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Daniel Y. Cooper, Albert Hernandez III, Philip Hernandez, Channise Aryan Lewis and Simi Serfati are the second group of honorees for the 2012-13 academic and sportsmanship program, conducted by the The Miami Herald and two-time NBA champion Miami Heat in conjunction with Gatorade.

These standout student athletes were honored on the AmericanAirlines Arena court before the Heat/Cleveland Cavaliers game. Each received two game tickets, a Heat goody bag and a certificate. They were congratulated by Miami Heat players Birdman Chris Andersen, Shane Battier, Udonis Haslem and Mike Miller.

The honorees competed in youth basketball for their school and/or league and/or travel team.

• Daniel Y. Cooper

From 2010-12, Daniel played basketball for West Orange Hight School in Orlando. He made the move to Homestead, and as a junior, he competed for the South Dade High School boys’ varsity team.

A standout on the court, he was also a member of the Orlando Roadrunners, Each One Teach One and Central Elite travel basketball teams.

Off the court, Daniel made the Honor Roll all four quarters and maintains a 3.4+ grade point average. The 16-year-old is also an active member of teen ministry at the South Florida Church of Christ, where he was Outstanding Teen Camper of the Week twice.

• Albert Hernandez III

After completing the cross-country season for Southwood Middle School, Albert played basketball and wrestled in the same season. The sixth grader helped his basketball team place second at a tournament.

Displaying sportsmanship on the court, terrain and mat, he also showed discipline by completing all school assignments without supervision and achieving top grades with a 3.5 GPA to make the Honor Roll again.

Albert, 12, a Miami resident, also plays baritone in the band and can play keyboards. He regularly attends church youth group.

• Philip M Hernandez

Philip, 13, competes for the Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School varsity basketball team. Prior, he was a member of the school’s junior varsity team. He also made the school’s junior varsity and varsity football teams and plays golf. He earned the football team’s Most Improved award.

An eighth grader, Philip is a straight ‘A’ student, and his average in each class is 94. The standout student athlete resides in Miramar.

• Channise Aryan Lewis

Channise, 14, started playing basketball in 2006 at age 8 for the Northwest Boy & Girls Club. She led her team to the semifinals her first year and the finals her second year. She was awarded team MVP.

At Myrtle Grove Elementry School, in fifth grade, she was named the top girl in Physical Education. In 2011, she played with the South Florida Lady Lightning travel team where she was chosen All Tournament for the Jupiter Courier Jam and for the Big Orange Classic. She led the Lady Lightning to the state title (winning the MVP trophy) and then the USSSA National championship in North Carolina.

In 2012, as the only girl on the North Miami Beach Boys & Girls Club team, she led her team to the championship in the Dade Youth Basketball League. With only five girls on the 2012 version of the South Florida Lady Lightning, she led them to the Jupiter Jam Tournament title. As a seventh grader, she played for Below the Rim, an elite travel team, with some of the best junior and senior high school players.

An eighth grader at Miami Country Day School, she starts on the high school girls’ varsity team. She led the Spartans to the Adidas Tournament title where she earned another MVP award and was instrumental in the team’s FHSAA district and region titles and school record state final berth.

Prior, she played volleyball and tennis for Parkway Middle School in Miami.

She made the Dean’s List, won a Do the Right Thing award, received a key to the City of Miami Gardens and was selected Junior Carnival Queen for the Miami Caribbean Carnival.

• Simi Serfati

Simi, 13, competed for the Scheck Hillel Community lower school girls’ basketball team before making the middle school team. She also participated in soccer and volleyball.

A positive student athlete with character, she won the Coach’s Award for basketball and soccer. A seventh grader, she also made the Distinguished Honor Roll and carries a 4.23 grade point average. Simi, an Aventura resident, is also proficient in dance and piano.

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Prime Time basketball

Player of the Week Alan Wainer had 19 points as the Panthers beat the Orangemen 29-26 in the Big East (3rd-4th grade) of Prime Time Sports basketball at the Michael Ann-Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach. Tatiana Wainer had five points, and Jake Moss added three points. Joseph Abramowitz had two points.

For the Orangemen, Daniel Broides had a game-high 22 points, and Nadav Leibovivi added two points. Jaime Mizrahi and Michael Benzadon also scored.

More Big East: Bearcats 31, Bulls 24: Liam Senker 21 pts, Roy Blank 4 pts, Aaron Sherit 2 pts, Gabriel Puterman 2 pts, Aden Ben- Saadon 2 pts. For the Bulls, Jacob Golan 8, Josh Finvarb 6 pts, Marc Wendrow 8 pts, Jake Gelb 2 pts.

Huskies 28, Wildcats 18: Ryan Mendelson 12 pts, Tyler Gale 5 pts, Val Share 5 pts, Haim Sadovnic 4 pts, Jonathan Gueron 2 pts. For the Wildcats, Avi Lalo 4 pts, Abie Saada 4 pts, Carlos Romano 4 pts, Meyer Shalom 6 pts.

