"The course is lovely — hard but beautiful."
Tom O’Donoghue, who said later he needed to run more, and Lalo Reale started off on the second, and somewhat easier, leg of Sunday’s Hither Hills Half-Marathon. Jack Graves

“These big kids, who wouldn’t get to touch the ball in football, are taking to it — they love to run with the ball.”
Eric Sallinger, with the ball above, is among the high schoolers who have caught Kevin Bunce’s eye. Jack Graves

They were determined to give it their best shot
Julian MacGurn, a junior who plays first singles for East Hampton High’s boys tennis team, is among the county’s top eight players. Jack Graves
Jack Louchheim, left, as of earlier this week, had gone undefeated in team play. Right, Ravi MacGurn’s record at third singles was 14-2 going into yesterday’s match at Ward Melville. Jack Graves Photos

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A 3-0 loss to Port Jefferson
Esteban Valverde is one of a number of young players competing at the Division 1 level with the East Hampton Football Club. Jack Graves

Members of the Ryan family celebrated twice
Taliya Hayes was a double-winner in the meet with Mount Sinai, in the shot-put and discus. Jack Graves
The record-breakers were Danielle Futerman, Nina Piacentine, and Alyssa Bahel. Jack Graves

Brandon Hayes died in an auto accident about a month after his graduation in 1997 from East Hampton High School
The dedicators included, from left, Liz Pucci, Ken Brown, Joe Vas, Bruce Siska, Glenda and John Hayes, Bryona Hayes, Rich Burns, John Hayes Jr., J.P. Foster, Demi Minskoff, and Christina DeSanti. Jim Stewart

The half-marathon in Bridgehampton, put on by Diane Weinberger and Amanda Moszkowski, drew a field of 800
Undeterred by fog and wind, the paddlers set off at Sag Harbor’s Havens Beach Saturday morning on the first of two three-mile legs. Jack Graves
Nick Lemon, a Gubbins Running Ahead employee, won; his boss, Barbara Gubbins, was fourth. Jack Graves
The Peconic Baykeeper organization was the beneficiary of Saturday’s stand-up paddleboard races off Havens Beach. Clebber Melo/Drone

An East Hampton 5-2 win over its perennially powerful neighbor, the Ross School
Zack Bogetti, above, and Harrison Kennedy were eliminated in the quarterfinal round of the division tournament this past weekend. Craig Macnaughton