Ransom Everglades sailing into second


About this feature

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 or call 954-538-7153.

Go to MiamiHerald.com/sports/youth/miami-dade

Ransom Everglades sailing

Ransom Everglades School was second of 16 high schools during the South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association District Regatta in Miami.

By finishing second, the Raiders qualified for the Mallory Cup, the national championship regatta for high school sailing in the two-person C420 class. The Mallory Cup National Championship is in Chicago.

The district tegatta included schools from Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and the Caribbean. Ransom hosted the two-day event which sailed off its shores on Biscayne Bay.

Antilles School (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands) and Ransom scored the same low point total (102), but Antilles won on the second tiebreaker. Antilles and third place finisher (Fort Lauderdale) St. Thomas Aquinas also qualified for the national regatta.

“This was a great day for our sailing program,” Ransom Everglades’ Head Coach Ganzalo Crivello said. “It was an important regatta, and our sailors were able to maintain a great deal of focus in order to do as well as we did.”

Led by skippers Nathaniel Johansson and Alex Swerdlow, Ransom Everglades placed in the top five during 23 of 30 races.

To win the district regatta, Antilles School erased a 10-point deficit from the first day.

“After the first day, I told the team to stay confident and consistent in every race,” said Kim Murtha, the Head Coach for Antilles School. “Our sailors responded, and we were able to win the regatta.”

Murtha added: “We really look forward to representing the South Atlantic District at the Mallory Cup. We have been sailing the district event for years, and this regatta was quite impressive with the improved level of quality and depth of all the teams involved. Ransom was extremely talented, and we were fortunate to win.”

The Mallory Cup National Championship features the Top 20 teams from the seven districts of the Interscholastic Sailing Association. More than 450 high school teams are members of the association with nearly 3,500 sailors.

Conchita Espinosa basketball

The Conchita Espinosa Academy girls’ varsity basketball team (7th and 8th graders) won the Independent School League Championship.

Trailing Doctors Charter School 16-8 in the fourth quarter, the Cougars went on a 12-1 run to seal the come-from-behind victory. It marked the team’s third championship in a month. Conchita previously won the Greater Miami Athletic League as wel as the South Division of the Independent School League.

All nine team members had an impact in the win against Doctors Charter. Olivia Gonzalez, Naomi Hasegawa and Nicole Ruiz Sierra provided stellar defense to keep the game within reach. Katherine Rodriguez, Lilly Garcia and Megan Gonzalez added strong rebounding in the second half. Karen Chakour was the energy of the team, and Cristina Hernandez led the team in scoring, igniting the comeback with her outside shooting. Alyssa Soublette, who played the entire way, sealed the victory with two clutch free throws late in the game.

Miami Beach basketball

Mehdi Amrouss scored 16 points, and Elies Guennoun added 12 points to lead the Clippers over the Bucks 40-37 in the 12-13 age group of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation basketball at Flamingo Park. For the Bucks, Jorge Incerna scored 15 points, and Parmasar Ramdass had 10 points.

The Heat defeated the Bulls 42-37. Ivinson Bernadel scored 23 points, and Alexis Amaya had six points. Adrian Thompson had 14 points, and Matthew Zorilla totaled 12 points for the Bulls.

•  7-8: Playoffs: Semifinals: The Knicks doubled the Lakers 22-11. Logan Spill and Jackson Gessner scored eight points each. Alexander Raymond finished with three points, and Eli Rudd added a basket. Max Lawrence led the Lakers with six points. Oliver Segal had three points, and Jack Meltzer also scored.

The top seeded Hornets edged the Heat 16-13. Brett Burstein led the Hornets with eight points, and Dillon Weismann had four points, and Jefferson Eig and Lohan Joulin had two points apiece. The Heat’s Lucas Turano scored a game-high nine points, and Max Gelber and Sebastian Alarcon each added a basket.

•  9-11: Playoffs: First Round: The 10th seeded Bulls edged the seventh seeded Thunder 20-18. Joshua Neely keyed the Bulls with 14 points, and Justin Neely had six points. Drew Burstine and Ezra Rivera scored seven points apiece for the Thunder, and Anthony Delrosario finished with four points.

