Highland Oaks varsity girls’ captain Caroline Williams cut a minute off her personal best to finish 22 of 130 runners in 16:32. Varsity is eighth graders.
The varsity boys were missing their top runner, co-captain Malik Watson, but they had personal times by Adrian Stevenson (16:02) and Mina Bekheit (17:15).
• The Highland Oaks JV boys’ cross-country team was second of 18 teams at the Jr. Orange Bowl Invitational at Larry & Penny Thompson Park in Miami.
Jamir Ferguson (12:46) won his second consecutive race, besting 191 other runners without being challenged. Teammate Derrick Spicer (13:34) was third and Jared Ratner eighth (13:44).
The JV girls were led by Katherine Elizabeth, who was 35 of 161 runners. She ran a personal best 17:49 on the 2.1-mile course. Teammates Shaddi Abdala, Emily Palmeiro, Hayley Piper and Caileigh Marshall also set personal bests.
Caroline Williams set a personal record for the Highland Oaks varsity girls in 17:47.
The varsity boys’ top runner was Malik Watson, who finished 17 of 191 runners in 13:24. Along with Watson, Bassem Beckheit (17:14), Mina Beckheit (17:30), Gregory Hutnik a(18:51) nd Michael Williams (18:56) clocked their best times of the season.
District 16-1A cross-country
Florida Christian sophomore Victoria Camargo won the District 16-1A girls’ varsity high school cross-country race at Greynolds Park in Miami.
Camargo covered the 3.1-mile run in 20 minutes 32 seconds, besting 65 other finishers. Dade Christian’s Celeste Romero was runner-up in 21:30.
Westminster Christian junior Nicole Romanach placed third in 21:59, and Yanisel Stuart of Dade Christian was fourth in 22:04.
Westminster Christian sophomore Victoria Hoppe was fifth in 22:08, and teammate Haley Mira, a sixth grader, followed in sixth in 22:11.
Westminster Christian won the team title, topping eight other teams with 31 points. Runner-up Miami Country Day had 71 points, just four points better than Florida Christian.
Other top finishers: 7. Natasha Strump (WC) 22:11.8; 8. Mallory Brown (MCD) 22:34; 9. Haley Felder (FC) 22:44; 10. Alexa Mora (WC) 22:49; 11. Olivia Santos (Doctors Charter) 22:52; 12. Kelsey Mira (WC) 23:04; 13. Taylor Sennett (MCD) 23:13; 14. Nicole Arrosa (WC) 23:25; 15. Nicole Alvarez (DC) 23:27; 16. Angela Gonzalez (Westwood Christian) 23:28; 17. Alexandra Piussan (MCD) 23:39; 18. Elizabeth Stone (MCD) 23:40; 19. Kayla Rosen (MCD) 23:51; 20. Jennifer Lamy (Archbishop Curley) 23:57.
• In the boys’ race, Adam Ross of Dade Christian finished first of 77 runners in 17 minutes 19 seconds. Palmer Trinity junior Alejandro Rodriguez Santilli was runner-up in 17:49.
Doctors Charter junior Josiah McLaughlin placed third in 17:52, and Emil Martayan, a Miami Country Day junior, was fourth in 17:55.
Iverson Williams of Dade Christian took fifth in 17:58.
Miami Country Day won the team title with 42 points. Dade Christian was runner-up with 60 points, and Westminster Christian was third of 11 teams with 76 points.
Other top finishers: 6. Jacob Strouse (MCD) 18:11; 7. Alexander Cohen (MCD) 18:23; 8. Hunter Ager (WC) 18:24; 9. Ivram Williams (DC) 18:34; 10. Serge Aristide (Archbishop Curley) 18:42; 11. Connor Wooten (WC) 18:43; 12. Theodore Pornprinya (MCD) 18:44; 13. Julian Schultz (MCD) 18:45; 14. Michael Smith (AC) 18:48; 15. Duncan Stoner (Palmer Trinity) 19:02; 16. Nikko Antido (AC) 19:14; 17. Carter Weiss (MCD) 19:20; 18. Anthony Vernon (WC) 19:23; 19. Parker Brannon (WC) 19:24; 20. Shane Riera (WC) 19:25.
Belen Jesuit cross-country
The Belen Jesuit Preparatory School varsity boys’ cross-country team finished the regular season winning the Celtic Invitational at Golden Gate Park in Naples.
