Sports Scene: St. Kevin School cross-country program off to good start


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St. Kevin cross-country

Runners from Kindergarten through 8th grade participated in the second annual St. Kevin Cross Country Invitational, hosted by the St. Kevin Catholic School cross-country program, at JC Bermudez Park in Doral.

The St. Kevin Primary girls were first. The team’s top individuals were Ane Guerrero (champ), Anita Romeu (runner-up), Gabriella Cordero (10th place), Gianna Romero (16th), Natalia Alonso (22nd), Tessa Abreu (24th), Gabriella Carreras (27th).

The St. Kevin Primary boys were first. The team’s top individuals were Adrian Delgado (champ), Anthony Bergnes (8th), Gabriel Rodriguez (19th), Michael Alcorta (22nd), Ryan Rizo (24th), Lucas Luna (23rd), Xavier Diez-Arguelles (39th).

The St. Kevin Junior Varsity girls were first. The team’s top individuals were Becky Bergnes (runner-up), Almudena Mondelo (4th), Vicky Gonzalez-Pella (8th), Ane Guerrero (13th), Bianca Romero (15th), Annabelle Perez (18th), Isa Hernandez (19th).

The St. Kevin Junior Varsity boys were first. The team’s top individuals were Danny Cordero (champ), Austin San Juan (3rd), Georgie Rodriguez (5th), Gaby Rodriguez (13th), Luis Cordova (16th), Ben Rodriguez (24th), Yoyo Barquin (48th).

The St. Kevin Varsity girls were runners-up. The team’s top individuals were Nikki Martinez (3rd), Becky Rodriguez (4th), Elizabeth McCann (9th), Alessandra Barquin (12th), Camilla Treptow (23rd).

The St. Kevin Varsity boys were first. The team’s top individuals were Matias Luna (champ), Julian Piedrahita (7th), Claudio Benedi (8th), Charlie Lamela (9th), Gabriel Benedi (11th), Nicholas Lobato (13th), Mario Garcia (15th).

St. Kevin wants to thank the Doral Parks & Recreation Department for keeping the grounds clear of ant piles, the grass cut and the roads safe for the competitors. Also credit the St. Kevin coaching staff and volunteers who helped make this a grand event.

• Prior, the St. Kevin teams competed at the Holy Rosary Invitational.

The St. Kevin Primary girls were first. The Primary boys, Junior Varisty girls, Junior Varsity boys and Varsity girls each were second, and the Varsity boys were third.

Highland Oaks cross-country

The Highland Oaks Middle School cross-country team opened its season at the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational at Larry and Penny Thompson Park.

The boys’ varsity finished fourth of 16 teams. Jamir Ferguson was second of 137 runners, covering the 2.1 mile-course in 12 minutes 28 seconds. Teammate Derrick Spicer placed third (12:33). Finishing in the top 50 were Devin Pryor (28th, 13:54 ), Jack Gottlieb (31st, 14:02), Euniel Fortunato (43rd, 14:23) and Eddie Gabriel (47th, 14:38). Levensky Laguerre ran a personal best 15:08.

The girls’ varsity was sixth of 11 teams. Ayoola Gbolade took fourth of 106 runners in 14:12, and Vashti Claybrook was 15th in 15:48. They were followed by teammates Kathy Elizabeth (62nd, 18:48 ), Emily Palmeiro (63rd, 18:49), Hayley Piper (64th, 18:49) and Tiffany Herrera (86th, 21:53).

The boys’ JV had three runners finish the course: Roger Henriquez (18:38), Deandre Richards (18:40), Kevin Castor (20:11).

Archbishop Curley sports

Rhian Romanik, a junior at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep, won a girls’ cross-country meet in 22 minutes 46 seconds.

A home meet, she helped the girls’ varsity team place third against Archimedean, Doctors’ Charter and Westwood Christian. Senior teammates Milienne Bonenfant and Christine Masseus set personal best times.

