Prime Time Sports basketball standouts


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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.

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Prime Time basketball

Players of the Month for the Prime Time Sports Basketball League at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach

BIG EAST ( 3rd-4th grade)

Alan Wainer played phenomenal to help his Panthers win one of three games during the month. The two games that they lost were by a combined six points. He scored 33 points, averaging 11 points per game and has kep the Panthers in the playoff hunt.

SEC (5th-6th grade)

Leonardo Nicastro had a superb month scoring 57 points in three games, all won by his Commodores. The last game marked by a great comeback against the Gators after playing behind the majority of the game. At one point, they were down by 12 points. Leo with a 25-point game willed his team to victory by leading the comeback. Leo averaged 19 points per game in March.

NBA (7th-9th grade)

Bruno Wesley had a solid March where he contributed in the three wins for the undefeated Spurs (5-0). Bruno is one of the main reasons for their success. He has been doing everything on the court impacting the game every way possible (assisting, rebounding, scoring). He scored 27 points in three games.

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Jacob Golan scored 15 points to lead the Bulls over the Scarlet Knights 26-22 in the Big East (3rd-4th grade) of the Prime Time Sports Basketball League at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.

Josh Finvarb chipped in five points, and Marc Wendrow had four points. Elie Bibliowicz had two points. For the Scarlet Knights, Jordan Ben-Shalom scored 10 points, and Evan Lastra had four points. David Amsalem recorded three points, and Yair Hojbeg and Eithan Yisrael had two points apiece. Daniel Abbo also scored.

More BIG EAST (3th-4th grade)

Panthers 38, Wildcats 25: Alan Wainer 11 pts, Jake Moss 8 pts, Tatiana Wainer 10 pts (Player of the Week), Joseph Abramowitz 2 pts, Andy Grinsberg 4 pts, Benjamin Holcman 3 pts. For the Wildcats, Meyer Shalom 10 pts, Nicholas Ludwig 6pts, Menachem Gelman 6 pts, Carlos Romano 3 pts.

Golden Eagles 35, Hoyas 19: Pryce Markson 6 pts, Jared Brody 4 pts, Allan Strimber 6 pts, Aidan Blinderman 3 pts, Jaden Katz 14 pts, Samuel Courtney 2 pts. Lauryn Hornstein 12 pts, Michael Abbo 2 pts, Benny Bakar 2 pts, Abie Wahba 3 pts.

Huskies 35, Bearcats 17: Ryan Mendelson 19 pts, Tyler Gale 12 pts, Val Share 2 pts, Haim Sadovnic 2 pts. Liam Senker 8 pts, Aden Ben- Saadon 4 pts, Roy Blank 5 pts.

•  SEC (5th-6th grade)

Commodores 28, Razorbacks 27: Leonardo Nicastro 14 pts, Jonathan Abbo 4 pts, Jake Strober 2 pts, Jonathan Baran 4 pts, Menachem Rosenwasser 4 pts. For the Razorbacks, Eric Getzel 6 pts, Samuel Taieb 8 pts, David Bonwitt 7 pts, Amit Sapir 2, Benjamin Wolf 4pts.

Gators 48,Tigers 14: . Daniel Shaferman 12 pts, Matias Maia 15 pts, Alan Grinspun 11 pts, Nathan Azizollahoff 8 pts, Miguel Hirsh 2 pts.For the Tigers, Alan Berkman 12 pts, Simon Waxman 2 pts.

Wildcats 44, Volunteers 26: For the Wildcats Jonathan Kiblisky 5 pts, Andres Bacal 15 pts, Moises Benhamu 2 pts, Abraham Woldenberg 18 pts, Ariel Bramy 2 pts, Gabriel Bramy 2 pts. For the Volunteers, Saul Birmaher 8 pts, Nathaniel Elharrar 8 pts, Elan Roffe 6 pts, Armando Ruah 4 pts.

Bulldogs 42, Crimson Tide 32: Ariel Yecuteli 7 pts, Asher Courtney 9 pts, Noah Markofsky 16 pts (Player of the Week), Steven Becker 4 pts, Michael Braun 2 pts, Moises Essenfeld 2 pts, Eli Gelb 2 pts. Yaniv Assraf 14 pts, Ben Ratzker 4 pts, Shaul Levy 6 pts, Daniel Zipori 5 pts, Avi Alalu 4 pts.

