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Miami Rowing Club
The Miami Rowing Club did well at the State Rowing Championships in Sarasota.
The MRC boys’ Junior 8 defeated a very fast field to win the state championship. They are Kevin Acosta (coxswain), Steven Chica (stroke), Marco Brugo (seventh seat), Roury Higgins (sixth seat), John Morcos (fifth seat), Zach Skypeck (fourth seat), John Michael Toohey (third seat), Alex Van Puffelen (second seat) and Juan Pedro Umbert (bow).
The MRC girls’ Junior 8 beat a highly competitive field to win gold. They are Gaby Diaz (coxswain), Abby Sorenson (stroke), Yailene Herrera Ortiz (seventh seat), Adrienne Orriols (sixth seat), Kamila Vasquez (5 seat), Samantha Salazar (fourth seat), Pilar Bancalari (third seat), Sol Helou (second seat) and Marissa Lynn Williford (bow).
The MRC boys’ varsity lightweight quad was also crowned state champion. They are Dominique Prego, Bernie Ramirez, Carlos Tornell and Jose Bared.
The event featured more than 60 teams competing in a new world-class Sarasota rowing course.
Miami Beach basketball
In front of a capacity crowd at the Scott Rakow Gym, the second seeded Knicks defeated the top ranked Hornets 25-17 to win the championship in the 7-8 age group of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation basketball.
Alexander Raymond led the Knicks with 12 points, and Logan Spill scored six points. Jackson Gessner finished with five points, and Eli Rudd added a basket. The Hornets’ Brett Burstein scored a game-high 14 points, and Dillon Weismann had three points.
Champs: Knicks (8-3-1): Owen Basner, Felipe Cordeiro, Jackson Gessner, Bryan Gonzalez, Michael Guevara, Adam Hyman, Alexander Raymond, Eli Rudd, Caleb Samuel, Logan Spill.
Runners-up: Hornets (7-3-2): Brett Burstein, Troy Campolo, Philip Castro, Tomas Desouza, Jefferson Eig, Matias Ferreira-Demelo, Lohan Joulin, Noah Scheinblum, Dillon Weissmann, Sean Wendell.
• 9-11: Semifinals: The No.10 seeded Bulls upset the third ranked Bucks 16-14 to continue their magical post-season run, earning a spot in the championship game.
Brothers Joshua and Justin Neely led the Bulls with six points apiece. Max Gotlin and Daniel Sordo each added a basket. Dahveon Morris topped the Bucks with nine points, and Noah Milon finished with three points. Thomas Murphy also scored.
The Lakers defeated the Grizzlies 19-14 to clinch a spot in the title game.
Brock Levin sparked the Lakers with seven points, and Zack Barcenas scored six points. Owen Spill had four points and Luke Barcenas two points. Evan Fredel scored seven points for the Grizzlies, Bryan Saka scored 5 points and David Alfonso scored 2 points.
• 12-13: The Grizzlies beat the Heat. 33-28. JR Hopkins scored 19 points, and Donald Dinerman added eight points. The Heat’s Ivinson Bernadel scored 18 points and Andy Saklas added four points.
The Nets edged the Bulls 30-28. Isaiah Mansara scored 13 points, and Noah Ogaza chipped in six points. Adrian Thompson scored 10 points for the Bulls, and Angel Rodriguez had nine points.
The Heat defeated the Bulls 54-36 to advance to the second round of the playoffs. Ivinson Bernadel scored 22 points, and Alexis Amaya added 14 points. For the Bulls, Angel Rodriguez had 14 points and Ayoub Amrouss 12 points.
The Clippers beat the Bucks 33-28 to also advance. Mehdi Amrouss and Elies Guennoun sparked the offense. For the Bucks, Parmasar Ramdass totaled 11 points and Jorege Incerna had seven points.
• GIRLS: 8-10: The Liberty defeated the Sparks 12-5. Melina Flores had eight points, and Belen Rodriguez added four points. Saiah Amarilla scored four points, and Alexia Miranda added a point for Sparks.
The Liberty beat the Sparks 9-4. Melina Flores scored five points, and Belen Rodriguez and Gracia Menendez each scored two points. The Sparks’ Saiah Amarilla had four points.
• 11-14: The Dream and the Sparks played to a tie at 11. Karina Palacios had nine points and Miah Oganza two points. For the Sparks, Arielys Rodriguez scored all 11 points.
