• Sixty-four teams from across the nation battled their way through regional competition to qualify for the week-long Pop Warner Super Bowl. National champions will be crowned in four divisions based on age and weight: Jr. Pee Wee (age 8-11), Pee Wee (age 9-12), Jr. Midget (age 10-13) and Midget (age 11-15).
Pop Warner is the nation’s largest and oldest youth football, cheer and dance organization. It requires academic proficiency in order to participate. The NFL Players Association estimates that roughly 70 percent of current NFL players got their start playing Pop Warner.
• Submit your team information and/or photo to sportsscene@MiamiHerald.com.
Miami Beach flag football
The Ravens shut out the Broncos 35-0 to reach the finals in the 7-8 age group of Miami Beach flag football at Flamingo Park. Dillon Weisman had two rushing touchdowns, and Brett Burstein returned an interception for a score and caught a scoring pass from Weisman. Max Lawrence and David Saka pulled four flags apiece for the Broncos.
The Hurricanes beat the Colts 7-2 in a defensive semifinal battle. Gavin Basner broke loose for a 45-yard touchdown run and also connected on the extra point play to Jackson Gesner. The Colts’ Lohan Joulin recorded a safety.
• 9-10: The Ravens defeated the Seahawks 12-7 in the semifinals. Arthur Ackerman rushed for a touchdown and also caught the go-ahead touchdown pass from Bryce Hammon. Justin Swartz handed off to Brock Levin who rushed for the Seahawks’ score. Levin then connected on the extra point conversion to Jack Costaregni.
The Falcons beat the Packers 21-6 to advance to the championship game. Bryan Saka tossed a touchdown pass to Tyler Elpert, and Manuel Norres and Michael Nadal each scored on a run. The Packers’ Alex Garcia rushed for a touchdown.
• 11-13: The Falcons defeated the Giants 25-13 to clinch a spot in the title game. Noah Ogaza and Maximo Norres each rushed for a touchdown, and Felipe Llanos returned an interception for a score. Ezra Rivera threw touchdown passes to Lao Sequera and Rory Feinberg for the Giants.
The Dolphins beat the Raiders 21-6 in the other semifinal. Alex Kane returned an interception for a score and also threw touchdown passes to William Burgoyne and Jake Eisneberg. For the Raiders, Ben Burstein scampered loose for a 25-yard touchdown run.
Miami Beach soccer
The Black Knights edged the Gray Revolution 2-1 in the 9-10 age group of Miami Beach soccer at Flamingo Park. Sabrina Cabarcos scored and had an assist. Michael Bernstein also scored for Black Knights. Antonio Todd had the lone goal for the Gray Revolution.
The Blue Hawks defeated the Green Giants 7-2. Jahiem Attri had four goals, and Matthrew Thomann contributed two goals. Miah Ogaza also scored, and Kendrick Gorman had an exceptional game in goal. For the Green Giants, Arthur Joulin and Tory Patrick scored.
• 7-8: The Blues beat Code Red 3-2. Emilio Ezcarraaga, Logan Spill and Eden Singer each had a goal. Leila Hunt and David Green scored for Code Red.
The Gray Eagles edged The Team 4-3. Jose Figuera scored three times, and Jacob Knoblauch added a goal. For The Team, Ivan Casas-Rocha had an outstanding game with three goals.
In a defensive struggle, the Black Hawks defeated the Champs 2-1. Luca Ogaza and Sean Wendell scored. The Champs; Fabian Jiminez had a goal.
Miami Country Day volleyball
The Miami Country Day School junior varsity volleyball team had a solid season, finishing 16-6. At the Florida Christian Tournament, the Spartans defeated LaSalle and Palmer Trinity to place sixth of 12 teams.
Sophomore middle blocker Stella Strharova led the team in kills, challenged opposing hitters with her blocks and recorded key service aces. Eighth grader Blake Kushner, the youngest player on the team, was libero most of the matches. She made many saves and digs against tough competition and did well on serve receive passing. Setters Bianca Caban and Maddie Bolton were reliable running the offense, working with the passers and hitters. Adriana Vivas, Amanda Caban and Marianna Marulanda were crucial to the team, keeping the left side of the court strong — offensively and defensively.
Scheck top athletes
Scheck Hillel Community School (North Miami Beach): Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Co-captain Benjamin Vaisberg (soccer) was the top defender in shutout wins over International Studies, Hebrew Academy and Archbishop Curly.
Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Alice Serfati (soccer) was a standout player and constant motivator in two matches.
Florida Senior Games
The Florida International Senior Games and State Championships opened in Polk County. The nine-day Olympic-style sports festival for athletes age 50 and older featured nearly 2,200 senior athletes competing in 22 sports.
Results of Miami residents:
SWIMMING at Gandy Pool in Lakeland: 50-Yard Backstroke: Women 80-84: 1. Ardis Bourland, 58.56. 100 Breaststroke: Women 80-84: 1. Ardis Bourland, 2:29.40. 50 Breaststroke: Women 80-84: 1. Ardis Bourland, 1:03.51. 50 Freestyle: Women 80-84: 1. Ardis Bourland, 50.50. 100 Backstroke: Women 80-84: 1. Ardis Bourland, 2:19.93. 100-Yard Butterfly: Men 55-59: 3. Marty Labrosse, 1:17.19. 50 Breaststroke: Men 55-59: 4. Marty Labrosse, 38.59. 50 Freestyle: Men 55-59: 4. Marty Labrosse, 29.28.
