Miami Heat, Miami Herald honor area youth


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Miami Heat/Miami Herald honorees

Anuar Aly, Ryan J. Brown, Lilly Garcia, Joshua Queliz and Geoffrey Sprouse Jr. are the final 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/Detriot Pistons game. Each received two game tickets, a Heat goody bag and a certificate. They were congratulated by Miami Heat players Shane Battier, Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat broadcasters Jason Jackson and Jose Pineda and Burnie the Heat mascot.

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

* Anuar, 13, is taking high school credit courses as an eighth grader at Doral Academy Prep. He is an Honors student, earning A’s and B’s. He is also a Florida Young Scholar.

A Doral resident, Anuar played youth basketball for the Doral Parks & Rec League. A Most Improved Player award winner, he helped his team win the league championship. In flag football, he led his team to five consecutive championships. He also competed for the Doral Middle School tackle football team. He is a team player and leader in school and sports.

* Ryan, 15, maintains a 3.8 GPA at Christopher Columbus High School, taking Algebra I (A), Biology (A), English (A), French I (A), Religious Studies (A) and World History (B). He earned certificate of achievements at school with First Honors and Second Honors.

A freshman from Miami, Ryan plays basketball, football (receiver) and runs track for his school. He received the basketball’s team Sportsmanship award. He played youth football for the (Miami Xtreme) Kendall Boys & Girls Club Kolts and South Miami Grey Ghosts. He won two gold, two silver and one bronze medal in the hurdles in AAU for the South Miami Grey Ghosts track team.

* An eighth grader at Conchita Espinosa Academy, Lilly participates in the school’s Life Cue Advisory which performs service projects for the community throughout the year. The 14-year-old is a member of Student Council as a class representative. She is also a member of Amor en Accion, which helps support Conchita’s sister school in Haiti.

A solid student athlete from Miami, Lilly competes in basketball, soccer and volleyball for her school. On the court, she does a good job scoring and rebounding. She is a team leader who displays sportsmanship.

* Joshua, 12, competed in the Coconut Creek Parks & Rec basketball program. He also plays baseball for the Coconut Ceek Hawks 12-and-under travel team. A Coconut Creek resident, he is a sixth grader at Lyons Creek Middle School. He has a 4.0 GPA, twice making the Principal’s Honor Roll.

* Geoffrey, 8, a member of the Broward Sharks third grade travel basketball team, has been playing basketball since he was 18-months-old when mom and dad bought him a Little Tikes Basketball Hoop for Christmas.

A Pembroke Pines resident, Geoffrey competed in his first league at age 4 with Miramar PAL. He later played for the David Posnack JCC in Davie, before playing up with the South Florida Elite and Broward Sharks travel teams.

Geoffrey maintains a 4.0+ GPA at The Masters Academy, making the President’s Honor Roll each semester. He did the same prior at Florida Bible School. There he earned the school’s Warrior Award as the student who emaplifies school spirit and sound principles.

Tamiami tennis

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) along with the Miami Parks and Recreation Department and the USTA Florida celebrated the refurbishment and creation of 10,000 youth-sized tennis courts in the United States as part of USTA’s commitment to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.

The event, Court 10K, occurred at the Tamiami Tennis Center, the largest facility with permanent youth-sized courts in the country.

“Tamiami Park represents what all tennis facilities should look like in the future, with courts for all age groups including 36-, 60-, and 78-foot courts,” said USTA Florida Executive Director Doug Booth.

“These age appropriate courts make the game of tennis more fun and easier to learn not only for 10 and under children, but also for adult players learning to play, as they age, or have injuries. We hope to help other facilities in Florida copy Tamiami Park in the future with grant money to help fund the projects.”

Mary Joe Fernandez, U.S. Fed Cup captain, Olympic gold medalist and Miami native, joined in the celebration.

“This is very special for me because this is my hometown,” Fernandez said. “To be able to celebrate with all of you this great achievement to have this park be the one with the 10,000th court for youth tennis is pretty remarkable. It’s fantastic, not only you are getting great exercise, but with the less pressurized balls and smaller courts you have success quicker and you want to come back and play more.”

The event recognized the efforts of USTA Florida to promote tennis in the community and to expand the participation of individuals of all ages in its different programs using the right equipment based on size and ability.

As part of this nation-wide initiative, all courts that were built or renovated were specially lined to enable participation in the USTA’s youth participation initiative, 10 and Under Tennis.

Youth tennis is geared toward getting more kids to participate in tennis using modified equipment and courts tailored to a child’s age and ability. By featuring shorter and lighter racquets, slower-bouncing balls, smaller courts and simplified scoring, children learn to play more quickly and easily while having more fun in the process. For the past two years, the USTA has invested significantly in 10 and Under Tennis, and the initiative is the organization’s number one recreational tennis initiative.

