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.
The Mineola Mustangs shocked the bowling community as the team defeated Sewanhaka for the first time since Coach Helms Bohringer took over the program.
Sewanhaka is always among the top Nassau County teams and has won the conference the last seven years in a row.
The Mineola High School Boy’s Winter Track team competed against conferences 4 and 6 at St. Anthony’s state of the art indoor facility recently. Senior Jake Tavernite and Junior Chris Mueller performed well in the 1600 meter run. Jake took second place overall, with a time of 4:46. His race came down to the last lap, and a breathtaking finishing, where he managed to defeat his long time rival from Friend’s academy.
Mueller ran one of the gutsiest races of his career, making aggressive moves with over 400 meters left to go. He finished in first-place in his heat, and 11th overall.
Students in the Karatatot Kids program at Charles Water Karate And Fitness in Williston Park get a chance to participate in “Special Time” at the end of each class. This is an opportunity for them to share something special in their lives with their teacher. It was created by Charles Water for the Karatatot class students to have a productive and fulfilling class and the children wait to the end to share their thoughts.
Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 4½ and up. In a fun filled and nurturing setting children 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 for children.
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.
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.
The BU10 FC Mineola squad finished off their first season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League with a well-played 1-1 draw with Massapequa on Nov. 16. Liam Russelman’s early goal provided Mineola with their goal. Peter Murphy launched a beautiful run down the right side of the field, deftly stepping around two defenders before crossing a low pass in front of the goal. Russelman easily tapped home the pass for his goal. Andrew Pizzardi’s goalkeeping, stellar all season, kept Mineola in the game behind solid defending by Dom Ferreira, Chris Feathers, and Luke Sommese. Mineola finished the season at 3-2-4.
The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association announced that the Olympic Development Program (ODP) coach and Mineola resident Ian Stone, head coach of the Region 1 East ODP Girls-Under-17 squad, received the Bob Blitz
Sportsmanship Award from the New York Metro Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NYMISOA) at The Sterling in Bethpage on Nov. 11. The referees of NYMISOA selected Stone for the award based on their officiating of college soccer games from Westchester to Long Island. Stone also won the NYMISOA Sportsmanship Award in 1994, his first year in charge of coaching the St. John’s Red Storm women’s team and is one of only seven coaches to receive the NYMISOA Sportsmanship Award twice.
The GU14 Mineola Red Bulls solidified their spot atop the standings with a solid all-around effort in their 3-0 win over Plainedge on Nov. 10. Joanna Graca’s goals paced the offensive effort for Mineola, which improved to 6-1-1 on the season.
November 9, 2013 Despite numerous scoring opportunities the GU12 Mineola Tornado could not find a way past a talented Massapequa goalkeeper, falling 2-0 in a well-played game on Nov. 9. Amanda Ustick and Rebecca Sparacio’s footwork and creative passing from the midfield created frequent opportunities for teammates Elora Folkson, Kristin Tarab and Emma Brown but time after time the skillful Mineola forwards were frustrated by the Massapequa net-minder. Kaitlyn Ariza’s solid defending helped keep Mineola in the game as she constantly thwarted attacks on the Mineola goal.
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