“Odebrecht USA has been an important supporter of CARD in the past, and UM-NSU CARD is thrilled that this global business leader would have the desire and commitment to offer our constituents and families a memorable soccer experience such as this,” said Dr. Michael Alessandri, executive director of UM-NSU CARD.
Tommy Wallace, senior manager of corporate affairs for Odebrecht USA, said: “This program has a deep personal meaning to many of our team members. We are proud to partner with such a distinguished organization on this initiative, and it has been amazing to see the children’s progress from week to week.”
The first half of the Odebrecht soccer camps focused on teaching the children the fundamentals of soccer and team spirit. During the second half, camp participants implemented the skills learned during mini-soccer games among their peers. Each participant received a jersey, soccer ball and trophy, courtesy of Odebrecht.
“UM-NSU CARD’s mission is to optimize the potential of all those living with autism and to build capacity within our community,” said Dr. Alessandri. “The only viable way for our organization to fulfill its mission is through creative, strategic partnerships, like this, with Odebrecht USA.”
For information on UM-NSU CARD, call 1-800-9-AUTISM (ext.1) or visit www.umcard.org.
Paralympian at Belen Jesuit
Medal winner Rudy Garcia-Tolso of the U.S. Paralympic team spoke to students at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami.
“His message of faith, determination, positive thinking and belief in oneself served as an inspiration to our students,” said Carlos Barquin, Belen Jesuit athletic director.
Throughout his morning presentation, Rudy told students how he lost both legs, overcame challenges and maintained a positive attitude. He encouraged students to remain positive and stay focused on their goals.
Rudy, a double-leg amputee, competed in swimming at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens and in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing. Rudy also swam in the 2012 London Paralympics, winning a silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley.
Rudy competed alongside athletes at the Nike Factory Store Halloween 5k Inside Dolphin Mall, produced by US Road Sports and Entertainment Group, producers of the ING Miami Marathon and the Escape to Miami Triathlon. The race benefited the Li’l Abner Foundation. For information visit www.runmiami.com.
The Jesuits founded Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in 1854 in Havana, Cuba. In 1961, when Belen and all private schools were confiscated by the new political regime, the school was re-established in Miami that same year and has grown the past five decades. Currently enrollment is nearly 1,500 male students in grades 6 to 12, and there are more than 6,000 alum. For the seventh consecutive year, Belen Jesuit has been named one of the Top 50 U.S. Catholic High Schools by the National Catholic High School Honor Roll.
Region 4-1A cross-country
Westminster Christian sixth grader Hailey Mira was the surprise runner-up in the girls’ race at the Region 4-1A high school cross-country Championships at the Westminster Academy Sports Complex in Lauderdale Lakes.
Middle school aged students like Mira can compete in high school varsity races, if the school offers sixth-12th grade. Mira, who surged from seventh to second in the last mile, ran a personal best 20 minutes 51 seconds in three miles to help the Warriors capture their first team title.
Coach Jose Garcia’s team placed five runners in the Top 21 of 86 finishers as Westminster Christian garnered its first state berth since 2008.
The top 15 individuals and top six teams advanced to the FHSAA State Finals at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee.
Mira, sophomore Victoria Hoppe (sixth, 21:09), sophomore Cali Gumpel (11th, 21:36), eighth-grader Natasha Strump (12th, 21:39), sixth-grader Kelsey Mira (20th, 22:12.06, Hailey’s twin sister) and junior Nicole Romanach (21st, 22:12.5) sparked the stellar team effort.
Dade Christian girls also qualified for state by placing fourth of 12 teams. Celeste Romero guided the Crusaders, finishing eighth in 21:18. Yanisel Stuart assisted taking 16th in 22:07. Florida Christian sophomore Victoria Camargo is state-bound after running fifth in 21:04.
Other top Miami-Dade girls’ finishers: 26. Abigail Serda (South Florida Heat) 22:44; 29. Mallory Brown (Miami Country Day) 22:55; 30. Olivia Santos (Doctors Charter) 22:59; 32. Allison Pond (SFH) 23:05; 36. Alexa Mora (WC) 23:16; 36. Julianne Ramos (Dade Chr) 23:17; 37. Kemper Reback (SFH) 23:17; 39. Elizabeth Stone (MCD) 23:29; 41. Haley Felder (FC) 23:31; 42. Nicole Alvarez (Dade Chr) 23:34.
