Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00
The BU10 Mineola FC squad used a balanced offensive effort to top North Shore 4-2 at Wilson Park on May 31. Mineola’s offense constantly spread North Shore’s defenders apart during the game, with long diagonal passes to the corners. Mineola’s first score came off a Greg Kenney shot which ricocheted off a North Shore defender and into the goal.
Minutes later, Kenney’s cross found Liam Russelman in front of the North Shore net, where the skillful midfielder volleyed the ball expertly past the keeper. Liam Going provided Mineola’s third goal, driving a hard shot from the top of the penalty area past the diving keeper. Mineola’s balanced offense featured a fourth goal scorer, as Chris Feathers perfectly spun and one-timed a terrific missile of a shot across the goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net.
Brent Muessig’s sold mid-fielding and passing set up numerous opportunities for his team, and Peter Murphy and Luke Sommese played well on defense. Andrew Pizzardi’s goalkeeping was predictably superb, with North Shore’s two goals coming off brilliant individual efforts and shots. Mineola FC held its first place spot with the win, improving to 6-0-1 on the season.
The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs used a crisp and consistent offensive surge to drive past the Northport Voltage 6-1 at Wilson Park on June 1. Strikers Allison Lamonica and Katie Russelman contributed two goals and an assist each, with center-mid and offensive catalyst Brianna O’Brien also contributing two scores, including a perfectly placed header from a Shannon Durham corner kick.
Fran Chavez starred in goal for Mineola, constantly bolting from her goal box to corral any loose Northport passes and through-balls. Gretchen Keller and Valerie Cobos’ solid defending all game helped keep Mineola transitioning quickly to the attack.
Midfielders Sam Lima and Natalia Cotto’s terrific efforts led to many scoring opportunities. Mineola improved to 5-0-1 on the season and remained in first place in their division.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.