Saturday was more than just an outstanding day for football – it was a day for the East Hampton community. Literally thousands of people turned out for Homecoming, and events included the inaugural class of the high school's Hall of Fame, a parade, a bonfire, and oh yeah, a football game.
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It wasn't any ordinary game, though – the rival, Southampton, used to be a staple on the East Hampton schedule before the Bonackers moved into another league. In fact, the two teams used to compete for the Hampton Cup before the rivalry went dormant.
Once the game began, though, East Hampton made sure to drain most of the suspense quickly en route to a 42-7 thumping, the team's first victory in two years. It proved to be a coming out party for junior quarterback Cortland Heneveld, who, like the team, has had to endure some tough games. He ran for two scores and tossed a third in the first stanza and Bonac never looked back. John Pizzo also scored twice for the winners. East Hampton gets Shoreham/Wading River at home Saturday at 2 PM.
Brothers Howard and Kenny Wood, two basketball standouts, were among the Hall Of Fame athletes on hand Saturday. Ross Gload, a professional baseball player and a 1994 graduate, also came home for the induction.
Ellamae Gurney, Rich Balnis (Jr. and Sr.), Leroy DeBoard, Margaret Dunn, Frank Jewels, Bill McDonald, Walter Sheades, Kendall Madison and coaches Ed. Petrie Sr. and Fran Kiernan were among the other inductees. Our colleague Jack Graves from the East Hampton Star was named an honorary member of the Hall.