ARCHERY (900 Round) at Central Florida Archers in Fort Meade: Compound Release: Men 50-54: 3. Ted Guevara, 830. Men 0-64: 1. Julius Wiggins, 825-16.
BADMINTON at Kelly Recreation Center in Lakeland: Doubles: Men 55-59: 1. Dudley Chen and Dave Zarco. Men 40+: 2. Dudley Chen and Randy Lazaga. Men Open: 2. Zarni Htay and Isaac Tobelen. Women 40+: 3. Duyen Nguyen and Panita Norton. Women Open: 1. Tamiko Foster and Panita Morton. Mixed 50-54: 1. Dudley Chen and Patricia Beckford. Mixed 40+: 2. Zarni Htay and Tamiko Foster. Singles: Men Open: 1. Zarni Htay.
TABLE TENNIS at Simpson Park Community Center in Lakeland: Doubles: Women: 75-79: 3. Essie Faria and Louella McAloose. Mixed 65-69: 3. Bard Brenner and Essie Faria. Singles: Women 75-79: 1. Essie Faria.
TENNIS at Beerman Family Tennis Center in Lakeland: Singles: Men 60-64: 1. Rob Pridgen.
CYCLING at Research Way and University Boulevard in Lakeland: 5K Time Trials: Women 50-54: 3. Tere Camacho 8:12.55. Women 70-74: 2. Lois Leon 9:18.86. 1 0K Time Trials: Women 50-54: 4. Tere Camacho 16:46.60. Women 70-74: 1. Lois Leon 17:46.97.
CYCLING around Lake Hollingsworth: 20K Road Race: Men 50-54: 4. Daniel Acosta 27:15.02.
TRACK & FIELD at Teneroc High School in Lakeland: Long Jump: Women 75-79: 3. Essie Faria 6-09. Men 60-64: 6. David Host 13-04.5. Men 80-84: 3. Nurettin Sabunco 9-09.25. Shot put: Women 75-79: 3. Essie Faria 20-01. Men 80-84: 4. Neil Grey 26-04.5. High Jump: Women 75-79: 3. Essie Faria 2-08. Men 80-84: 4. Nurettin Sabunu 3-04. Javelin: Women 75-79: 3. Essie Faria 20-11. Men 60-64: 4. David Host 112-06. Triple Jump: Women 75-79: 1. Essie Faria 16-08.25. Men 60-64: 1. David Host 29-05.75. Discus: Women 75-79: 2. Essie Faria 43-09. Men 80-84: 4. Neil Grey 66-10. Pole Vault: Men 60-64: 3. David Host 7-00. Men 80-84: 2. Nail Grey 3-00. 40K Road Race: Men 60-64: 2. Santiago DeLaTorre 56:38.1.
TRACK & FIELD at All Saints Academy in Winter Haven: 50-meter run: Women 50-54: 5. Rosa Luzardo 9.04. Women 75-79: 3. Essie Faria 10.41. Men 60-64: 4. David Host 7.69. Men 80-84: 3. Nurettin Sabuncu. 100: Women 50-54: 7. Rosa Luzardo 17.39. Women 75-79: 2. Essie Faria 20.37. Men 60-64: 5. David Host 14.29. Men 80-84: 3. Nurettin Sabuncu 19.25. 200: Women 50-54: 6. Rosa Luzardo 37.39. Men 50-54: 4. Oscar Fabra 26.72. Men 80-84: 2. Nurettin Sabuncu 41.94. 400: Men 50-54: 3. Oscar Fabra 1:00.02. 800: Women 75-79: 2. Essie Faria 4:17.73. 1 500: Men 60-64: 1. Pedro Enriquez 5:35.21; 2. Rolando Cabrera 6:01.85. 1500 Racewalk: Women 75-79: Essie Faria 10:42.6.
RACQUETBALL: Singles: Men 60+: 2. Mark Burns. Men 65+: 1. Ken Blitz. Doubles: Men 65+: 1. Elton Autwel and Ken Blitz.
Events, leagues, programs
Orange Bowl swimming
Collegiate swimmers and future Olympians will compete in the Orange Bowl Swim Classic on Jan. 3 at the Jacobs Aquatic Center, mile marker 99.6 oceanside in Key Largo.
Part of a month-long Orange Bowl training session held each year in the Keys, the classic hosts some of the nation’s finest competitors. The sprint-style meet features 20 fast-paced swimming events measured by a state-of-the-art timing system.
Of more than a dozen college teams scheduled to attend winter training, eight will compete in the swimming classic including George Mason University from Fairfax, Va., University of Michigan from Ann Arbor and Dartmouth College from Hanover, N.H.
Some notable 2012 Olympians have either trained at the Jacobs Aquatic Center swimming facility or participated in the Orange Bowl Swim Classic. They include top women’s swimming medalist Missy Franklin (four gold, one bronze), three-time swimming medalist Nathan Adrian and freestyle swimmers Kate Ziegler and George Bovell who represented Trinidad and Tobago at the London games.
“Key Largo is quickly becoming a much sought-after place for training,” said Dr. Jim Boilini, event chairman, who also serves on the board of directors of the Jacobs Aquatic Center. “Key Largo’s weather, a first-class training facility, the community’s embrace and the lure of the Orange Bowl is a great combination.”
The competition is expected to start at 2 p.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Admission is free.
A post-contest awards social and dinner will commence at the Jacobs Aquatic Center following the meet. Spectators who reserve ahead can attend the dinner and interact with the swimmers and coaches. Event contact: jacobsaquaticcenter.org or 305-453-SWIM (305-453-7946).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).