• In the girls’ race, Ferguson High School junior Katrina Santiago was runner-up, completing the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes 36 seconds. Varela senior Lea Tardanico placed third in 19:50 and Ferguson sophomore Aylwyn Hernandez fifth in 19:59.
Carrollton senior Maria Balcazar was sixth in 20:15. Ferguson junior Stephanie de la Gua was seventh in 20:16 and Carrollton freshman Sophia Miguez eighth in 20:20.
Samara Taylor, a Coral Reef senior, was ninth in 20:25, and Ferguson junior Emily Hernandez placed 10th in 20:27. The field included 175 finishers.
Other top local finishers: 12. Lauren Gavulic (Ferg) 20:30; 13. Rachel Licea (Ferg) 20:51; 14. Melanie Villalobos (Doral) 20:53; 15. Lianna Farnesi (Dor) 20:54; 16. Niki Kolisch (Carr) 21:13; 17. Vanessa Bernal (Ferg) 21:14; 19. Marie Madiedo (Carr) 21:19; 20. Celeste Romero (Dade Christian) 21:24; 21. Barbra Vilson (South Dade) 21:28; 22. Sofia Fernandez (St. Brendan) 21:30; 23. Sharie Hinds (Central) 21:34.53; 24. Andrea Zumpano (Carr) 21:34.73; 25. Altoniece Williams (Northwestern) 21:37; 26. Torrencia Allen (Northwestern) 21:43; 27. Carla Rodriguez (CR) 21:45; 28. Kassandra Blandon (Miami Beach) 21:48.01; 29. Kaelyn Korovich (CR) 21:48.70; 30. Constance Thurmond (Ferg) 21:49.
For the third consecutive year, Ferguson won the team title. The Falcons scored 32 points. Carrollton was second of 25 teams, Coral Reef fourth and Doral Academy fifth.
Conchita Espinosa sports
Conchita Espinosa Academy’s cross-country teams (sixth-eighth grade) competed at the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational.
Frankie Puentes won in 13 minutes 41 seconds, followed by Hector Mata. Other runners setting personal bests included Javier Martinez, Daniel Castillo, Henrique Souza, Andre Alonzo, Ryan Gonzalez and Nicolas Aixala.
The Cougars’ girls were led by Victoria Baez, who finished 13th in 16.19. Other runners setting personal bests included Olivia Gonzalez, Alyssa Soublette and Naomi Hasegawa who cut more than a minute off her previous best.
The elementary team competed against Archdiocese schools at the St. Kevin Invitational. Diego Gomez won the mile race in leading the Cougars third-fifth graders to the team title. The fifth-sixth grade team placed fifth with Jorge Morasso taking third in that 1.5-mile race.
• Conchita’s volleyball teams fared very well. The JV team (sixth-seventh grade) defeated Devonaire in straight sets as did Coach Jon Ordinola’s varsity team.
After losing to Divine Savior in straight sets earlier in the season, Conchita’s varsity team (seventh-eighth grade) went undefeated, winning nine consecutive sets, to capture Divine Savior’s annual tournament championship. They defeated Divine Savior in the finals.
• Founded in 1933, Conchita Espinosa Academy is a private, co-educational, K3-8 school. It is an institution renowned for its exceptional academic program and strong arts foundation. For information on the school or its Conservatory of the Arts, visit www.conchitaespinosa.com.
St. Kevin sports
St. Kevin Catholic School had outstanding results during the St. Theresa Cross-Country Invitational at Tropical Park.
Junior Varsity Girls (fifth-sixth grade) first place. Top runners included Nicole Martinez, Rebeca Rodriguez, Rebecca Bergnes, Elizabeth McCann, Alessandra Barquin.
Junior Varsity Boys (fifth-sixth grade) second place. Top runners included Danny Cordero, Charles Lamela, George Rodriguez, Adrian Delgado, Gaby Rodriguez.
