As I conclude a five-year stint as publicity director for the Mineola Athletics Booster Club and primary correspondent on behalf of the Mineola American for Mineola High School Varsity Athletics, I am emboldened by a young student who has stepped up to fill the void in my absence.
The Mineola girls basketball team fresh from coming off their first conference championship in over 30 years had another victorious night as their coach and all five starters won various awards at the Annual Nassau County Girls Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Star Dinner, held March 23 at the Crest Hollow Country Club.
Five years ago, Mineola high school varsity baseball coaches Helms Bohringer and Barry Silverstein were saying that 2010 was going to be the year for the Mineola baseball program.
Well, the 2010 season is here and the varsity baseball team is rolling. After missing the playoffs by just one game last year, coach Bohringer doesn’t want that to happen again, which is why he and coach Silverstein have arranged a trip for the baseball team to go down to the North Carolina/Virginia area to have a spring training right before the league games start for the new season.
Mark your calendar now for an inspirational day: Sunday, May 16. That’s when thousands of women and those who love them most will gather at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh for “Every Woman Matters: A Walk for Women and Their Families.” Proceeds from the 5K walk, to take place along the boardwalk in celebration of women’s health and wellness, will benefit the new Katz Women’s Hospital and Women’s Health Institute of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
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.
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