Pop Warner Nationals
The Tacolcy Red Raiders Junior Pee Wee football team won the Division II national championship by defeating the Michigan City Wolves (Ind.) 30-13 during the 56th annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.
Tacolcy won the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner Super Bowl and regionals to qualify for nationals.
National champs: Seth McGill, Roscoe Burton, Eric Pierre, Roger Barton, Travis Pittman, Torrell Jackson, Baron Grant, Deidrick Dansby, Rayquan Smith, Terance Newkirk, Robert Birch, Ramont Gage, Emmanuel Charles, Tercier Muller, Sedan Sturrup, Christopher Maldonado, Jeremiah Torrence, Alaric Pouchie, Dearon Ortiz, Artemius Russell, Marco Wynn, Michael Harp, Jean Auguste, Mike Alexis, Tyquan Covington, McKenzie Jean and Blake Graham.
• The Palmetto Bay Broncos Pee Wee team claimed the Division II national championship with a 27-8 victory over the Gilbert/Chandler Spurs (Ariz.) during the 56th annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.
Palmetto Bay won the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner Super Bowl and regionals to qualify for nationals.
National champs: Eddie Williams Jr., Lennox Howard, Cairiq Rackley, Kane Vandemark, Cornelius Nunn, Tasheem Reese, Kenneth Hall, Tarod Snead, Trey Flowers, Tyler Harrell, Bryan Lima, Robert Crockett III, Jordan Griffin, Charles Forment, Marcus Smith Jr., Joshua Torres, Adrian Winfrey, Matthew Lopez, Amari Rackley, Dawayne Mason, Alejandro Caula, Jason Vaughn, Kenneth Kolodziejczak, Matthew Porry, Jeremiah Jean-Baptiste, Dante DeRosa, Melvin Rogers Jr. and Malcolm Hyppolite.
• 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 were crowned at the event in four divisions (age and weight): Jr. Pee Wee (age 8-11), Pee Wee (9-12), Jr. Midget (10-13) and Midget (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, including former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow (New York Jets), Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars), Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings) and Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens).
• More Pop Warner nationals next week.
The Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance Championships, presented by Sports Authority, was at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium in Miami.
The OBYFA is in its 14th season and serves more than 16,000 young football players and cheerleaders in nine football leagues across South Florida. Past participants include West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, Chicago Bears safety Major Wright and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
The two-day event featured 12 games with member leagues’ Super Bowl winners and all-star teams.
• (13U-145 lbs.) Hialeah Cougars (Miami Xtreme) 8, Northwest Broward Raiders (Florida Youth Football League) 6: With 45 seconds remaining, Trevon Fowler scored the tying touchdown, and then after a couple of penalties, Matias Rodriguez kicked a winning 2-pointer from 22 yards to give the unbeaten Cougars (14-0) the dramatic come-from-behind win. John Correa, the holder on the kick, also had a key run on the winning drive and clutch first down catch.
Fowler ran 20 yards through the middle to the Raiders’ 30-yard line, and then Daniel Doriscar sped 11 yards to the Northwest Broward 19 with 3:47 to play. On third-and-7, Ricardo Gonzalez caught an 8-yard pass from Fowler for a first down at the Raiders 8. Hialeah drew the Raiders offside, moving the ball to the four. Correa ran two yards and Gonzalez 1-yard, setting up Fowler’s quarterback sneak with center Janmark Dalmau leading the way.
Tied at six with 45 seconds remaining, Hialeah went for the winning 2-point kick. Two off sides penalties on Northwest Broward, trying to get a quick start on blocking the kick, put the ball at the 1. Rodriguez then converted the kick, but the officials threw another flag, citing six men on the line, ending the short-lived celebration and forcing Rodriguez to try a 22-yard attempt. Rodriguez was a little nervous on the first kick, which he made, so he felt relaxed on the second kick from a longer distance and with Alejandro Alvarez on the snap, Rodriguez made the kick with room to spare, and the celebration re-emerged.
