Sports Scene: Bulls end Cinderella run with Miami Beach rec league title

 

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 a South Florida STAR, win WWE meet-n-greet

In an effort to recognize deserving South Florida youth who promote the values of the Be a STAR anti-bullying program, World Wrestling Entertainment in conjunction with The Miami Herald is accepting nominations for a special meet-n-greet before a WWE show at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) was founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE in April 2011. The mission is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness.

Be a STAR promotes positive methods of social interaction and encourages people to treat others as equals and with respect because everyone is a star in their own right.

WWE superstars and divas often make school visits throughout the country throughout the year, discussing how they dealt with bullying and stereotypes growing up and even into adulthood. They encourage students to Be a STAR.

Teachers, coaches or family members can nominate a South Florida youth, describing how that youth has been a STAR. It can be helping a family member, a classmate, a teammate, a school or something else. You may Be a STAR and not even know it.

Three youth - selected by random drawing - will be invited as Be a STAR finalists to the WWE show at the BB&T Center on Friday, June 7 in Sunrise. Each finalist will receive two tickets to the show and a WWE prize pack. One of the finalists will be drawn as the grand prize winner and participate in a meet-n-greet.

To nominate someone, e-mail Miami Herald Youth Sports Editor Jim Varsallone jvarsallone@miamiherald.com.


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.


Miami Beach basketball

With a soldout crowd at the Scott Rakow Youth Center Gym, the 10th seeded Bulls completed its Cinderella run by edging the Lakers 15-13 to win the 9-11 championship. The Bulls beat second and third sseded teams before beating the eighth seeded Lakers, who also made a Cinderella journey to reach the title game.

MVP Joshua Neely led the Bulls with seven points, and Justin Neely finished with four points. Daniel Sordo and Luca Meija had two points apiece. Owen Spill topped the Lakers with seven points, and Zack Barcenas added four points. Jonah Bennet also scored.

Champions: Miami Beach Bulls (8-7): Alessandro Gatti, Joel Gomez, Max Gotlin, Jacob Johnson, Alejandro Martinez, Luca Mejia, Joshua Neely, Justin Neely, Daniel Sordo, Antonio Todd.

Runners-up: Miami Beach Lakers (7-8): Luke Barcenas, Zack Barcenas, Jonah Bennet, Kevin Costa, Aidan Fuentes, Joshua Hyman, Brock Levin, Jordaniel Nunez, Mayer Sandman, Owen Spill.

More Miami Beach basketball

The Heat defeated the Clippers 47-41 to win the 12-13 age group championship of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation basketball. Ivinson Bernadel scored 24 points, and Alexis Amaya added 17 points. The Clippers’ Jeffrey Keeler had 13 points, and Mehdi Amrouss totaled 10 points.

Champions: Heat: Ivinson Bernadel, Alexis Amaya, Noah Stein, Andy Salas, Wisam Muhtahseb, Balthazar Cardova.

Runners-up: Clippers: Jeffrey Keeler, El Mehdi Amrouss, Tobias Sosa, Nicolas Berdullas, Filippo Gallian, Elies Guennoun, Andres Galeano.

Barry basketball

Barry University men’s basketball coach Butch Estes announced the signing of point guard Deric Hill, a Florida International University transfer who is a South Miami High School graduate.

Estes also signed Juan Ferrales, who was Hill’s backcourt teammate at FIU, an NCAA Division I program in Kendall.

They will have two years remaining at Barry, an NCAA Division II program in Miami Shores.

“It’s unusual to get a backcourt to come to any school together at the same time,” Estes said. “They’ve played together, and they know each other. That’s an unusual circumstance that’s to our benefit. They have a feel for each other. They’re comfortable with each other.”

Hill, a 5-foot-9, 160-pounder, averaged 6.2 points per game, and led the Panthers in assists (105) and steals (75) as a sophomore last season. He started in 15 of the 32 games he played. He scored a career-high 16 points, sinking 10 of 11 free throws, and had six assists, four steals and four rebounds in a 61-57 Sun Belt Conference Tournament semifinal victory over Middle Tennessee. Hill had eight assists against Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman, and he had seven steals against FAMU.

“Deric has exceptional speed and quickness,” Estes said. “He’s an outstanding defensive player. He has a tremendous sense of distribution with an ability to pass the ball at the right time to the right place. His presence at the guard position gives us depth at the guard position, which we desperately needed.

“Our tempo is going to be increased, and his ability fits into the style we’re going to play. He has potential to wreak havoc on offenses with his defensive tenacity and ability. He has separation speed and quickness.”

Ferrales, a a 6-2, 190-pound guard from Pembroke Pines, is an American Heritage High School grad.

Estes, a proponent of position-less basketball, believes Hill and Ferrales offer the Buccaneers flexibility.

“These two fit that mold,” he said. “To be able to get two players of this ability and to be able to get local players are the most I could’ve hoped for at this point in the game.”

Archbishop Curley sports awards

Athletic Director Greg Magner announced Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep’s top athletes during an athletics awards convocation.

