Barbara Cronin-Stagnari of Mineola successfully completed the Caumsett State Park 50 Kilometer Run on Sunday, March 6. The Run served as the 2011 USA Track & Field National 50 Kilometer Championship.
The 49-year-old Stagnari navigated the course in 4 hours, 39 minutes, 47 seconds, good for 44th place overall; 41st place overall. She was presented with a special “Masters” Award as the 2nd Female age 40 plus to finish.
The Wheatley School’s Boys Varsity and Girls Varsity Indoor Track, Fencing, Basketball and Boys Varsity Wrestling have been recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) for academic excellence in its Scholar/Athlete Recognition Award Program. This program, which was initiated by NYPHSAA 20 years ago, recognizes athletic teams from across New York State for the exemplary academic performance of its team members. Based upon a composite of the grade point averages among team members, team champions are selected for each varsity sport from those high schools across New York State that enter the competition.
The 2010 – 2011 Winter Sport season brought great excitement to the Mineola High School community. Student athletes found great success as they competed with exemplary sportsmanship and pride. Several teams and individuals had great accomplishments.
Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park had the best time at boot camp; this was Creative Form Day. In addition, they met their goals of 500 jumping jacks, 100 crunches, 50 gut busters, and 50 squat hops. This camp was for three hours. Every day had a specific theme and specific goals. All participants met their goals. In addition, those students who came to the boot camp also attended regularly scheduled classes.
For the second year in a row the Mineola Mustang Varsity Wrestlers came away as the Division 2 Nassau County Championship. Four athletes from Mineola were crowned champions and participated in the NYS wrestling Championships in Albany.
The Mustangs finished over 60 points ahead of 2nd place Oyster Bay. Senior Steve O’Connor was voted the tournaments Most Outstanding Wrestler after his dominating performance in the finals over his opponent from Carle Place.
Members of the media had the opportunity to meet New York Islanders owner, Charles Wang, as he hosted the fourth annual Lighthouse International Youth Hockey Tournament which featured pee-wee teams from China, Finland, Japan, Long Island and Westchester County. It was held at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, Jan. 23. The ages of participants in the tournament ranged from 9-12 years old.
Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park, have received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.
“Our goal at Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Mr. Charles Water, owner and director of the school. “Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”
The Mineola Portuguese Center, Long Island’s oldest Portuguese Club, will hold a celebration of its 75th Anniversary of the first Portuguese-American settlement on Long Island and the soccer team that started it all. The gala will take place on March 12 at 8 p.m. in the Center’s grand ballroom at 306 Jericho Turnpike in Mineola.
In late February of 2008, T.J. Gessner was on the precipice of a dream. A three-year starter as point guard at Mineola High School, Gessner was at the helm of potentially the biggest upset in Mustang basketball history. The Mustangs were “George Mason/Butler-like” underdogs as the # 15 seed to the # 2 seed and perennial County title contenders from South Side High School. In an electrically charged gymnasium in Rockville Centre with at least 2,000 rabid fans in attendance, Gessner and his Mustang teammates fell seconds short of a shocker. Suffering through a miserable first two years (5-31 record), Gessner led Mineola to 23 wins in his final two seasons resulting in the school’s first Conference Championship in 22 years.
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