• Major Craig McQueen, the vice president of GMSF Pop Warner and commissioner of Miami PAL, presented finalists with medals and a huge team trophy. GMSF Pop Warner, under the direction of President Frank Gowin, features 19 programs from Florida City to Lauderhill. There are more than 5,000 kids, age 6-15, participating in GMSF Pop Warner football and cheerleading.
Miami flag football
The Miami Mighty Dolphins flag football club took two teams to Austin, Texas for the NFL Flag Dallas Cowboys Regional Tournament. The JV Dolphins won the 9-11 Coed Division, and the Varsity Dolphins were runners-up in the 12-14 Boys Division.
The 9-11 Coed Division champs are Andrew Reese, Marvin Anthony, Tavares Kelly, Dextan Hodge, Ilias Clerisier and Willie Bentley. The 12-14 Boys’ Division runners-up are Clevan Thomas, Sharod Johnson, Darnell Durham, Keissac Hill, Zion Hartfield and Rashod Smith.
Miami Beach flag football
The Ravens defeated the Colts 40-12 in the 7-8 age group at Flamingo Park. Brett Burstein threw touchdown passes to Peter Lopez, Noah Scheinblum, Jaiden Mujica, Max Tabet and Paul Benedict. llon Weissman returned an interception for a touchdown. Logan spill ran for a score and also threw a touchdown pass to Joshua Pina for the Colts.
The Hurricanes edged the Broncos 7-6. Gavin Basner scored on a run and caught the winning extra point pass from Jackson Gessner. Max Lawrence connected on scoring pass to Julian Corniel for the Broncos.
The Seahawks shut out the Dolphins 20-0 in the 9-10 age group. Brock Levin ran for a score and threw a touchdown pass to Justin Swartz, and Nick Namias returned an interception for a touchdown. For the Dolphins, Ethan Hunt and Owen Spill had six flag pulls apiece.
The Ravens edged the Falcons 14-13. Max Garcia scored on a run, and Arthur Ackerman passed to Bryce Hammon for another key score. Manuel Norres and Michael Nadal each ran for a touchdown for the Falcons.
The Falcons defeated the Raiders 20-6 in the 11-13 age group. Noah Ogaza rushed for two touchdowns, and Felipe Llanos connected on a scoring pass to Chris Vela with Jason Neuman adding the extra point. Victor Gheiler threw a touchdown pass to Nicholas Bailleul for the Raiders.
The Dolphins beat the Eagles 18-12. Alex Kane tossed two scoring passes to Will Burgoyne. Kane also added a rushing score. The Eagles’ Dries Darrow threw touchdown passes to Sidney Shaskan and Alexander Groman.
Archbishop Curley sports
The Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep boys’ varsity cross-country team qualified for the Florida High School Activities Association Class 1A State Championships.
During the Region 4-1A meet at the Westminster Academy Sports Complex in Lauderdale Lakes, the top 15 individuals and top six teams advanced to state. Curley placed fifth of 15 teams. Four runners set personal bests to help the Knights qualify for state at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee.
Curley Coach Br. John Corcoran, CFC said, “For the second year in a row, we defied the odds and others’ predictions and trusted our work ethic and team pride while joining the tradition of ACND state qualifiers – 14 times in the past 20 years.”
At region, Michael Smith (18:37 PR), Serge Aristide (18:44), Nick Salow (18:55 PR), Nikko Antido (19:07 PR) and Sean Smith (19:21 PR) led the state qualifying effort. Daniel Briz (20:00) and Tony Yeash (20:36) also did well.
• The ACND girls’ varsity soccer team started its season with strength and determination defeating Doctor’s Charter School 2-0. Juniors Alyssa Lambert and Jennifer Lamy scored off assists from senior Megan Romanik.
Miami Country Day sports
Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Kayla Rosen (cross-country) was the high school varsity team’s third fastest finisher at regionals.
Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Ryan Finvarb (cross-country) strong season helped the Spartans’ high school varsity team qualify for state.
Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Stephanie Mackenzie (basketball) combined for 52 points and 22 steals in wins against American, Northeast and Pine Crest high schools.
Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Eduardo Macedo (soccer) combined for three goals and an assist in wins against International Studies, Coral Springs Christian and Keys Gate Charter.
Spartan Super Fan: Nico Briedenbach (second grader).
Miami Man Triathlon
Miami’s Larisa Sidorovich won the women’s 25-29 age group of the Miami Man Half Iron Triathlon at Larry & Penny Thompson Park/Zoo Miami.
Sidorovich completed the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 5 hours 15 minutes 52 seconds. She was followed by Miami Beach’s Ola Besser in 5:21:48, and Nicole Rendos made it a Miami sweep, finishing third in 5:27:26.
Other top local results: Clydesdale 225 0-39: 1. Carl Morris, Aventura, 6:53:48. Athena: 2. Cristina Ramirez, Key Biscayne, 6:37:46.
Women: 25-29: 45-49: 3. Carole Flamant, Miami, 5:50:22. 50-54: 2. Katherine Jones, Palmetto Bay, 5:55:18. Overall: 2. Laura Jorgensen, Miami, 4:59:41.
Men: 20-24: 3. Carl Speer, Miami, 5:47:57. 25-29: 3. Benjamin Ghis, Aventura, 5:33:21. 30-34: 3. Tim Curtis, Miami, 5:02:10. 40-44: 1. Hector Santaella, Key Biscayne, 4:56:43. 45-49: 2. Alex Miles, Aventura, 4:58:47. 55-59: 1. Steve Brookner, Miami, 5:00:27. 60-64: 2. Emilio Adatto, North Miami Beach, 6:10:06. 70-74: 1. Marcos Lopez, Aventura, 5:59:42. Masters: 1. Jose Feliciano, Homestead, 4:44:17.
• Miami Man International Triathlon (0.6-mile swim, 22-mile bike, 6.6-mile run)
Top local results: Clydesdale 185 0-39: 1. Eric Soulavy, Key Biscayne, 2:12:34. Clydesdale 185 40+: 1. Esteban Torbar, Key Biscayne, 2:10:37. Clydesdale 200 0-39: 2. Kahahn Allen, Doral, 2:26:25. Clydesdale 225 40+: 2. John Orrett, Miami, 2:40:23; 3. Gerardo Guarino, Miami, 3:01:33. Athena: 2. Mariaelena Sabatier, Miami, 3:09:32.
Women: 19U: 1. Rachel Blechman, Coral Gables, 2:21:38. 25-29: 2. Silver Deutch, Miami Beach, 2:26:25. 30-34: 1. Maricamen Saleta, Miami, 2:13:57. 35-39: 2. Noelle Rivas, Key West, 2:23:22. 45-49: 2. Sherrie Bieniek, Miami, 2:36:21. 50-54: 3. Leonora Gonzalez, Homestead, 2:27:35. Overall: 2. Gabriela Tupayachi, Miami, 2:12:18.
Men: 19U: 1. Alejandro Rodriguez, Key Biscayne, 2:04:20; 2. Christian Cruz Sosa, Miami, 2:12:19; 3. Serafin Dominguez Cid, Miami, 2:24:49. 20-24: 2. Andre Hibbitt, Miami, 2:10:28. 25-29: 1. JD Trammell, Miami, 2:07:00. 45-49: 1. Henry Hidy, Sugarloaf Key, 2:07:35. Masters: 1. Carlos Gomez, Key Biscayne, 2:02:53. Overall: 2. Lee Zohlman, Miami, 1:58:25.
Miami Man Duathlon
Estela Ortiz of Miami won the women’s 35-39 age group of the Miami Man Half Iron Duathlon at Larry & Penny Thompson Park/Zoo Miami.
Ortiz covered the 1-mile run, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4 hours 50 minutes 40 seconds. Miami’s Linda Kelly was first in women 60-64 in 6:22:09.
In the men’s race, Yannis Janssens of Miami placed first in 30-34 in 4:51:36. Doral’s Daniel Mayz was winner in men 40-44 in 5:03:59. Francisco Peraza of Miami Lakes was runner-up in 35-39 in 4:47:16. Stephen Astley was third overall in 4:36:40.
