The East Hampton boys swim team found itself on the wrong end of a one-point decision, 51-50, at West Islip on January 11, dropping the Bonackers to 2-2 in League II, 4-4 overall.
East Hampton coach Craig Brierley was well aware that it would be a close match, since the Bonackers do not have a diving section on the team—which automatically gave West Islip seven points—and the pool at West Islip has only four lanes, which doesn't allow East Hampton to make use of its depth. With just mere points separating both teams, it came down to the 400-meter freestyle relay. East Hampton had to finish, at worst, first and third to win the meet, but it finished first and fourth, creating the final slim margin.
"The coaches were so proud of the boys, as they swam all of their races the best they could—there was no quit in any of them," Brierley said. "This is a wonderful opportunity for the team to learn mental toughness and resiliency and to continue to train with intensity in order to continue to progress to our end goals."
The captains of the team chose Pierson eighth-grader Joey Badilla as the "Swimmer of the Meet." He swam to personal bests in all of his events, and when the team needed him to finish no worse than third place in the 100-meter backstroke, he did so in 1:03.68. He was also a part of the 400-meter freestyle relay "B" team that finished in 4:02.01, shaving 7.4 seconds off its previous best.
East Hampton has a big week ahead. It hosted second-place Hauppauge on Tuesday and will be at league leader Sayville on Thursday, January 19, at 5 p.m.
The East Hampton boys and girls basketball teams each lost two games last week. The Bonackers (1-5 League VI, 3-9 overall) fell, 70-58, at Wyandanch on January 10, then lost, 67-47, at Bayport/Blue Point two days later. The Lady Bonackers (0-6 League VI, 0-9 overall) lost, 51-28, at home to Wyandanch on January 10 and also dropped a home game on Thursday, January 12, 48-20, to Bayport.
The boys hosted Elwood/John Glenn on Tuesday and are scheduled to host Mt. Sinai on Thursday, January 19, at 6:15 p.m. The girls played at Glenn on Tuesday and are slated to play at Mt. Sinai on Thursday, January 19, at 4:30 p.m.
The Southampton boys basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, 71-66, at home on January 10, but rebounded nicely with a 94-76 win at Mount Sinai on Thursday, January 12, and a 58-45 win at Shoreham/Wading River on Saturday afternoon. Three different Mariners scored over 20 points in the victory over Mt. Sinai, led by Chad Pike's 27. Micah Snowden had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Timmy Alejo had 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Mariners fell to 1-5 in League VI, 2-6 overall, after two losses last week. They fell, 51-32, at Elwood/John Glenn on January 10, then lost, 71-34, at home to Mt. Sinai on Thursday, January 12.
The East Hampton wrestling team lost both of its matches last week. After losing, 90-0, at home to Islip on January 11, the Bonackers (0-6 League VI, 0-7 overall) lost, 76-3, at home to Westhampton Beach on Friday. Vincenzo Salsedo (145 pounds) won the lone match for the Bonackers against Westhampton Beach, an 8-4 decision.
East Hampton also went to the Warrior Duals at Comsewogue High School on Saturday. The Bonackers lost all four of its matches to Comsewogue, Northport, Sachem East and St. John The Baptist.
East Hampton is scheduled to host Elwood/John Glenn on Wednesday, January 18, at 4:30 p.m. and will be at the Bob Armstrong Cup at Port Jefferson High School this Saturday, January 21.
The Southampton wrestling team lost, 63-22, at home to Bayport/Blue Point (0-3 League VIV, 1-4 overall) on January 11. The Mariners won three matches. Colby Gill (138 pounds) pinned Joaquin Martinez in 1:36, Jack O'Brien (170) won a 15-3 major decision over Patrick Alles, and Reagan Soledad (220) pinned Kyle Spano in 1:29. Quinton May (195) won his match by forfeit.
The Mariners also competed at the Copiague Tournament on Saturday. O'Brien and Soledad each placed fourth. Soledad lost, 3-2, in the match for third/fourth place to North Babylon's Audwin Philip.
The Mariners do not have any dual meets scheduled for this week and will be at the Paul Dilorio Memorial Tournament at Sachem East High School on Saturday, January 21.