• NBA (7th-9th grade)

Celtics 37, Knicks 30: Josh Klein 15 pts (Player of the Week )Andy Elyakim 4 pts, Nicholas Mufson 4 pts, Kevin Weiger 12 pts, Ernesto Yogev 2 pts. For the Knicks, Daniel Berkman 7 pts, Alex Bitchactchi 2 pts, Eli Navarro 1 point, Ian Schillinger 12 points, Michael More 8 pts.

Nets 42, Lakers 27: Justin Korakakos 10 pts, Alex Fraynd 4 pts, Enzo Collomba 8 pts, Keith Bonwitt 4 pts, Simon Assouline 4 pts, Simon Elharrar 12 pts. For theLakers, Uriel Epelbaum 4 pts, Nathan Furman 2 pts, Kai Vagio 2 pts, Daren Hirsch 2 pts, Daniel Haddad 3 pts, Josh Becher 6 pts, Victor Gilinsky 2 pts, Bernardo Essenfeld 6 pts.

Spurs 33, Clippers 42: 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 Clippers, Mark Hanz 20 pts, Jordan Kasimow 5 pts, Avi Weisskoff 5 pts, Dan Berflein 9 pts, Alberto Sutton 3 pts, Jake Singer 5 pts, Eithan Curtis 2 pts.

• The Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center is at 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach, 33180.


Miami Beach basketball

The Nets defeated the Heat 45-39 with Isaiah Manasara scoring 25 points in the 12-13 age group of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation basketball at Flamingo Park. Noah Ogaza and Victor Godoy each scored eight points. Ivinson Bernadel scored 31 points, and Andy Sala added four points for the Heat.

More 12-13 : The Bulls beat the Bucks 28-19. Angel Rodriguez scored 10 points, and Adrian Thompson added 9 points. Parmasar Ramdass scored 9 points, and Luke Druckman added 4 points for the Bucks.

The Grizzlies edged the Clippers 25-23. JR Hopkins scored 11 points, and Alex Preiss had 8 points. Jeffery Keeler and Elies Guennain each scored 6 points for the Clippers.

The Nets defeated the Bucks 39-26. Isaiah Manasara recorded 22 points, and Sam Martinez and Noah Ogaza each scored 6 points. The Bucks’ Parmasar Ramdass scored 12 points, and Victor Gheller added 7 points.

•  7-8: The Knicks edged the Lakers 10-7. Logan Spill had 8 points, and Owen Basner added 2 points. Adam Hyman had 3 assists. For the Lakers, Max Lawrence recorded 4 points, and Alec Miller chipped in 2 points. Axel Buitton scored a point.

The Hornets and the Heat played to a tie. Brett Burstein scored 4 points, and Jefferson Eig and Noah Scheinblum each had 2 points. The Heat’s Max Gelber scored 4 points, and Miguel Aronte and Lucas Turano had 2 points apiece.

The Bulls edged the Thunder 14-12. Dylan Schnur recorded 12 points, and Jermiah Trey-Steward added 2 points. Manuel Palmieri and Sebastian Pederson each scored 4 points for the Thunder. David Tamen scored 2 points, and Issac Sokol added a point.

The Thunder defeated the Hornets 17-7. David Saka scored 13 points, and Manuel Palmieri had 3 points. Jackson Glovaski added a point. For the Hornets, Dillan Weismann had 4 points, and Noah Scheinblum chipped in 3 points. Sean Wendell had 3 assists.

The Heat beat the Lakers 11-3. Miguel Aronte recorded 5 points, and Lucas Turano had 4 points. August Ackerman added 2 points. Oliver Segal had 3 points, and Joshua Harris and Ricardo Quiros had 4 rebounds apiece for the Lakers.

The Bulls edged the Knicks 12-11. Dylan Schnur scored 9 points, and Julian Corniel chipped in 2 points. Cole Young also scored. The Knicks’ Logan Spill scored 5 points, and Eli Rudd added 4 points. Jackson also contributed 2 points.

