A Pleasant Fall Sportswise in Bonac Continues Apace

“We fear no one, but respect everyone,” says Kathy McGeehan, the girls volleyball coach
Asha Hokanson, at right, scored the East Hampton-Center Moriches girls soccer game’s sole goal here Friday on a through pass from Alden Powers. Craig Macnaughton

East Hampton High’s girls volleyball and swimming teams continued undefeated in league competition this past week, one in which the field hockey team won three in a row, the boys and girls soccer teams won twice, the golf team, avenging itself on Westhampton Beach at the South Fork Country Club, might have played itself into a three-way share of the League VIII title, and the boys volleyball team won for the first time this season.

Kathy McGeehan, in reporting on the girls volleyball team’s latest win, on Monday at Rocky Point, said, when this writer asked where the state championship is to be played, “Glens Falls, but we’re trying not to get ahead of ourselves.”

The team, 8-0 in league play as of Monday, celebrated the beginning of the second half of the season recently by beating Sayville for the second time this fall. This past weekend, with some regulars missing because they were taking SAT tests, East Hampton played in a high-powered tournament at Elwood-John Glenn, winning two from Harborfields, a fellow Class A school, splitting with Double-A Massapequa, losing two to AA Smithtown West, and, in the quarterfinal round, losing two to Holy Trinity.

“We fear no one, but respect everyone,” McGeehan said. “We’re trying to stay tough.”

East Hampton’s scores with Rocky Point were 25-14, 25-9, and 25-19.

The girls swimming team improved its League III record to 3-0 by virtue of a 93-68 win over West Babylon in Deer Park last Thursday, a meet in which Sophia Swanson, in the 200 freestyle, and Jane Brierley, in the 100 free, swam county-qualifying times.

The swimmers, the team’s coach, Craig Brierley, said in an emailed account, “continue to build on their racing skills, endurance, and mental toughness so they can be the best they can be when the championships roll around.”

The swimmer of the West Babylon meet was Corrina Castillo, “a wonderful addition to the team, in and out of the pool. The personal bests she had in the 50 free and in the 100 breaststroke were a testament to her hard work and dedication.”

The last regular-season meet for the girls is to be here, at the Y.M.C.A. East Hampton RECenter, next Thursday. As of Monday, Harborfields was also 3-0, so next Thursday’s meet could well be for the league championship.

Cara Nelson, in her second year as the girls soccer team’s coach, was happy to report Sunday that her team, which had started out at 0-4, now had a winning record, at 5-4-1 — a far cry from last fall’s 0-16 mark.

Nelson’s squad has won five of its last seven with one tie, with Southampton, in that skein. 

“We’re more organized now, playing the ball back and then up,” she said. 

Running onto a through pass from Alden Powers, the center midfielder, Asha Hokanson, beat a defender and sent a left-footed shot past the Center Moriches keeper midway through the second half of Friday’s game here, treating the Bonackers to the only goal they needed that afternoon.

It was yet another shutout for East Hampton’s goalie, Lucy Short, whom Nelson described as “the backbone of our team.”

Powers is a junior and Hokanson is a sophomore, as is Short and Paige Cordone, a wide-ranging defender. “We only have two seniors,” said the coach, who added that playoffs or no, “I’m so proud of this team.”

Two East Hampton tennis players, Rebecca Kuperschmid, the number-one, and Juliana Barahona, the number-two, are to play in the county individual tournament as the result of having advanced at least as far as the quarterfinal round in the division tourney that was played at Shoreham-Wading River High School this past week. Kuperschmid lost 4-6, 7-5, 6-0 in the division tourney’s semifinal round to Catelyn Stabile of Westhampton Beach; Barahona lost 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinals to Shoreham’s Catherine Erb.

In the golf team’s 6-3 win over Westhampton here last Thursday, Turner Foster and Nate Wright, the seniors who play one and two for Rich King’s team, each shot one-under 33s on the front nine at the South Fork Country Club in Amagansett. It was the first loss for the Hurricanes and the seventh win for East Hampton vis-à-vis two losses.

Turner Foster, at left, and Nate Wright each carded one-under 33s on the South Fork Country Club’s front nine to help Bonac’s golf team defeat previously undefeated Westhampton Beach 6-3 last Thursday. At right, Clark Miller went for a kill in last Thursday’s 3-2 boys volleyball loss here to East Islip. Jack Graves and Craig Macnaughton Photos
Seven boys and seven girls from East Hampton High’s cross-country teams made a brief trip to Orlando, Fla., this past week to participate in large regional meets over a flat course that resulted in numerous personal bests. Kevin Barry