Outstanding Male Athlete: Dimitry Georges was the leading receiver on the football team. He was a defensive presence on the basketball team and qualified for three regional events in track & field. He will attend Bethune-Cookman University in the Fall.

Outstanding Female Athlete: Megan Romanik never took off a season, playing volleyball, soccer and softball. In her senior season, she added basketball to her impressive resume. She was captain of the soccer and softball teams. She will attend Palm Beach Atlantic University in the Fall.

Female Sportsmanship Award: For every season throughout high school, Vivencia Philippe was team captain in volleyball, basketball and track & field. She will attend North Country Community College of New York.

Male Scholar Athlete: Nicholas Salow competed in baseball, soccer and cross-country. He was a fierce competitor on the field and in the classroom. His weighted GPA is 4.76. His SAT score on a scale of 1600 was 1220, and his SAT on a scale of 2400 was 1680. Still undecided as to which prospect will help him continue his baseball career, Salow has been accepted to the University of Central Florida, University of South Florida and Florida International University.

Female Scholar Athlete: Jensen Rayburn competed in volleyball, soccer and softball. Her her weighted GPA is 4.56. Her SAT score on a scale of 1,600 was 1090, and her SAT on a scale of 2,400 was 1650. In the Fall, she will be attending Barry University in Miami Shores.

Tim Charles Memorial Award: Matthew Lamy competed on the cross-country and soccer teams, sings for his church choir and teaches Sunday CCD classes. He dealt with death and tragedy, relocating to Miami after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Leaving his mother in Haiti, Lamy became “man of the house” taking care of his younger siblings. He will attend Miami Dade College in the Fall.

The Tim Charles Memorial Award is presented each year to a student who demonstrates great effort and commitment to the team and school. Mrs. Charles has presented this award each year since 1980 when her son, Tim Charles, was killed in an automobile accident.

Palmer Trinity sports

Palmer Trinity School student athletes were honored at the Upper School Sports Awards. Congratulations to Blake Miller (MVP varsity baseball), Lindsey North (MVP varsity softball), Drake Peterson (MVP boys’ track & field), Janelle Gonzalez (MVP girls’ track & field), J.D. Madril (MVP varsity boys’ lacrosse), Carolina Casariego (MVP varsity girls’ lacrosse), Alex Block (MVP boys’ tennis) and Vivi Anel (MVP girls’ tennis).

Palmer Trinity School—a coeducational, Episcopal day school—provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that integrates knowledge, compassion and social responsibility, an essential goal of the school’s mission. Palmer Trinity School serves students from a broad range of socio-economic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds in grades 6-12. Visit www.palmertrinity.org.

Our Lady of Lakes sports

Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School was well represented at the 11th All Catholic Conference Athletic Banquet at the Big Five Club in Miami.

Coach Eddy Fleitas was awarded an Outstanding Coaches Leadership Award for varsity girls’ basketball and was a Sportsman of Year nominee. Coach Yusein Musa also received an Outstanding Coaches Leadership Award for varsity girls’ basketball. German Garcia was awarded an Outstanding Leadership Award for an athletic director.

Dolphins Day

The Miami Dolphins hosted their fifth annual Dolphins Day at the Doctor’s Hospital Training Facility in Davie for more than 100 foster children of the Heart Gallery of Broward County.

“These kids would never get the exposure to the Dolphins players and have the chance to do something like this. It’s just an amazing opportunity for them,” Heart Gallery Executive Director Ken Crooks said. “It’s going to be one of those stories that they will be able to tell for a long time. It makes a big difference every time we can do something for the kids.”

Five Dolphins players attended the event, including tight end Michael Egnew and wide receiver Brian Tyms, who were raised in foster homes.

“When I was going through foster homes, I never had an athlete come and just say something, but I know for them to come in here, and they look at the Miami Dolphins, it means the world to them,” Tyms said, “especially for them to be able to see that somebody else can actually come out of the hole they think they’re in. This is why I do it.”

The Dolphins Youth Programs Department conducted a Junior Training Camp (JTC) for the children, which included interactive football drills.

Dolphins Youth Programs Director Twan Russell also spoke to the kids about being Dol-Fit, which has the three primary values of education, physical fitness and positive choices.

“I am very thrilled to make an impact on these kids’ lives,” said Russell, a former University of Miami and Dolphins linebacker. “Our message is strengthened when guys like Michael and Brian can give first hand accounts of their experiences in foster homes and show the children that you can do anything you set your mind to.”

The Heart Gallery of Broward County was founded in 2006, and the first exhibit was introduced in April of 2007. Its mission is to provide innovative programs that help promote the adoption and enrichment of foster care children. A previous Dolphins Day led to the adoption of a child named Ronnie, who was adopted by parents who saw his photo from the event on the Heart Gallery website.

The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through the Junior Training Camps, Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps.

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. June 1 and 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. June 1 and 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.

