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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

Owners of five businesses razed by a major fire last month have until Aug. 27 to fill in open ground or present a plan of action, Village of Williston Park reps announced last week.

“We’re moving forward and its going to be a while before things get back to normal,” Mayor Paul Ehrbar said. “I want to compliment our firemen and the surrounding communities who provided additional fire support.”

Village Attorney James A. Bradley revealed property owners had 10 days to reply to orders issued by village Building Inspector Kerry Collins on Aug. 13. If they don’t, Williston Park can convene a special hearing to determine whether the board should issue an order to correct any deficiencies found on the property.

Mill Creek Residential, a multifamily apartment developer, announced last week that Hudson House, an age and income exclusive 36-apartment community, located at 104 Front St. in Mineola is open for occupancy. Senior affordable homes are eligible for applicants 55 years of age or older and households earning at or below 80 percent of the area median income for Nassau and Suffolk counties, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Hudson House has received 16 applications so far, according to Mill Creek Vice President Jamie Stover.


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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