Scarlet Knights 16, Hoyas 14: Daniel Abbo 6 pts, Eithan Yisrael 2 pts, Evan Lastra 4 pts, Jordan Ben-Shalom 4 pts . For the Hoyas, Daniel Gutkin 2 pts, Jack Shechtman 2 pts, Benny Bakar 2 pts, Abie Wahba 2 pts, Laueyn Hornstein 4 pts, Samuel Merenfeld.

•  SEC (5th-6th grade)

Player of the Week Eric Getzel had 16 points as the Razorbacks edged the Volunteers 45-42. Samuel Taieb 10pts, David Bonwitt 7 pts, Amit Sapir 7 pts, Maurice Dweck 3 pts, and Benjamin Wolf had two points. For the Volunteers, Saul Birmaher had 17 points, and Nathaniel Elharrar scored nine points. Armando Ruah had 10 points, and Igal Ovaknin added four points. Elan Roffe had two points.

Commodores 30, Wildcats 19: Leonardo Nicastro 7 pts, Ross Vaygensberg 8 pts, Jonathan Abbo 8 pts, Jake Strober 6 pts, Jonathan Baran 1 pts. For the Wildcats Jonathan Kiblisky 2 pts, Leon Assor 8 pts, Moises Benhamu pts, Abraham Woldenberg 6 pts, Andres Bacal 2 pts.

Crimson Tide 36, Gators 28: Yaniv Assraf 12 pts, Jaime Acherman 6 pts, Ben Ratzker 9 pts, Shaul Levy 9pts, Ziv Markovitz 2 pts. For the Gators, Daniel Shaferman 7 pts, Matias Maia 5 pts, Nathan Azizollahoff 2 pts, Alan Grinspun 6 pts, Gabriel Dayan 4 pts, Michael Hirsch 4 pts.

Bulldogs 40, Tigers 31: Ariel Yecuteli 9 pts, Asher Courtney 6 pts, Noah Markofsky 16 pts, Eli Gelb 2 pts, Steven Becker 2pts, Michael Berenstein 3 pts, Michael Braun 2 pts. For the Tigers, Alan Berkman 16 pts, Jeremy Saunders 2 pts, Matias Ostrowics 6 pts, Saul Bendayan 5 pts, Eithan Cherem 2 pts.

•  NBA (7th-9th grade)

Player of the Week Uriel Epelbaum scored 10 points to lead the Lakers over the Knicks 30-26. Daren Hirsch had eight points, and Nathan Furman and Daniel Haddad each totaled four points. Josh Becher and Bernardo Essenfeld had two points apiece. For the Knicks, Ian Schillinger recorded 10 points and Michael More five points. Ariel Taieb had four points and Daniel Berkman 3 points. Josh Exposito and Eli Navarro each had two points.

Nets 62, Heat 31: Justin Korakakos 26 pts, Simon Elhrrar 12 pts, Alex Fraynd 4 pts, Adam Oliel 6 pts, Enzo Collomba .9 pts, Keith Bonwitt 5 pts. For the Heat, Christian Zorzi 6 pts, Yomtov Bejar 9 pts, Daniel Pitichiesky 3 pts, David Ezekiel 6 pts, Johnmichael Sosa 4 pts, Jordan Markovsky 4 pts.

Spurs 47, Celtics16: Brandon Elyakim 11 pts, Felipe Lombello 9 pts, Jake Gale 6 pts, Joseph Wiener 8 pts, Joshua Bonwitt 5 pts. For the Celtics, Andy Elyakim 2 pts, Brandon Holcman 7 pts, Josh Klein 3 pts, Nicholas Mufson 4pts.

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Miami Beach basketball

Max Bratter scored six points, and Ezra Rivera added five points as the Thunder defeated the Celtics 15-9 in the 9-11 age group of the Miami Beach Traveling Basketball League at Flamingo Park. Noah Dinic scored all nine points for the Celtics.

The Lakers defeated the Bulls 21-19. Brock Levin scored 13 points, and Zach Barcenas scored 4 points. Joshua Neely had 7 points and Max Gotlin added 6 points for the Bulls.

The Knicks defeated the Heat 21-20. Chaz Berkowitz scored 13 points and Cedric Jenkins scored 4 points. Isaiah Gardner scored 13 points and Matthew Weisman added 3 points for the Heat.

The Bulls defeated the Nets 21-18. Noah Milon scored 14 points and Daveon Morris added 7 points. Joseph Kodsi scored 9 points and Tyler Elpert and Jared Zedner added 2 points for the Nets.

The Clippers defeated the Nuggets 26-23. Zaire Wades scored 10 points, Hudson Revesz 9 points and Zach Bohm 7 points. Toby Squire scored 12 points, Ethan Hunt scored 9 points and Nick Namias added 2 points for the Nuggets.

