The Mineola Mustangs Varsity Softball team (8-4) defeated Division (9-3) in a comeback 4-3 victory to gain entry into the League II Conference 3 playoffs. Mineola is the second seeded team and Division is the number one seeded team.
Pitcher Emily Skupp scored the teams first run in the first inning, and the Mustangs held onto that lead until the fifth inning when Division took over with three runs by Kim Beattie, Alexis Alvino and Julie Wielder. With only two innings remaining, they had to act fast, and that they did.
Christina Hefele, usually a stand-out player on defense, turned in a strong offensive performance, scoring her first two career goals as the Mineola White topped the Red 6-1 at Wilson Park on April 28. Jenna Anderson contributed her first goal of the season off a terrific, hard shot.
Emily Kille added a goal and Kerriann Zappalla also scored for the White. Emily Marotta scored for the Red who struggled all game against solid goalkeeping from Melissa Pereira.
Mineola broke through with a win…or, to be more accurate, they walked through for a win.
It wasn’t pretty, but the Mustangs took advantage of some wild Seaford pitching, drawing 12 walks en route to a 9-8 win on Thursday, May 3. The victory ended a six-game losing streak, including the first two against Seaford earlier this week.
Led by solid pitching and timely hitting, the Orioles topped the Cardinals 11-7 in its MAA minor league game on April 21. Sean Fracclvieri, Joey Franzini, Ryan Burke and Joey Franzini starred in the game for the Orioles, delivering RBI hits. The Cardinals were led in the field by two fantastic, unassisted double plays by Jimmy Tighe. Liam Russelman sparked the Cards offense, scoring three runs and driving in two. Matthew Cobos and Jack Mackey each scored runs for the Cardinals’ off great base running.
Over a rain-soaked 24 hours, Mineola fell to the Spartans, 5-4 on Wednesday, April 25 and 3-1 on Thursday, April 26. The losses came on the heels of a 3-1 loss at VSN on Tuesday, putting the Mustangs at 3-8, and their playoff hopes in serious jeopardy.
Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park, had a choice of one, two or three days at Boot Camp. Boot Camp is intense, fun and creative. Daily fitness goals and conditioning are two of the main aspects of the event. Some highlights include artistic and technical presentations, team obstacle courses and sparring.
The win ends a brief two-game skid for the Mustangs (3-5), as there’s little margin for error if they hope to see the post season this year.
The fifth-grade Mineola Chiefs lacrosse team went on the road Sunday, April 15 and outlasted the Floral Park Titans 10-6. This brings the young Chiefs early season record to 2-0. All the boys played and participated in the victory.
The Chiefs offense was on a mission as they moved the ball up and down the field against the Titans. Chiefs midfielder’s Matt Sluka (3 goals), Michael O’Connell (2 goals, 3 assists), Darien Lloyd (1 goal), Joey Ruscillo (1 goal, 1 assist) and attackmen Caden Hawkinson (1 goal, 1 assist), Mark Marinkovik (1 goal) and Marc Chiappone (1 goal) provided the scoring.
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.
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