Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset.
The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing.
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.
The Mineola 12U intramural team opened its summer season against the East Williston Wildcats at the Willis Avenue field complex in Mineola on Monday, July 7.
East Williston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead due to some Mineola miscues and timely hitting. Mineola starting pitcher Kenny Solosky was strong, allowing only two hits, four strikeouts and one walk.
Mineola began their push back when Zach Buongiovanni crushed a solo home run onto the railroad tracks, just missing a passing train.
Solosky, Jordan Sandler (game winning walk-off single), Phil LaPierre, Kieran O’Gara, Patrick Solosky, Zach Buongiovanni (2 RBIs) and Vin Othman all contributed an RBI in a balanced hitting attack.
Andrew Geagher made a nice defensive play in the shortstop hole at short throwing out the runner by a step. Matt Pardo also made a nice grab off the centerfield wall holding the East Williston player to a double.
Cassidy Funeral Home won the Mineola Athletic Assocation Majors Championship game against Bethpage Hicksville Mason Lodge 7-3 on June 22.
Cassidy jumped out to an early 2–0 lead in the first inning, when Kevin Perlow scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ramos and Joseph Lubrano scored on a triple by Brian Heckleman.
Perlow held Mason Lodge scoreless through the first four innings with defensive help by Nick Limazopoulos, Roberto Filpo-Toscano, Alan Nanu and Dennis Peitler. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Cassidy’s
Funeral Home scored five more runs to take a 7-0 lead. James Medved got the inning started with a single, followed by a single by Kevin Pusey, a walk by Blake Bastos and singles by Chris Marotta and Jordan Sandler. Mason Lodge would not go quietly and started to rally in the top of the 6th inning but fell short. Cassidy Funeral Home held on for a 7-3 victory.
Kevin Perlow pitched 5-2/3 innings and Jordan Sandler came in to record the final out of the game.
Mineola Best Saints
The Mineola Hurricanes recently pounded the L.I. Saints 11-4 at Terry Farrell Park in Huntington in six innings. Chris Marotta got it done on the hill on the way to his first win of the season. He allowed two runs over 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four, walked three and surrendered two hits. Jake Christianson took the loss for L.I. Saints. He allowed six runs in four innings, walked two and struck out seven. The Hurricanes didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring two runs in the second inning when it scored on a two-run triple by Kevin Pusey.
Mineola Hurricanes piled on three more runs in the top of the third. TJ McManus singled, scoring AJ Henriquez to kick things off.
MAA Travel Soccer teams competing in both the Long Island Junior Soccer League and the New York Club Soccer League (NYCSL) ended their spring campaigns. MAA teams celebrated four league titles. The GU15 Mini-Mustangs used a dramatic last-minute goal to overtake North Babylon for first place; the BU11 Mineola United earned a crucial 3 points in their league final to finish as co-champions; the BU10 Mineola FC capped their terrific season, beating Freeport to finish undefeated at the top of their division; and the BU9 Mavericks finished atop their group in the NYCSL.
Corpus Christi Parish announced the appointment of Ken Solosky as the new coordinator for Corpus Christi CYO. Solosky is a lifelong Mineola resident and an alumni of the Corpus Christi CYO program. He was the Corpus Christi Parish 2014 CYO Role Model Award winner.
“Some of my best memories growing up were of CYO basketball and I welcome the opportunity to continue a great program for today’s youth,” said Solosky.
The Mineola Jaguars were recently crowned the North Shore Spring 2014 Softball Champions in the minors division. They finished 12-0 this season, including the championship game against Merillon. The team was comprised of fourth- and fifth-graders, including Sofia Amador, Kirsten Benes, Kristen Benes, Karlie Cennamo, Megan Connolly, Melissa Connolly, Juliette Hazzard, Emma Jenal, Olivia Nygaard, Julia O’Donnell and Sara Tramonte. Coaches were head coach Bill Jenal and assistant coaches Bob Hazzard, Susanne Dowbak and Kristine Tramonte.
The Mineola Athletic Program capped off a great year with the 2014 varsity Awards Banquet held at Jericho Terrace. The evening was well attended as over 300 people packed the room to honor the efforts of all the members of the Athletic Program. Special award winners included Jake Tavernite and Courtney Capobianco, who were given the Sportsmanship Awards based on their athletic achievement and ability to create a positive competitive environment for their teammates throughout their careers at Mineola.
John Lusardi and Emily Martins received the coaches’ “Old Reliable” awards based on consistent overall effort and team contributions throughout the course of their participation in the program. Katie
Priolo and Vincent Bieniek won Athlete of the Year honors.
Mineola Mustangs baseball standout Nick Iadevaio was selected to play in the recent Nassau County Blue Chip Prospects All Star Game at SUNY Farmingdale. Iadevaio was selected by a panel of coaches who chose the best of all Long Island high school baseball players to take part in this event.
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