A new chapter for the Bridgehampton boys basketball team begins this season, as it transitions from being the young and inexperienced team of the past few years to a team that will have a strong veteran presence to go along with its young, up-and-coming future core.
The Killer Bees only graduated a pair of seniors after last season’s pandemic-shortened season, Jimmy Gazda and David Simmons. They will return five key players who now have a few years of varsity experience: twin brothers Kris and Scott Vinski, who are juniors; another pair of juniors in Jack Boeshore and Dylan Fitzgerald; and the team’s lone senior, Anthony Cabrera.
Scott Vinski is a returning All-Conference player who is two years removed from being named League VIII Rookie of the Year.
“They are our core four group — the Vinskis, Cabrera and Fitzgerald. Those guys, the last two years, they were the guys who took some deep-downs and the bumps and bruises,” head coach Ron White said. “I expect them to put their best foot forward, because they are all natural-born leaders and have the will to get better, and that’s all a coach can ever ask for.
“I hope they will lead from the front, because they have some hungry, willing and able underclassmen champing at the bit for an opportunity.”
Mikhail Feaster, a sophomore, and Evan Bucigross, a freshman, are also returning after getting their first taste of varsity last season, along with sophomore George Caguna.
The future of the program lies in freshman Marquis Thomas and eighth-graders Jai Feaster and Alex Davis, all of whom will be making their varsity debuts this season.
Bridgehampton will play in a League VII this season that will consist of all the small schools in the county. The Bees will play all Class B schools (Babylon, Center Moriches, Hampton Bays, Mattituck, Southampton) once, and Class C (Greenport, Port Jefferson, Pierson, Southold) and fellow D schools (Ross, Shelter Island, Smithtown Christian) twice.
The Bridgies open the season at Ross this Monday, December 6, at 5:45 p.m. and will play their home opener in their next game on December 9 against Smithtown Christian at 6 p.m.
“Over the years, we slowly began to rebuild the program, and each year we’re finding stronger basketball players,” White said. “It’s very cyclical, more here than anyplace else, and the general look of the team will be very young, but under the right leadership and guidance, we may be able to compete.”