The Grizzlies defeated the Kings 23-16. Bryan Saka scored 10 points, Evan Fredel 9 points and Jacob Martin 4 points for the Grizzlies. Arthur Ackerman scored 6 points and Ronald Luque added 4 points for the Kings.

The Kings defeated the Heat 23-19. Sebastian Perez Bravo scored 6 points, Daniel Goldstein 4 points and Daniel Freidman 2 points. Isiah Garner scored 12 points, Matthew Weissman had 4 points and David Gasperini had 2 points for the Heat.

The Nets defeated the Thunder 19-17. Kevin Quiroga had 12 points, and Noah Jaid and Jared Zedner each had 2 points. For the Thunder, Drew Burnstine had 9 points. Jacob Godur had 6 points, and Anthony Delrosario added 2 points for the Thunder.

The Knicks defeated the Celtics 13-9. Chaz Berkowitz had 7 points, and Fillipo and Cedric Jenkins each scored 2 points. Noah Kinic scored 7 points, and Samuel Linderman added 3 points for the Celtics.

The Nuggets defeated the Grizzlies 9-7. Ethan Hunt scored 3 points, and Alex Levine added 2 points. Bryan Saka had 3 points, and Evan Fredel scored 2 points for the Grizzilies.

The Lakers defeated the Bucks 21-17. Owen Spill scored 9 points, and Luke Barcenas had 4 points. Dahveon Morris scored 7 points, and Noah Milon added 6 points for the Bulls.

The Clippers defeated the Bulls 21-17. Alessandro Inveradi had 8 points, and Zach Bohm added 7 points. Joshua Neely scored 15 points, and Justin Neely added 2 points for the Bulls.

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Alexander Raymond and Owen Basner each scored four points, and Logan Spill added 5 points to lead the Knicks over the Heat 14-6. Miguel Arronte had six points, and Nicholas Baron recorded three assists for the Heat.

The Hornets defeated the Bulls 14-8. Brett Burstein scored 8 points and Dillon Weismann added 6 points. Julian Corniel scored 6 points and Dylan Schnur added 2 points for the Bulls.

The Lakers defeated the Thunder 10-9. Oliver Segal scored 4 points and Julian Reene added 2 points. David Saka scored 9 points and Manuel Palmieri had 3 assists for the Thunder.


Miami’s Mario Tabares is one of 40 tennis players who will represent the United States at the 33rd ITF Seniors World Team Championships in Antalya, Turkey. He will join the other top American men and women in age divisions 35-55 to compete March 18-23 at the Ali Bey Resort on red clay.

The ITF Seniors/Super-Seniors World Team Championships is the most coveted team event on the ITF Seniors circuit. Since its inception in 1981, the number of competitors attracted to this event has increased annually. In 1993, the ITF divided the Seniors World Championships into two groups — Seniors (35-55) and Super-Seniors (60-80).

Last year the USA won the Maureen Connolly Cup (women’s 55). The Americans were second in the following cups: Young (women’s 40), Maria Bueno (women’s 50), Tony Trabert (men’s 40), Fred Perry (men’s 50) and Austria (men’s 55) and finished third in the Suzanne Lenglen Cup (women’s 35) and Dubler Cup (men’s 45). They played on hard courts in San Diego.

Tabares is one of five players from Florida competing for the United States. He was named the playing captain for the Dubler Cup for the second consecutive year. He won a coveted Gold Slam in 2011 in 45 singles, winning the Clay, Hard, Grass and Indoor national singles titles. In 2012, Tabares was a singles finalist at the 45 Clay and won the 30 Clay mixed (with Rocio Rodriguez of Fort Lauderdale). Tabares was the 2011 Florida Player of the Year. His teammates are Jeff Tarango (Manhattan Beach, Calif.); Eoin Collins (Houston) and Kelly Ward (League City, Tex.).

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The 2013 ITF/USTA US Senior World Cup teams have been announced. These teams will travel to Antalya, Turkey to play in the Senior International World Team Championships in March. Miami’s Mario Tabares will captain the U.S. team in the Dubler Cup (Men’s 45 Division).

Gulliver challenge

Gulliver’s Raider Challenge 11th annual Golf Classic and 4th annual Tennis Tournament occurred at the Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club in Coral Gables.

This annual event was presented by AA Uniform and Ola Construction. The tournaments were a huge success, selling out far in advance of the event and raising more than $60,000 to benefit the booster club, which supports athletics at Gulliver Preparatory School.

Before the tennis tournament, players were greeted with a gift bag, continental breakfast, silent auction and raffle prizes. Tournament winners were awarded during a luncheon in the club’s Crystal Room. Marc Seymour and Dan Mulligan won top trophies in the men’s division. Sheba Quirk and Marianne Pantin won the women’s A Division. Mina Schultes and Yannik Labrador won the women’s B Division.