The Knights’ boys team’ finihsed first with top runner Nikko Antido, a senior, taking fourth in 19:21. Senior Jamal Mapp, sophomores Hedwyn Lamy, Eduardo Fajardo, Clermondo Erisme and Jordi Herrera and seventh-grader Matthew Smith ran personal bests.

• Kick returner/running back Germaine Smalls provided the spark for Archbishop Curley as he ran the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. Smalls, a senior, gained 290 all-purpose yards in guiding ACND to an impressive road victory over rival Ransom Everglades 43-15.

• Junior Julina Gonzalez continued her stellar play as she led the Knights volleyball team to a district win over Somerset Central 25-13, 25-8, 25-17.

Miami Country Day sports

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Eva Sirlin (volleyball) had 33 service points, 15 aces and 17 kills in helping her team win the Spartan Invitational.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Carlos Ortega (football) made seven tackles in the Junior High football team’s 27-0 win over Palmer-Trinity.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Amanda Caban (junior varsity volleyball) had 14 service points, eight kills and 13 digs in matches against LaSalle and Sagemont.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Owen Wesley (junior high football) had seven carries for 153 yards and three touchdowns in the junior high football team’s 27-0 win against Palmer-Trinity.

Columbus sports

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association announced that Christopher Columbus High School was chosen as a “Safe Sports School 1st Team.”

Columbus is one of only two high schools in Florida that have been awarded with the recognition. This honor not only acknowledges the vital work of the Columbus Athletic Training Department, led by Br. Herb Baker and his assistant Pablo Riera (certified trainers) but positions the school as a leader in sports safety and a community concerned with its student athletes and their care.

Br. Herb, who has served Columbus as athletic trainer since 1991, said: “We received the award because we offer an excellent athletic training facility that is well equipped to take care of students both physically and mentally. We also have a very good medical staff in place with the collaboration of Dr. Joe Fernandez, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Baptist Hospital.”

Dr. Joe oversees the medical needs of all the Columbus Athletic Teams and is often in the training room on Saturdays to tend to them. The training room offers several treatment tables, muscle stimulators, ultrasound machines, whirlpools, bicycles, treadmills, game ready machines, and portable water tanks. An AED machine for electric shock to the heart is also found there, and Br. Herb is happy to report he never had the need to use it.

In addition, student rehabilitation also occurs in the school’s new Bernhardt Wellness Center with the collaboration Josh Cantor who supervises that facility.

Br. Herb added: “We act as the first responders here. If there is ever an injury, we are there to treat and evaluate them, often times we eliminate the student’s need to go elsewhere for expensive medical services.”

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Junior team tennis squads from Miami and Naples won championships at USTA Florida’s second Regional Team Tennis Challenge at Three Oaks Park in Fort Myers.

The new Regional Team Tennis Challenges are BYOT (bring your own team) events, which means prior participation in a local tennis league is not required. USTA members and non-members can participate in the events open to teams of kids age 8 to 18. The events are presented by Wilson Racquet Sports, and USTA members receive a $10 discount on registration.

Southwest Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge division winners: 10U Advance: Corky Crocodiles out of Sanchez Casal Academy, Naples. 14U Intermediate: Sanchez Casal Academy, Naples. 16U Intermediate: Miami Falcons.

“The partnership with USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges is a great fit for Wilson Racquet Sports and our shared vision to attract more youth participation,” said Erika Offerdahl, promotions manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. "”hese events give all skill levels the opportunity to compete and experience team competition in a fun format.”

Upcoming Regional Team Tennis Challenge events:

Oct. 12-13: Southeast Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge

The Swim & Racquet Center, Boca Raton

Nov. 9-10: Northeast Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge

Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island

Nov. 16: Ten and Under Team Tennis Challenge

Tamiami Park, Miami

(Open to 10 and Under teams from Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.)

