Mineola residents and Kellenberg High School junior Connor Smith and senior Shannon Kelly were awarded the Most Improved Player award and Commitment Award for the Kellenberg boys and girls varsity soccer teams, respectively. Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one athlete who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.
— From Kellenberg Memorial High School
The 9-year-old Mineola Chiefs recently became the Nassau County Youth Football League 9-year-old division 2013 Nassau County A Champions by shutting out Garden City 12-0.
The Mineola Physical Education department recently named Valerie Fischer and Doug Hale the Physical Education Students of the Year Award. The awards were presented at Mineola’s awards dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club, in front of a crowd of over 500 attendees.
Dylan Bestler, an All-Conference 600-and All County 4x800 meter runner, is a hard-working competitor in the Mineola Track and Field program. He pushes himself to the brink of exhaustion, each and every time he steps foot on the track. He has laser-like focus in pursuit of his ambitious goals during his senior year at Mineola.
Bestler embraces the notion that strong individuals create their own success in life. He views failure not as defeat, but as a cue to change his strategy in order to succeed.
The Mineola Mustangs shocked the bowling community as the team defeated Sewanhaka for the first time since Coach Helms Bohringer took over the program.
Sewanhaka is always among the top Nassau County teams and has won the conference the last seven years in a row.
The Mineola High School Boy’s Winter Track team competed against conferences 4 and 6 at St. Anthony’s state of the art indoor facility recently. Senior Jake Tavernite and Junior Chris Mueller performed well in the 1600 meter run. Jake took second place overall, with a time of 4:46. His race came down to the last lap, and a breathtaking finishing, where he managed to defeat his long time rival from Friend’s academy.
Mueller ran one of the gutsiest races of his career, making aggressive moves with over 400 meters left to go. He finished in first-place in his heat, and 11th overall.
Students in the Karatatot Kids program at Charles Water Karate And Fitness in Williston Park get a chance to participate in “Special Time” at the end of each class. This is an opportunity for them to share something special in their lives with their teacher. It was created by Charles Water for the Karatatot class students to have a productive and fulfilling class and the children wait to the end to share their thoughts.
Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 4½ and up. In a fun filled and nurturing setting children learn concentration, discipline, respect, as well as an understanding of self defense at his or her own level. The results are improved strength, coordination, and flexibility and the self confidence for children.
MAA Soccer is offering an indoor soccer program during January and February for soccer players born from 2006-2009. Each registrant will enjoy six, one-hour training sessions on Saturday’s during the first two months of 2014. The program is managed by MAA’s training partner, Empire Soccer Academy, and is designed to encourage soccer skills improvement through fun and challenging drills and games.
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.
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