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Mineola High’s Lady Mustangs Handed Two Tough Losses

The Lady Mustangs of Mineola lost two heart-breakers, to Seaford and to West Hempstead teams, earlier this month.

Seaford beat Mineola 52 to 44, on Jan. 4, and West Hempstead bested the Lady Mustangs, 51 to 39, on Jan. 8. 

The Lady Mustangs worked hard playing against first place contender Seaford. Mineola had difficulty containing Seaford’s Jessica Rini, a powerhouse, who scored 21 points, mostly on offensive rebounding.  The Lady Mustangs had an offensive drought during the third quarter, only scoring five points vs. Seaford’s 20.  Samantha Venus led all scorers with 24 points, 9 rebounds, sinking seven three point shots.  Julie Falotico added 3 steals and 8 assists.  Sophomore Gaby Jurksas played strong defense blocking 4 shots.

Mineola had another tough opponent, West Hempstead.  Mineola and West Hempstead were tied at 14 going into the second quarter.  Offensive difficulties plagued the Lady Mustangs who scored only two points while West Hempstead scored 17.  The team had to play catch up and tried very hard for a come back with the help of Addie McKeever’s shooting and Samantha Venus’s rebounding, but to no avail.  McKeever had an all time career high with 16 points and Venuse added 12 points and 8 rebounds.

The next home game is Friday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. vs. Clarke.


News

Humbled and grateful is what Sgt. Carl Duda felt after “A Tribute to the American Spirit” on Sunday, April 13 at Chaminade High School in Mineola. The concert honored him, along with two other disabled veterans, playing patriotic classics dedicated to those who fought for the United States military. 

 

“I got the tank chair,” he said. “Each tread is about eight inches wider than a track chair. It has headlights on it. It’s just amazing. It dwarfs the first model. It does everything for me except cast a reel. I love to go fishing.”

 

The concert collected $20,000 for the Independence Fund, which raises money to purchase hi-tech wheelchairs for disabled veterans. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, who brought the fund into the national spotlight after The O’Reilly Factor ran a story with a war veteran, co-sponsored the event.

Night On The Town has been a fixture in Mineola, honoring community pillars and charities with a evening of great food and fun. This year, event reps have a new goal in mind for the May 7 event at Jericho Terrace: 1,000 attendees and $100,000 raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the night’s yearly beneficiary. The event raised $72,500 last year.

 

“If you want to buy a ticket or write a check, you don’t make it out to no one else other than the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” said event coordinator and Piccola Bussola owner Tony Lubrano. “All of the money goes straight to them.”


Sports

Mineola FC Clips Red Wings

Brian Heckelman and Peter Murphy’s defending held the Smithtown Red Wings in check the entire game as the BU10 Mineola FC team advanced to the Long Island Cup quarterfinal round with a 2-0 victory on Saturday, April 12. Liam Russelman scored first for

Mineola, taking a ball from the left sideline and cutting in along the top of the Smithtown box, where he launched a shot into the left corner of the RedWings goal.

 

The 1-0 lead lasted for most of the game, until Liam Going sidestepped three Red Wings defenders, drove to the net and slid a hard shot into the back of the net. Mineola improved to 4-0 in all competitions with the win.

Jimmy Regan was a perfect man in that he put others before himself and made sacrifices—both for his country and in ultimately his life as an Army Ranger. Chaminade High School lacrosse star Jack Brennan, who grew up knowing Regan and who now plays for his alma mater, would be the first to admit that he is not a perfect man, but did put on a perfect performance this past Saturday night on the lacrosse field, scoring a hat trick in a 10-5 win against the Manhasset Indians and giving the Flyers the overall edge 4-3 in the annual charity game held in Regan’s name.

 

“I didn’t really do much, it was just a lot of feeds on the crease and I just finished and I got lucky,” Brennan said of his on-field performance, especially considering the significant amount of playing time as a junior on the team.


Calendar

Cabaret Night - April 25

Buffet Dinner - April 25

Baseball Fundraiser - April 29 


Columns

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