Sports Scene: Miami Select ends basketball season in style; Prime Time hoops return

 

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Basketball

The Miami Select 5th grade travel basketball team concluded an outstanding 2012-13 season by winning the Labor Day HoopFest-36 Basketball Tournament in Miami.

The team participated in five major AAU events: Orlando (twice), New Orleans, Pembroke Pines (twice). They also competed in two Youth Basketball of America events (Coral Springs and Tallahassee) and three open tournaments. Miami Select is ranked ninth in Florida among YBOA teams. The team won three titles and was runner-up five times.

For information regarding its travel or recreational basketball program, contact Perez Alexander (786-237-4424) or Phil Jackson (305-331-6557).

Prime Time basketball

Player of the Week Mylaes Gilbert led all scorers with 15 points as the Volunteers edged the Crimson Tide 32-30 in SEC (5th-6th grade) of Prime Time Sports Basketball at the Michael Ann-Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.

Eric Ramos-Katsner added six points, and Nissim Chaillo had four points. For the Crimson Tide, Jaime Acherman scored 14 points. Jack Brown totaled seven points. Brendan Katz chipped in five points, and Joshua Behar had four points.

LSU 42, Wildcats 30: Nathaniel Elharrar 15 pts, Avi Alalu 10 pts, Joel Assor 11 pts, Chaz Castro 4 pts, Michael Braun 2 pts. For the Wildcats, Adolfo Bucay 6 pts, Liam Senker 8 pts, Michael Berenstein 6 pts, Oren Borax 6, Jake Moss 4pts, Oliver Sejas 2pts.

Tigers 38, Gators 31: Samuel Taieb 17 pts, Evan Scheck 11 pts, Lauren Hornstein 7 pts, Elan Roffe 2 pts. For the Gators, Asher Courtney 11 pts, Benjamin Ratzker 8 pts, Daniel Gutkin 9 pts.

Auburn 36, Rebels 24: Alan Berkman 21 pts, Eli Gelb 13 pts, Pryce Markson 2 pts. For the Rebels, Saul Birmaher 9 pts, Noah Pierre 4 pts, Alan Wainer 6 pts, Joshua Schmutter 3 pts, Jared Brody 2 pts.

Aggies 39, Razorbacks 19: Jeremy Saunders 13 pts, Amit Sapir 6 pts, Simon Waxman 7 pts, Jordan Ben-Shalom 6 pts, Ilan Koenig 2 pts.

Visit www.pthoops.com.

Our Lady of Lakes basketball

The Our Lady of the Lakes JV boys’ basketball team is 4-1, holding first place in the All Catholic Conference Northern Division.

The Cheetahs defeated St. Rose of Lima 31-26 with outstanding offense by Justin Quintana (6th grade) and solid rebounding by Darley Charles (6th). OLL then beat St. John the Apostle 42-17 thanks in part to Adrian Carballo (6th) and Michael Sanchez (6th).

• The Varsity boys’ volleyball team is 3-1, good for second place in the ACC North Division after defeating St. Agnes Academy and Immaculate Conception.

Carrollton golf

The Carrollton High School girls’ varsity golf team competed at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair Invitational at the Country Club of Miami’s East Course.

Eighth grader Tanya Eathakotti shot 75 to tie for second and then took second by winning on the sixth hole of a playoff. Sophomore Gaby Delgado also did well, scoring a personal best 84 to place eighth.

Eathakotti, who is already playing her third year of high school golf, qualified for state last year as a seventh grader. Delgado has improved her scores by more than 20 strokes in the past year.

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 www.orangebowl.org.

Dolphins school visit

The Miami Dolphins made their first middle school visit of the school year, dropping by Richmond Heights Middle School in Miami for a Gatorade Junior Training Camp. Approximately 250 students participated in the camp, which consisted of six interactive football drills, cheerleader routines and the communication of the “Dol-Fit” message.

“This is a phenomenal experience for the kids. This is an opportunity for the kids to showcase their talent and have a good time out here,” Richmond Heights Assistant Principal Patrick Burrows said. “The message is awesome. What Mr. Russell spoke to the kids today about is phenomenal because those are the keys to life.”

The JTC commenced with Dolphins Youth Programs Director Twan Russell speaking to students about being “Dol-Fit,” which highlights the importance of education, physical fitness and positive choices.

