Sports Scene: Doctors Charter School volleyball’s Allison Yao serves perfect game


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Doctors Charter volleyball

The Doctors Charter School girls’ volleyball team lost five seniors from last year’s team, but one returnee, Allison Yao, is making quite an impact.

Against Hialeah Educational Academy, Yao served out the second game with 25 consecutive service points, including 22 aces. The lone senior ended the match with 25 aces as she helped the team improve to 3-0.

That tied her for fourth in the nation for most aces in a match.

National Federation of High School Athletics

Most aces in a match

36: Maura Kelly, N.J., Caldwell, vs. Newark West Side, NJ, 9-19-2003

28: Andrea Nachtrieb, Colo., (Aurora Gateway), 1990

26: Sherri Heseman, Ill., (Nashville), 1978

25: Allison Yao, Miami, Doctors Charter School vs. Hialeah Educational Academy, 9-9-2013

25: Desiree Kendrick, Ga., (Jonesboro), 2008

22: Mary Bouxsein, Ill., (Princeton), 1981

22: Mary Bouxwein, Ill., (Princeton), 1978

22: Jennifer Wiker, N.C., (South Mecklenburg), vs. Charlotte Olympic, NC, 8-23, 2007

Jump rope

The Jumpin’ Beinz jump rope team competed at Junior Olympics in Detroit.

The Jumpin’ Beinz won five gold, 13 silver and 14 bronze medals in component events. They also earned 64 ribbons with many athletes setting personal bests.

In Double Dutch, the 10-and-under team (Sasha Chiarini, Jake Amster, Daniella Flores, Caroline Glasser) and 12-and-under group (Gaby Perez, Natalie Askowitz, Allison Bramblett, Nicole Feldman) combined for nine silver medals. Also, Jake Amster won the silver in the 9-and under singles Triple Crown event.


The Miami Select/Miami Thunder travel basketball programs hosted a stellar Labor Day HoopFest-36 Basketball Tournament. The event showcased youth basketball talent from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties and the Treasure Coast.

The 6th grade division was anchored by the Miami Rockets. Treasure Coast Elite won the 8th grade division. Boynton Heats 9th grade team finished first, and the Miami Suns over came RedAlert to win the title.

On Championship Sunday, Miami Select 6th grade team had to overcome a late charge by the Miami Rockets to protect its home court. In the 8th grade group, it took overtime with the Treasure Coast Elite holding off Boynton Heat to secure the championship by two points. Boynton Heat 9th grade team beat MDI Knights in the finals. The Miami Suns defeated Miami SELECT-Ron for the 10th grade title.

For information on upcoming tournaments in Miami, call 786-237-4424.


The Salvadore Park USTA women’s 40-older tennis team (Division 4.0) won the 2013 season for the South Miami/Dade Region.

They advanced to the USTA State Sectional Championships in Daytona Beach, where they won two of four playoff matches. They lost to Duval County who won the tournament and advanced to nationals. Salvadore Park was Duval’s toughest opponent with all five matches ending in third set tiebreakers.


The Wilson brothers of Coral Gables were outstanding during the Miami Kids Triathlon series finale at FIU, the Key Biscayne Campus, in North Miami.

Colin won the 11-year-old age group by completing a 150-yard swim, 3.8-mile bike and 1.5-mile run in 26 minutes 48 seconds. Cavan won the 13-year-old category, completing the course of 200 yards swimming, 3.8 miles of biking and 1.5 miles of running in 25:22.

The Wilson brothers clinched their respective age group series championship.

This children’s fitness program will resume in October with the Miami Kids Duathlon Series, consisting of run/bike/run events.

More triathlon

Marta Silva, 35, of Coral Gables won the women’s championship during the Mack Cycle International Triathlon Trilogy Bonus Round at Virginia Key in Key Biscayne.

She covered the 0.5-mile swim, 20-mile bike and 6.2-mile run in 2 hours 6 minutes 6 seconds. Miami’s Barbara Wach, 52, placed second in 2:14:53. Bradley Kuper-Smith, 31, of Coral Gables was runner-up in the men’s division in 1:50:49. Miami’s Jordan Mullinsflores, 28, took third in 1:50:56.

