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, 20 September 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
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.