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Mineola Baseball Ready To Emerge

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.

News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


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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