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25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports

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August 6, 1998

The Corner Bar earned its second championship in three years as it polished off Sag Harbor Liquors 14-7 at Mashashimuet Park Monday night to win the Sag Harbor modified-pitch softball league’s final playoff series three games to one.

 . . . The Corner, which has in Bob Burden the league’s top pitcher, was glad to have the series done with, as Liquor had proved, certainly in the first three games, to be a formidable foe.

Darin Gibson, Doug Fierst, and Howie Kleinsmith all homered for Liquor and Tom DePetris only gave up five hits in Liquor’s 11-0 game-two triumph. The Corner took a 2-1 lead with a 19-15 win last Thursday, a game that Matt Rewinski, the league’s spokesman, described as “one of the wildest playoff games ever.” In that game, Liquor took a 14-11 lead on a grand slam home run by Tom Hand in the top of the sixth, only to see the Corner tie the score in the bottom half, on a two-run error and a run-scoring hit by Stan Benton. A two-out grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning by the Corner’s Jake Harrison Jr. ended the game and the series. He drove in eight runs on the night, as did Hand of Sag Harbor Liquor.


August 13, 1998

Ed Petrie, one of the state’s winningest high school boys basketball coaches, will be inducted into the New York Basketball Hall of Fame at the Glens Falls Civic Center tomorrow night.

 . . . Petrie is about to enter his 40th year of high school coaching. A release said, “Ed, who graduated from Bellows High School in 1951, was a great player as well as a coach. He led his school team to two county championships in 1950 and 1951 and was a two-time all-county player.”

“At Seton Hall University he was captain of the team in 1956 and played in two N.I.T. tournaments. He was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1956. Ed’s coaching career as a head coach has placed him currently at number five in New York State” — number two among public high school coaches — “with all-time career wins of 552.”

 . . . Petrie and Paul Annacone, the former professional tennis player who now coaches Pete Sampras, were inducted into Suffolk’s Hall of Fame on April 25, 1996.


August 20, 1998

Over 130 participants ranging in age from 4 to 86 competed in the first Rell Sunn Surfing Competition held at Ditch Plain Beach in Montauk on Aug. 8.

The event, which raised $11,000 for the American Cancer Society and the South Fork Breast Health Coalition, drew hundreds of spectators. Rell Sunn was a champion women’s surfer who died in January at the age of 47 after a 15-year battle with breast cancer.

A Montauk resident and organizer of the event, Dorothy Peel, was awarded the Rell Sunn Aloha Spirit Award and Karen Oberg, also of Montauk, received the Rell Sunn Sportswoman Award. A bouquet of flowers was scattered on the sea’s surface by local surfers in honor of Ms. Sunn.

An introductory summer lacrosse program put on by the Springs Youth Association, which ended last week, has left Ralph Naglieri, one of its coaches, who presumably will be one of those overseeing East Hampton High School’s inaugural junior varsity squad next spring, enthusiastic about the future.


August 27, 1998

Tom Clohessy, a tall righthanded slugger who went two-for-three with two home runs and three runs batted in, was the Artists-Writers Game’s most valuable player Saturday. The only time he made an out he was batting lefty. “Yes, he’s a filmmaker,” said the Game’s impresario, and Artists’ manager, Leif Hope. “And yes, I knew he could play. I batted him seventh because we needed to get the celebrities in.”

But the celebrated, such as Ed Burns and Billy Baldwin, were fully up to the task. Baldwin fielded second base flawlessly and went three-for-five with a home run. And Burns, while oh-for-two, drove in two runs on sac flies in the early innings.

And, in the no-good-deed department, Roy Scheider, the winning pitcher, found a $40 ticket attached to his vehicle when he went to leave the Reutershan parking lot adjacent to the Herrick Park ball field.

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