Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00
The Mineola 9/10 Summer Baseball team traveled to its neighbor to the north to square off against the Williston Park Patriots at Kelleher Field on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Unfortunately, Mineola could not hold off a powerful Williston Park hitting attack and strong pitching and ended the summer season with a loss.
Vincent Aidalia and Andrew Geagher made strong defensive plays in the third inning. Zach Buongiovanni and Patrick Solosky made a nice flip force out at second and Thomas Tugander made a few nice plays at first base.
Tugander also doubled. Mineola pitching was lead by Patrick Solosky, Buongiovanni, Ryan Loughlin and Kenny Solosky. Ryan Burke and Kieran O’Gara were kept busy in the outfield making plays on pop-ups and base hits.
Mineola also showed the results of the “catching station” exercise with Coach Liam O’ Gara were positive. Both Kenny Solosky and Buongiovanni threw out Williston Park runners trying to steal bases. In a strange statistical twist, Solosky threw the runner out at second with Buongiovanni playing shortstop and Buongiovanni threw the runner out at second with Solosky playing shortstop.
The Mineola 9/10 Summer Baseball Team ended the season with a 6-3-1 record; by any measure, a very successful campaign. Coach Ken Solosky was very proud of all his players and their efforts in the summer season.
“More than winning, our summer season is a time for the boys to develop and grow as baseball players,” he said. “One of our primary objectives is to let them play any position, including pitcher and catcher and just play for the love of the game.”
In the summer season, the players were rotated through almost every position on the field and 12 of the 14 players pitched in a game. The season was highlighted by Saturday morning clinics at which guest instructors worked with the players. The clinics also included specialized pitching and catching stations.
The Mineola team was led by Manager Ken Solosky, Coaches Sean Burke, Doug Aidalia, Mike Loughlin and Liam O’Gara. The Mineola team consisted of Kenny Solosky, Patrick Solosky, Zach Buongiovanni, Kieran O’Gara, Thomas Tugander, Steven Collica, Jimmy Tighe, Ryan Burke, Ryan Loughlin, Dominic Ferreira, Vincent Aidalia, Mike Librandi, Derek Lekhwani and Andrew Geagher.
The Mineola team thanked Coach Ed Proctor of Kellenberg Memorial High School’s Baseball Program for helping out at the Saturday morning clinics. Finally, the team would like to thank all the parents and friends who show them so much support during the season and cheer them on in their games.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Even rain couldn’t put a damper on children’s faces as they marveled at the Mineola tree across from Village Hall on Friday, Dec. 6 during the annual Christmas tree lighting. With the Chaminade High School Jazz Band rocking the community center across the street, residents and kiddies waited with bated breath and excitement for the tree to come alive, along with a visit from old St. Nick.
As the area between the Mineola Fire Department and Piccola Bussola began to fill up, the tree ignited with blue, green and red glory for all attendees to gaze at, while cars buzzing by on Jericho Turnpike now had a beacon in the night to guide them. Inside the community center, the band provided much needed holiday cheer, playing “Jingle Bells,” “Carol of the Bells” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Eleni Pitzel has lived in East Williston since 1975, having raised five children. Prior to that, she and her family lived in Floral Park. Pitzel is a longtime club member, and served as corresponding secretary for two years.
Pitzel has been the club’s art instructor for four years; she also teaches art at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in West Hempstead. “My artistic skills are a gift from God, and from that gift I give back to others,” Pitzel said.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.