Orange Bowl regatta
The Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club, featured varying levels of sailors during the four-day event in Biscayne Bay.
The youth regatta is unique because there is no qualification. A participant can be a first-time sailor, competing against some of the best in the world.
The 2012 version attracted more than 600 youth sailors from 21 countries, making it the second largest youth regatta worldwide, according to organizers.
Optimist Green (85 boats) – 18 races
1. Cesar Allocco (Key Biscayne Yacht Club) 3-2-6--3-4-5-6-1-4--9-3-5-5-1-12- (69); 2. Samuel Clark (Key Biscayne Yacht Club) --4-3--1-4-7-4-1-1-11-2-11-4-2-3-12 (70); 3. Santiago Pacheco (Club Nautico, Dominican Republic) 1-1-5-2-5-19-3-4-[86/OCS]-9-5-1-6--1-20-1- (83).
Optimist RWB (252 boats) – 11 races
1. Max Clapp (Royal Southern YC, England) 1-1-4-2-5-1-1--1-2-1 (60); 2. Ivan Shestopalov (Coral Reef Yacht Club) 2-2-10-4-(85 BFD)-2-1-1-1-1-2 (111); 3. Wiley Rogers (Coral Reef Yacht Club) 4-2-3-10-7-4-3-9--1-2 (72).
420’s (74 boats) – 12 races
1. Will La Dow & Nikki Obel (San Diego Yacht Club) 6-6-2-3-1-14-4-6---1-2 (45); 2. Patrick Floyd & AJ Libby (Annapolis Yacht Club) 1-7--8-2-5--5-5-11-2-8 (54); 3. Clayton Danly & Sophie Kerr (Chicago Yacht Club) 12-2--4-8-21-5-1-2--4-6 (65).
Laser 4.7 (19 boats) – 12 races
1. Alexander Boite (C.V.S.Q. France, France) 1-1-3--1-2-1-1-1--1-2 (14); 2. Antoine Gaidon (La Pelle Marseille, France) 3-4-2-3-3--2-4-3-6-6- (36); 3. Sophia Sole (Texas Corinthian YC) 5-5--5-5-3-3-2-2--5-4 (39).
Laser Radial (121 boats) – 12 races
1. William Marshall (FAST Sailing Foundation) 14-[122/OCS]-5-16-15-4--2-1-27-21-6 (111); 2. Owen Siese (SBC, Bermuda) 1-[122/OCS]-80-11-[122/OCS]-2-6-4-7-1-3-7 (122); 3. Haddon Hughes (Texas Corinthian YC) 3-20-10-[122/OCS]-16--10-13-38-16-6-5 (137).
Laser Full (29 boats) – 12 races
1. Avery Fanning (US Coast Guard Academy Sailing) 2-5-1-9-1-1-1-1--4-9- (34); 2. Juan Perdomo (Puerto Rico) 1-3-2-2-5-6--8-[30/OCS]-6-1-1 (35); 3. Mitchell Kiss (Macatawa Bay YC/Coconut Grove SC) 3--4-1-2-7-6--3-5-3-3 (37).
• A break from the competition, high school sailors attended a college night which included college sailing coaches from throughout the United States.
Miami Dolphins Championship Series
Eight youth football teams were crowned champions during the second annual Miami Dolphins Championship Series, presented by Generation Nexxt and Under Armour, at the Miramar Ansin Sports Complex. Super Bowl champions from the American Youth Football League (AYFL), Florida Youth Football League (FYFL), Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner (Pop Warner) and South Florida Youth Football League (SFYFL) competed in the event.
“There was great football played during the two DCS (Dolphins Championship Series) weekends,” said Twan Russell, director of Youth & Community Programs for the Miami Dolphins. “Eight champions were crowned from four different leagues. At the start of the year, every athlete had an opportunity to be here, and the best arrived. This event shows the strength of football in South Florida and proves to kids, if you work hard and play as a team you can be a champion.”
Miami Dolphins Championship Series Finals
85s: Gwen Cherry Bulls (Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner) defeated Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes (FYFL), 26-0
95s: Pembroke Pines Bengals (AYFL) defeated Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes (FYFL), 14-6
105s: Miami Gardens Bulldogs (FYFL) defeated Pembroke Pines Bengals (AYFL), 6-0 (OT)
115s: Pembroke Pines Bengals (AYFL) defeated Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes (FYFL), 18-6
125s: Pompano Chiefs (SFYFL) defeated Miami Gardens Bulldogs (FYFL), 18-13
140s: Davie Broncos (AYFL) defeated Hialeah Cougars (Miami Xtreme), 36-8
155s: Lauderdale Lakes Vikings (SFYFL) defeated Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes (FYFL), 20-12
UNL: Pembroke Pines Bengals (AYFL) defeated Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes (FYFL), 14-8
The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through our Junior Training Camps (JTC), Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps.
