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25 Years Ago in Bonac Sports

Thu, 09/21/2023 - 06:10
A cricket match in England in 1960. In 1998, the game was played in Southampton (Long Island, that is).
Toni Frissell Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Sept. 3, 1998

Maybe it was the lack of bases on the field of play, or perhaps the absence of fielders’ gloves on the hands of the players. . . . Whatever the reason, I felt like a stranger in a strange land when I witnessed in Southampton Saturday afternoon my first cricket match. . . .

“In a real game there is no drinking,” one of the players, Jamie Grant, a Manhattan banker, explained, a bottle of Amstel Light in hand. “By the end of this game everyone’s sloshed.”

“The irony is that we English invented it, brought it to the colonies — to Australia, Sri Lanka, and so forth — and now they are all better than us,” he added.


Sept. 10, 1998

Sept. 26 will mark East Hampton’s homecoming, and David MacGarva, Bonac’s coach, hopes that many football alumni will turn out. He’s having a 75th anniversary program printed up with photos of some of East Hampton’s more storied teams along with accounts of seasons past by Norton (Bucket) Daniels, Fran Kiernan, Dick Cooney, Ted Meyer, and himself.

A photo of the ’23 team, the first in East Hampton’s history, will be on the cover of the program.


Sept. 17, 1998 

The Pierson High School field hockey team pulled off a huge upset last Thursday, dumping the defending state Class A champion, Centereach, 2-1 in a nonleague game played at Sag Harbor’s Mashashimuet Park.

“Lauryn Mazzeo [a defensive back] started it,” said Pierson’s coach, Debbie Jayne. “She got the ball on our 30-yard line and passed it forward to Rosemary [Moore], who pushed it by the defense. She and Lisa [Chapman], who was on the left wing, broke away. Rosemary crossed the ball into the circle where Lisa clocked it. . . . Oh yes, the girls were happy with that win. Last year, on their field, we lost 5-0.”

. . . Jaime Mott, the senior left wing, got on the scoreboard about four minutes into the second half, assisted by Moore, who had passed along a Kari Mitchell deflection.


Sept. 24, 1998 

An 11-game losing streak extending to October 1996 was snapped in crackling fashion Saturday as the East Hampton High School Bonackers pummeled Half Hollow Hills West 22-6 in a Division III football opener.

. . . Willie McFarland, a senior who didn’t play last year, proved himself a multiple threat, as a receiver, runner, and punter. McFarland’s sole punt of the day went 69 yards. In addition, he returned a kick for a 50-yard touchdown, and intercepted a pass.

Swarming as tenaciously as the flying ants that darkened the air at Sag Harbor’s Mashashimuet Park on Sept. 16, the Pierson-Shelter Island field hockey team swatted perennial power Miller Place 1-0, thanks to a picture-perfect overtime goal by Jaime Mott, who had taken a through pass from Lauryn Mazzeo at the top of the circle and slapped the ball by the stunned Panther goalie, Melissa Carragher, into the left corner of the visitors’ cage.

. . . Mott’s resounding goal, from about 15 feet out, prompted a huge celebration. It was “the first time ever,” the longtime coach, Debbie Jayne, said later, that a Pierson hockey team had defeated a Miller Place one.

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