Then, the children participated in an assortment of football drills that emphasize speed, football fundamentals and technique.

“The JTC was an outstanding time, and everyone at the school was very involved,” Russell said. “I felt we really connected with the students in spreading the Dol-Fit message and making sure they got the most out of this event.”

Richmond Heights Middle School is home to nearly 580 kids and participates in a variety of their own initiatives. In addition to promoting healthy eating choices, the school commends good grades. Assistant Principal Burrows began a program named “Fab 50,” which will allow 50 student-athletes who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, have perfect attendance and no suspensions, the opportunity to go to the University of Miami to meet head football coach Al Golden and his staff.

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 Junior Training Camps, Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps.

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

Kendall Hammocks football

The Kendall Hammocks Warriors hosted the Hialeah Cougars in Miami Xtreme Youth Football. The older Warriors played the Modelo Park Timberwolves.

Results: 8U: KH 13, Hialeah 6. 10U: Hialeah 12, KH 0. 11U: Hialeah 18, KH 0. 12U: Hialeah 12, KH 6 (2OT). 13U: KH 14, Hialeah 0. 14U: Modelo 14, KH 12.

Highlights: 12U: The Hialeah Cougars tied the game with 41 seconds remaining at six. The Hammocks defense stopped the extra point attempt to force overtime. In the first overtime, each defense did not allow a score. In the second overtime, Hialeah scored and then stopped Hammocks to win it. Outstanding performances by Hammocks defensive linemen Juan Albissa and Dylan Carricaburu.

Central football

Dalvin Cook and Joseph Yearby of the Central High School football team were named the U.S. Army All-American Bowl High School Players of the Week for the week ending Sept. 21.

Cook and Yearby continued their stellar high school career with an incredible performance. Cook rushed for 157 yards on 10 carries, and Yearby added 125 yards on 14 carries in their team’s 50-21 win over one of the nation’s most respected program Don Bosco Prep. Cook and Yearby are considered the nation’s best running back tandem.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl High School Players of the Week was designed to recognize the nation’s top high school performance of the week. Football players possess a similar set of mental, emotional and physical strengths to Army Strong Soldiers. The winner will be announced each Monday, throughout the season and noted on www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com/media-center.

Prime Time flag football

Bengals 26, Packers 13: Player of the Week Allan Strimber threw three touchdown passes and one defense intercepted one to lead the Bengals over the Packers 26-13 in Juniors (3rd-4th grade) of Prime Time Sports Flag Football at the Michael Ann-Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.

Jonathan Bacal made three receptions and intercepted a pass. Joseph Abramowitz had two receptions (one a touchdown). Kayla Bigelman caught a pass, and Marcos Romano had two receptions (one a touchdown). Patrick Savoia caught three passes (one a touchdown) and had an interception.

For the Packers, Levi Gans totaled three receptions (one a touchdown), and Nicholas Ludwig tossed one touchdown pass and caught two passes (one a touchdown). Daniel Rosen also tossed a touchdown pass.

More Juniors: Giants 20, Dolphins 0: Marc Wendrow two touchdown passes, on defense returned an interception for a touchdown; Abraham Klainbaum five receptions; Max Kertznus one touchdown reception, Daniel Brown one touchdown reception. For the Dolphins, Ari Schottenstein four receptions; Jackson Gold two receptions, Eli Silverman one interception.

Patriots 26, Steelers 6: Pablo Sangranichne one touchdown pass; David Lalo one touchdown reception; Benjamin Bronstein two touchdown passes; Yaakov Marcus two receptions (one a touchdown). For the Steelers, Max Wagenber one touchdown pass; Ari Bakar two receptions; Tomer Spivak one touchdown reception.

•  VARSITY (7th-9th grade)

Bengals 19, Steelers 18: Josh Silverman two touchdown passes; Zachary Winer five receptions (with two touchdowns); Jake Kurkin one reception; Jake Singer two receptions. For the Steelers, Jared Weingard two touchdown passes; Jonas Senker two receptions (one a touchdown); Raphael one reception; Menachem Balkany four receptions (with two touchdowns); Darren Hirsch three receptions, one interception; Joey Leizerowitz one reception, one sack.

