played in the league before.

  •    A showdown in the Montauk slow-pitch softball league on July 16 between the two division leaders, the Montauk Fire Department and Sloppy Tuna, an all-Dominican team whose player-manager is Jerry Uribe, resulted in a 6-1 win for the Fire Department.
        Uribe said afterward that he was missing a few of his better players, promising a better game next time. Indeed, the play in Sloppy Tuna’s outfield that night was rather sloppy.

  •    Tom Eickelberg, a 24-year-old pro who is now the assistant swim coach at the State University at Cortland, three-peated at the Montauk Point Lighthouse’s sprint triathlon Sunday, besting 430 other competitors in 1 hour, 5 minutes, and 16 seconds.
        He did the half-mile swim in 12:58, the 14-mile bike leg in 33:12, and the 5K run in 18:10, leading all the way.

  •    Sartre was right: Hell is other people, I think,s as I try to navigate as calmly as possible through the throbbing, siren-wailing traffic here.
        Well, perhaps not other people, but other drivers, for sure. In the aggregate, they and I could pass for a pretty fair approximation of hell, which if by hell you mean torment.
        Yes, it’s pretty safe to say that we who drive here in the summertime are tormented — a fact music, however serene, or talk radio, however demented, will not allay.

  •    John Romero, whose Maidstone Market team has been the perennial champion here in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 men’s soccer games for the better part of the past decade, and Corey DeRosa, a Sag Harborite who recently returned to the game as the Market’s goalkeeper, announced this week that open tryouts will be held at the Ross School fields on Aug. 6 and 8 for a team to be known as the Hampton United Football Club, which is to compete in the fall in the Long Island Soccer Football League’s third division.

  •    Thomas Brierley, a 17-year-old Atlantic Beach lifeguard who wants in the near future to become an elite triathlete, won Sunday’s I-Tri youth triathlon at Maidstone Park, edging his training partner and fellow lifeguard, Teague Costello, by five seconds. But the well-attended race, in which two dozen or so of the I-Tri self-empowerment program’s girls participated, was, as all agreed, about finishing.

  •     Katie Brierley, the junior libero on East Hampton High School’s girls volleyball team, left Sunday for Australia, where she is to play for the United States 16’s team this week, after which she’ll spend three days in Hawaii.

  •     The East Hampton Little League’s traveling all-star 10-to-11-year-old girls softball team remained in contention for a state playoff berth earlier this week, having won one and lost one in Islandwide pool play.
        The young Bonackers were to have played at East Meadow Tuesday. “If we beat them, there will be three teams at 2-1, and then run differentials will come into play,” said Rich Swanson, the locals’ coach.

  •     Alfredo Corchado, the prizewinning Dallas Morning News journalist, whose beat is the dangerous border between the United States and Mexico, returned to the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton recently to suggest, along with Shannon K. O’Neil, a senior fellow for Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, that Mexico and the United States each stand to gain appreciably if the relations between the two “distant neighbors” are strengthened.

  •    My brother-in-law said as I mumbled something about having to go to the U.S. Women’s Open this past week that there was, after all, nothing else to write about.
        “What nonsense,” I said. “There’s Little League!” And, indeed, our 9 and 10-year-olds were not to disappoint on the evening of July 1 as they took the wind out of Westhampton’s sails, by a score of 10-0, a merciless rout that was ended mercifully after four innings instead of the customary six.

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