Miami Dolphins host girls’ flag football jamboree


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Dolphins flag football

The Miami Dolphins hosted their annual Girls High School Flag Football Jamboree, presented by Under Armour at the Doctor’s Hospital Training Facility in Davie.

Approximately 400 student athletes participated in the 14-game event. The Jamboree, a follow-up to the girls’ flag football clinic, was a success, as 28 of the top programs from around South Florida played in the annual kick-off of the season.

“We had another successful event this year,” said Twan Russell, Miami Dolphins Director of Youth Programs. “Every year, the participation continues to grow. This shows how much girls’ flag football has evolved as a sport. We really enjoy hosting the ladies at our facility and look forward to seeing them again next year.”

Since 1997, the Dolphins and the Broward County Athletic Association have partnered in these games. Started with just six teams, the Jamboree has grown with teams from Broward and Miami-Dade counties including Mater Academy, Mater Lakes, Monsignor Pace and Somerset South.

“I think that the games were very exciting, and the kids had a good time out here,” said Rocky Gillis, BCAA Athletic Director. “It adds to the momentum that the teams need going into the season. Overall, the event was very successful.”

The BCAA was one of first conferences in Florida that went full force with girls’ flag football 15 years ago. With the Jamboree, the girls prepare for the upcoming season while competing in a professional football team’s training facility.

Jamboree results: Western 18, Coral Springs 7; Coral Glades 6, Plantation 0; Stranahan 25, Monarch 0; Miramar 14, Taravella 7; Deerfield 12, West Broward 0, Northeast 7, Flanagan 0; Fort Lauderdale 14, Cooper City 7, Pompano 12, Dillard 0; Everglades 26, South Plantation 0; Hallandale 19, Nova 0; Boyd Anderson 18, McArthur 0; Coconut Creek 8, South Broward 0; Pace 45, Mater Lakes 0; Mater Academy 19, Somerset South 0.

Prime Time flag football

Jorge Batievsky threw two touchdown passes, and Dimitri Politano had six receptions (one a touchdown) and scored on an interception return as the Longhorns defeated the Cowboys 18-12 in the Senior Division (5th-6gth grade) of Prime Time Sports flag football at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach, 33180.

Alan Doron and Jake Kurkin each had four receptions. Sebastian Ludmir snagged seven passes (one a touchdown). Aidan Gold had two sacks and a reception. For the Cowboys, Noah Markovsky tossed two touchdown passes, and Benjamin Wolf recorded six receptions (one a touchdown). Eric Getzel made four receptions, and Maxwell Cusnier had eight receptions (one a touchdown). Julian Rubinovich caught three passes.

Fighting Irish 26, Gators 6: Lee Iaslovits (Player of the Week) two touchdown passes, two touchdown receptions; Aiden Singer two touchdown passes; Amit Yaari two receptions; James Brinker seven receptions (one a touchdown); Alan Grinspun three receptions; Gabriel Dayan two receptions; Jonah Krell three receptions (one a touchdown), two sacks.

For the Gators, Max Greenwald three receptions, one interception for touchdown; Lucas Bernal three receptions; Adolfo Bucay one reception; Zachary Ordet two receptions, one sack; Moises Essenfeld one reception; Jack Finvarb two receptions; Kevin Ordet two receptions.

Ducks 25, Hurricanes 6: Brian Mars four touchdown passes; Leonardo Nicastro three receptions (one a touchdown); Carter Levine six receptions (with two touchdown catches), two sacks; Jose Sacal five receptions (one a touchdown); Federico Waldman four receptions; Joseph Bensabat two reception.

For the Hurricanes, Jonas Senker one touchdown pass; Daniel Strimber eight receptions, two interception; Joel Schraer four receptions (one a touchdown); David Bonwitt one reception; Jonah Wallach one reception; Robert Behar three receptions.

•  Varsity (7th-9th grade)

Longhorns 33, Mo Steel 18: Josh Silverman two touchdown passes; Abraham Shalom (Player of the Week) one touchdown run, two interceptions, three receptions (with two touchdown catches); Daniel Yerushalmi one touchdown pass, one touchdown run, four receptions; Sion Cherem one interception, two receptions (one a touchdown); Gianni Maioul reception; Jake Singer one reception.

Ducks 19, Gators 12: Jackson Levine two touchdown passes, two receptions; Michael Duek four receptions (one a touchdown); Joel Shapiro, four receptions (one a touchdown); Daniel Franco one touchdown pass, four receptions, one interception; Tomy Korn three receptions; Lee Friedman one reception; Aaron Benenson three receptions (one a touchdown).

