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Mineola Mustangs Grab First Win

More than 200 hundred people turned out for Reggie Carter Memorial Basketball Night on Friday, Jan. 24 at Mineola High School to see if the Mustangs could break its 13 game winless streak. The team did not disappoint their home crowd, playing inspired basketball to earn their first victory of the season over a turnover-prone Clarke High School, 44-37.

 

“I was getting a little nervous there for a while thinking we might not win a game all season,” said Mineola head coach, Jim Hegmann. “Our overall team effort team effort was very good tonight and I thought our defense played the best they had all year.”

 

The Mustang defense forced Clarke into multiple turnovers, which helped Mineola take their first halftime lead of the season, 25-16. The offense was also red hot with good shooting performances by senior guards, Justin Oomen and Gabe Echeverry. Junior forward,

Steve Gessner returned from an injury to help lead the team with four big free-throws in the final minutes of the game to help seal the victory.

 

After a stellar season in 2012-13, the Mustangs got off to a rough start this year losing their first thirteen games and falling to the bottom of Conference A-4. The main reason for the free fall was because the team lost the majority of their scoring production in graduating seniors, Malcolm Brown, Mike Waszychuk and Brian Gaffney.

 

“They were our main guys on offense, pretty much eighty percent of our scoring,” said Hegmann. “This season has been a big transition year as a lot of our players are not used to starting roles and we’ve added some young kids up from the JV team.”

 

The youth and inexperience showed early on as the Mustangs were blown out in home games to West Hempstead and Sewanhaka in December. Things didn’t get any better in early January as Roosevelt and Cold Spring Harbor beat Mineola by a combined 64 points.

 

But Friday night, in front of a strong home crowd, the Mustangs looked like a different team playing solid, energized basketball to propel themselves to victory over a Clark team who is also having a down season.

 

“I’m not sure if it was because of Reggie Carter Night or the support of our home crowd, but we played really good basketball tonight,” said Hegmann. “I hope we continue with this type of performance in our last few games of the season.”

 

Mineola’s next game will be at Roosevelt High School on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 4:30 p.m.

News

Peter Zuckerman is running as the Democratic Party’s incumbent candidate for 2nd District on the Town of North Hempstead Council. The district encompasses the villages in the Mineola area. 

 

“Nine months ago, I was recommended by Supervisor Judi Bosworth and approved with bipartisan support of the Town Board. This has been a dream job for me,” Zuckerman told the

Mineola American, on explaining why he is running for office. “I had the pleasure of serving the residents of the incorporated Village of East Hills for 11 great years, but this job has given me the opportunity to expand the area I represent and, thus, the opportunity to be of service to a greater number of people.”

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


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