The Mineola Athletic Program capped off a great year with the 2014 varsity Awards Banquet held at Jericho Terrace. The evening was well attended as over 300 people packed the room to honor the efforts of all the members of the Athletic Program. Special award winners included Jake Tavernite and Courtney Capobianco, who were given the Sportsmanship Awards based on their athletic achievement and ability to create a positive competitive environment for their teammates throughout their careers at Mineola.
John Lusardi and Emily Martins received the coaches’ “Old Reliable” awards based on consistent overall effort and team contributions throughout the course of their participation in the program. Katie
Priolo and Vincent Bieniek won Athlete of the Year honors.
Mineola Mustangs baseball standout Nick Iadevaio was selected to play in the recent Nassau County Blue Chip Prospects All Star Game at SUNY Farmingdale. Iadevaio was selected by a panel of coaches who chose the best of all Long Island high school baseball players to take part in this event.
The BU10 Mineola FC squad used a balanced offensive effort to top North Shore 4-2 at Wilson Park on May 31. Mineola’s offense constantly spread North Shore’s defenders apart during the game, with long diagonal passes to the corners. Mineola’s first score came off a Greg Kenney shot which ricocheted off a North Shore defender and into the goal.
Minutes later, Kenney’s cross found Liam Russelman in front of the North Shore net, where the skillful midfielder volleyed the ball expertly past the keeper. Liam Going provided Mineola’s third goal, driving a hard shot from the top of the penalty area past the diving keeper. Mineola’s balanced offense featured a fourth goal scorer, as Chris Feathers perfectly spun and one-timed a terrific missile of a shot across the goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net.
Courtney Capobianco enjoyed a stellar senior year as the Mineola High School girls lacrosse team looked to rebuild this season. Faced with being the captain of a young and inexperienced team, Capobianco met the challenge by letting her play do the talking.
She scored 61 goals and nabbed nine assists to lead the team to a fourth place finish in Conference IV. Her gregarious demeanor, good heart, and strong work ethic also kept the team upbeat all year and aided in their improvement.
Along with being an Academic All-American in lacrosse, Capobianco also was an accomplished volleyball player, who led her team to a semifinal berth in the county tournament. She will attend Lehigh University in the fall.
In the summer of 2011, Muireann Phelan, a 2009 graduate of Mineola High School, cycled from Baltimore, MD to Portland, OR with 30 other college students. They cycled over 4,500 miles while raising funds for an organization called The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, 4K for Cancer. The organization is dedicated to helping young adults who are affected by cancer. Muireann undertook this challenge in honor of her father, Paddy, who had been battling cancer since 2009. With the help of family, friends and the community she grew up in, she was able to raise $7,500.
Tornado Whirls Past Cheetahs
Meghan Heckelman’s two early goals set the stage for the GU12 Mineola Tornado (3-0-1) in their commanding 5-0 victory over the Port Washington Cheetahs at Harbor Links on May 5. Sasha Guriel’s efforts provided the next Mineola score. Guriel finished the play, burying the resulting penalty kick with a quality strike on the ball. Rebecca Sparacio beat two players with the ball before delivering a blistering shot over the fingertips of the Cheetah keeper.
FC Tops Port Washington
Struggling through the first warm day of the season, the BU10 Mineola FC squad found a way to win 3-0 against a tight defending Port Washington team on May 10. James Teadore’s first goal gave Mineola (4-0-1) a lead it would hold until late in the second half. Teadore, playing in the striker role, pounced on a loose ball off a corner kick in front of the Port Washington goal and drove it home less than a minute into the game.
The Mineola Mustangs Softball team completed an excellent season with two exciting games in the Nassau County Playoffs.
The Lady Mustangs met Floral Park in the first round of the playoffs on Friday, May 16, beating the Spartans 8-4.
It was the third meeting of the season with Floral Park, with Mineola winning the first two games.
The Mineola Lightning BU16 squad first faced the Garden City Park Eagles United in a third round Long Island Cup match on May 4.
Garden City Park was ahead 1-0 at the break with solid play from Mineola keeper Joe Martins and fullbacks Brian Tavares and Alec Leitman. The second half saw the Lightning mounting better attacks despite falling behind 2-0.
Forward Joe Cucinella found the back of the net for Mineola drawing the Lightning within one. Garden City Park took advantage of open space and sealed the win with a late score making the final tally 3-1.
The Lightning resumed league play on the road against the Copiague Arsenal. The Lightning took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a penalty kick by Cucinella. Copiague responded with a goal to even the score shortly before halftime.
Midfielder Andi Tuti connected with forward Kevin Vecchione who beat the Copiague keeper to narrow the Arsenal lead. The Lightning lost 3-2.
The BU10 Mineola FC team played to a frustrating scoreless draw with the West Hempstead Titans at Soccer Park in Plainview on April 26. Mineola had numerous chances to score but the talented goalkeeper for the Titans made several diving and sprawling saves, including a terrific reaction save against Mineola’s Liam Going from five yards away to send a hard shot over the bar.
Mineola continued to press and eventually found the winner, or so they thought.
Mineola High School Senior Anthony Cueter has grown into a leader on and off the track for the boys’ spring track and field team since he joined the team as a freshman. Cueter is a consistent scorer for the team in the 400m dash, 200m dash, and 400 intermediate hurdles. The event he enjoys the most is the 4x400 relay because of the length of the race and the fact he gets to compete with his teammates as a unit.
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