Age groups for the events are 10-under, 12-under, 14-under, 16-under and 18-under, with novice, intermediate and advanced skill divisions within each age group, except 10u, which will only include an advanced green dot ball skill division. Players must be a minimum of 8-years-old to participate in the 10-under division. Eight-and-under and 10-under age advanced division teams will play with the green-dot ball on a full-size court. Players age 10 or younger must play in their natural age division. The green-dot ball is used in the older other novice age divisions.

Novice divisions will offer gender-neutral teams (example: a team can enter a novice division with three boys and one girl, or a team can include all of one gender). Players are allowed to ‘play up’ a maximum of one age division, except for participants age 10-under. Teams can participate in multiple USTA Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge events, but with limited space in some draws, priority will be given to teams within the home regions.

For information or to register teams go to Join the conversation on Twitter with #BYOTeamTennis.

Prime Time flag football

Player of the Week Marc Wendrow threw two touchdown passes and caught two passes as the Giants edged the Bengals 14-12 in Juniors (3rd-4th grade) of Prime Time Sports Flag Football at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.

Also, Abraham Klainbaum three receptions (one a touchdown), one interception; Max Kertznus two receptions, Daniel Brown two receptions (one a touchdown), Kyle Ratzker one reception, Isiah Pierre one sack, one reception.

For the Bengals, Allan Strimber one touchdown pass, two receptions; Jonathan Bacal seven receptions (one a touchdown); Joseph Abramowitz three receptions; Marcos Romano four receptions; Samuel Attias two receptions (one a touchdown).

Dolphins 27, Steelers 6: Ari Schottenstein two receptions (one a touchdown); Jackson Gold five receptions, one touchdown run; Eli Silverman one interception, one touchdown pass, two touchdown runs, eight recetpions, Michael Stiberman three receptions, Noah Yecutieli one reception.

For the Steelers, Max Wagenber one touchdown pass, one reception; Ari Bakar one reception; Tomer Spivak two receptions; David Delarosa two receptions; Jack Harris five receptions (one a touchdown); Jason Benezra two receptions; Patrick Savoia two receptions.

Patriots 19, Packers 13: David Lalo one interception; Benjamin Bronstein one touchdown run, one interception; Yaakov Marcus one receptions, one touchdown pass, Yoni Bugay one touchdown reception.

For the Packers, Nicholas Ludwig two touchdown passes, one reception; Daniel Rosen one reception; Andres Fruszyfer five receptions (with two touchdown catches); Max Szapiro one reception; Rocco Lulinski one reception.

•  Varsity (7th-9th grade)

Bengals 13, Dolphins 12: Josh Silverman two touchdown passes, three receptions; Jake Singer one reception, one interception; Cameron Feldman three receptions (one a touchdown); Louis D’Antuono thee receptions (one a touchdown).

For the Dolphins, Alex Fraynd two touchdown passes, two sacks; Benjamin Wolf four receptions (one touchdown reception); Nadav Marianowsky two receptions, one interception; Mendy Benamu six receptions (with two touchdown catches); Robert Behar two receptions.

•  Scouts (1st-2nd grade)

Bengals 31, Dolphins 13: Albert Ruah one reception; David Dimarcoberardine two touchdown runs, , receptions, one interception. Ethan Hornstein one touchdown run, one reception; Samuel Attias one touchdown run, one reception; Max Jacobso one reception; Tevvy Rabinowitz one touchdown run, one reception.

For the Dolphins, Alejandro Berkman two receptions, one touchdown run, one interception; Alex Hausmann one touchdown run, one reception; Dylan Wigoda one reception; Jonathan Almosny four receptions, Vanessa Batievsky one reception.

Patriots 25, Vikings 13: Ari Dejman four touchdown runs, four receptions (Player of the Week); Alexander Schpilberg, Dan Leonoff three receptions; Eli Tamir one reception; Elliot Perel one reception; Isaac Feldman three receptions.

For the Vikings, Daniel Kleiner one reception; Eyal Waxman two touchdown passes, two receptions; Mark Szomstein nine receptions (with two touchdown catches), Michael Benzadon seven receptions.

