25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports: 05.03.18

Local Sports History

April 22, 1993

Suffern and East Hampton were to have played Saturday on Abner Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y., but torrential rains washed the game out. Nevertheless, the players, who had spent the night in Oneonta, visited baseball’s Hall of Fame Saturday morning before making the long trip home.

The Hall of Fame seemed a fitting place to talk about Steven Quick’s no-hitter versus Pierson on April 14. According to Jim Nicoletti, East Hampton’s coach, it was the first no-hitter thrown by a Bonac pitcher since 1969. The last one came readily to the coach’s mind because he had caught it.

“Some pro scouts had come out to see Larry Cantwell, who was a good pitcher, in the game before,” recalled Nicoletti. “As luck would have it, Larry hit four batters that day and walked eight. The next day, against the same team, with the scouts long gone, Bobby Greene pitched a no-hitter. There have been several one-hitters since I’ve been coaching [17 years], but never a no-hitter.”

Paul Wolfram of Sag Harbor won the fifth East End Bowlers Classic tournament Sunday, besting a field of 80 and taking home $750 and a handsome trophy.

“My wife gets the money, and I get the trophy,” Wolfram said after handily defeating East Hampton’s Mike Smith 229 to 166 in the final match of stepladder pairings. 

. . . A Sag Harbor plumber, the winner said he bowled “one frame at a time — I didn’t look at the score.” By the seventh frame, however, it was pretty clear that Smith, who had polished off three opponents before running into Wolfram, had run out of gas.

When congratulated by his son, Paul Wolfram Jr., a Pierson High School junior, Wolfram Sr. smiled and said, “The dad had to show the son up.” Paul Jr. spun the county’s top game, a 289, in high school competition last winter.


May 6, 1993

Boys tennis has emerged as East Hampton High’s pre-eminent spring team as it continued undefeated in League VIII play last week. Spurred on by its strong doubles pairings, East Hampton defeated Rocky Point, Mercy, and William Floyd to pace the league at 6-0.

Four league matches remained as of Tuesday. John Goodman, the Bonackers’ coach, said that night if East Hampton could defeat Southampton here yesterday, “we will have pretty much clinched it.”

. . . “We’re getting better with every match, and that’s what you want to see . . . whether you’re winning or losing,” said Goodman.


The 36-week Tuesday night businessmen’s league season came down to the final night at the East Hampton Bowl on Monday as Barns Playboys almost took the league-leader — and champion — Vinnie’s Barber Shop, to the cleaners.

The Playboys trailed by a mere six points going into Monday’s final “position round,” a ladder competition whereby the runner-up team bowls the leader, number-four bowls number-three, et cetera.

To win the championship, Vinnie’s (Rich Kealy, Lanny Ross, Anthony Zaykowski, Vincent Mazzeo, and Charles McGarty) needed to win one game, three points of the 11 up for grabs.

“It went down to the last frame of the last game — the way it should be,” said the Playboys’ Steve Graham, who the week before had spun a season-high 720 series (222-277-221). “They had three doubles in the 10th frame, and wound up beating us by about 40 or 50 pins. I think we had them worried, though.”

Graham’s teammates are Efraim Careballo, Frank and Fred Mittman, George Payne, Ray Young, and Rick Bock.


May 13, 1993

With convincing wins over Southampton and Rocky Point last week, the East Hampton High School boys tennis team, which as of yesterday remained undefeated, at 8-0, in league competition, clinched the League VIII championship.

East Hampton’s doubles teams — David Lys and Jesse Rothwell at one, Warwick Sabin and Scott Gibbons at two, and Sean Savage and Chris Bernier at three — have gone undefeated in league play this season.