The Long Island Soccer Football League (LISFL) honored its champions at its annual awards dinner this past month, which included two Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club (a division of the Portuguese American Club) members, former state cup winning coach Jack Dafonte and current vice president Gabriel Marques.
Dafonte, who has been involved in Mineola soccer for over three decades, was nominated earlier this year for the 25 Years of Service award given annually by the Eastern NY State Amateur Soccer Association (ENYSASA), applauded by veterans of the sport for his two state cup championships back in the 1980s. Dafonte is only the second person from Mineola to win this award, next to club co-founder and State Hall-of-Famer John Pereira.
On Thursday, Aug. 16, the Mineola 9/10U Summer Baseball Team took its six game winning streak on the road to New Hyde Park’s Nuzzi field attempting to get a seventh straight win. Unfortunately, Mineola lost 10-9 in the final at bat for New Hyde Park.
Mineola started out fast and furious plating nine runs in the first two innings and making it look like they would cruise to an easy win. Unfortunately, the pitching, that had previously been lights out, their timely hitting and sure fielding all collapsed in a brutal third inning. Mineola pitching suddenly lost the plate and walked numerous hitters. The sure fielding committed a series of errors and Mineola only had two base runners after the second inning. Mineola could not figure out a hard throwing New Hyde Park lefty reliever and he stopped their bats cold.
The Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club (MPSC) Youth Boys U7 Team, the Hurricanes, recently won the TACA Airlines Cup in Hempstead 2-0 in the championship game. They were honored on the steps of 1550 Franklin Avenue by Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, elected officials and representatives from Latin American airline TACA for their victories in the multicultural event held in Hempstead each year.
This, however, was only the start of an incredible summer for the program. From Aug. 10 to Aug. 20, the MPSC Thunder U8 traveled to Argentina and competed against some of the world’s top professional youth clubs such as legendary Argentine teams Club Atlético River Plate, Club Platense and Racing.
Courageous Breast Cancer Survivors received pink carnations at a special presentation, which was dedicated to these amazing women. Judge Scott Fairgrieve was there to show his support by participating in the 2nd Annual “Hope Runs Here” Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk Race. Fairgrieve placed first in his age category (60-64) with a finishing time of 22:21. Town Clerk Steve Labriola was also present to support this outstanding event. Left to right are Breast Cancer Survivors with District Court Judge Scott Fairgrieve (front, left) and Oyster Bay Town Clerk Steve Labriola (front row, right).
The Mineola Hurricanes 11U team completed their 2012 summer season by winning the NJBL 2012 Championship series. The 2012 season started off with a Memorial Day tournament in Mineola against teams from Long Island and New York City, with the Hurricanes coming up short in the championship game, finishing the tournament in second place.
During the NJBL summer season, the boys finished with a 14-2 record in second place heading into the playoffs. The team won the first round of the playoffs by defeating the Nassau Titans behind a stellar pitching performance from Anthony Tramonte going 5.2 innings and a one pitch final out by Issaih Alonzo St-Turin.
On Aug. 8 the Mineola 9/10 summer baseball team hosted a team from the Merillon Little League of New Hyde Park at the Mineola Middle School. Mineola edged out the victory with a 5-4 win, earning their fifth straight victory.
As has been the case all season, Mineola pitching held sway as the team utilized five pitchers to nail down the victory: Jimmy Tighe, Zach Buongiovanni, Steven Collica, Ryan Burke and Derek Lekhwani, who struck out the side in the sixth inning to earn the save.
Y.H. Park TaeKwonDo Academy will be hosting the 2012 New York Open TaeKwonDo Championships/Korean Cultural Festival on Saturday Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. in the Chaminade High School Athletic Center in Mineola.
The tournament will consist of competitive sparring, board breaking, and forms as well as a Team Demo Competitions. Highlighting this year’s event will be a special showcase between the national level team from New York facing off against international rival Team Mexico.
The 17th hole is considered to be a signature hole of the course. During the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open Championships, which were held at Bethpage Black, a loud and enthusiastic crowd helped to put a New York stamp on those tournaments. Barclays tournament directors are hoping for that same excitement as players arrive at the challenging hole.
Under a blazing hot sun, the Mineola 9/10 Summer Baseball took their turns in a friendly, competition against each other in a pitch, hit and run contest on Saturday, Aug. 4. This fun competition, based on the national competition of the same name, challenged the boys in pitching accuracy, hitting distance/accuracy as well as speed on the base paths.
In a very tight race, Zach Bongiovanni prevailed as the team champion, placing first in the hit and run competition. Patrick Solosky was the pitching champion and placed second overall.
Nassau County once again held the Nassau County Executive Cup showcase at Mitchel Field stadium, which involved 96 high school student-athletes from 43 local areas split into two girls and four boys teams on July 21. Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello officially got the event under way after he performed the ceremonial coin toss and congratulated the participants and the fans.
The event’s main focus is to give the high-school athletes, mostly incoming seniors and juniors, an opportunity to give their all in front of college coaches from the northeast.
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