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Dear Parents and Student Athletes,
Welcome to the Mineola Public Schools Interscholastic Athletic program! This handbook has been prepared to be used as a reference by our student athletes and their parents/guardians in an effort to define responsibilities as they pertain to the rules and regulations, as well as the policies and procedures for participation in our interscholastic athletic program.
The Mineola Public Schools Interscholastic Athletic program is governed by the regulations of the New York State Commissioner of Education’s basic coed for extra class athletic activities. In addition, Mineola is a member of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). Specific guidelines are established for Middle School students as a part of the NYSPHSAA Modified Interscholastic Sports Program.
We are proud of the effort and accomplishments of all of our athletes and coaches. Our department strives to enhance the student athlete physically, socially and mentally. We encourage our athletes to win without boasting, lose without excuses and never quit. We expect athletes to respect coaches, teammates, opponents and officials and understand that their actions represent all in the Mineola community. Through team concepts of family, sacrifice and discipline students will learn life lessons through sports and mature into better athletes and citizens.
Mr. Ralph Amitrano
District Supervisor of Athletics,
Physical Education & Health
2021 Girls Volleyball Season
The Mineola girls volleyball team started the season being ranked in fourth in Nassau County Class A. After graduating nine seniors in the previous season, the team only had five returning players. The entire team was made up of four seniors, four juniors, and five sophomores. After finishing the season with a record of 9-4, the team was ranked third heading into playoffs.
Typical of Conference A1, Mineola faced tough opponents including Wantagh, Manhasset and South Side throughout the season. Many of these matches were intense and set scores were within two points.
The Lady Mustangs finished the season in third overall ranking in Class A. In the first round of playoffs, they beat Floral Park in three straight sets. However, they were defeated by Calhoun in the quarterfinals.
The team will miss four seniors next year: Emma Palumbo, Sam Scheuer, Daniella Speranza, and Madison Tullo – all who contributed a great deal to the success of the team overall. Daniella Speranza is a second consecutive year All-County player and Madison Tullo was All-Conference as a junior and All-County Honorable Mention this year. The returning team is already anxiously anticipating the start of next season!
2021 Boys Soccer Season
The 2021 boys varsity soccer season was a successful one. Coming off of last season’s conference championship and Nassau County playoff semifinal appearance, the boys had very high expectations for the upcoming season. Having only lost four starting players, the team was confident it would achieve its goals of winning the annual Christian Melendez Memorial Mustang Cup Tournament, securing another conference championship and making a deep run in the playoffs.
The team opened the season with seven consecutive wins, putting them at the top of their conference, a position they would not relent all season. The team's only blemish came during a 1-1 tie against Floral Park, but the team quickly rebounded and concluded the season by winning its final six games. With a league record of 11-0-1 and an overall record of 13-0-1, the boys won their fourth consecutive conference championship and secured the second seed in the playoffs, ensuring a home playoff game. In the first round of the playoffs, the boys faced a talented Roosevelt team. Mineola opened the game by scoring a goal within the first five minutes but gave up a goal before halftime. The second half was back and forth, with Roosevelt scoring and Mineola responding to tie the game. In the end, Roosevelt found the net one last time, and knocked the Mustangs out of the playoffs much sooner than they had planned.
The success of the 2021 Boys Soccer Season was truly a team effort however some individual players were recognized by Nassau County for their accomplishments. Oleksa Lawro, Adam Tobar, Diego Orellana, and Sebastian Knight received All-Conference awards, and Lukian Lawro and Kevin Romero received All-County honorable mention. In addition, Kevin received the Scholar Athlete award. Finally, Jack Sargeant and Joe Cerrato received All-County and Joe was also recognized as Newsdays top 100 players for the second year in a row. With only three starting seniors graduating this year, the boys can’t wait for the 2022 season to begin and hope to have as much success next season.
2021 Girls Soccer Season
The 2021 girls varsity soccer season was more than impressive. After finishing in second place last season in their conference with only two losses, the girls were determined to win the conference and make it to the playoffs this season.
Losing only two starters from last year, the girls were able to quickly pick up their momentum from last season. They won their first seven games before playing to a 0-0 tie against Glen Cove. Determined to keep their position at the top of the conference, the girls persevered to win nearly every game, with one exception against Valley Stream North. They finished the season with a league record of 10-1-1 and an overall 10-3-1, winning the conference championship for the first time since 2016.
The girls first round of playoffs was against Valley Stream South, a team two conferences above them. The team played hard and won 4-0. For the first time in two decades, Mineola girls varsity soccer was moving forward in the playoffs. The second round was up against Conference A1 and number three seed, Garden City. The girls gave everything they had against this talented team and were able to put two goals on the board, but unfortunately Garden City would move on to the next round.
The huge success of the 2021 girls soccer season was truly a team effort. The girls made history and brought the program the furthest it has gone in years.
