Runners-up: Brett Burstein, Noah Scheinblum, Dillon Weissman, Jaden Mujica and Peter Lopez.
• The Falcons defeated the Ravens 13-6 for the championship in the 9-10 age level. David Saka threw scoring passes to Joseph Kodsi and Tyler Elpert. Kodsi also made two crucial interceptions. The Ravens’ Arthur Ackerman returned an interception for a touchdown.
Champs: Luka Arganaras, Jesse Baron, Bryan Saka, Manuel Nores. Tyler Elpert, Michael Nadel and Joseph Kodsi.
Runners-up: Arthur Ackerman, Tyler Tambor, Max Garcia, Bryce Hammon, Eduardo Filpo, Liam Dorsey and Miles Love.
• The Dolphins shut out the Falcons 7-0 in a defense battle to win the championship in the 11-13 age division. Alex Kane threw a touchdown pass to Jake Eisenberg for the winning score. Kane then completed an extra point on a pass to Will Burgoyne. For the Falcons, Noah Ogaza and Chris Vela intercepted passes.
Champs: Dolphins: Jake Waserstein, Jake Eisenberg, Nicholas Gosdenivich, Simon Nunez, Alex Kane and William Bugoyne.
Runners-up: Felipe Llanos, Noah Ogaza, Juan and Maximo Nores, Chance Ammirata, Jason Newman, Sam Martinez and Chris Vela.
More than 250 USTA Florida volunteers, staff and tennis community members gathered to celebrate the movers and shakers in Florida recreational tennis at the United States Tennis Association-Florida Section’s 63rd Annual Awards and Volunteer Celebration Weekend at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando.
Albert Carrington Balink Award: Katarina Stewart of Miami
It was one year ago that Katerina’s coming-out party began at the Jr. Orange Bowl where she won the Girls’ 14s title. Since then the now-15-year-old has only increased her stock with key tournament wins and is now testing her abilities on the lower levels of the pro tour.
This year she was runner-up at the USTA Girls’ 16 Nationals and won multiple regional titles. In October at the USTA Pro Circuit event in South Carolina, she qualified to the main draw before defeating the No.3 seed, a player at No.146 on the WTA Rankings, in straight sets. She was also a quarterfinalist at the USTA Pro Circuit event in Amelia Island. Last month she captured the singles title at the ITF Grade 4 event in Atlanta, featuring many of the top juniors in the world.
Katerina has the ability to employ a full-court game, utilizing volley skills that won her the 14s girls doubles and mixed doubles titles at the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis State Championships, where this year she also won the singles title without dropping a set.
She trains under the guidance of her father, Cesar, at The Next Level Tennis Academy in Coral Gables. Giving insight into her character, she was also named the 2012 Sportsmanship Award winner at the Girls’ 18s Clay Court National Championships.
Spirit of Tennis Award: Steve Feig of Miami Beach.
For those not familiar with this honor, the USTA Florida Spirit of Tennis award is only presented periodically to an individual, corporation, association or organization that has exhibited a spirit of extraordinary generosity toward the mission of USTA Florida.
For the past 18 years, Steve and his wife have sponsored the annual Clayton Feig Memorial Tennis Tournament at the Sans Souci Tennis Center in North Miami Beach. It is the only free USTA-sanctioned junior tournament in the state, a partnership between the Feig’s and the City of North Miami Beach. The city donates the use of the center and staff for the event, and the Feig’s pay for refreshments, balls, trophies, T-shirts and more for all participants. The event in the past has been named Best Charity Fundraiser by USTA national’s Tennis in the Parks program.
The memorial event is in honor of their son, Clayton Feig, a junior player at the Sans Souci Tennis Center who lost his life to epilepsy at age 18. Money raised during the event goes to the Epilepsy Foundation-Clayton Feig Fund.
Steve said: “As a free tournament, it allows kids from all socio-economic groups to participate. This event provides a venue to continue the legacy of my son, Clayton. To both myself and my wife, there is no more fitting way to memorialize Clayton’s name than to offer an opportunity for those less fortunate to participate.”
The University of Miami triathlon team, also known as TriCanes, ranks fifth in the nation after competing in the Ironman Austin 70.3 Collegiate National Championship in Texas.
The top five collegiate triathlon teams are from the West Point United States Military Academy, Oklahoma City University, Texas A&M University, United States Air Force and University of Miami, respectively.
“We are very proud of our TriCanes and their success,” said Rhonda DuBord, associate director of the UM Department of Wellness and Recreation. “Recently, members of the TriCanes were among the first group of riders to finish the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, completing the 70-mile West Palm Beach-to-Miami journey at a brisk 20-mile-per-hour pace. The TriCanes continue to lead by example by volunteering at other races and participate in clean-up the road/bike way on Crandon Beach.”
The team features Rachel Blechman, Steven De Nicola, Shannon Glenn, Kaitlyn Murphy, Ryan Pekarek and Brian Van Cleave.
