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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 Fire Department will kick off its Operation Santa program on Friday, Dec. 12.  Santa and his helpers will be visiting homes in Mineola until Dec. 23.  Santa will start his rounds each night at approximately 7 p.m.

 

If you would like Santa to stop by your home and visit your children, please call Ex-Chief Gary Mazur at 516-746-6583 and he will return your call as soon as possible to arrange a visit for you.  Please leave your cell and home numbers and call early as dates fill up fast.


Audience members were treated to an evening of incredible singing by 10 extremely talented Wheatley students during the Tri-M Music Honor Society’s Wheatley Idol X on Friday, Nov. 7, in the packed Wheatley auditorium.

 

Nada Al-Okla, sang “Titanium” by David Guetta, Michaela Balboni sang “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities, Alex Boubour sang “Love Song” by The Cure, Melanie Esquilin sang “At Last” by Etta James, Tessa Karikas sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, Ben Lee sang “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5, Lauren Levine sang “Drops of Jupiter” by Train, Ally Levy sang “A

Drop in the Ocean” by Ron Pope, Juliana Luber sang “Reflection” by Alan Menken and Morgan Misk sang “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse.


Sports

Mineola High School student Mary Elizabeth Smith signed her letter of intent to attend Stetson University in the fall. She is receiving a partial athletic scholarship and will be a member of the Stetson Rowing team.  

 

Smith is an accomplished rower who has trained locally and competed nationally. She began her rowing career as a 10th grader and ranks 53 in her rowing classification. 


 

In their semifinals home playoff game, the 9-year-old Mineola Chiefs (7-2) shut out perennial power Seaford Broncos 21-0. 

 

The Chiefs defense, the strength of the team, was lights out, making gang tackles all over the field. The defensive line of Charlie Villa, Luigi Kaloudis, Michael Nygaard, Luke Ruiz, John Jochym, Zachary Bohringer, Johnny Kessler, Zakria Zulfiqar and Jack McCormack kept the pressure on Seaford’s offense all game long. The Linebackers John Viggiani and Nick Rios attacked the runners and finished off the Broncos.


Calendar

Rockinghams - November 29

Village Green Tree Lighting - December 2

Village Meeting - December 3 


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