With little time and no timeouts, Northwest Broward had one more chance, but Hialeah’s Traveon West recorded a sack to seal the win. Kyeshaad Pennywell had six tackles and Manuel Trueba five tackles to help lead a strong defense.
Late in the first half, Theostene Louis scored from 60 yards to give the Raiders a 6-0 advantage.
It marked the second time in program history, Hialeah won the Orange Bowl title. Last season the Cougars were runners-up.
Champs: Deandre Miles, Dewayne Terry, Jordan Coley, Isaiah Webster, Daniel Doriscar, Ricardo Gonzalez, Yeltsin Mora, Elijah Williams, Matias Rodriguez, Trevon Fowler, John Correa, Daydian Castillo, Alejandro Alvarez, Kyeshaad Pennywell, Jayden Simmons, Omar Graham, Brandon Quintero, Daniel Johnson, Vince Mack, Rudibo Jones, Traveon West, Manuel Trueba, Damian Arguello, Robert Lauderdale, Skyler Richardson, Abraham Vega, Kevin Perez, Wilbert Julien, Christian Saldarriaga and Janmark Dalmau. Coaches Efrain Spanky Torres, Dudley Richardson, Dawan Alexander, Dewayne Terry, Eric Howard, Rudibo Jones and Manuel Trueba.
Runners-up: Willie Reynolds, Teriq Phillips, Keithoro Smith, Theostene Louis, Justin Johnson, Malik Similien, Louis Landers, Tayondric Crowder, Davante Williams, Tahjon McKinney-Cole, Jamal Bartee, Branden Bailey, Kyle Stillman, Calvert Blair Jr., Geraghty Skinner, Alex Exantus, Nopiel Taylor, Jack Duperoux, Jordan Walsh, Jamal Walsh, Lougense Clermond, Derrick Ferguson, Jivonni Joseph, Andrew Lindo, Jahfar France, Tyrique Bell, Kevon Bowens. Head Coach Twyon Martin.
• (10U-100 lbs.) Miami Gardens Bulldogs (Florida Youth Football League) 26, South Miami Grey Ghosts (Miami Xtreme) 0: The 2012 OBYFA Championships got off to a fast start as Miami Gardens’ Anthony Johnson returned the opening kickoff 71 yards for a touchdown.
The Bulldogs continued to score in the first quarter with a 48-yard run from Willie Floyd and a 49-yard run from Chavon Wright. Ahead 19-0, Miami Gardens struck again in the second quarter as Johnson caught a 50-yard pass from Cedquan Smith. The defense allowed only one first down.
Champs: Miami Gardens Bulldogs (15-0): James Williams, Cedquan Smith, Willie Floyd, Shamarr Wright, Anthony Johnson, Chavon Wright, Devin Calhoun, Elijah Goree, Keith Murray Jr., Terrance Tate Jr., Eugene Holmes, Stefon Young-Rolle, Jonathan Jean, OT Dulcio, Marone Michel Jr., Lorenzo Nelson, Kristian Jackson, Ryan Biggins, Cedric Siggers, Avant Latimore, Darius Curry, Quaishawn Escoffery, Charles Sharpe, Cameron Gretton, Gregory Pitts, Keshawn Ross, David Ferguson, Quincy Charles, Reginald Wimberly Jr. and Raymond Bailey Jr. Head coach is Chavis Wright.
Runners-up: South Miami Grey Ghosts (14-1): Kahmari Lovett, Ahmaris Harrell, Keenan Toomer, Rodney Williams, Rashad Crawford, Terrance Huggins, Jayden Huggins, Darrell Bellinger, Anthony Avila, Luca Arenado, Alejandro Prado, Nicolas Perez-Abreu, Antonio Johnson, Giancarlos Espinoza, Cristian Avila, Tiquan Wilder, Dustin Vinas, Omar Sicle, Raul Aguirre, Anthony Galeri, Amaruion Kinson, Janarious Evans, Shawn McWilliams, Alexander Bell and Troy Frederick. Coaches Roderick Ryals, Don Burns, Adrian Ellis and Johnte Ellis.
