Cassidy Funeral Home won the Mineola Athletic Assocation Majors Championship game against Bethpage Hicksville Mason Lodge 7-3 on June 22.
Cassidy jumped out to an early 2–0 lead in the first inning, when Kevin Perlow scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ramos and Joseph Lubrano scored on a triple by Brian Heckleman.
Perlow held Mason Lodge scoreless through the first four innings with defensive help by Nick Limazopoulos, Roberto Filpo-Toscano, Alan Nanu and Dennis Peitler. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Cassidy’s
Funeral Home scored five more runs to take a 7-0 lead. James Medved got the inning started with a single, followed by a single by Kevin Pusey, a walk by Blake Bastos and singles by Chris Marotta and Jordan Sandler. Mason Lodge would not go quietly and started to rally in the top of the 6th inning but fell short. Cassidy Funeral Home held on for a 7-3 victory.
Kevin Perlow pitched 5-2/3 innings and Jordan Sandler came in to record the final out of the game.
Mineola Best Saints
The Mineola Hurricanes recently pounded the L.I. Saints 11-4 at Terry Farrell Park in Huntington in six innings. Chris Marotta got it done on the hill on the way to his first win of the season. He allowed two runs over 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four, walked three and surrendered two hits. Jake Christianson took the loss for L.I. Saints. He allowed six runs in four innings, walked two and struck out seven. The Hurricanes didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring two runs in the second inning when it scored on a two-run triple by Kevin Pusey.
Mineola Hurricanes piled on three more runs in the top of the third. TJ McManus singled, scoring AJ Henriquez to kick things off.
MAA Travel Soccer teams competing in both the Long Island Junior Soccer League and the New York Club Soccer League (NYCSL) ended their spring campaigns. MAA teams celebrated four league titles. The GU15 Mini-Mustangs used a dramatic last-minute goal to overtake North Babylon for first place; the BU11 Mineola United earned a crucial 3 points in their league final to finish as co-champions; the BU10 Mineola FC capped their terrific season, beating Freeport to finish undefeated at the top of their division; and the BU9 Mavericks finished atop their group in the NYCSL.
Corpus Christi Parish announced the appointment of Ken Solosky as the new coordinator for Corpus Christi CYO. Solosky is a lifelong Mineola resident and an alumni of the Corpus Christi CYO program. He was the Corpus Christi Parish 2014 CYO Role Model Award winner.
“Some of my best memories growing up were of CYO basketball and I welcome the opportunity to continue a great program for today’s youth,” said Solosky.
The Mineola Jaguars were recently crowned the North Shore Spring 2014 Softball Champions in the minors division. They finished 12-0 this season, including the championship game against Merillon. The team was comprised of fourth- and fifth-graders, including Sofia Amador, Kirsten Benes, Kristen Benes, Karlie Cennamo, Megan Connolly, Melissa Connolly, Juliette Hazzard, Emma Jenal, Olivia Nygaard, Julia O’Donnell and Sara Tramonte. Coaches were head coach Bill Jenal and assistant coaches Bob Hazzard, Susanne Dowbak and Kristine Tramonte.
The Mineola Athletic Program capped off a great year with the 2014 varsity Awards Banquet held at Jericho Terrace. The evening was well attended as over 300 people packed the room to honor the efforts of all the members of the Athletic Program. Special award winners included Jake Tavernite and Courtney Capobianco, who were given the Sportsmanship Awards based on their athletic achievement and ability to create a positive competitive environment for their teammates throughout their careers at Mineola.
John Lusardi and Emily Martins received the coaches’ “Old Reliable” awards based on consistent overall effort and team contributions throughout the course of their participation in the program. Katie
Priolo and Vincent Bieniek won Athlete of the Year honors.
Mineola Mustangs baseball standout Nick Iadevaio was selected to play in the recent Nassau County Blue Chip Prospects All Star Game at SUNY Farmingdale. Iadevaio was selected by a panel of coaches who chose the best of all Long Island high school baseball players to take part in this event.
The BU10 Mineola FC squad used a balanced offensive effort to top North Shore 4-2 at Wilson Park on May 31. Mineola’s offense constantly spread North Shore’s defenders apart during the game, with long diagonal passes to the corners. Mineola’s first score came off a Greg Kenney shot which ricocheted off a North Shore defender and into the goal.
Minutes later, Kenney’s cross found Liam Russelman in front of the North Shore net, where the skillful midfielder volleyed the ball expertly past the keeper. Liam Going provided Mineola’s third goal, driving a hard shot from the top of the penalty area past the diving keeper. Mineola’s balanced offense featured a fourth goal scorer, as Chris Feathers perfectly spun and one-timed a terrific missile of a shot across the goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net.
Courtney Capobianco enjoyed a stellar senior year as the Mineola High School girls lacrosse team looked to rebuild this season. Faced with being the captain of a young and inexperienced team, Capobianco met the challenge by letting her play do the talking.
She scored 61 goals and nabbed nine assists to lead the team to a fourth place finish in Conference IV. Her gregarious demeanor, good heart, and strong work ethic also kept the team upbeat all year and aided in their improvement.
Along with being an Academic All-American in lacrosse, Capobianco also was an accomplished volleyball player, who led her team to a semifinal berth in the county tournament. She will attend Lehigh University in the fall.
In the summer of 2011, Muireann Phelan, a 2009 graduate of Mineola High School, cycled from Baltimore, MD to Portland, OR with 30 other college students. They cycled over 4,500 miles while raising funds for an organization called The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, 4K for Cancer. The organization is dedicated to helping young adults who are affected by cancer. Muireann undertook this challenge in honor of her father, Paddy, who had been battling cancer since 2009. With the help of family, friends and the community she grew up in, she was able to raise $7,500.
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