TriCanes, UM’s official triathlon team, operates as a club team at the Herbert Wellness Center. Members compete locally and nationally against other colleges, including schools in the Florida Collegiate Triathlon Conference. Undergraduate and graduate student members train at the University Center Pool, bike through Coral Gables and run through South Miami or Brickell.
Former UM swim coach Ken Groce volunteers as the TriCanes coach.
“Having a title like this is amazing, because my teammates are finally getting the recognition they deserve,” said Shannon Glenn, president of TriCanes. “This team works hard day in and day out, and this title is something that finally shows the university and community how hard we’ve worked.”
Miami Beach cross-country
The Miami Beach Senior High School Hi-Tides cross-country proram completed a successful 2012 season. The girls won the District 13-4A Championship, and the boys were district runners-up.
The girls were led by senior captain Luz Bastos and senior Kassandra Blandon, who ran 3.1 miles in 20 minutes 37 seconds at the FHSAA State Championship meet in Tallahassee.
The boys’ team, led by junior captain Gabriel Obregon and sophomore rookie sensation Alec Goldberg, ran a close second to Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School at districts.
Miami Beach Hi-Tides interested in joining the team for the 2013 season can see coaches Reese or Rivera.
Archbishop Curley cross-country
The Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep boys’ varsity cross-country team competed in the Florida High School Activities Association Class 1A State Championships. The Class 1A boys’ race featured 24 schools and 183 runners.
Michael Smith was the Knights’ top finisher, 89th overall, completing 3.1 miles in a personal best 18 minutes 33 seconds. Serge Aristide was next in 96th in a personal best 18:41. Sean Smith (114th) also ran a personal best in 19:03.
Nick Salow was 126th in 19:25, and Daniel Briz was 139th in 20:03. Tony Yeash was 144th in 20:13, and Nikko Antido was 152nd in 20:40.
Miami Country Day soccer
The Miami Country Day Middle School boys’ soccer team won the Spartan Invitational. MCD beat Doctors Charter 1-0 and Florida Christian 3-0. In the finals, MCD edged Doctors Charter 1-0 on penalty kicks.
Our Lady of Lakes baseball
The Our Lady of the Lakes School Primary baseball team clinched the All Catholic Conference North Division by defeating Immaculate Conception School 6-0 and Epiphany Catholic School 1-0. It marked the second time in three seasons the Cheetahs won the division title.
Our Lady of the Lakes scored the division clincher against Epiphany with two outs in the last inning. Adrian Vega (4th grader) walked. The next two batters struck out. Two wild pitches moved Vega to third. With a 2-2 count on Michael Sanchez (4th grade), another wild pitch allowed Vega to win the game.
The division champs are Matthew Mesa (3rd grade), Michael Sierra (3rd), Adrian Vega (4th), Dylan Alfaro (3rd), Brandon Ravelo (3rd), Gianlucas Lemoine (3rd), Brain Rodriguez (4th), Nicholas Pombo (4th), Andy Bello (4th), Michael Sanchez (4th), Danny Perez (4th), Ben Segal (4th) and Jake Alfaro (4th). The coaches Elfred Alfaro and Danny Perez.
The Pirates won the championship in the 13-and-under division of the Perrine Khoury League at Franjo Park.
The Pirates (16-3) went 13-3 in the regular season and 3-0 in the playoffs. The champs are Damian Del Rosario, Gabriel Crespo, Adrian Del Rosario, Josh Aburto, Robert Arevalo, Kevin Coloma, Moises Martinez, Erlix Cepero, CJ Tabb, Kenneth Cruz and Harry Irvine.
Conchita Espinosa sports
The Conchita Espinosa Academy boys’ middle school soccer team beat Rainbow Christian 10-0. Rodrigo Aragon had five goals. Hector Mata scored four times, and Jorgeluis Espino added a goal.
• Conchita’s varsity baseball team (sixth, seventh, eighth graders) defeated the Scorpions 17-0 at Glades Park.
The Lamar Louise Curry Middle School girls’ volleyball team (10-0) went undefeated, a school first, en route to winning the Miami-Dade County Middle School title.
The Cubs defeated Arvida, Ammons, Doolin, Hammocks, Zelda, Jorge Mas Canosa and McMillan middle schools. In the playoffs, they beat Carver and Glades middle schools, reaching the finals where they defeated Miami Springs Middle School.
The champs are Carla Garcia, Stephanie Malta, Alison Gaitan, Juliana Perez, Mariola Rodrgiuez, Melanie Casal, Leana Lu, sisters Alexandra and Alyssa Gonzalez and sisters Melanie and Michelle Cuervo. The coach is Sonia Martinez. Ten of her players, including seven eighth graders, are gifted students with straight A’s.
Valentina Veiga, 13, of Miami Lakes recently earned the rank of Black Belt. A board of eight examiners from Japan Karate-Do International awarded her the coveted rank.
Veiga began training more than four years ago through Miami Lakes Community youth programs. She is learning to live a healthy life while realizing goals are achieved with commitment and perseverance.
Veiga attends Lawton Chiles Middle School.
