Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00
The Mineola varsity girls basketball team finished off the 2009-2010 season with a flourish as it defeated Jericho High School in the final game of the season to capture the conference championship. This win put a cap on a great season where the girls rolled to a 10-2 league record and a 15-2 overall team record.
The conference championship marked the program’s first since 1978. Several players were honored with season-ending awards. Senior point guard Samantha Stavish was voted All-County. She was one of only two players in the entire conference to receive this honor. Kalie Medlock, Krystie Kern and Heather Gessner were selected as All-Conference award recipients. Senior Leandra Folatico received the conference Scholar-Athlete award. Leandra not only had a great season on the court but she also ranks 10th in her class academically. In addition, coach Denise Zunno was also voted conference coach of the year by her peers.
The girls demonstrated not only great skill and determination on the court but also in the classroom .The team boasted an overall 90.4 academic average and qualified for the New York State Scholar-Athlete Team award. They were an example of good sportsmanship and, along with coach Zunno and the athletic department, were recognized as the 2010 recipients of the Ann Adamchek Sportsmanship Award. This award is selected through a compilation of information and a vote by members of the Nassau County Officials Association.
It is a truly an achievement when a program wins a sportsmanship award while finishing with a 15-2 record. It is a combination of all of the things that represent and exemplary group of young ladies. All in the Mineola School District community are proud of their accomplishment and look forward to their continued success as not only members of the basketball team but members of Mineola’s spring and fall athletic programs.