Written by Gary Simeone Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.