Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12u baseball team opened its summer season against with a dramatic 4-3, walk off victory in the final inning against Manhasset recently.
Mineola had superb pitching from Jack Dwyer and Sean Hembach. Dwyer struck out six and allowed two unearned runs while Hembach struck out five and allowed one earned run.
Hembach was credited with the victory.
“Both Jack and Sean pitched their hearts out” commented manager Ken Solosky. “Both pitchers had outstanding control as they only allowed three walks the entire game”.
The Mineola defense also shined. Kenny Solosky was solid as a catcher throwing out the only Manhasset attempted steal and holding their runners close. Joe Franzini made a couple of sharp grabs playing second. Andrew Geagher , Kieran O’Gara, Ryan Burke and Christian Duarte also contributed on defense.
The Mineola hitting attack was led by Solosky, 1-2, run scored, Sean Hembach 1-2, double, RBI, Bryan Camacho. 1-3, double, 2 RBI. Entering the last inning down 3-2, Mineola began their dramatic comeback.
After drawing a walk, Hembach was driven in by a Camacho double to right. Camacho stole third and Dwyer drew a walk, quickly stealing second. With Mineola runners on second and third, two outs and Mineola down to their last strike, Patrick Solosky worked the count to 2-2 and smashed a walk off single to right plating the winning Mineola run for the come from behind victory!
Alan Nanu. Alan Nanu played his first organized baseball game and did an outstanding job playing the outfield and several infield positions.
“I was glad to see the boys start the season with a victory,” Solosky said. “They work very hard in hot practices so it is nice to see their hard work pay off”.
The Mineola Summer baseball team is a developmental team that stresses fun and learning. Players are assigned to different positions and challenged to try pitching and catching.
The team has weekly clinics with guest instructors that develop their pitching, hitting and fielding skills. The clinics have featured a unique, “catcher’s station” at which an older travel team catcher works with the boys on this unique position. They also feature “guest instructors” that focus on a particular aspect of the game.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.