• (11U-115 lbs.) Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes (Florida Youth Football League) 26, Kendall Boys & Girls Club Kolts (Miami Xtreme) 0: An interception by James Williams, followed by a 22-yard strike to Jarvis Lewis, set-up the Hurricanes on the 7-yard line late in the first quarter. Two plays later, Vincent Davis powered his way into the end zone for the game’s first score.
Fort Lauderdale found paydirt two more times in the half, a 43-yard run by Jaylan Knighton and a 3-yard run by Tyler Davis. Vincent Davis found the end zone for the second time early in the third quarter.
Champs: Ivanhoe Butler, Gerard Nesbitt, Vincent Davis, Tyler Davis, Jaylan Knighton, Jarvis Lewis, Antwan Turner, James Williams, Derek Frazier, Douglas Emilien, David Jones Jr., Dimon Stewart, Errol Baker, Aramis Smith, Keshun Poole, Rural Scott, Vantraveous Williams, Isaac Martin, Jaquan Doe, James Dixon, Larando Dallas, Shaquaon Arrington, Juwan Williams, Earnest Felder, Percel Brother Jr., Durell Weaver, Xavier Broomfield, Jeremy Acosto, Jesse Floyd, DeMarcy Lampin, Clifton Dykes, Ja’Len Spencer-Thomas, Davon McCoy. Head Coach Sherman Bones.
Runners-up: Rudy Puig, Kalani Norris-Hayes, Justin Valdes, Nicholas Vives, Brandon McDuffey, Edward Arza, Andres Garcia, Gabriel Alonso, Stephen Roig, Andrew Brown, Dylan Vento, Jose Fonseca, Victor Bisbal, Kesean Norris-Hayes, James Gonzalez, Alec Olmedillo, Max Cuevas, Matthew Enriquez, Austin Leon, Alberto Arazoza, Enrique Jimenez, Michael Puig, Ryan Bermudez, Ryan Vento, Samuel Diaz, Gabriel Rios and Enrique Martinez. Head Coach Victor Amat.
• (120 lbs.) Western Communities Football League All-Stars 25, Palm Beach County Youth Football League All-Stars 6: The WCFL All-Stars opened the scoring in the first minutes of play. Gio Richardson completed a 41-yard touchdown pass to Jymetre Hester. Western Communities recovered the ensuing onside kick. The WCFL All-Stars drove down the field and scored on a 4-yard run from Kyle Johnson. Western Communities increased its lead to 19 off a 2-yard touchdown run by Richardson. The WCFL All-Stars increased its lead with a 6-yard run by Hester. Palm Beach got on the board in the middle of the third quarter, when Jesus Santiago ran 50 yards for the score.
WCFL: Jymetre Hester, Kyle Van Putten Vink, Chris Conley, Jonathan Mogbo, AJ Mackey, Ethan Kramer, Arthur Gray, Lakevious Simmons, Gio Richardson, Walton Thomas, Mark-Anthony Richards, Jayson Martin, Kyle Johnson, Connor Worontsoff, Alexander Parkman, Stephan Passegiata, Jorge Hernandez, Clark Whiddon, Alex Lawson, Derrick Dreher, Joe Long, Reese Goldstein, Dakota Nelson, Christopher Kelley, Danny Broderick, Kauper Edward. Head Coach Keith Dawkins, Assistant Head Coach Dwayne McClendon.
PBCYFL: Cedrick Harris, Torrin Andrews, Jalen Jones, Jesus Santiago, James Meek, Prince Hall, Javorio Henderson, Carrington Bonner, Julian Rincon, Tyler Willis, Deshon Sirmans, Kristian Gibson, Walter James, Jose Gonzalez, Riley Sullivan, Tyler Rosario, Jalen Harrison, Cornell Smith, Brandon Betancourt, Balthlazor Celestin, Beverly Raekwon, Marques Thompson, Antwoine Anderson. Head Coach Keith Dawkins, coaches Dwayne McClendon, Ronald Mack, James Earl, Marc Miller.
