Nicole Forte, a senior at Mineola High School, is the co-captain and starting center midfielder on Mineola’s Girls Varsity soccer team.
Forte is an exceptional player, who earned a starting spot on the varsity team as a freshman. Throughout the past four years, her speed, footwork and ability earned Forte recognition throughout the county.
The Mineola Mustangs girls varsity volleyball team started off the season defeating the Clarke Rams in three games, 25-21, 25-17 and 25-14. Courtney Copabianco led the team with five aces and Valerie Fischer notched 11 kills. The team looks to challenge Seaford for the Conference title this year as they did in 2012. The Mustangs lost to Seaford in the county finals last year.
The expectations for Mineola High School’s 2013 boys varsity soccer season will be more measured than in recent years, with a fresh crop of young talent. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
The Mustangs expect to be competitive in the very near future with junior Daniel Pardo returning (14 goals in 2 seasons) and a solid defense led by junior goalkeeper Andrew Pereira and anchored by senior sweeper Chris Farrell.
The U9 and U10 Mineola Hurricanes Travel Baseball teams recently held an end of the summer mixed scrimmage to celebrate a successful travel season. Coaches Rich Macchietto and Dan Othman decided this would help the teams prep for the fall season.
The U9 and U10 boys were mixed together to create two teams: Dan’s Dorks and the Macchietto Mutts. Dan’s Dorks came out on top winning 14-9 in an all-around slugfest. The game was followed by a pizza party for all players, coaches and families.
Not many high school football teams have the stability at the head coaching position that Mineola has. For the past 27 seasons, the Mustangs have counted on Dan Guido to lead them to victory.
Born and raised in Mineola, Guido and his whole family are very much a part of the tradition of the town and of the high school’s success. Guido’s son was a member of the football team 10 years ago. Even his daughter played a tremendous role, earning her peers’ vote for “Best Athlete” her senior year.
Representing Team USA is a tremendous honor, even for athletes and coaches who have had illustrious careers in their respective sports. For Bill Jaffe, it was extra special, coming full circle.
A former standout hockey player at the University of Michigan in the late 1980s, Jaffe had the honor of coaching the USA men’s ice hockey team to a silver medal in the Maccabiah tournament in Israel last month. It was the first time that ice hockey was a part of the tournament since 1997, when Jaffe was team captain.
Coming off a disappointing first-round exit in the playoffs last season, Mineola football is looking to make some serious noise in Conference IV of Nassau County. Many of the team’s impact players from last season are returning, and the added experience could spell trouble for their foes.
“We have a good group of returning players,” said head coach Dan Guido, starting his 27th season at the helm of the Mustangs.
Local students in Karatatot, a unique program offered by Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park, recently received balance tips through a series of tests. Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 4 and up. In a fun filled and nurturing setting your children learn concentration, discipline, respect, as well as an understanding of self defense at his or her own level. Congratulations to all the Karatatot’s:
The Town of North Hempstead honored the Long Island Champion Wheatley High School Baseball team at its recent town board meeting. Councilman Tom Dwyer presented certificates to 12 members of the team who attended the ceremony, along with coaches Paul Paino and Matt Haig.
Wheatley won the Nassau County and Long Island Championships back in June, as well as the Southeast Regional Championship, before losing in the New York State Championship of Class B. Dwyer was honored by Coach Paino with a commemorative championship shirt in recognition of the Councilman’s support of the Wheatley High School Baseball Program, and the fact that he played for Coach Paino back in the early 1980s.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano honored Carlos Mendes of the New York Cosmos Soccer Team at the 2nd Annual Portugal Day Celebration. Mendes was born in Mineola and played youth soccer for the Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club.
He continues to give back to the Portuguese-American community by participating with many youth organizations across Long Island.
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