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.
• (12U-130 lbs.) Miami Gardens Bulldogs (Florida Youth Football League) 38, West Miramar Patriots (Miami Xtreme) 14: Xavier Robertson intercepted three passes, one that led to a 60-yard touchdown run by Tyquan Thornton in the third quarter as the Bulldogs went ahead 31-14. Thornton also caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Lorenzo Floyd.
Terrence Horne scored three times (51-yard run, 12-yard run, 80-yard kickoff return), and Nay’quan Wright had a 90-yard touchdown run and two extra point runs.
Trailing 12-0, Miramar rallied, scoring 14 unanswered points behind touchdown runs from Bran Alvarado and Tyson Campbell for a two-point lead late in the second quarter. Horne returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, ending the Patriots short-lived lead. Miami Gardens scored 20 unanswered points in the second half.
Tyrese Cooper, Jeleole Dalberis, Aaron Gainer, Dmitri Jean, Laythan Manotas, Mi’Chael Miles, Isiah Moore, Andrew Reese and Anthony Sanders played well defensively for the Bulldogs (14-1).
Champs: Charles Philias, Tyrese Cooper, Randy Russell, Xavier Robertson, Tyquan Thornton, Nay’quan Wright, Terrence Horne, Lorenzo Floyd, Artevion Hardy, Brent Plummer Jr., Anthony Sanders, Andrew Reese, Isiah Moore, Mi’Chael Miles, Devon Vickers, Purcell Beasley, Laythan Manotas, Dmitri Jean, Aaron Gainer, Jeleole Dalberis, Andrew Gordon, Eric Newman, Kevin Simpson, Eric Lake, Javon Jones, Isiah O’Conner and Jenathan Medard. Head Coach Toro Wallace.
Runners-up: Eric Hoff Jr., Joao Marques, Tyson Campbell, Jevonni Witter, Wayne Ruby Jr., Bran Alvarado, Rayne Tanega-Doster, Anthony Schwartz, Marcus Lodge, Rachad Wildgoose, Wanya Williams, Jonathon Gonzalez, Cesar Munoz, Jaylen Morrison, Miguel Briceno, Christopher Campbell, Payton Restrepo, Keniel Stewart, Angel Cepero, Uchenna Ezewike, Karim Daniels, Michael Hernandez, Julean Gross-Brewer, Jaeden Hobstable, Michael Ninomiya. Head Coach Eric Hoff.
• (14U-160 lbs.) Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes (Florida Youth Football League) 20, Kendall Boys & Girls Club Kolts (Miami Xtreme) 8: Quarterback Eugene Davis III threw two touchdown passes and an extra point pass and scored an extra point on a run. Jordan Merrell caught a 45-yard touchdown pass and an extra point pass, and Brion Byrd scored on a 2-yard run as the Hurricanes went ahead 13-0.
In the third quarter, Kendall’s Joshua Jobe scored from four yards on a run to cut the deficit to five, 13-8. In the fourth quarter, Fort Lauderdale sealed the win as Rennard Bozeman had a touchdown catch, covering 43 yards. Jahlani Harrison, Terrance Maxwell, Jonathan Moore, Bradley Royes, Bozeman, Byrd, Davis and Merrell anchored a solid defense as the Hurricanes improved to 15-0.
Champs: Jordan Merrell, Alton Jordan, Terrance Maxwell, Rennard Bozeman, Brion Byrd, Steven Evans, Eugene David III, Jonathan Moore, Giovanni Georges, Deon Brown, Bradley Royes, Jahlani Harrison, Darryl Weaver, Daniel LaRose II, Michael Grace, Milshon Greene, Cedrick Camper IV, Mark Collins, Marcus Robertson. Head Coach Brandon Bivins.
Runners-up: Neal Benchimol, Leo Williams, John Amat, Juwan Horn, Bernard Hudson, Tahaj Virgin, Trajon Bandy, Joshua Jobe, Natron Gibson, William Sablon, Miguel Maspons, Michael Ferguson, Adrian Feria, Ted Stronkowsky, Rafael Duran, Alejandro Alonso, Andre Gonzalez, Lawrence Carasa, Erik Vento, Rondy Powell, Oscar Salazar, Raul Brewington, Kahvon Lovett. Head Coach Ernesto Barrios.
• (165 lbs.) Homestead-Dick Conley All-Stars 21, PBCYFL All-Stars 14 (OT): It was the first time in the event’s 14-year history, that overtime determined the winner.
The PBCYFL All-Stars took an early lead scoring off a reverse to Thomas Sellitti. Palm Beach increased its lead to 14 with a Najeh Turner touchdown reception in the second quarter. Dick Conley opened the fourth quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run from Marquise Parnell. Dick Conley then went for an onside kick which was recovered successfully by Tim Terrell.
Dick Conley got the ball first in overtime, and Concepcion scored on fourth-and-goal. On PBCYFL’s overtime possession,. a desperation fourth down pass was batted down to end the game.
