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 Noahptsports@gmail.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
YouTube youth and more
YouTube at the Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)
Miami Herald youth sports online
For more area sports photos, go to www.miamiherald.com/sports/youth/miami-dade.
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 www.eevb.net.
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.
Who said you have to be a male to play Jai Alai? Just as many females play the sport in Spain, France and Mexico, and gals can play it in South Florida at an amateur indoor air-conditioned fronton.
There are also leagues for males and children. Rubber or plastic balls used with free lessons by former pros. Cestas and balls also provided free with a nominal court fee. Open everyday. Email admanUSA@aol.com or call Brucio 786-629-5428. The American Amateur Jai-Alai Academy is a not-for-profit organization.
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 www.usatretroseries.com.
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 www.usatriathlon.org 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: http://longboatkeytri.com/. Contact: email@example.com 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 www.levisjcc.org for details.
Athletes interested in competing in individual sports must contact Lesley Surfer, the Levis JCC Maccabi Games Delegation Head, at 561-852-3212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 youth basketball registration is open for girls and boys, age 5-16. Email Tamiamibasketball@gmail.com 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 www.mlb.com/phr.
The Miami Marlins offer behind the scenes tours of Marlins Park. The tours are open to the public on non-event days for $10 a person.
The tour includes visits to the field (behind home plate), home clubhouse, home batting cage area and Diamond Club, Promenade Level featuring the art in the facility, the bobblehead museum and the premium areas including the Suites.
Tours operate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except when the Marlins play at home or when other major events are scheduled at Marlins Park. Group tours, accommodating between 10 and 25 people, are available by appointment.
For information, fans can call 1-877-MARLINS or e-mail email@example.com. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket windows on Felo Ramirez Drive (NW 6 Street between NW 14 Avenue and NW 15 Avenue) and are for the time and date specified.
Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.
Hall Of Fame Baseball is sponsoring travel baseball teams for 11-12, 13-14, 15-18 (high school).
Hall Of Fame Coach Rich Hofman and his staff will coach the teams which will practice and play in tournaments and leagues. Register for a tryout at www.hofball.net or call David Hofman at 954-804-5600 or Ed Tisdale at 803-463-2591.
Youth Rugby South Miami
The Miami Rugby Youth Division, boys age 6-18, practices 6-8 p.m. Mondays at Murray Park and Wednesdays at Palmer Park, 6120 SW 67th Ave., South Miami. Call 305-400-0134, ext. 101. Visiti www.miamirugbykids.com.
South Kendall Sun Blazers (sksoccer.org) at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).
Miami Dade Soccer League (miami-dadesoccer.com) at Three Lakes Park, 13375 SW 136 St. (786-488-5216).
Soccer 5 (ussoccer5.com) at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (1-888-575-2976).
Club Atletico De Miami (camsoccer.com) at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (305-764-5783).
Soccer Academy of the Americas (socceraa.com) at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St. (786-486-3804)
Pinecrest Premier Soccer (pinecrestpremier.com) at Deerwood Bonita Lakes, 11511 S. Dixie Hwy. (305-255-3422).
Optimist Club of Westchester (tropicalsoccer.org) at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St. (786-370-4222).
Coral Estates Soccer Club (coralestatessoccer.org) at Coral Estates Park, 1411 SW 97 Ave. (305-279-2328)
South Kendall Soccer Club (sksoccer.org) at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).
Southern Soccer Coalition-AYSO (kendallsoccer.com) at Millers Pond Park, 13350 SW 47 St. and Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave. (305-965-0083).
The National Milk Mustache “got milk?” campaign launched the call for entries for the 15th annual Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Awards.
The SAMMY scholarship recognizes 25 student-athletes who excel in academics, athletics, community service, leadership and who fuel their daily success with milk.
Milk Mustache celebrity judges will help select 25 winners from across the country who will receive a $7,500 college scholarship, an awards ceremony at Walt Disney World and an opportunity to appear in their own special Milk Mustache ad.
For complete contest rules and applications log onto facebook.com/MilkMustache where visitors can also learn more about the exclusive SAMMY awards weekend and view behind the scenes footage.
CB Sports Leagues
CB Sports Club offers Youth Basketball, Flag Football, Youth Soccer, Adult Soccer and Adult Basketball. Visit cbsportsclub.com. Call 786-273-5639.
Miami-Dade Parks welcomes children with disabilities in its youth leagues. If you need accommodations to participate, call 305-735-7847 (V/TDD).