The golf outing welcomed 144 golfers. The traditional “Are you Better than a Gulliver Student Golfer?” contest ramped up the competition. Stationed at different holes, student golfers Zachary Buttrick, John Ehrling, Roman Lopez and Max McKenna challenged tournament golfers to beat them in distance from the tee.

More than 200 attended the awards dinner to see the tournament championship handed to Jeff Baxter, Marshal Smith, Calum Gibb and Chuck Mercer. Runners-up were Dan Cautier, John Carlisle, Matt Jonah and Matt Pattulo. Guests also enjoyed an assortment of raffle prizes, including Kindle Fires, golf clubs and a 51-inch television.

Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables and Williamson Automotive Cadillac BUICK GMC provided three different cars for the hole-in-one contests. Masseuses from Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa provided chair massages when the golfers exited the course. Each golfer received a plush gift bag complete with a golf shirt and windbreaker.

Gulliver provides a host of athletic opportunities to meet the needs of students, from spectators and players to inter-scholastic competitors. Taking pride in a winning tradition, Gulliver’s athletic program develops character, builds self-esteem and teaches the values of teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Gulliver Schools is a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit, independent, coeducational, nonsectarian day school with the mission of providing a superior, personalized college-preparatory education fostering well-rounded, successful, lifelong learners. Gulliver is committed to developing the unique gifts and talents of each student in a nurturing environment that promotes academic excellence, innovation, global understanding and character. For information about Gulliver Schools visit

Prime Time flag football

Daniel Franco three four touchdown passes and made three receptions as the Ducks edged the Fighting Irish 28-25 in the Varsity Division (7th-9th grade) of Prime Time Sports flag football at the Michael Ann-Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.

Beny Redensky one touchdown reception, four receptions; Joel Shapiro one touchdown reception, one interception, four receptions; Tomy Korn two touchdown receptions, four receptions; Lee Friedman one reception.

For the Fighting Irish, Daniel Ellenbogen three touchdown passes; Moshe Kalchman three receptions; Rafie Hersher one touchdown pass, one touchdown reception, five receptions; Abraham Milhem two touchdown receptions, four receptions; Spencer Steinfeld one reception.

Mo Steel 27, Hurricanes 26: For the Hurricanes, Harry Mizraji three touchdown passes; Josef Gad, two touchdown receptions, one interception for touchdown, six receptions; Max Peicher one reception, one sack; Moises Doron one reception; Steven Moltmann one touchdown reception, three receptions. Matteo Marcato one sack, one reception.

Cowboys 26, Longhorns 14: Bradley Mostovitz four touchdown passes; Player of the Week Avi Parrino three touchdown receptions, 12 receptions; Brandon Elyakim three receptions; Justin Mostovitz four sacks, six receptions; Dylan Hopen three receptions; Christopher Manzini one touchdown reception.

For the Longhorns, Josh Silverman one touchdown pass, one sack; Abraham Shalom two receptions; Daniel Yerushalmi one touchdown pass, five receptions; Sion Cherem one touchdown reception, four receptions; Gianni Maioul one touchdown reception.

•  Seniors (5th-6th grade)

Fighting Irish 32 , Cowboys 13: Lee Iaslovits five touchdown passes, one interception; Amit Yaari one touchdown reception, one interception; James Brinker, four touchdown receptions.

For the Cowboys, Noah Markovsky two touchdown passes; Benjamin Wolf two touchdown receptions, six receptions; Eric Getzel two receptions; Maxwell Cusnier two receptions; Julian Rubinovich one reception.

Hurricanes 30, Gators 6: Jonas Senker one touchdown pass, two receptions; Daniel Strimber one touchdown run, two receptions, one interception for touchdown; Joel Schraer one touchdown run, thee receptions; David Bonwitt two receptions, one interception; Jonah Wallach one touchdown reception, one interception for touchdown.

For the Gators, Max Greenwald one touchdown pass, one reception; Lucas Bernal three receptions; Adolfo Bucay one reception; Zachary Ordet one reception; Moises Essenfeld two receptions; Ryan Fliegelman one touchdown reception, four receptions; Kevin Ordet three receptions.

Ducks 26, Longhorns 12: Player of the Week Brian Mars four touchdown passes, one interception; Leonardo Nicastro four receptions, two interceptions; Carter Levine four receptions; Jose Sacal four receptions; Federico Waldman one touchdown reception, six receptions, one interception; Joseph Bensabat two touchdown reception, five receptions; Louis D’Antuono one touchdown reception, three receptions, one interception.

For the Longhorns, Jorge Batievsky, two touchdown passes, one reception; Dimitri Politano one touchdown reception, three receptions, one interception; Alan Doron four receptions; Jake Kurkin two receptions; Sebastian Ludmir one touchdown reception, four receptions.

