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.
Good news for the Mineola football team as they beat Valley Stream North on Saturday, Oct. 10, 34-21 giving them a 2-3 record. Derek Cole, who was announced the Conference IV Player of the Week, helped Mineola roll past Valley Stream North as he rushed for a remarkable 298 yards on 21 carries with three touchdowns.
With only a few games to go, the Mineola Lady Mustangs soccer team is closing in on a potential Conference Championship with contributions coming team-wide. Varsity coach Katherine Hock-Bennett has built an offensive powerhouse with defensive stability as she attempts to take Conference VII by storm. With season closing matches on the horizon against Carle Place and Locust Valley, Mineola’s two closest pursuers, the Lady Mustangs will have to convert ties to victories to ensure a place in the playoffs. At press time, the squad sports a 6-0-3 conference mark, leaving them a notch ahead in the standings but with a huge dose of confidence heading towards post season play.
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