Packers 26, Dolphins 12: Player of the Week Josef Gad six receptions (with three touchdowns catches); one interception; Lee Iaslovits two touchdown passes; Harry Mizraji one touchdown pass, one touchdown reception; Matteo Marcato one reception, one interception; Kevin Ordet one sack; Carter Levine one reception. For the Dolphins, Alex Fraynd two touchdown passes; Benjamin Wolf four receptions (one touchdown reception); Christopher Manzini two receptions (one a touchdown); Eric Getzel one reception; Mendy Benamu six receptions, one sack; Robert Behar one reception.

Visit www.primetimefootball.com.

Senior tennis

American teams won six of 10 Cups at the 33rd International Tennis Federation Super-Seniors World Team Championships in Austria and the Czech Republic. The tournament is the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions, and this year consisted of 153 teams from 27 countries competing in 10 age categories from 60-and-older to 80-and-older.

The United States won Cups in four men’s divisions (Von Cramm Cup, Jack Crawford Cup, Bitsy Grant Cup, Gardnar Mulloy Cup) and in two women’s divisions (Alice Marble Cup, Queens’ Cup). The Americans were runners-up in two other women’s divisions (Kitty Godfree Cup, Althea Gibson Cup).

In the Althea Gibson Cup (Women’s 70), the British stopped the U.S. women in their quest for a seventh title. The doubles team of Donna Fales of Coral Gables and Charleen Hillebrand of Harbor, City, Calif. won the only point for the United States.

Youth tennis

Antonio Mora is moving on up, literally, in the Florida junior tennis scene.

Mora, 13, of Coconut Grove trains at The Biltmore Tennis Center, Tier One Tennis with coaches Robert Gomez and Zurab Zhvania.

The rising 8th grader already has one year of high school tennis experience under his belt and is competing in the 14s division of USTA Florida for the second year, looking to add to the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis State Championship he won in 12s in 2011.

He’s on the verge of cracking the Top 10 in his age group in the Florida junior rankings.

More tennis

USTA Florida and its Hispanic outreach initiative, “Tenis para Todos,” designed to bring tennis to more Hispanic communities throughout Central and South Florida, kicked started a new tennis program at JD Redd Park in Homestead.

USTA Florida, Friends of Miami Tennis and the City of Homestead provided a wonderful festival for the community to enjoy. Despite the rain delay, the event was still a huge success. There were more than 200 eager attendees between adults and children of all ages, who had the opportunity to play and learn the sport of tennis and acquire information on the new programs available at this facility.

“It is a great feeling to bring tennis to a community who is new to the sport and to see the excitement on everyone’s faces” said Maria Romo-Jackson, USTA Florida Diversity and Marketing Coordinator. “I am confident that through “Tenis para Todos, the support from the City of Homestead and the variety of programs offered by the pros from FOMT, the residents of this community are going to fall in love with tennis”.

The event was full of surprises. The children and adult attendees were on court with members of the University of Miami women’s tennis team who were gracious to be part of this event. Food was offered thanks to the support from Papa John’s and their amazing donations of over 200 slices of pizza and coupons. Free “Tenis para Todos” T-shirts were provided to all children by USTA Florida, Babolat performed a demo and raffled off a racquet, and tickets for the Miami Dolphins game on November 17th were raffled at the end of the event.

“The City of Homestead residents have given us a warm welcome and we are very excited to be bringing tennis programming to their community,” said Cathy Nordlund, USTA Florida Program Tennis Coordinator. “As a non-profit organization, Friends of Miami Tennis is all about giving back and their expert pros will be delivering the best possible programming.”

JD Redd is one of seven facilities in Central and South Florida, which are part of USTA Florida’s Hispanic Outreach Initiative, Tenis para Todos. USTA Florida has recently launched the new Spanish-language website www.tenisparatodos.con with valuable information about programming, events and places to play.

As part of the initiative, USTA Florida will also be hosting many events throughout the year including play days, free festivals, and workshops, which are open to all that are interested. The workshops are led by High-Performance Coach Gustavo Granitto of GTC Tennis Consultancy and discuss the benefits of tennis; how to motivate and develop young players; the potential of the Hispanic market, the business side of reaching the Hispanic community; and the tools and services that USTA Florida offers through "Tenis Para Todos" to assist local providers in growing their programs. USTA members can attend the workshops at a discounted rate.

Upcoming event

Oct. 5

11 and Under Tennis PlayDay

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

JD Redd Park, 550 N Homestead Blvd.

