Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00
Having graduated nine of their seniors from a strong 2012-13 season, it was understood that this season would feature its share of trials and tribulations for the Mineola Mustangs Boys Basketball team. From that perspective, the team should not be discouraged by their 68-34 defeat at the hands of a very potent Roosevelt Roughriders team.
“We’re young,” said Mineola head coach Jim Heggman. “We only have four seniors and two of them are hurt,” he added.
With that being the case, it is easy to understand a group of inexperienced players being able to stand toe-to-toe with a team that features Roosevelt players such as Jordan Armstrong, Terrel Canty and Dante Dobson, among others.
For the visiting Roughriders, Armstrong scored a game-high 15 points. Canty added a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds, many of which created second-chance opportunities.
Yusuf Young also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Kyle Moore also scored in double figures, adding 10 points of his own.
Even with the 34 point victory, Roosevelt head coach Alvin Woods felt his team left a lot of points on the court. “We’re not consistent yet,” he said. “You have to be consistent going into the playoffs in order to be competitive or else you’re out,” he added. The team was eliminated from the playoffs in the first round each of the past two seasons, and they hope to improve upon that.
From the looks of it, they should have a chance to play with any team in the county. The Roughriders played with incredible tenacity on defense throughout the game, even with a 40-point lead early in the fourth quarter.
“We like to bring pressure on defense,” Woods said. “We like running. We see which team’s players are in shape and who are not in shape. That’s where the advantage is or the disadvantages if they are in shape.”.
The Mustangs were held to 10 points in the first half, in large part due to the many turnovers that were caused by the three man full-court press of the Roughriders, which led to many fast break points. To their credit, they did not stop hustling. In fact, they improved as the game went on which was the bright spot for the team.
They scored 34 points in the second half. Justin Oomen led the team with 11 points and Eric Guardado scored seven. They both did a tremendous job of not allowing the team to quit, often hustling after loose balls and playing tough defense.
Brian Gonzalez played strong defense and did a great job of boxing out, despite having a disadvantage in height.
The Roughriders were just too quick and strong to be held down for long. Now they are gunning for West Hempstead.
“That’s a team we’re preparing for because they beat us by 19 points last December.” Things could be different this time around, Gonzalez hopes. “They need to come to our home court this time around so come the 24th of January we’ll be ready for them.”
The Roughriders improve to 3-1, while the Mustangs drop to 0-4 in league play.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00
Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV-D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.
The enterovirus disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.
Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:00
Audition Hosts: Eleanor Rigby’s Restauant, Mineola Village Hall, Piccola Bussola and Plum Tomatoes
Audition Team: Master Performance Artist Ed Dennehy of Huntington/ formerly of Mineola
Robert Busch, Little Neck and Melville Fire Department, Adrian Gaeckler: Oyster Bay/ Nassau Coliseum Staff, Nigel Gretton: Hempstead/ St John’s University Performing Arts Chair Lady Laura, Hempstead/ Global Performing Artist, Ralph DeSalvo: Williston Park, Musician/ Band Leader.
Al Trompeter, Entertainment Promoter
Special Touches: Bagelman of Mineola ( Entertainment Committee Host)
Creations de Belle of Mineola (Street Decorations/ Balloons)
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs ended last year’s playoff run in a 34-6 drubbing from the West Hempstead Rams. Mineola was poised for another post season push in 2014 and it showed last week, with a 15-14 victory over the Rams in homecoming weekend.
With a slow start in the first half, Mineola (4-1) put their first points on the board in the second quarter with a field goal by senior Robert Lang. After a touchdown by the Rams (2-3), they headed into halftime 7-3.
Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00
Despite two goals from Liam Going, the BU11 Mineola FC squad fell to a relentless and talented Hota Panthers team at Soccer Park in Plainview on Sept. 6. Hota jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Going connected on his first tally, launching a 30-yard free kick that dropped over the Hota keeper. The Mineola striker’s second goal brought his team to within two goals of their opponent, but Hota scored several more goals in the second half in a strong performance. Mineola’s Nicholas Buffolino and Luke Sommese gave solid efforts for Mineola in the season-opener for both teams.