Mineola residents took advantage of the John S. DaVanzo Community Pool during a recent early-season heat wave and dived headfirst into summer. Ninety-plus degree heat and humidity made for perfect swimming conditions as residents sought relief at our pristine community pool.
The miniature-golf course and outdoor batting cage at Eisenhower Park are now operating under longer summer hours. The batting cage opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m., with last tokens sold at 8:30 p.m., while the mini-golf course opens at 10 a.m. and sells the last round of golf at 9 p.m.
From July 6 to July 10, the “Greater New York Sandlot Baseball Classic” will take place, matching thirty of the metro area’s best 18-year-old baseball players in a five-game tournament against Team USA Baseball’s 18U National Team in locations throughout the New York area. The event will be sponsored by the New York Mets, among others, and has historic roots and alumni such as greats like Manny Ramirez, Al Kaline and Joe Torre.
Mineola resident Mike Martin has recently been named to the team after rigorous try-outs throughout the past month. From 7,500 eligible players, 240 were selected. That group was cut down to 50 two weeks ago and now completed the roster with 30.
On Monday, July 19, the Marty Lyons Foundation will host its 25th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic at the Old Westbury Golf and Country Club. Brothers Mike Ryan, president of The LandTek Group and Ed Ryan, vice president of The LandTek Group, will be honored at the event as the 2010 Men of the Year. The LandTek Group, the foremost leader in athletic field and golf course construction, is the corporate sponsor of the fundraising event. Golf-outing registration and brunch will be 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and the cocktail and dinner reception will be at 5:30 p.m.
Students at Charles Water and Fitness in Williston Park completed a series of extensive exams to receive belt promotions. Congratulations to the following students:
Centre Island Beach in Bayville will be the place to be for summer fun when the American Red Cross in Nassau County celebrates its 21st Annual Swim-A-Cross, Saturday, July 24, with a huge family-friendly party on the beach.
Two 8-0 teams in the third-grade Mineola Chiefs and third-grade Belmore Braves faced off at the Lacrosse Jamboree held at Farmingdale College on June 13. It could have gone either way but ended in a 12-9 Chiefs victory as Mineola captured its first ever championship.
The 2009 – 2010 athletic season brought great success and pride to the Mineola community. A tremendous amount of credit is due to the athletes and coaches who dedicated themselves throughout the year. This year our program captured five conference championships and one Division II County Championship in wrestling and a boys Class A Spring Track County Championship.
The Mineola Chiefs 5th grade lacrosse teams combined to go 14-0 to win the 5th grade championship.
The two goalies, Joe Megeil, 53 saves, 1 shutout and Charlie Clancy, a converted defenseman, 31 saves, 2 shutouts, provided the stop-gap. Megeil’s best game came against Wantagh as he made 14 saves, 7 coming in the fourth quarter, to lead Mineola to victory. Clancy’s best game came against Seaford as he made 9 saves, 3 in the last two minutes of the game to beat Seaford.
The Mineola Boys Track and Field Team has produced one of its most successful seasons ever. The team finished with a record of 13-1 in league meet play; its only blemish was a defeat to the eventual Division 4A champion, Valley Stream North. At the Division 4A championships at Valley Stream High School, the team scored a school history high 114 points, which landed Mineola in second place overall after the meet. All-division athletes included Italo Amorim in the 400 meter intermediate hurdles, Marco Oliveira in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, Juan Lopez in the 110 meter high hurdles, Joe Dores in the Triple Jump, Derek Cole in the Long Jump, High Jump, 400 meter dash and D’Andre Ellerbe in the Discus.
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