The Dream defeated the Sparks 20-11. Karina Palacios scored 16 points and Isadora Kron had four points. Arielys Rodriguez had seven points and Rita Vega four points for the Sparks.
Prime Time Sports top athletes
Prime Time Sports Players of the Month at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.
Scouts (1st-2nd grade)
Hank Klein of the Longhorns played two games in April collecting three touchdown runs, four receptions (one touchdown), four sacks, one interception. With this performance Hank helped his Longhorns to secure the No.4 seed in the playoffs.
Juniors (3rd-4th grade)
Marc Wendrow of the Cowboys played three games during April. He performed at a high level with one touchdown run, four touchdown passes, one sack, and one interception. His Cowboys locked the No.2 seed in the playoffs.
BIG EAST (3th-4th grade)
Ryan Mendelson of the Huskies played lights out in April. He averaged 22.3 points per game in a three-game span becoming the go-to guy for the Huskies. Ryan contributed to a perfect regular season record at 8-0 which gave them the No.1 seed for the playoffs.
SEC (5th-6th grade)
Yaniv Assraf of the Crimson Tide totaled 35 points in two games in April. Yaniv has been the Crimson Tide’s leading scorer the entire season averaging 15 points per game. Their record in the regular season was 7-1
NBA (7th-9th grade)
Josh Klein of the Celtics played three games in April averaging 15 points per game. With his scoring attributes Josh helped his Celtics during a tough season. With a 2-6 record, the Celtics are the No.5 seed in the playoffs.
Featuring two Miami-Dade County locals, the Barry University women’s softball team earned a bid into the NCAA Division II Softball Tournament.
The Buccaneers (32-18) finished a game from first place in the Sunshine State Conference. They received their third consecutive regional bid, a sixth-seed in South Region II. It marked their sixth bid in eight years under Head Coach Danielle Penner. It is the 17th trip to the tournament in the program’s 28 years.
In the regular season, sophomore second baseman Kelly Martinez, a Barbara Goleman High School grad, batted .383 with 24 runs, 12 doubles, four home runs and 30 RBI. She was 12 of 15 in stolen bases.
Freshman centerfielder Ashley Fernandez, a Coral Reef High School grad, hit .234 with 16 runs, three doubles, four home runs and 17 RBI. She was 2 of 3 in stolen bases.
Track & field
Monsignor Pace junior Fredrick Jones won a Class 2A state title in boys’ shot put at 58-5.25 during the Florida High School Athletic Association State Championships at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
Jackson junior James Alexander was seventh at 51-5.5. Jones also was third in the discus at 165-5. Alexander was eighth at 141-5, followed by Gulliver Prep freshman Joseph Jackson at 139-9.
The Booker T. Washington 400 relay (Terrawn McPhee, Nigel Patten, Deltron Hopkins, Nicholas Norris) won state in 40.86. Jackson (Dashawn Smith, Adrian Williams, Desmond Phillips, Tyrone Thornton) was fourth in 41.96.
Hopkins, a Booker T. Washington junior, was runner-up in the 100 in 10.66. Thornton, a Jackson junior, was fourth in 10.69.
Booker T Washington junior Krondis Larry won the 400 in 47.16. Adrian William, a Jackson senior, was seventh in 48.95.
Sophomore Richie Cooper of Booker T. Washington was third in the 300-meter hurdles in 38.34. Edison senior Markey Joyner was seventh in 39.98.
Vaquan Small, a Booker T. Washington sophomore, was runner-up in the 800 in 1:55.76. D’Andre Smith of Archbishop Carroll was fourth in 1:55.98 and Pace freshman Dawun Hylton sixth in 1:57.92.
Booker T. Washington junior teammates Nigel Patten and Deltron Hopkins were second and third, respectively, in the 200 in 21.13 and 21.14.
Booker T. Washington’s 1,600 relay (Nigel Patten, Vaquan Small, Terrawn McPhee, Krondis Larry) was runner-up in 3:16.42.
Archbishop Carroll’s Amida Brimah was third in the high jump at 6-2. Thornton was fifth in the long jump at 22-8.75.
Freshman Gaby Correa of Ransom Everglades was seventh in the 1,600 in 4:24.8. Jeph Jean-Charles, a Jackson senior, was eighth in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.19.
Booker T. Washington was second of 59 schools.
• Jackson sophomore Shamaria Lovett won state in the girls’ 300-meter hurdles in 42.96.
Ransom Everglades sophomore Nati Sheppard was runner-up in the pole vault at 11-0. Teammate Debbie Ajabe, an eighth-grader, was seventh in the discus at 110-3.
