Sports Scene: Ferguson, Sunset high schools win Junior Orange Bowl Cross Country titles


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Junior Orange Bowl cross-country

The 65th Junior Orange Bowl Festival got off to a running start with the annual Junior Orange Bowl Cross Country Meet.

More than 70 middle school and high school teams competed in the two day event at Larry & Penny Thompson Park.

Coaches and players were impressed with the atmosphere at the 2013 Junior Orange Bowl meet.

“The Junior Orange Bowl Invitational became a much larger affair for the 2013 cross-country season as many event sponsors helped make this competition a better and more memorable experience for all of the participants,” said Ryan Raposo, head coach of the Ferguson High School cross-country program. “The tone was set that this was going to be one of the best and most fun cross-country events in South Florida. One could even argue the best we’ve ever seen in Miami, at least in the last 10-15 years that is.”

SoleRUNNERS, Nike and Nesquik joined more than 1,500 runners to make the 2013 Junior Orange Bowl Event one of the best cross-country meets in Florida. The action got started on with four middle school races as Ammons Middle School took home the girls’ and boys’ varsity team championships. Rahyah Andressohn of Richmond Heights Middle School won the girls’ varsity race in 13 minutes 34.61 second, and Guillermo Rojas of Ammons Middle School finished first in the boys race in 12:13.77.

On day two, junior varsity and varsity high school teams competed in six races. The varsity field was split into an Open Division and Invitational Division. John A. Ferguson’s “B-Team” won the girls’ varsity Open Division Championship, and American High School won on the boys’ side. Daesha Rodgers of Miami Central (20:17.76) and Tristan Enriquez of American High School (17:33.82) won the individual titles.

The Ferguson High School girls’ varsity team continued its dominance in the Invitational Race as the “A-Team” won the championship. Miami Sunset High School won the boys’ team Invitational Division. The individual champions were Katrina Santiago of Ferguson High School (19:05.46) and Nick Diaz of Miami Sunset High School (16:25.46).

Results: Middle School Girls JV Award Winners: JV Individual Champion: Brittany Tyre, Keys Gate Charter (15:24.06). JV Team Champion: Ammons MS 46 points. JV Team Runner-Up: Keys Gate Charter 62 points. JV Team Third Place: Palmetto MS 62 points. Middle School Boys JV Award Winners: JV Individual Champion: Anton Hall, South Dade MS (13:34.61). JV Team Champion: Jorge Mas Canosa MS 76 points. JV Team Runner-Up: Ammons MS 87 points. JV Team Third Place: Carver MS 122 points.

Middle School Girls Varsity Award Winners: Varsity Individual Champion: Rahyah Andressohn, Richmond Heights MS (13:26.17). Varsity Team Champion: Ammons MS 40 points. Varsity Team Runner-Up: Devon Aire K8 66 points. Varsity Team Third Place: Carver MS 94 points. MS Boys Varsity Award Winners: Varsity Individual Champion: Guillermo Rojas, Ammons MS (12:13.77). Varsity Team Champion: Ammons MS 52 points. Varsity Team Runner-Up: South Dade MS 89 points. Varsity Team Third Place: Campbell Drive MS 94 points.

High School Girls JV Award Winners: JV Individual Champion: Claudia Blandino, John A. Ferguson HS (24:24.03). JV Team Champion: John A. Ferguson HS 18 points. JV Team Runner-Up: Coral Reef HS 43 points. HS Boys JV Award Winners: JV Individual Champion: Alex Gonzalez, Christopher Columbus HS (18:38.32). JV Team Champion: Christopher Columbus HS 15 points. JV Team Runner-Up: John A. Ferguson HS 48 points.

