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Mineola Tops Dix Hills To Open Season

The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs  soccer club began their spring campaign where they left off during their successful Fall 2013 season. On Sunday, March 16, Mineola used a solid defensive effort to earn a well-played 2-1 victory over the Dix Hills Nitro at Vets Park in Northport, in the first Arch Cup Tournament  group game for both teams.

 

Mineola jumped to a 1-0 lead midway through the first half, as midfielder Antonia Ciuffo drove home a rebound off a tough shot from teammate Christen Patalano.  Later in the half, the Nitro began to put passes together and pressure Mineola’s defensive back line. A deflection led to an opening inside the Mineola penalty area and Dix Hills tied the score.  Minutes later, with Mineola on their heels, the Dix Hills attack produced another great opportunity, with a hard shot leading to a great reaction and kick save by Mineola keeper Gretchen Keller.

 

The Mini-Mustangs regrouped at the half and used a stifling defensive effort to limit the Nitro attack in the second half.  Mineola’s possession game kept the ball on the offensive half of the field for much of the half.

 

Keller, now playing stopper, and left back Annie Cripps had strong games preventing breakout passes and rushes by Dix Hills, and spurred the Mineola attack.  With 12 minutes remaining, Mineola’s Allison Lamonica took a pass from the left sideline, took a touch on the ball and drove a spiraling missile of a shot off the Nitro goalkeeper’s palms and into the top of the net.  That goal would prove to be the winner, as Mineola’s defense held off the Nitro.  Jillian Palma, Brianna Lopes, Michelle Viola, Meghan Lafaye and Valerie

Cobos combined with Keller and Cripps to lead the solid Mineola defensive effort.


News

What Thanksgiving Means In Mineola

Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.

 

Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and  friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.

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.


Sports

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. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

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.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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