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TEENY Awards

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creating a Cape Code-style league for major league hopefuls to perform and get better. The league relies on these generous host families in order to keep running, as a majority of the 120 players in the HCB travel from other states to compete. The league also utilizes a number of local baseball diamonds to field the five participating teams. Recently, Stony Brook University announced that it would be closing a majority of its Southampton campus due to a budget crisis, something Leaver assured me would not affect the Breakers’ use of the field: “This field will remain open regardless of what happens with the school…we built this field and we maintain it.” The setting is simple when game time arrives: one field, two dugouts, two miniature sets of metal bleachers, and 50 players and coaches that share a love for a sport. There are no video cameras, concession stands, mascots, or digital scoreboards— none of the embellishments that turns the sport into a business. But there is no doubt that every player on the field aspires to the big leagues. All of these elements combined make me feel that I’m witnessing the primordial stage of the American dream. Southampton got out to an early 1-0 lead on Prateek Thaman’s RBI groundout. Sag Harbor struck back with three runs in the 5th to take a 3-1 lead. Each team adds a run in the 6th to make the score 4-2, which would prove to be the final score. Whalers’ pitcher Tom Cardona came in and

pitched two innings of relief and eventually got the win. Kyle Prohovich picked up the save for the Whalers after pitching two innings of hitless ball to close out the contest. After the final out was recorded, a number of Southampton players went out to rake and clean up the field. The crowd gathered up and left just as the sun was ready to fully set. I stuck around, half expecting Frank Sinatra to sing, “New York, New York” as my years of attending Yankee games has trained me to anticipate, but Sinatra did not show up. The soundtrack was just the hum of the cars traveling along Montauk Highway combined with the post game chatter of the young athletes. I looked around, didn’t see a team bus or a lot full of cars ready to carry the players to the homes of their host families. I asked Amaral how he gets to and from games, “I carpool” he said. If you head out to any of this weekend’s games, you’ll be able to catch legendary major league pitcher and three-time World Series participant Tommy John. He will be in attendance at four games to meet and greet players and fans: North Fork at Westhampton, Hite Field, Friday 5 p.m.; Westhampton at Sag Harbor, Mashashimuet Park, Saturday 5 p.m.; Riverhead at North Fork, Cochran Park, Saturday 7 p.m.; North Fork at Southampton, Stony Brook Southampton, Sunday 7 p.m. Visit for exact locations.

The Eighth Annual Teeny Awards were presented Sunday, June 6 in a gala ceremony at Riverhead High School. Nominees, decked out in formal attire, walked the red carpet and were filmed for a Verizon Fios One TV special. The Teeny is a student theatre arts recognition program of the East End Arts Council and Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. Judges attend high school plays and select nominees in a variety of categories. The 2010 Teeny Awards winners are, Actors: Lead Actor in a Comedy Stephen D’Amico, Southold, Love is Contagious. Lead Actress in a Comedy Haylie Kinsler, Supporting Actor in a Comedy Ken Hawrey and Andrew Miller, Shoreham-Wading River, The Man Who Came to Dinner. Supporting Actress in a Comedy Madeleine Burlingame, Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Sarah Conlin, Mattituck, The Curious Savage. Lead Actor in a Drama Chris Bender, Lead Actress in a Drama Nicole Simons, Supporting Actor in a Drama Nick Motlenski, McGann-Mercy, The Crucible. Supporting Actress in a Drama Nora Davenport, Outstanding Performance in a Drama Rob Tureski, Westhampton Beach, Marvin’s Room. Judge’s Choice Award the Barbershop Quartet Kyle Higgins, Aidan Marsicovetere, Luke Nilsson, and Christian Thienel, Westhampton Beach High School, The Music Man. Lead Actor in a Musical Kevin Spellman, Eastport-South Manor, Anything Goes. Lead (continued on page 46)

FELINE FRENZY Sunday, June 13th

“Open House” from Noon to 4 pm



at the Southampton Animal Shelter in Red Creek Park, Hampton Bays


Dan's Papers June 11, 2010  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...

Dan's Papers June 11, 2010  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...