•  Seniors (5th-6th grade)

Dolphins 26, Steelers 18: Aidan Gold four receptions, three sacks; Arturo Jena two touchdown passes, three interception (with two touchdown catches); Daniel Broides three receptions; Ilan Koenig three receptions (one a touchdown); Lindsey Weingard one touchdown pass, eight receptions (one a touchdown); Jaime Meller one reception.

For the Steelers, Avi Alalu two receptions (one a touchdown); Noah Markovsky three touchdown passes; Rafael Andrusier one reception. Joel Assor eight receptions (with two touchdown catches) (Player of The Week).

Dolphins 19, Bengals 12: Aidan Gold four receptions, three sacks; Arturo Jena two touchdown passes, three receptions (one a touchdown); Daniel Broides three receptions; Ilan Koenig seven receptions (with two touchdown catches); Lindsey Weingard four receptions; Daniel Derzavich one reception.

For the Bengals, Beny Bakar one touchdown reception; David Batievsky one interception; Sholom Marcus one touchdown pass, one touchdown reception, one interception.

Steelers 26, Vikings 0: Avi Alalu two receptions; Noah Markovsky four touchdown passes, one reception; Rafael Andrusier three receptions, one sack, one interception; Michael Hirsch five receptions (one a touchdown), Joel Assor eight receptions (with three touchdown catches).

For the Vikings, Jack Shechtman two receptions; Jake Golan four receptions; Joshua Finvarb five receptions; Pablo Tannenbaum two receptions; Robert Behar six receptions.


Orange Bowl youth football

Now in its 15th season, the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, presented by Sports Authority, visited five more sites as part of its Park of the Week Program. The Orange Bowl YFA Park of the Week program 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 five Miami-Dade Xtreme Youth Football League members Leisure City Modello Timberwolves, South Kendall Gators, Suniland Sun Devils, Kendall Boys & Girls Club Kolts and West Kendall Dolphins.

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 toward park improvements.

Orange Bowl Committee members, J. Hayes Worley Jr., George Pino, Don Slesnick III, James Pfleger, and OBYFA Committee Vice-Chair Willie Carpenter participated in park visits.

Pino said: “It’s an honor to be out here and giving back to the community. This is my first park that I have visited as a member, and I tell you the impact on the kids, the smiles on the faces of the parents, it’s great to see how the Orange Bowl is impacting lives.”

Worley added: “It’s a thrill to be out here and see the effect that team sports is having on kids. If there is anything we can do to support that and make it even stronger, than that’s exactly what we should be doing.”

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.

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

Kendall Hammocks football

The Kendall Hammocks Warriors 14U tackle football team improved to 6-1 with a 12-2 victory over the host Modelo Park Timberwolves in the Miami Xtreme League.

Shamar Munroe scored twice including one on a pass form Dorain Johnson.

In the 11U game, West Miramar defeated Kendall Hammocks 24-6. For the Warriors, Brandon Puentes completed 6 of 8 passes before leaving the game with an injury. Aaron Carvajal ran for 65 yards on 15 carries, and Anthoney Ogando made four sacks.

Other KH results: Pee Wees: Key Biscayne 18, KH 0. 8U: Key Biscayne 32, KH 0. 10U: Key Biscayne 12, KH 6. 12U: Modelo 25, KH 6. 13U: Kendall Boys & Girls Club 30, KH 6.

Booker T football

The American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game visited Booker T. Washington High School to formally present senior Chad Thomas with an honorary game jersey commemorating his selection to the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game, presented by American Family Insurance.

Thomas is a 6-5, 240-pound defensive end. The Under Armour All-America Game is Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg and will be televised on ESPN.

Central football

The American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game visited Miami Central High School to formally present seniors Dalvin Cook, Trevor Darling and Joseph Yearby with honorary game jerseys commemorating their selection to the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game, presented by American Family Insurance.

Cook is a 5-11, 190-pound running back. Yearby is a 5-9, 190-pound running back, and Darling is a 6-5, 330-pound offensive tackle. The Under Armour All-America Game is Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg and will be televised on ESPN.

