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The Homestead 805 under-19 boys’ all-star soccer team won the AYSO State Games in Wellington.
This marked the first time in more than 10 years Homestead’s U19s won the title. Thus, a few players finished their AYSO eligibility with a championship, like the NFL’s Ray Lewis.
Some of the boys were new to AYSO, but the majority got their soccer start at a young age with AYSO 805. Even though some left AYSO to compete with other clubs, they reunited in 2011 as the Homestead Hawks playing FYSA and AYSO, leading to their outstanding finale.
Miami Pace football
Jamar Simpkins of Miami Pace High School signed to play football at Western Michigan University, an NCAA Division I program in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Broncos compete in the Mid-American Conference.
Simpkins, a 6-4, 265-pound defensive lineman from Opa-locka, was a Miami Herald All-Dade third team selection. A two-year starter, he helped Pace go undefeated in the regular season his sophomore season where they advanced to the second round of the playoffs. In his senior season, the Spartans went 5-5.
Simpkins, 17, played youth football with the Miramar Optimist Packers and the Miami Gardens Chargers. In his first season of Pee Wee football, the Packers reached the Super Bowl. Miramar High School linebacker Jermaine Grace, who signed with the University of Miami, was a teammate of Simpkins on that runner-up Pee Wee team. In his second season, Simpkins and the Packers, coached by his father, Lamar, won the Super Bowl.
Simpkins played two seasons with the newly formed Miami Gardens Chargers which branched out from the Miramar Optimist Wolverines program.
“Youth football helped me,” Simpkins said, “It helped to make me tough and to also have fun as a kid playing football.”
Simpkins is the son of April Haywood and Lamar Simpkins.
Prime Time flag football
Player of the Week Moshe Kalchman had one touchdown run and caught fives passes (two for touchdowns) as Mo Steel defeated the Fighting Irish 33-26 in Varsity (seventh-ninth grade) of Prime Time Sports flag football at the Michael Ann-Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami. Daniel Ellenbogen threw three touchdown passes, and Rafie Hersher made seven receptions (one for a touchdown).
Hurricanes 31, Gators 12: Harry Mizraji four touchdown passes; Josef Gad two touchdown receptions, four interceptions, four receptions; Max Peicher three receptions; Moises Doron one touchdown reception, three sacks, five receptions; Steven Moltmann one touchdown reception, four receptions.
For the Gators, Yomtov Bejar two touchdown passes; Alex Fraynd three receptions, one touchdown reception, two total receptions Simon Elharrar one touchdown reception, seven total receptions.
Ducks 18, Cowboys 14: Aaron Benenson one touchdown reception, four receptions; Jackson Levine two touchdown passes, three receptions; Joel Shapiro one touchdown reception, one interception, four receptions; Daniel Franco one touchdown pass, one interception, two receptions; Tom Korn three receptions; Michael Duek one interception, one reception; Lee Friedman one interception.
For the Cowboys, Alan Chocron two touchdown passes, three sacks, three receptions; Avi Parrino two touchdown receptions, 12 receptions; Brandon Elyakim one interception, one reception; Justin Mostovitz one sack, two receptions.