Sophomores Hanna Payne and Jessette Perez are returning region qualifiers on a young team that has depth. Payne had a season personal best 1:08.00 in the 100 backstroke. Perez swam 2:17.8 in the 200 freestyle.
Senior Kelly Richardson returns from injury. Her personal bests are 1:00 in the 100 freestyle and 27.9 in the 50 freestyle. Sophomore Mariah Rappazo was a district finalist in the 100 breaststroke (1:29.85). Sophomore Betsy Marichal (200 individual medley) is a solid newcomer.
Southwest Miami bowling
The Southwest Miami High School varsity girls’ bowling team is looking to build on last season’s solid season that saw it win districts and qualify for state.
Defending individual district champ Amanda Penton and state qualifier Jenny Cruz guide the Eagles. Penton, a junior, averaged 121 en route to state and Cruz, a senior and four-year team member, 126.
The boys are spearheaded by senior Dominic Melendez (142 avg.) and sophomore Jorge Osinaga (126).
New bowlers to watch for Coach Rita Kaplan include Tristan Coll and Alec Sanchez.
West Park football
The West Park Hurricanes 125s youth tackle football team improved to 4-0 with a victory over the Weston Warriors in the American Youth Football League.
Daniel Parker rushed for more than 200 yards including touchdown runs of 60, 55 and 40 yards. Parker also led a stingy defense along with Timothy Williams, Karon Ferguson and Jacques St. Hilaire. Williams had several passes defended, and Ferguson and St. Hilaire recorded sacks.
Great Britain’s best 18-and-under girls’ tennis players claimed the 36th Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy with an 8-4 triumph over the United States at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven, Conn. The U.S. team was comprised mainly of Florida players including Katerina Stewart, 15, of Miami.
The tournament, a yearly competition between the best female tennis players age 18 and younger from the United States and Great Britain, was played in conjunction with the WTA New Haven Open at Yale.
The Great Britain team of Katie Boulter, 16, of Loughborough, England; Anna Brogan, 15, of Glasgow, Scotland; Harriet Dart, 16, of London; Katy Dunne, 17, of Hemel Hempstead, England; and Eleanor Dean, 16, of Yorkshire, England, swept all four singles matches on the final day of competition to claim Great Britain’s 12th Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy title since the tournament was inaugurated in 1973.
The teams played a total of 12 matches -- eight singles and four doubles -- in two days. The U.S. contingent also featured Jennifer Brady, 17, of Boca Raton; Victoria Duval, 16, of Bradenton; Alicia Black, 14, of Boca Raton; and Nicole Frenkel, 14, of Winchester, Mass.,
The Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy was started by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation and Mrs. Frank Jeffett 20 years after Connolly won all four Grand Slam events and four years after her death. In its history, the competition has included American players such as Sloane Stephens, Pam Shriver, Kathy Jordan, Zina Garrison, Amy Frazier and Lisa Raymond and British players Laura Robson, Jo Durie and Sue Barker.
The United States leads the all-time series 24-12.
Registration is open for Florida tennis facilities to host a USTA Free Tennis Play Day in celebration of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play.
Host events are be featured in a searchable database on www.YouthTennis.com and receive customizable marketing materials to promote the event and more.