This weeks “Athlete of the Week” is Mineola wrestler Matt Long. Matt has 118 wins over the course of his career at Mineola. He showed tremendous promise as a middle school wrestler and with his dominance at that level was moved up to the high school level as an eighth-grader.
Long excelled throughout his career on the mat and was a Division II Champion three times. As a result of those accomplishments, Matt wrestled at the state level in the New York State Wrestling Tournament held in Albany for three consecutive years.
Matt was also a member of this years football team and suffered a dislocated hip late in the season. He went through rehabilitation and made it back to wrestle his senior year.
Matt plans to serve his country as an enlisted member of the United States Army after he graduates from Mineola High School.
It was a disappointing end to a great season as the Mineola High School basketball squad lost a quarterfinal match to Roslyn last Tuesday, Feb. 19. Playing at home in front of an enthusiastic crowd, the Mustangs came out in a tough zone defense, keeping the high-scoring Bulldogs in check and only trailing, 18-15 at the end of the first quarter.
Mike Waszczuk was a four-year starter for the Mineola High School Boys Varsity Basketball Mustangs. He averaged 17 points per game and scored a career-high 32 points against Valley Stream North recently. He’s a two-time All-County team selection and wants to continue his basketball career in college. He is interested in playing for St. Josephs’ College of Patchogue, John Jay, Dowling or SUNY Old Westbury.
Chaminade High School track coach Brian Hayes feels the message is simple. “If you’re a boy on Long Island and if you want to run fast, this is a good place to go,” he said.
The record would seem to bear him out. Chaminade has been among the top track programs in Nassau County for quite some time. The Flyers have 150 youngsters from freshmen to senior classes with seven coaches on staff.
“Track here is well-respected with a great tradition,” Hayes said. “It builds on itself. Kids want to be part of it. Our size is our strength. Our kids are driven academically and athletically. They’re motivated both in the classroom and on the field. They want to succeed.”
Senior Captain Fred Lang is one of the most accomplished and hardest working individuals ever to come through the ranks of the Mineola Track and Field program. His unyielding dedication has resulted in a tremendously impressive career with All Division, All Conference, and All County honors throughout his four years at Mineola.
Lang has nearly perfect attendance at practice, and treats every race like a championship event. He is one of the toughest athletes out there, refusing to give up when competitors challenge him.
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.
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