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Stavish Is A Player To Watch

Dowling’s senior midfielder, Samantha Stavish of Albertson took home the East Coast Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honor. 

 

Dowling, whose two-year run as conference champions was halted by LIU Post last season, grabbed the final two first-place votes to come in second in the poll with points. The Golden Lions are also ranked in the IWLCA Preseason Poll, coming in at No. 9. 

The 2014 season will be the first-ever that the ECC will decide its conference champion with a post-season tournament. The ECC will host its first ever Women’s Lacrosse Championship with semifinals taking place at the two highest seeds on May 1, and the final being hosted by LIU Post on May 3. 

 

Stavish, the reigning ECC Defensive Player of the Year, is the coaches’ pick to win the honor again in 2014. Last season, the ECC All-Conference First Team and IWLCA All-America Second Team selection anchored the Golden Lions defense from the midfield position.

 

She ranked second in the conference with 29 caused turnovers and sixth with 36 ground balls to help lead a defense that was second in the ECC in allowing 8.38 goals per game.


News

What Thanksgiving Means In Mineola

Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.

 

Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and  friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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