Coaches vs. Cancer

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Hampton Bays High School held its ninth annual Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Basketball Tournament on Dec. 27 and 28, with four girls teams and four boys teams taking part in the yearly fundraiser.   
    
The Hampton Bays Girls Varsity Baymen won the girls tournament action in the championship game against Miller Place, with a final score of 59-38. Pierson and Rocky Point also played the girls Baymen. The boys tournament action was won by Eastport-South Manor, who beat out the Hampton Bays Boys Varsity Baymen with a final score of 59-26. Mt. Sinai and Southold played the boys Baymen as well.
    
More than $6,000 was raised to benefit the American Cancer Society this year, according to Hampton Bays varsity coach Pete Meehan, who organized the event. Over the nine years the district has been hosting the game, $32,000 has been raised for the organization.
    
"This event is a tremendous success, with all of the participating schools contributing toward the fundraising and the Hampton Bays community showing its usual generosity," said Meehan. "More important than the money is the desire to promote awareness and effort in the fight against cancer."
    
Hampton Bays Booster Club President Monika Straka, whose club has co-hosted the event with the district’s boys and girls basketball teams for the last several years, said the Boosters donated all the trophies and plaques for the tournament – approximately $500 worth of awards. The club collects funds through tournament admissions, T-shirt sponsorships for the players, concession proceeds and memorial cards.
    
"We at the Booster Club have been there to support them in anything and everything they have needed," said Straka.