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Mineola High’s Lady Mustangs Handed Two Tough Losses

The Lady Mustangs of Mineola lost two heart-breakers, to Seaford and to West Hempstead teams, earlier this month.

Seaford beat Mineola 52 to 44, on Jan. 4, and West Hempstead bested the Lady Mustangs, 51 to 39, on Jan. 8. 

The Lady Mustangs worked hard playing against first place contender Seaford. Mineola had difficulty containing Seaford’s Jessica Rini, a powerhouse, who scored 21 points, mostly on offensive rebounding.  The Lady Mustangs had an offensive drought during the third quarter, only scoring five points vs. Seaford’s 20.  Samantha Venus led all scorers with 24 points, 9 rebounds, sinking seven three point shots.  Julie Falotico added 3 steals and 8 assists.  Sophomore Gaby Jurksas played strong defense blocking 4 shots.

Mineola had another tough opponent, West Hempstead.  Mineola and West Hempstead were tied at 14 going into the second quarter.  Offensive difficulties plagued the Lady Mustangs who scored only two points while West Hempstead scored 17.  The team had to play catch up and tried very hard for a come back with the help of Addie McKeever’s shooting and Samantha Venus’s rebounding, but to no avail.  McKeever had an all time career high with 16 points and Venuse added 12 points and 8 rebounds.

The next home game is Friday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. vs. Clarke.


News

After two terms on the Mineola School Board and six years of service to the district, trustee William Hornberger will not seek re-election in May, he confirmed last week. 

“After six years of volunteering, I believe the district is on solid ground financially and moving in the right direction educationally,” he said. “I think it’s time for other members of the community to bring their ideas and vision to the board of education. It’s time to move onto the next chapter.”

 

Hornberger was first elected to the board in 2008 and re-elected in 2011, serving as board president and vice president in that span. The Williston Park resident oversaw the reconfiguration of the district which included the closing of the Cross Street and Willis

Avenue schools, one of the more challenging times in the district’s history. Those two schools have since been leased out to Solomon Schechter Day School and Harbor Child Care, respectively.

Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested

Nassau County Robbery Squad detectives arrested two men in connection with a bank robbery that occurred on April 7 at 2:17 p.m. in Mineola.


Sports

FC Mineola Wins Two

The BU10 FC Mineola opened league play with 3-0 win over the Hewlett Lawrence Blue Sonic on April 3. Mineola was led by Liam Going (two goals and an assist). The first goal came off a beautiful cross from Liam Russelman that Going sent to the back of the net.  Fifteen minutes later the Liam to Liam connection struck again when Russelman found Going open at the top of the box for another shot and score by the talented Mineola player.

 

Mineola’s final goal came midway through the second half as Gregory Kenney redirected a good cross past the Hewlett goalie. The back line of Peter Murphy, Luke Sommese and Brent Muessig controlled the defensive end of the field limiting the number of shots Hewlett took on goal and the few that made it through were gobbled up by keeper Andrew Pizzardi. Brian Heckelman, Phil Macchietto and James Teadore all contributed with stellar play at the midfield position.

Marissa Cotroneo

Senior Captain Marissa Cotroneo excelled at the Paul Limmer Invitation on Saturday, April 5, held at Mepham High School.  Cotroneo placed first overall in the 1500 meters in one of the most exciting, come from behind victories of the season.


Calendar

Village Meeting - April 16

Zoning Board Meeting - April 17

Egg Hunts and Fun Fairs - April 19


Columns

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