For the Gators, Alex Fraynd two touchdown passes, one reception; Andy Elyakim three receptions; Bernardo Faigenblat one reception; Mark Hanz five receptions; Rafael Suarez one reception; Simon Elharrar two touchdown passes, eight receptions; Yomtov Bejar one sack, nine receptions.

Cowboys 25, Hurricanes 13: Bradley Mostovitz four touchdown passes, one interception; Avi Parrino seven receptions (one a touchdown); Brandon Elyakim three receptions; Justin Mostovitz one reception, one interception; Dylan Hopen two receptions; Alan Chocron six receptions (with three touchdown catches).

For the Hurricanes, Harry Mizraji two touchdown passes; Josef Gad, two receptions; Max Peicher two receptions; Moises Doron six receptions (one a touchdown); Steven Moltmann one sack, three receptions; Matteo Marcato one sack, two receptions (one a touchdown).

•  Scouts (1st-2nd grade)

Fighting Irish 13, Cowbys 12: Jack Harris two receptions (one a touchdown); Max Kertznus two receptions; Kyle Ratzker ten receptions; Jake Manasse one touchdown pass; Arie Mizrachi four receptions.

Abraham Klainbaum two touchdown runs, six receptions; Daniel Rosen two receptions. Eyal Waxman two receptions; Jack Agion one reception; Jonathan Almosny one reception; Noam Vainslein one reception.

Ducks 19, Longhorns 14: Michael Stiberman (Player of the Week) one touchdown run, one touchdown pass, two receptions, two interceptions (one a touchdown); David Lalo three receptions, Ricardo Koenig one touchdown reception, five receptions.

For the Longhorns, Jamie Mizrahi one touchdown pass, one reception for touchdown; Joseph Abramowitz one touchdown pass, two receptions (one a touchdown); Michael Benzadon one sack, two receptions, one interception; Noah Kurkin two receptions; Sammy Sklar one reception.

Hurricanes 38, Gators 19: Alan Strimber one touchdown pass; two touchdown runs, one interception; Daniel Brown two receptions; Eithan Hornstein one reception; Marcos Romano one touchdown run, three receptions; Isaac Feldman one touchdown run, two receptions, Patrick Savoia two touchdown runs, two receptions (one a touchdown), two interceptions.

For the Gators, Alejandro Berkman one touchdown run, seven receptions; Jacob Shaked two receptions; Jose levy one reception; Nolan Senker two touchdown runs, two receptions..

•  Juniors (3rd-4th grade)

Ducks 18, Longhorns 12: Steven Friedman two touchdown passes; Mason Weisfisch four receptions; Levi Gans one touchdown run; Even Scheck three receptions (one a touchdown); Dylan Morningstar one reception; Jacky Camhi one receptions; Daniel Yaari two receptions (one a touchdown).

For the Longhorns, Pablo Sangranichne one touchdown pass; Daniel Eidelstein (Player of the Week) four recpetions, one interception for touchdown; Alan Wainer two receptions; Abie Bonkovski seven receptions (one a touchdown); Adam Weinberg one sack, one reception.

Cowboys 12, Fighting Irish 6: Marc Wendrow two touchdown passes, one sack; Nisim Toledano four receptions (one a touchdown); Carlos Romano two receptions (one a touchdown); Johnny Fishman one reception.

For the Fighting Irish, Meyer Shalom one touchdown pass; Aiden Blinderman one sack, one reception; Alexander Moltmann one touchdown reception; Jackson Gold two receptions; Avi Lalo one interception, one reception.

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Miami’s Gardner Mulloy was honored at the International Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon during the USTA Annual Meeting and Conferenceat the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston.

Mulloy, enshrined in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1972, was presented with an official inductee ring. A Wimbledon and multiple US Open winner, Mulloy ranked as the No. 1 player in 1952.

The 99-year-old made the trip for the ceremony from Miami with his wife.

“My wife said, ‘You’re going to go if I have to carry you,’” Mulloy said. “I’ve got a couple more years to go, and when I reach 99 again, I hope to be invited back.”

In 1981, Mulloy was inducted into the USTA Florida Hall of Fame.

