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Eight of 11 Fall Teams Made the Postseason

Thu, 10/27/2022 - 08:25
East Hampton High School's field hockey team, which finished the regular season at 10-3-1, was accorded the third seed in the county tournament's B bracket.
Craig Macnaughton

Eight of East Hampton High's 11 fall teams, seven of which finished with winning records in league competition, made the postseason. 

Two of those teams, boys soccer and girls cross-country, were league champions. Boys cross-country and girls swimming were runners-up, and field hockey and golf were third-place finishers. Playing in League IV, the girls tennis team, with a 9-3 record, wound up behind Westhampton Beach, the Ross School, and William Floyd, which all were at 11-1.

Only football, girls soccer, and girls volleyball, which wound up one win short, at 6-8, have had losing seasons.

Samantha James's 10-3-1 field hockey team, third-seeded in the county's B bracket, was to have played sixth-seeded East Islip here Monday. The winner was to have played the Harborfields-Shoreham-Wading River winner in a semifinal-round game yesterday. The B final is to be played at 2 p.m. Saturday at Newfield High School, with the C final between Pierson (Sag Harbor) High School and Greenport to follow at 4.

The boys and girls cross-country teams were to have competed in division meets at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park Tuesday. The county meets are to be run at Sunken Meadow on Friday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m.

Don McGovern's second-seeded boys soccer team, which is playing in the county's A bracket, is to play a quarterfinal-round game here today at 3 with the East Islip-Eastport-South Manor winner. Assuming East Hampton wins, it could also play at home in a semifinal game on Monday. The A final is to be played next Thursday at Comsewogue High School at 5:30.

East Hampton's golf team finished in a tie for second with Southampton in the conference tournament on Oct. 19, each with low aggregate scores of 423, nine strokes behind Riverhead. The East Hampton team, seeded 12th among 22 teams in the county team tournament, is to play the 21st seed, Eastport-South Manor, at the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett today. 

The winner is to play at fifth-seeded Commack on Monday. The semifinals and final are to be contested at the Spring Lake Golf Club in Middle Island next Thursday. Riverhead is the tournament's top seed, Bay Shore the second. 

In addition, by virtue of their rounds in the conference tournament, five Bonac golfers -- Nico Horan-Puglia, Trevor Stachecki, Juan Palacios, J.P. Amaden, and Lucas Centalonza -- have qualified for the county individual tournament whose first round matches were rained out Monday, causing the tourney to be postponed until next week, East Hampton's coach, Rich King, said in an email.

The 7-7 boys volleyball team, seeded third among the county's five small schools, is to play at second-seeded Hauppauge Saturday at noon. The small schools final is to be played at Newfield High School on Wednesday.

The runner-up girls swimming team, coached by Craig Brierley, which finished behind 4-0 Sayville-Bayport with a 3-1 record, is to vie in the League III meet tomorrow at West Islip High School at 4:30. The county meet is to be held at Stony Brook University on Sunday, Nov. 6, beginning at 8:45 a.m.

East Hampton finished the league season with a 55-45 win at Lindenhurst on Oct. 19, winning 10 of the 12 events. All three relay teams have qualified for the county meet, as have Lily Griffin in the 200 freestyle, Ava Castillo and Hatch in the 200 individual medley, Jane Brierley, Griffin, and Hatch in the 50 free, Castillo, Griffin, and Hatch in the 100 free, Brierley and Hatch in the 100 backstroke, and Brierley, Lizzy Daniels, and Griffin in the 100 breaststroke. Brierley, moreover, has qualified for the state meet in the 100 breaststroke. 

The girls tennis team's postseason ended last week, as it was eliminated in the county team tournament's second round by second-seeded Half Hollow Hills East after having bageled Mount Sinai. East Hampton, whose coach is Kevin McConville, was seeded 15th among the 22 contending teams. Mount Sinai was seeded 16th. Westhampton Beach got the top seed.

Maya Molin, a Pierson sophomore who began the season at third singles, and who later worked her way up to second, and even to first singles on occasion, was the only one of McConville's charges to win at Hills East, playing "the match of her life" in defeating the home team's number-two, 6-3, 6-2. Over all, his team finished with an 11-5 record, McConville said.

East Hampton's top doubles team of Caleigh Barletta and Lily Somers, who had gone 10-1 in the regular season, their sole loss having come at the hands of Westhampton Beach's number-one pairing, were seeded third in the division tourney, but were upset in the first round by William Floyd's second team, which had been unseeded.   

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