Every once in a while a bird shows up that takes the South Fork by storm. In the past, it’s been eagles, snowy owls, pelicans, Lapland longspurs, Ross’s gulls, puffins, painted buntings, and scissor-tail flycatchers, to name but a few. Birdwatchers come from all over the United States, even from as far west as California, to see some of those rare birds.
Carl Johnson, who coaches Bridgehampton High School’s boys basketball team, the Killer Bees, said Monday he was happy with the Bees’ progress so far, save for their 57-40 loss to East Hampton in the Holiday Classic’s consolation game on Dec. 29.
The new home for the Kendall Madison Fitness Center at East Hampton High School is cavernous, a super-gym four times larger than the old one, and, wonderful to tell, it is not only filled with equipment — much of it having been donated by the Hampton Gym Corp’s Bruce Cotter last spring, a gift valued at $250,000 — but also is filled with students working out every school day, 30 to 50 on average, from 2:30 on.
We are solidly into winter. My yard is covered with 11 inches of snow thanks to the back-to-back snowstorms of last week. Noyac Bay, 100 feet to the north, is beginning to freeze over, and it will, there being not a wisp of a breeze for several hours now.
Claude Beudert, who is in his 40th year of coaching (though he’s been retired since June as a teacher), said during a conversation the other day at The Star that he’s thankful that the first wave of athletes he oversaw still say hello to him.
The East Hampton High School boys basketball team played, according to its coach, Dan White, its “best game thus far” in defeating Bridgehampton 57-40 in the consolation game of the Holiday Classic tournament at Suffolk Community College-Selden last Thursday.