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins received the Samuel Hardy Award, which is presented to a USTA volunteer in recognition of long and outstanding service to the sport of tennis at the national level. Ned Eames of Boston, president and founder of the Tenacity organization which helps at-risk youth, received the male Tennis Educational Merit Award. Kathy Rinaldi was presented with the Tennis Educational Merit Award, given to those who have made notable contributions to the tennis educational field at the national level.

USTA Florida staff and volunteers and presenters and attendees such as Stan Smith Andi Brandi, Monica Seles, Patrick McEnroe, USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Dave Haggery, USTA First Vice President Katrina Adams, and Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, the wife of the last Arthur Ashe, were among those lauding the awardees.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, R.I., was established in 1954 and is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, enshrining tennis heroes and heroines, and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide. For information go to

USA Triathlon

USA Triathlon announced that Miami’s Jacqueline McCook was named to the organization’s 12-member Board of Directors.

McCook was appointed to a two-year term as an Independent Representative. She is a veteran strategy and marketing executive, who currently serves as CEO of the McCook Group, a consulting firm advising consumer-oriented companies in strategy, marketing, branding and execution.

McCook also has held high-level strategy and marketing positions with ConAgra Foods, Burger King, PepsiCo Restaurants International and Taco Bell. She started her career in M&A at Morgan Stanley and was a consultant with McKinsey & Company. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University, where she was a co-founder of the women’s water polo team.

A lifetime athlete, McCook is an avid runner, cyclist and swimmer, and she has completed four marathons.

• Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 510,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world.

In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee.

Prime Time basketball

Player of the Week Daniel Shaferman scored 26 points to lead the Gators over the Razorbacks 39-33 in SEC (5th-6th grade) of Prime Time Sports basketball at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach, 33180.

Matias Maia and Alan Grinspun each had eight points, and Gabriel Dayan added two points. For the Razorbacks, Samuel Taieb scored 16 points, and Benjamin Wolf and Eric Getzel had four points apiece. Amit Sapir had eight points, and David Bonwitt chipped in a point.

Commodores 47, Tigers 32: Leonardo Nicastro 25 pts, Ross Vaygensberg 10 pts, Jonathan Abbo 2 pts, Jake Strober 6 pts, Jonathan Baran 2 pts, Menachem Rosenwasser 2 pts. For the Tigers, Alan Berkman 11 pts, Jeremy Saunders 17 pts, Matias Ostrowics 2 pts, Simon Waxman 2 pts.

Crimson Tide 37, Volunteers 32: Yaniv Assraf 11 pts, Jaime Acherman 3 pts, Ben Ratzker 5 pts, Shaul Levy 2pts, Ziv Markovitz 8 pts, Daniel Zipori 4pts. For the Volunteers, Saul Birmaher 7 pts, Nathaniel Elharrar 11 pts, Elan Roffe 8 pts, Armando Ruah 2 pts, Igal Ovaknin 4 pts.

Bulldogs 37, Wildcats 36: Ariel Yecuteli 3 pts, Asher Courtney 11 pts, Noah Markofsky 15 pts, Steven Becker 6pts, Michael Braun 2 pts. For the Wildcats Jonathan Kiblisky 3 pts, Leon Assor 7 pts, Moises Benhamu 8 pts, Abraham Woldenberg 16 pts, Gabriel Bramy 2 pts.

•  NBA (7th-9th grade)

Spurs 37, Lakers 16: Brandon Elyakim 8 pts, Jake Gale 2 pts, Joseph Wiener 4 pts, Joshua Bonwitt 9 pts, Bruno Wesley 12 pts, Christian Yol 2pts. For the Lakers, Uriel Epelbaum 7 pts, Nathan Furman 2 pts, Kai Vagio 2 pts, Daren Hirsch 4 pts, Daniel Haddad 1 pt.

Clippers 58, Celtics 37: Mark Hanz 17 pts, Jordan Kasimow 16 pts, Avi Weisskoff 15, Dan Berflein 6 pts, Alberto Sutton 2 pts, Sion Cherem 2 pts, Eithan Curtis 2 pts. For the Celtics, Andy Elyakim 4 pts, Brandon Holcman 5 pts, Josh Klein 16 pts, Kevin Weiger 10 pts, Eli Broides 2.

Heat 42, Knicks 38: Christian Zorzi 4 pts, Yomtov Bejar 12 pts, Alejandro Klimberg 5 pts, David Ezekiel 12 pts, Johnmichael Sosa 6 pts, Jordan Markovsky 2 pts. For the Knicks, Ian Schillinger 4 pts, Michael More (Player of the Week) 11 pts, Eli Navarro 2 pts, Daniel Berkman 6 pts, Ariel Taieb 8 pts, Alex Bitchatchi 7 pts.