Prime Time basketball

William Shaoul had a game-high 13 points to lead the Muskeeters over the Fighting Irish 27-25 in Big East (3rd-4th grade) of Prime Time Sports Basketball at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.

Also, David Amsalem 8 pts, Nikolas Simpfendorfer 2 pts, Samuel Merenfeld 5 pts. For the Irish, Abie Bonkovski 8 pts, Andy Ginsberg 2 points, Michael Stiberman 7 pts, Abraham Klainbaum 6 pts.


Pirates 22, Hoyas 6: Daniel Solomiany 2 pts, Jaime Mizrahi 4 pts, Michael Abbo 8 pts, Samuel Courtney 4 pts, Schay Gilinski 4 pts. For the Hoyas, Menachem Gelman 2 pts, Ariel Eisen 2 pts, Ariel Almkies 2 pts.

• SEC (5th-6th grade)

Gators 45, Wildcats 15: Asher Courtney 29 pts, Benjamin Ratzker 6 pts, Daniel Gutkin 10 pts. For the Wildcats, Liam Senker 6 pts, Michael Berenstein 2 pts, Oren Borax 2, Jake Moss 2pts, Oliver Sejas 2pts.

Aggies 37, Crimson Tide 36: Jeremy Saunders 25 pts, Simon Waxman 2 pts, Jordan Ben-Shalom 8 pts, Michael Odzer 2 pts. For the Crimson Tide, Jaime Acherman 11 pts, Jack Brown 8 pts, Brendan Katz 10 pts, Evan Lastra 1 point.

Tigers 44, Rebels 39: Samuel Taieb 26 pts (Player of the Week), Evan Scheck 6 pts, Lauren Hornstein 6 pts, Elan Roffe 6 pts. For the Rebels, Saul Birmaher 25 pts, Alan Wainer 6 pts, Joshua Schmutter 6 pts, Jared Brody 2 pts.

LSU 36, Auburn 35: Nathaniel Elharrar 12 pts, Avi Alalu 8 pts, Joel Assor 16 pts. For Auburn, Alan Berkman 22 pts, Eli Gelb 9 pts, Pryce Markson 2 pts, Aidan Blinderman 2 pts.

Razorbacks 55, Volunteers 33: Benjamin Yogev 31 pts, Daniel Broides 12 pts, Isaac Almkies 8 pts, Jaime Meller 2 pts, Val Share 2pts. For the Volunteers, Myles Gilbert 20 pts, Eric Ramos-Katsner 5 pts, Araron Sherit 4 pts, Ariel Bouskila 4 pts.

• NBA (7th-9th grade)

Lakers 34, Nets 17: Andre Ramos-Katsner 13 pts, Enzo Collomba 4 pts, Jonas Senker 6 pts, Jonathan Solomiany 2 points, Mijael Shapiro 4 pts, Eli Broides 2 pts, Albert Wolak 2 pts. For the Nets, Amitay Ben-naim 2 pts, Eric Getzel 5 pts, Joshua Silverman 3 pts, Lenardo Castillo 4 pts, Samuel Mejia 3 pts.


FIU soccer

Miami’s Gonzalo Frechilla scored to help the FIU men’s soccer team earn its first Conference USA victory of the season with a 4-0 victory over the visiting Marshall Thundering Herd.

Frechilla, a senior, was open outside the top of the box, taking the pass from Marvin Hezel. The co-captain then struck it low from 20 yards to find the back of the net to give FIU a 2-0 advantage in the 21st minute.

The Panthers improved to 5-5-0 overall and 1-1-0 in conference play. FIU is an NCAA Division I affiliate, based in Kendall.

Follow the Panthers on Twitter (@FIUSoccer) and become a fan on Facebook ( for all the latest soccer news. Follow all of FIU’s 18 athletic teams on Google+ (FIU Athletics), (@FIUAthletics), Facebook (, YouTube (FIUPanthers), and Instagram (FIUathletics).

