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Chiefs Advance To Championship Game

The Mineola Chiefs 11-year-old Football Team has advanced to the Nassau County Championships for the third year in a row by beating the Syosset Braves 31-13 this past Sunday on the road in the semifinals game, a Mineola PAL history.

It was expected to be a tight game, but in the end the Chiefs proved too much for the Braves to handle. All the boys played and participated in the victory.

All year long the defense has been keeping the Chiefs in games, but on this day the Chiefs offense also contributed heavily, led by the speed of running back Michael O’Connell (4 TDs) and the strong powerful runs of running backs Jalen Rivers (1 TD), Jack Duff, and Lance Costa (1XP).

Quarterback Matt Sluka moved the ball forward against the Braves behind solid sound blocking by the offensive line of Michael LaGinestra, Kevin Parente, Patrick McTiernan, Anthony Giunta and Brandon Coward.

The Chiefs playing in its 6-2 defense stuffed and dominated the Braves all day long.

The defensive line of Spenser Warantz, Sante Nicolia, Dylan Vincenti, Vincent Pomara, Ryan Calderone, Naz Jackson, and Damien Patterson kept the pressure on Syosset’s offense throughout the game. Cornerbacks and safeties were led by Andrew Casoria (INT), Michael O’Connell (INT), Jack Duff, Matt Grimm and Thomas Albig. Linebackers Jalen Rivers and Philip Arnold attacked the ball and finished off the Braves.

Scoring is summarized below:

Michael O’Connell 47-yard touchdown run (Michael O’Connell pass to Lance Costa)

Michael O’Connell 3-yard touchdown run (kick failed)

Michael O’Connell 51-yard touchdown Run (kick failed)

Michael O’Connell 63-yard Interception return for touchdown (run failed)

Jalen Rivers 1-yard touchdown run (run failed)

News

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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