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Things Going Well in the Pool and on the Turf

Thu, 09/21/2023 - 06:14
Kevin Hilario (5), seen in action versus Comsewogue here on Sept. 8, has, along with his teammate Brian Tacuri, been named by Newsday as one of the county’s 100 best players. He, Chris Guallpa, and Eduardo Calle form a formidable back line for the Bonac boys soccer team. 
Craig Macnaughton

Last week was an especially good one for East Hampton High’s girls swimming, boys soccer, and field hockey teams, not to mention girls tennis, which led League IV with a 4-1 record as of Monday, girls cross-country, which began its season with a win over Harborfields on Sept. 12, and the 3-1 girls volleyball team, which lost in five to East Islip last Thursday.

The swimmers sank two nonleague opponents, Sachem North and Sachem East, winning nine of the 11 events contested in the season-opener here with Sachem North on Sept. 12, and winning 10 of 11 at Sachem East last Thursday.

Winners for East Hampton in the opening meet included Mia Luna, Vanessa Rizzo, Ashley Leon, Lily Griffin, Ava Castillo, Lizzy Daniels, and the 200-yard medley relay team of Leon, Griffin, Castillo, and Maya Dias, who, in winning, recorded a county-meet-qualifying time of 2 minutes and 2.32 seconds.

The above-named, plus Lucy Knight, Izzy Caplin, Cybelle Curry, and Lily Early, were among the winners at Sachem East.

Kerri O’Donnell’s ice-breaking goal just a few minutes into the field hockey game here with Babylon last Thursday prompted a celebration.  Jack Graves Photo


The field hockey team remained undefeated, at 5-0, as the result of its 7-0 thrashing of Babylon here last Thursday, though Danielle Schuster, the head coach, said things would get tougher this week.

And the boys soccer team improved to 4-1-1 with an equally impressive 5-0 win here over Rocky Point on Sept. 13, a game in which Brian Tacuri’s “Bend It Like Beckham” free kick from about 35 yards out broke the ice early on. Tacuri said later that while he meant for a teammate to head it in at the far post, he wasn’t complaining.

Soon after, Gary Gutama made it 2-0, then 3-0, with close-in shots that eluded the visitors’ keeper, the first rolling slowly over the line as the splayed-out goalie looked helplessly on. After 13 minutes of play, then, the Bonackers led 3-0. They added two more — by Filipf Garcia Ayala and John Bustamente — in the second half.

During the halftime break, Don McGovern suggested that his charges make more long, penetrating passes, and they did, much to Rocky Point’s consternation. Among those who came close were Ariel Garcia, on three occasions, Bustamente, and Johnny Gonzalez, whose free kick from 20 yards out in the final minutes the visitors’ goalie parried with a leaping, one-handed save.

The game was also notable for the fact that 28 of East Hampton’s 30 players, all but the two back-up goalies, saw action. “We were also able to do that in the game with New Rochelle,” McGovern said by phone over the weekend. That time, he said, he got 29 of 30 in, one of the backup goalies having played a field position.

“Don’t forget to mention our back line, Kevin Hilario, Chris Guallpa, and Eduardo Calle — they’ve been doing very well, offensively and defensively.”

The next home game for McGovern’s charges will be with Eastport-South Manor next Thursday.

As for field hockey, last Thursday’s home game with Babylon was essentially over after the first quarter, by which time the Bonackers led 4-0, thanks to goals by Kerri O’Donnell (two), Sara Stuckart, and Melina Sarlo.

East Hampton was at the top of the Division II standings Monday morning with the aforementioned 5-0 record, but there were also four other undefeated teams as of that day, Shoreham-Wading River, Rocky Point, Bayport Blue-Point, and Harborfields.

The football team lost 30-7 at Hauppauge on Sept. 13. Joe McKee, the coach, said, “We fell apart in the second half.” The halftime score was 12-0. Charlie Corwin, the quarterback, scored Bonac’s sole touchdown, on a 41-yard carry in the fourth quarter.

There should be plenty of energy at Saturday’s homecoming. The town’s 375th anniversary parade is to march through the village and up to the high school for the game with Harborfields, which is to begin at 1 p.m. Afterward, there is to be a 100th anniversary of Bonac football party at the Clubhouse in Wainscott from 5 to 9.

As for the Hall of Fame ceremonies, which in the past have been held at homecoming, they are to take place at the Kendall Madison basketball tournament in the high school’s gym on Dec. 9, Kathy Masterson, the district’s athletic director, said Monday. This year’s inductees are Earl Hopson, Kim Valverde-Solis, Erin Bock Abran, and the 1953-54 boys basketball team.

Alex Choi, who coaches East Hampton High’s girls volleyball team, says his blockers — see Natalie Mongan (10) and Amina Guebli (19) above — are particularly good.  Craig Macnaughton Photo

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