•  BIG EAST (3th-4th grade)

Bulls 33, Panthers 29: Jacob Golan 16 pts (Player of the Week), Josh Finvarb 2 pts, Marc Wendrow 15 pts, Jake Gelb 2 pts. For the Panthers, Alan Wainer 8 pts, Jake Moss 7 pts, Tatiana Wainer 4 pts, Joseph Abramowitz 2 pts, Andy Grinsberg 4 pts, Benjamin Holcman 2 pts.

Hoyas 23, Orangemen 21: Daniel Gutkin 9 pts, Abie Wahba 6 pts, Laueyn Hornstein 8 pts. For the Orangemen, Daniel Broides 14 pts, William Shaoul 2 pts, Jaime Mizrahi 3 pts, Michael Benzadon 2 pts.

Golden Eagles 14, Wildcats 13: Pryce Markson 7 pts, Jared Brody 4 pts, Allan Strimber 2 pts, Susan Alalu 1 point. For the Wildcats, Avi Lalo 2 pts, Abie Saada 7 pts, Nicholas Ludwig 2pts, Meyer Shalom 2 pts.

Bearcats 11, Scarlet Knights 9: Liam Senker 3 pts, Michael Efroni 2 pts, Aaron Sherit 2 pts, Jessica Becker 3 pts, Aden Ben- Saadon 1 point. For the Scarlet Knights, Daniel Abbo 5 pts, Eithan Yisrael 2 pts, Jordan Ben-Shalom 2 pts.

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Miami Beach basketball

The Lakers defeated the Knicks 13-9 in the 7-8 age group of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation basketball at Flamingo Park.

Julian Greene and Oliver Segal each scored four points, and Jack Meltzer had three points. Ricardo Quiros had two points. Jackson Gessner scored three points for the Knicks. Alexander Raymond, Eli Rudd and Logan Spill each scored two points.

The Hornets defeated the Heat 14-7. Brett Burstein scored 10 points, and Jefferson Eig and Dillon Weismann each hadd two points. Matias Kojusner, Miguel Arronte and August Ackerman had two points apiece for the Heat, and Max Gelber made a free-throw.

The Bulls edged the Thunder 12-10. Dylan Schnur scored five points, and Julian Corniel had four points. Ulylles Morales added two points. David Saka had six points, and Issac Sokol and Mauel Palmieri each had two points for the Thunder.

•  9-11: The Thunder defeated the Lakers 18-16 in overtime. Anthoney Delrosario scored 8 points; Ezra Rivera added 5 points. Maximo Bratter and Nathan Gimeno each scored two points. Brock Levin scored seven points, and Mayer Sandman had four points for the Lakers. Joshua Hyman and Jordaniel Nunez each scored two points.

The Nuggets beat the Heat 20-10. Toby Squire scored, and Nick Namias had three points. Gianlica Edwards and Antonio De-Souza each had two points. Isah Gardner scored 10 points for the Heat, and Bernie Cohen and Noah Gil each had two assists.

The Bucks defeated the Clippers 18-15. Noah Milon had seven points, and Matthew Lonnberg added three points. Thomas Murphy, Joshua Saralegui and Arthur Joulin each had two points. Hudson Revesz scored seven points, and Zach Bohm chipped in six points for the Clippers.

The Kings defeated the Knicks 18-7. Arthur Ackerman and Daniel Friedman each scored six points. Chaz Berkowitz had three points, and Cedric Jenkins and Bryce Hammon added two points for the Knicks.

The Bulls defeated the Grizzlies 22-16. Justin Neely scored 12 points, and Josjua Neely totaled seven points. Bryan Saka and Evan Fredel scored six points apiece for the Grizzlies.

The Nets defeated the Celtics 30-29. Joseph Kodsi had 13 points, and Kevin Quiro scored 10 points. Noah Dinic scored 14 points, and Scott Kaufman added five points for the Celtics.

•  12-13: The Heat defeated the Clippers 27-25. Ivinson Bernadel scored 18 points, and Wisam Muhtaseb had three points. El Mehdi Amarouss scored 10 points, and Jeffery Keeler added seven points for the Clippers.

The Nets beat the Bucks 32-10. Isaiah Manasara scored 19 points, and Noah Ogaza chipped in five points. Lorenzo Torres had eight points, and Jorge Incerna added two points for the Bucks.

