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.
The New York Islanders announced on Sept. 8 the launch of their campaign to celebrate their 40-Year Anniversary. The Islanders played their first National Hockey League season in 1972 and are proud to celebrate 40 years on Long Island.
The theme for the Islanders’ upcoming season is “Commitment,” representing the organization’s ongoing commitment to its fans and the Long Island community.
Oct. 2-The BU7 Mineola Mavericks once again relied on strong and steady goalkeeping from Lukian Lawro, Nick Kostulias and Malcolm Decollibus to win its fourth straight game to open the season. Tommy Renner got the scoring started for Mineola, who also had two goals from Mac Kelly and single tallies from Decollibus and James Rosellon to beat the Uniondale Periquitos Jr. 5-0 at Wilson Park. Jack Wilson, Lucca Boutin and Luke Williams also contributed strong games for the Mavericks.
In its 2011 season opener, the Chiefs 10-year-olds went on the road and continued on in their winning ways from last season as they beat the Long Beach Bulldogs 40-14.
The Chiefs Offense led by the speedy quarterback Michael O’Connell (3 TDs) and the strong runs by Running Backs Lance Costa (1 TD), Naz Jackson (1 TD, 1 XP), Jack Duff (1TD) and Matt Sluka (2 XPs) were able to move the ball because of the great blocking by the offensive line of Kevin Parente, Patrick McTiernan, Anthony Giunta, Brandon Coward, Michael LaGinestra, tightends Dylan Vincenti and Philip Arnold.
Sept. 11-The BU7 Mineola Mavericks have begun their season with three straight victories. In the season opener, Jack Sargent (2 goals), EJ Van Grembergen, Lucca Boutin and Lukian Lawro provided the scoring as Mineola topped Breezy Point 5-0.
Malcolm DeCollibus, Sargent, and Mike Duda combined as goalkeepers for the shutout. One week later Mineola followed their opener with an exciting 2-1 win over the Seaside Kickers. Mac Kelly’s goal gave the Mavericks a 1-0 lead, which they doubled on a penalty kick strike from Lukian Lawro.
Sept. 18-Led by two first-half assists from Emma Feimer, the GU13 Mineola Mini-Mustangs improved to 2-0 this season with a 4-1 win over the tough Auburndale Jaguars. Feimer’s two assists, off crosses from the right corner, led to goals by Christen Patalano and Natalia Cotto.
Mineola’s possession game kept the ball away from Auburndale’s talented forwards for much of the first half. Katie Russelman earned Mineola a corner kick early in the second half. The resulting corner provided Mineola with the critical third goal, as Allison Lamonica’s cross ricocheted past the Auburndale keeper.
On Saturday, Sept. 17 the Mineola Athletic Association (MAA) fall 10U intramural baseball team traveled to Malverne’s Whalen Field to pick up its first win of the season, defeating Malverne 21-5.
Mineola opened the game with a big first inning. The first three batters, Patrick Solosky, Kieran O’Gara and Kenny Solosky all drew walks to open the game.
The rebirth of the boys’ soccer program at Mineola in the last decade has brought considerable notoriety and success to the school. This year the team expects to continue that tradition.
The task in 2011 will be no different for the Mustangs. Coach Paul Pereira, entering his 15th season, is looking to extend the team’s playoff streak to eight consecutive years and 11 out of the last 15.
The Williston Park Lady Patriots 12U softball team captured its second consecutive Little League District championship this summer. The team played well, winning each game in the district tournament. Most of the team were eligible to play in the 10U division.
The girls began the defense of their title against Manhasset and were led on the field with strong pitching from Patricia Gannon who gave up only two hits and struck out nine over five innings. Brianna Giordano was steady at second base, recording five outs.
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