•  Scouts (1st-2nd grade)

Fighting Irish 14, Ducks 12: Jack Harris one touchdown pass, one touchdown reception, three receptions; Max Kertznus one sack, two receptions; Kyle Ratzker two touchdown passes, one touchdown reception, three receptions; Dylan Wigoda one reception; Jake Manasse one reception; Zack Banin one touchdown run, one touchdown reception, three receptions; Arie Mizrachi five receptions.

For the Ducks, Michael Stiberman one touchdown run, one touchdown pass, nine receptions; Benjamin Leibovich two receptions, Colin Grant one touchdown reception, two receptions.

Hurricanes 14, Longhorns 6: Alan Strimber two interceptions, one interception for touchdown; Daniel Brown nine receptions; Michael Kiblisky three receptions; Marcos Romano one touchdown run, six receptions; Isaac Feldman three receptions.

For the Longhorns, Jamie Mizrahi two touchdown passes, two receptions; Hank Klein one touchdown reception, one sack, six receptions; Asthon Sklar two receptions, Michael Benzadon one touchdown reception, four receptions; Noah Kurkin one interception, two receptions; Sammy Sklar one reception.

Cowboys 19, Crimson Tide 12: Abraham Klainbaum one touchdown reception, one interception, seven receptions; Daniel Rosen one touchdown pass, one reception. Eyal Waxman three receptions; Player of the Week Samuel Attias two touchdown runs, one interception, two receptions. For the Crimson Tide, Rocco Solomon one touchdown pass; Ari Dejman one touchdown run, seven receptions; Rafael Derzavich one touchdown reception, five receptions; Eli Tamir three receptions; Andres Ruah three receptions.

•  Juniors (3rd-4th grade)

Ducks 27, Fighting Irish 6: Steven Friedman three touchdown passes; Mason Weisfisch one touchdown reception, four reception; Levi Gans one touchdown run, four receptions; Even Scheck two touchdown receptions, six receptions; Dylan Morningstar two interceptions, one reception.

For the Fighting Irish, Meyer Shalom one touchdown pass; Tomer Spivak one touchdown reception, five receptions; Aiden Blinderman two receptions; Alexander Moltmann five receptions; Eduardo Halfen one reception; Jackson Gold two receptions; Moises Shaferman three receptions.

Hurricanes 19, Longhorns 13: Benjamin Klein (Player of the Week) two interceptions for touchdown; Ilan Koenig one touchdown reception, three receptions; Jacob Singer one reception; Michael Efroni one interception, two receptions. For the Longhorns, Daniel Roffe one touchdown pass, three receptions; Pable Sangranichne one touchdown pass, one reception; Daniel Eidelstein one touchdown reception, three recpetions; Alan Wainer one touchdown reception, one interception, two recpetions; Abie Bonkovski three receptions; Adam Weinberg one reception.

Cowboys 12, Crimson Tide 0: Marc Wendrow two touchdown runs; Nisim Toledano two sacks, four receptions; Samuel Courtney two sacks, one interception; Ariel Ohev-zion one reception; Carlos Romano one reception; Johnny Fishman one reception. For the Crimson Tide, Dylan Gale one reception; Daniel Broides three receptions; David Amselem five sacks, six receptions; Michael Brinker three interceptions; Eli Silverman six receptions.

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Dolphins NFL Prep 100

The Miami Dolphins hosted the NFL Prep 100 Series in the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. The NFL Player Engagement Department, which created the program, invited 100 Florida and Georgia high school students to participate in a variety of on and off the field programs.

The two-day program, which was facilitated by VTO Sports, is specifically designed for athletes to learn the benefits of academics and to further develop their leadership skills in both athletics and academics.

“The whole weekend went great. One of the big goals of this event is to really transform how camps are done,” VTO Sports Senior Vice President Odis Lloyd said. “The experience of being at a professional facility - you can’t beat it. The kids got to see what the pros see. It’s a dream come true for them. To have an opportunity to be here was absolutely fantastic.”

Former NFL players provided insight on the academic and athletic experiences of a professional athlete. The players told the students the specific colleges they attended and what degrees they graduated with, emphasizing the importance of education.

Other off-the-field activities included presentations by APTUS, the NFL and the NCAA. On-field activities included individual and team position drills as well as Sunday’s challenge between the student-athletes at the Dolphins indoor training facility.

Dolphins flag football clinic

The Miami Dolphins hosted the team’s annual Girls High School Flag Football Clinic, presented by UnderArmour, at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. The event featured 16 high school teams throughout South Florida that participated in a series of interactive football drills.

“The participation was probably double of where we were last year,” said Rocky Gillis, the BCAA Athletic Director. “The girls love the interaction with the alumni players, and I just think it’s a great event. Being in the Dolphins bubble was an experience of a life time for the girls.”

At the clinic, Miami Dolphins Director of Youth Programs Twan Russell, who is also a former University of Miami and Dolphins linebacker, and other former NFL players spoke to the girls about the importance of academics and making choices that will have a positive impact on their future.

