The Mineola High School boy’s winter track team traveled to St. Anthony’s High School for a crossover on Jan. 9. Captain Jake Tavernite dominated the 1600 meters, placing third overall with a time of 4:40.59. Senior captain Dylan Bestler came up big in the 600 meters, also placing third, with a time of 1:31.06.
Rob Lang achieved his goal of running a sub-five-minute mile, finishing up with an exact time of 4:58.11. This is a task not easily achieved, and one that few can claim.
Mineola residents Taylor Keenan, Jane Kim, Mikayla Lucio and Victoria Roldan were part of the Wheatley School’s varsity girls field hockey team, which has been recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) for academic excellence and has been declared New York State Champions in its scholar/athlete recognition award program. This program, which started 23 years ago, recognizes athletic teams from across New York State for the exemplary academic performance of its team members. Based on 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.
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Basketball team senior, Katie Priolo is averaging eight points a game to go along with two assists per game. She has been a starting varsity player since 10th grade and one of the most consistent players in the program. Priolo demonstrates great game sense and her presence on the court dictates the pace as her leadership on a team filled with underclassmen is critical.
Priolo is active in the Key Club and National Honor Society. She was involved in many Christmas toy drives and rang bells for the Salvation Army. Priolo also raised money for the March of Dimes and volunteers at a local soup kitchen.
Having graduated nine of their seniors from a strong 2012-13 season, it was understood that this season would feature its share of trials and tribulations for the Mineola Mustangs Boys Basketball team. From that perspective, the team should not be discouraged by their 68-34 defeat at the hands of a very potent Roosevelt Roughriders team.
“We’re young,” said Mineola head coach Jim Heggman. “We only have four seniors and two of them are hurt,” he added.
The Mineola High School girls’ winter track team competed in their second crossover meet of the season at St. Anthony’s High School on Thursday, Dec. 12. The meet included teams from conferences three and six from Nassau County.
The young Lady Mustangs had outstanding performances from juniors Amy Wetzel, Caitie Cunningham, and Debbie Gabbay, and freshman Brianna Lopes. Amy finished second in the 1500m race walk with a time of 10:42.4. Caitie split a 67.0 seconds on her 4x400m relay leg. Gabbay ran the 55 high hurdles in a personal record of 10.6 seconds and Lopes in the hurdles with a time of 11.6.
The Mineola High School Boy’s winter track team competed against conferences three and six in a variety of championship events on Sunday, Dec. 15. Senior Jake Tavernite had another stellar performance, dominating the 1000 meter race with a time of 2:47, finishing in second-place. Freshmen Anthony Abbatiello ran an impressive leg of the 4x400 meter which was lead by upperclassmen Matt Tavernite, Anthony Cueter, and Dylan Bestler.
Freshman Andrew Ariza triple jumped an impressive 34 feet 1 inch. Senior captain Ryan Kelley also turned heads with his 1000 meter performance, followed by a solid triple jump pit.
MAA Soccer is offering an indoor soccer program during January and February for soccer players born from 2006-2009. Each registrant will enjoy six, one-hour training sessions on Saturday’s during the first two months of 2014. The program is managed by MAA’s training partner, Empire Soccer Academy, and is designed to encourage soccer skills improvement through fun and challenging drills and games.
The Spring 2014 registration for MAA Soccer is also ongoing. MAA offer soccer instruction and intramural league games for boys and girls aged 3 through 11.
Registration for the 2014 Spring season is available on the www.mineolaaa.org site. Future in-person registration dates will be announced when scheduled.
The first week of competition saw the Mineola Girls Varsity Bowling Team split its first two matches of the season. In the first match, Mineola lost all three games to last years County Champions, Sewanhaka High School.
Leading the Mustangs in their best team effort to date were Captains Lauren Pucci and Marissa Bounincontro. Pucci had a high game of 182 in a 494 series and Bounincontro bowled a high game of 166 in a 449 series.
The second match was against North Shore with the varsity captains leading the way to the teams first win. Pucci had a high game of 180 in a 446 series and Bounincontro had a 171 and a 168 in a 487 series.
The junior varsity squad beat both Sewanhaka and North Shore. High games for the week were Catherine Leong with a 153 and a 164, Lauren Jenkins with a 137, Zoleil Gallardo with a 149 and Lizzy Caccavale with a 145 and a 179.
The second week of matches saw both Mineola’s varsity and junior girls bowling teams win one and lose one. Mineola Varsity defeated Locust Valley 3-0 while the JV won 2-1. Leading the varsity was Marissa Buonincontro who had a high game of 170.
The junior varsity was lead by Meghan McCabe with a 165 and Zoleil Gallardo with a 132. On the down side, both teams lost to Carle Place, Varsity 2-1 and JV 3-0.
The varsity lost a tough game by a total of three pins. High scores for the varsity were Buonincontro who bowled a 489 series including games of 170 and 178. Lauren Pucci had a high game of 172. The junior varsity team saw Meghan McCabe have a high game of 164.
Kids in the Karatatot offered by Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park, work in a fun-filled and nurturing setting to learn concentration, discipline, respect, as well as an understanding of self defense at his or her own level. The results are improved strength, coordination, and flexibility and the self confidence and that we all want for our children. These children are learning child safety and stranger training.
Mineola residents and Kellenberg High School junior Connor Smith and senior Shannon Kelly were awarded the Most Improved Player award and Commitment Award for the Kellenberg boys and girls varsity soccer teams, respectively. Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one athlete who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.
— From Kellenberg Memorial High School
The 9-year-old Mineola Chiefs recently became the Nassau County Youth Football League 9-year-old division 2013 Nassau County A Champions by shutting out Garden City 12-0.
The Mineola Physical Education department recently named Valerie Fischer and Doug Hale the Physical Education Students of the Year Award. The awards were presented at Mineola’s awards dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club, in front of a crowd of over 500 attendees.
Dylan Bestler, an All-Conference 600-and All County 4x800 meter runner, is a hard-working competitor in the Mineola Track and Field program. He pushes himself to the brink of exhaustion, each and every time he steps foot on the track. He has laser-like focus in pursuit of his ambitious goals during his senior year at Mineola.
Bestler embraces the notion that strong individuals create their own success in life. He views failure not as defeat, but as a cue to change his strategy in order to succeed.
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