The Mineola Mustangs Softball team completed an excellent season with two exciting games in the Nassau County Playoffs.
The Lady Mustangs met Floral Park in the first round of the playoffs on Friday, May 16, beating the Spartans 8-4.
It was the third meeting of the season with Floral Park, with Mineola winning the first two games.
The Mineola Lightning BU16 squad first faced the Garden City Park Eagles United in a third round Long Island Cup match on May 4.
Garden City Park was ahead 1-0 at the break with solid play from Mineola keeper Joe Martins and fullbacks Brian Tavares and Alec Leitman. The second half saw the Lightning mounting better attacks despite falling behind 2-0.
Forward Joe Cucinella found the back of the net for Mineola drawing the Lightning within one. Garden City Park took advantage of open space and sealed the win with a late score making the final tally 3-1.
The Lightning resumed league play on the road against the Copiague Arsenal. The Lightning took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a penalty kick by Cucinella. Copiague responded with a goal to even the score shortly before halftime.
Midfielder Andi Tuti connected with forward Kevin Vecchione who beat the Copiague keeper to narrow the Arsenal lead. The Lightning lost 3-2.
The BU10 Mineola FC team played to a frustrating scoreless draw with the West Hempstead Titans at Soccer Park in Plainview on April 26. Mineola had numerous chances to score but the talented goalkeeper for the Titans made several diving and sprawling saves, including a terrific reaction save against Mineola’s Liam Going from five yards away to send a hard shot over the bar.
Mineola continued to press and eventually found the winner, or so they thought.
Mineola High School Senior Anthony Cueter has grown into a leader on and off the track for the boys’ spring track and field team since he joined the team as a freshman. Cueter is a consistent scorer for the team in the 400m dash, 200m dash, and 400 intermediate hurdles. The event he enjoys the most is the 4x400 relay because of the length of the race and the fact he gets to compete with his teammates as a unit.
Vincent Bieniek is a three-sport athlete at Mineola, Vincent is a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams. As the quarterback of the football team, he showed toughness and leadership ability. He was an All County Football selection. Bieniek has helped drive the baseball program toward a share of the conference lead and into the Nassau County Baseball Playoffs.
He recently pitched a gem of a game against Island Trees High School to clinch a playoff spot for the Mustangs. He threw a complete game four-hitter, walking only two while striking out 12 batters. He also completed the week at the plate with a .500 on base percentage.
Bieniek boasts a 90 average in school and is contemplating several opportunities to continue his athletic career at the collegiate level.
His overall pitching record is 4-0 with a 2.60 ERA; Bieniek has his opponents only hitting .197 against him and has struck out 46 batters this year. He is batting .333 with 11 RBI, two doubles and one triple.
The Mineola Mustangs have clinched a share of the Nassau County Conference A-IV championship with Clarke High School after a 7-5 victory over Island Trees on Wednesday, May 7. Mineola is guaranteed two home playoff games—a huge advantage in the double-elimination tournament.
“It means a lot for the seniors,” said Head Coach Helms Bohringer. “A lot of the seniors—four of them—have been with me for three years. At first we only had four wins, and now we have 13. It goes to show you that if you’re going to work hard, you listen, you do the right things, then good things will happen. That’s what we try to preach around here.”
The Mustangs struggled the last two seasons, but with the maturation of their upperclassmen and vast improvement across the board, they were able to become a legitimate playoff contender and will share the conference title with Clarke, who won the title 18 of the last 19 seasons.
Nick Iadevaio paved the way for a big four-win week for the Mineola Mustangs varsity baseball team. He leads the team in extra-base hits and leads in innings pitched and has the lowest ERA on the staff at 1.03.
Iadevaio threw a complete game 2-hitter with 14 strike-outs against Locust Valley. He also went 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI.
In the second game of the three-game set against Locust Valley, Iadevaio went 2-for-3 with an RBI. The hit pushed the Mustang lead to 2-0 in a game they would win 3-1. In the series finale, Iadevaio went 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored, had a stolen base and doubled.
In a non-league game against Port Washington, Iadevaio came to bat with the Mustangs down 2-1 in the top of the seventh. He delivered a double, driving home the tying run with which the Mustangs ended up winning the game in extra innings 5-2.
He was 1-0 on the mound and 8 for 12 at the plate (.750 avg), with 3 doubles, 3RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases for the week.
He will be attending and playing baseball at Lesley University in Boston in the fall.
Most high school varsity baseball teams in Nassau County only have to travel 30 miles at most for an away game. During spring break, Mineola traveled a little over 1,170 miles for eight scrimmages. The team flew to Vero Beach, FL, to Dodgertown, USA, the former spring training facility of the major league Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, for an extended training vacation, and won seven out of eight scrimmages against the likes of Poughkeepsie, Carmel, Brooklyn-based Midwood, Aquinas Institute, Jesuit McQuaid, Connecticut-based East Granby and Roth high schools.
The Dodgers moved their spring training home from the Florida-based Grapefruit League in Florida to a new facility in Glendale, AZ in the beginning of the 2009 season to be closer to their Los Angeles fanbase.
“Many of the Brooklyn [Dodger] fans have unfortunately passed on, so there’s not really too many of them left,” coach Helmut Bohringer said. “Dodgertown became like a Disney sports village.”
Chaminade High School graduate Thomas Roulis, a student and athlete at Dartmouth College, was recently named the Ivy League Athlete of the Week.
The first weekly award for a Big Green player this year came after the first week of play, when senior outfielder Jeff Keller was pegged as the Ivy co-Player of the Week on March 4. Then on March 25, sophomore right-hander Duncan Robinson took home the Pitcher of the Week honor.
The GU15 Mineola Mini-Mustangs surrendered two late goals against the South Huntington Strikers to find themselves tied with three minutes remaining in the final game of the group stage of the Arch Cup Tournament on April 17. Mineola regained its composure and a minute later, Shannon Durham pounced on a ball near the top of the Strikers’ penalty area and looped a shot over the leaping South Huntington keeper and into the net for a dramatic game-winning goal.
Mineola’s fast-paced offense controlled the pace of the game. Mineola scored the game’s opening goal 15 minutes into the first half as Allison Lamonica drove a long crossing pass from the right sideline across the goalmouth and into the path of teammate Katie
Russelman, who let the ball bounce off her thigh and stomach before momentum pushed the ball into the Strikers’ goal.
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