• Miami youth football on YouTube at the Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)
Miami Country Day swimming
The Miami Country Day School swim program featured varsity and junior varsity swimmers.
The Spartans’ girls finished 8-8 with solid victories over Keys Gate Charter and Doctors Charter. The boys posted a 9-7 mark with key victories over Keys Gate Charter and Doctors Charter.
Qualifying for regionals were Amelia Gregorio (200 individual medley and 500 freestyle), Emma Rodriguez (100 breaststroke) and the girls’ 200 medley relay (Jacky Lash, Amelia Gregorio, Emma Rodriguez, Eva Sher). The boys’ 200 medley relay (Giovanni Cragnotti, Grant Kushner, Isaac Kassab, Victor Cohen) also qualified for regionals.
Miami Country Day football
The Miami Country Day School Junior High football team was led by tri-captains Sam Cohen, Chris Haefner and Ian Spence. Each is a freshman.
Adrian Rega, Arman Singh, Amelio Joseph, Nelson Touboul and Franchesco Longhi -- also ninth graders -- played key roles as well in the success of the 2012 season.
The team was solid up front with offensive linemen Josh Abeckjerr, Arthur Cohen, Nikita Bogorad, Jaime Mejia, Nick Choi, Chris Haefner and Adrian Rega. Hector Estupinan made a touchdown reception, and Sam Cohen scored on a run. Zach Weinberg caught a 2-point conversion from Alec Rosen.
Westwood Christian top athlete
Westwood Christian High School named senior Daniel Ramis its Player of the Month for December.
Ramis, who has a 3.0 GPA, is captain of the Warriors’ boys’ varsity basketball team. Named to the Rock The Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team, he leads his team in scoring (21.4) and assists (7.5) and is being recruited by several Division 1 colleges.
His character and humility in the classroom along with his tenacity on the court led to his Player of the Month nomination.
JCC Maccabi Games
The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center seeks participants for the JCC Maccabi Games.
JCC Maccabi Games: Athletes age 13-16 (as of July 31, 2013) can represent the Boca Raton Mitchell Dobbin Maccabi Team in boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ baseball, swimming, tennis, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse (depending on interest) and girls’ softball in Austin, Texas from July 28-Aug. 2 and Orange County, Calif. from Aug. 4-9.
Participants will display their skills as well as be inspired by the values of community involvement, teamwork, creativity, integrity and pride.
Tryouts for Team Sports are Feb. 3 and 10 at the Adolph & Rose Levis JCC, 9801 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton and South County Regional Park, Boca Raton. Cost is free. Visit www.levisjcc.org for details.
Athletes interested in competing in individual sports must contact Lesley Surfer, the Levis JCC Maccabi Games Delegation Head, at 561-852-3212 or email@example.com.
The annual Father Izquierdo Memorial Golf Tournament is Jan. 25 at the International Links Miami Melreese Country Club, 1802 NW 37th Ave. in Miami.
Registration begins 11 a.m. The event starts with lunch, followed by tournament play and then culminate with a cocktail reception.
The mission is to raise funds for the Belen Jesuit Preparatory School Scholarship Program. The fund provides financial aid to more than 300 students yearly, distributing more than $1.8 million annually.
“Thanks to the cooperation of past participants, this tournament has funded more than 100 scholarships providing young men in our community a chance to attend Belen,” said Mariano Loret de Mola, Executive Director, Belen Alumni Association of Jesuit Schools from Cuba and Miami.
Registration and sponsorship information is available www.belenjesuit.org/golfclassic. Contact Mariano Loret de Mola at 786-621-4667 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jesuits founded Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in 1854 in Havana, Cuba. In 1961, Belen and all private schools were confiscated by the new political regime. The school was re-established in Miami that same year and has grown the last five decades. Currently the enrollment is 1,500 male students in grades 6 to 12 with more than 6,000 alumni.
For the seventh consecutive year, Belen Jesuit has been named one of the Top 50 U.S. Catholic High Schools by the National Catholic High School Honor Roll.
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.
Miami Herald youth sports online
For more area sports news and photos, go to www.miamiherald.com/sports/youth/miami-dade.
More events, leagues, programs
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. 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.
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).