High School Girls Open Varsity Award Winners: Open Varsity Individual Champion: Daesha Rogers, Miami Jackson HS (20:17.76). Open Varsity Team Champion: John A. Ferguson HS “B-team” 63 points. Open Varsity Team Runner-Up: Miami Central HS 65 points. Open Varsity Team Third Place: Gulliver Prep 115 points. HS Boys Open Varsity Award Winners: Open Varsity Individual Champion: Tristan Enriquez, American HS (17:33.82). Open Varsity Team Champion: American HS 78 points. Open Varsity Team Runner-Up: Homestead HS 94 points. Open Varsity Team Third Place: Coral Gables HS 149 points.

High School Girls Invitational Varsity Award Winners: Invitational Varsity Individual Champion: Katrina Santiago, John A. Ferguson HS (19:05.46). Invitational Varsity Team Champion: John A. Ferguson HS 38 points. Invitational Varsity Team Runner-Up: Lourdes Academy 49 points. Invitational Varsity Team Third Place: Westminster Christian 81 points. HS Boys Invitational Varsity Award Winners: Invitational Varsity Individual Champion: Nick Diaz, Miami Sunset HS (16:25.46). Invitational Varsity Team Champion: Miami Sunset HS 32 points. Invitational Varsity Team Runner-Up: Christopher Columbus HS 62 points. Invitational Varsity Team Third Place: John A. Ferguson HS 77 points.

For race information and complete results, visit

Hope For Autism soccer

The Hope For Autism Soccer and Sports Conditioning Team was invited to perform an exhibition during the Florida Soccer Expo at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.

The kids were treated to a special private performance by John Fredy Moncado of Extreme Xoccer. They also met Cody Laurendi of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers who tweeted, “[It was] the best part of my day!”

The boys rode to Sun Life Stadium in style in a Hummer limousine, thanks to the generosity of Limos of Miami.

“I am so proud of our boys, and everyone treated them like rock stars,” said Team Founder/Coach Oscar Amuz.

The team is open to young people age 4-14, including children with any special needs and their siblings.

The program is affiliated with the newly formed Hope For Autism United For Soccer Foundation ( The goal is to help children and teens with autism to gain coordination, social skills, self-confidence and team work through soccer.

For information, email

• The Hope For Autism soccer team thanks the Palm Springs North Athletic Association and Danny Larkin, manager of the Norman and Jean Reach Park for their continued support.

Archbishop Curley sports

Coach Greg Magner, athletic director at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep, announced the school’s Athletes of the Week.

Female Athlete of the Week: Senior Alyssa Lambert led the Knights volleyball team to a victory over Hialeah Educational with three aces, 15 assists, four dinks and four digs.

Male Athlete of the Week: Freshman Chris Williams led the Knights football team to a win over arch-rival Miami Country Day 34-5. He gained 216 yards on 16 carries and scored twice.

• The Archbishop Curley boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams continue to progress. The boys’ team placed first at a home meet versus Palmer-Trinity, Archimedean and Hebrew Academy with senior Nikko Antido second in 19:05 and senior Michael Smith third in 19:54.

At the Orange Bowl Invitation, junior Rhian Romanik and senior Jenny Lamy won medals with times of 23:17 and 24:04, respectively. At a meet at Greynolds Park, Romanik was runner-up in 22:33 and sophomore Hedwyn Lamy ran a personal best 21:54.

Miami Country Day sports

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Yakira Matisonn (volleyball) combined for 16 service points, eight aces, eight assists and seven kills in matches against Riviera Prep and Westminster Christian.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Zach Charalambides (swimming) finished second in the 500 freestyle (PR) and won the 200 freestyle in a meet against Keys Gate Charter.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Olivia Katcher (swimming) won the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle events and was on the winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams in a meet against Keys Gate Charter.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Wiley Watson (swimming) won the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle events and was on the winning 400 freestyle relay team in a meet against Keys Gate Charter.

Spartan Super Fan: Elizabeth Whittington (Upper School English Teacher).

Orange Bowl football

Now in its 15th season, the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority visited Harris Field Park in Homestead and George Mira Football Field in Key West as part of its Park of the Week Program. The OBYFA 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.

