Written by Mineola American Staff Thursday, 29 May 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs Softball team completed an excellent season with two exciting games in the Nassau County Playoffs.
The Lady Mustangs met Floral Park in the first round of the playoffs on Friday, May 16, beating the Spartans 8-4.
It was the third meeting of the season with Floral Park, with Mineola winning the first two games.
The Mustangs jump out to an early 5-1 lead that included a two-run triple from Valerie Fischer in the top of the third inning. Floral Park fought back to come within one run of tying the game making it 5-4 at the end of six innings played.
Kati Priolo sealed the win for Mineola with a two out, three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to put the game out of reach. Emily Skupp shut down Floral Park in the bottom of half of the inning to earn the playoff victory for Mineola.
The Mustangs earned its third playoff birth in as many years. They advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
Mineola finished the season with a heart breaking 1-0 loss against Carey High School, who entered the playoffs as the number one seed. The Mustangs got six innings
of superb pitching from Emily Skupp along with stellar defense from the Lady Mustangs. Mineola bats could not break through against Jenna Turato of Carey to get the equalizer in a tight game which featured great pitching from both teams.
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
As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.
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.