“The participation from the girls was excellent,” Russell said. “You could tell that they really got a lot out of this event.”

After the speeches, nearly 300 girls participated in a variety of stations, taught by the alumni players. The drills emphasized fundamental skills such as throwing, catching and stances.

Highland Oaks track & field

The Highland Oaks Middle School JV boys’ track team won the Miami-Dade County Track & Field Championship for the second consecutive year at Traz Powell Stadium.

Jamir Fergsuon repeated as county champ in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs. The 3,200 relay team (Ferguson, Derrick Spicer, Timothy Williams, Pablo Rosero) took first. Neil Fagan won the high jump, placed second in the long jump and finished fourth in the 400. Spicer was second in the 800 and 1,600.

The 400 relay team (Fagan, Jordan Anderson, Rosero, Shaggion Milligan) placed third. Bryce Coq was third in the discus and sixth in the shot put. Milligan was fifth in the triple jump. Anderson was third in the high jump, fifth in the 200 and sixth in the 100. The 1,600 relay (Williams, Rosero, Wilfred Coleau, Gage Gainey) was sixth.

The Highland Oaks JV girls were second of 25 teams. Maryann Jadotte won the 100 and took second in the shot put and discus. Tianna Jackson won the long jump, with Coreena Saintilmond placing second. Saintilmond also placed fifth in the 200.

Samantha Castano, Saharee Davey, Jadotte and Saintilmond won the 400 relay. The 1,600 relay (Castano, Davey, Tramese Pierre, Hayley Piper) also won. Pierre was fifth in the shot put and Castano sixth in the 400. The 3,200 relay (Pierre, Piper, Anicia Collins, Katherine Elizabeth) was fifth. Collins also finished eighth in the triple jump.

For girls’ varsity, Vantae Williams won the discus for the third consecutive year for Highland Oaks. Williams also placed second in the shot put. Takendra Hall was eighth in the shot put, and Brittany Malone was eighth in the 400.

The lone Highland Oaks runner for the varsity boys was Malik Watson, who placed fifth in the 1,600.

Columbus lacrosse

The Columbus High School boys’ varsity lacrosse team, led by Miami Herald Miami-Dade County Coach of the Year Jim Delang, returned to its form of last season with a resounding win over visiting Palm Beach Central 17-5.

The experienced, senior-laden Explorers were dominant at both ends of the field. A tenacious defense was led by seniors Omar Shabazz, Danny Gomez and goalkeeper Michael Davide (five saves) and Robert Penichet who also assisted in goal (four saves). Shabazz had two goals, including the goal of the game, with a dodging length of the field drive and precision shot. Nick Velikopolski was solid on defense, stealing the ball and making a series of fakes and moves through several defenders to set up the offense.

The offense provided sharp passing and a well-orchestrated attack led by seniors Grant Nordlund and Steven Hernandez who led all scorers with four goals and three assists. Alec Carreras and Nordlund each added three goals and three assists.

The mainstay of this game was the exceptional play at face-off by Jake Quigley and Nick Quintairos where the Explorers won more than 75 percent of those battles, allowing the offense a variety of opportunities.

• Columbus defeated Belen 14-2 for its fourth consecutive victory. The seniors have never lost to their archrival.

Leading the Explorers again were senior goalkeeper Marcus Davide with double digits saves for the second consecutive game and senior attack Grant Nordlund with five goals and two assists. Jake Quigley ignited the offense winning numerous faceoffs. Alec Carreras stepped up his game with four points (two goals, two assists). Steven Hernandez added two goals and an assist, and Marcus Davide scored twice. Nicky Quintairos, Michael Bulnes, Sebi Cancio, Alex Ferran and Frankie Suarez also scored.

Conchita Espinosa basketball

Megan Gonzalez grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, and Cristina Hernandez led all scorers with eight points as the Conchita Espinosa Academy girls’ varsity basketball team (7th and 8th graders) defeated Everglades Middle School 37-19.

The boys’ varsity basketball team (7th and 8th graders) evened its record at 6-6 with a victory over First United. Francis Aixala and Alex De La Cruz each had six points and eight rebounds.

The JV basketball team (5th and 6th graders) improved to 7-2 by beating First United 54-24. Danny Sardinas led all scorers with a career-high 22 points.

Belen baseball

Shortstop Bert Campy Campaneris, a Cuban American who starred for the Oakland A’s in the 1960s and 70s, helping them win three consecutive World Series titles (1972-74), spoke to the Belen Jesuit Preparatory School baseball teams.

A six-time all-star, Campaneris led the major leagues in stolen bases twice. He stole more than 630 bases is his distinguished major league career (1964-83). A small, skinny player at 5-10, 160 pounds, he proved size doesn’t matter. He was solid defensively with sound range and was a good contact hitter.

