Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
Oct. 6-Two goals apiece from Joanna Graca and Katie Assalone paced the hard-working GU14 Mineola Red Bulls, as they held off South Merrick for a thrilling 4-3 victory. Eve Sommese, Ava Collica and Assalone provided strong play on defense while Christina Hefele and Sara Tuti’s terrific midfield play provided support for forwards Maggie Basel and Michela Franz. Sofia Cataliotti one again provided the heroics in goal for Mineola, turning aside many South Merrick shots.
Oct. 6-Striker Allison Lamonica’s complete arsenal of skills was on display for her GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs team against a disciplined and talented West Hempstead Panthers squad, beating the Panthers 3-1.
At the mid-point of a scoreless first half, Lamonica raced to keep a long Natalia Cotto punt in bounds, tapping it past the on-rushing Panthers fullback and towards the West Hempstead goal. As Lamonica neared the goal, she deftly kept her balance and sidestepped another defender before driving a missile of a shot with her left foot into the back of the Panthers net.
The second half featured strong defensive efforts from Mineola’s Jillian Palma, Brianna Lopes and Antonia Ciuffo. The constant pressure soon led to the tying goal as the Panthers seized momentum and seemed poised to strike again. Hard work from Mineola’s Annie Cripps and Brianna O’Brien eventually led to a foul ten yards inside the midfield line. Mineola’s Meghan Lafaye, on the resulting free kick, launched a perfect drive towards the Panthers right post where midfielder Samantha Lima tapped home her first career goal for the eventual game-winner. Minutes later, Lamonica struck again poking it past two Panthers defenders and sprinting to the goal. Nearing the end of her 50-yard sprint, she danced around the charging goalkeeper and slid the ball with her left foot into the goal for Mineola’s final tally.
Oct. 5-The GU12 Mineola Tornado gave a terrific effort in an extremely entertaining match against the Uniondale Gacelas before falling 2-0. Mineola’s midfield play was excellent all game with between Amanda Ustick, Rebecca Sparacio, Kaitlyn Ariza, Nicole Smith and Sinead Rodriguez inspiring their teammates. Mineola’s Sasha Guriel made multiple attempts to score but faced double-and triple-teaming from Uniondale.
Oct. 5-The BU10 Mineola FC (2-0-2) team continued to impress with a solid 3-1 victory at home against the Plainedge Dragons. Constant pressure from Liam Going, Jack Flood and Dom Ferreira kept the ball in the Dragons end and soon
Mineola found the goal. Luke Sommese drove a crossing ball that deflected off a Plainedge defender and rolled towards the top of the penalty area. Mineola’s Liam Russelman pounced on the loose ball and expertly drove a low, hard shot past the keeper.
Chris Feathers, Mineola’s strong, hard-working defender, moved up to play midfield in the second half and raced towards goal to drive a score to the back of the net for his first career goal. The Dragons responded with pressure of their own and soon cut the lead in half. With the Dragons pressing for the tying goal, Mineola’s Greg Kenney launched a skillful long run down the right sideline and drove a shot past the Plainedge keeper and off the post. The deflection caromed towards Phil Machietto, who one-timed a shot from 15 yards out and into the goal.
Oct. 6-The BU13 Mineola Revolution faced a must-win with perennial nemesis the Little Neck Vikings, who entered the match alone in second place. Mineola enjoyed solid mid-fielding from Jason Lima, Harrison Pavlou and Philip Pereira and gave goalkeeper Christian Cucinella a cushion to make a few solid saves to hold off the Vikings. The Revolution victory moved them into third place with five games remaining.
Oct. 6-The BU13 Mineola Empire FC more than doubled their season tally for goals scored as they drove seven shots into the back of the net against the Oceanside Arrows. The 7-0 victory pushed the 3-0-1 Mineola squad to the top of the table. Federico Lippmann’s save on an Arrows penalty kick preserved his second straight shutout.
Oct. 6-The BU8 Monarchs Red squad played a great game against Port Washington to earn a 2-2 tie. Mineola was within reach of a well-deserved win before Port Washington tied the game with seconds to play. Mineola was led by Peter Vitucci, who played goal in the first half and scored one of Mineola’s goals as a forward in the second half. Christian Murphy played well as his team improved to 2-1-1 on the season.
The second Monarchs team enjoyed their first win of the season in a hard fought 1-0 battle against Albertson. Goalies Connor Quinn and William Grotheer earned the shutout behind a defensive squad led by Joe Dolezal and Dylan Boutin. On offense, Daniel Tuffano took a beautiful feed from Daniel Gillette and capitalized on a strong shot to seal the win.
Oct. 5-The GU8 Mineola Maniacs played several matches over the weekend, including a thrilling game against NY Hota of Franklin Square. The young 7 year olds came out strong from the kickoff. Caitlin Leary got the team off to an early lead scoring the first of her three goals. As the game moved forward the young Mineola squad saw a number of good flurries from Keira McCaffrey.
Oct. 5-The GU11 Mineola Honey Badgers and Manhasset Thunder competed in a thrilling 0-0 tie that featured numerous opportunities for Mineola to score. The Honey Badger defense was led by Maggie Caroddo, Kayla Gray, Victoria LoPiccolo, Julia Nygaard, and Julianna Anteri. They limited the Thunder to only a few scoring chances and once again the goalie tandem of Jolie Ilchert and Faith Nikolic were solid.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Eleni Pitzel has lived in East Williston since 1975, having raised five children. Prior to that, she and her family lived in Floral Park. Pitzel is a longtime club member, and served as corresponding secretary for two years.
Pitzel has been the club’s art instructor for four years; she also teaches art at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in West Hempstead. “My artistic skills are a gift from God, and from that gift I give back to others,” Pitzel said.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of approximately 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.