The full slate of fall sports awards was recently published with Mineola Mustangs prominently named across all levels of honors. The Conference ABC-I champion boys soccer team received numerous accolades led by senior Michael Marques' unprecedented third consecutive All-County plaque. Senior Gustavo Dias received identical honors for the second consecutive year. Senior cross country runner Lauren Mobyed received her All-County status based on her second appearance at the New York State Championships. On the gridiron, senior Jon Hock was also recognized as an All-County athlete adding to the family trophy case.
The year's biggest surprise amid a historical turnaround, the girls soccer program, was duly recognized in the naming of Katherine Hock as Conference VII Coach of the Year. No stranger to post-season honors, coach Hock proudly announced senior Katie Carter's appointment to the All Class B team. All Conference rewards were also given to senior Kristin Mobyed and sophomores Emily Glenn and Melissa Pastoressa. Jill Caputo was named Senior Scholar-Athlete.
The ongoing success of boys soccer was evident in the number of coach Paul Pereira's players on the All Conference squad. Seniors Jameson Canning and Lucas Natel, juniors Carlos Barros, Raoney Mello and Anthony Morais and sophomore Michael Birk all joined the ABC-I Class of 2006. Natel was also a member of the Nassau Red team at the Long Island Exceptional Senior Soccer Games held in November. Sophomore Nuno Rodriques captured his second consecutive varsity accolade when he was given Honorable Mention All-County status.
Veteran coach Dan Guido's football team placed senior Chris Orlando on the All-Conference team while saluting fellow classmates Mike Roo and Ian Stanisic as National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes. In a senior sweep, Kurt Hetzer was the choice for the prestigious Unsung Hero Award.
Repeating county distinctions was the theme for coach Kristin Degnan and Mike SantaMaria's cross country team. Senior Lauren Mobyed and junior Nicole Wissler were named All Conference for the second year in a row while sophomore Joe Wellbrock was again placed on the All Division team.
Junior Jamie Medlock was the sole medalist for Girls Volleyball with her initial All-County placement. Medlock proudly becomes the fourth family member to receive Nassau County recognition for athletics at Mineola High School.
Mineola Athletic Director Ralph Amitrano was genuinely pleased with the Mustangs aggregate autumn accomplishments. More importantly, the naming of Girls Soccer and Volleyball as well as the Golf teams to the Scholar Athlete list of teams was a reflection of the academic effort put forth by these young adults in managing their time appropriately. This accomplishment was particularly noted by Principal Ed Escobar. Both administrators are proud of the effort of the seniors as they close their Mustang careers and sees a bright future in the underclassmen who will continue the tradition of fall athletic excellence.