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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

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


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