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Rain Can’t Douse Mineola's Spirit

32nd homecoming a lively event despite loss  

Hundreds came out to the Mineola High School homecoming parade this past Saturday to support the Mustangs. The parade marched its way down Jericho Turnpike to the home field near Hampton Street, despite a pouring rain. The damp weather could not dampen the spirits of students participating in the parade or the cheering of the enthusiastic spectators.

 

Car horns could be heard honking for miles around, as well as shouts of the school’s seniors. When the parade reached the football field, the school spirit and community pride brought Hampton Street Stadium’s energy to its apex. 

Sporting red bandannas, football jerseys and massive bags of glitter, upperclassmen ran up and down the street making sure everything in their line of sight was doused with an abundance of rainbow sparkle. The homecoming court was led by King Leo Garry and Queen Kathryn Priolo, with supporting courtiers Junior Princess Julianna Caruso, Sophomore Princess Meghan LaFaye and Freshman Princess Anne Cripps. 

 

Katie Barnwell, Michelle Sentra and Bonnie Small sang the national anthem just before the Mustangs took the field against the West Hempstead Rams. The Rams beat the Mustangs, 35-7.

 

This year’s game showcased a new inflatable tunnel and archway, through which the football players made their entrance onto the field, won by the MHS Booster Club in an MSG Varsity contest.

 

Homecoming is something the Mustangs do not take lightly. There’s a whole day of advance preparations for the event. The seniors take the privilege of trashing, or as they’d call it “decorating,” the school. Students rise early to paint their faces red, black or white, have “Mustangs” written across their torso in marker, or figuring out a garb that will properly showcase their school spirit. It’s all part of the fun. 


News

After two terms on the Mineola School Board and six years of service to the district, trustee William Hornberger will not seek re-election in May, he confirmed last week. 

“After six years of volunteering, I believe the district is on solid ground financially and moving in the right direction educationally,” he said. “I think it’s time for other members of the community to bring their ideas and vision to the board of education. It’s time to move onto the next chapter.”

 

Hornberger was first elected to the board in 2008 and re-elected in 2011, serving as board president and vice president in that span. The Williston Park resident oversaw the reconfiguration of the district which included the closing of the Cross Street and Willis

Avenue schools, one of the more challenging times in the district’s history. Those two schools have since been leased out to Solomon Schechter Day School and Harbor Child Care, respectively.

Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested

Nassau County Robbery Squad detectives arrested two men in connection with a bank robbery that occurred on April 7 at 2:17 p.m. in Mineola.


Sports

FC Mineola Wins Two

The BU10 FC Mineola opened league play with 3-0 win over the Hewlett Lawrence Blue Sonic on April 3. Mineola was led by Liam Going (two goals and an assist). The first goal came off a beautiful cross from Liam Russelman that Going sent to the back of the net.  Fifteen minutes later the Liam to Liam connection struck again when Russelman found Going open at the top of the box for another shot and score by the talented Mineola player.

 

Mineola’s final goal came midway through the second half as Gregory Kenney redirected a good cross past the Hewlett goalie. The back line of Peter Murphy, Luke Sommese and Brent Muessig controlled the defensive end of the field limiting the number of shots Hewlett took on goal and the few that made it through were gobbled up by keeper Andrew Pizzardi. Brian Heckelman, Phil Macchietto and James Teadore all contributed with stellar play at the midfield position.

Marissa Cotroneo

Senior Captain Marissa Cotroneo excelled at the Paul Limmer Invitation on Saturday, April 5, held at Mepham High School.  Cotroneo placed first overall in the 1500 meters in one of the most exciting, come from behind victories of the season.


Calendar

Village Meeting - April 16

Zoning Board Meeting - April 17

Egg Hunts and Fun Fairs - April 19


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