•  9-11: The Grizzlies beat the Nets 13-10. Evan Fredel scored 12 points, and David Alfonso added a point. The Nets’ Joseph Kodsi had 6 points, and Noah Jaid chipped in 2 points.

The Thunder edged the Kings 20-18. Ezra Rivera scored 5 points, and Ashton Wright, Anthony Del Rosario and Drew Burnstine had 4 points apiece. The Kings’ Daniel Friedman scored 10 points, and Arthur Ackerman and Sebastian Perez-Bravo each totaled 4 points.

The Heat defeated the Celtics 23-13 with Isaiah Gardener scoring 16 points and Xyrus Golaub adding 4 points. Noah Dinic totaled 9 points, and Justin Schwartz chipped in 3 points for the Celtics.

The Bucks beat the Nuggets 20-16. Daveon Morris scored 12 points, and Noah Milon added 8 points. Thomas Murphy had 4 assists. For the Nuggets, Toby Squire had 7 points, and Nick Namias scored 5 points. Ethan Hunt added 4 points.

The Clippers defeated the Lakers 29-25 in overtime. Zaire Wade scored 14 points, and Hudson Revesc had 8 points. Aden Karp made a 3-pointer. The Lakers’ Brock Levin scored 19 points. Owen Spill had 4 points, and Zack Barcenas chipped in 2 points.

The Knicks beat the Bulls 22-11. Chaz Berkowitz scored 11 points, and Dylan Allen had 6 points. Israel Enchenique added 3 points. Justin Neely scored 4 points for the Bulls, and Antonio Todd and Lucca Meija each had 2 points.

The Grizzlies edged the Lakers 27-26. Jacob Martin and Even Fredel each scored 10 points. Bryan Saka contributed 7 points. Zack Barcenas had 12 points, and Brock Levin totaled 10 points for the Lakers. Luke Barcenas also scored.

The Celtics defeated the Kings 14-11. Noah Dinic scored 8 points, and Andrew Zaiac had 4 points. Samuel Linderman added 2 points. For the Kings, Michael Cramer had 6 points, and Daniel Freidman chipped in 4 points. Lee Dilena had 3 assists.

The Heat defeated the Nets 14-8. Isiah Gardner scored 10 points, and Xyrus Golub and Jared Rogoff each scored 2 points. Joseph Kodsi scored 6 points, and Kevin Quiroga added 2 points for the Nets. Xavier Ospino had 3 assists.

•  Girls: 8-10: The Liberty defeated the Sparks 7-3. Melina Flores scored 4 points, and Belen Rodriquez contributed 3 points. Saiah Amarilla had 3 points for the Sparks.

•  11-14: The Sparks beat the Dream 14-9 with Arielys Rodriquez scoring 10 points and Rita Vega adding 4 points. The Dream’s Miah Ogaza and Isadora Kron each scored 2 points.

Prime Time flag football

Jorge Batievsky threw four touchdown passes as the Longhorns beat the Fighting Irish 25-20 in Seniors (5th-6th grade) of the Prime Time Sports Flag Football League at the Michael Ann-Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.

Dimitri Politano made five receptions (one a touchdown), and Chaim Cohen caught two passes (one a touchdown). He also recorded a sack. Jake Kurkin totaled nine receptions (one a touchdown), and Sebastian Ludmir had three receptions. Alan Doron caught four passes (one a touchdown).

For the Fighting Irish, Lee Iaslovits tossed three touchdown passes and made two receptions. Aiden Singer had two receptions and Amit Yaari one reception. James Brinker caught eight passes (with two touchdown catches). Alan Grinspun had three receptions (one a touchdown), and Gabriel Dayan caught two passes and Jonah Krell one.

More Seniors (5th-6th grade)

Hurricanes 33, Cowboys 19: Jonas Senker three touchdown passes, one touchdown run, one reception; Daniel Strimber seven receptions, one interception, one touchdown run; Joel Schraer ten receptions (one a touchdown); David Bonwitt two receptions; Jonah Wallach one reception; Zachary Matz three receptions (one a touchdown); Nissim Chaillo one reception.

