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Cyclones Rally Past Williston Park

Following a tough 8-7 loss to Herrick’s the night before, the Mineola Cyclones faced the formidable Lady Patriots of Williston Park on a crisp Sunday April 20 morning. After digging themselves into an early seven-run deficit, the Cyclones clawed their way back to a stunning victory over the Lady Patriots.

 

Extra-base hits from Jenna Cox (triple), Caitlyn Long (double) and Meaghan McCaffrey (who fell a single short of the cycle with a double, triple, and home run) pushed the Cyclones over the top.  McCaffrey’s homer was her third in four games to start the young season.   The 11-10 victory was hard fought, and a real thriller for fans of both teams. Mineola moved to 3-1 on the season with the win.

 

MAA Travel Soccer News

Mighty Drive By HBC, Draw 
With Busby

 

The BU9 Mineola Mighty enjoyed a 7-0 win over HBC and completed their weekend with a thrilling 1-1 tie against Busby Soccer Academy on April 20.  In the opener, with Andrew Pizzardi and Greg Kenney combining on the shutout in goal, Mineola’s offense dominated possession and opportunities from the opening whistle.

 

Liam Going netted a hat trick, Mattheus Silva delivered his first two career goals, and Jack Flood and Liam Russelman chipped in with a goal apiece to lead the Mighty.  Chris Marotta and James Teadore nearly missed scoring as well, as the talented HBC goalkeeper made several saves.

 

Strong defensive play by Brian Heckelman and Peter Murphy ensured all HBC threats were turned aside.   In the second game, Going’s team-leading 11 goals evened the tight game.  Pizzardi’s solid goalkeeping kept the game tied, but he needed help from Russelman to keep it level.

 

With two minutes remaining Pizzardi challenged a Busby break in front of him, only to have the opposing striker evade his challenge and drive a shot towards the Mineola goal.  Russelman, backing up his keeper, headed the ball off the line and away from danger.  Mineola improved to 3-3-2 on the season.

 

Lynbrook Shuts Down Mineola

The GU14 Mineola Mustangs struggled to find their offense in a tough 2-0 loss to the Lynbrook Synergy on April 20.  Mineola’s solid defensive play, led by Jillian Palma, Brianna Lopes, Valerie Cobos and Annie Cripps, kept the Synergy off the scoreboard in a scoreless first half. 

 

Lynbrook netted two goals minutes apart on direct free kicks from more than 40-feet from the Mineola goal.  The two well-struck tallies proved to be the difference, as scoring opportunities fell short for Mineola’s Allison Lamonica, Katie Russelman, Shannon Durham and Brianna O’Brien.

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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