Miami Country Day top athletes

March 10: Miami Country Day: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Lolita Bell (middle school tennis) won all of her singles and doubles matches against Carrollton, Westminster Christian and Ransom Everglades.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Jordan Sale (middle school baseball) was a combined 5 for 7 with two homeruns, including a grand-slam and eight RBI in games against Cushman, Palmer-Trinity and Westminster Christian.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Danielle Minott (varsity basketball) scored 20 points and was named game MVP in the FHSAA Class 3A State Championship against Daytona Beach-Father Lopez High School.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Michael Fente (varsity baseball) pitched a complete game win against Archbishop Curley and went 3 for 6 with two RBI against Sheridan Hills Christian and Champagnat.

Spartan Super Fans: The Miami Country Day Athletic Department thanks everyone who supported the girls’ varsity basketball team during its run to the state finals. Three to four buses of fans drove from Miami to Lakeland for the state semifinals and finals. Decked in MCD Spartans’ red, the energy was electric, and the school spirit was incredible.

March 17: Miami Country Day: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Blake Kushner (varsity water polo) scored three goals in wins against Hialeah and Miami Springs high schools.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Jonathan Abramowitz (varsity water polo) scored three goals against Miami Springs High School.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Mackenzie Bolton (water polo) made 22 saves and scored twice in wins against Hialeah and Miami Springs high schools.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Shaun Berman (tennis) won singles and doubles matches in victories against Sagemont and Ransom Everglades.

Spartan Super Fan: Jarrett Gross (parent).

Miami Country Day lacrosse

The Miami Country Day Middle School lacrosse team played Palmetto Middle School. Izzy Goihman and Blaise Pronesti scored for the Spartans.

Wrestling at The Fair

The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition entertainment lineup includes pro wrestling.

8 p.m. Saturday, March 30 - WWE NXT LIVE with WWE guest appearances.

WWE superstars and divas signing autographs include Brodus Clay, The Prime Time Players (Titus O’Neil and Darren Young) and Naomi. For additional talent visit Talent subject to change.

This free entertainment is included in the price of admission.

• The Youth Fair is on Coral Way (SW 24th Street) at 112th Avenue. Gates open on weekdays at 3 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at noon; Spring Break (March 22-29) at noon.

General admission $10. Free admission for children age 5 and younger. Admission for active duty and retired military personnel $5 during weekdays (with military ID). Parking is free. Preferred parking is $15 per vehicle.

The Youth Fair is now through March 31. For information, visit or call 305-223-7060.

AAU basketball

An AAU sanctioned youth basketball tournament is March 22-24 in Hollywood. The event is open to fourth through eighth grade teams.

Each team is guaranteed at least three games. Cost is $225 per team with multiple team discounts.

Contact Vladimir at 305-336-3237 or visit

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More events, leagues, programs

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.

Big Shot Volleyball Series

The Reflekt Polarized Big Shot Volleyball Series, presented by Rider Sandals, will start the 2013 season at sites throughout Florida. Teams from throughout the East Coast will compete as they warm up for the 2013 Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.

Top male and female doubles teams will compete for over $75,000 cash prizes during the 2013 season including $12,000 at the Spring Florida events. Tournament play will start at 9 a.m. with women’s finals scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturdays and men’s finals Noon Sundays. Admission is free for spectators.

Spring Tour Schedule

April 6-7: St. Augustine

April 20-21: Hollywood

April 27-28: Siesta Key

Separate divisions for players of intermediate and novice levels on Saturdays and Sundays. The $60 entry fee entitles players to a day of tournament play, an official Reflekt Polarized Big Shot Volleyball T-shirt and a chance to win merchandise prizes from tournament sponsors Spalding, Rider Sandals, 4C Totally Light 2Go Energy Drinks, Rox Volleyball, 1st Place Volleyball, SOB Volleyball Vacations, Sixpak Volleygear, Zem Booties, Dig Magazine, Bally’s Casino and Park and Sun Sports.

The Big Shot Volleyball Series holds 35 events leading to the $8,000 Big Shot Championships at Bally’s Casino Sept. 7-8 in Atlantic City and the $5,000 Volley America National Championships in October in Clearwater Beach. Visit

Rebelle volleyball

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.



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.

More Jai-Alai

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 or call Brucio 786-629-5428. The American Amateur Jai-Alai Academy is a not-for-profit organization.

USA Triathlon

USA Triathlon aims to return multisport to its roots with the inaugural USA Triathlon Retro Tri Series, which debuts this spring with 10 beginner-friendly events -- one in each USA Triathlon region including Miami.

The focus of the Retro Tri Series is participation, rather than competition. The aim of the events is to introduce the sport of triathlon and educate race participants about the healthy and active multisport lifestyle. The events are open to first-timers, seasoned veterans and those looking to stay active -- swimming, biking and running in a safe atmosphere. Each event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon.

