Opa-locka, Saunders take basketball tournament title

 

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Sports Scene is a Miami Herald feature that spotlights news and notes from all youth sports activities in your neighborhood. The aim of the section is to feature game notes from any sport and the accomplishments of athletes from Miami-Dade County.

We rely on the directors and coaches of each league to send information for Sports Scene. We also accept photos, but we ask that everyone pictured be identified with a first and last name and the name of the team or park they represent.

The section is free and open to anyone. Email sportsscene@MiamiHerald.com or send a fax to 305-376-5287.


Be honored at Miami 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 jvarsallone@miamiherald.com.


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Opa-locka basketball

The Opa-locka 16-and-under boys’ basketball team won the FCAA League Tournament by defeating Carver Ranches 41-37 in the finals at American Senior High School.

In the championship game, Antoine Lindsey hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 34. Then Philip Saunders scored the go-ahead basket.

Opa-locka placed third in the standings at 4-4 during the regular season.

In a semifinal, they beat Beast Mode 37-34 with DeQuan Higgs making a key reverse lay-up down the stretch.

In the tournament, Lawrence and Philip Saunders led an outstanding defense for coach Ricky James, an Opa-locka city employee. The champs also feature Nathan Howard, Julien March, Angel Vickers, Brandon Wallace, Kadim Moss and Quenterious Anderson.

Ransom Everglades volleyball

The Ransom Everglades High School boys’ varsity volleyball team won the Silver Division championship at the Bishop Moore Bee Sting in Orlando.

En route to the title, the Raiders defeated district-rival Columbus in two sets and cross-town nemesis Palmetto in two sets. Junior Victor Campano totaled 64 kills for the tournament, making the All-Tournament team.

Prior, Ransom captured the Silver Division consolation bracket trophy at the Smoothie King Invitational, a tournament hosted by Ransom. Senior Nick Wenzel and Campano were named to the All-Tournament team.

Miami Beach basketball

Cole Yound scored all six points, and Jermiah Trey-Steward had three assists as the Bulls edged the Lakers 6-5 in the 7-8 age group of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation basketball at Flamingo Park.

Oliver Segal had three points and Max Lawrence two points for the Lakers.

The Knicks defeated the Hornets 24-20. Logan Spill scored 17 points, and Jackson Gessner added 7 points. For the Hornets, Brett Burstein scored 18 points, and Dillian Weismann added 2 points.

The Heat beat the Thunder 6-1. Lucas Turano, Miguel Arronte and Sebastian Alarcon each had 2 points. The Thunder’s Manuel Palmieri and Jonathean Garcia had 3 rebounds apiece.

The Thunder defeated the Lakers 15-4. David Saka scored 7 points, and Joshua Rosen and Sebastian Pederson each scored 4 points. Max Lawrence and Alec Miller had 2 points each for the Lakers.

The Knicks edged the Heat. 16-15. Logan Spill scored 8 points, and Alexander Raymond and Michael Guevara added 2 points. The Heat’s Lucas Turano scored 7 points, and Matias Kojusner and Sebastian Alarcon had 2 points apiece.

The Hornets beat the Bulls 16-12. Brett Burstein scored 10 points, and Dillian Weismann added 6 points. Julian Corniel recorded 6 points, and Cole Yound and Joseph Levy added 2 points apiece for the Bulls.

12-13

The Clippers defeated the Bucks 38-11 with Mehdi Amrouss scoring 14 points, and Jeffery Keeler adding 12 points. The Bucks’ Lorenzo Torres and Pamsar Ramdass each scored 4 points.

The Grizzlies edged the Nets 29-28. Jr Hopkins scored 16 ponts, and Alex Priess chipped in 9 points. For the Nets, Isaiah Manasara scored 13 points, and Victor Godoy had 6 points.

The Heat beat the Bucks 50-14. Ivinson Bernadel scored 24 points, and Andy Salas totaled 20 points. Parmasar Ramdass scored 7 points, and Victor Gheller added 5 points for the Bucks.

The Clippers defeated the Bulls 22-10. Nicholas Berdullas had 6 points and Jeffery Keeler 5 points. For the Bulls, Adrian Thompson had 4 points and Angel Rodriguez 3 points.

9-11

The Knicks defeated the Lakers 19-10. Chaz Berkowitz scored 10 points, and Dylan Allen chipped in 4 points. The Lakers’ Brock Levin and Zach Barcenas each scored 5 points.

The Clippers beat the Nets 32-15. Zaire Wade recorded 15 points and Zach Bohm 7 points. For the Nets, Kevin Quiroga scored 9 points, and Tyler Elpert, Gavin Basner and Noah Jaid each contributed 2 points.

The Kings defeated the Bucks 19-5. Sebastian Perez-Bravo had 5 points, and Daniel Friedman and Michael Cramer each scored 4 points. Noah Milon scored 5 points for the Bucks.

The Nuggets beat the Bulls 31-14. Ethan Hunt totaled 10 points, and Nick Namias had 7 points and Blaze Williams 6 points. Leo Raxach and Alex Levine each added 2 points. Joshua Neely scored 8 points for the Bulls. Max Gotlin had 4 points and Justin Neely 2 points.

