Orange Bowl YFA
The Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, presented by Sports Authority, visited four more sites as part of its Park of the Week program. The program recognizes select youth football parks across South Florida each Saturday during the fall.
The Park of the Week schedule included visits to Palm Beach Youth Football League, West Boynton Youth Football League, Western Communities Football League and West Boca Tackle Football League. The four leagues are members of the Orange Bowl YFA and represent four of the six recreation leagues under the Orange Bowl YFA umbrella. Teams and coaches from the four leagues wore various pink-colored items to help raise breast cancer awareness during October.
Now in its 14th season, the Orange Bowl YFA, presented by Sports Authority, serves more than 16,000 young football players and cheerleaders in nine football leagues across eight South Florida counties. It has invested approximately $5 million in youth sports in South Florida since 1999. In addition to its continued support of the Orange Bowl YFA, the Orange Bowl directly supports locally-based festivals and events including those that provide participatory opportunities to youth from throughout the world, such as Junior Orange Bowl, Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta Series, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships and Orange Bowl Paddle Championships.
For 78 years, the Orange Bowl has been one of South Florida’s leading civic organizations, driving tourism and economic development, and supporting scholarships and community athletic facilities. Inspiring thousands of student athletes every year, the Orange Bowl’s activities help foster youth confidence, celebrate student achievement, engage the community and enhance the South Florida economy.
For information about the Orange Bowl Committee and the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, presented by Sports Authority, visit www.orangebowl.org.
Junior Orange Bowl cross-country
Belen Jesuit Prep High School senior Avery Lopez won the Junior Orange Bowl Cross-Country Invitational at Larry & Penny Thompson Park in Miami.
Lopez ran 3.1 miles in 15 minutes 55 seconds, 11 seconds ahead of runner-up Daniel Fernandez, a senior at Christopher Columbus. Miami Sunset sophomore Nick Diaz was third in 16:11.
Belen junior Fabian Tomas finished fourth in 16:15, and Sunset junior Kenny Castro was sixth in 16:20. Sophomore Ryan Rodriguez, also from Belen, was seventh in 16:26, and teammate Michael Magoulas, a junior, was ninth in 16:34.
Coral Reef sophomore Kurt Convey was eighth in 16:29. The race had 233 finishers.
Other top local finishers: 12. Andres Fernandez (Bel) 16:48; 13. Ronny Greenup (Sun) 16:51.51; 14. Malik Gunter (Sun) 16:51.99; 15. Pedro Hernandez (Col) 16:59; 16. Daniel Linares (Col) 17:00; 17. Angelous Serna (Varela) 17:02; 18. Marcus Smith (Carol City) 17:03; 19. Osiel Gonzalez (Bel) 17:03.41; 20. Alexander Isaac (Bel) 17:05; 21. Jaime Lopez (Bel) 17:14; 22. Santiago Saiki (Ferguson) 17:17; 23. Adam Ramos (Dade Christian) 17:18; 24. Leonel Pozo (Coral Park) 17:19.45; 25. Arthur Alcuria (Var) 17:19.96; 26. Marcos Garcia (Col) 17:21; 27. Patrick Cabrera (Col) 17:26; 28. Alexander Elortegui (Coral Gables) 17:28; 29. Alvaro Mejer (Bel) 17:29; 30. Alan Gomez (Sun) 17:30.
Belen scored 33 points, besting 28 other teams for its second consecutive Junior Orange Bowl team title. Sunset was second, Columbus third and Ferguson fourth.