Other local top finishers: Clydesdale 200 40+: 1. Christopher Barovich, Miami, 2:19:03. Clydesdale 225 40+: 1. Carl Dragseth, Miami, 2:22:43.

Female: 25-29: 1. Caitlin Weber, Miami Beach. Male: 1. 25-29: 1. Jesus Portillo, Miami, 2:02:13. 35-39: 1. Carl Edlund, Miami, 1:56:14. 45-49: 1. Andres DiMichele, Miami, 1:59:29. 50-54: 1. Mario Buisan, Key Biscayne, 2:11:15. 60-64: 1. Angel Mateos, Doral, 3:06:53. 65-69: 1. Tim Regier, Miami, 2:10:50.

• Monica Rossi-Montero, 44, of Miami finished first in the women’s division of the Mack Cycle International Triathlon Trilogy Bonus Round.

She timed at 59:15 in the 0.5-mile swim, 20-mile bike, 6.2-mile run. Miami Beach’s Rachelle Ginsberg, 35, placed second in 59:17 and Miami Beach’s Jessica Hunter third in 1:01:15. Santiago Pazos, 45, of Miami Beach won the men’s title in 53:55, followed by Vladimir Casanova, 37, of Miami in 54:23.

Other top local finishers: Athena: 1. Delmys Dyer, Cutler Bay, 1:13:40. Clydesdale 185 0-39: 1. Leon Ojalvo, Miami, 1:06:03. Clydesdale 200 40+: 1. Harold Dyer, Cutler Bay, 1:05:59. Clydesdale 225 0-39: 1. Eddy Rafael, Hialeah, 1:09:21.

Female: 20-24: 1. Rachel Losada, Miami, 1:02:01. 25-29: 1. Sara Arroyo, Miami, 1:04:52. 30-34: 1. Helena Botha, Miami, 1:10:18. 35-39: 1. Kirsty Dixon, Miami, 1:12:00. 40-44: 1. Beth Edwards, Miami Beach, 1:15:14. 45-49: 1. Yamile Castella, Miami, 1:09:13. 50-54: 1. Mary Puchades, Coral Gables, 1:07:53. Fat Tire: 1. Nicoleta DeDeugd, Miami, 1:19:40. Masters: 1. Leonora Gonzalez, Homestead, 1:07:35.

Male: 10-14: 1. Juan Aguirre, Miami, 1:19:10. 20-24: 1. Ernie Diaz, Miami, 1:00:23. 30-34: 1. Andrew Carricarte, Miami, 56:48. 35-39: 1. Luis Savigne, Miami, 56:55. 40-44: 1. Ulises Gonzalez Amarillo, Miami, 58:34. 50-54: 1. Julio Morales, Miami, 1:04:12. 60-64: 1. Joaquin Vinas, Miami, 1:15:46. 70-74: 1. Michael Carricarte, Miami, 1:57:22. Fat Tire: 1. Luciano Smith, Miami, 1:00:59. Masters: 1. Mike Sabin, Miami Beach, 57:59.



Estela Ortiz, 38, of Miami won the women’s title of the Mack Cycle Duathlon Trilogy Bonus Round at Virginia Key in Key Biscayne.

She completed the 1-mile run, 10-mile bike and 3.1-mile run in 1 hour 3 minutes 5 seconds. Miami Beach’s Jennifer West, 33, was runner-up in 1:09:57 and Jerri Halgowich, 54, of Miami third in 1:11:36. Lucas Theophilus, 43, of Coral Gables won the men’s title in 53:58.

Other local top finishers: Clydesdale 225: 1. Javier Perez, Miami, 1:11:47.

Female: 40-44: 1. Shanel Carmenate, Miami, 1:20:47. 45-49: 1. Rosa Rivas, Miami Lakes, 1:36:07. 50-54: 1. Cynthia Walsh, Pinecrest, 1:20:42. Fat Tire: 1. Izumi Araki, Miami Beach, 1:17:32. Masters: 1. Linda Kelly, Miami, 1:15:08.

Male: 35-39: 1. Maikel Cusimano, Hialeah, 58:13. 40-44: 1. Lazaro Leal, Miami, 1:08:44. 65-69: 1. Arturo Perez, Miami, 1:29:18. Fat Tire: 1. Jorge Posada, Doral, 1:19:57.


