Sports Wrap: Bitis Eyes 2019, Tennis Readies for Team Tournament, New Yorkers Win BH Half

Pierson senior Sophia Bitis missed the entire 2018 lacrosse season due to a knee injury.

Bitis Eyes Return in 2019

A disappointing season came to a close last week for the East Hampton girls lacrosse team, which won just a single game and earned another through a forfeit. It was an especially tough year for Pierson junior Sophia Bitis, who missed the entire season after tearing the ACL and meniscus in her left knee on just the third day of practice. Bitis had surgery on April 2 and will most likely have to sit out next year’s field hockey and basketball seasons but is hoping for a return to lacrosse for her senior season in 2019.

The South Fork boys lacrosse team will also miss the playoffs after finishing with a 5-9 record in Division II play. The team includes players from East Hampton, Southampton, Bridgehampton, Pierson and the Ross School.

Tennis Team Competes in Suffolk Team Tournament

The East Hampton boys tennis team was scheduled to begin play in the Suffolk County Team Tournament on Wednesday, May 16, in a match that occurred after press time. The fifth-seeded Bonackers, who include players from Pierson and Bridgehampton among their ranks, were set to face either Mt. Sinai or Sachem at 4 p.m. at East Hampton High School, with the winner advancing to play either fourth-ranked Half Hollow Hills West or the winner between Islip and Northport on Thursday, May 17, at the higher seed. The semifinals will be played on Friday, and the finals on Monday, May 21.

New Yorkers Win Bridgehampton Half Marathon

With cloudy skies and cool temperatures setting the stage for perfect conditions at the Bridgehampton Half-Marathon on Saturday, Brooklyn’s Erik Reitinger, 35, won the 13.1-mile race in 1:16:24, a mile pace of 5:50, but well short of the course record of 1:10:15 set by former Sag Harbor resident Nick Lemon in 2015.

Loretta Loaiza, 35, of New York City, was the first female to finish, doing so with a time of 1:22:22 (6:17), which was good for fourth place overall.

Logan DeSouza, 27, of Long Island City, was second overall in 1:19:18, Colin Gillerman, 28, was third and Teddy Wasserman, 39, finished fifth after Loaiza. Timothy Walton, 45, of Noyac finished 11thoverall in 1:28:28 to top all local runners

Emily Zimmerman, 35, of Petersburg, Illinois, was the second female to finish in 1:23:17, and Sarah Johnson, 34, of New York City, was third in 1:28:06. Southampton resident Barbara Gubbins, 58, placed fifth among women in 1:31:51.

The event also included a 5K race, which Andrew Phillips, 37, of New York City, won in 19:19. Harry Hackett, 57, of Bridgehampton finished second in 20:44.

A total of 628 finishers crossed the line in the half-marathon, while 126 competed in the 5K. Full results can be found at