Representing Team USA is a tremendous honor, even for athletes and coaches who have had illustrious careers in their respective sports. For Bill Jaffe, it was extra special, coming full circle.
A former standout hockey player at the University of Michigan in the late 1980s, Jaffe had the honor of coaching the USA men’s ice hockey team to a silver medal in the Maccabiah tournament in Israel last month. It was the first time that ice hockey was a part of the tournament since 1997, when Jaffe was team captain.
Coming off a disappointing first-round exit in the playoffs last season, Mineola football is looking to make some serious noise in Conference IV of Nassau County. Many of the team’s impact players from last season are returning, and the added experience could spell trouble for their foes.
“We have a good group of returning players,” said head coach Dan Guido, starting his 27th season at the helm of the Mustangs.
Local students in Karatatot, a unique program offered by Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park, recently received balance tips through a series of tests. Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 4 and up. In a fun filled and nurturing setting your children learn concentration, discipline, respect, as well as an understanding of self defense at his or her own level. Congratulations to all the Karatatot’s:
The Town of North Hempstead honored the Long Island Champion Wheatley High School Baseball team at its recent town board meeting. Councilman Tom Dwyer presented certificates to 12 members of the team who attended the ceremony, along with coaches Paul Paino and Matt Haig.
Wheatley won the Nassau County and Long Island Championships back in June, as well as the Southeast Regional Championship, before losing in the New York State Championship of Class B. Dwyer was honored by Coach Paino with a commemorative championship shirt in recognition of the Councilman’s support of the Wheatley High School Baseball Program, and the fact that he played for Coach Paino back in the early 1980s.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Carlos Mendes of the New York Cosmos Soccer Team at the 2nd Annual Portugal Day Celebration. Mendes was born in Mineola and played youth soccer for the Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club.
He continues to give back to the Portuguese-American community by participating with many youth organizations across Long Island.
The Liberty League announced that Albertson resident Michael Birk was one of five Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athletes selected to the All-league team. Birk placed on the second team.
Birk, a senior centerback and captain started 16 of the team’s 18 games this season, scoring two goals for four points. He has helped anchor a defense that allowed the second fewest goals in the Liberty League (12), as well as the third most shutouts (10). A graduate of Mineola High School, Birk is a multiple Liberty League all-academic selection.
Boys and girls grades three to high school and K-2 clinic can register for CYO basketball. Practices and games start in September. Clinics will begin in December for kindegarten through second-grade. $125 Per child for travel teams/uniform additional $40, $90 Per child for k-2 clinic includes t shirt
Brian Gaffney (10) and James Gerstner (11), who earlier this year led the Mineola Mustangs to the second round of the playoffs for the Nassau County High School class C championship, were selected to Team Long Island at the Statewide high school lacrosse games. Team Long Island, coached by Matt Panetta (St. Mary’s) Marc Reeves (Chaminade) and Greg Matthews (Manhasset) was made up of players from such lacrosse powerhouses as Chaminade, St. Anthony’s, Garden City among others. They faced teams representing
New York City, Hudson Valley, Western NY, Central NY and Adirondack region.
Everyone knows that the toughest thing to accomplish in any sport is to reach the championship game or series. But reaching it in back to back years? This year, the Mineola/Williston Park Athletic League (MWAL) was able to witness one of its established franchises’ accomplish that goal.
After defeating the Monarchs in game seven of last summer’s championship, the Tune Squad are looking to hold onto the throne after beating up on the Titans in the semifinals of the Mineola League.
The Mineola 12u baseball team opened its summer season against with a dramatic 4-3, walk off victory in the final inning against Manhasset recently.
Mineola had superb pitching from Jack Dwyer and Sean Hembach. Dwyer struck out six and allowed two unearned runs while Hembach struck out five and allowed one earned run.
Hembach was credited with the victory.
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