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Mineola Splits In Playoffs

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. 


News

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


Calendar

International Night - October 30

Halloween Parade - October 31

Cultural Arts Series - November 1 


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