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“I think about everything I have to do before I start…the run, the plant…I visualize it all. Once I start my run, I don’t really think about it. I block everything out and my body takes over.”

That’s how Abeni “Abby” Kratzmeyer describes the process of making a successful pole vault. The two-time Class 3A state pole vaulting champion continued: “You know from the plant if the vault will be a good one.”

She described the moment before freefall as “very exciting with plenty of adrenalin.”

Plenty of adrenalin and suspense accompanied the state pole vault final in Austin on May 10. more
The Mineola Lady Jackets broke free from the Rains Lady Wildcats and went on to a 59-39 win to remain undefeated in district play. The competitive matchup remained tightly contested until just before the half, when Mineola junior Sabria Dean had a magic minute that broke the game open. more
The Mineola Yellowjackets defeated the visiting Rains Wildcats 58-38 on Dec. 18 for their opening district win of the season. With each team pressing full-court, the game was an end-to-end footrace. more
Young ballplayers from throughout the area will flock to Mineola on Saturday for the Mineola Youth Foundation’s Fall Ball League. The Youth Foundation ball fields on Loop 564 will host 61 teams … more
The Lady Jackets earned their initial season victories at the Van volleyball tournament this past weekend. Wins over Marshall, T.K.Gorman, and Arp are signs of good things to come in the 2018 season. … more
Heart-stopping action. A big deficit. A monumental comeback. Unshakeable confidence. Extreme effort. Victory. All these words describe the Lady Jackets thrilling 36-35, Feb. 19 win over the Howe Lady Bulldogs. The win sent Mineola through to the regional tournament and a date with the undefeated Chapel Hill Red Devils. [follow their path through the playoffs] more
The Mineola Yellowjackets parlayed a successful football season into post-season honors on the All-District team for 2018. Considering the deep talent in District 8-3A DI from district foes … more
The Mineola Yellowjackets took a pair of wins in the Great East Texas Shootout at Brownsboro. The ’Jackets took down Arp in the opener 72-55, fell to Lovejoy 48-39 and defeated Van 67-58. Mineola … more
“The bar is loaded!”

These are the words spoken at a powerlifting meet to indicate the declared weight is on the bar. A newcomer to powerlifting will often become a powerlifter after watching their first meet, explained Mineola powerlifting coach Nick Shutak. “If you are interested in it and go to that first meet…kids just buy in. It helps kids develop that competitive spirit,” Shutak commented.

In his second year as the Yellowjacket’s powerlifting coach, Shutak speaks with conviction about the value of powerlifting to the development of a young athlete’s body.

“Everyone wants two things regardless of the sport,” he explained, “to become faster and to become stronger. We make people stronger.” more
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