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Town Honors Wheatley Baseball

Thursday, 05 September 2013 00:00

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.  


Mangano Honors Mineola Soccer Star

Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

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.  


Sports Briefs

Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00
Albertson Athlete Honored

 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.


Corpus Christi CYO Basketball

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

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


Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional information. Registration forms available at rectory or email above Volunteers and coaches are needed, no experience necessary, all are welcome.


MHS Shines Empire State Cup Games

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00


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.


Tune Squad Reaches Second Straight Title Series

Written by Nick Palma Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

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.


Mineola 12U Opens Season With Win

Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

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.


Soccer Partnership Thriving

Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

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 relationship between MAA Soccer and its training partner, Empire Soccer Academy (ESA), have fostered many of these changes.  Peter Hulse and Michael Todd founded ESA and employ trainers with diverse soccer backgrounds (including former Manchester United and Liverpool club players and several trainers who have represented their countries’ respective national teams).


Athletic League Playoffs Starting Up

Written by Nick Palma Thursday, 25 July 2013 00:00

Now that the MWAL regular season has come to a close, it is time for all of the teams and fans to focus on the playoffs. For those of you who don’t know, the post season consumes half of the summer and brings out the best of all the players. 


“The intensity is turned up all the way by everyone in the league. It’s one of my favorite times of the year,” says MWAL Commissioner Michael Granath.


Mineola HS Male Athlete Of The Year

Written by Nick Palma Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Brian Gaffney, Basketball, football, lacrosse

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.


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