Old Westbury freshman pitcher and Mineola native Tyler Kapela was named to the Skyline Conference Weekly Honor Roll. Kapela tossed five scoreless innings with five strikeouts to combine with two other relievers for his first career shutout in Old Westbury’s 16-0 win against Yeshiva. He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before giving up a one-out single. Kapela is sporting a 2.25 ERA
with a 2-1 record in 12 innings on the season.
Christina Palmenteri is captain and starting third baseman for the Lady Mustangs softball team. Palmenteri has been playing softball since she was 5 years old. Her role model growing up was Jennie Finch.
Palmenteri has been travel baseball since the age of 12 and she is currently playing for the Long Island Hurricanes 18u elite travel team.
She was all division as a freshman, all county as a junior and named captain of the team since her sophomore year.
Palmenteri batted .509 in her junior year. She will attend and play at (currently ranked 14th in the country) Adelphi University and major in nursing or physical education.
Brian Gaffney enters his final season as an athlete at Mineola High School, with some great accomplishments as a member of the football, basketball and lacrosse teams.
Head Football Coach Dan Guido described Gaffney as a “tremendous athlete and an excellent football player, one of the best he has ever coached” during his long-standing tenure as head coach at Mineola.
The BU9 Mineola Mighty opened the Spring 2013 soccer season with two victories, topping Syosset 4-0 and then rallying for a thrilling 6-5 win over Samba Academy on March 24. In the opener, James Teadore and Christopher Feathers combined in goal for the shutout as Mineola’s defense, led by Brian Heckelman and Peter Murphy, consistently turned aside the Syosset attack. Liam Russelman’s three goals, including one off a clever chip over the Syosset keeper, led the offense, with teammate Liam Going scoring the other Mineola goal.
The GU14 Mineola Mustangs used a dramatic, final-minute goal from Natalia Cotto to advance to the second round of the Long Island Cup Youth Soccer tournament on March 16. Playing in a blinding snow shower, Mineola earned a hard-fought 3-2 victory over a solid West Islip Sizzle team.
Josh Lopes has been an integral member of the Boys Varsity Soccer program for the past four years. Lopes has been a four-year midfield and defensive starter, and has helped his team make the playoffs three times in the past four years, as well as complete for a conference title.
Franklin Square residents Meaghan Rush, Julia Pusateri, Kimberly Chan, Amanda Agostino, Valley Stream residents Tyquann Walker, Adam Kapusta, Carolyn DeFranco, and Elmont residents Dranoel Truter, Yuvaraj Dhir, Vincent Agostino, and Dylan VanManen have qualified to compete at the 2013 Metropolitan Swimming Junior Olympics. These swimmers represented the nationally ranked host team, Long Island Aquatic Club (LIAC). Each year, LIAC sends a large squad to the junior olympics to compete for the titles as the best age group swimmers. Since 1996, LIAC has qualified 21 swimmers for the U.S. Olympic Trials. For more information on the Junior Olympics or the Long Island Aquatic Club visit LIAC’s website www.longislandswimming.com.
As a three-year member of the Mineola Girls Bowling team Senior Jaclyn Lusardi has shown consistent improvement. As a junior bowler, Lusardi was named all conference. This year she led the team with a 167.3 average. Lusardi was the heart and soul of the girls bowling team over the last three years. As a team leader she motivated and supported her teammates and provided senior leadership. In recognition of her consistency and reliability she was named team Captain in both her Junior and senior year. As a captain she led the team to a third place finish in the conference and a top ten finish in Nassau County. Jaclyn also qualified to compete in the individual County Tournament.
They came together by necessity after graduation stripped of their respective rosters; hockey players from neighboring Long Island communities who were dedicated to their sport but without enough players for a team.
And so they formed the East Williston-Jericho high school club team and created an experience none of them will ever forget. The merged team won the Nassau County championship with a perfect 18-0 season and reached the final round of the New York State Large School Division Championships in Jamestown, N.Y.
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