The Mineola Athletic Department announced the following senior award winners. These awards were presented at the Senior Breakfast and the Athletic Awards Banquet.
Joe Massaro and Kerri Medlock –Athletes of the Year
Quinn Paggi and Nicole Lockwood –Old Reliable Coaches Award
Steven Napolitano and Alicia Mercurio –Sportsmanship Award
Kelsey Napolitano and Robbie Clarkin –Student Athlete Leadership Award
Tom Breslin, Robbie Clarkin, Zachary Englis, Matthew Moro, Kevin Mulder, Nicole Vella, Craig Weber, David Gorry and Kerri Medloc –Booster Club Senior Scholarship Award Winners
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,” said 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.”
Mineola School District Superintendent Michael Nagler honored seven Mineola High School athletes for their accomplishments at the June 21 business meeting. Seniors Joe Massaro, Kerri Medlock, Quinn Paggi, Steve Napolitano, Robbie Clarkin, Zachary Englis, and Matthew Moro were present.
Englis ran cross-country fall, winter and spring track and is Mineola High School’s salutatorian. He will attend Hofstra University in the fall.
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).
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