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Chiefs Comeback Win Over Bellmore

The Chiefs 11-year-olds played a home at Tully Park on Sunday, Sept. 30 and after trailing 16-6 at halftime, came back to beat the Bellmore Braves 25-16. Tensions were high and in the end the Chiefs proved too much for the Braves to handle. All the boys played and participated in the victory.

The Chiefs offense led by quarterback Michael O’Connell (3 TD’s, 1 XP) and the strong running of running backs Lance Costa (1 TD) and Matt Sluka moved the ball forward against the Braves. The Chiefs offensive line made the offense go with solid sound blocking led by Michael LaGinestra, Kevin Parente, Patrick McTiernan, Anthony Giunta, Brandon Coward, and tight-ends Spenser Warantz and Philip Arnold.

The Chiefs defense made halftime adjustments and went back to their championship 6-2 defense to shutout Bellmore in the second half. The Chiefs came alive and were aggressive in the second half, making tackles all over the field.

The defensive line of Sante Nicolia, Dylan Vincenti, Vincent Pomara, Joshua Jacob, Ryan Calderone, Naz Jackson, Damien Patterson, Ocian Villa kept the pressure on Bellmore’s offense throughout the game. Cornerbacks and Safeties played defended the house; they were led by O’Connell, Andrew Casoria, Jack Duff, Matt Grimm and Thomas Albig. The linebackers Costa and Sluka (Int.) attacked the ball and finished off the Braves. Scoring is summarized below:

Lance Costa 7-yard Touchdown Run  (extra point kick failed)

Michael O’Connell 4-yard Touchdown Run  (Michael O’Connell extra point run)

Michael O’Connell 44-yard Touchdown Run  (extra point kick failed)

Michael O’Connell 25-yard Touchdown Pass from Matt Sluka (extra point kick failed)

News

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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