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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

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


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