The Grizzlies beat the Kings 19-16. Bryan Saka had eight points, and Jacob Martin recorded six points. Evan Fredel had three points, and Manuel Norres added a basket. Daniel Friedman led the Kings with five points. Ronald Luque scored four points and Michael Cramer two points.

The Lakers defeated the Celtics 25-17. Brock Levin led the Lakers with 11 points, and Owen Spill scored eight points. Zack Barcenas chipped i . Noah Dinic scored a game-high 14 for the Celtics and Scott Kaufman added a basket.

The #11 seeded Nets upset the #6 Heat 19-14. Joseph Kodsi led the Nets with 10 points, Kevin Quiroga scored 6 and Hudson Elegant connected on a 3 pointer. Isaiah Gardner led the Heat with 12 points and Xyrus Golub added a basket.

Quarterfinals: The 10th seeded Bulls upset the #2 ranked Knicks 27-18. Joshua Neely led the Bulls with 19 points, Justin Neely chipped in six points, and Daniel Sordo added a basket. For the Knicks, Chaz Berkowitz had 10 points, and Cedric Jenkins scored six points. Mendy Rudd also scored.

The Bucks beat the Nets 25-16. Dahveon Morris scored a game-high 12 points, and Noah Milon chipped in six points. Arthur Joulin made a 3-pointer. Joseph Kodsi led the Nets with seven points, and Kevin Quiroga scored five points. Noah Jaid recorded with four points.

The eighth seeded Lakers stunned the top ranked Clippers 22-16. Brock Levin and Zack Barcenas led the Lakers with nine points each, and Joshua Hyman and Owen Spill added two points apiece. Hudson Revesz had five points for the Clippers, and teammates Zaire Wade and Zach Bohm had four points each. Aden Karp made a 3-pointer basket.

The Grizzlies defeated the Nuggets 28-14. Evan Fredel led the Grizzlies with a game-high 16 points. Jacob Martin totaled six points, and Bryan Saka had four points. David Alfonso also scored. Ethan Hunt and Blaze Williams scored six points apiece for the Nuggets, and Nick Namias added a basket.

Prime Time basketball

Justin Korakakos had 18 points as the Nets edged the Clippers 39-38 in NBA (7th-9th grade) of Prime Time Sports basketball at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.

Adam Oliel scored 10 points, and Enzo Collomba added nine points. Simon Elharrar had two points. For the Clippers, Jake Singer totaled 13 points. Avi Weisskoff had 10 points, and Dan Berflein scored five points. Jordan Kasimow chipped in six points and Mark Hanz four points.

MORE NBA (7th-9th grade)

Heat 50, Celtics 40: Alejandro Klimberg 10 pts, Christian Zorzi 8 pts, Daniel Pitichiesky 3 pts, David Ezekiel 6 pts, Johnmichael Sossa 3 pts, Jordan Markofsky 5 pts, Yomtow Bejar 15 pts. For the Celtics, Josh Klein 20 pts, Nicholas Mufson 2 pts, Kevin Weiger 8 pts, Andy Elyakim 10 pts.

Spurs 60, Knicks 46: Brandon Elyakim 19 pts, Joseph Wiener 6 pts, Bruno Wesley 17 pts, Felipe Lombello 4 pts, Christian Yol 8 pts, Jake Gale 3 pts. For the Knicks, Daniel Berkman 22 pts, Ian Schillinger 5 points, Michael More 3 pts, Alex Bitchatchi 14 pts.

• BIG EAST (3th-4th grade)

Player of the Week Liam Senker scored eight points to lead the Bearcats over the Orangemen 22-19. Michael Efroni and Gabriel Puterman each had four points, and Roy Blank recorded six points. For the Orangemen, Daniel Broides scored 16 points and William Shaoul three points.

Panthers 28, Scarlet Knights 23: Alan Wainer 14 pts, Benjamin Holcman, Jake Moss, Tatiana Wainer 6 pts. For the Scarlet Knights, Daniel Abbo 5 pts, Eithan Yisrael 5 pts, David Amselem 5 pts, Tomer Spivak 4 pts, Yair Hojberg 2 pts.

Huskies 36, Golden Eagles 33: Ryan Mendelson 29 pts, Tyler Gale 3 pts, Haim Sadovnic 4 pts. For the Golden Eagles, Pryce Markson 4 pts, Jared Brody 4 pts, Allan Strimber 7 pts, Jaden Katz 11 pts.

