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Chiefs Win Back To Back Championships

On Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Mitchel Field Athletic Complex, in their final senior season as Chiefs, the 11-year-old football team for the second year in a row won a Nassau County Championship by beating the Baldwin Bombers 25-7 to take home the victory and a championship trophy. It was expected to be a tight back and forth game, but the Chiefs dominated on defense with its 6-2 defense and got the ball back to the offense early and often.

In the end, the Chiefs once again proved too much for the Bombers to handle.

All season long the defense has been keeping the Chiefs in games, but on this day, and for the second week in a row the Chiefs offense came alive. The Chiefs offensive coordinator Bobby Redmond, using a majority of his 70 offensive plays, was really on his game being creative, as he confused the Bombers Defense throughout the game.

The Chiefs offense was led by the explosive runs of hard to catch running back Michael O’Connell (4 TDs) and the strong powerful runs of running backs Jalen Rivers, Jack Duff, and Lance Costa. Quarterback Matt Sluka (1 XP) looking like his old self after a foot injury, controlled the ball against the Bombers behind solid blocking by the offensive line of Michael LaGinestra, Kevin Parente, Patrick McTiernan, Anthony Giunta, Brandon Coward and wide receiver Thomas Albig (1 TD).

The Chiefs stuffed and dominated the Bombers all day long. The defensive line of Andrew Casoria, Spenser Warantz, Sante Nicolia, Dylan Vincenti, Vincent Pomara, Ryan Calderone, Naz Jackson, Joshua Jacob, Ocian Villa and Damien Patterson kept the pressure on Baldwin’s offense throughout the game. Cornerbacks and safeties making tackles all over the field were led by O’Connell, Sluka, Jack Duff, Matt Grimm and Albig.

The linebackers Rivers and Philip Arnold attacked the ball and finished off the Bombers. All the boys played and participated in the victory.

Scoring is summarized below:

•Michael O’Connell 52-yard Touchdown Run (Michael O’Connell extra-point pass to Matt Sluka)
•Michael O’Connell 43-yard Touchdown Run  (extra-point kick failed)
•Michael O’Connell 57-yard Touchdown Run  (extra-point kick failed)
•Michael O’Connell 36-yard Touchdown Pass to Thomas Albig (extra-point run failed)

News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


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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