It was a rough day for Mineola varsity football on Saturday, Oct. 3, as they lost their homecoming game to a tough Malverne team. Malverne was ranked third coming into this year’s football season so Mineola had to expect a challenge.
Mineola got on the scoreboard first, as Rijo Maracheril caught a 40-yard pass from Mike Escobar in the first quarter, putting Mineola up 7-0 going into the second quarter.
Eight years ago, a group of committed parents patched together a lower division travel team with players from various communities where a passion for soccer was the common denominator. Bonding over time, year by year the team added a player or two (mainly through attrition) while in the process rising in the ranks from Division 5 to Division 1 and ultimately beyond and out of state. Today, these young men are among the best public and private school soccer players in Nassau County. Formerly known collectively as the Atomics, these teenagers are lighting up the daily box scores in Long Island Newsday. By the end of this season, a fabulous year of playoff intensity and post-season awards will be bestowed upon these talented players.
It has been some time since Mineola varsity golf coach Al Weidlein has had something special on his hands. While golf has received unfettered support from the athletic administration of the Mineola School District, building a successful squad is a challenge in a community without facilities. Playing against schools such as Herricks, Hicksville, East Meadow, Locust Valley, Cold Spring Harbor and Roslyn, the Mustangs face competition from schools that regularly play on prestigious, private courses. This year, though, coach Weidlein has two individuals who may be among the best to wear the Mustang red and black upon the green.
The 8-year-old Chiefs continued to roll as they went on the road to Baldwin and grounded the Bombers 13-6. With this win, the Chiefs remain undefeated (2-0)
The Chiefs offense, led by Quarterback Michael O’Connell, controlled the tempo of the game behind sound blocking from the offensive line of Michael LaGinestra, Patrick McTiernan, Matty O’Connell, Anthony Giunta, Philip Arnold, Dylan Vincenti and Spenser Warantz while running backs Matthew Sluka, Lance Costa, Thomas Albig, Jason Eccher and Jack Duff helped the Chiefs control the ball.
On Sunday, Oct. 4, the Mineola Mustang Run/Walk Committee will hold a very important meeting to discuss final plans for this year’s event. Additionally, many volunteers are needed in order to assemble a mass mailing of approximately 4,500 to be sent to walkers and runners. The meeting will be held at the Mineola Village Hall/Community Center, located at Washington Avenue, Mineola at 6 p.m.
In their 2009 season opener, the 8-year-old Chiefs continued their winning ways from last season and beat the Franklin Square Warriors 33-6.
The Chiefs offense, led by quarterback Michael O’Connell (4 for 4 passing), had a fantastic day and were able to move the ball because of the great blocking by the offensive line centered by Michael LaGinestra and anchored by Patrick McTiernan, Matty O’Connell, Anthony Giunta, Philip Arnold, Dylan Vincenti and Spenser Warantz. Key runs and catches by running backs Lance Costa, Matthew Sluka, Thomas Albig, Jason Eccher and Jack Duff helped the Chiefs offense control the ball throughout the game.
The Girls U-11 Mineola Mini-Mustangs, beginning their Long Island Junior Soccer League season, used a strong second half effort to defeat the very talented Elmont Raging Fire by a 3-1 score. The Raging Fire scored first during a sluggish first half, off a crossing pass that eluded Mineola’s defenders. Three minutes later, Mini-Mustang Allison Lamonica broke free on the right side and drilled a perfect shot across the field and into the top left corner of the Elmont goal. The two teams headed to the sideline tied at halftime.
In recognition of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, which aims to increase the community’s understanding of the grief associated with the loss of an unborn or newborn child, Winthrop-University Hospital’s Perinatal Bereavement Team will host the Sixth Annual Walk to Remember on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 9 a.m. at Field 5 of Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. This annual memorial event, the only walk of its kind on Long Island, enables parents, relatives and friends who have lost a child due to pregnancy complications, stillbirth, early infant loss or fetal abnormalities to walk in remembrance of their loved one. In addition to the walk, the day includes a light breakfast, a candlelight memorial service, and the opportunity for parents to create a personal memory page for inclusion in Winthrop’s Memory Scrapbook. Last year more than 200 people participated in Winthrop’s Fifth Annual Walk to Remember.
Entering his 13th season as the boys soccer coach at Mineola, Paul Pereira looks to welcome a record sixth consecutive playoff berth and ninth overall. The rebirth of the program has brought notoriety to the school and select placement in one of Nassau County’s top conferences.
Each year, the Mustangs fine tune a core group of individuals around a singular presence and develop bench strength without the pressure of a “win at all costs” regular season. The task in 2009 is no different for the Mustangs.
The last chance for sign-ups for the 5 and 6-year-old flag football season will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 9-10 a.m. at the Mineola PAL house. The registration fee is $55. All games are on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. at Hampton Stadium.
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