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Chiefs Win Back To Back Championships

On Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Mitchel Field Athletic Complex, in their final senior season as Chiefs, the 11-year-old football team for the second year in a row won a Nassau County Championship by beating the Baldwin Bombers 25-7 to take home the victory and a championship trophy. It was expected to be a tight back and forth game, but the Chiefs dominated on defense with its 6-2 defense and got the ball back to the offense early and often.

In the end, the Chiefs once again proved too much for the Bombers to handle.

All season long the defense has been keeping the Chiefs in games, but on this day, and for the second week in a row the Chiefs offense came alive. The Chiefs offensive coordinator Bobby Redmond, using a majority of his 70 offensive plays, was really on his game being creative, as he confused the Bombers Defense throughout the game.

The Chiefs offense was led by the explosive runs of hard to catch running back Michael O’Connell (4 TDs) and the strong powerful runs of running backs Jalen Rivers, Jack Duff, and Lance Costa. Quarterback Matt Sluka (1 XP) looking like his old self after a foot injury, controlled the ball against the Bombers behind solid blocking by the offensive line of Michael LaGinestra, Kevin Parente, Patrick McTiernan, Anthony Giunta, Brandon Coward and wide receiver Thomas Albig (1 TD).

The Chiefs stuffed and dominated the Bombers all day long. The defensive line of Andrew Casoria, Spenser Warantz, Sante Nicolia, Dylan Vincenti, Vincent Pomara, Ryan Calderone, Naz Jackson, Joshua Jacob, Ocian Villa and Damien Patterson kept the pressure on Baldwin’s offense throughout the game. Cornerbacks and safeties making tackles all over the field were led by O’Connell, Sluka, Jack Duff, Matt Grimm and Albig.

The linebackers Rivers and Philip Arnold attacked the ball and finished off the Bombers. All the boys played and participated in the victory.

Scoring is summarized below:

•Michael O’Connell 52-yard Touchdown Run (Michael O’Connell extra-point pass to Matt Sluka)
•Michael O’Connell 43-yard Touchdown Run  (extra-point kick failed)
•Michael O’Connell 57-yard Touchdown Run  (extra-point kick failed)
•Michael O’Connell 36-yard Touchdown Pass to Thomas Albig (extra-point run failed)

News

Mineola resident Frank Zuniga and his wife, Charlotte, were heartbroken. It was bad enough that they had to take Mollie, their rescued beagle/terrier mix to the veterinarian on July 4, but it wasn’t until last week that they found out what happened to her until last week.

 

It started on Independence Day when Mollie, who the Zunigas adopted in February, started vomiting. Their regular vet was closed for the holiday, and the couple found that the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury would see them.

Jaclynn Demas always loved film and television. She dreamed of having a hand in its creative process. and wanted to shape the moving image. The East Williston resident’s obsession paid off after taking home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program last month as producer of PBS KIDS’ Peg + Cat.

 

“I’ve loved TV and was a movie buff since I was a little kid,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make films. I was just upset at how things were made. When I got older, I took a lot of courses in TV and video production.”

 

After graduating Hicksville High School in 1998, Demas, 34, attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., majoring in mass communications, specifying in film and television production.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com