Barry volleyball

Aventura’s Mariana Ruiz had an ace and a dig in a Barry University women’s volleyball victory over Wilmington, N.C. at the Eckerd Volleyball Classic in St. Petersburg. Leading 22-19 in the final game, Ruiz served an ace.

Ruiz, a 5-5 sophomore, is a graduate of Dr. Krop High School. Barry, in Miami Shores, is under the NCAA Division II banner.

Bridgewater/Louisville football

Teddy Bridgewater won the 2013 Howard Schnellenberger Award, given to the MVP from the winning team in the University of Louisville versus University of Kentucky annual Governor’s Cup football game.

Louisville won its third straight Governor’s Cup clash, and Bridgewater is the first back-to-back winner of the Howard Schnellenberger MVP Award in the awards four-year history.

The Miami native threw for 250 yards and a touchdown during Louisville’s 27-13 win over Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky. A Miami Northwestern graduate, he completed passes to seven different players.

The Heisman Trophy candidate now has at least 100 passing yards in 26 of his last 27 games and 10 straight games. He has thrown a touchdown pass in 15 consecutive games.

Bridgewater was 2012 Big East Offensive Player of the Year and the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl MVP. He now has 6,849 career passing yards and 51 touchdown passes.

The trophy for Howard Schnellenberger MVP Award is one-of-a-kind, genuine Louisville Slugger Bat with one side Wildcat blue and the other Cardinal red. The unique bat, crafted with Louisville Slugger’s proprietary spray finish system and emblazoned with the unmistakable Louisville Slugger oval logo, was handmade at the factory in downtown Louisville. The engraving on the bat reads: Howard Schnellenberger MVP AWARD, KENTUCKY VS LOUISVILLE, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013.

Teddy Bridgewater’s name will be engraved on the bat as the fourth winner of the award.

• The Howard Schnellenberger MVP Award was created in 2010 by the Louisville Sports Commission and received the blessing of both schools and Schnellenberger, who has strong ties to both programs and remarkable football credentials. The award winner is selected by a vote of the working press covering the annual game as identified by the SIDs from each school; the Award will be presented on the field immediately following the game.

A Louisville native, Schnellenberger was recruited to UK by the legendary Bear Bryant, earned varsity letters in 1952-53-54-55 and was an All-American tight end for the Wildcats under Blanton Collier as a senior. Schnellenberger later served as an assistant coach at UK under Collier in 1959 and 1960. As the head coach at UofL for 10 years (1985-1994), Schnellenberger is credited with rejuvenating the football program and boosting support for a new, on-campus stadium. He led the Cardinals to signature victories in the Liberty and Fiesta Bowls.

As a result of his contributions to college football in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Schnellenberger is the only person enshrined in the athletic halls of fame at both the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.

During his storied career, Schnellenberger was offensive coordinator for national championships at Alabama in the 1960s and Super Bowl wins with the Miami Dolphins in the 1970s, then led the Miami Hurricanes to national prominence and the 1983 national championship. Schnellenberger was an integral part of four national championships in college football and two Super Bowl victories.

He coached the University of Miami to the 1983 national championship and was offensive coordinator under Bryant at Alabama for national titles in 1961-64-65. He was the offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins under Don Shula, including the 17-0 season in 1972. Schnellenberger went on to build and coach an NCAA Division I (FCS) football program at Florida Atlantic University. At Miami, Louisville and FAU, Schnellenberger-coached teams were a remarkable 6-0 in bowl games.

He retired as FAU coach following the 2011 season and now works in the University’s Division of Community Engagement.

Kendall Hammocks Warriors football

The Kendall Hammock Warriors youth tackle football program traveled to compete against the Dania Bears.

Results: PeeWees: Dania 18, KH 12. 8U: Dania 26, KH 19. 10U: Dania 25, KH 6. 11U: Dania 24, KH 0. 12U: Dania 12, KH 6. 14U: KH 34, Dania 14.

Highlights: 12U: Tied at six, Dania broke a long return on the kickoff to take a 12-6 lead late in the fourth quarter. The Warriors drove to the Dania 15-yard line as time expired. Outstanding performance of Dion Neal, the Warriors fullback, for leading the ground attack.