The Heat defeated the Thunder 24-16. Isiah Gardner scored 17 points, and Demian Brighina and Xyrus Golaub each had 2 points. For the Thunder, Ezra Rivera recorded 5 points, and Drew Burstine chipped in 4 points. Maximo Bratter added 3 points for the Thunder. Nicholas Echarte and Ashton Wright also scored 2 points.

The Celtics defeated the Grizzlies 15-10. Noah Dinic scored 12 points. Andrew Zaiac had 2 points, and Alex Garcia added a free throw. Bryan Saka scored 6 points and Jacob Martin scored 2 points for the Grizzlies. David Alfonso and Kai Tworoger each made a free throw.

•  GIRLS: 8-10

The Sparks beat the Liberty 6-2. Saiah Amarilla scored 4 points, and Alexia Miranda added 2 points. For the Liberty, Logan Williams-Smith had 2 points.

11-14

The Dream edged the Sparks 14-12. Isadora Kron scored 6 points, and Shandi Teste added 4 points. Arielys Rodriguez scoreed 10 points and Jordan Fishman added 2 points for the Sparks.

Conchita Espinosa basketball

The Conchita Espinosa Academy girls’ varsity basketball team (7th-8th grade) defeated Somerset Academy 35-9 in the playoff opener at Eureka Park. The team was led by seventh grader Christina Hernandez, who had double digit points, and by Olivia Gonzales, who provided energy off the bench.

Westwood Christian basketball

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

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 varsity lacrosse team defeated Palmetto High School 16-3.

The Explorers offense controlled the game, but goalie Michael Davide did register five saves when infrequently challenged. Jake Quigley and Nicky Quintairos each recorded six face-off wins, providing the Explorers with possession and opportunity. Junior Michael Bulnes took advantage with three goals and two assists. Steven Hernandez scored twice and added four assists.

Grant Nordlund had two goals and three assists, and Alec Carreras responded with two goals and two assists. Cody Brais also scored twice. Stevie Light had a goal as did Gabe Perez, Josef Shabaz and Sebi Cancio.

• Columbus then beat Gulliver 15-2. The offense was too much for the Raiders.

That offense was led by senior attack Steven Hernandez, who registered five goals, and Alex Ferran and Grant Nordlund, who each had two goals and two assists. Gabe Perez and Alec Carreras had a goal and an assist apiece, and Michael Bulnes, Marcus Davide, Omar Shabaz and Sebi Cancio scored, too. Michael Davide had a quiet game with six saves.

• The Explorers (10-2) traveled to LaSalle High Cchool and put on a show by defeating the Hurricanes 23-0 extending their win streak to 10. Alec Carreras totaled four assists, and Michael Bulnes and Steven Hernandez each had two goals and two assists. Alex Ferran recorded a goal and two assists.

Frankie Suarez and JC Campo each had a goal and an assist. Zach Garcia, Alex Antelo, Victor Romagosa, Kevin Mesa, Grant Nordlund, Danny Rancano and Michael Perry excelled on offense with Jake Quigley, Gabe Perez, Stevie Light and Brandon Garcia providing assists.

Prime Time flag football

Players of the Month from the Prime Time Sports Flag Football League at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.

Scouts (1st-2nd grade): Allan Strimber of the Hurricanes

Allan threw a touchdown pass, made six receptions (four for touchdowns) and intercepted two passes in three games. The Canes are the top seed in the standings.

Juniors (3rd-4th grade): Marc Wendrow of the Cowboys

Marc had a solid month by tossing four touchdown passes in two games. His performance was the determinant factor on the Cowboys’ victories.

Seniors (5th-6th grade): Lee Iaslovits of the Fighting Irish

Lee had an excellent month helping his team win two of three games. He had an impact in almost every category on each game with eight touchdown passes, two touchdown receptions and one interception.

Varsity (7th-8th grade): Simon Elharrar of the Gators

Simon had an astonishing performance in March. He played three games, totaling 17 receptions (four for touchdowns). Also, he intercepted five passes in one game.

Visit www.primefootball.com.

Miami Country Day top athletes

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Blake Kushner (water polo) as an eighth grader on the varsity team, she scored a goal against Coral Gables High School.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Blaise Pronesti (lacrosse) scored three goals in the Spartans’ win against Riviera Prep.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Mackenzie Bolton (water polo) made 24 saves in a match against Coral Gables High School.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Jared Robins (lacrosse) led the Spartans with seven goals against University School and Ransom Everglades.

Spartan Super Fan: Jeff Watson (Middle School Physical Education Teacher, Coach).

Tennis

The United States Tennis Association awarded $75,000 in Multicultural Excellence Tennis Grants to 10 community tennis organizations across the country, including Tier One Tennis in Coral Gables. Tier One Tennis will receive a $7,500 grant toward its competitive junior development programs that trains youngsters who are aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings.

The recipients were selected based on the number of players with sectional and national rankings in a specific program. Grants are awarded to organizations that operate year-round and provide a high level of on-court instruction and off-court training opportunities, with a history of developing tournament-level players.

