The Mineola Chiefs 9-year old team won the NCYFL division championship with a victory over Elmont 19-13. The team finished the year with a 7-3 record. The list of names on the picture is as follows: Bottom row left to right: Ricky Santos, Jared St. John, Jonathan Advocate-Ross, Joe Sullivan, Jon-Paul Gonzalez, Sebastian Turcios, Eric Fox, Second Row: Justin Menos, John DeRidder, Anthony Arocho, Lucas Pelaez, Kunal Suri, Jordan Chin, Michael Marcy, Bert Cumming, Third Row: Dominic Milazzo, Terrill Simmons, Nicholas Monteforte, Michael DiBennetto, Keagan Yap, Daniel Long, James Denara, Joe Cucuzzo, Campbell Goulet Back Row: Coach Phil Chronakis, Asst. Head Coach Nakia Simmons, Coach Peter Gibbons, Mathew Baltzer, Sean Hairston, Jake Steffan, John Denara, Christopher Giunta, Andrew Imperatore, Head Coach Andy Imperatore, Coach Duane Marcy, Coach Bert Cumming.
The annual tradition of Mineola High School basketball at Madison Square Garden continued recently when the Lady Mustangs took on the Lady Vikings of Port Washington following the Duke-Gonzaga mens Aeropostale Classic on Dec. 19.
With a resurgent Mineola team challenging for the conference crown this season, the team and its fans were primed for victory in the World’s Most Famous Arena as inspiration for what hopes to be a historic run to the playoffs in February.
The Lady Mustangs took the hardwood against a young but challenging Port Washington squad in a nip and tuck battle. Senior captain Samantha Stavish opened the scoring with a 3-point field goal while the nerves of playing on the big stage nagged at the skills of both teams.
The defensive standoff featured solid rebounding from sophomores Erin Etherson and Kerri Medlock while shooting percentages were down in the early going.
With 15 wins and only one draw in 16 games since June 14, 2009, the Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club is showing top form before the March league restart.
“We are firing on all cylinders,” said team president Marco Dafonte.
The focus now comes to planning for the season end and bringing a few trophies back to the Mineola Portuguese Center.
In the Long Island Soccer Futebol League, the MPSC sits alone atop the Eastern Division with 19 points (six wins and one draw) a game ahead of OB Fenerbache USA of Oyster Bay.
The end of the year turned out to be a good one for the Mineola football program as senior quarterback Mike Escobar won the prestigious Roy Kessinich Memorial Scholarship. This award is presented to an All-County Nassau football player that excels in three different sports and at a high academic level.
In my 31 years covering 53 varsity seasons, Escobar has been one of the best all around student athletes I have ever coached. As captain of my team, he was a tremendous leader. In all my years coaching, I have never had a young man play quarterback and inside linebacker. Not only was Mike playing quarterback but we instituted a whole new “no huddle” spread offense this year that was not easy to learn in one year.
On Monday, Dec. 14, the Corpus Christi boys third grade basketball team took a break from the hardwood and had a fun evening together watching the NY Islanders against the Florida Panthers at the Nassau Coliseum.
Joe Calabro and Tina Chang have been named to the Nassau County Golf Championships to be held at Bethpage State Park in May 2010. This is a tremendous feat for the Mineola golf program, which has been coached by Al Weidlein for years.
The Corpus Christi Boys third grade basketball team hit the road and earned a 21-11 victory against a very fast, disciplined Our Lady of Lourdes of Malverne team at the Willow Road School in Valley Stream.
The Mineola High School varsity wrestling team won the 2009 Hank Paris Wrestling Tournament, finishing with156 points as 10 of the 13 boys entered finished in the top four. Calhoun and Plainedge finished in second and third respectively with133 and 115 Points. Senior co-captain Arnold Gomez led the way for the Mustangs as the 171-pound champion. The rest of the place winners were as follows:
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.
The Mineola Lady Mustangs are playing the Port Washington Lady Vikings on Dec. 19 at 6:45 p.m. in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden.
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