14U: Richard Armenta caught a 60-yard touchdown pass from Juilan Harris, and Shamar Munroe had an 82-yard touchdown run. Diamonte Howard and Harris also scored as the Warriors improved to 5-0.

Kendal Hammocks is under the Miami Xtreme Football League banner.

Orange Bowl football

Now in its 15th season, the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority visited five sites as part of its Park of the Week Program. The Orange Bowl YFA Park of the Week program presented by Sports Authority recognizes select youth football parks across South Florida each Saturday during the fall to show its continued support to the community.

This past Park of the Week schedule included visits to four Florida Youth Football League members (Miami Gardens Bulldogs, Miami Gardens Ravens, Northside Panthers, Wynwood Seahawks) and one National Youth Football League member (Moore Park Generals). The Generals play at Orange Bowl Field at Moore Park, which was dedicated in 2011 as the culmination of a $5.65 legacy gift restoration and revitalization, spearheaded by the Orange Bowl Committee, which directly contributed $2.5 million to the project.

Moore Park was the site of the 1933 and 1934 Palm Festivals, predecessor of the Discover Orange Bowl. Miami Gardens, home of the Bulldogs and Ravens, is also the location of Sun Life Stadium, home of the current Discover Orange Bowl.

At each stop during its Park of the Week program, Orange Bowl members, ambassadors and staff distribute promotional items and discounts from official Orange Bowl YFA sponsors and present each park with a commemorative plaque and a financial contribution towards park improvements.

Orange Bowl YFA Committee Chair Gerald Grant Jr. participated in the park visits this past weekend and is encouraging his colleagues to do the same.

“We’re here to support the kids and to share with them the Orange Bowl experience,” he said. “This gives us an opportunity to give back.”

More than 16,000 young football players and cheerleaders in 10 football leagues across eight South Florida counties directly benefit from the Orange Bowl YFA presented by Sports Authority. More than $5 million has been invested by the Orange Bowl Committee in youth sports in South Florida since 1999. In addition to its continued support of the Orange Bowl YFA presented by Sports Authority, the Orange Bowl directly supports locally-based festivals and events, including those that provide participatory opportunities to youth from all over the world. These events include the Junior Orange Bowl, Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, Orange Bowl Swim Classic and Orange Bowl Paddle Championships, among many others.

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the Orange Bowl has been one of South Florida’s leading civic organizations, driving tourism and economic development, while supporting scholarships and community athletic facilities. Inspiring thousands of student athletes every year, the Orange Bowl’s activities help foster youth confidence, celebrate student achievement, engage the community and enhance the South Florida economy.

The Orange Bowl YFA is presented by Sports Authority, with additional sponsors American Airlines, Doctors Hospital, Florida Blue, FOX Sports Florida / Sun Sports, Hampton Farms, MetroPCS, Nike, Sparkling ICE, Sun Life Stadium & The Miami Dolphins, The Miami Herald, Toyota, and Wells Fargo.

For information about the Orange Bowl Committee and the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority visit

Carrollton golf

Eight Florida Class 1A-3A high school girls’ golf teams competed in the Carrollton Invitational at Trump National Doral on the Jim Mclean Signature and Great White courses. (Plantation) American Heritage dominated the field to win the title for the fourth consecutive year.

Its team members finished among the Top 12 with Andreina Merchan (68-70=138), Jamie Freedman (67-74=141) and Marisa Messana (69-74=143) sweeping the top three spots. (Southwest Ranches) Archbishop McCarthy placed second followed by (Weston) Cypress Bay, The Benjamin School, Venice High School, Academy of the Holy Names, Ransom Everglades, and host Carrollton School.

Participants ranged from rookies, such as Andy Delgado, playing in their first major championship to seasoned golfer like senior Marisa Messana, who plans to play NCAA Division I level. The event was a “Sister Act” with three sets of sisters including Carrollton’s Andy and Gaby Delgado.

Other top individual players were: 4. Gigi Garcia of Archbishop McCarthy (75-72=147); 5. Caroline Araskog of The Benjamin School (75-73=148); 6. Valentina Haupt of Cypress Bay (78-71=149), Emmy Martin of Acadmey of the Holy Names (76-73=149) and Alejandra Merchan of American Heritage (72-77=149); 9. Katie Williamson of Archbishop McCarthy (73-77=150) and Regan Jahn of The Benajamin School (74-76=150).

