MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.
The BU10 FC Mineola squad finished off their first season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League with a well-played 1-1 draw with Massapequa on Nov. 16. Liam Russelman’s early goal provided Mineola with their goal. Peter Murphy launched a beautiful run down the right side of the field, deftly stepping around two defenders before crossing a low pass in front of the goal. Russelman easily tapped home the pass for his goal. Andrew Pizzardi’s goalkeeping, stellar all season, kept Mineola in the game behind solid defending by Dom Ferreira, Chris Feathers, and Luke Sommese. Mineola finished the season at 3-2-4.
The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association announced that the Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach and Mineola resident Ian Stone, head coach of the Region 1 East ODP Girls-Under-17 squad, received the Bob Blitz
Sportsmanship Award from the New York Metro Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NYMISOA) at The Sterling in Bethpage on Nov. 11. The referees of NYMISOA selected Stone for the award based on their officiating of college soccer games from Westchester to Long Island. Stone also won the NYMISOA Sportsmanship Award in 1994, his first year in charge of coaching the St. John’s Red Storm women’s team and is one of only seven coaches to receive the NYMISOA Sportsmanship Award twice.
The GU14 Mineola Red Bulls solidified their spot atop the standings with a solid all-around effort in their 3-0 win over Plainedge on Nov. 10. Joanna Graca’s goals paced the offensive effort for Mineola, which improved to 6-1-1 on the season.
November 9, 2013 Despite numerous scoring opportunities the GU12 Mineola Tornado could not find a way past a talented Massapequa goalkeeper, falling 2-0 in a well-played game on Nov. 9. Amanda Ustick and Rebecca Sparacio’s footwork and creative passing from the midfield created frequent opportunities for teammates Elora Folkson, Kristin Tarab and Emma Brown but time after time the skillful Mineola forwards were frustrated by the Massapequa net-minder. Kaitlyn Ariza’s solid defending helped keep Mineola in the game as she constantly thwarted attacks on the Mineola goal.
The BU9 Mineola Mavericks Red played to a 3-3 draw with Syosset on Oct. 27. Lukian Lawro scored all three goals for the Mavericks and Greg Kenney made some nice saves to keep his team in the game. Jack Gray, Mac Kelly and Malcolm DeCollibus provided good scoring opportunities. The Mavericks Red also played to a 3-3 draw against Manhasset as second half goals from Jack Sargeant (two goals) and a game-tying tally from Jack Gray (with an assist from EJ Vangrembergen) evened the score
The Mavericks White team played another Manhasset squad and came away with an impressive 3-1 win. Eric Rosati had a goal and Nick Kostulias had two breakaway goals. The Mavericks enjoyed a solid defensive performance from Adam Tobar and great goalkeeping from Rosati and Malcolm DeCollibus. Jack Franz and Luke Williams helped move the ball around for assists. The Mavericks White also recently fell to Bellmore by a score of 4-0 despite strong defensive performances from DeCollibus and Mikie Duda.
There was a lot to proud of during the Mineola Mustangs 4-4 regular season, which qualified them for a playoff berth. The feel good story, however, came to an abrupt end with a 34-6 defeat on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams and their backfield, which produced four touchdown runs.
“They are a bigger and better team,” said Mustangs head coach Dan Guido. “They beat us twice this year,” he added.
The 2013 New York Open TaeKwonDo Championships/Korean Cultural Festival was held on Saturday Oct. 19 at Cantiague Park Ice Rink, West John Street, Hicksville, NY 11801.
U.S. Tae Kwon Do of Mineola took home gold, sivler and bronze medals in form, board-breaking and sparring.
The Mineola Mustang varsity football team defeated the Clarke Rams this week by a score of 33-14 on Saturday, Oct. 26, clinching a playoff spot. On the opening possession, the Mustangs drove the length of the field only to fumble into the end zone and lose a touchdown opportunity. They proceeded to give up a long touchdown pass, trailing 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Mustangs then scored with a 25-yard touchdown pass form Vinny Bieniek to Brian Smith.
The Mineola defense led by middle linebacker Ryan Eccher and defensive end Edien Hincappie stopped the Rams on three plays, giving Mineola the ball back at the two-minute warning. Bieniek connected with Smith again for a 30-yard touchdown to give the Mustangs a 14-7 lead.
Honey Badgers Remain Undefeated
Two undefeated teams met when the GU11 Mineola Honey Badgers and the Baldwin Tigers battled in a game for first place on Oct. 19. Early on it looked as if the Tigers would prevail. Baldiwn kept Mineola on their heels for the first ten minutes of the game. Had it not been for the strong defensive play of Julianna Anteri, Sheila O’Mara, Julia Nygaard, and Victoria LoPiccolo Mineola may have fallen behind by a few goals. Julia Nygaard’s tremendous slide-tackle to prevent a Baldwin goal was the key play that kept Mineola in the game,before Trista Bugalla scored to give Mineola 1-0 lead at halftime.
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