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Chiefs Advance To Championship Game

The Mineola Chiefs 11-year-old Football Team has advanced to the Nassau County Championships for the third year in a row by beating the Syosset Braves 31-13 this past Sunday on the road in the semifinals game, a Mineola PAL history.

It was expected to be a tight game, but in the end the Chiefs proved too much for the Braves to handle. All the boys played and participated in the victory.

All year long the defense has been keeping the Chiefs in games, but on this day the Chiefs offense also contributed heavily, led by the speed of running back Michael O’Connell (4 TDs) and the strong powerful runs of running backs Jalen Rivers (1 TD), Jack Duff, and Lance Costa (1XP).

Quarterback Matt Sluka moved the ball forward against the Braves behind solid sound blocking by the offensive line of Michael LaGinestra, Kevin Parente, Patrick McTiernan, Anthony Giunta and Brandon Coward.

The Chiefs playing in its 6-2 defense stuffed and dominated the Braves all day long.

The defensive line of Spenser Warantz, Sante Nicolia, Dylan Vincenti, Vincent Pomara, Ryan Calderone, Naz Jackson, and Damien Patterson kept the pressure on Syosset’s offense throughout the game. Cornerbacks and safeties were led by Andrew Casoria (INT), Michael O’Connell (INT), Jack Duff, Matt Grimm and Thomas Albig. Linebackers Jalen Rivers and Philip Arnold attacked the ball and finished off the Braves.

Scoring is summarized below:

Michael O’Connell 47-yard touchdown run (Michael O’Connell pass to Lance Costa)

Michael O’Connell 3-yard touchdown run (kick failed)

Michael O’Connell 51-yard touchdown Run (kick failed)

Michael O’Connell 63-yard Interception return for touchdown (run failed)

Jalen Rivers 1-yard touchdown run (run failed)

News

Owners of five businesses razed by a major fire last month have until Aug. 27 to fill in open ground or present a plan of action, Village of Williston Park reps announced last week.

“We’re moving forward and its going to be a while before things get back to normal,” Mayor Paul Ehrbar said. “I want to compliment our firemen and the surrounding communities who provided additional fire support.”

Village Attorney James A. Bradley revealed property owners had 10 days to reply to orders issued by village Building Inspector Kerry Collins on Aug. 13. If they don’t, Williston Park can convene a special hearing to determine whether the board should issue an order to correct any deficiencies found on the property.

Mill Creek Residential, a multifamily apartment developer, announced last week that Hudson House, an age and income exclusive 36-apartment community, located at 104 Front St. in Mineola is open for occupancy. Senior affordable homes are eligible for applicants 55 years of age or older and households earning at or below 80 percent of the area median income for Nassau and Suffolk counties, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Hudson House has received 16 applications so far, according to Mill Creek Vice President Jamie Stover.


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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