The 2009 – 2010 athletic season brought great success and pride to the Mineola community. A tremendous amount of credit is due to the athletes and coaches who dedicated themselves throughout the year. This year our program captured five conference championships and one Division II County Championship in wrestling and a boys Class A Spring Track County Championship.
The Mineola Chiefs 5th grade lacrosse teams combined to go 14-0 to win the 5th grade championship.
The two goalies, Joe Megeil, 53 saves, 1 shutout and Charlie Clancy, a converted defenseman, 31 saves, 2 shutouts, provided the stop-gap. Megeil’s best game came against Wantagh as he made 14 saves, 7 coming in the fourth quarter, to lead Mineola to victory. Clancy’s best game came against Seaford as he made 9 saves, 3 in the last two minutes of the game to beat Seaford.
The Mineola Boys Track and Field Team has produced one of its most successful seasons ever. The team finished with a record of 13-1 in league meet play; its only blemish was a defeat to the eventual Division 4A champion, Valley Stream North. At the Division 4A championships at Valley Stream High School, the team scored a school history high 114 points, which landed Mineola in second place overall after the meet. All-division athletes included Italo Amorim in the 400 meter intermediate hurdles, Marco Oliveira in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, Juan Lopez in the 110 meter high hurdles, Joe Dores in the Triple Jump, Derek Cole in the Long Jump, High Jump, 400 meter dash and D’Andre Ellerbe in the Discus.
The American Indoor Football Association has only one Luso-American player, who will close out the season with the New Jersey Revolution during its last regular season game on Saturday June 12. Starting Kicker Craig Pinto of Mineola has played professional football for 2 years now for the Morristown based football team, and has been a team captain both years, and currently leads the league in field goals per game.
The Chiefs third grade boys’ lacrosse team went on the road and shut out the Northport Tigers 5-0. This brings the Chiefs’ record to 7-0. Scoring was provided by Midfielders Michael O’Connell (2 Goals, 1 Assist), Jack Duff (2 Goals) and Attackmen Marc Chiappone (1 Goal).
May 22-The Mini’s walked off the field at halftime in a scoreless game against the Garden City Chargers. With Cara Kennedy playing brilliantly in goal and Mineola’s defense, led by the superb play of Meghan Lafaye and Jillian Palma, playing a strong positional game, Mineola needed an offensive spark.
After graduating eight starting seniors and faced with moving from Conference III to a tougher Conference II, Coaches Massaro and Hock-Bennett did not know what to expect.
There is no doubt that both coach Helms Bohringer and coach Barry Silverstein will be emptying out their lockers with their heads held high following last Saturday’s playoff loss against Valley Stream North. The reason? Because many starting underclassmen will return next season with more experience as well as more leadership.
Submitted by Shannon Durham
The Mineola Lightning girl’s minors softball team kept its streak alive, beating a tough Garden City Orange team. Mineola’s offense took some of the pressure off pitchers Tierney Fitzgerald and Shannon Durham, with Samantha Marcia, Stella Davis, Vallerie Cobos, Kellie Cassidy and Courtney Scheuer all driving in runs in the Lightning’s 11-5 win. There were also some key defensive plays by Victoria Ondris, Hannah Hoyt, Kayla Orefice and Lyndsey Reuther that helped Mineola get off the field. Christina Benintendi, Angelina Filpo-Toscano, Sara McCarthy and the injured Angie Morelli complete the team.
Heading into the 2010 season, the Mineola varsity boys lacrosse team was looking to be playoff bound. Returning players such as seniors Nick Grimaldi, Bob Port, Billy Gerstner, Mike Escobar and also juniors Nick Fabiano and Spencer Wolf made coaches Mike Perro and Anthony Barone excited for the season to come. Freshman attackman Brian Gaffney showed his talents sooner rather than later in the season and has really proved that he deserves his starting spot on the field. Off to a rocky start, the Mustangs showed some hope in a game against North Shore. Spencer Wolf scored a goal with 1:18 left in the fourth quarter off a pass from Billy Gerstner who had two goals on the day to tie the game for the Mustangs.
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