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Mineola Poised for Return to Playoffs

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. 


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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