Every team member is a conference champion, but some individual players were also recognized by the county for their accomplishments. Alison Sandoval and Elizabeth Brenes received All-Conference awards, Daniela de Sousa and Rory Meehan were awarded All-County Honorable Mentions, Nicole Pastoressa received the Scholar Athlete award, and co-captains Emilia Burns and Mia Wasnofski received All-County while also being recognized as Newsday’s girls soccer points leaders for the second year in a row. Mia was also named Conference A4 Player of the Year and Daniella Schlichting was recognized as Conference A4 Defensive Player of the Year.
This team should be beyond proud of its accomplishments of the season. We will miss our seven seniors graduating, but also look forward to having much success in the 2022 season.
Senior Athlete Spotlight
The Mineola Athletic Department is shining a spotlight on some of its senior athletes who have exceled in a fall sport. With playoffs around the corner, we would like to highlight the following students for their accomplishments and efforts this season:
Joe Cerrato is an outstanding senior member of the varsity boys soccer team. As a Varsity team captain and returning All-County player, Joe has led the Mustangs to another impressive season so far. In his third year as a Varsity player, Joe has progressed from All-Conference in his sophomore year, to All-County as a junior, to being one of the top 100 players on Long Island this year as a Senior. Joe is setting his sights on a county championship run with the team this year. He states that the best part of being a Mineola athlete is the “love and support that you get from the people in school and the feeling of family that you share with your teammates”.
Joe is interested in attending and playing Soccer at LIU Post next year. He has interest in entering the field of treatment and prevention of injuries in job areas such as athletic training or physical therapy. His work ethic on and off the field, proven by his 89 overall academic average will serve him well in the future. For now, he is set to make some more great memories in his senior year.
Our senior volleyball spotlight shines brightly on our outstanding outside hitter, Daniella Speranza. Daniella is a highly decorated four-year varsity volleyball player. As a sophomore, Daniella was named honorable mention All-County and as a junior, was named an All-County player. This year as a senior, she made the top 50 list for volleyball players in Long Island. During last year’s playoff run she was named to the All-Tournament team.
When Daniella speaks about her experience on the team, she says over the years it has become like more of a family. She says that the girls have the will to win and says the season is the best part of the school year. Daniella’s goals this year are team goals – to make it to the County Championship and win it!
In addition to being a part of the team Daniella is very busy in all aspects of the school community. She is a member of Athletes Helping Athletes, Honor Society, co-president of the Art Honor Society and is the senior class treasurer. Daniella is a role model and an outstanding member of our Mineola athletic community.
Daniella has not pinpointed a college as of yet, but she does know that she wants to continue playing volleyball and may want to major in an area of study related to Education. Her experience as a physical education leader has raised her interest in physical education as a possible major. We look forward to her reaching her goals and enjoying her senior year.
Max Von Massenbach
Just a warning to all visiting players at Hampton Stadium… number 71, Max Von Massenbach, will be clearing room for the Mustangs running attack ! Max has been a dedicated member of the Mineola varsity football team. As a three-year varsity player, Max has held down the left tackle and defensive tackle positions for the Mustangs. His success in the fitness center and football field has led him to aspire to play college football. Max has plans to visit several local colleges in the area and is interested in becoming either a social studies or physical education teacher.
Max states that he “enjoyed the football program at Mineola and felt that he was lucky to experience the coaching styles of Former varsity football Coach Dan Guido and current coach Mr. Wienclaw.” He enjoys the off-season workouts that Coach Wienclaw has offered and feels the additional time that the team spends together makes them a closer unit.
Max has personal goals of achieving a post season award as a lineman in football and to work toward wrestling for a county championship in the heavyweight class. He will finish his year off in the spring as a part of the track program where he will throw the shot and disc. Max is one of our most respectful and dependable student athletes. As a program and athletic community, we will enjoy seeing him reach his goals this year.
Senior Mia Wosnofski stands in the Senior spotlight as a four-year member of our varsity girls soccer team. As a junior All-County award winner, Mia has set her sights on team goals. She sees her team advancing in this year’s Nassau County playoffs after a conference championship run. Mia says that the team is like family and this year they are determined to get past the first round of the playoffs.
In addition to standing out on the soccer field, Mia stands out in school as a student athlete and member of Athletes Helping Athletes. She enjoys talking to younger student athletes in the district about sports and how important they are. She says, “they teach you much more than just how to play the game.”
Mia is considering several colleges where she can attend and play soccer. Among them are the University of Tampa, Wingate University and Eckerd College. She is interested in studying sport medicine or physical therapy. In addition to soccer, Mia plays lacrosse in the spring and skis in the winter. We wish her the best of luck in achieving all of her team and individual goals as the year progresses.