For the Cowboys, Noah Markovsky two touchdown passes, one reception; Benjamin Wolf one touchdown pass, two receptions; Eric Getzel five receptions (one a touchdonwn); Maxwell Cusnier six receptions (with two touchdown catches) ; Julian Rubinovich two receptions, Alex Bugay one reception, Jordan Temares two receptions.

Ducks 25, Gators 13: Brian Mars two touchdown passes; Leonardo Nicastro three receptions (one a touchdown), one touchdown run, two interceptions (one for a touchdown); Carter Levine one touchdown run, one reception for touchdown, three sacks; Jose Sacal one reception ; Louis D’Antuono one reception.

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

•  Varsity (7th-9th grade)

Longhorns 19, Fighting Irish 18: Josh Silverman two touchdown passes; three receptions (one a touchdown), one interception; Abraham Shalom one touchdown pass, one interception, one reception; Daniel Yerushalmi four receptions (one a touchdown); Gianni Maioul two receptions, one interception; Jake Singer three sacks.

For the Fighting Irish, Daniel Ellenbogen three touchdown passes; Abraham Milhem one sack, one reception; Moshe Kalchman one interception, three receptions; Rafi Hersher eight receptions (one a touchdown); Raphael Motola two receptions; Spencer Steinfeld three receptions (with two touchdown catches).

Ducks 19, Hurricanes 13: Jackson Levine two touchdown passes; Michael Duek two receptions; Joel Shapiro (Player of the Week) five receptions (with three touchdown catches), one interception; Daniel Franco four receptions (one a touchdonw), two sacks; Tomy Korn three receptions; Beny Redensky one touchdown run, two receptions, one interecption; Aaron Benenson three receptions (one a touchdown), one sack.

For the Hurricanes, Harry Mizraji two touchdown passes; Josef Gad eight receptions (with two touchdown catches); Max Peicher one reception; Moises Doron six receptions (one a touchdown); Steven Moltmann two receptions; Matteo Marcato two sacks, one reception; Ethan Werner one reception.

Cowboys 27, Gators 6: Bradley Mostovitz three touchdown passes; Avi Parrino four receptions (one a touchdown), one interception; Justin Mostovitz one reception; Dylan Hopen two receptions (one a touchdown); Christopher Manzini one touchdown run, one interception for touchdown.

For the Gators, Alex Fraynd one touchdown pass; Andy Elyakim two receptions; Bernardo Faigenblat one reception; Mark Hanz four receptions (one a touchdown); Simon Elharrar six receptions.

•  Scouts (1st-2nd grade)

Longhorns 24, Fighting Irish 13: Jamie Mizrahi one touchdown pass, one touchdown run, one reception; Joseph Abramowitz one reception; Michael Benzadon one interception; Noah Kurkin one reception; Sammy Sklar one touchdown run; Ashton Sklar one sack, one reception; Hank Klein one touchdown run, four receptions (one a touchdown), one sack.

For the Figthing Irish, Jack Harris two receptions, two touchdown runs; Max Kertznus one reception; Kyle Ratzker one touchdown pass, two sacks, three receptions; Jake Manasse two receptions; Arie Mizrachi two receptions, Zack Banin one reception.

Hurricanes 24, Cowbys 12: Alan Strimber three touchdown passes; one reception, one interception; Daniel Brown one reception, one interception; Eithan Hornstein two receptions; Marcos Romano one touchdown run, five receptions (one a touchdown), one sack; Isaac Feldman three receptions, Patrick Savoia five receptions (with two touchdown catches); Michael Kiblisky one reception.

For the Cowboys, Abraham Klainbaum one touchdown run, seven receptions; Daniel Rosen two receptions. Eyal Waxman one touchdown pass, one reception; Jack Agion five receptions (one a touchdown).

•  Juniors (3rd-4th grade)

Cowboys 12, Ducks 6: Marc Wendrow one touchdown run, one touchdown pass, one interception; Nisim Toledano two receptions (one a touchdown); Carlos Romano two receptions, one sack; Johnny Fishman three receptions, two interceptions, Max Wagenberg one reception; Samuel Courtney three receptions.

For the Ducks, Mason Weisfisch nine receptions; Levi Gans one sack; Dylan Morningstar six receptions, one interception for touchdown; Jacky Camhi one receptions; Daniel Yaari one receptions.

