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Mineola Ready For Another Playoff Run

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

This season, the Mustangs are projected to finish third—behind Roosevelt and Locust Valley—in Conference IV, moving from Conference III. Guido believes that optimism is due to their experience.

“We are returning all of our skill position guys from last year—with the exception of Vinny Bieniek,” he said.

Bieniek, the 6-foot-2 quarterback from last season, graduated and moved on to play baseball at SUNY Old Westbury. His play was a major reason the team clinched a playoff spot last year. In their fourth victory of the season, he passed for 183 yards and three touchdowns while adding a touchdown on the ground.

He will be replaced by senior James Gerstner. Despite his relative inexperience under center, Guido is confident that the offense will not skip a beat.

“He’s a smart and quick athlete,” said Guido. “He’s quite a lacrosse player as well.” Gerstner had been the running back last year, but previously played quarterback on the junior varsity team in 2012.

It will be important that he is protected by the offensive line, which Guido believes will be crucial to their success this season. The unit graduated some solid players from 2013, but will be senior-laden.

“The guys have been working hard with the coaches,” said Guido. “Time will tell how it plays out but I think we’ll be okay there. The unit suffered a huge blow last year with a slew of injuries.”

The injury bug originally hit when Anthony Caruso went down with an injury before the season. The 6-foot-4, 290 pound senior was going to be counted on to anchor the o-line, but his absence affected the dynamic of the entire line.

Even without playing his senior season, he was able to parlay the success of his junior season into a scholarship at LIU Post.

“Caruso was easy to run behind,” he said. “But you can’t plan for injuries.”

On the defensive side of the ball, the team will be relying on the experienced unit that will be returning eight starters from last year. Guido believes that will be an improved unit from 2013 that allowed over 30 points four times.

They struggled to defend the run—notably Enrique McFarlane and Bruce Gibbs of West Hempstead, who combined to rush for 275 yards and four TDs.

The team will open up at Hampton Street Stadium on Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. against Valley Stream South.

News

Gitangalie Palombo, an Elmont yoga instructor, will open Fly High Dance and Fitness on the second floor at 111 E. Jericho Tpke. after her plan was approved by the Mineola Village

Board last week. She expects to open by January 2015. Sherwin Williams occupies the main floor.

 

“We want to be a great addition to the community,” she said. “I hope Fly High brings a new flare to the area.”

Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV-D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.

 

The enterovirus disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.


Sports

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.


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. 


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