It was a great day for a ballgame in Mineola on Saturday, April 14, and because the weather cooperated, a parade was thrown in for good measure. The Mineola Athletic Association (MAA) kicked off the spring season with its annual parade, culminating in an awards ceremony at the MAA ball fields off Willis Avenue.
The Mineola High School marching band led the charge through the streets, as Little Leaguers and parents from the world of Mineola baseball, softball and soccer wore their team colors proudly, and displayed the banners of the many local sponsors that keep the MAA afloat.
The Lead The Way Fund will host its annual Lead The Way (LTW) Lacrosse Day For Heroes “Regs Rock” game at Chaminade High School (CHS) in Mineola on Saturday, April 28. The game is a two-game shootout between the two top-tier high school lacrosse teams, the Chaminade Flyers and the Manhasset Indians.
The one day event, which attracted more than 2,000 spectators in 2011, recognizes past and present protectors of the American flag and honors the life of local hero Sgt. James J. Regan (CHS ’98), who was killed in action while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment Soldiers. He was 26.
Back to back walks were all it took to get the visitors going in the first, with both runners finding themselves in scoring position on a combination of steals and throwing errors trying to prevent them. It would be a recurring theme throughout the game, and three straight hits made it 4-0 Vikings in a matter of minutes.
The U.S.Taekwondo School took 11 students to the New York State Championship this year. They competed in Olympic sparring forms and board breaking. “I am very proud of the way our students competed,” master Jeon Soo Yong said. “They worked very hard to prepare for championship, and it paid off for them.”
Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located in Williston Park, have received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.
“Our goal at Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Mr. Charles Water owner and director of the school. “Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”
On March 26, the Long Island Ducks announced the signing of pitcher Gustavo Chacin. The former Major Leaguer begins his first season in the Atlantic League and 14th in professional baseball.
“Gustavo brings a tremendous amount of Major League experience to our rotation,” says Ducks President/General Manager Michael Pfaff. “We are excited to see him on the mound this season.”
The Mineola High School Girls Varsity Softball team celebrated its inaugural softball game on the newly constructed girls softball field with a 9-1 victory over the West Hempstead Rams. The day began with opening ceremonies conducted by athletic director Ralph Amitrano. Families and friends of the players, school administrators, teachers and even the contractors who built the facility joined in to christen the new diamond.
The winter sports season at Mineola High School recently concluded. Several teams qualified for the playoffs and multiple student athletes qualifying and competing at the state competitions the Mustangs excelled both on the courts and in the classroom.
The boys track team won its conference championship and had an impressive list of All County and All Conference runners. They were also awarded the conference Sportsmanship Award.
The New York Islanders will play the first-ever NHL game at Barclays Center on Tuesday, Oct. 2, when they take on the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. The preseason game will mark the first hockey event at Barclays Center, the new major sports and entertainment venue, which will officially open on Sept. 28 with the first of multiple Jay-Z concerts. The game will also mark the first NHL game to be played in Brooklyn.
“We’re extremely excited to play the first NHL game in the new, state-of-the-art Barclays Center,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “We already have some of the most passionate fans in the league supporting our young team, and we are looking forward to expanding our base into Brooklyn.”
The foundation for character building and success starts at home. The schools and role models that impact your child’s life assist in reinforcing the aspirations that you have for your child’s development and future.
Karatatot which is a unique program offered by Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park, is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 4½ and up. In a fun-filled and nurturing setting, your children learn concentration, discipline, respect, as well as an understanding of self defense at their own level.
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