Carl Johnson

“You talk to other coaches and you’re like ‘All I want to do is coach basketball’. Then you become a big brother, uncle, father. You start realizing you can mold these kids’ lives and it becomes a yearlong job, on and off the court.”

Joe Zucker

“Bridgehampton Basketball has helped me survive… I mean, I owe the boys. They don’t want to hear stuff like that. But the commitment to this, to a life in a room for fifty years by yourself… you look forward to going over there to see the games. And it’s one thing to go as a fan but it’s great to know what’s really going on, sitting next to Carl.”

Joshua “The Beast” Lamison (Senior)

“Playing in the Bee Hive is one of the best feelings in the world. I’m going to miss everything about it. My goal this year is to win another state title.”

Tylik “Eat ‘Em Up” Furman (Senior)

“My goal this year is to give Coach Johnson hell, score a thousand points and win another Championship.”

Mathew “Matty Ice” Hostetter (Senior)

“Playing for the Bees is like fireworks… it’s always going, like a finale. My goal this year is to take the ball to the hole more, defend the perimeter and help the team win another State title.”

Jamari Gant (Senior)

“Playing for the Bees feels amazing because everyone cheers out for you… it makes you want more… My goal this year is to help the team on defense. And win a State title.”

Elijah “Man-Man” Jackson (Junior)

“Playing here you can look up and see all the banners. I feel like no one can stop me. My goal this year is to pop threes and win another State title.”

JP “Pretty Boy” Harding (Freshman)

“My goal this year is to help the team from the bench, learn from Coach Carl, and get my first State Championship.”

Dr. Robert North

“I don’t see this town having many more black residents 10 or 20 years from now. The population can’t sustain itself out here anymore.”

Fred W. Thiele, Jr.

“The legend is that when the lines were drawn for the school district, Southampton drew the line around where the King Kullen and where the Bridgehampton Commons were going to be so they could get the tax ratables for that particular school district. There’s also the story that a lot of the farmers in that area wanted their kids to go to Southampton School rather than Bridgehampton.

“Money always comes into it. When you’re standing in the Bridgehampton Commons, you think you’re in Bridgehampton, but when you’re standing there, you’re actually in the Southampton School District. There’s a substantial amount of money. No doubt at least a million dollars.”

Paul “PJ” Jeffers

“When you put the ball down and you come on the street then there’s another piece of it that you’ve got to adjust with.”

Vivian Graham

“You’re not going to be playing basketball all your life. You’ve got to have something else besides basketball.”

Louis Myrick

“There’s a socio-economic divide… South of the tracks is more what you think of when you think of The Hamptons. North of the tracks, when I grew up, it was almost all black people. The whole road was Killer Bees.”

Julian Johnson

“The Child Care Center was our playground, our sanctuary. That’s where it all started right there, looking at all the older guys playing; and I was like ‘I wanted to be just like that’.”

Deborah Kooperstein

“There were a lot of drug dealings going on and a lot of arrests as a result of it and it impacted some of the players on those great teams. It changed the course of their lives.”

“My steadfast opinion is that people were using them to do their dirty work and drive the car and be the one who got pulled over and then they wouldn’t be tried in the adult court. But it didn’t mean their lives didn’t get derailed. Their lives got derailed anyway.”

Vincent Horcacitas

“Everything around here was potato fields. In the 70s and 80s you could have bought an oceanfront parcel for $30,000. Look around and see how things have changed. A one acre parcel of land here can be worth 4 or 5 million dollars.”