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Mineola’s Tireless Efforts Fall Short In Pennsylvania

The GU14 Mineola Mini-Mustangs fell short in defense of its 2011 title at the Fall Festival in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.  Mineola got off to a good start, winning its first game 2-1 over Keystone, PA.

Brianna O’Brien started the scoring; skimming a hard shot from outside the penalty area into the back of the net during the first half. Allison Lamonica finished a tremendous individual effort to lift her team to a 2-goal cushion.

Gretchen Keller, solid in goal all weekend for Mineola, made key saves to help her team hold the lead. Meghan Lafaye and Valerie Cobos’ solid defensive play helped their team earn the win.

Mineola’s tired legs in their second game cost them early, as they surrendered two early goals to a strong Lower Macugnie, PA team. Mineola’s midfielders, led by the gritty Alana Conroy and the skillful Emma Feimer, began controlling the game as the second half began.

The Mini’s got their legs and closed to within one when Natalia Terezakis slid a shot past a diving goalkeeper after a perfect throw-in from Jillian Palma. With forwards Natalia Cotto and Katie Russelman leading late-game threats, Mineola thought they tied the score as the final whistle blew, but an apparent goal was waved off.

Mineola’s third game against Keystone saw the opponent’s terrific striker launch two shots from 30 yards that struck the corner of the net early in the first half.  With their backs to the wall, Mineola’s effort never ceased.

Christen Patalano got Mineola on the board early in the second half and soon after the Mini’s hard work earned them a penalty kick. Annie Cripps’ rocket of a shot dinged off the crossbar and the talented Keystone keeper grabbed the rebound.

Earlier, the same keeper had saved a penalty kick off the foot of Lamonica, with a diving save. Mineola consistently threatened for the rest of the game, but could not score.

Mineola needed to win their final game against Lower Macugnie to bring home a trophy.  Mineola again conceded an early goal and soon after it looked as if they would be down another goal, but midfielder Antonia Ciuffo hustled to block a shot from five feet that was destined for the back of Mineola’s net.

Mineola’s defensive crew, led by the feisty pair of Brianna Lopes and Michelle Viola, continuously turned aside attacks as the game wore on.  With Cotto, Lamonica, Patalano, O’Brien and Feimer constantly driving their team up-field, Mineola seemed certain to tie the score, but Lower Macugnie’s defense was up to the challenge, holding on for their 1-0 win and eventual tournament championship.

News

The trusted “Two Pauls” were locked in for another two years as the Village of Mineola held its Organization Night on Monday, April 7. Local officials swore in Paul Pereira and Paul Cusato, as well as Village Justice John P. O’Shea and acting village justice Jackie Carway. 

 

The event took place at the Village Hall Community Center, with Senator Jack Martins, Nassau County Court Judge Scott Fairgrieve, Village Attorney John Spellman and Mayor Scott Strauss accepting/hearing/give the oaths.

 

O’Shea takes over for Richard O’Callaghan, who recently retired, as village justice. Mineola resident Jackie Carway was tapped to serve as acting village justice, in the event O’Shea is unavailable. Trustees George Durham, Dennis Walsh and Mayor Scott. The three will be up for re-election next year.

The Wheatley Theater Company wowed audiences with four spectacular performances of Gypsy on March 27 through 29.

 

Loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of the famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy spotlights Lee’s mother, Rose, the ultimate stage mom. The musical presents an affectionate look at the hardships of life behind the curtain while chronicling Rose’s dreams and struggles as she raises her two daughters, June and Louise, to perform onstage.


Sports

 

Mineola Tops Cold Spring
Harbor 12-5

 

With the Mustangs trailing 4-0 going into the third inning, big hits by Ryan Kelly and John Lusardi helped the Mustangs take the lead on March 25.

In the top of the fifth with two out, the Mustangs scored three more runs with the help of a lead-off double by sophomore Steve DePalma (with his first varsity hit), he was followed by Robbie Lang getting on  base with a walk and Mike Conte’s single. These guys were all driven home by Nick Iadevaio’s bases-clearing triple. 

James Gerstner

Junior James Gerstner has nine goals and four assists in four games and is the leading scorer for the Mineola Mustangs’ boys varsity lacrosse team. He is the team’s top face-off guy, plays midfield and plays on the extra man offense unit. He was selected captain as a junior and was an All-Conference performer last year. Gerstner has led the team to a 3-1 record in the opening stages of the season. 


Calendar

Mustangs Travel To Seahawks - April 9

Pops Concert - April 13

Egg Hunts - April 19


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