Bulls 23, Hoyas 17: Jacob Golan 10 pts Josh Finvarb 4 pts, Marc Wendrow 5 pts, Jake Gelb 4 pts. For the Hoyas, Michael Abbo 2 pts, Benny Bakar 8 pts, Daniel Gutkin 6 pts.

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Scheck Hillel soccer

Even though the season is over, the Scheck Hillel Community School boys’ varsity soccer team continues to celebrate its success as four players were named to the Miami Herald All-Dade Boys’ Soccer Team (Division 3A-1A), the most to make the county team in school history.

The incredible accomplishment comes on the heels of the team’s equally successful season, which saw the team go 19-2-1 and become the first team of any sport in Hillel history to reach a state final.

Sophomore defender Ben Vaisberg was named first team. Julian Ribak and Daniel Furmanski made second team, and Elan Stiberman was third team. The nominations also prove the incredible efforts by Coach Ben Magidson, who took a team with no seniors all the way to the state championship game.

Located in North Miami Beach, Scheck Hillel Community School is one of the largest Jewish schools in the country.

Track & field

Senior Avery Lopez helped lead the Belen Jesuit School boys’ varsity track & field team to the Region 4-3A Championship at Archbishop McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches.

The Wolverines totaled 77 points in a close battle to best 27 other high schools. Central was fourth with 61 points, Carol City fifth with 52 and Northwestern sixth with 50.

On the girls’ side, junior Lloydricia Cameron and senior Yolanda Springer helped guide Northwestern to the girls’ title. The Bulls scored 156 points to greatly distance a field of 25 high schools. Central was third with 37 points and Carol City fourth with 36.

The meet was a qualifier for the Class 3A state championships.

Local state qualifiers include: Girls: High jump: 2. Briana Eskridge, Northwestern, 5-4; 3. Terneka Gibson, Carol City, 5-2. Triple jump: 2. Briana Eskridge, Northwestern, 36-1; 3. Yolanda Springer, Northwestern, 35-11. Discus: 1. Lloydricia Cameron, Northwestern, 154-7; 2. Jasmine Williams, Carol City, 142-8; 3. Akassja White, Northwestern, 136-7; 4. Jontavia Dykes, Northwestern, 109-6. Shot put: 1. Lloydricia Cameron, Northwestern, 45-10; 2. Jontavia Dykes, Northwestern, 42-9; 3. Jasmine Williams, Carol City, 42-2; 4. Akassja White, Northwestern, 40-8.5. 100: 2. Kemetra Byrd, Northwestern, 12.28; 3. Julmiste Hope, Northwestern, 12.29; 4. Nia Roberts, Norland, 12.29. 200: 4. Tiffany John-Baptiste, Norland, 25.15. 100 hurdles: 2. Yolanda Springer, Northwestern, 14.20; 3. Timetria Mitchell, Northwestern, 14.38; 4. Altoniece Williams, Northwestern, 14.39. 300 hurdles: 1. Kimani Austin-Reese, Central, 43.23; 3. Altoniece Williams, Northwestern, 44.36. 400 relay: 1. Norland (Tiffany John-Baptiste, Ashley Bostick, Nia Roberts, Daryle Rhodes) 47.73. 400: 4. Terneka Gibson, Carol City, 57.93. 1,600 relay: 1. Northwestern (Altoniece Williams, Yolanda Springer, A’sja Baker, La’kayla Harris) 3:52.88; 4. Carol City (Kendia Williams, Camille Robinson, Terneka Gibson, Keiona Phillips) 3:58.83. 3,200 relay: 1. Northwestern (Ricardia Cooper, Torrencia Allen, A’sja Baker, Rayne’sha Harris) 9:38.90; 2. Central (Sherrie Hinds, Ladicia Henfield, Roselore Desir, Mandolina Simeon) 9:46.53. 800: 1. Destiny Johnson (Homestead) 2:18.53; 2. Torrencia Allen (Northwestern) 2:19.97. 1,600: 1. Destiny Johnson, Homestead, 5:16.08; 3. Sherrie Hinds, Central, 5:27.47.

