April 25– The Mineola Lightning Girls Softball Team improved its record to 5-0. The Lightning have been led by the strong pitching of Tierney Fitzgerald and Shannon Durham and solid fielding by Hannah Hoyt, Kellie Cassidy and Courtney Scheuer. They are also swinging their bats well with timely hits by Sara McCarthy, Valerie Cobos, Stella Davis and Kayla Orefice. The Lightning’s offense has been averaging more than 10 runs per game. Christina Benintendi, Angelina Filpo-Toscano, Samantha Marcia, Angelina Morelli, Victoria Ondris and Lyndsey Reuther round out the squad, which since forming in January has improved significantly because of the dedication of the girls. All of their hard work is now paying off.
The Mineola Varsity Softball team has been in the process of rebuilding since its conference championship in 2008. With big losers such as Alyssa Palma and Nicole Reardon, the team had to find their way again. Fourth-year varsity starter Michelle Morrison has taken over the role of team captain. She is an inspirational leader who has overcome many obstacles such as shoulder surgery last February.
It has been an exciting first couple of weeks for the Mineola Mustangs Baseball team. It opened up the season on April 6 with a home win vs. Hewlett. After losing the next two games, both Coach Helms Bohringer and Coach Barry Silverstein weren’t going to give up on the team. They have been working the kids even harder knowing that a couple of big series were on the way.
The Mineola Chiefs third grade boys lacrosse team went on the road and defeated the Farmingdale Dalers 6-2 on April 11. The Chiefs scoring was produced by midfielders Michael O’Connell (4 Goals) and Jack Duff (2 Goals).
In its first game against the Mount Sinai Lady Stampede, Joanna Graca scored both of Mineola’s goals in their 2-0 win. One of Graca’s tallies came off a straight cross from Jordyn Sinert. The Red Bulls’ defensive line was led by by Nicole Hetzel and Jessica Gugliemeli. Haley Tarantino had several saves in goal to earn a shutout. Erin Patterson and Kaitlyn Assalone played a solid midfield.
Swimmers of all skill-levels are invited to enjoy a fun-filled morning while raising funds for a worthy cause at Winthrop-University Hospital’s Ninth Annual Swim-a-Thon on Sunday, April 18 from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Hofstra University’s Swim Center. Open to swimmers ages 6 and older, the swim-a-thon will raise vital funds for the hospital’s Child Life Program through which certified Child Life Specialists utilize play and education to improve the understanding of medical procedures; teach relaxation techniques to help the patients cope with illness or surgery, and provide emotional support for the entire family.
The 1st Annual Soldiers Walk will take place on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15. The walk will be held at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park Marina at the end of South Street, starting at 8 a.m. The Soldier’s Walk is to benefit America’s VetDogs, a nonprofit group that supplies service dogs to veterans.
The students and their friends attended a meeting of the East Norwich Civic Association where Sgt. Tony Larson, an injured veteran of the war in Iraq and his service dog Tomme met with the public. Mr. Larson, 29, a resident of Minnesota spoke about how his life has changed for the better since receiving his service dog, Tomme.
As I conclude a five-year stint as publicity director for the Mineola Athletics Booster Club and primary correspondent on behalf of the Mineola American for Mineola High School Varsity Athletics, I am emboldened by a young student who has stepped up to fill the void in my absence.
The Mineola girls basketball team fresh from coming off their first conference championship in over 30 years had another victorious night as their coach and all five starters won various awards at the Annual Nassau County Girls Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Star Dinner, held March 23 at the Crest Hollow Country Club.
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