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Athlete Of The Week

Chris DeStefano, 18

MHS Baseball


Chris is one astarting outfielder for the Mineola Mustangs. He has the ability to play all three outfield positions because of his speed and good arm strength.


He has made some special plays so far from the centerfield position where he made some “Willie Mays” type of catches to help defeat East Rockaway last week in a non-league game.


His speed has proven to be an asset on offense as well as he currently is batting .333 and he is leading the team with three triples. He stole five bases in the Seaford game alone.


He is tied for the team lead in steals. He currently has a four game hitting streak as the Mustangs play in a tough A-6 conference, which includes Clarke, Seaford and Valley Stream North. The team crossover games were against defending champion Plainedge where DeStefano hit a game tying home run.


Other crossover games have come against Division Avenue, Southside, Lynbrook and Manhasset all playoff teams from the year before.  DeStefano also has shown a good eye at the plate as he has walked seven times to help give him and .495 on base percentage.


DeStefano has improved his batting average from last year over 150 points.  The Mustangs have averaged over 6 runs per game sine he started batting leadoff.


“Chris is an outstanding teammate and a leader in the school,” said head coach Helms Bohringer. “He is one of the most polite young men I have had on my teams. He also helped us during our Clinics with the Mineola Athletic Association. I wish I had him for all four years as he only came to Mineola High School for the last two years.”