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  •     The air-conditioned Sportime arena in Amagansett played host to a hotly contested 5-on-5 men’s basketball tournament Saturday that was won by Brian Marciniak’s Team One, whose roster also included Kelly O’Halloran, Greg Burkhard, Mitch Rudin, David Hansen, and Kyle McKee.
        The tourney, the brainchild of Marciniak, Jason Grossman, and Anthony Providenti, the latter two longtime members of a summer weekend pickup game here, was played as a fund-raiser for the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation.

  •    The East Hampton Little League’s 10-to-11-year-old girls softball team, managed by Rich Swanson and coached by Matt Ward, won the District 36 championship this past week, overwhelming Westhampton Beach’s entry by scores of 22-0 and 20-12.

  •    There is a new net game at the East Hampton Indoor-Outdoor club and it is a fun one for the young and old, especially the old because the court is considerably smaller than a tennis court.
        This writer, after attending two clinics given by Vanessa Heroux, one of the club’s young pros, can say he very much likes the paddle and Wiffle ball game, though remains not altogether certain of the rules, which, he has been told, will sink in eventually.

  •    Saturday’s Swim Across America event at Fresh Pond in Amagansett raised about $100,000 for cancer research, Gerry Oakes, chairman of the organization’s volunteer Nassau-Suffolk committee, said afterward.

  •    Bobby Harris, East Hampton High School’s most outstanding athlete in 1964, who, after a long layoff, began vying successfully in senior track competitions (primarily in the high jump) throughout the country in 1999, at the age of 54, wants to attend the national senior games in Cleveland at the end of the month, where he would compete in the 65-to-69 group, but needs some sponsorship in order to do it.

  •     Mike Ritsi, the Sportime arena’s manager, announced during Saturday’s men’s basketball tournament there that youth clinics given by the reigning National Basketball Association’s Developmental League M.V.P., Justin Dentmon, are to begin there under the Hampton Hoops Academy banner at 8 a.m. Saturday.

  •    Ah, Independence Day. The heady air of freedom!      
       Freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, freedom from self-censorship, freedom from toeing the line, freedom from zeal, freedom from banality, freedom from filling out forms, freedom from conforming, freedom from filling out more forms, freedom from drudgery, freedom from helicopter noise.

  •    Inbee Park, the unflappable 24-year-old South Korean who has lived in Las Vegas since the age of 12, calmly blew everyone away in the U.S. Women’s Open held at the Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton this past week.

  •    The rumored demise of the East Hampton Town men’s slow-pitch softball league, whose games have been played since the late 1960s at the Terry King ball field in Amagansett, is not premature: The league is, in fact, dead. Though the prospect of a resurrection someday is not entirely out of the question, Rich Schneider, the league’s spokesman, said this week.

  •    East Hampton’s 9 and 10-year-old Little League traveling all-star team stayed alive in the District 36 tournament Monday by “mercying” Westhampton Beach 10-0 in four innings at the Pantigo fields here.
        The lopsided victory was sweet indeed inasmuch as the young Bonackers had lost 2-1 at Westhampton a couple of days before. The win improved Tim Garneau’s team’s playoff record to 3-1, and prompted one of his young charges, Callum Menelaws, to exclaim, “We’ve gotten a lot better this year!”

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