• (105 lbs.) PBCYFL All-Stars 20, WCFL All-Stars 0: The Palm Beach County Youth Football All-Stars opened the game scoring on its first drive. Trevon Taylor scored on a 1-yard run, and Adrian Moncrieffe added the extra point run. In the second half, Taylor completed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Andre Douglas.
Trailing 13-0, Western Communities turned the ball over on downs, and Palm Beach took over to end the third quarter. Taylor completed another pass, this time to Moncrieffe for a 16-yard touchdown. Western Communities drove the field in the final minutes of play into the red zone. However they could not punch the ball into the endzone, and the game ended on PBCYFL’s Joshual Serrano’s sack.
PBCYFL: Trevon Taylor, Thurlynne Bennefield, Andre Douglas, Travon Harp, M’kye Dickerson, Adrian Moncrieffe, Corey Reddick, Christopher Coleman, Eric Martinez, Kyle Hendrick, William Smith, Derrieon Craig, Cameron Williams, Brian Coe, Tyree Paulk, Mekai Orozco, Lynden Moss, Keandre Hollis, Carson Skinner, Justin Saunders, Earl Miller, Trenton Campbell, Tae’nard Boyd, Bryce Smith. Head Coach Cauley Patrick, coaches Wendell Paulk, Brian Coe, Robert Graham, Ceferino Orozco.
WCFL: Jordan Kelnick, Jayden Reeder, Jenerrian Cross, Javoski McCoy, Vance Sheahan, Peyton Mainolfi, Kamron Crawford, Winston Parke, Jake Shephard, Maximus Martinez, Anthony Brodenelt, Angelo AJ Lista, Amani Alley, Jaden Drummond, Jake Proctor, Denali Smith, Bryce Brockway, Kyle Boone, Joseph Genesio, Keyshawn Winder, David Powell, Adrian Hector.
• (140 lbs.) PBCYFL All-Stars 12, West Boca All-Stars 6: It was a defensive battle. After a scoreless first quarter, Lyon Harris scored from one yard to start the second quarter. West Boca tied the game at six shortly after with a 24-yard pass from Vance Shehan. Palm Beach struck in the final minute of the half with Jalen Wright’s winning 84-yard touchdown run.
PBCYFL: Varrick Davis, Amari Hayes, Rashard Hammonds, Cameron Smith, Cedrick Dort, Jalen Wright, Jermaine Henderson, Lyon Harris, Ronnie Platt, Wisborden Milce, Brody Alt, Tyler Chisholm, Trent Willis, Joshua Serrano, Jakorean Bradley, Stefan Colon, Marcus Aneus, Raul Mendoza, Tyrese Mapp, Matthew Pillow, Leonard Thorpe, Vincent Redmon. Head Coach Scott Patrick, coaches Andrew Rice, Barry Dukes, Joe Lopez, John Patrick.
• (85 lbs.) WCFL All-Stars 7, PBCYFL All-Stars 0: In another defensive battle, WCFL prevailed. After a scoreless first quarter, WCFL had a winning 3-yard touchdown run from Jahneer Garcon on the opening play of the second quarter. Ryan Anthony added the extra point run. Each defense did not allow a point in the second half.
WCFL: Justin Bostic, Brock Anderson, Juan Torres, Bradley Freeman, Andrew Sineway, Ryan Anthony, Nicolas Frezin, Ka’Ron Young, Jahneer Garcon, Jaime Rivera, Drew Kerr, Andres Torres, Andrew Pankey, Miguel Aronson, Jasem Phillip, Bradley Wharton, Joshua Langsam, Ty Logsdon, William Prichard, Matthew Hagerty, Collin Perry, Merrick Molsbee, Wolali Ahlijah. Head Coach Chris Naum, coaches Fred Wharton, John Butler, Jaime Rivera.
PBCYFL: Darrell Sweeting, Joshua Ramos, Nathaniel Sasser, Zion Williamson, Xavier Ortiz, Damian Thompson, J’Quan Randell, D’Mari Patterson, Jarell Dorvil, Ajani Pollard, Ricky Walden, Curtis Douglas, Alvaro Olivera, Euell Barnett, Stone Bureau, Kyle Edison, Harold Wallace. Head Coach Dave Bricker, coaches Jose Ramos, Frank Litteken, Fidel Smith, Bertram Williams.
