Sports Wrap: Spirit Night Friday, Bees Win, Leggard Gets Faster

A scene from Spirit Night last January. Michael Heller photo

 Spirit Night Next Friday at Pierson

The Sag Harbor Booster Foundation will host its sixth annual Spirit Night on Friday, January 27, at Pierson High School. Festivities will begin in the high school gym at 3:30 p.m., with the main events to include a girls varsity basketball game against Southold/Greenport at 4:30 p.m. and a boys game against Southold at 7 p.m. A food concession will be available.

Bees Get Past Southold

The Bridgehampton boys basketball team continued on a hot streak with a 74-58 win over Southold on Friday, January 13. It was the team’s fourth victory in a row. The Killer Bees, who faced Pierson on Wednesday after press time (visit for outcome), improved to 2-0 in League VIII and 7-4 overall as a result of the win over Southold.

Senior Elijah Jackson had a team-high 16 points as five different players scored in double figures for Bridgehampton. Southold’s Pat McFarland scored 37 points, but was the only Settlers player to score in double figures.

Elijah Harding had 15 points and nine rebounds, while J.P. Harding (14 points), Naejon Ward (11) and Nykell Deal (10) all came through with double-digit point totals for the Killer Bees.

Bridgehampton will host Stony Brook on Friday, January 20, at 6:15 p.m.

Badilla Named Swimmer of the Meet

The East Hampton boys swim team suffered a one-point loss to West Islip on January 11 to drop to 2-2 in the League II standings and 4-2 overall. The 51-50 loss included seven points earned by West Islip for diving, which East Hampton does not compete in. The meet came down to the final event, the 400-meter freestyle relay, and the Bonackers needed to finish with a first- and third-place finish. They finished, instead, with a first and fourth, and therefore lost by a single point.

Pierson eighth-grader Joey Badilla was named by captains as Swimmer of the Meet after posting personal best times in all of his events, which included two relays and the 100-meter backstroke, in which he finished third in 1:03.68.

Brothers Ryan and Jack Duryea, also from Pierson, posted personal best times as well, with Ryan improving his times in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.

Next up for East Hampton is a meet at Sayville on Thursday, January 19, at 5 p.m. 

Leggard Posts New Low Time

Pierson senior Allura Leggard reached the finals of the 55-meter dash at the Colgate Women’s Games in New York City for the second consecutive week on Saturday. Leggard’s time of 7.36 seconds, good for sixth place at the meet, would be the fastest high school time in Suffolk County if Leggard were competing as part of the East Hampton High School winter track team. Leggard decided to compete as an independent this winter to gain more exposure to college coaches. She will race in the semifinals of the Colgate Games at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn on Saturday, January 28.