The USTA teamed up with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative in 2011 to encourage young people across the country to get active, play tennis and lead healthy lifestyles.

In addition, a component of the collaboration with Let’s Move! was the commitment to encourage children to participate in the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA), in which more than 226,000 kids participated and completed the challenge through the USTA. To date, the USTA has had more kids complete the challenge than any other youth sports organization in the United States.

The USTA has constructed or refurbished 10,000 kid-sized courts since 2005 in public parks, school yards, tennis facilities and at local community-based youth organizations, like the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs.

The USTA has succeeded in the construction and renovation of more than 4,500 youth-sized tennis courts in 371 markets in 44 states throughout the nation in 2012.

Dolphins champions

The Miami Dolphins hosted the third annual Crowning of the Champions, presented by Under Armour, at the Miramar Cultural Center. In a red-carpet style ceremony, the Dolphins in collaboration with Generation Nexxt honored South Florida’s youth football players, coaches and organizations.

Thirty-two cities were represented including top teams from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, with a variety of awards for players and coaches from six youth football leagues (SFYFL, AYFL, GMPW, FYFL, NYFL, MXYFL).

The nominated athletes were dressed to impress walking the red carpet. The award show commenced in front of a capacity crowd with various presenters honoring the athletes.

Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Director Twan Russell, a former St. Thomas Aquinas High School, University of Miami and Dolphins football player, and Dolphins cheerleaders presented awards.

“The student athletes worked really hard all year to get to this point,” Russell said. “It’s great to see them rewarded for all their effort, and I’m happy to see the kids get recognized. I look forward to seeing this event grow over the next few years.”

•  Awards

Top Ranked Youth Football Teams:

AYFL Winner: Pembroke Pines Bengals 95 lbs.

GMPW Winner: Liberty City Warriors 120 lbs.

FYFL Winner: North Dade Bulldogs 105 lbs.

SFYFL Winner: Pompano Chiefs 125 lbs.

NYFL Winner: Opa-Locka Panthers 115 lbs.

MXYFL Winner: Hialeah Cougars 130 lbs.

Top Ranked Cheerleading Squads

AYFL 2012 Top Ranked Cheer Squad: Coral Springs Chargers 140s

GMPW 2012 Top Ranked Cheer Squad: Palmetto Bay Broncos 120s

FYFL 2012 Top Ranked Cheer Squad: Miami Gardens Vikings 175s

MXYFL 2012 Top Ranked Cheer Squad: West Kendall Dolphins Jr. Prep

SFYFL 2012 Top Ranked Cheer Squad: Lauderhill Lions 155s

NYFL Top Ranked Cheer Squad: Opa-Locka Panthers Pee Wees

Most Outstanding Player by Age (one from each league)

8U Top 2012 Impact Player:

Malik Allen #31- Gwen Cherry Bulls 80 lbs. (GMPW)

9U Top 2012 Impact Player:

Ja’Den McBarrows #10-Pembroke Pines Bengals 95 lbs. (AYFL)

10U Top 2012 Impact Player:

Willie “Polamalu” Floyd #2 -Miami Gardens Bulldogs 105 lbs. (FYFL)

11U Top 2012 Impact Player:

Willie Davis –Pembroke Pines Bengals 115 lbs. (AYFL)

12U Top 2012 Impact Player:

Trenell Troutman #1-Liberty City Warriors 120 lbs. (GMPW)

13U Top 2012 Impact Player:

Jaylen Barther #9 – Pompano Chiefs 125 lbs. (SFYFL)

14U Top 2012 Impact Player:

Jordan Merrill #0 – Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes 155 lbs. (FYFL)

15 U Top 2012 Impact Player:

Shaddrick “Ced” Lowery #5 -Pembroke Pines Bengals Unlimiteds (AYFL)

Coaching Staff of the Year (one from each league)

AYFL 2012 Coaching Staff of the Year: Pembroke Pines Bengals Unlimiteds

GMPW 2012 Coaching Staff of the Year: Liberty City Warriors 120s

SFYFL 2012 Coaching Staff of the Year: Lauderdale Lakes Vikings 155s

MXYFL 2012 Coaching Staff of the Year: Key Biscayne Key Rats 75s

NYFL 2012 Coaching Staff of the Year: Washington Park Buccaneers 80s

FYFL 2012 Coaching Staff of the Year: Miami Gardens Bulldogs 105s

Top Programs of the Year (one from each league)

SFYFL 2012 Top Program of the Year: Lauderhill Lions

NYFL 2012 Top Program of the Year: Opa-Locka Panthers

FYFL 2012 Top Program of the Year: Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes

