Swimmers Win Again, Prep for Postseason
The East Hampton boys swim team, which boasts swimmers from Pierson and Bridgehampton High Schools, closed out the regular season with a dominant 107-58 win over North Babylon on January 31. The win improved the Bonackers’ record to 6-1, the best in program history.
The League II Championship will be held at Hauppauge High School tomorrow, February 8, at 4:30 p.m., with the Section XI Championship coming next Saturday, February 16 at 10 a.m. at Suffolk County Community College.
Robert Rewinski from Bridgehampton and Pierson’s Kyle Sturman and Joe Gengarelly will compete in the league meet and have already posted “consideration” times for county meet, according to head coach Craig Brierley. Rewinski has automatically qualified in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events and in the 100-meter butterfly. Sturman will also hope to compete in the 100 fly and Gengarelly in the 100-meter breaststroke, but their entries will not be confirmed until later this week.
“They’ve added a consideration time and both Joe and Kyle have qualified as considerations,” Brierley said, adding that only the top 40 swimmers in the county will compete in each event. “But they are very close to automatic and still have a chance with the league meet on Friday.”
Heine Advances to Counties
Wrestling at 220 pounds, Pierson senior Kevin Heine pinned Joseph Torres of Amityville in 3:14 in the consolation final of the League VI tournament at Westhampton Beach High School on February 2 to claim a third place finish and therefore a spot in the upcoming Suffolk County Championships.
Heine, who wrestles for East Hampton, was the only member of the team to earn a spot in the county tournament, which will be held Sunday and Monday, February 10 and 11 at Hofstra University.
Lady Whalers Beat Southold in Final Home Game
Playing the last regular-season home game of her career, senior Emily Hinz broke a 40-40 tie with less than a minute to play to help lead the Pierson-Bridgehampton girls basketball team to a 44-40 win over second-place Southold last Thursday, January 31
Kasey Gilbride and Abby Ruiz scored nine points each while Bridget Canavan had eight. Hinz and May Evjen scored six points apiece. Pierson, which improved to 7-4 in League VIII, as a team outrebounded the Lady Settlers, 43-25, with 23 rebounds coming on the offensive end.
“A lot of girls stepped up, all the seniors really stepped up,” said head coach Kevin Barron. “The fact that it was senior night, there was a lot of emotion behind it.”
The final regular season game of the season will be at Stony Brook tomorrow, February 8, at 7:30 p.m., after which seeding for the upcoming Suffolk County Class C playoffs will be announced.
It appeared at press time that the Lady Whalers would be the fourth seed and that tomorrow’s game would be a preview to a third meeting between Pierson and Stony Brook, with Stony Brook hosting the semifinal game as the top seed after already having wrapped up the League VIII title. The game is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 12.
“We’re definitely going to be the fourth seed,” Barron said on Tuesday. “It’s crazy right now how tight everything is, but I think that with our defense, we’re going to be the team to beat.”