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Sports Briefs

Boys Track Crowned Conference Champs

The Mineola Mustangs’ boys winter track team won its second Conference 6 Championship in the past three years on Sunday,  Jan. 26. The team a scored of 103 points, defeating Seaford, Malvernw, East Rockaway, Wheatley, Cold Spring Harbor, Friend’s Academy, Locust Valley, Clarke, and Oyster Bay.

 

Conference champions for individual events included Jake Tavernite in the 1000M, Dylan Bestler in the 600M, and the 4x400 meter relay team of Dylan Bestler, John Murray, Anthony Cueter and Chris Mueller. All Conference honors, for placing top three in their respective events, went to Rob Lang in the 600M and 1000M, Andrew Pereira in the shot put, Tommy Farrell in the high jump and John Murray in the triple jump.

 

Mustangs Break Records, Head To County Tourney

The Mineola Mustangs’ varsity bowling team rolled a school best 923 and 2,455 series to defeat Carle Place High School on Saturday, Jan. 25. They did they finished the season with a record of 9-3, good enough for second place in the conference, earning them a  ticket to the Nassau County Team Tournament, for which only the top 16 teams qualify.

 

The Mustangs started in 13th place, overall with a 738.2 average. The first match of the week was against Oyster Bay recently. The Mustangs swept them behind the strong bowling of freshman Tony Macchietto(228 high game) 659 series and Junior Will Andrade’s (215 high game) 551 series. The team rolled an 843 in the first game of the match. Freshman Ryan Sellinger chipped in with a 179 and Senior John Lusardi rolled a 221 to match Tony and Will’s high game totals.

 

The next match was for second place against our cross-town rival Carle Place. The Mustangs had not beaten Carle Place this year. Despite Lusardi’s 220 in the first game, the Mustangs lost 796-752.

 

The Mustangs in a tight, second match squeaked out a victory defeating Carle Place by a count of 780-773, leading the way was Macchietto(214) and Lusardi (235). In the final game, the Mustangs rolled a school record 923, with Sellinger (203), Lusardi (233), Macchietto (239) and Danny Ferreira bowling his record high game of 248 to clinch win.

 

Girls Track Fights Hard At Conference Finals

The Mineola girls winter track and field team competed at the Conference VI Championship at St. Anthony’s High School on Sunday Jan. 26. The girls finished fifth out of nine teams, amassing 51 points. After finishing in ninth place with only 10 points last year, the girls showed a wealth of growth and improvement from last year’s winter season.

 

The girls compiled all-conference honors in multiple events.  Senior captain Marissa Cotroneo earned all-conference in the 3000m run. Junior Jenna Pareti was conference champion in the high jump and all-conference in the triple jump as well.  Junior Amy Wetzel finished third in the 1500m racewalk to earn all-conference honors as well. 

 

Girls Bowling Wins One, Loses One

The Mineola Girls Varsity Bowling team split its last two matches, defeating Locust Valley 3-0 while losing to Carle Place 2-1 during the week of Jan. 13-19.  

Leading the Mustangs over Locust Valley was Sophomore Marissa Buonincontro who bowled her highest series of the season with a 534 along with her high game of the year of 203. Seniors Lauren Pucci and Meghan McCabe added high games of 163 and 156 respectively while sophomore Mackenzie Schnaufer had a 146.

 

In the loss to Carle Place, the Lady Mustangs fought back after dropping the first two games to win the third.  High games for Mineola were seniors Pucci with a 169, Samantha Mendes with a 161 and McCabe with a 133, while sophomore Buonincontro had a 169.

 

The junior varsity squad had the same identical split beating Locust Valley 3-0 and losing to Carle Place 2-1.  High games against Locust valley were sophomores Samantha Henrichs and Angela Steinmann who both rolled a 139. Against Carle Place, the high games were from Sophomore Angela Steinmann with a 146 and Sophomores Lizzy Caccavale and Zoleil Gallardo who both rolled a 139 and Catherine Leong with a 135.

 

Girls Bowling Ends On High Note

The last week of the season saw the Mineola Girls varsity bowling team split their last two matches on Jan. 20.  The girls defeated Oyster Bay 3-0 by racking up their highest pin total of the season. Senior Samantha Mendes had her highest series of the year with a 523 along with her high game of 194.  Other high games were by Marissa Buonincontro with a 177, Lauren Pucci with a 176 and Meghan McCabe with a 145.   

 

In the position round, the Mustangs went against Carle Place to battle for second place in the conference. Mineola came up short 2-1. Senior Lauren Pucci scored a 195 and Sophomore Marissa Buonincontro a 182.

 

They also qualified to participate in the County Team Championships by placing 12th in the county.  This is the second year in a row that the varsity team will participate in the County Championships. Mineola will also be represented in the Individual All-County Championship with Buonincontro, who qualified with an season average of 162.3, which will be held at Garden City Bowl on Feb 8. The junior varsity girls bowling team ended their season with a victory over Oyster Bay 3-0. Sophomore Catherine Leong had her highest series of the year with a 403 along with a high game of 156. The JV ended up with a record of 8-3 which put them in second place in Conference 2.  


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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