Sports Wrap: Bees and Whalers To Meet, Big Game for Kneeland, Swimmers Improve, Little League Clinics Begin

J.P. Harding, shooting over Pierson's Henry Brooks last year at Pierson High School. The teams will meet again on Tuesday, January 8. Michael Heller photo

Whalers and Killer Bees Set To Do Battle

The Pierson and Bridgehampton boys basketball teams will collide for the first of two meetings this season at Bridgehampton High School on Tuesday, January 8, at 6 p.m. Both teams were 2-0 in League VII as of Tuesday and 4-4 overall.

The Whalers suffered a 74-36 non-league loss to Mattituck on December 27 as Henry Brooks was the only Pierson player to score in double figures with 20 points. Harry Cowen scored eight points and Richard Barranco had four.

The Killer Bees competed in the Mariner Athletic Club Holiday Classic at Southampton High School over the break, but lost their opening game, 57-53, to St. John the Baptist on December 21. Led by Nae’Jon Ward’s 25 points, the Bees came back a night later and knocked off Hampton Bays, 52-43, in the consolation game. Southampton won its host tournament by defeating St. John the Baptist in the nightcap, 69-48.

Prior to Tuesday’s meeting in the Beehive, the Whalers will face Babylon on the road on Thursday, January 3, at 6 p.m. and will play at Southold on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Bees will play at first-place Greenport on Friday, January 4, at 6:45 p.m.

Kneeland Has Big Game in Victory

The Pierson/Bridgehampton girls basketball team knocked off New York City private school Bishop Kearney, 60-53, in the Hoops 2 Remember holiday invitational at Robert Moses Middle School on December 22. Senior Katie Kneeland led the Lady Whalers with 17 points, Celia Barranco had 15 and Chastin Giles had 12.

The Lady Whalers will play at Babylon on Thursday, January 4, at 6:15 p.m. and will return home to play Southampton on Monday, also at 6:15 p.m. 

Pierson Swimmers Show Improvement

Five Pierson swimmers set personal records in an 89-62 win over Deer Park on December 17 as the East Hampton boys team improved to 4-0 on the season, and 2-0 in League II. Senior captain Ryan Duryea set personal-best times in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, while Colin Harrison (50 free), Joey Badilla (100 breast) and Jack Duryea (100 free) swam their best times as well. The team is set to host North Babylon on Thursday, January 4, at 5 p.m. before traveling to face Northport/Commack on Tuesday, also at 5 p.m.

Little League Winter Clinics Begin Sunday

The Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton Little League will be hosting winter clinics for all players starting Sunday, January 6 inside the Pierson High School gym. There will be a total of five sessions for softball and baseball on January 6, 13 and 27, February 10 and March 3. Softball clinics will run from 11 a.m. to noon for coach pitch, ages 6 and up; and from noon to 1 p.m. for Minor and Major leaguers, ages 9 to 12. Baseball sessions will be held from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. for coach pitch, ages 6 to 8; from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for Minor leaguers, ages 9 and 10; and from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. for Major leaguers, ages 11 and 12.

Little League registration opens January 3 at, and Major and Minor league players are being asked to participate in at least three clinics.