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• More OBYFA finals next week.
South Miami-Dade County (Coral Oaks Tennis Club) won the USTA Florida Section Combo Senior Championships in the Sr. Men’s 7.5 Division in Daytona Beach. In the finals, South Miami-Dade County defeated Pinellas County 2-1.
The champs are Team captain Raul Moskovitz, Josef Silny, Alan Jay Levine, Peter Brown, Stephen Robert Rigl, Rick Dingle, Jaime Azucena, Scott Breitkopf, Glenn Huber, Patricio Comparini, Jorge Hernando, David Dewitt, Ricardo Salgo and Miguel Daud.
• Combo Senior teams are comprised of doubles teams of players age 50 or older in a combined National Tennis Rating Program level formats of 6.5, 7.5 and 8.5. The combined NTRP ratings of each doubles team may neither exceed the level nor be more than 1.0 less than the level in which they are competing. The NTRP rating difference between a doubles pair of players may not exceed 0.5.
Cushman School basketball
The Cushman School basketball team won Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep’s Middle School Basketball Tournament.
About 85 middle school students from neighboring parochial and private schools participated in the eight-game tournament with the overall winner receiving individual medals and team trophy. An estimated 150 fans attended the event throughout the day.
The Final Four consisted of Cushman, Belen 7th Grade, St. Mary and St. Patrick teams. St. Mary and Cushman advanced to the finals with Cushman capturing the overall title. The champs are Mic Lynott, Owen Wesley, Jacob Lipman, Reagan Zecnik, Julius Delgado, Gabriel Montes, Sebatian Montes, Pablo Zapata and Bernard Duran. The coaches are Rodney Cunningham and Julian Gates.
Br. Rice Honors Academy and Holy Cross Lutheran also competed.
• Each year, Archbishop Curley Notre Dame offers a variety of events to area private middle schools such as a Leadership Conference, Academic Olympics, Speech and Debate Tournament and Art Festival. The events offer students an opportunity to further develop their skills in areas that help foster the growth of the student while helping them adjust to the high school environment.
ACND’s summer fine arts and athletic camps are also open to middle school students. The school also offers private tours for potential families as well as information about and applications for the Catholic High School Entrance Exam on Jan. 26. The registration form is on the school website www.acnd.net.
St. Rose of Lima basketball
The St. Rose of Lima Catholic School girls’ basketball team won the inaugural Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Middle School Girls’ Basketball Tournament.
Holy Cross Christian Day School and St. Mary and St. Rose of Lima Catholic schools participated. In the first game, Holy Cross defeated St. Mary. St. Rose beat Holy Cross in the second game, and St. Rose then defeated St. Mary to secure the title.
“It was an enjoyable day for all of the participants and their families. The children enjoyed the attention that they received,” said Coach Greg Manager, ACND’s Athletic Director. “ACND is committed to providing the vehicle of athletics to students from our area middle schools, whenever the opportunities arise.”
Conchita Espinosa soccer
The Conchita Espinosa Academy girls’ varsity soccer team (6th-8th grade) advanced to the championship game of the High Point League with a thrilling victory over Divine Savior. In penalty kicks, Isabella Billau scored the winner, and keeper Ariana Aspuru blocked three shots to ensure victory.
Miami Country Day top athletes
Miami Country Day: Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Zachary Goldberg (soccer) scored a goal and added an assist in the Spartans’ win against Dade Christian School.
Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Yakira Matisonn (varsity soccer), as a seventh grader starting on the varsity team, aggressively controlled the midfield and added an assist against Ransom Everglades.
Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Brandon Parizo (basketball) combined for 55 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and six steals in wins against Florida Christian and Mater Lakes Academy.
Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Breanna Blot (basketball) combined for 17 points and 16 rebounds in wins against Florida Christian and Ransom Everglades.
Spartans Super Fan: Marnie B. Allen, director of College Guidance.
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).
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 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).