AYFL 2012 Top Program of the Year: Pembroke Pines Bengals

GMPW 2012 Top Program of the Year: Gwen Cherry Boys & Girls Club Bulls

MXYFL 2012 Top Program of the Year: West Miramar Patriots

Top Scholar Athletes

American Youth Football League scholar male athlete of the year: Nicolos Batiato

American Youth Football League scholar female athlete of the year: Alyssa Rispoli

South Florida Youth Football League scholar female athlete of the year: Nykeria Thrower

South Florida Youth Football League scholar male athlete of the year: Aquantis Byrd

Miami Xtreme Youth Football League scholar female athlete of the year: Courtney Faircloth

Miami Xtreme Youth Football League scholar male athlete of the year: William Manuel

Greater Miami-Dade Pop Warner scholar female athlete of the year: Ka’ Tia Maycock

Greater Miami-Dade Pop Warner scholar male athlete of the year: Justin Chandler

National Youth Football League scholar female athlete of the year: Makyah Mitchell

National Youth Football League scholar male athlete of the year: Tywan Cash

Florida Youth Football Leagues scholar female athlete of the year: Marshai Maultsby

Florida Youth Football Leagues scholar male athlete of the year: Corey Pierson


Park Pride Award: Lauderhill Lions

Generation Nexxt Top Youth Football Play of the Year: Anthony Diggs-East Boynton Wildcats 95s

Generation Nexxt Most Improved Team of the Year: Davie Broncos 140s.

Generation Nexxt Youth Heisman Award: Shaddrick “Ced” Lowery- Pembroke Pines Bengals Unlimiteds

Generation Nexxt Top Ranked Youth Football Team of the Year: Miami Gardens Bulldogs 105s.

Mo Steel basketball

Led by some timely 3-pointers from guard Jonathan Solomiany, the Mo Steel 13-and-under travel basketball team won the YBOA Source Tip-Off Challenge in Orlando.

The champs are Ariel Golan, Jonathan Solomiany, Max Weisinger, Kahric Belle, Ben Tal, Zack Casutto, Fabien Cornet, Blake Feder, Daren Hirsch, Andre Kastner and Nick Fusco. The head coach is Brandon Melamed, and the assistant coach is Joe Campodonico.

For information on Mo Steel basketball, e-mail

McDonald’s All American candidates

Three high school basketball players from Miami-Dade County were recognized as some of the top basketball players in the country when they were selected as candidates for the 2013 McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Team.

Brittany Dawkins (Norland High School), Leshia Smalls (Dr. Krop High School) and Tiffany Suarez (Our Lady of Lourdes) were part of 2,000 outstanding male and female high school basketball players nominated for the honor. As candidates, they were recognized at the AmericanAirlines Arena before a Miami Heat game.

Columbus lacrosse

The Columbus High School boys’ varsity lacrosse team achieved a stellar win against highly-regarded Jacksonville Creekside 9-7.

The Explorers managed to score big when needed and again relied on the superb goaltending of Michael Davide who notched 12 saves. Grant Nordlund had four goals, and Steven Hernandez totaled four assists. Alec Carreras continued his consistency, adding a goal. Cody Brais scored twice and Alex Ferran once.

• The Explorers continued their winning ways with a win over host Ransom Everglades 14-8. Davide posted his sixth game with double digit saves stopping 13 shots, and Carreras had three goals and four assists to ignite the offense.

Hernandez contributed three goals and three assists with Nordlund adding two goals and two assists. Ferran celebrated his birthday with a goal and two assists. Nicky Quintairos was strong on face offs delivering eight opportunities. Quintairos, Brais, Gabe Perez and Stevie Light scored.


Eulalia Maya, 29, of Coral Gables won the women’s 25-29 age group during the Egg Hunt Duathlon at CB Smith Park in Pembroke Pines.

Maya completed the 1.5-mile run, 11-mile bike and 1.5-mile run in 1 hour 3 minutes 3 seconds. Aventura’s Nathalie Baez was second in 1:18:41.

Other top local finishers: Female: 30-34: 3. Sloane Howard, Aventura, 1:21:21. 35-39: 1. Cecilia Ceballos, Miami, 1:02:02. 40-44: 2. Vionette Santiago, Hialeah, 1:11:06; 4. Tiffany Sadir, Miami, 1:19:17. 45-49: 1. Cimir Cintra, Miami Lakes, 1:11:33; 2. Catherine Buller, Miami, 1:12:03; 4. Hilda Diaz, Hialeah, 1:39:54. Overall: 3. Mitzy Vega, Miami, 1:00:43.

