Wednesday, Nov. 9, former MAA player, Caitlin Kennedy signed the National Letter of Intent to play softball for the University of Rhode Island (URI). Caitlin is currently a senior at Kellenberg Memorial High School. She verbally committed to URI in July of 2011. Kennedy’s family along with Ken Solosky, (brother of the late Ed Solosky, Athletic Director of Kellenberg Memorial) were present for the signing. Caitlin was on the Mineola Heat, part of the team that brought two Championships to Mineola.
Nov. 6-The BU7 Mineola Mavericks traveled to Bellmore to play in a mini-tournament with the FC Bellmore PAL Chelsea and FC Roosevelt United. In the opener Mikie Duda put the Mavericks ahead early but Bellmore tied the score before halftime. The Mavericks scored four goals to break the game wide open in the second half and secure their victory.
After an up and down season the Mineola Varsity Football team finished the regular season in playoff position. The Mustangs started out the season with a 26–6 loss to the now first-place and #1 playoff seed Locust Valley. The Mustangs rebounded from that loss with a victory over Friends Academy and a 28 –7 win over Oyster Bay on Homecoming.
The team had been without the services of returning All County running back Steve Napolitano. Steve suffered a broken ankle over the summer and after rehabilitation played his first game against #2 seed Roosevelt High School. Although Steven was not quite his normal self, his addition to the team would be a big plus. The Mustangs took an 18–6 lead into the fourth quarter but faltered in the end as Roosevelt came away with the victory.
Snow in October? The Chiefs 10-year-olds played at home last Sunday on a snow covered field at Tully Park and beat the Uniondale Knight’s 39-19. Even with the snow, it was all about the offense on this day as the Chiefs were hot and made the snow melt. This brings the Chiefs record to 5-1-1.
On Sunday, Oct. 16, the Mineola 10U intramural baseball team hosted East Williston at the Willis Avenue field complex. Mineola defeated East Williston 15-6.
The Mineola offense put on a show with big hits by several Mineola players. Almost every Mineola player reached base at least once. The Mineola offense was led by Kenny Solosky, 2-for-2 with a double, two RBI’s and two runs scored, Jordan Sandler, 2-for-2, 2 runs scored, Derek Lekhwani, Kevin Roach, Nick Librandi, David Escorcia, Patrick Lanigan and Josh Giron.
The Chiefs 10-year-olds went on the road and were victorious as they beat the Inwood Buccaneers 22-6. The first half was a defensive battle, with each team fighting to get on the board first. With just enough time to run one more play before going into half time, the Chiefs used a play out of the Boise State Broncos playbook. Chiefs’ quarterback Michael O’Connell pitched the ball to running back Matt Sluka going to the right.
The Mineola Chiefs’ 10-year-old team played a home game at Hampton Stadium and beat the Hicksville Crusaders 37-20. It was an offensive bonanza, as all the boys played and participated in the victory.
The Chiefs’ offense led by quarterback Michael O’Connell (2 TD’s) and the strong runs by running backs Lance Costa (1 TD), Jack Duff (2 TD’s) and Matt Sluka (1 TD) and Naz Jackson were able to move the ball because of the strong sound blocking by the offensive line of Michael LaGinestra, Kevin Parente, Patrick McTiernan, Anthony Giunta, Brandon Coward, Tight-ends Dylan Vincenti and Philip Arnold.
The Mineola Golf Team concluded its 2011 season with a 3-7 record. Despite a losing record the individual team members continued to show improvement in their overall game.
This year’s squad was extremely young, consisting of one senior Willie Cashin, four sophomores Captain John Lusardi, Tim Gill, Matt Eisen, Brendan Healey, and five freshman Tom Farrell, Chris Fischer, Steven Gessner, Vitushan Nimalen, and Brandan Durham.
Craig Pinto could edge former New York Yankee great Reggie Jackson for the title of “Mr. October,” in philanthropic terms anyway.
The Mineola resident kicked 1,000 field goals in 24 hours on Oct. 9 at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay. Pinto inadvertently christened the football field, being that it hasn’t been officially opened yet.
The GU13 Mineola Mini-Mustangs captured the Keystone Fall Festival Championship in dramatic fashion, as goalkeeper Cara Kennedy’s terrific diving save on the final shootout kick ended a great game between Mineola and the talented Lower Macugnie (PA) Socceroos. The shootout win capped a thrilling weekend for the Mini’s, who went 3-1 in the tournament to capture the first place title.
Trailing 1-0 late in the first half of the final game, the Mini’s tied the score off a 50-yard shot by Meghan Lafaye, whose long kick ricocheted off a Socceroos defender and into the goal. Thanks to tremendous defensive efforts by Mineola’s Valerie Cobos, Jillian Palma, Michelle Viola and Brianna Lopes, the exciting game remained scoreless through the second half and 10 minutes of sudden death overtime, before the shootout began.
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