The Mineola Mustang football program is off to an excellent start this season. The varsity and JV records both stand at 4-2 and the middle school team is 1-0 after dominating their first two scrimmage games as of Oct. 18.
The varsity team has won three of its last four games after an opening day loss to Valley Stream North. The Mustangs came into the season as the 11th seed in a 12-team conference.
The GU14 Mineola Mini-Mustangs used a strong second-half effort to overcome a slow start and top the Baldwin Panthers 4-2 on Oct. 14. Baldwin shocked Mineola early on, scoring two goals before the game was 10 minutes old.
Mineola rallied soon after, and began controlling the pace of the game and holding possession. Allison Lamonica got Mineola on the board minutes before halftime, driving a shot from 20 yards following a perfect lead pass into space by Emma Feimer. The Mini’s drew even minutes after the restart, as Brianna O’Brien deftly slid a cross-box pass to Natalia Cotto, who calmly drove it into the net. Ten minutes later, after an incredible save by Mineola keeper Gretchen Keller kept the score tied, Meghan Lafaye expertly dropped a free kick right behind the Baldwin defensive line, where Lamonica trapped it and after skillfully eluding the Baldwin keeper, deposited the ball into the empty net. Minutes later, it was Cotto’s turn again, receiving a pass from Lamonica and scoring from ten yards out. Mineola improved to 2-2-1 on the season.
The boys varsity soccer team heads into the second half of their season with a pre-season goal of making the Nassau County playoffs for a ninth consecutive year still alive. The team has compiled a league record of 1-4-1 (2 -6-1 overall) which place the team in sixth-place in the conference.
The top four teams in the conference qualify for the post season. The Mustangs opened the season with a victory over Locust Valley (1 – 0) in the opening round of the 15th annual Mustang Cup tournament before losing to Lynbrook by a score of 2-0 in the final. Mineola opened its league season at home with a 2-0 victory over Seaford.
The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 5-4 in waddle-off fashion on Sunday night, Oct. 7, in Game Five of the Atlantic League Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark. The Ducks won the best-of-five series three games to two and were named the 2012 Atlantic League Champions.
Long Island jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly to center by Ray Navarrete and a RBI single to right by Bryant Nelson off Barnstormers starter Dwayne Pollok. After a Tommy Everidge homer in the second off Ducks starter Bobby Blevins, Long Island added another run in the bottom of the frame on a RBI single to right by Joash Brodin.
The Mineola Mustangs Varsity Golf team recently posted its first victory of the season against Hicksville High School and has used that game as a springboard toward continued success.
Under the leadership of team captain John Lusardi, the team has been pointed in a positive direction. To date, the Mustangs have posted two wins and five losses with three-matches left to play.
The Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team will face off against Conference A-4 rivals Great Neck North in the annual “Think Pink” breast cancer awareness game on Friday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Denton Avenue’s Tully Park.
The Mustangs are currently in first place in the conference with a record of 6-0. Junior captain Nicole Forte is leading the way for the Mustangs with 10 goals and six assists. Senior Nina Ribeiro has five goals and sophomore Caitie Cunningham has four goals so far on the season.
The Chiefs 11-year-olds played a home at Tully Park on Sunday, Sept. 30 and after trailing 16-6 at halftime, came back to beat the Bellmore Braves 25-16. Tensions were high and in the end the Chiefs proved too much for the Braves to handle. All the boys played and participated in the victory.
The Chiefs offense led by quarterback Michael O’Connell (3 TD’s, 1 XP) and the strong running of running backs Lance Costa (1 TD) and Matt Sluka moved the ball forward against the Braves. The Chiefs offensive line made the offense go with solid sound blocking led by Michael LaGinestra, Kevin Parente, Patrick McTiernan, Anthony Giunta, Brandon Coward, and tight-ends Spenser Warantz and Philip Arnold.
Mineola High School celebrated its 31st annual homecoming amid the perfect mix of sun and clouds on Sept. 22. With a special salute to “Mustang Pride” as its theme, the parade kicked off with the marching band at the usual Andrews Road starting point and spread its pride throughout Jericho Turnpike and Westbury Avenue before coming to a halt at Hampton Stadium.
The fourth-grade St. Aidan’s boys soccer team got off to a good start to its 2012 campaign, following up a 1-1 draw in the season opener with an exciting 2-1 win over Our Lady of Lourdes (OLL). In their opening game, St Aidan was frustrated for much of the game by a tough Holy Spirit defense before Jack Flood connected on a one-timer off a perfect cross from Luke Sommese.
Flood’s heroics tied the game with five minutes remaining. Luke Sherry and William Winski starred on defense for St. Aidan.
The Mineola Hurricanes were recently invited down to Mineola Village hall where the players were given an award from Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss and the village trustees. The players and the coaches thanked Mayor Scott Strauss and Mineola trustees Lawrence A. Werther, Paul S. Cusato, Paul A. Pereira and George R. Durham for taking the time during the village meeting to recognize the boys. It is something they will remember forever.
The night did not end there for the Hurricanes. They immediately went to Uncle Louie G’s Ices Shop just down the road where they received ices and the NJBL Championship trophies.
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