The Chiefs 11-year-olds played a home at Tully Park on Sunday, Sept. 30 and after trailing 16-6 at halftime, came back to beat the Bellmore Braves 25-16. Tensions were high and in the end the Chiefs proved too much for the Braves to handle. All the boys played and participated in the victory.
The Chiefs offense led by quarterback Michael O’Connell (3 TD’s, 1 XP) and the strong running of running backs Lance Costa (1 TD) and Matt Sluka moved the ball forward against the Braves. The Chiefs offensive line made the offense go with solid sound blocking led by Michael LaGinestra, Kevin Parente, Patrick McTiernan, Anthony Giunta, Brandon Coward, and tight-ends Spenser Warantz and Philip Arnold.
Mineola High School celebrated its 31st annual homecoming amid the perfect mix of sun and clouds on Sept. 22. With a special salute to “Mustang Pride” as its theme, the parade kicked off with the marching band at the usual Andrews Road starting point and spread its pride throughout Jericho Turnpike and Westbury Avenue before coming to a halt at Hampton Stadium.
The fourth-grade St. Aidan’s boys soccer team got off to a good start to its 2012 campaign, following up a 1-1 draw in the season opener with an exciting 2-1 win over Our Lady of Lourdes (OLL). In their opening game, St Aidan was frustrated for much of the game by a tough Holy Spirit defense before Jack Flood connected on a one-timer off a perfect cross from Luke Sommese.
Flood’s heroics tied the game with five minutes remaining. Luke Sherry and William Winski starred on defense for St. Aidan.
The Mineola Hurricanes were recently invited down to Mineola Village hall where the players were given an award from Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and the village trustees. The players and the coaches thanked Mayor Scott Strauss and Mineola trustees Lawrence A. Werther, Paul S. Cusato, Paul A. Pereira and George R. Durham for taking the time during the village meeting to recognize the boys. It is something they will remember forever.
The night did not end there for the Hurricanes. They immediately went to Uncle Louie G’s Ices Shop just down the road where they received ices and the NJBL Championship trophies.
In their 2012 season opener, the 2011 NCYFL Champion Chiefs 11-year-old team played at home and continued on in their winning ways as they beat the Uniondale Knights, 28-6. All the boys played and participated in the victory.
The Chiefs’ offense, led by the speedy quarterback Michael O’Connell (1 TD, 1 XP) and the strong runs by running backs Matt Sluka (1 TD), Jack Duff (1TD), Jalen Rivers (1 TD) and Matt Grimm (1 XP), were able to move the ball because of the great blocking by the offensive line of Kevin Parente, Patrick McTiernan, Anthony Giunta, Brandon Coward, Michael LaGinestra and tight-ends Spenser Warantz and Philip Arnold.
The Mineola 9/10 Summer Baseball team traveled to its neighbor to the north to square off against the Williston Park Patriots at Kelleher Field on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Unfortunately, Mineola could not hold off a powerful Williston Park hitting attack and strong pitching and ended the summer season with a loss.
Vincent Aidalia and Andrew Geagher made strong defensive plays in the third inning. Zach Buongiovanni and Patrick Solosky made a nice flip force out at second and Thomas Tugander made a few nice plays at first base.
As it does every year, the Long Island Soccer Futebol League (LISFL), based out of Hicksville, held its annual general meeting and awards night at the Plattdeutch Restaurant in August where it honored its adult amateur soccer champions for the 2011/12 season. The notable trophy on the dais was a large silver cup, the U23 National Cup won by league veterans Real Caribe from Laurelton. From Division 1 to the new Women’s Division, each respective champion was crowned, cheered on by the over 200 people in attendance.
“This league means a lot to me personally,” said league president and State association vice-president Gus Xikis. “This year we have new ideas, new goals to help spur the growth of soccer across the whole Island.” Xikis is also a cup chairman for the United States Adult Soccer Association and was with Real Caribe for their National Championship this summer; only the LISFL’s second ever national trophy (first was 1984). “My congratulations go out to the hard work and dedication that this club put into this tournament, the cup is only a fraction of what these young kids received in personal enrichment.”
The Long Island Soccer Football League (LISFL) honored its champions at its annual awards dinner this past month, which included two Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club (a division of the Portuguese American Club) members, former state cup winning coach Jack Dafonte and current vice president Gabriel Marques.
Dafonte, who has been involved in Mineola soccer for over three decades, was nominated earlier this year for the 25 Years of Service award given annually by the Eastern NY State Amateur Soccer Association (ENYSASA), applauded by veterans of the sport for his two state cup championships back in the 1980s. Dafonte is only the second person from Mineola to win this award, next to club co-founder and State Hall-of-Famer John Pereira.
On Thursday, Aug. 16, the Mineola 9/10U Summer Baseball Team took its six game winning streak on the road to New Hyde Park’s Nuzzi field attempting to get a seventh straight win. Unfortunately, Mineola lost 10-9 in the final at bat for New Hyde Park.
Mineola started out fast and furious plating nine runs in the first two innings and making it look like they would cruise to an easy win. Unfortunately, the pitching, that had previously been lights out, their timely hitting and sure fielding all collapsed in a brutal third inning. Mineola pitching suddenly lost the plate and walked numerous hitters. The sure fielding committed a series of errors and Mineola only had two base runners after the second inning. Mineola could not figure out a hard throwing New Hyde Park lefty reliever and he stopped their bats cold.
The Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club (MPSC) Youth Boys U7 Team, the Hurricanes, recently won the TACA Airlines Cup in Hempstead 2-0 in the championship game. They were honored on the steps of 1550 Franklin Avenue by Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, elected officials and representatives from Latin American airline TACA for their victories in the multicultural event held in Hempstead each year.
This, however, was only the start of an incredible summer for the program. From Aug. 10 to Aug. 20, the MPSC Thunder U8 traveled to Argentina and competed against some of the world’s top professional youth clubs such as legendary Argentine teams Club Atlético River Plate, Club Platense and Racing.
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