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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

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola. 

 

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born. 

Educating The Underprivileged Girl

As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what

exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 

Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.


Sports

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.

 

Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries.  He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.

 

“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said.  “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”

Mustangs Shut Out Valley Stream

The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).

 

Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

International Night - September 25


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