Mineola High School Track
Joe Mulder has evolved into one of the strongest distance runners on the Mineola cross country/track teams over the last four years. He is a prime example of a how a distance runner can become successful through perseverance, repetition, and attention to detail. Mulder has run countless long warm-ups, cool downs, summer runs, and Sunday runs that have accumulated into the success he’s experiencing this year.
When Mulder joined spring track as a freshman, he ran a 5:50 mile. Now as a senior, Joe has run a 4:52 mile. He got his first track distinction this winter when he was named all county for running on the 4x800m county championship team.
Mulder served as the lead off leg of the relay because of his tall, muscular frame and ability to be tough and competitive on a crowded 200-meter track.
Joe is continuing his success in spring track as a scorer in league meet competition in the mile, 800, and 4x800m relay events. He qualified for this year’s state championship in Middlebury, NY.
For Carlos Mendes, it’s about coming home. The Mineola native, who became the revived New York Cosmos soccer team’s first signing in nearly three decades last December, is itching to bring a premier soccer club back to its storied glory.
His time in Mineola set him up for the star defender that will run the pitch on Aug. 3 at Hofstra University against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Mendes played soccer for the Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club from 1993-1998 and the Albertson Soccer Club before graduating from the Wheatley School and attending Old Dominion University.
Old Westbury freshman pitcher and Mineola native Tyler Kapela was named to the Skyline Conference Weekly Honor Roll. Kapela tossed five scoreless innings with five strikeouts to combine with two other relievers for his first career shutout in Old Westbury’s 16-0 win against Yeshiva. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before giving up a one-out single. Kapela is sporting a 2.25 ERA
with a 2-1 record in 12 innings on the season.
Christina Palmenteri is captain and starting third baseman for the Lady Mustangs softball team. Palmenteri has been playing softball since she was 5 years old. Her role model growing up was Jennie Finch.
Palmenteri has been travel baseball since the age of 12 and she is currently playing for the Long Island Hurricanes 18u elite travel team.
She was all division as a freshman, all county as a junior and named captain of the team since her sophomore year.
Palmenteri batted .509 in her junior year. She will attend and play at (currently ranked 14th in the country) Adelphi University and major in nursing or physical education.
Brian Gaffney enters his final season as an athlete at Mineola High School, with some great accomplishments as a member of the football, basketball and lacrosse teams.
Head Football Coach Dan Guido described Gaffney as a “tremendous athlete and an excellent football player, one of the best he has ever coached” during his long-standing tenure as head coach at Mineola.
The BU9 Mineola Mighty opened the Spring 2013 soccer season with two victories, topping Syosset 4-0 and then rallying for a thrilling 6-5 win over Samba Academy on March 24. In the opener, James Teadore and Christopher Feathers combined in goal for the shutout as Mineola’s defense, led by Brian Heckelman and Peter Murphy, consistently turned aside the Syosset attack. Liam Russelman’s three goals, including one off a clever chip over the Syosset keeper, led the offense, with teammate Liam Going scoring the other Mineola goal.
The GU14 Mineola Mustangs used a dramatic, final-minute goal from Natalia Cotto to advance to the second round of the Long Island Cup Youth Soccer tournament on March 16. Playing in a blinding snow shower, Mineola earned a hard-fought 3-2 victory over a solid West Islip Sizzle team.
Josh Lopes has been an integral member of the Boys Varsity Soccer program for the past four years. Lopes has been a four-year midfield and defensive starter, and has helped his team make the playoffs three times in the past four years, as well as complete for a conference title.
Franklin Square residents Meaghan Rush, Julia Pusateri, Kimberly Chan, Amanda Agostino, Valley Stream residents Tyquann Walker, Adam Kapusta, Carolyn DeFranco, and Elmont residents Dranoel Truter, Yuvaraj Dhir, Vincent Agostino, and Dylan VanManen have qualified to compete at the 2013 Metropolitan Swimming Junior Olympics. These swimmers represented the nationally ranked host team, Long Island Aquatic Club (LIAC). Each year, LIAC sends a large squad to the junior olympics to compete for the titles as the best age group swimmers. Since 1996, LIAC has qualified 21 swimmers for the U.S. Olympic Trials. For more information on the Junior Olympics or the Long Island Aquatic Club visit LIAC’s website www.longislandswimming.com.
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