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MAA Sports News: May 8, 2012

MAA Baseball

Orioles Beat Cardinals

Led by solid pitching and timely hitting, the Orioles topped the Cardinals 11-7 in its MAA minor league game on April 21.  Sean Fracclvieri, Joey Franzini, Ryan Burke and Joey Franzini starred in the game for the Orioles, delivering RBI hits. The Cardinals were led in the field by two fantastic, unassisted double plays by Jimmy Tighe. Liam Russelman sparked the Cards offense, scoring three runs and driving in two.  Matthew Cobos and Jack Mackey each scored runs for the Cardinals’ off great base running.

Diamondbacks Slip By Orioles

The Diamondbacks (sponsored by Dominick’s Deli) defeated the Orioles (sponsored by JLJ Enterprises) in a closely fought 5-4 game in the MAA Majors division on April 21.  Robert Egan and Tyge Duffy led the D-Backs pitching efforts with Duffy throwing three scoreless innings in relief.  Mark Anderson and Joseph Kern both had multi-hit games with Jon DeSousa striking the big hit to drive in the tying and winning run.  In the field, Kevin Perlow, Nick Dos Santos and Joe Kern all played well recording key-outs.  The Orioles’ Tony Macchietto and Isaiah Alonzo-St. Surin led a strong pitching effort. Andrew Ariza, Isaiah Alonzo-St. Surin and Ryan Duffy all had RBIs for the O’s.  In the field, Matt Destefano, Quinn Revelant and Tony Macchietto all recorded a number of outs in a well-played defensive game.

MAA Softball

Bulldogs Top Thunderbolts

The Mineola Bulldogs and Mineola Thunderbolts both opened their season in a high-scoring game on April 20. Victoria Vangranbergen, Mickayla Mackey and Miranda Bradley contributed strong games on the mound and in the field for the Thunderbolts.  The Bulldogs were paced by Ava Murphy, Jenna Cox, Kathleeen Duggan and Victoria Venus whose hits advanced runners and scored runs. With Toni Ondris playing great behind the plate, the Bulldogs received strong pitching efforts from Meaghan McCaffrey and Mikaylah Dalton. The Bulldogs prevailed by a 15-5 score.

MAA Soccer

Mineola Red Tops White In Girls Soccer

Melissa Pereira’s two goals led the way as the Red team topped the White 3-0 in a well-played game by both teams on April 20.  Pereira also played solid in goal for her team in the second half, making crucial saves off close-in shots by Kaitlin Nikolic, Megan Russelman and Roisin Daly.  Keriann Zappalla also scored for the Red.  Jenna Anderson, Christina Hefele, Paulina Sanchez and Diana Carvalho each played exceptional games for their teams on defense.

News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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