South Miami soccer camp

The South Miami Grey Ghosts Soccer Club is hosting a summer camp, weekly from June 10 through Aug. 16 at South Miami Park, 4300 SW 58th St.

Grey Ghosts Soccer Club offers male and female players, age 5-15, an opportunity to learn the game in a fun and challenging environment. Techniques and basic individual tactics are emphasized. The philosophy of learning skills through fun games, which require maximum touches of the ball, introduces the young player to the most advanced techniques. To register or for information go to www.southmiamigreyghosts.com.

Coral Estates soccer

Coral Estates Soccer Club tryouts are for girls and boys age 6-18 at Coral Estates Park in Westchester. Girls tryouts are 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 and Thursday, May 30. Boys tryouts are 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 and Friday, May 31. For questions or concerns contact tato5784@gmail.com or visit www.coralestatessoccerclub.weebly.com.

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.

Jai-Alai

Jai-alai is open to anyone, age 10 to 80.

With a rubber ball and cestas, the amateur jai-alai facility is at 1935 NE 150th St. in North Miami, near FIU’s north campus.

It is indoors, air-conditioned and open to all. Contact Luis at 305-389-2313 or Bob at 786-556-3574.

Jai-Alai for women

Who said you have to be a male to play jai-alai? Just as females play the sport in Spain, France and Mexico, and gals can play it in South Florida at an amateur indoor air-conditioned fronton at 1935 NE 150 St., North Miami, near FIU’s north campus.

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.

YouTube youth and more

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More events, leagues, programs

Heisman high school nominations

Now through Oct. 23, high school class of 2014 seniors can apply for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, a program honoring outstanding high school scholar-athletes for their commitment to academic achievement, community service involvement and athletic prowess.

To apply, students can go to www.WendysHeisman.com for a chance to win the Award and the prestige of joining an ever-growing family of distinguished past winners. The first 25,000 students with completed applications will receive a Wendy’s gift card valued at $10.

Created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award has impacted the lives of thousands of scholar athletes who have been a part of the program for the past 20 years. Since its inception, Wendy’s High School Heisman has received more than 400,000 applications and honored more than 228 National Finalists and 38 National Winners.

A partner award with college football’s acclaimed Heisman Memorial Trophy, the Heisman caché touches students at every level of the program. In addition to recognition at school and state levels, six female and six male national finalists receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City to attend the Wendy’s High School Heisman Awards Ceremony and college Heisman Memorial Trophy Award weekend festivities in December 2013. The one male and one female Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winners will also earn $10,000 for their high school and a $500 Wendy’s gift card.

The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award is a joint program between Wendy’s and the Heisman Memorial Trust, host of the College Heisman Memorial Trophy. The 2012 winners were Samuel Prakel of Versailles, Ohio, who plans to study chemical engineering or biology this fall, and Zoe Alaniz of Corpus Christi, Texas, who plans to swim at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall and to follow a pre-med track.

A complete list of past WHSH finalists and winners can be found at www.wendysheisman.com.

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.

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.

Swimming

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.

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 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: 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.

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.

Soccer

South Kendall Sun Blazers (sksoccer.org) at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).

Miami Dade Soccer League (miami-dadesoccer.com) at Three Lakes Park, 13375 SW 136 St. (786-488-5216).

Soccer 5 (ussoccer5.com) at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (1-888-575-2976).

Club Atletico De Miami (camsoccer.com) at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (305-764-5783).

Soccer Academy of the Americas (socceraa.com) at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St. (786-486-3804)

Pinecrest Premier Soccer (pinecrestpremier.com) at Deerwood Bonita Lakes, 11511 S. Dixie Hwy. (305-255-3422).

Optimist Club of Westchester (tropicalsoccer.org) at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St. (786-370-4222).

Coral Estates Soccer Club (coralestatessoccer.org) at Coral Estates Park, 1411 SW 97 Ave. (305-279-2328)

South Kendall Soccer Club (sksoccer.org) at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).

Southern Soccer Coalition-AYSO (kendallsoccer.com) at Millers Pond Park, 13350 SW 47 St. and Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave. (305-965-0083).

Got Milk

The National Milk Mustache “got milk?” campaign launched the call for entries for the 15th annual Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Awards.

The SAMMY scholarship recognizes 25 student-athletes who excel in academics, athletics, community service, leadership and who fuel their daily success with milk.

Milk Mustache celebrity judges will help select 25 winners from across the country who will receive a $7,500 college scholarship, an awards ceremony at Walt Disney World and an opportunity to appear in their own special Milk Mustache ad.

For complete contest rules and applications log onto facebook.com/MilkMustache where visitors can also learn more about the exclusive SAMMY awards weekend and view behind the scenes footage.

CB Sports Leagues

CB Sports Club offers Youth Basketball, Flag Football, Youth Soccer, Adult Soccer and Adult Basketball. Visit cbsportsclub.com. Call 786-273-5639.

Physically Challenged

Miami-Dade Parks welcomes children with disabilities in its youth leagues. If you need accommodations to participate, call 305-735-7847 (V/TDD).

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