Sports Wrap: Youth Hoop Jumps, Swimmers Win Two, Killer Bees Win

Fifth-grader Ally Cottrell drives around her classmate Ilana Lerner at Pierson Middle School on Saturday. Melissa Lynch photo

Youth Hoops Participation Jumps in Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor Youth Hoop kicked off a new season on Saturday with an in-house tournament for all of its third- through sixth-grade travel teams. According to John Cotrell, the president of Sag Harbor Youth Hoop, participation is up 18 percent over last year, with the number of travel teams increasing from 11 to 13. The official Hampton Youth Athletic League (HYAL) season will begin on January 5.

Swimmers Win Two

The East Hampton swim team scored a pair of victories on consecutive days last week to improve to 3-0 on the season. The Bonackers knocked off Lindenhurst on the road, 48-41, on Thursday, December 13, and beat Central Islip, 90-70, a day later.

Pierson senior Ryan Duryea continued his strong season by qualifying for the Section XI Championship meet in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.41, which placed him just behind his teammate, Ethan McCormac, who has already secured two state qualifying times and two at the county level. Pierson’s Joey Badilla set a personal-best time of 5:40.98 in the 500 freestyle while finishing in second place.

Many swimmers finished with personal bests in the easy win over Central Islip, including Pierson’s Conor Flanagan in the 50 breaststroke, Kevin Pineda in the 200 IM and Colin Harrison in the 100 butterfly. Harrison’s winning time of 1:01.20 earned him a spot in the Section XI Championship meet, which is scheduled for February 9 at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. 

Four Killer Bees Post Double-Doubles in Win Over Southold

J.P. Harding scored 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Bridgehampton boys basketball team to a commanding 85-55 victory over Southold on Friday, December 14. Nae’Jon Ward added 24 points and 11 assists, while Elijah White had 16 points and 16 rebounds and William Walker had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Harding continued his torrid scoring pace this season with 31 points in a 75-35 victory over Smithtown Christian on Monday. Ward added 17 points and White had a strong all-around game with 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

The Killer Bees (4-3 overall, 2-0 in League VII) will host St. John The Baptist in a non-league game on December 21 at 5 p.m. and will return to league action on January 4 at Greenport at 6:45 p.m.