Fort Lauderdale Marathon
Miami’s Cobi Morales was fifth in the men’s division of the Allstate Life Insurance Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Morales, a two-time winner, was clocked at 1 hour 15 minutes 10 seconds. Marcos Perez of Miami was ninth in 1:21:09.
Other top Miami men finishers: 10. Myles Murphy, Miami Beach, 1:22:05; 14. Abidan Grunewald, Miami, 1:26:39; 24. Jean-Louis Beaudonnet, Miami Beach, 1:29:52.
• In the women’s run, Miami’s Erika Huerta was sixth in 1:23:58. Carol Henry, also of Miami, placed ninth in 1:33:19.
Other top Miami women finisher: 23. Caterina Lancia, Miami, 1:45:09.
• The event attracted more than 3,000 runners from 22 countries. It served as a prep race for the 2013 ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon on Jan. 27.
Friendship Circle Soccer program
The Friendship Circle Soccer Sports Circle program, a non-profit group in Miami, works with children and teens with special needs, pairing them with teenage volunteers who build friendships while enhancing social and recreational skills.
For the fifth consecutive year, Friendship Circle Soccer Sports Circle allows participants to practice their soccer skills and learn the rules of the game under the direction of Coach Jose.
Following soccer will be Friendship Circle Basketball Sports Circle and Baseball Sports Circle with Danny Berry.
Conchita Espinosa Academy soccer
The Conchita Espinosa Academy Middle School girls’ soccer team defeated Divine Savior Academy 4-1. Naomi Hasegawa scored twice, and Isabella Billau and Nicole Ruiz-Sierra each scored once.
The middle school boys’ soccer team defeated Highpoint Academy 2-1. Rodrigo Aragon and Hector Mata scored.
Miami Beach soccer
In a defensive battle, Code Red defeated Miami Beach Champs 1-0 in the 7-8 age group at Flamingo Park. In a defensive struggle, Code Red’s Ingo Horn scored the winner.
The Mighty Green beat the Black Hawks 4-2 with Ivan Casas-Rocha scoring four goals. Luca Ogaza and Dillon Weissman each scored for the Black Hawks.
The Black Knights defeated the Green Giants 4-2 in the 9-10 age group. Michael Bernstein scored three times, and Timothy Haynackie added a goal. Tory Patrick scored both goals for the Green Giants.
The Blue Hawks edged the Revolution 3-2. Jaheim Attri had two goals, and Qhalo Avla-Centurion added a goal. For the Revolution, Junior Santana and Sofia Cabarcos each scored.
Hebrew Academy basketball
Area Jewish high school basketball players, their coaches and fans took a time-out from the pre-season Hebrew Academy Tournament for a moment of prayer for the citizens of Israel.
Following the prayer, Weinbaum Yeshiva High School beat Scheck Hillel Community School 44-34 in the championship game. Hillel led 17-16 at halftime with Blake Burstyn scoring nine points including two three-pointers. The Hurricanes’ Jack Kaswan, Natu Wainer and Ariel Paniry combined for 17 points in the second half.
The annual Hebrew Academy Tournament features the four Jewish high school basketball teams in the area -- David Posnack Jewish Day School, Hebrew Academy, Scheck Hillel Community School and Weinbaum Yeshiva High School.
In North Miami Beach, Scheck Hillel Community School is one of the largest Jewish schools in the country. From early childhood through Grade 12, Hillel inspires students to become exemplary Jewish global citizens through an innovative curriculum of secular and Jewish studies enriched by a comprehensive extracurricular program set within a nurturing, diverse, traditional Jewish community.
Hillel is the only private school in South Florida and Jewish school in the country to be named a 2011 Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Hillel is also Florida’s first Jewish International Baccalaureate World School.
Westwood Christian School basketball
Westwood Christian High School recently selected senior basketball player Armand Shoon as its Athlete of the Month. Shoon, who has a 3.5 GPA, is being recruited by more than 25 Division I universities to play basketball. He is captain of the boys’ varsity team and led it to the regional finals last season.
Events, leagues, programs
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 email@example.com. 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 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).