Boys: Pole vault: 1. Carlos Muniz, Belen, 13-6; 3. Jose Roca, Belen, 13-0. Long jump: 1. Devric Foster, Norland, 22-8.5; 2. Edward Rolle, Carol City, 22-8. Shot put: 1. Aaron Hanna, Central, 54-4. 100: 2. Ryan Bermudez, Miami Springs, 10.88; 3. Dalvin Cook, Central, 10.97. 110 hurdles: 1. Artie Burns, Northwestern, 13.98. 300 hurdles: 1. Artie Burns, Northwestern, 37.62; 4. Desmond Hart, Northwestern, 39.96. 400 relay: 1. Central (Simpkin Pherris, Javaunie Francis, Dalvin Cook, Roderick Carter) 41.15; 2. Carol City (Jaleh Alexander, Matthew Whyte, Teandre Robinson, Edward Rolle) 41.62. 400: 1. Jeffrey Green, Northwestern, 48.19; 2. Simeon Thomas, Carol City, 49.11; 3. Cordell Lamb, Northwestern, 49.12. 1,600 relay: 1. Central (Jean Cambry, Allen Searaphin, Dalvin Cook, Javaunie Francis) 3:17.58; 4. Carol City (Marcus Smith, Simeon Thomas, Teandre Robinson) 3:24.33. 3,200 relay: 1. Central (Jean Cambry, Antonio Cotton, Jordany Georges, Allen Searaphin) 8:02.26; 2. Belen (Alexander Isaac, Omar Rosete, Diego Rojo, Avery Lopez) 8:03.39; 4. Northwestern (Cordell Lamb, Leon Brown, Christopher Othelot, Jeffrey Green) 9:09.30. 800: 1. Marcus Smith, Carol City, 1:56.73; 3. Jean Cambry, Central, 1:57.87; 4. Allen Searaphin, Central, 1:58.42. 1,600: 1. Avery Lopez, Belen, 4:22.96; 4. Ryan Rodriguez, Belen, 4:25.76. 3,200: 1. Avery Lopez, Belen, 9:44.81; 2. Andres Fernandez, Belen, 9:50.90; 4. Fabian Tomas, Belen, 9:54.07.

Singer Island Half Marathon

Antonius Van Zutphen, 61, of Coconut Grove was third in men 60-64 during the Singer Island Half Marathon at Ocean Mall. He completed a 13.1-mile run in 2 hours 19 minutes 51 seconds.

In women 35-39, Miami Beach’s Elisa Castrolugo placed fourth in 1:52:23, followed by Kelly Walsh, also from Miami Beach, in 1:53:37.

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Thirty kids along with more than 45 parents experienced ROGY Tennis during the Spring ROGY Classic at the Reiner Heinser Tennis Academy in Miami.

ROGY (Red, Orange, Green, Yellow tennis ball progression) hones the skills of young beginner and intermediate players in a fun, no-pressure environment featuring the 10 and Under Tennis format of play. Kids use right-sized racquets, lower-bouncing balls and smaller court sizes, and experience fun round-robin match play with no pressure of winning or losing or point rankings.

“We had a lot of food, drinks and music, and everybody was less nervous and enjoyed themselves much more,” said organizer and academy founder Reiner Heinser. “All the parents talked to each other, exchanged telephone numbers for matches in the future for the kids, and it was more laughing and joking and cheering.”

ROGY is ideal for youth players of all ages who want to play against opponents with a similar skill level. By removing the rankings and focusing on gaining experience rather than winning, the events provide a more fun way for youth players to participate. It is also ideal for parents who don’t want the high stress and long days associated with competitive tournaments or the obligation of playing a regular league.

“We had a great presentation for the medals over the microphone, cheering, clapping and laughing,” Heinser said. “ROGY is rocking. It was a great experience for the players and parents, and thanks to the monitors, we had a referee for almost every court with scorekeepers.”

For information on ROGY, go to the Florida ROGY website at www.floridarogy.com.

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 www.floridakeysdolphinchampionship.com or call 305-396-2025.

More fishing

Attracted by Islamorada’s ‘sport fishing capital’ moniker, 30 of the world’s top fly anglers will compete during the Outback Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament from May 19-22 in the Florida Keys. Limited spots remain available, according to tournament organizers.

Fishing is 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20-22. Breakfast is 5 a.m. at the Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar, MM 82 bayside. All boats depart from the Lorelei and return to the Islamorada Fishing Club for an afternoon dockside gathering and weigh-in.

