Coconut Grove’s Shawn Harvey, representing the Coral Reef Yacht Club, won the U.S. Optimist Dinghy National Championship in Sandusky, Ohio.
About 277 youth sailors from throughout the country competed during the four-day regatta, hosted by the Sandusky Sailing Club. Harvey was fourth entering the final day of racing, 13 points off the lead. Despite very shifty wind conditions, Harvey sailed two solid races, which helped him clinch the title by nine points.
Sean Brennan, also from Coconut Grove and the Coral Reef Yacht Club, finished third.
Earlier in the summer, Harvey, along with teammate Jack Johansson of Coral Gables, traveled to Trincomalee, Sri Lanka to represent the United States at the Asian Championships. Johansson placed fifth and Harvey 15th. Team USA won the Nation’s Cup in team racing.
Following his trip to Sri Lanka, Harvey went to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands for the Scotiabank International Regatta. He was fifth, just four points from first. Teammate Ivan Shestopalov of Pinecrest finished fourth. Shestopalov then represented the United States at the World Championships, where he placed an impressive seventh.
Harvey, 13, who attends Ransom Everglades School, started sailing at age 9.
Brandon Ogden, 20, of Homestead was awarded Archery Shooters Association Shooter of the Year.
This accomplishment was achieved by scoring the most accumulated points in 2012 for 3-D archery, a sport that continues to grow steadily.
The tournaments were in six states with the final event, ASA Classic, in Cullman, Ala. These archers are the best in the United States, competing at the national level.
Ogden competed several years against the toughest archers. His persistence and commitment — along with quality instruction from Coach McCloskey at Everglades Archers — allowed him to prevail in the Hunters Division.
Team Amicis won the championship in the Corporate Division of the MidnightAllstars Adult Basketball League at Miami Dade College.
Team Amicis (8-3) stormed through the playoffs to capture its first title. Post-season MVP Alex Acevedo averaged more than 25 points per playoff game. He received solid efforts from teammates Lenny Casteneda, Alex Theisen, Casey Orzechowicz, Mark Heffernan and Christopher Apicella.
South Miami-Dade won the Women’s 2.5 Division of the USTA Florida Adult 2.5/3.5/4.5 Section Championships at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach. The locals advance to represent the USTA Florida Section at USTA League Nationals later this year.
South Miami-Dade went 3-0 to finish ahead of Volusia County (2-1).
Based at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, the section champs are Marah Caban (captain), Jaya Krutulis (co-captain), Nicole Olinger Brofman, Silvia Quiroga, Silvana Larrarte, Alicia Beatriz Mendez, Rebecca Henriques, Martina San Miguel, Viengsouk Sardina, Carola Urtubey, Anne Biddle, Ana Carnicer, Raquel Pena, Cecilia Marchiaro, Kathirna Saladrigas and Elora Andrade.
Major League Baseball Charities has awarded college scholarships, valued at $5,000 each per year, to 12 high school seniors who participate in Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, the Major League Baseball youth baseball and softball initiative.
Drexel Lindsey of Opa-Locka, competing for Miami RBI, is one of the scholarship recipients. The Miami Central High School grad plans to attend the University of West Florida and study economics or finance. Lindsey showed community commitment throughout high school, volunteering with 5000 Role Models of Excellence and March of Dimes.