The East Hampton boys swim team defeated Deer Park, 85-75, at home on Thursday, January 5, to improve to 2-1 in League II, 4-1 overall.
In the process, Bonackers Christian Brierley, Ethan McCormac and the 400-meter freestyle relay team qualified for the Section XI Championships, covering all of Suffolk County, which are held next month. Aidan Forst (500-meter free) and Ryan Duryea (100-meter breaststroke) had already qualified and will be joining Brierley and McCormac at counties. Brierley and McCormac have both qualified for the 50- and 100-meter free, with Brierley qualifying for the 100-meter backstroke, and McCormac qualifying for both the 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter butterfly.
T.J. Calabrese was named “Swimmer of the Meet” by the East Hampton captains. Returning from an illness, Calabrese was given a light schedule against Deer Park to ease him back into a routine. He swam the 50-meter butterfly and was part of both the 200-meter medley and 200-meter freestyle relays. But when one of his teammates became sick during the meet, Calabrese also swam the 100-meter butterfly and wound up placing second.
The Bonackers are scheduled to compete at West Islip on Wednesday.
Saturday’s snowstorm canceled many of the invitationals that East End teams were scheduled to attend, but a few teams had crossover meets at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood earlier in the week.
The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton boys team competed on January 2 and had a few top-10 finishes. Robert Weiss finished fourth in the 55-meter dash, in 6.94 seconds, Ryan Fowkes placed sixth in the 1,000-meter race, in 2:48.55, and Matthew Maya tied for seventh in the high jump with a mark of 5 feet 4 inches.
The East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton girls competed on January 4. JiJi Kramer placed fourth in the 1,500-meter racewalk, posting a personal-best 8:42.96, and Sabrina Ricci tied for fifth place in the high jump, reaching 4 feet 3 inches. Lily Mongan reached the same height, a season’s best for her, but in more tries than Ricci and finished 11th. Ricci also placed seventh in the long jump in a season’s-best leap of 14 feet 5½ inches. Vanessa Hammond placed ninth in the 55-meter hurdles in a personal-best 10.03 seconds.
Nakia Williams had a solid meet for the Southampton boys team on January 2. He won the high jump after clearing 6 feet 7 inches and placed third in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet 10 inches. Spencer Crough placed fourth in the 400-meter run, in 1:29.59.
Coco Ramgopal led the Lady Mariners at their meet on January 4. She placed second in the high jump, reaching 4 feet 8 inches. Stephanie Schiavoni placed 10th in the 55-meter hurdles, in 10.17 seconds, Lumei Abatangelo placed 10th in the 3,000-meter race, in 12:17.15, and Isabel Cuffee just missed out on a top-10 performance, tying for 11th place in the triple jump with a leap of 28 feet 8½ inches.
The East Hampton boys basketball team bounced back from its 77-38 loss at Southampton on January 3 with a 51-39 home victory over Shoreham/Wading River on Thursday, January 5.
The Bonackers (1-3 League VI, 3-7 overall) used a 33-16 first-half lead to push them in the victory over Shoreham. Jari Willock led the team in scoring with 16 points, and Jack Reese scored 14 points and had 10 rebounds. Bladimir Rodriguez scored 10 points, and Phil Zablotsky hauled in 10 rebounds.
The Lady Bonackers lost, 46-32, at home to Southampton on January 3, then lost, 55-13, at Shoreham/Wading River on Thursday, January 5. They are 0-4 in League VI, 0-7 overall.
The Bonackers played at Wyandanch on Tuesday and are slated to play at Bayport/Blue Point on Thursday, January 12. The Lady Bonackers hosted Wyandanch on Tuesday and are scheduled to host Bayport/Blue Point on Thursday, January 12, at 6:15 p.m.