Soccer clnics

Gulliver Preparatory School presents G.O.A.L.S. (Get Out And Love Soccer), a free soccer clinic for children within the autism spectrum and other related disabilities.

Clinics are 10 a.m.-noon on Nov. 9 and 23, Feb. 22 and March 1 at the Sean Taylor Memorial Field at Gulliver Preparatory School, 6575 SW 88th St., Miami, 33156. Boys and girls age 2-17 are invited to attend the soccer clinics.

G.O.A.L.S. provides an opportunity for children to enjoy exercise through soccer and various games and activities under the guidance of high school students. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

To pre-register, contact Yary Roman at or call 305-666-7937 ext. 1423.

Barry rowing

Lauren Hillard, a Miami Beach High School grad, helped the Barry University Varsity 4 crew team finish in 18 minutes 51.3 seconds during the Mix of Miami at the Shane Rowing Center in Miami Beach. Hillard teamed with cox Angela Dasch, stroke Kasia Walentynowicz, Sam McKenzie and bow Rebekah Kilroy.

Barry University, based in Miami Shores, is under the NCAA Division II banner.

North Miami Beach baseball

The North Miami Beach Little League announced that Mark Greenspan will serve as the League president for the upcoming season.

Greenspan, a realtor, has been a member of the League’s board since 2009. He most recently served as the Umpire-in-Chief as well a team manager for the Minors Junior Division. His teams won back-to-back championships (2011-12).

His duties as League president will include selecting and appointing managers, coaches, umpires and committees; maintaining contact with Little League International; representing the league in the District organization.

“I am excited to work with my fellow board members and the community to build on the League’s stellar reputation of promoting fitness, building character and good sportsmanship,” Greenspan said. “Our goal is to reach out to more communities to make the League even more inclusive of the areas we serve and keep our players and families engaged.”

Online registration for the 2014 season is now open. In-person registration will occur Nov. 2-3. For information on the league and registration, visit

• Established more than 50 years ago, North Miami Beach Little League is a chartered Little League and a registered 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. The league serves approximately 350 boys and girls in Northeast Dade County. It is run by a volunteer Board of Directors and is staffed by volunteer coaches and dedicated parents. NMBLL also runs a Little League Challenger Division for boys and girls with physical and developmental challenges.

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.

Senior Games

Florida senior athletes have the opportunity to register for the 2013 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships.

The event, presented by the Florida Sports Foundation in conjunction with the Lee County Sports Authority, is Dec. 7-15 in Lee County.

Online registration is open in 22 sports of the annual Olympic-style Sports Festival for athletes age 50 and older. Visit and fill out registration forms in pdf documents and send the completed forms to the Florida Sports Foundation. Registration deadlines are in mid-to-late November, and entry fees vary by sport.

JCC Maccabi program

The Levis Jewish Community Center seeks participants for its JCC Maccabi program.

Jewish athletes between ages 13 and 16 (as of July 31, 2014) can participate in team sports, and athletes between ages of 12 and 16 (as of July 31, 2014) can participate in individual sports.

Athletes will represent the Boca Raton Mitchell Dobbin Maccabi Team in boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ baseball, boys’ flag football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, swimming, tennis, bowling, golf and Star Reporter (a competition for Jewish teens with skills in writing, reporting, photography and social media). Participants will show off their skills and be inspired by the values of community involvement, teamwork, creativity, integrity and pride.

The JCC Maccabi Games is the largest Jewish youth event in the world. From Aug. 10-15, 2014, the South Florida community will welcome more than 1,000 visiting Jewish teens from across the globe and involve more than 1,000 members from the area including 400 host families, 1,000 volunteers and 200 local teen athletes.

Athletes interested in competing in individual sports must contact the JCC Maccabi Games Delegation Head at 561-852-3257 or by Jan. 10. Individual athletes do not need to tryout but must pre-register online at by Jan. 10.

Visit for details.

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


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.

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

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.


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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