Sports Wrap: New Team in HCBL, Kot Back for Lady Whalers

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New Team Added to Collegiate Baseball League

Officials from the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League (HCBL), which will enter its 10th season this spring, have announced the league will add “a new barnstorming team” for the 2017 season. The Long Island Road Warriors will be comprised predominantly of players from Long Island, making the need for player housing, which is one of the league’s biggest challenges, a moot point.

The Road Warriors will replace the now defunct Montauk franchise, which folded after last season due to a lack of suitable housing options in the area, according to a release issued by the league. “The caliber and breadth of talent on Long Island has grown by leaps and bounds since the HCBL’s inception,” HCBL President Henry Bramwell said, adding that the coach would be former Major Leaguer and Long Island resident, Neal Heaton. “We are proud to provide a forum for area players to improve their skills, and showcase their talents for major league scouts.”

Kot, Evans Expected Back for Spirit Night

The Pierson/Bridgehampton girls basketball team had a much-needed week off before visiting Mercy on Wednesday after press time, and will have its full roster available against Southold/Greenport on Spirit Night this Friday, January 27, head coach Kevin Barron said this week. The Lady Whalers have been ravaged by injury and have played without seniors Lily Kot and Lottie Evans for much of the season. Evans injured her ankle in the second game of the season against Mattituck, and Kot went out with a concussion in a win over Stony Brook on January 5. Without Kot in the starting lineup, Pierson lost three straight games before facing Mercy on Wednesday.

Bonac Swim Team Falls in Nailbiters

The East Hampton boys swim team, which includes athletes from Pierson, has dropped three straight matches by a combined 13 points. The Bonackers followed a one-point loss to West Islip on January 11 with an 88-82 loss to Hauppauge at home on January 17 and an 89-83 loss at Sayville/Bayport/Blue Point on Thursday, January 19.

As a result, East Hampton dropped to 2-4 in League II and 4-4 overall going into Tuesday’s regular-season finale at home against Stony Brook where the team honored seniors Christian Brierley, T.J. Calabrese, Dylan Camacho, Dylan Feit and Andrew Wilson. The league championship meet will be held Thursday, February 2, at Hauppauge High School at 4:30 p.m.

“The ultimate goal is to peak them for the upcoming championship meets,” head coach Craig Brierley said.

A number of Pierson swimmers set personal-best times last week, including Colin Harrison in the 100 butterfly (1:07.95), 50 butterfly (28.80) and 50 freestyle (26.02), Ryan Duryea in the 50 freestyle (26.07) and Jack Duryea in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.04).

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