May 24, 2006
East End Pride 1-1 In Tourney
The Long Island East End Pride, a 16-and under AAU girls basketball team consisting of varsity players from both the North and South Forks, went 1-1 in the recent Longwood Lions tournament, defeating the L.I. Renegades 70-66 in the first round on the afternoon of May 13 before falling in the semifinals to a team which featured two 6'4" players, along with a star player from Christ the King High School.
The East End Pride consists of Amanda Capone, Kelly McCoy, and Kim Van Bourgondien of Southold, Jasmine Dyson, Jasmine Lamison, and Leah Eleazer of Southampton, Jenna Kovar, Sammi Krantz, Rachel Tufano, and Samantha Carey of Hampton Bays, Bishop McGann/Mercy's Erin Branigan, and Wyandanch's Crystal Jones. They are coached by Dave Goodman and Richard Wingfield.
"Dave's always excited about basketball and he was interested in starting an AAU team at the end of the season, so that's how this team came about," said Wingfield, the head coach of the Southampton Lady Mariners varsity basketball team. "The girls have really bonded in a short period of time. Even though they're all from different schools, they've realized that there aren't any strangers here. They're all basketball players and now, they're all friends."
The Pride team is currently playing in its spring season and will travel to several tournaments this season, including a trip to an elite Rhode Island tourney in the near future.