The Wolverines scored 19 points to best 14 other teams with junior Alexander Isaac (16:13) and junior Osiel Gonzalez (16:24) placing first and second, respectively. Senior Diego Rojo (16:38) was fourth of 108 runners and junior Alvaro Mejer (16:49) fifth. Freshmen Jaime Lopez (16:52) and Bruno Zayas (16:57) were seventh and eighth.
The team completed the regular season undefeated at all major invitationals.
Ransom Everglades cross-country
The Ransom Everglades High School varsity boys’ cross-country team was fifth of 15 teams at the Celtic Invitational at Golden Gate Park in Naples.
Senior Connor Guest was 15th of 108 finishers in 17:16, and freshman Antoine Esber was 28th in 18:12. Freshman Liam Balkan was 31st in 18:17. Senior Zach Weed was 48 in 18:42.
Miami Beach soccer
The Miami Beach under-11 boys’ travel soccer team won the West Pines Kickoff Classic in Pembroke Pines.
Miami Beach, coached by Max Guerri, defeated tournament host West Pines United FC 5-3 in the finals. The team advanced to the championship match by finishing with a 3-0 record in group play.
In the opener, Miami Beach defeated Fort Lauderdale Select White 5-1. Oliver Massolo and Diego Vasallo each scored twice, and Jose Martinez added another. Miami Beach then edged Weston FC Nike 2-1. Massolo gave the locals a 1-0 lead early. Weston scored the equalizer in the second half. Late in the game, goalkeeper Lucas Pineiro fired a goal kick into the Weston penalty area that Tristan Terselich controlled, shot and scored for the winner. Against Pinecrest Premier White, Miami Beach won a defensive battle with Jean Carlo Lantigua and Massolo scoring late for the victory.
In the finals, Massolo had three goals, and midfielders Rocco Guerri and Michele DiBari each added a goal to secure the 5-3 victory. Pineiro, the team captain, made several key saves throughout the tournament and displayed stellar leadership skills.
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Senior forward/midfielder Katherine Baquero (16 goals, seven assists) leads the American High School varsity girls’ soccer team into the 2012-13 season.
Last season the Patriots went 9-7-1 for Coach Rosie Lopez. Baquero, the team’s captain, and junior defender Alexandra Fernandez, an Olympic development player, adds experience to a young team.
Fernandez had 11 goals and four assists last season. Senior midfielder Natacha Acosta had five goals and three assists, and junior keeper Michelle Murch recorded nine shutouts with 100 saves and 20 goals allowed.
Archbishop Curley sports
The Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep High School varsity cross-country team finished the season with determination and strength.
At a meet against Westwood Christian and Marathon at Indian Hammock Park, junior Jennifer Lamy won the girls’ race, covering 3.1 miles in 24 minutes 56 seconds. Senior Silvia Bacchelli was third in 26:05, and junior Annasthasia Poitier was seventh in 28:59.
In the boys’ run, junior Serge Aristde finished first in 19:21. Nikko Antido, a junior, was second in 19:34. Senior Nicholas Salow placed third in 19:44, and junior Michael Smith took fourth in 20:03, and sophomore Sean Smith was fifth to complete a sweep in 20:21.
Team Coach Br. John Corcoran, CFC, said: “We are in the positions we hoped for at the beginning of the season. To reach the next level of our goals, we have to work harder and be mentally and physically more aggressive in our self challenges.”
The 2012 cross-country team roster includes: Nikko Antido (11), Serge Aristide (11), Silvia Bacchelli (12), Tristan Barlos (10), Milienne Bonenfant (11), Daniel Briz (10), Yave Calero (11), Edner Derival (9), Daniel Diaz (10), Enrique Diaz (9), Eduardo Fajardo-Lara (9), Dylan Foster (10), David Hernandez (9), Hanna Kiefer (8), Hedwyn Lamy (9), Jennifer Lamy (11), Matthew Lamy (11), Alexandra Laroche (9), Jamal Mapp (11), Christine Masseus (11), Elian Mejia (7), Annasthasia Poitier (11), Eddy Rochez (10), Rhian Romanik (10), Nicholas Salow (12), Michael Smith (11), Sean Smith (10), Jamal Walters (8) and Anthony Yeash (12.) The coaches are Daniel Reese, Br. Timothy Granzotto and Br. John Corcoran.
