Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
This is the year the program has been waiting for. Head Coach Helms Bohringer, now in his 17th season at Mineola High School, is looking forward to having eight returning seniors from the 2013 varsity baseball team. That squad finished with seven wins, an improvement over the previous year.
The Mustangs have a program that is trending upward and Bohringer is excited for the prospects of this squad.
“I can see the team is working very hard already,” said Bohringer. “A lot of these guys have been playing together for a while. You can see the maturation and that they want it. It makes my job easier.”
The Mustangs have suffered through two playoff-less seasons, but have a strong core of seniors in the rotation that all will be playing in their third varsity season. Bohringer stated that he moved certain players up to varsity as sophomores by design to get them acclimated to the level of play. The pitching rotation of Nick Iadvevaio, Ryan Kelly and Vinny Bieniek will represent the strength of the team.
All of those pitchers suffered growing pains over the past two seasons but have certainly learned to become better ballplayers through their experiences. The bullpen, led by John Lusardi and Chris Farrell. will add depth as well.
Bohringer is confident that the offense will be more consistent this year. Last year the offenses eclipsed nine runs on five occasions, but were also held to two or fewer runs on four occasions. The group is likely to be more potent this season.
“There will be no easy outs in this lineup,” said Bohringer. “If they’re going to get us out, they will have to earn it,” he added. The Mustangs will be playing in a strong conference this year, a challenge that Bohringer acknowledged. Of course, solid pitching can keep any team at bay, though. They will be taking on Locus Valley, Cold Spring Harbor, Island Trees, Valley Stream North, Seaford and Clarke.
There will be some added incentive to take care of Clarke and Valley Stream North after the way 2013 ended. The Mustangs were a solid 7-7 with the season coming to a close, when they lost their final five games to these two schools to put a sour ending on the season.
The team will open up its conference schedule against Cold Spring Harbor at home on March 24.
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.