Archbishop Curley top athletes
Coach Greg Magner, athletic director at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep, announced the following high school athletic updates.
Junior Bryan McDonald was selected 1st Team All Conference offensive linemen for the Southeastern Football Conference. Senior linemen/linebacker Israel Calero earned a spot on the SFC All Academic Team.
The ACND girls’ varsity soccer team defeated Princeton 4-2. Senior Megan Romanik had two goals and two assists. Sophomore Valentina Charris also scored, and junior Alysa Lambert added the final goal as the Knights improved to 2-3.
ACND Female Athlete of the Week: senior Shatorriea Edgecombe (basketball) averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals.
ACND Male Athlete of the Week: sophomore Scott Pomare (wrestling) improved to 3-0 in the 126 weight division.
Miami Country Day top athletes
Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Ava Hanson (soccer), as a seventh grader on the high school varsity team, scored twice in the Spartans’ 3-1 win against G. Holmes Braddock.
Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Luis Felipe Guarita (basketball) combined for 48 points, 20 rebounds and 13 steals in games against Palmer-Trinity, Dade Christian, Ransom Everglades and Cushman.
Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Avery Watson (soccer) scored and added an assist in the Spartans’ 3-1 win against G. Holmes Braddock.
Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Matthew Kydd (basketball) combined for 29 points and 23 rebounds in wins against Doctors Charter and Dade Christian.
Scheck Hillel top athletes
Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach: Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Sophomore Jack Kaswan (basketball) was the top scorer, averaging 13 points per game, in wins against Mast Academy and David Posnack.
Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Eighth grader Ali Wolf (soccer), a two-year starter on the varsity team, continually helps the team offensively and defensively.
Events, leagues, programs
The Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, which attracts an international roster of the world’s best young sailors, age 8-18, is Dec. 27-30 in Miami. More than 600 sailors from throughout the world, including Curacao, England, France, Italy, Mexico and Peru will invade the shores of Biscayne Bay, competing in three classes: Optimists (Optis), Lasers and 420s.
The Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, is part of the Orange Bowl Festival, and has a history of being the premier youth sailing regatta for more than 40 years. It is hosted by Coconut Grove’s Coral Reef Yacht Club with assistance from Lauderdale Yacht club, with additional help from neighboring Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and the US Sailing Center. In essence, the Regatta will consume the Bay with almost 500 boats on the water, and an additional 130 volunteers to help with the almost 600 sailors and their parents that attend this event.
One of the nightly, post-regatta events includes “College Night” from 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 28, where sailors network with more than 35 collegiate sailing coaches. For information, visit http://www.coralreefyachtclub.org/Waterfront/orange-Bowl-Regatta.aspx.
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).
No Name Race 5K
The 13th annual No Name Race 5k Walk/Run is Jan. 12 in the Lower Keys, benefiting the Domestic Abuse Shelter of Monroe County, whose mission is to reduce the incidence and impacts of domestic and sexual abuse by directing victims to appropriate programs and services.
The 3.1-mile race begins at 8 a.m., presented by the shelter and coordinated by the Key West Southernmost Runners Club.
The event is based at the Old Wooden Bridge Guest Cottages & Marina, next to the No Name Key Bridge on Big Pine Key, where walkers and runners start and end their trek. Participants twice cross the No Name Key Bridge, a concrete span that replaced a wooden bridge decades ago.
Awards await the top male and female finishers in age groups ranging from 9 and under to 70 and older. A post-race celebration with refreshments and prizes is planned.
People who want to support the shelter but can’t travel to the Lower Keys to run can register as virtual racers, enabling them to participate and raise funds from a distance.
Cost to enter is $30 per person in advance or $35 on race day. For entrants under age 15, registration is $10 per person. Virtual racers can enter for $15 per person.
Event information and registration at www.fearlessfundraising.kintera.org or 305-743-5452.
Key West Half Marathon
As many as 1,500 runners are expected to race through Key West’s historic Old Town and scenic waterfront Sunday, Jan. 20, during the 15th annual Key West Half Marathon. Slated for 7 a.m., the challenge occurs on a flat, fast 13.1-mile course.
A 5k run is scheduled as well, beginning just after the main race.
Other featured events include a race expo and a Jan. 19 pasta dinner with a 6 p.m. presentation by author and Runner’s World contributor Hal Higdon. An awards ceremony and post-race party are scheduled Jan. 20 outside the Half Shell with refreshments, entertainment and raffle prizes.
Awards are to be presented to first- through third-place male and female finishers in five-year age groups ranging from 9-and-younger to 75and-older, as well as the top overall competitors and those in the masters and military divisions.
The half-marathon entry fee is $85 per person with discounts available for military members, local residents and returning runners. The fee includes a race bag, moisture-resistant Tech-shirt and more. A 15th anniversary medal awaits all finishers.
The 5k entry fee is $37 per person.
A portion of race proceeds benefits the Florida Keys Community College youth swim program, A Positive Step and Key West Sunrise Rotary Club endeavors.
Event information at www.keywesthalfmarathon.com or 305-240-0727
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 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.
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 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).