Male: 10-14: 3. Noah Sadir, Miami, 1:20:58. 30-34: 3. Harris Howard, Aventura, 1:21:21. 35-39: 1. Maikel Cusimano, Hialeah, 52:43; 2. Robert Martell, Homestead, 52:58; 3. Alfredo Gonzalez, Miami, 55:34; 4. Miguel Puerto, Miami, 55:59. 40-44: 3. Jose Ferrer, Miami, 1:00:47. 45-49: 3. Alex Cejas, Miami, 56:49; 4. Luis Rodriguez, Hialeah, 58:38. 50-54: 2. Jorge Lopez, Miami, 1:02:25; 3. Ed Ibarra, Hialeah, 1:18:17. Masters: 1. Joel Lezcano, Miami, 51:16; 3. Lucas Theophilus, Coral Gables, 51:43. Overall: 2. Michael Ashworth, Miami Beach, 49:02.

Clydesdale 200: 4. William Ramos, Hialeah, 1:19:49.



Humberto Zepeda, 38, of Miami won the men’s 35-39 age group of the Egg Hunt Triathlon at CB Smith Park in Pembroke Pines.

He covered the 0.25-mile swim, 11-mile bike and 3.1-mile run in1 hour 53 seconds. Miami’s Alfredo Veloso, 37, followed in 1:03:29.

Other top local finishers: Male: 15-19: 1. Serafin Dominguez Cid, Miami, 1:04:45; 3. Alexander Pegg, Miami Shores, 1:06:20; 4. Jonathan Gill, Miami Shores, 1:14:28. 20-24: 2. Martin Paez, Miami, 1:06:29. 25-29: 2. Robin Nix, Miami, 1:02:46; 3. Jonathan Santis, North Miami Beach, 1:05:54. 30-34: 2. Rafael Aquino, Miami, 1:02:23; 3. Tiago Choze, Miami, 1:02:51. 45-49: 2. Andre Quirino, Miami, 1:08:02. 50-54: 1. Alexis Dominguez, Miami, 1:05:58; Juan Lopez, Miami, 1:10:26. 60-64: 1. John Masarik, Homestead, 1:09:21. 65-69: 1. Tim Regier, Miami, 1:13:03. Fat Tire: 2. Phil Villegas, Miami Beach, 1:15:44. Masters: 1. Leandro Paiva, Aventura, 59:51; 3. Francisco Lopez, Miami, 1:01:18. Overall: 4. Michael Goldberg, Coral Gables, 1:16:13.

Female: 20-24: 1. Jennifer Rubio, Miami, 1:11:48. 25-29: 1. Kristin Dean, Miami, 1:13:15. 30-34: 1. Gerin Reyes, Miami, 1:07:30; 3. Audriann Lopez-Sigler, Cutler Bay, 1:34:43. 35-39: 3. Dianet Torres, Miami, 1:18:31. 45-49: 3. Isabel Collins, Sunny Isles, 1:29:58; 4. Esperanza Kelly, Miami, 1:30:16. 55-59: 1. Joanne Woodland, Miami Beach, 1:19:20.

Athena: 2. Ileana Cruz-Bongini, Miami Beach, 1:26:07. Clydesdale 185 0-39: 1. Yugoslav Cuculiza, Key Biscayne, 1:19:34. Clydesdale 200 0-39: 3. Alejandro Aller, North Miami, 1:13:17. Clydesdale 225 0-39: 2. Eddy Rafael, Hialeah, 1:19:52; 3. Nayib Hassan, Miami Lakes, 1:26:16; 4. Jose Perez, Hialeah, 1:26:21. Clydesdale 225 40+: 1. Carl Dragseth, Miami, 1:13:15.



Alex Yaniz bowled a perfect game (300) on March 23 during winter league play at Bird Bowl in Miami.

It is his first career perfect game.

Yaniz -- who prior bowled a 290 in league play, missing the perfect game by one shot -- didn’t let this one get away. He will be awarded a 300 Game Gold Ring from the United States Bowling Congress and have his name enshrined in the International Bowling Hall of Fame.

Yanis, a Kendall resident, is a sophomore at Miami Christian High School in Sweetwater.

Be honored at Marlins game

In an effort to recognize deserving South Florida youth baseball and softball players for doing well in school and displaying sportsmanship on the diamond, the Miami Marlins have once again partnered with The Miami Herald to co-sponsor the Team Player spotlight on the Sunday Youth Sports pages in the Neighbors section of The Miami Herald in print and online.

Youth league coaches, team representatives, teachers, friends or family members can nominate any current or former youth league (recreation or travel), middle school or junior varsity baseball/softball player who displays sportsmanship and has good grades or academic gains. Honored players - selected by random drawing - will be invited to a Marlins game where they will receive a certificate of achievement and a Marlins item during a recognition ceremony at Marlins Park.

To nominate someone, e-mail

YouTube youth and more

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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 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

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