As we continue to celebrate the Class of 2021, we are highlighting our
senior athletes who were honored with awards for their performance this
past year. Congratulations to the following award recipients:
Senior All-County Awards
* Abby Meehan, Softball
* Chris Morandi, Soccer
* Melanie Podstupka, Volleyball
* Vinicius Rodriguez, Soccer
* Nicholas Ramos, Baseball
* Joshua Sandoval, XC/Track
* Sara Tramonte, Softball
Booster Club Senior Scholar Athlete Awards
* Sam Anjo
* Natalie Antunes
* Zachary Buongiovanni
* Veronica Carr
* Kristen Cox
* Meghan Heckelman
* Serena Koshy
* Abby Meehan
* Colleen Miller
* Jillian Parrino
* Isabella Polanco
* Nicholas Ramos
Coaches Old Reliable Award
* Adrianna Ferreira
* Mike McCormack
* Zachary Buongiovanni
* Jillian Parrino
Athlete of the Year Award
* Abby Meehan
* Chris Morandi
Senior Athlete Spotlight
Despite an unusual year for the Class of 2021, we continue to shine a light on our seniors and their accomplishments. The athletics department is highlighting its senior players in the girls basketball program. We thank them for their commitment to Mineola athletics, in spite of changes to their season, and wish them the best of luck in the future.
As a three-season athlete, Claire Collura finds herself at Mineola High School for many hours throughout the school year. As a member of the cheerleading team, girls basketball team and the girls lacrosse team, Claire plays a role being a positive aspect of multiple programs. Claire highlights her best memories as an athlete were while playing basketball or lacrosse, or her times performing at halftimes of football and homecoming games.
In addition to athletics, Claire also finds time to be a member of the World Language Club. As a member, it is no surprise that Italian is her favorite class. She says she is fond of the people in her language classes and shares a lot of laughs with them. Claire is able to balance being highly involved in extracurriculars while staying focused on academics, which is evident as she boasts at 95 average in school.
As the year progresses, Claire looks forward to selecting a college and spending more time with close friends. She looks forward to college life, making new friends and fulfilling her goal of becoming a teacher.
When we asked Claire for some advice for upcoming student athletes, she says that they should know “School comes first. Manage your time wisely, put in the effort to become a better athlete and have fun on the team that you are on.”
We are sure that Claire will bring her positive spirit with her to the college of her choice and we wish her success and happiness.
Adriana Ferreira is a prime example of a well-rounded student athlete. Our spotlight shines on Adriana year-round, as she is a member of the volleyball, basketball and lacrosse teams. Her dedication as an athlete at Mineola shows itself in her consistent work ethic and her pride in the program. Adriana has excelled as a student and holds a 3.9 GPA. She has decided to attend Stony Brook University in the Fall of 2021.
As a student, Adriana recalls her favorite experience being the New York City course. The excitement of learning in the city and having engaging conversations in class drew her in. As an athlete, Adriana cites the many times that she interacted with her teammates throughout the years as some of her favorite moments. She states that “The bus rides to away games and practices with teammates were always a fun time. My teammates and I always work hard but at the same time have a lot of fun.”
In the near future, Adriana looks forward to her prom and being able to enjoy summer with all of her friends before heading off to college. Next year, she looks forward to her college experience and getting involved in her major as a structural engineer.
Adriana’s advice to future students is to work to their fullest and enjoy the seasons they have with teammates and coaches. She says, “Even if you lose a game, keep pushing to win the next one and don’t give up.”
Serena Koshy is a multi-talented senior at Mineola High School. While she is a part of several athletic programs, she has also woven herself into the fabric of the school and community. As a member of the soccer and basketball teams, Serena has always been a hard-working athlete. Her many talents also led her to be a part of the String Ensemble, Athletes Helping Athletes and the Student Service Center. A conversation with Serena about colleges reveals her opportunities paved by her hard work in school. While she is undecided and choosing between many schools Serena holds an academic average of 100.45. Her favorite course is AP Chemistry. Serena enjoys it the most because it is a perfect combination of her favorite subjects, Math and Science.
As a member of the soccer and basketball programs, her fondest memories of sports lie in both the soccer program’s “Think Pink” game, where the program dedicates all the proceeds of the game to Breast Cancer research, and the basketball Program’s “Reggie Carter Night,” where a memorial game is held with the proceeds going to a scholarship fund. Both games are well-attended and mark a focus that is bigger than the game itself.
For the remainder of her senior year Serena looks forward to spending time with her classmates and making new great memories. She looks forward to starting college and making new friends.
Her advice to upcoming student athletes in the program is simple – “Hard work does not go unnoticed!”
As a Mineola Mustang basketball team member, Melanie Mendes has enjoyed her experience as a contributing member of the team. Her love for the game of basketball leads her to dedicate her time during the winter season to working hard in practices and games.