• In the boys’ region finals, Westminster Christian was third, tops of Miami-Dade schools, to reach state. Also headed to state were Dade Christian fourth of 15 teams, Archbishop Curley fifth and Miami Country Day sixth.
Dade Christian’s Adam Ramos was runner-up in 16:57 to lead all Miami-Dade boys’ runners and make state. Teammate Iverson Williams was 11th of 107 runners in 17:54. Doctors Charter junior Josiah McLaughlin was 15th in 18:00.
Other top Miami-Dade boys’ finishers: 17. Hunter Ager (WC) 18:09; 19. Anthony Vernon (WC) 18:17; 22. Michael Smith (AC) 18:37; 24. Alex Cohen (MCD) 18:43; 26. Ivram Williams (DC) 18:44.02; 27. Serge Aristide (AC) 18:44.6; 28. Connor Wooten (WC) 18:53; 31. Nicolas Salow (AC) 18:55.2; 32. Shane Riera (WC) 18:55.7; 33. Emil Martayan (MCD) 18:57; 34. Julian Schultz (MCD) 18:59; 35. Parker Brannon (WC) 19:00; 38. Theodore Pornprinya (MCD) 19:06; 39. Nikko Antido (AC) 19:07; 46. Jacob Strouse (MCD) 19:20; 47. Sean Smith (AC) 19:21; 53. Sebastian Santa (DC) 19:30; 56. Carter Weiss (MCD) 19:36.5; 57. Churchhill Perry (DC) 19:36.8.
Region 4-3A cross-country
The Belen Jesuit Preparatory School varsity boys’ cross-country team captured its 16th high school regional championship at South Fork High School in Stuart.
Belen senior Avery Lopez won the individual title canvassing three miles in 16 minutes 1 second. Teammates Fabian Tomas (16:12) and Michael Magoulas (16:23), two juniors, and sophomore Ryan Rodriguez (16:26) rook the next three spots, giving the Wolverines the top four times and a near perfect score among 15 teams.
Junior Isaac Alexander was sixth of 110 runners in 16:40 as Belen totaled 16 points, one point/place from perfection. The Wolverines qualified for their 42nd consecutive state finals. Belen juniors Osiel Gonzalez (ninth, 16:55) and Andres Fernandez (12th, 17:08) also ran well.
The top 15 individuals and top six teams advanced to the FHSAA State Finals at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee.
Carol City senior Marcus Smith was eighth, advancing to state in 16:54. Teammate Sir-Wade Frye, a junior, was 20th in 17:34.
Other top Miami-Dade boys’ finishers: 26. Gilbert Rodriguez (Mater) 17:56; 31. Allen Seraphin (Central) 18:07; 46. Jims Thimogene (Norland) 18:35.
• In the girls’ region finals, Miami Northwestern placed fourth of 12 teams to reach state. Miami Central freshman Sharie Hinds was ninth of 89 runners in 20:45, and Homestead junior Destiny Johnson followed in 10th in 20:52, qualifying for state as individuals.
Other top Miami-Dade girls’ finishers: 20. Yolanda Springer (MNW) 21:24; 27. Venus Garcia (Mater) 21:51; 28. Altoniece Williams (MNW) 21:56; 32. Timetria Mitchell (MNW) 22:04; 37. Torrencia Allen (MNW) 22:14; 41. Mendalina Simeon (CEN) 22:24; 43. Roselore Desir (CEN) 22:34; 44. Lidicia Henfield (CEN) 22:44.
St. Kevin cross-country
Led by the Junior Varsity girls, the St. Kevin Catholic School’s cross-country team fared very well during the All Catholic Conference Championships.
Junior Varsity girls (fifth and sixth grade) first place; top runners included Nicole Martinez, Rebeca Rodriguez, Elizabeth McCann, Alessandra Barquin and Rebecca Bergnes.
Junior Varsity boys (fifth and sixth grade) second place; top runners included Danny Cordero, Charlie Lamela, George Rodriguez, Nicholas Lobato and Gaby Rodriguez.
Varsity girls (seventh and eighth grade) second place; top runners included Nicole Martinez, Rebeca Rodriguez, Elizabeth McCann, Alessandra Barquin and Camila Treptow.
Primary girls (kindergarten through fourth grade) third place; top runners included Isabella Hernandez, Giuliana Gomez, Gianna Romero, Gabriela Cordero and Anita Romeu.
