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Cyclones Rally Past Williston Park

Following a tough 8-7 loss to Herrick’s the night before, the Mineola Cyclones faced the formidable Lady Patriots of Williston Park on a crisp Sunday April 20 morning. After digging themselves into an early seven-run deficit, the Cyclones clawed their way back to a stunning victory over the Lady Patriots.

 

Extra-base hits from Jenna Cox (triple), Caitlyn Long (double) and Meaghan McCaffrey (who fell a single short of the cycle with a double, triple, and home run) pushed the Cyclones over the top.  McCaffrey’s homer was her third in four games to start the young season.   The 11-10 victory was hard fought, and a real thriller for fans of both teams. Mineola moved to 3-1 on the season with the win.

 

MAA Travel Soccer News

Mighty Drive By HBC, Draw 
With Busby

 

The BU9 Mineola Mighty enjoyed a 7-0 win over HBC and completed their weekend with a thrilling 1-1 tie against Busby Soccer Academy on April 20.  In the opener, with Andrew Pizzardi and Greg Kenney combining on the shutout in goal, Mineola’s offense dominated possession and opportunities from the opening whistle.

 

Liam Going netted a hat trick, Mattheus Silva delivered his first two career goals, and Jack Flood and Liam Russelman chipped in with a goal apiece to lead the Mighty.  Chris Marotta and James Teadore nearly missed scoring as well, as the talented HBC goalkeeper made several saves.

 

Strong defensive play by Brian Heckelman and Peter Murphy ensured all HBC threats were turned aside.   In the second game, Going’s team-leading 11 goals evened the tight game.  Pizzardi’s solid goalkeeping kept the game tied, but he needed help from Russelman to keep it level.

 

With two minutes remaining Pizzardi challenged a Busby break in front of him, only to have the opposing striker evade his challenge and drive a shot towards the Mineola goal.  Russelman, backing up his keeper, headed the ball off the line and away from danger.  Mineola improved to 3-3-2 on the season.

 

Lynbrook Shuts Down Mineola

The GU14 Mineola Mustangs struggled to find their offense in a tough 2-0 loss to the Lynbrook Synergy on April 20.  Mineola’s solid defensive play, led by Jillian Palma, Brianna Lopes, Valerie Cobos and Annie Cripps, kept the Synergy off the scoreboard in a scoreless first half. 

 

Lynbrook netted two goals minutes apart on direct free kicks from more than 40-feet from the Mineola goal.  The two well-struck tallies proved to be the difference, as scoring opportunities fell short for Mineola’s Allison Lamonica, Katie Russelman, Shannon Durham and Brianna O’Brien.

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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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