Varsity Girls (seventh-eighth grade) second place. Top runners included Nicole Martinez, Rebeca Rodriguez, Vanessa Escamilla, Rebecca Bergnes, Camila Treptow.
Varsity Boys (seventh-eighth grade) fifth place. Top runners included Matias Luna, Nicholas Escamilla, Claudio Benedi, Julian Piedrahita, Lucas Smith.
• The St. Kevin girls’ volleyball team (seventh grade) recorded consecutive wins over Mother of the Redeemer and St. Brendan. The team features captains Camila Treptow, Amanda Morejon and Sophia Maya and teammates Kassandra Garcia, Alexis Llambes, Emily Sasso, Sisi De Izaguirre, Ashley Morejon.
• The St. Kevin JV boys’ basketball team (fifth-sixth grade) edged Our Lady of Lourdes 24-23 in overtime. The team consists of Matthew Alcorta, Gustavo Rodriguez, Eric Rodriguez, Maurice Dussaq, Nicholas Gil, Brandon Delgado, George Garcia, Andy DeLaCampa, Kevin Aguilera, Francesco Baca, Jonathan Velazquez.
• St. Kevin Catholic School kicked off the sports year with a special introductory event. More than 450 people attended the festivities, creating awareness of the school’s athletic options and serving as a fundraiser to help improve the program and field.
There was music provided by in-house DJ Eric Rodriguez, a St. Kevin sixth grader, as well as foods provided by three food trucks -- Waffle Gourmet, Monster Burgers, Grill Master Café.
The event also included games on the field for the families, booths to sign up for sports, school spirit items for sale such as T-shirts, water bottles and chairs; and raffles for cupcake certificates courtesy of Simply Sisters, photography gift certificates by Barquin Photography and an assortment of goodie bags with movies and CDs donated by the Henao family of St. Kevin.
A special plaque was awarded to German Munoz, an alumni parent, who helped start the St. Kevin Athletic Program in 1993.
St. Kevin sports include baseball, softball, basketball, cross-country, track & field, volleyball, soccer, flag football and more. The school has recently renovated the basketball courts, bleachers and equipment and are currently re-sodding the baseball field. With the continued support of its Athletic Association and parents, plans are to make other major improvements to the athletic facilities.
• St. Kevin Catholic School is at 4001 SW 127 Ave., Miami. It educates approximately 690 students in grades Pre-K through eighth following the Archdiocese of Miami Curriculum Guide. The school is accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference and affiliated with the Association of Independent Schools of Florida and the Dade Association of Non-Public Schools. The teachers are university trained professionals certified to teach by the state of Florida. For information and to view the school’s mission statement, visit www.stks.org.
St. Patrick sports
The St. Patrick Catholic School Shamrocks JV basketball team (fifth-sixth grade) went undefeated at 10-0 to win the North Division Championship.
The champs are Sebastian Vidal-Casanova, Martin Montoya, Christian Barnes, Santiago Kais, Juan Valdes, Santiago Llanos, Kevin Quiroga, Christian Rodriguez, Alejandro Moscoso, Nicolas Elias, Andrew Castro, Adrian Capote.
• The St. Patrick girls’ varsity volleyball team (eighth grade) ended the season undefeated at 8-0. The JV team finished 4-3.
Belen Jesuit rowing
The Belen Jesuit High School crew program was outstanding during the Head of the Indian Creek in Miami Beach. Thirty three rowers off seven boats for Belen earned seven medals (three gold, three silver, one bronze).
Results: Men Jr. Ltwt. 8+: Gold and Bronze. Men Jr. 8+: Silver. Men Jr. 1x (H. Formoso): Silver. Men Jr. Ltwt. 4x: Gold. Men Jr. Ltwt. 4+: Silver. Men Jr. 4+: Gold.
Miami’s Jamie Freedman shot 13-over 155 (79-76) to finish seventh in girls 16-18 during a Florida Junior Golf Tour event at the Fountains Country Club in Lake Worth.