Homestead, Fla. 33030

To register visit: http://jdredd11uplayday.eventbrite.com/

A full list of events is posted at www.tenisparatodos.com/eventos or www.ustaflorida.com/events

To learn more about other Tenis para Todos visit www.tenisparatodos.com

Barry soccer

Miami’s Renzo Chavez had three assists to help lead the Barry University men’s soccer team over Florida Tech University 4-1 in Melbourne.

Chavez, a sophomore midfielder, is a graduate of Ferguson High School. Barry, based in Miami Shores, is an NCAA Division II program. Visit GOBARRYBUCS.COM.

Heisman high school nominations

Now through Oct. 2, 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.

Russell Athletics

Russell Brands LLC will begin accepting entries for the third annual “Fight Like Dylan Award,” named in honor of Dylan Rebeor, a high school football player whose last wish was for his teammates to receive new uniforms. Through this initiative, Russell Athletic will donate apparel and equipment via a $50,000 grant to one high school team that has demonstrated determination through sports, paying tribute to Dylan’s remarkable character, courage and consideration of others.

Rebeor was a wide receiver on Columbia (Tenn.) Central High School’s football team but tragically passed away at age 16 on Dec. 3, 2010 after a courageous battle with colon cancer. Despite Dylan’s insurmountable challenges during treatment, his commitment and dedication to his team never wavered. Inspired by their fallen teammate, that season the Columbia Central Lions took home their first state championship in 58 years.

“Russell Athletic is proud to bring back this award and celebrate the tremendous courage of Dylan Rebeor under the most challenging of circumstances,” said Gary Barfield, Senior Vice President, Russell Brands, LLC. “Each year, we are inspired by the remarkable support of communities who overcome great obstacles to allow their youth sports teams to succeed both on and off the field.”

Last year’s “Fight Like Dylan Award” recipient was Williamsport High School of Williamsport, Maryland. In May of 2012, the community lost two senior standout athletes, who were both tragically killed in a car accident on the way home from attending the school prom. Using the memory of these young people as motivation, both the volleyball and baseball teams went on to win the Maryland 2A State Championships the following season.

To be eligible for the “Fight Like Dylan Award,” teams must submit a post through the Russell Athletic Facebook page explaining how their team overcame a challenge or triumphed in the face of adversity. Anyone is eligible to submit an entry on behalf of their favorite high school team by logging onto www.facebook.com/russellathletic. Entries will be accepted now through December 2nd. The contest’s official rules are also available on the site.

“Dylan had an extraordinary life and always inspired others while dealing with difficult circumstances,” said Heather Rebeor, Dylan’s mother. “We’re so proud that Dylan’s memory and spirit will live on through the Russell Athletic ’Fight Like Dylan Award.’ He truly cared about others more than himself and now his legacy will continue with youth sports teams across the country.”

Russell Athletic ambassadors and NFL players Pierre Garcon (Washington Redskins), Mark Ingram (New Orleans Saints) and Colt McCoy (San Francisco 49ers) will serve on the “Fight Like Dylan Award” selection committee. Also on the committee is All Pro Dad NFL spokesperson and current NBC Sports Football analyst Tony Dungy, as well as Dylan’s mother, Heather, and Columbia Central High School head coach, Vance Belew.

The third annual winner of the “Fight Like Dylan Award” will be announced at the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28 at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando.

For more information, official rules or to submit an entry for the “Fight Like Dylan Award” visit www.facebook.com/russellathletic.

Sports Society golf tournament

The Sports Society is hosting the Bob Graham Golf Classic on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Shula’s Golf Club, 7601 Miami Lakes Dr., Miami Lakes 33014.

Established in 1982, the Sports Society is a non-profit organization of community leaders and educators who honor local females (elementary school age and older) in athletics and promote opportunities for them in sports.

Each year at the society’s banquet, the organization awards the Dorothy B. Shula and Patricia C. Graham scholarships to distinguished young ladies in amateur sports. Dr. Marjorie “Marge” Wessel, one of the group’s founding members, is dedicated to that effort.

The golf outing, which raises funds for this worthwhile cause, begins at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. For information call 305-828-6419.

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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 http://www.wwe.com/events

More events, leagues, programs

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.

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.

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).

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.

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 www.jointhunder.com Registration is now open. Contact contact@jointhunder.com 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 Tamiamibasketball@gmail.com or call 305 -273-1145.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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