Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Brianna O’Brien’s tie-breaking goal with a minute remaining propelled the GU14 Mineola Mustangs to a thrilling 3-2 win over a skillful Syosset team on June 1. With the score knotted at two, Mineola’s Natalia Cotto raced to a loose ball ahead of the Syosset goalkeeper and poked the ball loose to the onrushing O’Brien, who calmly drove the ball into the goal.
The score capped a well-played game by both sides. Mineola jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to two fantastic individual efforts by Christen Patalano.
The hard-working Mineola midfielder drove through the middle of the Syosset defense, taking separate passes from fullbacks Valerie Cobos and Meghan Lafaye to score twice under pressure from the Sypsset keeper and fullbacks. Syosset rallied to tie the game in the second half and nearly went ahead before Cotto, playing goalkeeper at the time, leaped to push a hard shot over the bar.
Mineola’s Allison Lamonica and Katie Russelman nearly scored for Mineola as well, with a late score by Russelman being disallowed on an offside call. Brianna Lopes’ terrific defending led the way for Mineola’s back line.
The BU9 Mineola Mighty got off to a slow start against Busby Soccer Academy on Sunday, June 2, allowing three first half goals. Mineola slowed Busby with a tough second half effort before falling 5-1. Liam Russelman provided the lone goal for the Mighty off a beautiful, long run and cross from teammate Liam Going. Later that day, despite Phil Machietto’s first two goals of the season, Mineola dropped a 4-3 decision on a late goal by Northport. Strong efforts from Mineola’s Peter Murphy helped Mineola rally from a 3-1 halftime deficit. Liam Russelman’s 13th goal of the season was Mineola’s other tally.
After a mid-season break the Mineola Cyclones resumed their winning ways with two impressive wins. In sweltering heat the Cyclones defeated the Lady Volunteers of Manhasset on May 31. Strong pitching by Victoria Vangrembergen and Mikayla Dalton held Manhasset to two runs. Consistent hitting, including a home run by Victoria Venus, a double by Megan Russelman and yet another homer by Meaghan McCaffrey resulted in a double digit victory.
Later in the weekend, on Sunday June 1, the Cyclones took on Albertson-Herricks. The Cyclones started strong and Meaghan McCaffrey came in as a reliever and struck out five of six batters in two innings.
Victoria Venus, Megan Russelman, McCaffrey and Erin Miller all helped the cause with key extra base hits. Miranda Bradley played tough behind the plate and made a nice put-out at home to save a run. In the end teamwork and dedication by the entire squad propelled the Cyclones to yet another impressive win.
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.