In boys 16-18, Christian Melendez of Doral shot 21-over 163 (86-77) to tie for 39th. Elliot Arazi of Key West fired 169 (87-82) was 42nd. Miami’s Tyler Sloman scored 170 (80-90) for 43rd. Jonathan Gehr of Miami was 46th at 188 (93-95). Aventura’s Jordan Semel followed at 199 (96-103).
Miami Country Day top athletes
Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Megan Osorio (volleyball) combined for 12 service points, eight aces and five kills in wins against Cushman and Riviera.
Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Ryan Finvarb (cross-country) helped the Spartans’ boys’ varsity team win the Pine Crest Invitational and a home meet against six other teams.
Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Taylor Sennett (cross-country) was the girls’ team’s second fastest finisher (19th overall) at the Pine Crest Invitational and placed fifth overall in the home meet against six other teams.
Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Jacob Strouse (cross-country) was the boys’ team’s top runner, 10th overall, at the Pine Crest Invitational and took third overall at the home meet against six other teams.
Spartan Super Fan: Leslie Sardinia (parent).
Upcoming events, leagues, programs
The annual Kids Fishing Challenge is Nov. 3 at Tropical Park in Miami. About 300 kids participate in the fishing tournament at the lake. Each receive a rod & reel, bait, tackle box, T-shirt and lunch. Visit www.cblbc.com and click on Event Info & Gallery.
Key Largo Bridge Run
Racers can enjoy a spectacular foot race with panoramic views of the Upper Keys and the eastern edges of the Florida Everglades at the fourth annual Key Largo Bridge Run on Nov.10.
Runners from Canada and 21 American states are among more than 310 participants already registered. The out-and-back 10k, half marathon and 5k run/walk typically entices nearly 900 participants of all ages.
The USA Track & Field certified course crosses the 65-foot-high, 1.25-mile-long Jewfish Creek Bridge. Racers occupy the northbound lanes of the bridge and the southern portion of the 18-Mile Stretch, a section of the Overseas Highway that connects mainland South Florida with Key Largo.
The event offers a free Health and Fitness Expo featuring osteoporosis screenings for women. The expo is noon to 6 p.m. Nov.9 at the Key Largo Holiday Inn at mile marker (MM) 100.
From noon to 9 p.m., participants can pick up race packets. Race organizers are going green by providing virtual race bags that include value-added offers, exclusive discounts and educational information. The virtual goody bags are to be delivered to each participant’s email inbox within two weeks of the race.
A traditional Friday night spaghetti dinner is at DiGiorgio’s Café Largo, MM 100 bayside, between 4:30 and 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, available at the expo.
Race entry fees are $35 per person for the 5k, $50 per person for the 10k and $70 for the half marathon through Nov. 4. Participants age 17 and younger pay $12. Runners whose registrations are received on or before Oct. 14 get a $5 discount. Online registration is available through Nov. 8. The first 1,000 race registrants receive a free T-shirt.
Event proceeds benefit local charities including the Key Largo Bridge Run Scholarship Fund, Key Largo Baptist Church, Island Christian School and Active Disabled Americans. Event information www.keylargobridgerun.com.
Bicyclists are to explore the Florida Keys and pedal one of America’s most scenic highways during the seven-night, 200-mile BubbaFest Bike Tour Nov. 3-10.
Led by retired police sergeant and biking enthusiast Bubba Barron, the adventure takes cycling fans from Key Largo to Key West and back along the Overseas Highway (U.S. Highway 1) that connects the Keys with each other and the Florida mainland.
Incorporating 42 bridges and long vistas of breathtaking open water, the highway was designated an All-American Road in 2009, the highest recognition possible under the National Scenic Byways program.
BubbaFest begins in Key Largo on Nov. 3 with registration at the Hampton Inn at Manatee Bay, 102400 Overseas Hwy., followed by a welcome reception and beachside dinner.
