The Corpus Christi girls basketball team is off to a 6-0 start and first place with a two-game lead. This is a pleasant surprise to many as the team is playing in the eighth grade division with only seven eighth graders and five seventh graders. The offense is being directed at point guard by Sarah Rudolph, Marissa Paganelli and Meaghan Carr. The low post scoring is being controlled by Charlotte Renker, Emily Carboine, Ashley Backford, Sabrina Ribiero and Gabrielle Jurksas. Excellent defense and timely baskets are being provided by Madeline Dee, Marjorie Prophete, Katie Barnwell and Kelly Behan. The team heads into the second half of the season clicking on all cylinders. The girls should be very proud of themselves as two teams from last year were combined into one. The coaches, Colleen Carboine and Tom Renker, are impressed by the way the girls have played so unselfishly since the start of the season. One parent stated, “It looks like they have been playing together all along.”
The excitement is in the air as the girls come back from a two-week hiatus and look forward to continuing where they left off. All 8th grade teams will have to be very aware of the Lady Lions, as they look to roar on to the rest of the season.
The Mineola High School girls varsity basketball team will be holding a free basketball clinic on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 3 to 5 p.m. for girls in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades. The focus will be on fundamental skills, strategies and team play through station work, contests and a 3-on-3 tournament.
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On Halloween, the Boys U10 Mineola Revolution bounced back after a gut wrenching loss to Hempstead the prior week by winning a hard fought battle with New Hyde Park, 1-0. Mineola’s defense was solid all game long, thanks to the efforts of Christian Cucinella, Kevin Roach and Philip Periera. While the Revolution’s solid defensive efforts kept New Hyde Park off the scoreboard, Johnny McMahon provided the game winning score off a perfect feed from Christopher Shannon.
The Chiefs 8-year-olds won a tight one 19-18 this past Sunday at home over the East Rockaway Raiders. The Chiefs are now playoff bound as this victory brings their winning record to 8-1 for the season.
The Chiefs’ offense controlled the ball with great blocking by the offensive line centered by Michael LaGinestra and anchored by Kevin Parente, Michael Sinisi, Joe Martello, Andrew Cho, with tight ends Jason Eccher and Lance Costa. Key runs by running backs Thomas Albig, Jack Duff, Andrew Casoria and Michael O’Connell helped the Chiefs’ offense control the ball, along with first time starting quarterback Matt Sluka.
On Nov. 1 at home, the 8-year-old Chiefs kept to their winning ways as they defeated the Uniondale Knights 32-19. This brought the Chiefs winning record to 7-1 and secured a first round home game in the playoffs.
The club is comprised of youngsters in grades 1-8 from East Williston, Old Westbury, Roslyn Heights, Mineola, and many other surrounding towns. Practicing two nights weekly from Nov.17 through late February, the Wildcats split the grapplers into two groups based on experience (beginners 6-7:15 p.m., advanced 7:30-9 p.m.).
Mineola High School seniors Michael Escobar and Michelle Martins were recently chosen as New York State Physical Education Students of the Year. Each year, the Mineola School District selects one male and one female student for the award. Selection is based not upon who is the best athlete, but upon student participation and demonstration of responsibility in their physical education classes. Michelle and Michael will be honored by the President of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Mara Manson, at an awards ceremony for Nassau County students on December 14 at the Crest Hollow Country Club.
Under the leadership of coach Kristin Frazer, the Mineola High School girls cross-country team has won its first championship by defeating all six schools in their division. This is the first championship for the Cross Country program since the fall of 1974.
Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi has announced plans to create a pedestrian walkway and bike path that will extend from New York State’s existing bike path along Hempstead Turnpike to Eisenhower Park, adding approximately 10 total miles. This project will beautify the corner of Old Country Road and Merrick Avenue and open up the historic Hempstead Plains to the public for the first time. The $5 million cost of the plan will be funded in part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project, with county capital money funding the remaining cost.
Two years ago, the Mineola girls’ varsity volleyball team had their backs to the wall in an attempt to qualify for the Nassau County Class B playoffs. A five-set, come-from-behind victory against undefeated Levittown Division was necessary on the last day of the season. This year, the tide turned. The Lady Mustangs were the undefeated behemoth needing a clinching victory against Bethpage to nail down their second conference championship in five years under the tenure of coach Diana Nick-Kohl. The bulls-eye was firmly in place.
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