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Sports Briefs

Girl’s Track Shines At St. Anthony’s

The Mineola High School girls’ winter track team competed in their second crossover meet of the season at St. Anthony’s High School on Thursday, Dec. 12. The meet included teams from conferences three and six from Nassau County.

The young Lady Mustangs had outstanding performances from juniors Amy Wetzel, Caitie Cunningham, and Debbie Gabbay, and freshman Brianna Lopes. Amy finished second in the 1500m race walk with a time of 10:42.4. Caitie split a 67.0 seconds on her 4x400m relay leg. Gabbay ran the 55 high hurdles in a personal record of 10.6 seconds and Lopes in the hurdles with a time of 11.6.

 

Boy’s Track Competes

The Mineola High School Boy’s winter track team competed against conferences three and six in a variety of championship events on Sunday, Dec. 15. Senior Jake Tavernite had another stellar performance, dominating the 1000 meter race with a time of 2:47, finishing in second-place. Freshmen Anthony Abbatiello ran an impressive leg of the 4x400 meter which was lead by upperclassmen Matt Tavernite, Anthony Cueter, and Dylan Bestler.

Freshman Andrew Ariza triple jumped an impressive 34 feet 1 inch. Senior captain Ryan Kelley also turned heads with his 1000 meter performance, followed by a solid triple jump pit.

 

MAA Soccer Winter Clinics And Spring Season Registration

MAA Soccer is offering an indoor soccer program during January and February for soccer players born from 2006-2009. Each registrant will enjoy six, one-hour training sessions on Saturday’s during the first two months of 2014. The program is managed by MAA’s training partner, Empire Soccer Academy, and is designed to encourage soccer skills improvement through fun and challenging drills and games.

 

The clinics take place at the Mineola Village Community Center gym at 155 Washington Avenue.  For more info, visit www.mineolaaa.org or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

The Spring 2014 registration for MAA Soccer is also ongoing.  MAA offer soccer instruction and intramural league games for boys and girls aged 3 through 11.  

 

Registration for the 2014 Spring season is available on the www.mineolaaa.org site.  Future in-person registration dates will be announced when scheduled. 

 

Girls Bowling Finding Its Stride

The first week of competition saw the Mineola Girls Varsity Bowling Team split its first two matches of the season.  In the first match, Mineola lost all three games to last years County Champions, Sewanhaka High School.  

Leading the Mustangs in their best team effort to date were Captains Lauren Pucci and Marissa Bounincontro.  Pucci had a high game of 182 in a 494 series and Bounincontro bowled a high game of 166 in a 449 series.

The second match was against North Shore with the varsity captains leading the way to the teams first win. Pucci  had a high game of 180 in a 446 series and Bounincontro had a 171 and a 168 in a 487 series.

The junior varsity squad beat both Sewanhaka and North Shore.  High games for the week were Catherine Leong with a 153 and a 164, Lauren Jenkins with a 137, Zoleil Gallardo with a 149 and Lizzy Caccavale with a 145 and a 179.

 

Bowling  Wins One, Loses One

The second week of matches saw both Mineola’s varsity and junior girls bowling teams win one and lose one. Mineola Varsity defeated Locust Valley 3-0 while the JV won 2-1. Leading the varsity was Marissa Buonincontro who had a high game of 170.

The junior varsity was lead by Meghan McCabe with a 165 and Zoleil Gallardo with a 132. On the down side, both teams lost to Carle Place, Varsity 2-1 and JV 3-0.

The varsity lost a tough game by a total of three pins. High scores for the varsity were Buonincontro who bowled a 489 series including games of 170 and 178. Lauren Pucci had a high game of 172.  The junior varsity team saw Meghan McCabe have a high game of 164.  

 

Send In Your Sports Announcements 

Thank you to the coaches, parents and students who have sent in announcements regarding various local area sport teams, organizations and events. Please continue to send us information on school and community sports, as well as any sports-related updates to appear in future issues of Mineola American. Please note: Items that are not time-sensitive are printed on a space-by-space basis in the order they are received. Submissions may be mailed to Mineola American, Attention: Rich Forestano, 132 East 2nd Street, Mineola, NY 11501, faxed to 742-5867 or emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


News

Night On The Town has been a fixture in Mineola, honoring community pillars and charities with a evening of great food and fun. This year, event reps have a new goal in mind for the May 7 event at Jericho Terrace: 1,000 attendees and $100,000 raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the night’s yearly beneficiary. The event raised $72,500 last year.

 

“If you want to buy a ticket or write a check, you don’t make it out to no one else other than the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said event coordinator and Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano. “All of the money goes straight to them.”

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.


Sports

Mineola FC Clips Red Wings

Brian Heckelman and Peter Murphy’s defending held the Smithtown Red Wings in check the entire game as the BU10 Mineola FC team advanced to the Long Island Cup quarterfinal round with a 2-0 victory on Saturday, April 12. Liam Russelman scored first for

Mineola, taking a ball from the left sideline and cutting in along the top of the Smithtown box, where he launched a shot into the left corner of the RedWings goal.

 

The 1-0 lead lasted for most of the game, until Liam Going sidestepped three Red Wings defenders, drove to the net and slid a hard shot into the back of the net. Mineola improved to 4-0 in all competitions with the win.

Jimmy Regan was a perfect man in that he put others before himself and made sacrifices—both for his country and in ultimately his life as an Army Ranger. Chaminade High School lacrosse star Jack Brennan, who grew up knowing Regan and who now plays for his alma mater, would be the first to admit that he is not a perfect man, but did put on a perfect performance this past Saturday night on the lacrosse field, scoring a hat trick in a 10-5 win against the Manhasset Indians and giving the Flyers the overall edge 4-3 in the annual charity game held in Regan’s name.

 

“I didn’t really do much, it was just a lot of feeds on the crease and I just finished and I got lucky,” Brennan said of his on-field performance, especially considering the significant amount of playing time as a junior on the team.


Calendar

Cabaret Night - April 25

Buffet Dinner - April 25

Baseball Fundraiser - April 29 


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