The fee is $675 per rider, which includes six nights at beachside campgrounds, seven breakfasts and five dinners, a private open-air trolley tour of Key West, a farewell dinner dance and services of a baggage truck and support vehicle. Motel lodging is available for an additional fee.
Event information www.bubbafestbiketours.com.
Florida Senior Games
Registration is open for the 2012 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships. They are Dec. 1-9 in Polk County and are a qualifier for the 2013 National Senior Games in Cleveland in the summer 2013.
The Games offer 23 sports. Softball and the 10K Road Race are in November. Entry fees vary, and registration deadlines vary by sport.
The easiest way for athletes to register is online at www.flasports.com. Also available on www.flasports.com are PDF documents athletes can print and mail to the Florida Sports Foundation.
Miami Lady Express basketball
The Miami Lady Express girls’ basketball team needs funding to continue competing in tournaments throughout the United States. The coaches volunteered to train the girls, giving them something positive to do, and the parents have been fundraising.
Travel costs, food, tournament fees and lodging are very expensive for these girls. They practice at the Keys Gate Gym in Florida City and South Dade High School where their coaches teach. Contact Coach Larry Hicks at 786-301-2577.
Pace basketball clinic
Monsignor Pace Junior Spartans Basketball Clinic, a developmental clinic, is Saturdays through Nov. 3. The sessions are open to students in the fourth through seventh grades. Pace coaching staff provides instruction at Monsignor Edward Pace High School, 15600 NW 32nd Ave., Opa-locka. Cost $125. For times and info, call 305-450-9283.
The Thunder Academy Winter Youth Basketball League is the first week of November through Jan. 31 at the Tamiami Gym. Each team will have two practices and one game per week, and all practices and games will be inside the gym.
The goal of the Thunder Winter League is to teach fundamentals and principles of the game. The games will remain competitive and offer an opportunity to work in stations and learn from different coaches and coaching methods.
The cost is $250 and includes three sessions per week, uniform, division photo, drawstring bag, water bottle and wristband. Visit www.YouthBasketballMiami.com or contact Coach Rob at CoachRobCastillo@gmail.com.
Youth Rugby South Miami
The Miami Rugby Youth Division, boys age 6-18, practices 6-8 p.m. Mondays at Murray Park and Wednesdays at Palmer Park, 6120 SW 67th Ave., South Miami. Call 305-400-0134, ext. 101. Visiti www.miamirugbykids.com.
The Miami Marlins offer behind the scenes tours of Marlins Park. The tours are open to the public on non-event days for $10 a person.
The tour includes visits to the field (behind home plate), home clubhouse, home batting cage area and Diamond Club, Promenade Level featuring the art in the facility, the bobblehead museum and the premium areas including the Suites.
Tours operate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except when the Marlins play at home or when other major events are scheduled at Marlins Park. Group tours, accommodating between 10 and 25 people, are available by appointment.
For information, fans can call 1-877-MARLINS or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket windows on Felo Ramirez Drive (NW 6 Street between NW 14 Avenue and NW 15 Avenue) and are for the time and date specified.
Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.
Hall Of Fame Baseball is sponsoring travel baseball teams for 11-12, 13-14, 15-18 (high school) for the fall season.
Hall Of Fame Coach Rich Hofman and his staff will coach the teams which will practice and play in tournaments and leagues. Register for a tryout at www.hofball.net or call David Hofman at 954-804-5600 or Ed Tisdale at 803-463-2591.
USTA Florida’s four-stop ’Me Gusta El Tenis’ tour will hit the Greater Miami-area, spotlighting the popularity of tennis in the Hispanic community in South Florida.
Hispanic communities can celebrate families playing tennis together at the four events, which will feature the 10 and Under Tennis short court format for learning the game.
Nov. 11: Founders Day Festival, Aventura.
