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Athlete Of The Week

Fred Lang, 17, Mineola High School

Senior Captain Fred Lang is one of the most accomplished and hardest working individuals ever to come through the ranks of the Mineola Track and Field program.  His unyielding dedication has resulted in a tremendously impressive career with All Division, All Conference, and All County honors throughout his four years at Mineola.

Lang has nearly perfect attendance at practice, and treats every race like a championship event.  He is one of the toughest athletes out there, refusing to give up when competitors challenge him.

Countless times during his career he has fought and won a race in the last 100 meters or came from behind in the last leg of a relay to secure a victory. 

He is being highly sought after to compete on the collegiate level and looks forward to continuing his legacy after he leaves Mineola. It has been inspirational watching him run over the past few years.

Lang’s teammates look up to him for his dedication to his craft as well as his talent.  Freddy has proudly been the face of Mineola XC/Track & Field for the last four years.  He’s given Mineola the reputation of having a legitimate distance running program.

Lang holds school records in 4 and 5K runs. He is Mineola’s leading man in winter 4x800m and 3200m relays with times of 8:33 and 10:12 respectively. He also holds spring records in those distances with times of 8:32 and 10:16 as well as the 3000m-steeple chase record of 9:55.

A standout on the clay, he was All-Division in cross-country and All-County in spring track in ninth-grade. He also garnered those honors, as well as All-Conference in cross-country track, qualified for States in winter and spring track in 10th-grade.

Lang was named All-Division and All-County in the spring 4x800m relay and 3000m-steeple chase in his sophomore year. In his junior year, he was named conference champion in the 1,000, 1,600 and 3,200m races and qualified for State meets as well as All-Division honors in 400 and 800m hurdles and the 4x800m relay.

Fred was named county champion in the 4x800 relay this year and nabbed top honors in cross-country and winter track.

News

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


Calendar

International Night - October 30

Halloween Parade - October 31

Cultural Arts Series - November 1 


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