Growing up with three older brothers, it wasn’t hard for Brian Gaffney to find someone to play one-on-one basketball with in the driveway as a kid. That’s where it all started for the graduating senior out of Mineola High School, and he hasn’t stopped since.
Gaffney started playing in youth sports leagues as a kid before entering high school, where his natural athletic ability started to impress both students and adults throughout the school district. He got a jump-start to playing high school sports for the Mineola Mustangs when he was brought up to play point guard for the junior varsity boy’s basketball team as an eighth-grader.
Ever since she was fitting into her soccer cleats for peewee soccer, Julie Falotico developed a passion she couldn’t resist. It was the passion for sports, one that never goes away.
Growing up with her father as a coach, it wasn’t hard for Falotico to build relationships with her teammates. That is one of the factors that have grown on her while playing sports for almost her entire life. Playing on the varsity sports teams through her four years of high school paid off when Julie was awarded with the Female Athlete of the Year.
Youth Soccer on Long Island has changed dramatically during the past five years. The formation of new leagues and programs has provided parents and their young soccer stars with a variety of options designed to serve all levels of skill and interest. The Mineola Athletic Association’s (MAA) Soccer program has kept pace with these changes with the introduction three years ago of its development program and one year later of its soccer tots division.
The Mineola Athletic Association recently held its All Star game and MAA Family Fun Day The day consisted of two bounce houses for the kids, a dunk-tank a DJ, BBQ and pizza. Parents held an adult softball game as well as some brave volunteers getting into a dunk tank.
St. Aidan’s second-grade boys track held a recent meet sponsored by Sacred Heart. They raced around the Calhoun High School in Merrick. Each runner finished the day with two medals, Including first and second place finishes in the 240m relay. Left to right are Kevin Loughlin, Joe Durante, Ashton Sacharoff & Adam Tobar. Standing: left to right are Zachary Chheda, Cameron Mahmood, Thomas Kuczwaj and Dean Aquilina. Not pictured: Nathan Shirazi and Alex Cabrera.
Captains Jeff Cherkin, son of Dr. Allan M Cherkin of Mineola and Alec Tuckey of Half Hollow Hills East High School recently won their first Long Island High School Championship at Cold Spring Harbor High School.
The 2013 Spring Sport Seasons sent several teams and individuals into playoffs and state meets. The Girls Softball team advanced into the county playoffs behind the strong play of Freshman pitcher Emily Skupp.
Offensive firepower was provided by Skupp and a host of other players including Valerie Fisher, Christina Palmentieri, Lauren Fisher, and Addie McKeever. Christina Palmentieri played solid defensively throughout the season and will be continuing her playing career at Adelphi University in the fall.
The 6th Grade Chiefs Lacrosse Team played in the PAL Lacrosse Festival at Farmingdale State University this Sunday, June 9 and beat the Harborfields Tornadoes 7-5, finishing their season with an undefeated record of 9-0. All the boys played and participated in the victory.
Brianna O’Brien’s tie-breaking goal with a minute remaining propelled the GU14 Mineola Mustangs to a thrilling 3-2 win over a skillful Syosset team on June 1. With the score knotted at two, Mineola’s Natalia Cotto raced to a loose ball ahead of the Syosset goalkeeper and poked the ball loose to the onrushing O’Brien, who calmly drove the ball into the goal.
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