Participants registering will be entered into a drawing to win four tickets to either the 2013 Sony Open men’s and women’s pro tennis tournament on Key Biscayne or the 2013 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships men’s pro event in Delray Beach.
The Gables Hispanic Festival is organized by the Gables Hispanic Cultural Foundation, a not-for-profit organization for charitable and educational purposes, including the undertaking of programs and activities designed to enhance the cultural Heritage and social well-being of families, children and youth of Miami-Dade County.
“We are looking forward to reaching out to the roughly 70 percent of Florida Hispanic players who are in the Miami area,” said USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Miami area Cathy Nordlund. “Area pros will be out at the events, where parents can ask questions about local programming for kids and adults, and families can play the 10 and Under Tennis format together.”
Tennis participation numbers in Florida for small children of all demographics have increased exponentially since the introduction of the 10 and Under Tennis format. 10 and Under Tennis is designed for children, featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, foam and decompressed balls, a simple scoring system, and net heights adjusted to ease kids into the sport.
Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes. To see a video of 10 and Under Tennis in action go to: http://10andundertennis.com.
For information on USTA Florida Hispanic community events, go to USTA Florida’s Spanish language website at www.ustaflorida.com/espanol. For specific information regarding Miami-area events contact Cathy Nordlund at email@example.com.
Tennis classes, programs
Tennis classes and programs for all ages are at the Penny Sugarman Tennis Center at Sans Souci, 1795 Sans Souci Blvd., North Miami. Call for information on group lessons, annual passes, court rates and private lessons. Tennis pro is Ross Dubins. Call 305-893-7130.
Rebelle Athletics Club offers girls’ volleyball tryouts at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School, 4949 NE 2nd Ave.
The volleyball club, a member of the United States Volleyball Association, is under the direction of Mandi Tate, Dee Rey and former Barry University player Kelly Dantas. They are former coaches with South Florida Volleyball Club and currently coach at Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High School in Biscayne Bay.
Rebelle Athletics is dedicated to providing developmental and participatory athletic sports programs beginning at the youth development level. It offers a progression of sports activities for persons of all ages, races and creeds. It strives to enhance the physical, mental and moral development of amateur athletes at all levels, promoting sportsmanship and active citizenship.
South Kendall Sun Blazers (sksoccer.org) at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).
Miami Dade Soccer League (miami-dadesoccer.com) at Three Lakes Park, 13375 SW 136 St. (786-488-5216).
Soccer 5 (ussoccer5.com) at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (1-888-575-2976).
Club Atletico De Miami (camsoccer.com) at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (305-764-5783).
Soccer Academy of the Americas (socceraa.com) at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St. (786-486-3804)
Pinecrest Premier Soccer (pinecrestpremier.com) at Deerwood Bonita Lakes, 11511 S. Dixie Hwy. (305-255-3422).
Optimist Club of Westchester (tropicalsoccer.org) at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St. (786-370-4222).
Coral Estates Soccer Club (coralestatessoccer.org) at Coral Estates Park, 1411 SW 97 Ave. (305-279-2328)
South Kendall Soccer Club (sksoccer.org) at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).
Southern Soccer Coalition-AYSO (kendallsoccer.com) at Millers Pond Park, 13350 SW 47 St. and Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave. (305-965-0083).
Muscle Milk Grant Program
CytoSport, the largest sports nutrition company in the United States and maker of Muscle Milk, announced the launch of the Muscle Milk Recovery Grant Program which will provide up to $250,000 in grants to help rebuild and revitalize high school athletic programs around the country.
Submissions for high school programs will be accepted on the Muscle Milk Facebook page www.facebook.com/musclemilk now through Nov. 30.
“High school athletic programs are critical to the overall development of student-athletes, and we are dedicated to helping them succeed,” CytoSport Chief Marketing Officer Nikki Brown said. “The Muscle Milk Recovery Grant Program is a great way we can provide financial resources to programs in need in local communities around the country.”
