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, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.