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Fall Sport Seasons Off to a Fast Start  

The 2010 Mineola High School Athletic season is off to a very successful start. The year began with the varsity Football team hosting Valley Stream North in their home opener. The Mustangs jumped out to an early lead only to see Valley Stream North make a comeback and tie the game 23-23. It was a late drive engineered by Junior QB Robert Clarkin that sealed the victory for the Mustangs.

His pass to Niko Pantelides with just over a minute left in the game gave the Mustangs the opening day win. Steve Napolitano ran for 173 yards on 15 carries in the game. Later in the week the boys soccer team played the annual Mustang Cup Tournament at Mineola High School. The Mustangs began the tournament against Herricks High School.

The Mustangs jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they won the first round game 4-0. After taking care of Herricks, it was onto the final game against Oceanside High School.

The Mustangs had been knocked out of the tournament the last two years by the Sailors and they presented a tough challenge again. This time the Mustangs team speed was too much for the Sailors to overcome. When the dust cleared the final score was 3-0 Mineola and the Mustang cup was back home. Paul Sandoval (2) and Andre Cancelinha (1) scored for the Mustangs in the final game.

The Girls Soccer team opened up their season with a 2-0 win over Locust Valley High School. Marissa Athen and Alicia Mercurio each had a goal and an assist in the victory. The Girls Volleyball team also defeated Manhasset High School 3 games to 1 to start off their season.

The volleyball team is loaded with senior talent and has high aspirations for this season. Upcoming Fall dates include Friday night games for Boys and Girls Soccer on Oct.1 and 15 respectively and a Friday night Football game versus North Shore High School.

Athletic Program Recognized For Sportsmanship

 The Athletic Program recently received Nassau County Sportsmanship Award . This award is voted on by the Nassau County Officials Association and is presented to the athletic program on behalf of the integrity and sportsmanship displayed by the coaches, athletes and program administrators.

It was presented to Mr.Amitrano at the September meeting of the High School Athletic Association.

Furthermore, the Mineola Athletic Department will also be establishing a more intricate relationship with the MSG Varsity network. Last year MSG Varsity broadcast several Mineola contests as part of their “Sportsdesk” program. This year we have established a relationship with MSG that will enable us to upload our games and events when covered to MSG IO channel 614 . A group of students at the High School will be covering specific events and filling our area on the network with content.

On Sept. 14 the Mineola Athletes were privileged to attend an assembly featuring Matt Long. Matt is an Ironman triathlete.

He spoke to the Mineola Athletes and a portion of the student body about how he set his goals to become a marathon runner and ironman. He outlined his dedication and sacrifices needed to achieve his goals. At a high point in his life, Matt was critically injured when a bus struck him while riding his bicycle to work.

He was unconscious for six weeks and hospitalized for months. After 42 surgeries and a battle with depression, Matt regained his prominence as an Ironman and shared with our students his process in setting his goals to overcome the setbacks that life laid before him. Matt implored our athletes to set their goals high and measure their accomplishments in their own self-improvement.