Anglers can fish only with fly gear, and participants are to use a tournament-furnished tippet not to exceed 16-pound test.

Tarpon must measure at least 48 inches in length to earn release points. To earn weight points, a tarpon must weigh at least 70 pounds. Anglers can enter a maximum of five fish for weight points. All fish must be released alive for an angler to score.

The awards banquet is 7 p.m. May 22 at Outback Steakhouse, MM 80 oceanside. Entry fee is $1,100 per angler.

The tournament was founded by the late Billy Pate, a legendary angler who was inducted into the 2003 International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame and set a world record for catching a 188-pound tarpon on a fly rod in 1982. Tournament information contact Betsy Bullard at 305-587-1460 or fishnfever@bellsouth.net.

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 www.khwarriors.org.

Registration is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 11, May 18, June 1, June 8 at DevonAire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave. Fee is $180. Email khwfootball@aol.com. Visit www.khwarriors.org.

Cheerleading: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 11, May 18, June 1, June 8 at DevonAire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave. Fee is $160. Email Cheer.4Warriors@aol.com.

• 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 Khwfootball@aol.com.

Heads Up

Former tight end Troy Drayton played nine seasons in the NFL, including 1996-99 with the Miami Dolphins, and he is now the Dolphins’ youth program coordinator.

Drayton is adding a new title to his listing – NFL Ambassador for Heads Up Football.

The NFL and USA Football jointly announced the national launch of Heads Up Football, a youth football program aimed at making the game of football better and safer for all who play it. The program is being supported with a $1.5 million grant from the NFL Foundation.

Three million kids already play tackle football and the game can be even safer. Heads Up Football includes a tackling model that removes the head from the game.

Heads Up Football has five core elements: 1) The use of the Heads Up Tackling model, 2) coaching certification, 3) Player Safety Coaches, 4) concussion education, and 5) proper equipment fitting.

The program was launched in three pilot markets last year. This year, it will expand to more than 600 youth leagues throughout 50 states. Of these leagues, 100 will be assigned a former NFL player mentor. Drayton will serve as a mentor to a local Heads Up League – the Tamiami Colts of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.

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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.


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 www.usaswimmingfoundation.org.

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.

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 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.

USA Triathlon Retro Series Schedule

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 series continues 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. 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 5 Academy

Soccer 5 Academy Mini Soccer Program, also referred to as small-sided soccer, makes its South Florida debut at three Miami-Dade County-owned parks – Tropical Park (7900 SW 40 St. in Miami), Kendall Soccer Park (8011 SW 127 Ave.) and Amelia Earhart Park (401 E. 65th St in Hialeah).

Headed by Soccer 5’s Director of Coaching Development Alan Georgeson, who has more than 15 years of experience in Europe in mini/small-sided soccer, kids, age 3-12, will learn the history of mini soccer, the basics of how to play, reasons why mini soccer is the preferred form of soccer play for kids, youth and even adults, and will have the opportunity to play in 3v3 to 7v7 matches.

With Kendall Park, ts recent grand opening of Soccer 5 Tropical Park and its third location at Amelia Earhart Park, mini/small-sided soccer will be available across the county, providing a greater opportunity for children and families to access the proper 4G turf game fields specifically designed for “5v5,” “6v6” and “7v7” games.

With smaller fields, mini soccer is much easier for young children or children who have never played. In addition, mini soccer is designed for competitive play against less number of players, providing more opportunity for pick-up games, as well as more opportunity to play the ball making mini soccer popular with older players, too.

Soccer 5 Tropical Park is open 3 p.m.-midnight Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m.-midnight Saturdays and Sundays.

“I cannot thank Miami Dade Parks and our Soccer 5 coaching staff enough for making our dream of developing small-sided soccer for kids in the Greater Miami area a reality,” Georgeson said. “It is an exciting time for us at Soccer 5 as we continue to expand our Kids Academy in South Florida built on the success of our public/private partnership with Miami Dade Parks and the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade.”

Allison Diego, Director of Business Development, Fundraising and Advocacy for Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, added: “The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is delighted to partner with The Soccer 5 vision to provide an outstanding experience for this community through soccer. We are happy to be a part of this important child sports development.”

For information or to register, visit www.miamisoccer5.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).

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).

Read more Miami-Dade Youth Sports stories from the Miami Herald

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