Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00
Coming off playoff berths in each of the two seasons under Head Coach Anthony Tramonte, the Mineola Mustang softball team is confident they will return. They will have the challenge of replacing six starters from last season that graduated, but Tramonte feels that the team’s strength will carry the load.
“What we lack in power, we make up in speed and defense,” said Tramonte, whose squad is coming off a strong 8-4 season that ended with a 1-0 loss to Glen Cove in the first-round of the playoffs. “We will be relying on bunting and moving the runners and executing the little things,” he said.
The offense will be led primarily by a contingency of youngsters that played on the junior varsity squad last season. Tina Conway, Katherine Farrell, Erin Meehan and Rebecca Katinas are all new to varsity. Tramonte is confident, however, in their ability to execute well enough to succeed at this level. His middle infield combo of Conway and Farrell are both speedsters that feature terrific gloves in the field. That will provide the team with a strong foundation for team defense.
Katinas is an outfielder that has impressed her Head Coach with her defensive ability. Meehan will provide versatility for the team.
Tramonte noted that Meehan can play almost any position, including pitcher. She is a sophomore that will primarily see time at first base, but can play third base if needed. She can also handle the bat well.
Although the team will be young, there are two sophomores that will be the backbone of the team.
“We have a very strong battery,” said Tramonte, in reference to his strong duo at pitcher and catcher. Emily Skupp, a third-year varsity player, will be the ace of team. She has led the Mustangs to the playoffs in both of her seasons and was named All-County in both of those years as well.
The starting catcher, Mallory Donelan, will be patrolling the plate. Tramonte lauded her for being a hard worker and for her defensive ability.
“She can handle Emily,” he said. That is especially important when the ace pitcher and catcher develop a rapport and can work well together. She is no slouch offensively, either. “She is a great hitter, and even though she is a righty, she can also slap the ball as a lefty,” he said.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State. The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS
Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00
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.