The Raiders 3,200 relay (Lauren Archer, Beatriz Ruan, Jatana Folston, Caroline Pryor) was fifth in 9:43.52.
The Jackson 400 relay (Kiera Mitchell, Taquilla Parmer, Nathaly Bellot, Ka’Dedra Thomas) was sixth in 48.56.
In the 400, Pace sophomore Sabrina Fontus was 10th in 59.06. In the 800, Ransom Everglades freshman Lauren Archer was fifth in 2:16.8.
The Pace 1,600 relay (Shaquita Smith, Sabrina Fontus, Nina Pulley, Tamicka Augustine) was eighth in 4:02.26.
Ransom Everglades was 10th of 53 schools.
Chase Perez-Blanco of Gulliver Prep won the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 2A overall singles championship and teamed with Baker Newman to win the overall doubles title.
In girls, Gulliver Prep’s Julieta Dalmau and Olivia Thaler won the overall doubles title.
In Class 4A, Dr. Krop’s Alex Knight won the overall singles championship, and Alfredo Perez and Mirko Radosevic of Coral Gables High School captured the overall doubles title. Unrelated to high school tennis, Perez won the boys’ 16s title last year at the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Singles Championship.
The annual state high school competition was in Altamonte Springs and Casselberry in the Orlando area. Individuals qualified for state by winning districts at No.1 singles and No.1 doubles. Teams advanced to state by placing top two at districts and then winning regionals.
Tennis right-sized for kids will be on display when Goodlet Park in Hialeah hosts a free tennis festival for families 3-5 p.m. May 18.
The event will include USTA 10 and Under Tennis and other activities including How Fast is Your Serve, Beat the Pro, Cardio Tennis and more.
“We welcome children and adults of all levels, from those who have never picked up a racquet to those who are frequent players,” USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Cathy Nordlund said in a release. “There will be games on court for players of all ages. Information will also be available about the new programs starting at the tennis center.”
USTA 10 and Under Tennis allows smaller children to play tennis on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, low-compression balls and a simple scoring system -- all adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.
“I think that it is an advantage from the beginning,” said Florida resident and former No.1 Maria Sharapova on 10 and Under Tennis. “It is much easier to have the lighter balls and much easier to have a smaller court, and I think it gives them a better sense of the game in a way. Whereas you are coming onto the tennis courts for the first time, and since it is one-on-one sport, it can be quite overwhelming. So for a young player that is trying it out, I think it is a wonderful opportunity.”
Information will also be available on other local play opportunities such as youth team tennis. Youth team tennis leagues bring kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering cooperation, unity and individual self-growth.
Players age 10 and under who are new to the USTA can also sign-up for a free one-year USTA membership to receive USTA youth publications and access to leagues and tournaments.
“For the adults we will have Cardio Tennis, on-court games and information about the programs that will be starting, including round robins, ladders and USTA Leagues,” Nordlund said. “The Babolat representative will be demoing racquets and answering all your questions about how to choose the right one for you. For every person that demos a racquet they will be entered to win a free Babolat racquet and bag.”
Sign up online for this free event and be automatically entered to win great prizes. Go to http://goodlettennisfestival.eventbrite.com.
For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-557-3150.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Cheerleading: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 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.
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More events, leagues, programs
Children’s Hospital fundraiser
A fundraiser for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1 when the Miami Marlins battle the New York Mets at Marlins Park in Hialeah.
Purchase a $20 Baseline Reserved seat, and $10 from every ticket sold benefits JDCH.
The only way to do that is by going to WWW.MARLINS.COM/JDCH. Use promo code JDCHFOUNDATION.
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.
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.
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.
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 Athletics Club offers girls’ volleyball tryouts at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School, 4949 NE 2nd Ave.
The volleyball club, a member of the United States Volleyball Association, is under the direction of Mandi Tate, Dee Rey and former Barry University player Kelly Dantas. They are former coaches with South Florida Volleyball Club and currently coach at Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High School in Biscayne Bay.
Rebelle Athletics is dedicated to providing developmental and participatory athletic sports programs beginning at the youth development level. It offers a progression of sports activities for persons of all ages, races and creeds. It strives to enhance the physical, mental and moral development of amateur athletes at all levels, promoting sportsmanship and active citizenship.
Jai-alai is open to anyone, age 10 to 80.
