The August honorees for the Miami Marlins/Miami Herald Academic Sportsmanship Program are Isabella Artiles (Sunset Elementary/Miami Stingrays/Howard Palmetto softball), Joel Cabrera (Snapper Creek Elementary/Latino Americana Blue baseball) and Gabriel Tamayo (Winston Park K-8 Center/Sugar Kings/Tamiami Park baseball).
Each received two tickets, a parking pass, a medal and a certificate. They were recognized on the field before the Marlins/Mets game at Marlins Park. Marlins catcher John Buck and Billy the Marlin posed for photos and congratulated them during the ceremony as they were announced and shown on the giant scoreboard.
• Isabella played Howard Palmetto rec youth softball two spring seasons and is entering her second fall season. A shortstop and centerfielder, she helped the Tigers win the Howard Palmetto 8U championship. Also, she just completed her first season on the Miami Stringrays 8U travel team.
Isabella is a straight ‘A’ student at Sunset Elementary School in the Spanish language magnet program entering third grade. She was honored to receive the Phoenix Award from her teacher during the third grading period. It is presented to one child in the class each grading period, recognizing outstanding character traits such as compassion and generosity. She helped organize a few activities for her classmates to help others in need through her charity, Angel Share (www.angelshare.us).
• Joel received a Most Improved medal when he competed for the Latino Americana White Team. He helped the Latino Americana Blue 6U team win the Babe Ruth T-ball championship in Sarasota, advancing to the state tournament in Chiefland. They were honored for their efforts with certificates from Mayor Tomas Regalado at City Hall.
At Snapper Creek Elementary School, Joel earned straight A’s and displayed outstanding conduct throughout the school year. He was awarded a certificate for excelling in the Safer, Smarter Kids Program, an educational program for making safer and smarter choices in school. He won the 100-yard dash during Snapper Creek Field Day.
• Gabriel, who turned 8 in June, is a center fielder for the Sugar Kings, a competitive Little League team. He helped the Sugar Kings win Kendall Craze’s Summer Shootout. He also plays for the Devil Dogs, a kid pitch team at Tamiami Park.
A third grader at Winston Park K-8 Center, Gabriel made the Honor Roll each semester as a second grader in Mrs. Guzman’s class. He was Student of The Month in March for the character value. He was also recognized for perfect attendance. He was the top Reading Plus Student in his class, reading the most stories and scoring highest. His physical education teacher, Mr. Martin, gave him a first place award for the relay races during Winston Park’s Field Day. He was involved in after-school and PTA functions/fundraisers alongside his family.
Mack Cycle Duathlon
Miami’s Estela Ortiz, 37, won the women’s championship during the Mack Cycle Key Biscayne Duathlon Trilogy Bonus Round at Crandon Park, Key Biscayne. Ortiz covered the 1-mile run, 9.8-mile bike and 3.1-mile run in 1 hour 2 minutes 25 seconds..
Miami-Dade winners: Women: 30-34: 1. Julia Lopes, Miami, 1:25:21. 35-39: 1. Sandra Rezola, Miami Beach, 1:08:43. 40-44: 1. Alicia Benitez, Miami Lakes, 1:19:26.
Men: 10-14: 1. Serafin Dominguez Cid, Miami, 1:03:49. 25-29: 1. Aaron Cuenca-Barrett, Miami, 1:19:52. 30-34: 1. Yannis Janssens, Miami, 1:05:33. 35-39: 1. Robert Martell, Homestead, 57:49. 45-49: 1. Luis Cuevas, Miami, 1:00:27. Fat Tire: 1. Juan Pineros, Miami Beach, 1:47:16.