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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

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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