“Our new Retro Tri Series events offer something for anyone interested in participating in the sport of triathlon,” USA Triathlon CEO Rob Urbach said. “These races can be for athletes who want a good, safe workout, or for someone who may feel intimidated by going to a larger race. We’re looking forward to this year’s events and can’t wait to introduce more and more newcomers to the multisport lifestyle.”

The Retro Tri Series events are geared toward adult and youth competitors age 13 and older. Each race will feature a 300-400-yard swim, 5-10-mile bike and 2-5-kilometer run.

2013 USA Triathlon Retro Series Schedule

April 27: Rio Grande Triathlon-Reverse Sprint, Albuquerque, N.M.

May 4: E-Bomb Triathlon, Biloxi, Miss.

June 8: Moses Lake Triathlon, Moses Lake, Wash.

June 23: Blue Ash Community Triathlon, Cincinnati.

July 20: Big Spring Super Sprint & Kids Tri, Big Spring, Texas.

July 20: Runner’s Roost Retro Triathlon (R3 Tri), Buffalo.

July 28: Gaucho Super Sprint Triathlon, Goleta, Calif.

Aug. 4: Omaha Retro Family Triathlon, Omaha, Neb.

Sept. 8: FIU Triathlon, North Miami.

Nov. 3: Old Dominion University (ODU) Triathlon, Norfolk, Va.

For more on the USA Triathlon Retro Tri Series, visit

USA Duathlon

With the aim of introducing more athletes to the exciting multisport discipline of duathlon, USA Triathlon unveiled the 10 events that will comprise the 2013 USA Triathlon Duathlon Race Series including one in Florida.

Ten races comprise USA Triathlon’s 2013 Duathlon Race Series. (David Sanders/USA Triathlon)

With one event in each of USA Triathlon’s 10 regions, athletes across the country will have the opportunity to compete in a top run-bike-run event. Each event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon and will count toward the popular end-of-year Duathlon National Rankings for USA Triathlon annual members.

Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each series event.

The first event of the series - the Frost Yer Fanny Duathlon - is Feb. 18 in Fort Worth, Texas, and series races will continue through the Oct. 20 Longboat Key Duathlon in Longboat Key, Fla. USA Triathlon’s Duathlon National Championships is Oct. 26 in Tucson/Oro Valley, Ariz. Visit for information on Duathlon Nationals.

USA Triathlon sanctioned nearly 600 duathlon races in 2012, more than doubling the number of sanctioned races from 2006.

Florida Race: Oct. 20: Longboat Key Duathlon: Longboat Key, Fla. Distances: 2-mile run, 20-mile bike, 5-mile run. Website: Contact: or 813-966-7844.

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. Visit 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

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.

Tamiami basketball

Tamiami youth basketball registration is open for girls and boys, age 5-16. Email or call 305 -273-1145.

MLB Pitch, Hit & Run

Major League Baseball invites you to host a local competition of Pitch, Hit & Run, presented by Scotts.

Any coach, parent or adult volunteer can host a competition, a one-day community event that can be run in just a few hours.

Boys and girls, age 7-14, have the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.

It is free and can be offered in March, April or early May.

An administrative kit is provided with a handbook, strike zone banner, posters, awards and other information needed to host. Register to host a local competition at

Marlins Tours

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 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.

HOF baseball

Hall Of Fame Baseball is sponsoring travel baseball teams for 11-12, 13-14, 15-18 (high school).

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 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


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.

More Jai-Alai

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 or call Brucio 786-629-5428. The American Amateur Jai-Alai Academy is a not-for-profit organization.


South Kendall Sun Blazers ( at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).

Miami Dade Soccer League ( at Three Lakes Park, 13375 SW 136 St. (786-488-5216).

Soccer 5 ( at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (1-888-575-2976).

Club Atletico De Miami ( at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (305-764-5783).

Soccer Academy of the Americas ( at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St. (786-486-3804)

Pinecrest Premier Soccer ( at Deerwood Bonita Lakes, 11511 S. Dixie Hwy. (305-255-3422).

Optimist Club of Westchester ( at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St. (786-370-4222).

Coral Estates Soccer Club ( at Coral Estates Park, 1411 SW 97 Ave. (305-279-2328)

South Kendall Soccer Club ( at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).

Southern Soccer Coalition-AYSO ( at Millers Pond Park, 13350 SW 47 St. and Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave. (305-965-0083).

Got Milk

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 where visitors can also learn more about the exclusive SAMMY awards weekend and view behind the scenes footage.

CB Sports Leagues

CB Sports Club offers Youth Basketball, Flag Football, Youth Soccer, Adult Soccer and Adult Basketball. Visit Call 786-273-5639.

Physically Challenged

Miami-Dade Parks welcomes children with disabilities in its youth leagues. If you need accommodations to participate, call 305-735-7847 (V/TDD).

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