Hurricanes 13, Cowboys 6: Andres Furzyfer two receptions (one a touchdown); Benjamin Klein one touchdown run, one touchdown pass; Ilan Koenig eight receptions; Jacob Singer two receptions, four sacks.

For the Cowboys, Marc Wendrow one touchdown pass, one sack; Nisim Toledano five receptions (one a touchdown); Johnny Fishman four receptions, Max Wagenberg two receptions, Sauel Courtney two receptions.

Longhorns 26, Fighting Irish 13: Pablo Sangranichne five receptions; Daniel Eidelstein three touchdown passes; Alan Wainer three receptions (one a touchdown); Abie Bonkovski (Player of the Week) seven receptions (one a touchdown), four receptions (one a touchdown) one touchdown pass; Adam Weinberg two sacks, four receptions (one a touchdown), Daniel Roffe two receptions (one a touchdown).

For the Fighting Irish, Meyer Shalom one touchdown pass; Moises Shaferman one touchdown run, one rception; Alexander Moltmann one reception; Jackson Gold two receptions; Avi Lalo eight receptions (one a touchdown); Tomer Spivak two receptions.

• The Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center is at 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach, 33180.

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Dolphins Junior Training Camp

The Miami Dolphins visited Ruben Dario Middle School in Miami for the Gatorade Junior Training Camp as part of the team’s Youth Programs initiative. Approximately 200 students participated in the camp, which entailed six interactive football drills and cheerleader routines.

“To give back to the community, I think it’s very important. I think the Dolphins are doing a wonderful job setting an example for the kids,” Ruben Dario Principal Verona McCarthy said. “I was very impressed with what [former Dolphins tight end] Troy [Drayton] had to say. I think it has a big impact on the kids.”

Ruben Dario Middle School has 700 students and is considered a “Healthy School” as they receive a grant for healthy food choices in the cafeteria. The school has a goal of getting kids to eat healthy and get as much exercise as possible. The Junior Training Camp is a great example of the school’s exercise objective.

The morning began with Youth Programs Coordinator Troy Drayton speaking to the students about being Dol-Fit, which is the Dolphins campaign that emphasizes the importance of having an education, keeping physically fit and making positive choices.

The students then got to participate in the camp, which consisted of a variety of football stations, from throwing and catching to running the ball under hurdles and in between pads.

“I thought the camp went extremely well,” Drayton said. “I hope students continue to be motivated and encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle and that they really take our message to heart.”

Visit to request school visits for the Gatorade Junior Training Camp, Fins Friday or Beyond the Game.

For information on the Miami Dolphins Youth Football Clinic, Youth Football Camps or school visits, contact the Miami Dolphins Youth and Community Programs Department at 305-943-7272 or

Miami Beach baseball

The Yankees and the Nationals played to a tie at eight in the 9-10 age group of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation baseball at Flamingo Park.

Alexander Waxman hit a home run and collected three RBI for the Nationals. Blaze Williams, Ben Agusta and Sammy Lurie each scored. For the Yankees, Nate Agusta and Jesse Baron each scored twice, and Kevin Costa added a run.

Miami Country Day top athletes

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Amelia Gregorio (water polo) scored five goals in matches against Gulliver and Ransom Everglades.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Christian Claramonte (water polo) had 24 blocks in matches against Ransom Everglades, Gulliver and Riviera Prep.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Nicole Halpryn (water polo) scored a combined 16 goals against Krop, Miami Beach, Spanish River, Oviedo and Lake Nona.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Shaun Berman (tennis) qualified for state by winning the district title at No.1 singles and teaming with Alec Koss to win at No.1 doubles.

Spartan Super Fan: Murray Woodburn (Upper School Science Teacher).

Columbus lacrosse

The Columbus High School boys’ varsity lacrosse team extended its winning streak to 11 with a 25-1 victory over Killian.

The Explorers had 16 players score and 19 garner points.

The powerful play of the offense was led by seniors Grant Nordlund and Steven Hernandez each with five points. Nordlund had four assists and a goal, and Hernandez had four goals and an assist. JC Campo added four points (two goals, two assists).

