Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00
The Mineola Lightning BU16 squad first faced the Garden City Park Eagles United in a third round Long Island Cup match on May 4.
Garden City Park was ahead 1-0 at the break with solid play from Mineola keeper Joe Martins and fullbacks Brian Tavares and Alec Leitman. The second half saw the Lightning mounting better attacks despite falling behind 2-0.
Forward Joe Cucinella found the back of the net for Mineola drawing the Lightning within one. Garden City Park took advantage of open space and sealed the win with a late score making the final tally 3-1.
The Lightning resumed league play on the road against the Copiague Arsenal. The Lightning took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a penalty kick by Cucinella. Copiague responded with a goal to even the score shortly before halftime.
Midfielder Andi Tuti connected with forward Kevin Vecchione who beat the Copiague keeper to narrow the Arsenal lead. The Lightning lost 3-2.
The GU12 semi-final round match between the Mineola Tornado and Carle Place Crush provided two hours of nail-biting drama on Tuesday May 6 at Carle Place High School, sending Mineola to the Long Island Cup Finals. Both teams played terrific defense all game, constantly shutting down each others offensive opportunities.
The physical match reached the end of two complete halves without any goals scored. The teams then played two complete overtime halves which again yielded no goals.
The 0-0 draw then moved to penalty kicks as nervous players and spectators eagerly watched, cheering with each save and successful kick. After seven rounds of kicks, Mineola’s goalkeeper Kaitlyn “Solo” Goncalves made a clutch diving save to send her Tornado team on to the Long Island Cup finals, to be played on June 15.
The BU11 Mineola United squad remained undefeated with a 6-0 road win over the Oceanside Gunners on May 3. Sammy Anjo pounced on a stray ball minutes into the match and depositing it to the back of the Gunners net. Anjo added a second goal with a quality finish before the halftime break. In the second half, Ruben Teixeira’s solid strike from the top of the box put the match almost out of reach. Manav Bansal showed discipline in dispatching a rebound for the fourth goal before teammate, Jack Keyes, placed a ball into the bottom corner. Eric Pavlou finished the scoring outburst with a clinical finish to close out the game.
The GU9 Mineola Rampage, despite a tremendous and skillful effort against a talented Kosmos team, couldn’t find the equalizer in their exciting 6-5 game on May 4. Julianna DeBellis’ three consecutive goals paced the offensive outburst for Mineola. Sloane Sackett’s goalkeeping kept her team close as did the persistent and hard-working defending from Kailey McCormick, Caitlyn O’Keefe and Ashley Fereira.
Liam Going’s play paced the soaring BU10 Mineola FC team to two strong wins on May 4. Going’s hat trick was the difference in his team’s 4-1 victory over Auburndale. Assists from teammates Peter Murphy and Liam Russelman keyed the Mineola win, improving to 3-0-1. Mineola took on the North Babylon Avengers, with FC goalkeeper Andrew Pizzardi’s saves and punts propelled his team to their 1-0 victory as they advanced to the semi-final round of the Long Island Cup. Going found scored a close-range shot for the game’s only goal.
The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs were eliminated from the Arch State Cup Tournament by the Valley Stream Vipers on May 4. Mineola struggled to find open spaces as the Vipers aggressively shut down Mineola’s passing and crossing game.
Mineola then traveled to Hewlett-Woodmere. The Mini’s used goals from Allison Lamonica and Brianna O’Brien to jump to a 2-0. Hewlett scored two in a hard-fought draw. Mineola improved to 2-0-1 and maintained a share of first place.
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.
Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”
Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.
The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset.
The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.