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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

Mineola Street Fair coordinators are canvassing the downtown area to enlist local businesses for the fourth annual Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event on Saturday, Sept. 14 at noon, with an Oct. 5 rain date. Opening ceremonies begin at 1 p.m.

 

“We’ve been walking the streets trying to get more businesses involved,” Chamber vice president and Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano said. “It’s the same struggle every year but at the end, it all comes together.”

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.


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



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