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  • Looking back on the year that’s just about past, I can’t help but think of the apparent sea changes in sports I’ve covered for almost 40 years.
  • It’s a few days before Christmas and I should wrap up my thoughts for Mary, with whom I share daily bread and whose company I always look forward to, as does O’en.
  • Five personal bests and a season best were recorded by members of East Hampton High’s girls winter track team at a crossover meet Saturday at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood.
  • Can you believe, 10 percent of high school students, when questioned, think Judge Judy is a member of the Supreme Court, when, as everyone knows, she’s on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals? (Just kidding!)
  • Dan White, East Hampton High’s boys basketball coach, cannot remember when in his career a team of his had ever played in four successive games three of which were decided by 1 point.
  • The recent days have been eventful for East Hampton’s swimming program, with the boys varsity upping its record to 3-0 with wins over Lindenhurst and Central Islip, and with the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter’s youth swim team, the Hurricanes — who were treated to clinics by an Olympian Saturday — faring well at an 18-team metropolitan-area meet at Eisenhower Park in Nassau County.
  • About a week after returning from the 24-hour Spartan Ultra World Championships in Iceland, Anthony Daunt said, during a conversation Friday morning at Groundworks Landscaping in Amagansett, that he was beginning to feel okay again.
  • When John Niewenhous, a retired pilot who lives in the Bay Point neighborhood near Sag Harbor, was visited on Dec. 2, some competitors in the Route du Rhum race to Guadeloupe were still heading across the Atlantic for that Caribbean island, having set off a month earlier, with much fanfare, from Saint-Malo, in northwest France.
  • You’d think that a country wanting to be great again would return to what made it great by welcoming those who, having seen the worst of things, are resolved to better their lives. What more worthy goal?
  • Ava Engstrom, an East Hampton High School sophomore who is among a dozen on Yani Cuesta’s winter girls track roster, broke Dana Cebulski’s indoor 3,000-meter record at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood Saturday with her time of 10 minutes and 57.36 seconds.

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