Jim Stewart, the former longtime East Hampton High School varsity wrestling coach, who now oversees the middle school’s team, and Beau Campsey, one of Stewart’s former wrestlers who took over from Joe Russo the town-sponsored youth program this past fall, are of the same mind when it comes to the future of wrestling here, even in the face of this past winter’s winless season at the varsity level.
From long before our kindergarten years, the one thing that we all know for certain is that there is life on Earth, and we are immersed in it. In fact, according to the latest findings by scientists examining four-billion-year-old rocks on the shores of Hudson Bay, spiral-tubular minuscule life forms, early bacteria, have been around that long or longer.
Certainly had he had J.P. Harding, who has been averaging 21 points per game, available to him at Suffolk Community College-Selden Friday night, Carl Johnson would have given his Killer Bees a fighting chance at the tipoff.
I was born in a house next to my grandfather’s chicken farm in Mattituck, across the bay. White leghorn chickens may have been the first bird species I opened my eyes to, the first bird species I came to know intimately. Before someone coined the term “free-range chickens” in the late 1900s, that’s what they were, free-range. They ran freely over the expanse of old fields and gardens surrounding my boyhood area, feeding and carrying on as chickens left to their own devices do. At night they either roosted on tree branches or in chicken coops on rails.
While it was raw and windy early Sunday morning, Vinny Alversa, East Hampton High’s new varsity baseball coach, had his charges — there were 17, a good number given that the winter break was not over — create a baseball diamond on the turf football field and begin catching fly balls, lofted into the outfield by a generator-operated machine, and fielding flies and grounders that he and the new junior varsity coach, Andrew Rodriguez, hit their way.