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Summer Sun Sets On 2012 Mineola 9/10 Season

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.

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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