• The Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep varsity football team announced Chris Williams, an eighth grader, as Varsity Knight of the Week for his determination and leadership, leading the team in a game with 181 yards on eight carries.
The 2012 football roster includes: Darius Foster (10), Samuel Echavaria (10), Mayer Casseus (10), Richard Champagne (10), Anthony Guevara (10), Marc Guilaume (10), Marlin Harris (10), Martin Piquion (10), David Cenord (10), Scott Pomare (10), Juan Mejia (10), Bryan McDonald (11), Jeffrey Joseph (11), Jose Gomez (11), Kennson Pierre (11), Delmonte Lumpkin (11), Wilfred Cadet (12), Cameron Kerr (12), Alexis Aguero (12), Gary Felix (12), Israel Calero (12), Theo Desarmes (12), Josha Amador (12) and Dimitry Georges (12).
Miami Country Day sports
Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Calypso Peraticos (soccer) scored two goals for the varsity team in a tie with Southwest High School.
Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Breanna Blot (volleyball) combined for 17 kills in matches against Doctor’s Charter and Palmer Trinity.
Spartan Super Fan: Carolyn Dorn (Upper School English Teacher).
FYFL Cheer Championships
When rapper, singer, songwriter Flo Rida launched the Florida Youth Football League with his manager, Lee Freezy Prince, they made a commitment to focus on education and the cheer program, empowering student athletes to become leaders on and off the field.
Staying true to their commitment, the FYFL hosted its inaugural cheerleading competition at the Dillard High School Gym in Fort Lauderdale.
Carol City’s own Flo Rida and his friends Christina Milian, Trina, Grammy winner Betty Wright, Brisco and his artists Whyl Chyl and TeamPhylte and a host of others encouraged the cheerleaders to focus on education, understand the importance of teamwork, reach beyond the stars and regardless of which team wins the grand award everyone is a winner.
The FYFL Cheer Competition encouraged participation from the entire family, and families did. The gym exploded with excitement when FYFL moms and dads participated in a jump and tumble off contest.
“Seeing the young ladies of the FYFL happy and getting their mom and dad not only to attend but to participate, make events like this so special,” Flo Rida said in a release.
With Breast Cancer Awareness month, Flo Rida also invited Think Pink Rocks co-founder and breast cancer early detection advocate Kathy Fleishman to discuss the importance of genetic testing for breast cancer.
• FYFL Cheer Competition on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_Y-wmp3ruA.
Presented by the SeaHorse Wrestling Club, the 38th SeaHorse Open, a tribute to Joe Gicobbe, is Nov. 23-24 at the Coral Springs Gym, 2501 Coral Springs Dr.
Gicobbe, a Hall of Fame coach, died in June. His family will attend at 9 a.m. Nov. 24 to receive the John Lyzott Award on his behalf posthumously.
Paperless matches will be electronically sent to tables with a computer at each table, recording points and sending results to the main computer via trackwrestling.com. Last year satellite weigh-ins were very popular and will continue on Nov. 21 at more than 50 locations throughout the state.
The competition will be outstanding as wrestlers from some of the best teams and clubs compete on eight mats, supplied by Tiffin Mats, in the state’s longest running preseason wrestling event. It serves as a tune-up for the upcoming season, allowing coaches an opportunity to give their wrestlers some quality mat time.
Email SEAHORSEWRESTLER@AOL.COM. Call or text Ron Schulz, event director, 954-290-5262, or Allen Held, competition director at 954-854-1124. If interested in being a satellite weigh in site, contact them.
Howard Palmetto baseball, softball
Registration for the 2013 Howard Palmetto Baseball & Softball winter season has started. Go to www.howardpalmetto.com to sign up.
The season starts in January and continues through April/May. Registration fees are $219 for baseball, $195 for softball and $185 for T-ball. Registration includes T-ball Titans for boys and girls age 4-6; baseball for boys age 6-15; high school boys’ baseball for grades 10-12; fast-pitch softball for girls age 6-17.
Games are at Evelyn Greer Park, Suniland Park, Palmetto Bay, Coral Reef and Chapman Field. Register online or for information, visit www.howardpalmetto.com.
More events, leagues, programs
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.
The Thunder Academy Winter Youth Basketball League is now 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.
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 email@example.com.
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).