Coach Jim Stewart hopes his charges stick with it
After about a decade, Jim Stewart, at left, has retaken the varsity wrestling reins here, with the assistance of Steve Redlus, at right. Jack Graves
Jim Stewart has 36 on the East Hampton Middle School squad, “each one more enthusiastic than the other.” Jack Graves

But the successful season was a great note to go out on for Coach Kevin Barron
Chastin Giles, at right, and her teammates trailed the Millbrook Blazers throughout the entire course of Saturday’s state Class C regional playoff game. Jack Graves ­
Katie Kneeland’s 3-pointer with just over a minute to go in the first quarter put Pierson on the scoreboard at long last. Jack Graves

The numbers are good and the teams are expected to be competitive
Ryan Fowkes, center, signed Monday a letter of intent to attend George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was flanked by his father, Bill, and his mother, Jennifer, with Bill Herzog, his middle school coach, and Kevin Barry, his varsity cross-country coach, behind him. Jack Graves

A 66-60 loss in the state hoops tourney in Binghamton ends their season
Bridgehampton’s J.P. Harding, one of Suffolk’s top scorers this year, seen in action in a Class D state regional semifinal win a year ago. Craig Macnaughton

Local sports action

Over Roscoe Central in state tourney and Academy Charter for Long Island D title
Elijah White, with the ball above, and his fellow guard, Naejon Ward, led Bridgehampton in its 63-61 Long Island championship win over Academy Charter of Hempstead at Center Moriches High School Friday. Craig Macnaughton
Ron White, Bridgehampton’s head coach, was delighted to receive the Long Island championship trophy, for which the perennial Suffolk Class D champions have apparently never, in the absence of any UpIsland competition, had to contend. Craig Macnaughton

Arizona State feels like home to him, he said
His instincts were so sure his first coach thought he’d acquired them in a former lifetime. Craig Macnaughton
“He’s always attacking, always applying the moves he’s learned,” said Denise Busiello, Adam’s mother. Craig Macnaughton
Adam Busiello, at left, recently became the only Suffolk wrestler ever to win five state championships. He’s won six national Super 32 championships as well. Craig Macnaughton

Plus Ryan Fowkes at states and Bonac’s winter sports awards
Ethan McCormac, left, Rebecca Kuperschmid, and Ryan Fowkes, all of whom are mentioned in the story below, were Old Montauk Athletic Club honorees this past December. Jack Graves

“The second set was tight” down in St. Pete
“The top five guys don’t crack — you gotta win every point,” says Frank Ackley of Springs and Melbourne, Fla. Jack Graves

The week ahead in local sports action