Carrollton’s top golfers: 16. Tanya Eathakott (8th Gr) 80-83=163; 33. Garbiela Delgado (So.) 87-97=184; 36. Ale Robelo (Jr.) 100-98=198; 38. Andy Delgado (8th Gr) 118-141=259.

Ransom’s top golfers: 11. Carolina Garrett (Jr.) 76-79=155; 21. Katie Hanley (Jr.) 85-81=166; 29. Chloe Horton (Jr.) 88-86=174; 32. Alix Hamilton (Sr.) 92-90=182; 39. Aditi Mehrota (Jr.) 130-137=267.

College golf

Miami’s Marcelo Huarte helped Barry University’s No.1-ranked NCAA Division II team win the Brickyard Crossing Intercollegiate in Indianapolis.

Huarte, one of two Buccaneers to record an eagle in the event, tied with teammate Mario Beltran for 24th at 222. They were the third best scorers of Barry golfers. Huarte, a senior, shot 72-76-74 (222). He is a Christopher Columbus High School grad.

The three-day tournament featured 17 teams .

Nova Southeastern University junior Ian Facey tied for the second-best round overall on the final day with a 3-under-par 69. His 54-hole total 217 tied him for ninth overall to lead the third place Sharks. Facey is a Miami Westminster Christian High School grad.

Top 5 Team Scores: 1. Barry University 280-284-292=856; 2. Central Missouri 289-280-289=858; 3. Nova Southeastern 297-292-286=875; 4. Missouri-St. Louis 291-295-293=879; 5 CSU-Monterey Bay 295-295-295=885.

Miami Country Day top athletes

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Ryan Finvarb (cross-country) was the fifth Spartans’ high school varsity team finisher at the Fort Myers Invitational.

Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Isabella Allen (cross-country) was the second Spartans’ high school varsity team fnisher in the Fort Myers Invitational and first for her team at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair Invitational.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Alexander Cohen (cross-country) was the Spartans’ first finisher at the Fort Myers and Miami-Dade County Youth Fair invitationals.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Winona Paez (volleyball) had 52 assists and 14 aces in wins against Hialeah Educational, Sagemont and Doctors Charter.

Spartan Super Fan: Michael Fallik, middle school Social Studies teacher and water polo coach.

Archbishop Curley top athletes

Coach Greg Magner, athletic director at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep School, announced its Athletes of the Week.

Senior Germaine Smalls returned a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown and recorded six total tackles on defense as the Knights lost a hard fought conference battle to Coral Shores 21-13.

Junior Rhian Romanik led an improved Knights cross-country team at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair.

Our Lady of Lakes

The Our Lady of the Lakes School Cheetahs began the rest of their athletic fall season.

“All teams, which include Junior boys’ varsity basketball, Junior Varsity girls’ volleyball, Varsity boys’ volleyball, Varsity girls’ volleyball and Varsity boys’ flag football, are determined and eager to learn, represent Our Lady of the Lakes and compete,” said OLL Athletic Director German Garcia.

That attitude was on display when the Varsity boys’ volleyball team (7th and 8th graders) defeated Immaculate Conception 25-6, 25-23. Jorge Jebian (8th grade) served eight straight points to open the first set and added three straight points to end the first set. The Cheetahs (1-1) also received stellar offense by Christopher Roque (8th grade) in the second set to clinch the victory.

• The JV boys’ basketball team won its first two games. The Cheetahs went on the road to defeat Immaculate Conception 15-13 on a winning shot by Justin Quintana (6th grader) with 11 seconds left in the game. In the second game, the team defeated St. Patrick’s Catholic School 21-17 with strong defense by Brian Rodriguez (5th grader) and clutch baskets to seal the win in the last two minutes by Daniel DJ Perez (5th grader) and Justin Quintana (6th grader).

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WWE in Miami

A World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-view will be in South Florida on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.

This is the first pay-per-view at the AAA since WWE’s Survivor Series in November 2010.

The AAA is a long-time host of WWE events including the first SmackDown of 2013, the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony during WrestleMania Week in 2012, the Raw after WrestleMania in 2012 and the Rock’s birthday on Raw in 2011.