With a rubber ball and cestas, the amateur jai-alai facility is at 1935 NE 150th St. in North Miami, near FIU’s north campus.
It is indoors, air-conditioned and open to all. Contact Luis at 305-389-2313 or Bob at 786-556-3574.
Who said you have to be a male to play Jai Alai? Just as many females play the sport in Spain, France and Mexico, and gals can play it in South Florida at an amateur indoor air-conditioned fronton.
There are also leagues for males and children. Rubber or plastic balls used with free lessons by former pros. Cestas and balls also provided free with a nominal court fee. Open everyday. Email admanUSA@aol.com or call Brucio 786-629-5428. The American Amateur Jai-Alai Academy is a not-for-profit organization.
USA Triathlon aims to return multisport to its roots with the inaugural USA Triathlon Retro Tri Series, which debuts this spring with 10 beginner-friendly events -- one in each USA Triathlon region including Miami.
The focus of the Retro Tri Series is participation, rather than competition. The aim of the events is to introduce the sport of triathlon and educate race participants about the healthy and active multisport lifestyle. The events are open to first-timers, seasoned veterans and those looking to stay active -- swimming, biking and running in a safe atmosphere. Each event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon.
“Our new Retro Tri Series events offer something for anyone interested in participating in the sport of triathlon,” USA Triathlon CEO Rob Urbach said. “These races can be for athletes who want a good, safe workout, or for someone who may feel intimidated by going to a larger race. We’re looking forward to this year’s events and can’t wait to introduce more and more newcomers to the multisport lifestyle.”
The Retro Tri Series events are geared toward adult and youth competitors age 13 and older. Each race will feature a 300-400-yard swim, 5-10-mile bike and 2-5-kilometer run.
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.
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 will continue through the Oct. 20 Longboat Key Duathlon in Longboat Key. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Miami Lady Express basketball
The Miami Lady Express girls’ basketball team needs funding to continue competing in tournaments throughout the United States. The coaches volunteered to train the girls, giving them something positive to do, and the parents have been fundraising.
Travel costs, food, tournament fees and lodging are very expensive for these girls. They practice at the Keys Gate Gym in Florida City and South Dade High School where their coaches teach. Contact Coach Larry Hicks at 786-301-2577.
Tamiami youth basketball registration is open for girls and boys, age 5-16. Email Tamiamibasketball@gmail.com or call 305 -273-1145.
MLB Pitch, Hit & Run
Major League Baseball invites you to host a local competition of Pitch, Hit & Run, presented by Scotts.
Any coach, parent or adult volunteer can host a competition, a one-day community event that can be run in just a few hours.
Boys and girls, age 7-14, have the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.
It is free and can be offered in March, April or early May.
An administrative kit is provided with a handbook, strike zone banner, posters, awards and other information needed to host. Register to host a local competition at www.mlb.com/phr.
The Miami Marlins offer behind the scenes tours of Marlins Park. The tours are open to the public on non-event days for $10 a person.
The tour includes visits to the field (behind home plate), home clubhouse, home batting cage area and Diamond Club, Promenade Level featuring the art in the facility, the bobblehead museum and the premium areas including the Suites.
Tours operate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except when the Marlins play at home or when other major events are scheduled at Marlins Park. Group tours, accommodating between 10 and 25 people, are available by appointment.
For information, fans can call 1-877-MARLINS or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket windows on Felo Ramirez Drive (NW 6 Street between NW 14 Avenue and NW 15 Avenue) and are for the time and date specified.
Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.
Hall Of Fame Baseball is sponsoring travel baseball teams for 11-12, 13-14, 15-18 (high school).
Hall Of Fame Coach Rich Hofman and his staff will coach the teams which will practice and play in tournaments and leagues. Register for a tryout at www.hofball.net or call David Hofman at 954-804-5600 or Ed Tisdale at 803-463-2591.
Youth Rugby South Miami
The Miami Rugby Youth Division, boys age 6-18, practices 6-8 p.m. Mondays at Murray Park and Wednesdays at Palmer Park, 6120 SW 67th Ave., South Miami. Call 305-400-0134, ext. 101. Visiti www.miamirugbykids.com.
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).
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.
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.
CB Sports Leagues
CB Sports Club offers Youth Basketball, Flag Football, Youth Soccer, Adult Soccer and Adult Basketball. Visit cbsportsclub.com. Call 786-273-5639.
Miami-Dade Parks welcomes children with disabilities in its youth leagues. If you need accommodations to participate, call 305-735-7847 (V/TDD).