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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

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.

Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.

 

The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.

 

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


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