Tier One Tennis is overseen by Managing Director Robert Gomez, operating from Salvadore Park and the William Kerdyk Tennis Center at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, only blocks apart from each other. Tier One specializes in travel coaching, mental toughness training, and event management among other offerings.

“Travel coaching is a big part of our developmental philosophy,” Gomez said. “How a player manages his or her tournament routine can be the difference between being an also-ran and finishing first. The best players don’t always win their matches. More so the players who played best do. Tier One’s travel team has been successful in reaching peak performance by getting mentally and physically ready for each and every match while monitoring their performance from match to match.”

Tier One also manages three prestigious junior events each year on the USTA national junior circuit: Boys & Girls 18s Rocky Mountain National Open in Denver, TennisPlaza Cup in Coral Gables, Copa Badia in Coral Gables.

“The USTA is extremely proud to honor these programs for the tremendous work they do in developing today’s young tennis players,” said USTA Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer D.A. Abrams. “We are delighted that through these grants, many up-and-coming players will continue to receive the most outstanding on-court instruction and guidance that will prepare them for the highest level of competition and successful tennis careers overall. Not only is their work great, but their impact will truly be profound.”

Visit www.usta.com.

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More events, leagues, programs

Moments of Month

Liberty Mutual Insurance announced the annual search for the most responsible youth sports moments of the year, in partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance.

Now in its third year, the “Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments” of 2013 seeks to identify and applaud acts of sportsmanship, selflessness, integrity, fairness and honesty from youth sports fields, rinks, courts, mats and pools around the country.

This year, with the help of U.S. Olympic skiing legend and youth sports parent Picabo Street, Liberty Mutual Insurance will name the “Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments” at the close of 2013.

Aligning with the brand’s ongoing commitment to responsibility, Liberty Mutual Insurance recently announced its partnership with the United States Olympic Committee and Team USA as the Official Property and Casualty and Life Insurance Partner of the 2014 and 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams that will compete in Sochi, Russia, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Street, best known for her gold medal performance in the super-G at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, and silver medal downhill performance in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway, joins Liberty Mutual’s commitment to youth sports as a mother and avid supporter of sportsmanship at all levels.

“As an athlete and now a mother of four young sons, I know first-hand the influence youth sports have in enriching a child with the values of sportsmanship and responsibility,” Street said. “To see U.S. Olympic Team partners like Liberty Mutual Insurance celebrate responsibility on the youth sports level is something I am proud to be a part of, and I urge fans across the country to share their examples of selflessness with us as nominees for 2013’s ‘Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments.’”

Now through Nov. 30, coaches and parents can submit a moment that celebrates the inherent goodness in youth sports at www.ResponsibleSports.com or by tweeting a nomination using #RSMoments. In addition, throughout 2013, Liberty Mutual Insurance and PCA will scour local headlines across the country and identify additional moments that exemplify sportsmanship within local communities.

Each month, three nominees will be highlighted on the Responsible Sports site where fans can tweet their vote for the most responsible “Moment of the Month.”

Winning moments will be announced at the close of 2013 and be honored by Liberty Mutual Insurance with a charitable donation of $1,000 to the 10 organizations that are responsible for each Responsible Sports moment. The Top “Moment of the Year” winner, as voted on by fans on Twitter, will also earn an extra $1,000 honorarium for its organization.

For information, visit www.ResponsibleSports.com or join the conversation @RespSports.

Fishing tournament

Anglers who register for the inaugural Florida Keys Dolphin Championship, set for May 24-26, have an opportunity to win a new SeaHunter bay boat valued at $75,000.

The first 200 teams that register for the tournament are eligible to win the 24-foot-long SeaHunter boat, said Mike Weinhofer, a veteran Keys angling skipper who conceived the event. Registration is $600 per team.

The innovative tournament features five different Keyswide weigh stations.

“If you’re among the first 200 teams that register and you catch the tournament’s largest dolphin, more than 55 pounds, you’ll win the boat,” Weinhofer said, “and that fish is worth another $50,000, if it’s caught from any size SeaHunter boat purchased from an authorized dealer after May 24, 2007.”

Weinhofer added that $15,000 awaits first place, and cash and prizes are awarded in 36 other categories.

Registration/weigh-in locations include Buzzards Roost and Garden Cove Marina in Key Largo, Plantation Yacht Sales in Islamorada, Tarpon Creek Marina and Restaurant in Marathon, Boondocks Grille and Draft House in the Lower Keys and Dante’s Restaurant at Conch Harbor Marina in Key West.

Fish must be caught in Keys waters, although it is permissible to use motor vehicles to drive them to weigh stations before the stations close at 5 p.m. each day of fishing. Event information, rules and registration, visit www.floridakeysdolphinchampionship.com or call 305-396-2025

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 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.

Visit www.rebelleathletics.com.

Jai-Alai

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 admanUSA@aol.com 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 www.usatretroseries.com.

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 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: kvaughan1229@gmail.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 lesleys@levisjcc.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 basketball

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.

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 tours@marlins.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.

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 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.

Soccer

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).

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 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.

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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