The Wheatley School announced that student athletes have been recognized by Section VIII-Nassau County Interscholastic Athletic Association for their exceptional performance in athletics, scholarship, and leadership qualities for the fall 2013 season.
Andrew Hastings - All County
Zach Farmilo - Scholar Athlete
Karatatots at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park, demonstrated courage and self confidence as they competed in their sparring tournament.
Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for young children ages 4½ - 6. All students had to participate and spar to win. Students demonstrated an array of skills such as awareness, confidence, respect, discipline and focus abilities that are crucial both inside and outside of the classroom.
With all the great moments that accompany high school athletics, unfortunately injuries can happen. Winthrop-University Hospital has created a Saturday Sports Injury Clinic primarily geared at providing game day care to high school and middle school athletes. It is the first program of this nature on Long Island.
At Winthrop, sports medicine physicians from Winthrop’s leading Orthopaedic Surgery team, including Bradley Wasserman, M.D., and Mark Grossman, M.D., chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at Winthrop, are available each Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in
Winthrop’s Pediatric Emergency Room, located at 259 First Street in Mineola, to evaluate and treat student athletes who have been injured.
Dowling’s senior midfielder, Samantha Stavish of Albertson took home the East Coast Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honor.
Dowling, whose two-year run as conference champions was halted by LIU Post last season, grabbed the final two first-place votes to come in second in the poll with points. The Golden Lions are also ranked in the IWLCA Preseason Poll, coming in at No. 9.
The Mineola Mustangs’ boys winter track team won its second Conference 6 Championship in the past three years on Sunday, Jan. 26. The team a scored of 103 points, defeating Seaford, Malvernw, East Rockaway, Wheatley, Cold Spring Harbor, Friend’s Academy, Locust Valley, Clarke, and Oyster Bay.
Conference champions for individual events included Jake Tavernite in the 1000M, Dylan Bestler in the 600M, and the 4x400 meter relay team of Dylan Bestler, John Murray, Anthony Cueter and Chris Mueller. All Conference honors, for placing top three in their respective events, went to Rob Lang in the 600M and 1000M, Andrew Pereira in the shot put, Tommy Farrell in the high jump and John Murray in the triple jump.
In what has become an annual tradition at Meadow Drive Elementary School, students and staff hosted the third annual hockey tournament on Jan. 17. The school-wide activity involves all students and staff members forming teams to compete for a hockey title and the designation of most valuable player.
The second-grade team, dubbed the “Orange Eagles,” were the highest scoring student team, although they did not make it to the final round. Organized by physical education teacher Christine Grayson, a total of seven student teams and six teacher/staff teams played in the tournament that showcased fun and athleticism from staff and students.
— From the Meadow Drive Elementary School
The Mineola High School boy’s winter track team traveled to St. Anthony’s High School for a crossover on Jan. 9. Captain Jake Tavernite dominated the 1600 meters, placing third overall with a time of 4:40.59. Senior captain Dylan Bestler came up big in the 600 meters, also placing third, with a time of 1:31.06.
Rob Lang achieved his goal of running a sub-five-minute mile, finishing up with an exact time of 4:58.11. This is a task not easily achieved, and one that few can claim.
Mineola residents Taylor Keenan, Jane Kim, Mikayla Lucio and Victoria Roldan were part of the Wheatley School’s varsity girls field hockey team, which has been recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) for academic excellence and has been declared New York State Champions in its scholar/athlete recognition award program. This program, which started 23 years ago, recognizes athletic teams from across New York State for the exemplary academic performance of its team members. Based on a composite of the grade point averages among team members, team champions are selected for each varsity sport from those high schools across New York State that enter the competition.
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Basketball team senior, Katie Priolo is averaging eight points a game to go along with two assists per game. She has been a starting varsity player since 10th grade and one of the most consistent players in the program. Priolo demonstrates great game sense and her presence on the court dictates the pace as her leadership on a team filled with underclassmen is critical.
Priolo is active in the Key Club and National Honor Society. She was involved in many Christmas toy drives and rang bells for the Salvation Army. Priolo also raised money for the March of Dimes and volunteers at a local soup kitchen.
Having graduated nine of their seniors from a strong 2012-13 season, it was understood that this season would feature its share of trials and tribulations for the Mineola Mustangs Boys Basketball team. From that perspective, the team should not be discouraged by their 68-34 defeat at the hands of a very potent Roosevelt Roughriders team.
“We’re young,” said Mineola head coach Jim Heggman. “We only have four seniors and two of them are hurt,” he added.
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