Grants will be awarded up to $25,000 per submission to programs that show a financial hardship outlined in the application process. Applicants must be at least 14-years-old and can nominate the high school of their choice on the Muscle Milk Facebook page www.facebook.com/musclemilk where they will be required to submit a written statement outlining their program’s needs, provide photos that support their request and will have the option to upload a video link to help further tell their story.
Applications will be accepted through Nov. 30 and recipient programs will be selected in January 2013.
In conjunction with the launch of the Muscle Milk Recovery Grant Program, Muscle Milk will also launch limited time packaging that includes a red, white and blue theme. A portion of sales from the patriotic packaging will go toward funding the Recovery Grant Program.
For information on the Muscle Milk Recovery Grant Program, visit www.facebook.com/musclemilk.
The National Milk Mustache “got milk?” campaign launched the call for entries for the 15th annual Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Awards.
The SAMMY scholarship recognizes 25 student-athletes who excel in academics, athletics, community service, leadership and who fuel their daily success with milk.
Milk Mustache celebrity judges will help select 25 winners from across the country who will receive a $7,500 college scholarship, an awards ceremony at Walt Disney World and an opportunity to appear in their own special Milk Mustache ad.
For complete contest rules and applications log onto facebook.com/MilkMustache where visitors can also learn more about the exclusive SAMMY awards weekend and view behind the scenes footage.
Stand Up! For Those Who Can’t, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering children, families and communities through (w)holistic programs in education, culture and the arts, and as fiscal agent for the Sunshine Child Wellness Collaborative, has received a $50,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation to implement “Sunshine Fit for Tots,” an obesity-prevention program developed by SCWC for 3-year-old children.
“One in five preschool-age children in the United States are overweight or obese. We recognize the need to start prevention at the earliest age possible to promote lifelong habits of health and wellness,” said Mary Rae Smith, president and founder of SCWC. “We want to bend the curve on childhood obesity and are grateful to the Aetna Foundation for this opportunity to enhance obesity prevention through exercise and nutrition programming.”
Through March 2013, 60 children from four early childhood centers in Miami-Dade will receive nutritional education and obesity-prevention activities through art classes and dance lessons. The centers selected to receive the program are Fantasyland Learning Center in Westchester; Happy Kids in Miami Beach; Happy Children of Overtown; and Alberto’s Dream Childcare in North Miami.
“We thank the Aetna Foundation for awarding us this grant,” said Jeannette Egozi, president of SUFTWC. “In the United States, low-income families are the most affected by the alarming obesity trend. With these funds we can teach children how to eat healthfully and be physically active throughout their lives.”
For information about “Sunshine Fit for Tots” call the Sunshine Child Wellness Collaborative at 305-807-5229 or Stand Up! at 305-864-5237, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jai-alai is open to anyone, age 10 to 80.
With a rubber ball and cestas, the amateur jai-alai facility is at 1935 NE 150th St. in North Miami, near FIU’s north campus.
It is indoors, air-conditioned and open to all. Contact Luis at 305-389-2313 or Bob at 786-556-3574.
Who said you have to be a male to play Jai Alai? Just as many females play the sport in Spain, France and Mexico, and gals can play it in South Florida at an amateur indoor air-conditioned fronton.
There are also leagues for males and children. Rubber or plastic balls used with free lessons by former pros. Cestas and balls also provided free with a nominal court fee.
Open everyday. Email admanUSA@aol.com or call Brucio 786-629-5428. The American Amateur Jai-Alai Academy is a not-for-profit organization.
CB Sports Leagues
CB Sports Club offers Youth Basketball, Flag Football, Youth Soccer, Adult Soccer and Adult Basketball. Visit cbsportsclub.com. Call 786-273-5639.
Miami-Dade Parks welcomes children with disabilities in its youth leagues. If you need accommodations to participate, call 305-735-7847 (V/TDD).