As a member of the basketball program Melanie fondly remembers times with her teammates as they built bonds through practices, game and bus rides. She enjoyed listening to music and enjoying the company of her teammates.
Melanie has not yet decided on a college to attend. She loves to learn about history and enjoys her social studies classes in school. She is a very good student who has been dedicated to her team and to her studies.
In the near future, Melanie will be selecting a college and looks forward to some big events, including graduation. She looks forward to finding her niche in college and getting into a dream career. Her advice to upcoming students is to have fun and work hard. We wish Melanie success and happiness in all of her future decisions.
Our student athlete senior spotlight finds Colleen Miller as an outstanding member of our Mineola Athletics community. Colleen has enjoyed her experiences as a member of both the girls basketball and girls lacrosse programs over the last four years at Mineola. Colleen has many fond memories of past games but one that stands out is a victory against Clarke HS last season that knocked them out of the basketball playoff picture.
While she is still undecided about her college of choice, she maintains and high standard for her academic classes. Colleen takes part in sports and is a contributing member of the Student Service Center, while maintaining a 93 average in school. As a student, Colleen enjoys many classes but CLEP stands out as a favorite, much in part to Mr. Cocoman being a teacher that makes class fun.
As the year moves forward Colleen looks forward to her prom and finally selecting the college of her choice. She looks forward to the experience of meeting new people and building new relationships.
When asked for some advice for future Mustang athletes, Colleen says that she would tell them to never stop working because hard work pays off. We wish Colleen success in this, her senior year in high school, and beyond.
The Mineola Athletics Department student athlete spotlight shines on Keara Mulrooney. Keara has been a member of the basketball, softball and bowling teams at Mineola over her four-year career as a Mustang. She has been a dedicated member of our programs and always approaches each practice and game with a positive and healthy attitude. Even though Keara stays very busy with our athletic programs, she also finds the time to be a part of many clubs in school while holding an astounding 96.15 academic average. She is a member of SADD, the Student Service Center, the Environmental Club and Athletes Helping Athletes.
Keara had a few favorite classes in school, including chemistry and physical education leadership. She found the learning material in chemistry interesting and was fond of Mr. Leopardi as her teacher. As a physical education leader, she felt that the class offered her the opportunity to become a better leader as she fulfilled her responsibilities in the class.
In looking back at her experiences as an athlete at Mineola, Keara recalls the excitement of winning games at another school’s senior night and ripping off the warm-up pants prior to the start of the game as the team prepared to compete. She loved the general “chaos” in the gym before practices and games and the exuberance of people warming up for games. Keara also notes some of her favorite memories include playing badminton in intramurals, visiting the trainer or just going out to get a sandwich with teammates. Keara states that she “loved every aspect of being a Mustang athlete.”
In the near future Keara looks forward to senior activities like the prom and graduation. Keara also looks forward to an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. She says she would love to be able to study abroad and eventually become a Physician Assistant. Her advice to up and coming athletes is to learn to make fun of yourself and don’t get caught up in your mistakes, but rather learn from them.
Senior Ericson Velasquez recently set a new Wrestling wins record! He now has 138 career wins and will look to add to this record as the team heads into the Nassau County Qualifying Tournament this weekend. Best of luck to Ericson and the team!
Fourth Place Finish
Mineola's own Phil Macchietto helps lead the Nassau County All-Star team
to a 4th place state finish in the state New York State Public High
School Tournament. This past weekend at AMF Strike and Spare Lanes in
Syracuse our 9th grader Phil Macchiettio competed in his 3rd state
tournament as he was a member of the Nassau County Team. The team is
comprised of the top 6 Bowlers who competed in the Nassau County
Tournament in February.
This year, Phil had the teams second best pin total as he amassed a 1261
series. That means Phil had a 210 average on the day. Phil's high game
of the tournament was in the final game where he bowled a 236. The entire Athletic Department is proud of Phil's accomplishments
this season and we look forward to 3 more years of state Tournament
All County Honors
Congratulations to Senior Jack Duff (138 lbs) and Junior Ericsson
Velasquez (182 lbs) for placing 4th at the Nassau County championships
on February 9th-10th. Both wrestlers have earned All County Honors!
Congratulations to eighth-grader Phil Macchietto who helped lead Nassau County's All-County Bowling Squad to a third-place finish in Syracuse, New York last weekend. Phil had the best game of the tournament with a 266. He averaged an overall score of 200, making him the top bowler on the Nassau squad and earning him the rank of fourth in the state.
Convincing Wrestling Win
The Mineola Wrestling team defeated Lawrence High School on Friday in a
convincing fashion. The crowd was excited to cheer in the Mustangs and
after the High School team competed the up and coming Mustang Wrestlers
took the mat. Students in grades 3-7 who participate in district youth
Wrestling clinics took part in a Take Down Challenge !!! It was a great
event for all the wrestlers.