Bridgehampton Struggles Out the Gate
The Bridgehampton boys basketball team fell to 0-4 following a 70-51 loss to Smithtown Christian on Tuesday. Earlier in the week the Killer Bees fell to two local rivals, losing 68-41 to Pierson on December 11 and 69-64 to Ross on December 12.
The Killer Bees have been playing without starting point guard Tylik Furman, who is still recovering from a knee injury but is expected back sometime after the Christmas break. Josh Lamison, the team’s sophomore forward, averaged 18 points in the three losses while Elijah Jackson, a newcomer to the team this year, led the Bees against Ross with 23 points. Anaje Lamb and Jerome Walker scored 10 points apiece against Ross.
Leo Cheng led Ross with 32 points against Bridgehampton and the Cosmos came back on Monday and beat Southold, 71-64, to improve to 3-2.
Bridgehampton will play a non-league game at East Rockaway on Saturday and will resume its league schedule after the holidays with a road game at Southold on January 3 at 6:15 p.m. The team’s next home game will be January 7 against Shelter Island at 6 p.m.
Montauk Mustangs Will Join HCBL
The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League (HCBL) this week welcomed a seventh team to its lineup, announcing that the Montauk Mustangs would joins squads from the North Fork, Riverhead, Westhampton, Southampton, Shelter Island and Sag Harbor, all of which will vie for the 2014 league title beginning in early June.
“Establishing a team in Montauk has been on the league’s radar even from the very start, and we’re so pleased that it has come to fruition,” said HCBL President Brett Mauser. “We look forward to bringing free family entertainment to Montauk each summer in the form of high-caliber college baseball action, and thank those in the community and with the school district for pledging their support. In addition, none of this would be possible without our major sponsors—Hampton Jitney, Emil Norsic & Son and Bridgehampton National Bank—all of whose backing is truly indispensable.”
The squad’s nickname is a salute to the hamlet’s prep school teams. The Mustangs will be headed by general manager Robert Aspenleiter, a Montauk resident, and will play its home games at the Montauk Public School. Aspenleiter credited Lynden Restrepo, Perry “Chip” Duryea III, Dave Rutkowski, Lee White, Bill McKee and Margaret McKeon for helping establish and develop the Mustangs, building on the blocks laid by Suffolk County Legislator and Montauk resident Jay Schneiderman.
With their admittance into the league, the Mustangs will work with area businesses to renovate the field, including the construction of ‘the Montauk Monster,’ a high fence to be erected in left-center field. In addition, the club hopes to begin building a network of families to host players for the two-month season.
For more information about hosting a player to become a part of the Mustangs committee, e-mail Robert Aspenleiter at email@example.com or call him at 631-903-1010.
Whalers Earn Postseason Accolades
Athletes from the Pierson fall sports season earned awards this past week. Aside from the school’s field hockey team, whose awards were announced last week, the boys soccer team featured four All-Conference players in Forrest Loesch, Drew Harvey, Duncan Bennett and Jack Fitzpatrick, as well as two All-League choices in Gavin O’Brien and Jon Lopez. Harvey was named to the Academic All-County team and head coach Peter Solow was named the League VIII Coach of the year.
The girls soccer team won the League VII Sportsmanship Award while Courtney Kinsella was named All-League. Marley Holder was named to the Academic All-County team.
Tiger Britt led the boys cross country and was named All-League for his efforts, while on the girls side, Maya Buckner, Hannah Jungck and Elena Skerys were also named All-League.
The volleyball team featured May Evjen, who was named All-League, All-Tournament and Academic All-County. Lily Kunzeman, Shannon Keane and Tayana Dawson were also All-League, while Bridget Canavan, Sydney Mitchell and Jennah Hochstedler received honorable mention All-League status.
Pierson tennis players who competed on the East Hampton varsity tennis team included Isabel Peters, an All-League selection, and Cece Combembale and Lily Kot, who were All-Division.
The Pierson golf team, which won the Sportsmanship Award for League VIII, was led by Jack Bori and Ben Kushner, who successfully retained the Sebonack High School Challenge Shutter in the fall.
Five teams earned New York State Scholar Athlete Team Awards for having an average of 90% or better. They included girls swimming (96.072), girls tennis (95.859), girls soccer (95.600), field hockey (94.000) and girls volleyball (93.400).
Pierson Swimmers Set to Compete
Six Pierson students will help lead the East Hampton boys swimming team this winter, with senior Kyle Sturman serving as one of the team captains alongside Thomas Brierley and Trevor Mott.
In addition to Sturman, Pierson’s Baxter Parcher, Joe Gengarelly, Rob Rewinski, Caleb Atkinson-Barnes and Thomas Ludacer will swim for the Bonackers this season. The team is scheduled to swim at Half Hollow Hills today, December 19, at 4:30 p.m. before it takes a break for the holidays and returns for a meet at Hauppauge on January 7 at 4:30 p.m.
The next home meet, which will be held at the YMCA in East Hampton, will be January 15 at 4:30 p.m. against Harborfields.