Tickets are on sale at the AAA box office and via TicketMaster. Keep posted at

More events, leagues, programs


USTA Florida has teamed with the City of Homestead and Friends of Miami Tennis to bring an array of new tennis programs to JD Redd Park.

The park is one of seven facilities across the state to participate in USTA Florida’s new “Tenis para Todos” initiative, which is focused on bringing tennis to more Hispanic families in Central and South Florida.

Through this partnership, JD Redd will offer USTA Leagues and Junior Team Tennis at the park. Additionally, Friends of Miami Tennis is partnering with Special Olympics to have year-round programming at the site. Programming officially begins Sept. 1, and USTA Florida and Friend of Miami Tennis will host a series of events this fall to invite families to experience tennis at the park.

“This partnership is really an outstanding example of how USTA Florida is working with our community partners to grow tennis here in South Florida. With the support of the City of Homestead and the direction of Friends of Miami Tennis, we can reach out, not only to Hispanic families, but the entire community of Homestead,” said Cathy Nordlund, USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator.

Chairwoman of Parks and Recreation Councilwoman Judy Waldman added: “It is no secret I love my City and the parks within it. When there is opportunity to bring fun and exercise together in our beautiful parks, I am behind it 100 percent. I am so proud of our Parks and Recreation Department for their hard work and collaboration in bringing Friends of Miami Tennis to Homestead. When I believe in a project, I am totally committed; and I am over-the-moon happy about this tennis partnership.”

Event details:

Oct. 5

Junior Tennis/PlayDay,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

To register visit:

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• For information on “Tenis Para Todos” and a full list of events, visitñol.


USTA Florida is launching a new Hispanic outreach initiative, designed to bring youth and adult tennis programs to Hispanic communities across the state. Tenis Para Todos or Tennis for Everyone will initially focus on programming and outreach at seven facilities in Central and South Florida, workshops and tools to help promote additional outreach in all Hispanic communities, and a series of family-friendly events this fall.

As part of the initiative, USTA Florida also will be launching a new web site,, later this month to help provide a wealth of information about tennis and USTA Florida programs in Spanish. This new initiative builds on the organization’s already strong focus on diversity.

“I understand first-hand the positive impact that tennis can have on Hispanic families and communities. Born and raised in Colombia, I was very fortunate to have been introduced to tennis at an early age. I started playing when I was five years old and it taught me discipline, hard work and social skills,” said Maria Romo, diversity & marketing coordinator for USTA Florida. “I am happy and excited to have an opportunity now to share the sport with Hispanic communities in Central and South Florida.”

Through Tenis Para Todos, USTA Florida is working with a team of local tennis professional and volunteers to deliver adult and youth programming to Hispanic families at Fort Gatlin Recreation Center (Orlando), Oak Street Park (Kissimmee) and Lake Cane Tennis Center (Orlando) in Central Florida, as well as Brian Piccolo Park (Cooper City), Pembroke Isles (Pembroke Pines), Fellsmere Elementary (Fellsmere) and JD Redd Park (Homestead) in South Florida.

Sept. 28: Ocean Club, 795 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, 33149

To register:

A full list of events is posted at

For information on Tenis Para Todos, visitñol.


Florida tennis facilities can bring the power of Nickelodeon to tennis events and get more kids playing by hosting a USTA Free Tennis Play Event any day through Sept. 30.

Events will receive television exposure on Nickelodeon with millions of players and family members driven to to find events in their area.

Florida events will join thousands of USTA Free Tennis Play Events occurring throughout the country from Sept. 1-30 in an effort to get kids active in celebration of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play.

Schools that host a Kids’ Tennis Club and USTA Free Tennis Play Event can receive an equipment package of 12 racquets, 24 youth tennis balls and a portable net.

Visit to register or call 1-800-990-8782.

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.

Water golf

An unusual on-the-water golf tournament enables boaters in the Keys to hone their swings while raising money for charity one shot at a time. The unique Conch Scramble is Saturday, Sept. 28.

A kick-off party and team registration is 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at the Alligator Reef, an exclusive private oceanfront compound at mile marker (MM) 87.4. Kick-off party tickets are available for nongolfers at $35 each.

