It has been a long hard road, but the Mineola Fireball is now reaping the fruits of success that they truly deserve. With a core of players that come as far back as when they were 7-8-years-old and starting at Division VIII, this eclectic group, comprising players from different towns, has worked extremely hard over the years to achieve this major success.
The team captured the Division I title with a 4-2 win against Farmingdale (2 DJ Feimer, W. Rivera, E. DeLay) on June 14, and the Waldbaums’ Cup by beating VOB Blazers 2-0 (J. DePietto, P. Vilaca) on June 20.
The John S. DaVanzo Mineola Community Pool opened for the summer season on June 20. From June 27 until Aug. 21, the pool will be open on Monday, from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. and then from Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. The pool will be open from Aug. 22 until Sept. 7 from 11:30 a.m. until 8 p.m.
You can check your Village of Mineola Recreation Bulletin for more information or call the Leisure Pass office at 746-0750, ext. 268.
Keith Hernandez held a book signing June 27 at Borders of Westbury and hundreds of baseball fans had an opportunity to receive autographed copies of the former first baseman’s new book, Shea Good-Bye: The Untold Inside Story of the Historic 2008 Season. Hernandez also took some time out before the signing to speak with Anton Community Newspapers about his years in Flushing and the demolition of Shea Stadium.
People holding tickets to Thursday’s rain shortened day of golf were treated to a great finish on Monday. On Thursday, golf was halted after just over three hours of play with half of the players not even teeing off. Those fans with tickets were granted entrance to Monday’s conclusion to see 29-year-old Lucas Glover take the trophy after finishing 4-under par.
Wheatley High School students Kieran Lang, Ariel Fieldman and John Haghighi qualified for the New York State track & field championship, led at Syracuse.
The Girls U10 Mini-Mustangs finished their solid second place season at 6-1-2 following a gut-wrenching, last minute, 3-2 loss at Oceanside. With Jillian Palma and Brianna O’Brien unavailable, the Mini-Mustangs began the day shorthanded. Down two goals early in the game, Mineola relentlessly attacked the Oceanside defense, resulting in a late first half penalty kick that Christen Patalano hammered into the corner of the net.
The Chiefs 6th Grade Lacrosse Team in the most physical and hard hitting game of the year, leveled the Levittown Blue Devils 6-3 at the Lacrosse Jamboree held at Farmingdale College on June 14. This brings their 2009 season to an end with a final record of 8-1.
It was hot on June 7 but the injury riddled Chiefs sixth grade lacrosse team didn’t seem to mind as they upset the perennial powerhouse Manhasset Indians 9-3 on their home turf. It was another nice job by the Chiefs’ coaching staff to bring their team’s 2009 winning record to 7-1.
On this day the Chiefs got the better of the Indians. Chiefs’ midfielder Thomas O’Connell had a monster day recording a hat trick with three goals and adding two assists. James Gerstner and Chris Lockwood each scored two goals apiece for the Chiefs while Peter McCormack scored a goal with two assists.
The St. Aidan CYO swim team completed yet another undefeated season, culminating with the championship title at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow on April 3.
The championship meet proved to be a night for the record books. Indeed, a total of nine CYO records were broken with the St. Aidan swim team breaking seven of the nine records, among the six teams that participated in the meet. A total of 46 events, including freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly were held. The final medal count for St. Aidan’s was: 24 gold, 17 silver and eight bronze.
After losing their first game in over three years, the injury shorthanded Chiefs sixth grade lacrosse team played at home at Hampton Stadium and rocked the Rockville Centre Cyclones 6-3. This brings their 2009 winning record to 6-1.
The Chiefs offense came from midfielders Thomas O’Connell, James Gerstner and Peter McCormack who each scored two goals, while attackman Chris Lockwood recorded three assists. Gerard Boniello, Thomas O’Dwyer and Mark Sarnell passed the ball around the field and out-hustled the Cyclones 27-19 on ground balls. The Chiefs’ attackmen Anthony Sarno, Michael Patalano and Kyle Leinhart kept the heat on the Cyclones goalie throughout the day.
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