Primary boys (kindergarten through fourth grade) fifth place; top runners included Adrian Delgado, Yoyo Barquin, Bert Rodriguez, Luis Gonzalez-Pella and Lucas Luna.
Varsity boys (seventh and eighth grade) fifth place; top runners included Danny Cordero, Claudio Benedi, Mario Garcia, Gaby Rodriguez and Nicholas Escamilla.
St. Kevin Catholic School is at 4001 SW 127 Ave., Miami, 33175. It educates approximately 690 students in grades pre-kindergarten 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.
Our Lady of Lakes sports
Primary runners from Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School ended the season on a good note. Michael Sanchez (fourth grade) and Adam Magoulas (third grade) were second and third, respectively, at the 13th Tri-County Championships at Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami.
Sanchez and Magoulas also finished second and third at the All Catholic Conference Championships, helping the team place second. The team was ninth at the Tri-County Championships. Danny Padron (eighth grade) was 12th at Tri-County, eighth at ACC and seventh at the St. Kevin Invitational.
• The Our Lady of the Lakes Primary baseball team won its first two games of the season.
The Cheetahs defeated St. Thomas the Apostle 7-1. Danny Perez (fourth grade), Jake Alfaro (fourth grade) and Adrian Vega (fourth grade) each had a hit and two RBI. Vega was the winning pitcher, and Alfaro got his first save.
The Cheetahs then beat Immaculate Conception 4-1. Alfaro, the winning pitcher, was 2 for 3 with an RBI. Vega had a hit and two RBI. Brain Rodriguez recorded his first save.
Miami Country Day sports
Miami Country Day: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Eva Sher (swimming) qualified for high school varsity girls’ regionals as a seventh grader in the 50 freestyle, cutting 2.5 seconds off her personal best.
Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Alex Cohen (cross-country) helped lead the Spartans’ varsity boys to a high school district championship by finishing seventh overall in 18:23.
Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Mallory Brown (cross-country) led the Spartans’ varsity girls to a high school district runner-up trophy by placing eighth overall in 22:34.
Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Emil Martayan (cross-country) led the Spartans’ varsity boys to a high school district championship by running fourth overall in 17:55.
Spartan Super Fan: Sol Alan Saad (parent and trustee).
Ransom Everglades soccer
The Ransom Everglades High School varsity boys’ soccer team returns a solid core of players from last season’s team that went 25-3-1 and reached the region semifinals.
Senior midfielder Casey Colucci (four goals, seven assists) and senior defender Jeremy Peters (two goals, two assists) lead the Raiders.
Senior defender David Goldstein, the team captain, is another returning talent along with junior midfielder Adrian Alfieri (two goals, four assists). Junior forward Matt Lirman (eight goals, eight assists), and senior defender Mateo Cerda (four assists) also help guide Coach Dave Villano’s team.
LaSalle High School varsity boys’ soccer is junior loaded for Coach Jorge B San Miguel.
Leading the Royal Lions are juniors Chris Bared (defender), Alejandro Cardenas (keeper), Bryan Defreitas (midfielder) and Otto Quiroz (midfielder).
Events, leagues, programs
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.
Key West Triathlon
As many as 1,000 athletes from the United States and other countries are to compete in the Key West Triathlon on Dec. 1 in the subtropical climate of the continental United States’ southernmost island.
Presented by Key West’s TRIKW LLC and Stay Fit Studio, the racing challenge includes swimming in Atlantic Ocean off Key West and biking and running beside the Atlantic.
The event tests the endurance of athletes, whether seasoned competitors or newcomers to the sport, in Olympic-distance and shorter sprint-distance triathlons. The Olympic-distance challenge features a 1.5k swim, 40k bicycle ride that includes a portion of the Keys’ scenic Overseas Highway and 10k run. Sprint-distance competitors are to complete a 0.75k swim, 20k bicycle ride and 5k run.
Three-person relay teams can compete as well, with each team member tasked to complete one leg of the challenge.
An awards ceremony at Higgs Beach is to follow the race. Awards await the top three finishers in varying age groups for each competition, as well as the top three overall male and female finishers and top three male and female masters.
The Key West Triathlon is sanctioned by USA Triathlon.
Entry fees for sprint-distance racers are $95 individual and $165 relay team. Olympic-distance entry fees are $145 single athlete and $235 relay team.
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).