Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00
Honey Badgers Remain Undefeated
Two undefeated teams met when the GU11 Mineola Honey Badgers and the Baldwin Tigers battled in a game for first place on Oct. 19. Early on it looked as if the Tigers would prevail. Baldiwn kept Mineola on their heels for the first ten minutes of the game. Had it not been for the strong defensive play of Julianna Anteri, Sheila O’Mara, Julia Nygaard, and Victoria LoPiccolo Mineola may have fallen behind by a few goals. Julia Nygaard’s tremendous slide-tackle to prevent a Baldwin goal was the key play that kept Mineola in the game,before Trista Bugalla scored to give Mineola 1-0 lead at halftime.
The Honey Badgers applied constant pressure on Baldwin to start the second half. Mineola nearly scored several times off shots from Sarah Faley, Amber Nikolic, Gabbie Flynn and Charlotte Williams. Eventually, the Honey Badgers found the back of the net, with Maggie Caroddo and Brianna Werny adding goals to put their team up 3-0. Baldwin, however, fought back with two goals of their own to cut the deficit to one before Bugalla’s second tally of the game iced the win for the Honey Badgers, leaving them alone in first place with four games remaining.
FC Mineola Win Again
The BU10 FC Mineola squad used a brilliant possession game to defeat Wantagh-Seaford 4-1 and improve its record to 3-0-2 on the season on Oct. 19. Jack Flood opened the scoring for Mineola, tapping home a Liam Going cross following a short corner kick feed from Greg Kenney. Minutes later, Liam Russelman raced down the left side, deftly moving around and through the Wantagh defense before slamming home a low shot for a 2-0 Mineola lead. Going soon added to the scoring, controlling a ball in tight space inside the Wantagh penalty area before drilling a left-footed shot that the Wantagh keeper could not corral. Going’s second goal of the game wrapped up the scoring for Mineola. Greg Kenney’s trademark right sideline run and cross from the corner found Going all alone in front of the Wantagh goal. Luke Sommese starred on defense for Mineola, directing much of its possession play with accurate passes from his center-back position.
Offensive Surge Propels Mineola
The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs controlled much of the game against Wantagh-Seaford, maintaining possession throughout the game and finding the back of the net often in their 5-1 victory on Oct. 20. Katie Russelman’s second goal of the season put her team ahead three minutes into the game. The Mineola striker took an inside pass from Brianna O’Brien and drilled home a goal from 10 yards out for the early lead. Minutes later, Allison Lamonica’s fifth tally of the season doubled the Mineola lead. Lamonica’s perfectly struck 25-yard free kick cleared the defensive wall before hitting the upper left corner on the Wantagh goal. Later in the half, Shannon Durham launched a swirling corner kick that curved over the Wantagh keeper’s outstretched hands and directly into the far corner of the net for Durham’s second goal of the season.
Lamonica added two assists to close out the scoring for Mineola. Emma Feimer hammered home a pass from Lamonica from ten yards out for her first score of the Fall campaign. Lamonica then finished off a long run down the right side with a hard cross that eluded O’Brien but landed perfectly at the feet of Russelman, who one-timed a hard shot for her second goal of the game.
Gretchen Keller’s strong play in her center-mid position helped Mineola control the flow of the game in front of their increasingly stingy defense, led by Michelle Viola, Annie Cripps, Meghan Lafaye, Christen Patalano, Natalia Cotto, Brianna Lopes and Jillian Palma. Mineola improved to 3-1-1 on the season.
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.