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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

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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