Also contributing to the offensive display with multiple goals and/or assists were Jake Quigley, Sebi Cancio, Gabe Perez, Michael Bulnes, Danny Rancano, Danny Gomez, Josef Shabaz and Alec Carreras. Omar Shabaz, Stevie Light, Cody Brais, Alex Antelo, Kevin Mesa, Michael Perry and Marcus Davide rounded out the scoring.

• Columbus (15-2) ended the regular season with a 14-1 win over Coral Reef. The Explorers outscored their last 11 opponents 187-44.

Coral Reef goalkeeper A.J. Mestres worked hard notching more than 20 saves, several point blank.

Steven Hernandez tallied seven points (five goals, two saves). Nicky Quintairos had three goals, and Alec Carreras and Grant Nordlund each recorded two goals and two assists. Cody Brais scored twice, and Danny Gomez had three assists. Jake Quigley also had an assist.

Pace track & field

Ryan Ventura, a senior from Monsignor Edward Pace High School, won the boys’ 1,600-meter run during the District 15-2A Track & Field Meet at Traz Powell Stadium.

His winning time was 4 minutes 51 seconds. Later Ventura was runner-up in the 3,200 in 10:48. He qualified for regionals in both.

Marist water polo

Cutler Bay’s Robyn Crabtree had four points and four steals as the Marist College women’s water polo team defeated VMI 17-5.

Crabtree later recorded three points in the Red Foxes’ 14-6 win over Siena and added two points in a 13-6 victory over Villanova.

They were three Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference wins for Marist (24-11 overall, 10-2 MAAC). An NCAA Division I affiliate, Marist is in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Kendall Hammocks cheerleading, football

Celebrating its 25th Warrior season the Kendall Hammocks Warriors program announces registration for the 2013 tackle football and cheerleading program.

Tackle football: Boys age 5-14. Must be 5 by April 1 and cannot turn 15 in 2013.

Teams are formed by age and weight. Participants must be present to register. Age and weight chart is found at

Registration is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27, May 11, May 18, June 1, June 8; and 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 3 at DevonAire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave. Fee is $180. Email Visit

Cheerleading: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 27, May 11, May 18, June 1, June 8; 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 3 at DevonAire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave. Fee is $160. Email

• The Kendall Hammocks Warriors are members of the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks and is an all-volunteer program. For information or to inquire about coaching email

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The USA Swimming Foundation granted more than $250,000 to help local Make a Splash partners in 19 states provide children with life-saving, learn-to-swim instruction for free or at a reduced cost.

More than 130 applications were received, and 41 local programs were selected as recipients of 2013 Make a Splash grants. Among the 41 recipients nationwide was Hialeah.

Make a Splash is the national child-focused, water-safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation. Make a Splash partners with more than 600 learn-to-swim providers in all 50 states in an effort to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim.

“This funding allows our local partners to provide swimming lessons to children who otherwise may never have the opportunity to learn the life-skills of swimming,” said Debbie Hesse, Executive Director of the USA Swimming Foundation. “The USA Swimming Foundation is excited to see continued growth, as we now have programs in all 50 states and have reached nearly 2 million children since 2007. We are incredibly grateful to our donors and corporate sponsors who are dedicated to making sure all children in American learn to swim.”

The USA Swimming Foundation grants money to partner organizations on an annual basis, and, to date, has disbursed more than $2.8 million. Grants are made possible by the support of donors, foundations and corporate partners.

Since June of 2007, more than 1.8 million children have taken lessons though local Make a Splash partners. Grant recipients like Hialeah provide a portion of its lessons for free or at a reduced cost, or provide free water safety education in their communities.

• About USA Swimming Foundation

The USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming. Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the sport by saving lives and building champions – in the pool and in life. Whether we’re equipping our children with the life-saving skill of learn-to-swim, or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country.

The Foundation also serves as the home for our National and Olympic Team Alumni reunions and regional events. The development efforts of the USA Swimming Foundation aim to establish an endowment to strengthen the future of USA Swimming’s programs and services. To learn more, visit

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 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 or join the conversation @RespSports.

Fishing tournament

Anglers who register for the inaugural Florida Keys Dolphin Championship, which is 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 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

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.

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. 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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