Assemblyman Tom McKevitt honored New York’s Special Olympic athletes at a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Special Olympics New York (SONY). The event highlighted SONY’s mission statement of providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with developmental disabilities while giving them continuing opportunities to improve physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
In a March 1 column in Newsday, Steve Marcus proved how off base one can be in assessing the current state of local college basketball. His harsh criticism of Hofstra University’s basketball program in contrast to SUNY Stony Brook’s neophyte hoop success is unfair and untrue. While no one can downgrade the great story that head coach Steve Pikiell’s Seawolves are writing as they improve from doormat to conference champion in the mediocre America East Conference, there is no doubt which is the finest college basketball program in the Metropolitan area over the past 10 years – the Hofstra Pride. The boys from Hempstead have a better record than BCS conference foes from St. John’s (with multiple victories over the Red Storm over the past few years) and Seton Hall as well as Manhattan and the disastrous Fordham program – all considered to be much higher profile schools from larger basketball denizens with storied hardwood histories.
The Mineola boys winter track and field team just completed its most successful season in school history. Despite the horrid weather this season, the team finished second at their conference championship meet, scoring 129 points. The team more than doubled last year’s performance of 57 points at the conference championship meet and toppled their all-time record of 70 points at the meet.
The Mineola varsity girls basketball team finished off the 2009-2010 season with a flourish as it defeated Jericho High School in the final game of the season to capture the conference championship. This win put a cap on a great season where the girls rolled to a 10-2 league record and a 15-2 overall team record.
The Mineola High School varsity wrestling team won the Division II Nassau County Championship recently. The team finished with 226 points, 13 points ahead of Oyster Bay. It was a total effort as the Mustangs placed a wrestler in the top four in 11 of the 13 weight classes they entered.
Mineola had a total of 17 out of the 22 wrestlers place in the top five in the tournament. What made this such a big victory was that the Mustangs had finished second in their league for the fourth straight year after suffering a close and exciting 31-25 championship match to Oyster Bay. Even though the Mustangs had won 43 matches over the last four years they had no team titles to show for it. This county title more than makes up for it.
The Corpus Christi seventh grade boys finished a fantastic season in the very competitive CYO “B” division and are headed to the playoffs with a final record of 7-5, good for third place in their region. The CYO “B” division is comprised of teams that are on par with most school teams. The Mineola boys’ success shows they are on schedule to compete with the same high caliber of play that its high school counterparts have been playing with the last several years.
This winter season proved to be one of great accomplishments for the Mineola boys and girls bowling teams. Going into the season the teams had their sights set on making the playoffs and competing against the best the county had to offer.
The girls team finished 10th overall in the county and placed 12th overall in the county tournament. Finishing the season with a 7-5 record, the girls were the only team in the county to hand juggernaut Sewanhaka a game loss during the season.
Come join Long Island’s only all-female Roller Derby team, the Long Island Roller Rebels, at their 2010 season opener as they take on the Jersey Shore Roller Girls on Saturday, March 13 at Skate Safe America, 182 Bethpage Sweet Hollow Road in Old Bethpage. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the whistle blows at 8 p.m. Tickets $10 in advance; $15 at the door, under 8 free. For information, contact Skate Safe America at 249-1717 or visit www.LongIslandRollerRebels.com.
William Jaye of Garden City and Maryanne Mannion of Oyster Bay were named winners in Mineola Bicycle, Fitness and Mower’s “Mountain Bike Raffle Extravaganza,” a raffle recently held by the Mineola store to raise money to benefit the Child Life Program at the Children’s Medical Center at Winthrop-University Hospital.
The Mineola Portuguese Soccer Club will be celebrating their seventh Long Island Soccer-Futebol League championship on Feb. 20 at the Mineola Portuguese Center (306 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola) with a gala and fundraiser. In addition to a live band and both American and Portuguese cuisine, the event will include the 2009 MPSC Hall of Fame inductions, appearances by former MPSC players who have since played professionally, the owners of the sponsoring companies, and local politicians. The price is $35 per ticket, with limited seating. Any donations are also currently being accepted. For more information you can call Marco Dafonte at 385-0363 or visit www.mineolasc.com.
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