The surprise isn’t a 3-0 start necessarily for East Hampton. It’s the manner in which the team has accomplished it.
The Bellringers won their first three games by an average margin of 32.2 points per game. But the offense is not the surprise for third-year coach Parker Strong. He said his team was second in the Shoreline Conference last season. The defense ranked 11th.
“We’ve been able to make some adjustments and that’s been the difference,” said Strong, a 2000 East Hampton graduate. “Our offense was pretty great last year.”
East Hampton finished 11-9 during the regular season last year, the program’s first winning season since 2001, according to Strong. With a veteran group back, expectations are higher this season.
“Sometimes, I sit there watching saying, “Wow, I’m happy to be here” because it’s great just to watch them play,” Strong said.
East Hampton starts three seniors (co-captains Matt Booth and Colin Parks, along with Marvin Gorgas), junior Jake Vickery and sophomore Cody Bernard. Matt Vasquenza, a second-team All-Shoreline selection last year as a junior, is the first player off the bench.
The Bellringers beat both Lyman Memorial (74-38) and Bethel (83-56) to win the Thomas J. McCabe Memorial Holiday Tournament tournament at home this past weekend.
Old Lyme, a Class S state semifinalist last season, awaits on Friday.
“We have to get better. I wouldn’t say we are at a championship level right now,” Strong said. “There are still things we can get better at, Cromwell, Valley Regional and Westbrook were all better than us last year, We have to prove it first, then see how it goes. Hopefully, we can contend.”