Mineola High School’s Athletic Department congratulated all of its teams that represented the Mineola community with distinction and sportsmanship during the 2011-2012 fall sports season. In addition to multiple team successes, many of our student-athletes were individually honored in their respective sports for succeeding both in the classroom and on the playing field.
Wheatley’s fall athletic teams have each been named a New York State Scholar/Athlete team. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) identifies high school varsity teams for their academic excellence in its Scholar/Athlete Recognition Award Program.
This program, which was initiated by NYSPHSAA twenty-one years ago, recognizes high school athletic teams based upon a composite of the grade point averages among team members. NYSPHSAA also recognizes a team champion, the team with the highest GPA, for each varsity sport. Wheatley has received the team championship recognition for 16 of its varsity teams since entering the program in 2000-2001.
Mineola High School Boys Soccer coach Paul Pereira knew years ago that he had something special in the pipeline when he saw Christian Lird and Denis Lazo-Cruz, just barely out of elementary school; play at the now defunct Mineola Summer Sports Program and as part of the Mineola Middle School soccer program. Lird and Lazo-Cruz, along with a tremendously talented supporting cast that included Daniel Muller, Paul Sandoval, and Richie Forte kept Mineola soccer at the highest levels of Nassau County soccer. The graduation of this class caps off a tremendous resurgence in Mineola soccer that began nearly a decade ago with the likes of Gustavo Dias, Michael Marques, and Nuno Rodrigues.
Christian and Denis were undoubtedly the leaders of this team that enjoyed so much success. Both capped their impressive careers at Mineola with numerous accolades bestowed upon them by Nassau County Soccer Coaches Association and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Denis was named to the All County team for the third consecutive year, a feat only accomplished once before (Michael Marques) in Mineola soccer history.
The Wheatley School is proud to announce that Section VIII-Nassau County Interscholastic Athletic Association has recognized 34 fall Student-Athletes for their exceptional performance in athletics, scholarship, and leadership qualities. William (BJ) Schiela and Ariel Fieldman have been recognized as Scholar-Athletes for their efforts on the athletic field and in the classroom. Throughout their high school careers, these two athletes demonstrated outstanding athletic and scholastic abilities, earning them well-deserved reputations as leaders among their peers.
The New York Islanders Holiday Shopping Spree sponsored by EmblemHealth kicked off a season of giving. This week, the entire New York Islanders team will split up and distribute toys and good cheer to children who are spending the holidays dealing with health issues. They will visit the following:
Stephen and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park; Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow; Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola; Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook; Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip; St. Mary’s Hospital for Children, Bayside; North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset; and the Henry Viscardi School, serving children with severe physical and medical disabilities, Albertson.
With names like Carnage Electra, Amaretto Sourpuss and Chest Blockwell, the Long Island Roller Rebels are as tough as roller girls come – but for one night of the year, their steely gazes are set on raising money for charity.
Throngs of Long Islanders hungry for jammers, whips and a few bruises rolled into Skate Safe in Bethpage for an all-female Roller Derby charity bout on Saturday, Nov. 12.
The drought is finally over, for the first time in 20 years the Chiefs 10-year-olds won the title and brought home the 2011 Nassau County Championship. This past Sunday at Mitchel Field in Uniondale, the Chiefs beat the Long Beach Bulldogs 19-7. It was an exciting game, tensions were high, with a county title on the line, but the Chiefs proved to be too much for the Bulldogs in the end.
This brings the Chiefs Dream Season final winning record to 8-1-1.
Nov. 19-The GU13 Mineola Mini-Mustangs capped their stunning Fall 2011 season with a decisive 5-0 victory over the Wantagh-Seaford Crusaders. The victory gave the division champion Minis their first ever-perfect season. Mineola finished the season at 9-0, outscoring its opponents by an impressive 31-7 margin. In the season finale, Mineola’s superb back line earned 10 offsides calls as they consistently deployed traps against Wantagh’s forwards.
The traps were expertly orchestrated by center back Jillian Palma. Shannon Durham and Cara Kennedy shined as goalkeepers for Mineola, which earned its fifth shutout of the season. Kennedy brilliantly kept the shutout intact, saving a penalty kick (and ensuing rebound shot) awarded Wantagh following a tough foul by Mineola’s talented and physical right-back Valerie Cobos.
On Oct.9, Craig Pinto, executive director of the Kicking 4 Celiac Foundation, attempted to set his second world record within a one year period; once again, he proved to be unstoppable. Last October, Pinto set the Guinness World Record for most American football field goals made in a 12 hour period with 717, while raising money for Celiac Disease research and awareness. This time, he wanted to set the bar a little higher.
Nov.13-The GU13 Mineola Mini-Mustangs improved to 8-0 on the season with a decisive 7-2 victory over the Rockville Centre (RVC) Rave. Six different Mini-Mustangs found the back of the RVC net, leading a balanced attack that moved Mineola within one game of finishing undefeated for the season.
With RVC taking charge in the early going, Mineola’s defense escaped pressure to clear the ball to Christen Patalano, who quickly directed the ball forward to Allison Lamonica ten yards from midfield. Lamonica’s lead pass sent Emma Feimer dashing up the right side, slowing down only to line up a perfect shot past the RVC keeper for the first goal of the game.
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