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).
In a tight game that featured four tie scores, Mineola prevailed 6-5 over Harborfields. Mineola (5-2) started slowly and fell behind 2-0.
Early in the second quarter Aidan McMahon (1 goal, 1 assist), who went 5-for-5 on face-offs, picked up the loose ball and found Aidan Tice (1 goal, 2 GB) on the crease, who didn’t hesitate on a hard shot and scored. After Harborfields went ahead 3-1, Jon Salamone caused a turnover, scooped up by Matt Ferrone (1 assist, 4 GB) where he ran up the field and fed Sean Pecora who blasted one past the Harborfields goalie to make it a one-score game.
Jeffrey Yi took home gold while representing U.S Taekwondo of Mineola at the 2012 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championship. Master Soo Yong Jeon, the coach and the head master of U.S. Taekwondo, expressed how proud he is that Yi won the gold medal at the championship.
This past Mother’s Day on Sunday May 13, playing on the road, the fifth grade Chiefs lacrosse team won one for the moms and upset the undefeated power house Manhasset Indians 9-5. The Chiefs offense was on fire with great team play. The boys moved the ball up and down the field against the Indians with ease.
Chiefs (5-1) team play and unselfishness resulted in scoring by midfielder’s Michael O’Connell (2 goals, 3 assists), Luke Baskind (1 goal, 1 assist), Matt Sluka (1 goal), Thomas Albig (1 goal) and attackmen Caden Hawkinson (2 goals) and Mark Chiappone (1 goal).
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.
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