The Mineola Varsity Wrestling Team placed 12 wrestlers in the top 4 to advance to the Nassau County Championship Tournament. Seniors Matt Long and Luigi Miranda lead the way as both have had outstanding years so far. Long has a 25 -1 record while Miranda sports a 20-1 record as a of press time. This is a very young team placed eight sophomores and one freshman along with junior Jacob Escobar. The 12 are as follows:
Julie Falotico is one of Mineola High Schools premiere female athletes. During her four years at Mineola, she has been a three-sport athlete while maintaining academic excellence. An intense competitor, Julie is one of the best defensive players in Conference IV. She averages five assists a game and four steals.
For a small school tucked away in a corner of a small village, The Wheatley School in Old Westbury has accumulated a rich athletic history. The gymnasium has scores of banners hanging, saluting the school’s achievements over the years.
“Two seasons ago, we reached the New York State finals in soccer,’’ athletic director Tom Fitzpatrick said. “We were Nassau County champions in baseball two years ago. Our teams make the playoffs every year. We’re competitive.”
Wheatley is proud of the opportunities it offers its students.
Mineola High School’s Boy’s Winter Track team turned in a solid performance at the 2013 Conference VI Championships held at St. Anthony’s High School on Jan. 17. Conference VI includes nine teams (Mineola, Valley Stream North, Roosevelt, Oyster Bay, Friends Academy, Wheatley, Clarke, Locust Valley, and Cold Spring Harbor.)
Mineola placed second overall and had several outstanding performances.
Mathew Long, a senior student-athlete at Mineola High School, won his 100th varsity match on Jan. 12. One hundred wins is a rare feat for someone in a small-school Division II team who averages only 36 matches per season. He also has a chance of beating the current 15-year school record of 116 varsity wrestling wins.
In addition to serving as captain of the varsity wrestling team for the last two years, Long was named All-Conference in 2009, county champion in 2011 and 2012, and MVP of all the Division II teams in 2012. If he completes the current season as county champion for 2013, Long will then hold the school record for most consecutive county wins in wrestling, as well.
The Mineola Wrestling Team took on Clarke High School on Jan. 9, with highlighted matches by Matt Long, winning by a major decision 13-1 over his opponent and Sophomore Kyle Dunleavy, pinning his opponent in 2:26. Sophomore Peter McCormack also wrestled a very tough opponent, but came up short by a score of 10-5. JV wrestlers John Clancy and James Rodriguez also won their matches.
The girls’ winter track and field team competed at its fourth and final developmental meet at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The girls competed against Conference 6 rivals as well as Conference 1 teams. Sophomore Jenna Pareti set personal records in the high jump and triple jump, with 4 feet 8 inches and 30 feet 1.75 inches, respectively.
The Lady Mustangs of Mineola lost two heart-breakers, to Seaford and to West Hempstead teams, earlier this month.
Seaford beat Mineola 52 to 44, on Jan. 4, and West Hempstead bested the Lady Mustangs, 51 to 39, on Jan. 8.
Erin Connolly and Ryan Keenan have been selected as Outstanding Physical Education students by the Wheatley School Physical Education Department.
Connolly and Keenan were recently honored at an awards banquet held at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The Nassau Zone of the New York State Association sponsors the awards program for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
The SUNY Old Westbury Panthers had a fantastic 2012 season on the baseball diamond—finishing with a record of 30-12—but will be receiving a significant boost by adding Lou Bernardi to the coaching staff as the pitching coach.
“The team had a great deal of success last season, but we’re looking to build on that,” said Bernardi. “I’m looking to instill a good work ethic, and I feel I can help that beginning with their off-season throwing program.”
The New Hyde Park native has had extensive success on the mound. He finished his collegiate career at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in 2010 as the program’s leader in appearances (67), and led the team in saves in 2008 with three.
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