Every year the most experienced members of a team move on, while new members get ready to develop and fill the shoes of those before them. The success of former teams does not guarantee success in the future, as every team must develop and grow on their own.
The Mineola Girls Varsity Spring Track and Field team fought for conference and county championships and coach John Fretz knew that his team was up for a challenge.
Consisting of about 20 girls, the team is put at a disadvantage because of its size.
The 126 pound jockey said it was an unbelievable race, even though the win didn’t come with spoiling history. I’ll Have Another was scratched one day before a chance to push Affirmed aside in the history books as the last to win all three jewels of the Triple Crown. The horse became the second since 1936 to win the first two legs, only to be unable to compete in the “Test of Champions.”
While many may not have made the trek to Elmont this year without the treat of a Triple Crown, longtime racing fan Louis Howe still made the 3-hour drive from North Hampton, MA to see the race.
The inspiration for this “field of dreams” didn’t exactly come from a dream and most likely won’t be played on by the ghost of famous old time baseball players, but the story of the brand new softball field at Mineola High School, and the season that was played on it, created a stir nonetheless.
As the Mineola School District underwent a reconfiguration that included the loss of the Cross Street Elementary School, the Mineola Varsity Softball team needed a new place to call home, no longer having access to the Cross Street softball field that the team had played at for years.
Adversity is an inevitable part of sports. The 2012 Mineola Boys Varsity Lacrosse team found its way through early season distractions with a mid-season winning streak and playoff push.
With the promotion of coach Matt Antoniou, the team regained focus and stability.
Playing on the road again this past Sunday, May 20, the fifth-grade Mineola Chiefs lacrosse team beat the South Huntington Wildcats 7-3. The Chiefs (6-1) team play and passing resulted in scoring by midfielder’s Michael O’Connell (3 goals, 2 assists) and attackmen Caden Hawkinson (2 goals), Mark Chiappone (2 goals).
In a tight game that featured four tie scores, Mineola prevailed 6-5 over Harborfields. Mineola (5-2) started slowly and fell behind 2-0.
Early in the second quarter Aidan McMahon (1 goal, 1 assist), who went 5-for-5 on face-offs, picked up the loose ball and found Aidan Tice (1 goal, 2 GB) on the crease, who didn’t hesitate on a hard shot and scored. After Harborfields went ahead 3-1, Jon Salamone caused a turnover, scooped up by Matt Ferrone (1 assist, 4 GB) where he ran up the field and fed Sean Pecora who blasted one past the Harborfields goalie to make it a one-score game.
Jeffrey Yi took home gold while representing U.S Taekwondo of Mineola at the 2012 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championship. Master Soo Yong Jeon, the coach and the head master of U.S. Taekwondo, expressed how proud he is that Yi won the gold medal at the championship.
This past Mother’s Day on Sunday May 13, playing on the road, the fifth grade Chiefs lacrosse team won one for the moms and upset the undefeated power house Manhasset Indians 9-5. The Chiefs offense was on fire with great team play. The boys moved the ball up and down the field against the Indians with ease.
Chiefs (5-1) team play and unselfishness resulted in scoring by midfielder’s Michael O’Connell (2 goals, 3 assists), Luke Baskind (1 goal, 1 assist), Matt Sluka (1 goal), Thomas Albig (1 goal) and attackmen Caden Hawkinson (2 goals) and Mark Chiappone (1 goal).
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