A live auction and a 50/50 cash raffle also are planned. Bidders can participate in the online portion of the auction now through Sept. 27 at

Teams meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Islamorada Fish Company, MM 81.5, for breakfast and hole location assignments. Shotgun start is 9 a.m.

Teams of four players travel by boat from tee to tee and have two shots at each of nine holes at waterfront venues throughout Islamorada. Boats are docked, and golfers come ashore to tee off. An additional designated driver is required to accompany the teammates.

Holes consist of two floating rings whose distances from shore range from 30 to 120 yards off the venues’ dock or beach -- and only irons and putters are allowed. Golfers are awarded points for their shots, depending on whether they land inside or outside the rings. Mulligans are available for purchase.

Golfers use environmentally friendly biodegradable golf balls that become fish food after 96 hours in the water.

An awards ceremony is 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Ocean View Pub & Inn at MM 84.5 gulfside. The top three teams with the best scores receive trophies. Additional honors recognize the best individual score, most team spirit and hard luck awards.

Up to 45 teams can participate, and entry fee is $500 per team. Proceeds from the golfing challenge benefit the Upper Keys Foundation that funds athletic programs and facilities in the Keys.

Event information and registration:


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

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 for information on Duathlon Nationals.

USA Triathlon sanctioned nearly 600 duathlon races in 2012, more than doubling the number of sanctioned races from 2006.

Florida Race: Oct. 20: Longboat Key Duathlon. Distances: 2-mile run, 20-mile bike, 5-mile run. Website: Contact: or 813-966-7844.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thunder basketball

Thunder Basketball opened its new year-round facility at ThunderPleX, 1440 NW 82 Ave., Miami.

Thunder Basketball is currently running a day camp and summer league, open to boys and girls, age 5-17. Thunder Basketball’s mission is to teach the principles, fundamentals and basic skills of the game. They stress the importance of team and sportsmanship.

Thunder also encourages players to succeed in the classroom and all aspects of life. For information visit Registration is now open. Contact or call 786-505-5585.

Miami Lady Express basketball

The Miami Lady Express girls’ basketball team needs funding to continue competing in tournaments throughout the United States. The coaches volunteered to train the girls, giving them something positive to do, and the parents have been fundraising.

Travel costs, food, tournament fees and lodging are very expensive for these girls. They practice at the Keys Gate Gym in Florida City and South Dade High School where their coaches teach. Contact Coach Larry Hicks at 786-301-2577.

Tamiami basketball

Tamiami youth basketball registration is open for girls and boys, age 5-16. Email or call 305 -273-1145.

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 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

Moments of Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For information, visit or join the conversation @RespSports.

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.

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.


Marlins Tours

The Miami Marlins offer behind the scenes tours of Marlins Park. The tours are open to the public on non-event days for $10 a person.

The tour includes visits to the field (behind home plate), home clubhouse, home batting cage area and Diamond Club, Promenade Level featuring the art in the facility, the bobblehead museum and the premium areas including the Suites.

Tours operate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except when the Marlins play at home or when other major events are scheduled at Marlins Park. Group tours, accommodating between 10 and 25 people, are available by appointment.

For information, fans can call 1-877-MARLINS or e-mail Tickets can be purchased at the ticket windows on Felo Ramirez Drive (NW 6 Street between NW 14 Avenue and NW 15 Avenue) and are for the time and date specified.

Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

HOF baseball

Hall Of Fame Baseball is sponsoring travel baseball teams for 11-12, 13-14, 15-18 (high school).

Hall Of Fame Coach Rich Hofman and his staff will coach the teams which will practice and play in tournaments and leagues. Register for a tryout at or call David Hofman at 954-804-5600 or Ed Tisdale at 803-463-2591.

Youth Rugby South Miami

The Miami Rugby Youth Division, boys age 6-18, practices 6-8 p.m. Mondays at Murray Park and Wednesdays at Palmer Park, 6120 SW 67th Ave., South Miami. Call 305-400-0134, ext. 101. Visiti


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 or call Brucio 786-629-5428. The American Amateur Jai-Alai Academy is a not-for-profit organization.

Got Milk

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

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

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

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

CB Sports Leagues

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

Physically Challenged

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

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