The Grizzlies defeated the Bulls 23-14. Jr Hopkins scored 10 points, and Alex Priess chipped in five points. Adrian Thompson scored seven points and Jah-Kobi Richards five points for the Bulls.

The Nets defeated the Clippers 41-28. Isaiah Manasara scored 25 points, and Victor Godoy added nine points. El Mehdi Amarouss had nine points and Elies Guennoun six points for the Clippers.

•  Girls: 8-10: The Liberty defeated the Sparks 12-4. Logan Williams-Smith and Melina Flores each had four points. Saiah Amarilla and Geraldine Cabana each had two points for the Spark.

•  11-14: The Sparks beat the Dream 10-3. Arielys Rodriguez had six points, and Alicia Gonzalez added two points. Karina Palacios had two points and Isadora Kron one point for the Dream.

Conchita Espinosa basketball

The Conchita Espinosa Academy girls’ varsity basketball team (7th-8th graders) improved to 10-1 with a six point victory over Sommerset Homestead.

The girls’ varsity basketball team previously beat Keys Gate Charter 28-18. The Cougars had seven players score with Megan Gonzalez leading the way with 11 rebounds and four points.

• The junior varsity boys’ basketball team (5th-6th graders) were finalists, placing runner-up in the championship game.

Prior, the Cougars defeated Greater Miami Academy 37-17. Nicolas Aixala had a game-high 14 points. Franco Castro added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Ruben Diaz added four points and 11 rebounds.

Westwood Christian basketball

Thiago Conceicao was named the Westwood Christian School Player of the Month for February.

Conceicao, who has a 3.0 GPA, led the boys’ varsity basketball team to its first region championship. He was one of Miami-Dade County’s top rebounders, averaging 16 per game to go along with 17 points and three blocks per game.

Columbus lacrosse

The Columbus High School boys’ lacrosse team defeated visiting Miami Country Day 20-5. The Explorers received a strong defensive effort, anchored by goalie Michael Davide (five saves). Goalkeepers Robert Penichet and Jeffrey Esker combined for four saves.

The scoring was led by seniors Grant Nordlund (four goals) and Steven Hernandez (three goals). Hernandez also added three assists. Stevie Light had a goal and an assist, and Michael Bulnes scored twice. Omar Shabaz, Gabe Perez, Alec Carreras and Marcus Davide each had a goal and an assist. Alex Ferran, Alex Antelo, Brandon Garcia, Sebi Cancio and Cody Brais also scored.

The Explorers notched their sixth win by defeating Fort Lauderdale-Pine Crest 18-8. Davide totaled a season-high 18 saves against the highly-ranked Panthers. Shabaz, a senior, also excelled defensively.

Nordlund keyed the offense with four goals and two assists. Carreras recorded three goals and two assists, and Hernandez had two goals and three assists. Bulnes gave another pivotal performance with three goals and an assist. Cancio scored three times. Perez had a goal and two assists. Davide added two goals, and Ferran and JC Campo provided assists.

Archbishop Curley track

The Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep high school boys’ varsity track team ran its record to 8-0. The Knights totaled 109 points to defeat Doctor’s Charter (38), Champanant (33) and Northwest Christian (6).

Dimitry Georges won the 100 and 200 was part of the winning 400 relay. Chris Williams finished first in the long jump, 400 relay and 1,600 relay. Theo Desarmes was first in the 400 and 1,600 relay. Chris Moss won the 110 and 300 hurdles, and Sean Smith was tops in the triple jump.

The Knights girls’ team improved to 4-3 after defeated Northwest Christian. They were led by Jackysha Jean’s win in the triple jump. She also helped the 400 relay place first. Carmen Pierre won the 100 and was part of the winning 400 relay. Lexus Holden took first in the 110 hurdles, and Vivencia Phillippe was a member of the winning 400 relay.

Miami Country Day top athletes

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Kayla Rosen (water polo) made five saves in her first start in goal in the Spartans’ 8-7 win against Gulliver

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Jesse Grosman (baseball) went 6 for 8 with six runs and four RBI against Gulliver and Westminster Christian.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Megan Tate (tennis) won her singles and doubles matches in helping lead the Spartans to a 7-0 victory over Palmer-Trinity.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Alec Koss (tennis) won his singles and doubles matches to help lead the Spartans over Palmer-Trinity 6-1.

Spartan Super Fan: Rossanne Gross (parent).

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.

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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


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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