Dick Conley All-Stars: Steve Aleman, Carl Atkins, Tommy Benavides, Cole Castro, Ivan Concepcion, Malcolm Fluellen, Roger Gonzalez, Roland Gonzalez, Lucas Gonzalez, Isaiah Ivill, Johnathan Jauregui, Demetrius Mingo, Eusebio Montes De Oca Jr., Marquise Parnell, Brandon Munoz, Christopher Romero, J.C. Rios, Felipe Riusech, Javier Rodriguez, Roscoe Sands Jr., Juan Sanchez, Aaron Seminara, Logan Spiroff, Timberlen Terrell.
PBCYFL: Peter Norton, Todd Centeio, Tarjal Holloman, Javonte Mosley, Traionn Jones, Antuan Burgess, Tashan Lowery, Tyree Smith, Steven Archelus, Anthony Wynds, Geremy Cineus, Jesus Santiago, Keon Johnson, Dylan Brooker, Arnold Augustin, Raymone Bailey, Lazaro Gil, Devonte Gillins, Jarred Koji, Jason Marquez, Thomas Sellitti, Najeh Turner, Andrew Yavinsky. Head Coach Lee Williams, coaches Camario Pierce, Johnny Jean Jacques, Sean Allen, Terrance Robinson.
• Visit www.orangebowl.org.
Pop Warner Nationals
The Sweetwater Eagles Midget football team defeated the Northwest Raiders (Pa.) 30-0 to win the Division I national tournament at the 56th annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.
Sweetwater won the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner Super Bowl and regionals to qualify for nationals.
National champs: Kelar’jen Wiggins, Nathaniel Ford, Rasheed Martin, Mon’tavis Cogdell, Jacari Benton, Dakari Matthews, Sidney Stokes Jr., Lawrence McCauley III, Dalvin Storey II, Ladae Franklin, Kendrick Tillman, Javonte Ferguson, Shaquille Pitts, Trarune McCarther Jr., Kameron Thomas, Brian Roberts Jr., Jarvis Brown, Cameron Kirkland, Franklin Byers III, Darien Tucker, Shaun Wade, Joseph Negron, Darius Tutson, Terry Robinson Jr., Chadwick Robinson, Jeremy Clark, Bernard Battles Jr., Austin Porter, Kristopher Thomas, Christopher Pough, Brandon Henderson, Rydell Green.
• The Liberty City Warriors Pee Wee football team beat the Beacon House Falcons (Washington D.C.) 6-0 to win the Division I national tournament at the 56th annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.
Liberty City won the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner Super Bowl and regionals to qualify for nationals.
National champs: Trenell Troutman, Jacob Baptiste, Divaad Wilson, Kharig Pitts-Jones, Chatarius Atwell, Samuel Brooks Jr., Maurice Underwood, Aaron Taylor, Keon Armstrong, Juan Henry, Blake Veargis, Leon McClain, Tyrus Clinch Jr., Derek Gainous, Romond Carter, Deryle Jackson, Sharod Oliver, Raymond Carter, Einsley Joseph, Eldrick Slocum, Calijah Kancey, Javas Jackson, Marquice Robinson, Jamel Greene, Raheem Barry, Justin Chandler, Nicholas Hanks, Eric Lynch.
The Gwen Cherry Bulls Junior Midget football team was runner-up in the Division I national tournament, reaching the 56th annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista. Marshall Heights Bison (Washington D.C.) beat the Bulls 14-0 in the Super Bowl.
Gwen Cherry won the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner Super Bowl and regionals to qualify for nationals.
National runners-up: Lavar Bateman Jr., Chaii Bland, Terrence Craig, Kiaryn Davis, Zaphaniah Dixon, Mark Fox, Armond Frazier, Damarco Harris, Cornel Jones, Jordan Jones, Antquan Kinsey, Theron Lee, Terian Lightbourn, Anthony Lloyd, Antwan Lloyd, Brandon Lopez, Arthur Mann Jr., Maceo Mathews, Kh’lajuwon Murat, Franko Owens Jr., Kewan Parker, Jernard Phillips, Nakia Robinson Jr., Eldridge Thomas, Malcom Vigille, Antwan Warren, Brieon Fuller.
• 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 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow (New York Jets), Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars), Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings) and Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens).
Miami Country Day cross-country
The Miami Country Day School boys’ varsity cross-country team won the district championship, qualifying for regionals for the fourth consecutive year. The Spartans then advanced to state by placing sixth at regionals. The team was led by juniors Emil Martayan and Teddy Pornprinya and senior Josh Guera. Up-and-comers Jacob Strouse, Ryan Finvarb and Alex Cohen also ran well. Carter Weiss had a strong season as did Julian Schultz.
Archbishop Curley top athletes
Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Athletes of the Week: Female Athlete of the Week: Keeper Jensen Rayburn (soccer) recorded her second shutout of the season in a hard fought 1-0 victory over Doctors Charter.
Male Athlete of the Week: Zach Brown (basketball) averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in victories over Hillel and Keys Gate Charter.
Events, leagues, programs
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.
Tamiami youth basketball registration is open for girls and boys, age 5-16.
Online registration is through Jan. 10 at www.tamiamibasketball.com.
Email Tamiamibasketball@gmail.com or call 305 -273-1145.
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.
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.
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).