The OBYFA Park of the Week program visited the two recreational Youth Football Leagues – Dick Conley Memorial Football League (Harris Field Park) and Key West Junior Football League (George Mira Football Field).

At each stop during its Park of the Week program, Orange Bowl members, ambassadors and staff distribute promotional items and discounts from official OBYFA sponsors and present each park with a commemorative plaque and a financial contribution toward park improvements. A coach nominated from each visited league or team also receives a coach’s kit provided by Sports Authority. The recipients were Robert Ramirez, accepting on behalf of his father, Pedro Ramirez, (Dick Conley Memorial Football League), and Peter Estevez (Key West Junior Football League).

Orange Bowl Committee members Willie Carpenter, Andy Haggard and Bill Parker Jr. participated in the event. Carpenter, the OBFYA vice chair, played youth football with the Dick Conley Memorial Football League.

More than 16,000 young football players and cheerleaders in 10 football leagues across eight South Florida counties directly benefit from the OBYFA presented by Sports Authority. More than $5 million has been invested by the OBC in youth sports in South Florida since 1999. In addition to its continued support of the OBYFA 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.

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

Homestead football

The American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game visited Homestead High School to formally present senior Ermon Lane with an honorary game jersey commemorating his selection to the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game presented by American Family Insurance.

Lane is a 6-3, 190-pound receiver. The Under Armour All-America Game is Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg and will be televised on ESPN.

Prime Time flag football

Zach Friedland had two touchdown runs and two reception as the Steelers edged the Patriots 25-24 in Scouts (1st-2nd grade) of Prime Time Sports Flag Football at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.

Also for the Steelers, Carson Orlinsky three receptions; David Benhamron one receptions; Jeremy Bronstein two receptions; Matthew Finvarb four receptions; Ryder Rosenberg one touchdown run; one sack, three receptions; Zach Friedland two touchdown runs, two reception.

For the Patriots, Ari Dejman four touchdown runs, eight receptions; Alexander Schpilberg five receptions, Dan Leonoff one reception; Eli Tamir four receptions; Elliot Perel three receptions; Isaac Feldman one reception.

More Scouts (1st-2nd grade)

Giants 32, Vikings 6: Nolan Senker one touchdown run, two receptions; two interceptions (one for a touchdown) (Player of the Week); Arie Mizrachi one touchdown run, two receptions; Asthon Sklar two receptions; Benjamin Leibovich one reception; Emilio Hosmany two receptions; Noah Kurkin one touchdown pass, two receptions, one interception for touchdown; Zachary Fisher one reception.

For the Vikings, Andres Bentes one reception; Andy Kizer one reception; Daniel Kleiner one interception; Eleon Fishman one reception; Eyal Waxman three receptions; Mark Szomstein one touchdown run; ten receptions, Michael Benzadon3 five receptions.

Bengals 18, Packers 12: Albert Ruah one reception; David Dimarcoberardine one touchdown pass, seven receptions; Ethan Hornstein two touchdown receptions, one reception; Gabriel Attias one touchdown run; two receptions; Max Jacobs one touchdown pass, six receptions; Tevvy Rabinowitz 12 receptions.

For the Packers, Evan Seder one touchdown run, nine receptions; Jake Manasse six receptions; Michael Kiblisky one reception, one interception; TJ Feely one reception, one touchdown run; Zachary Banin two receptions.

• Juniors (3rd-4th grade)

Packers 20, Giants 12: Andres Furszyfer three receptions; Andres Ruah one touchdown pass; Levi Gans two touchdown runs, two receptions (one a touchdown) (Player of the Week), Nicholas Ludwig one reception.

For the Giants, Marc Wendrow one touchdown pass, one touchdown run; Max Kertznus one reception; Daniel Brown two receptions (one a touchdown), Isiah Pierre one reception, Jaime Mizrahi two receptions.

Bengals 18, Steelers 0: Allan Strimber two touchdown passes, one touchdown run, one interception; Jonathan Bacal two touchdown receptions; Marcos Romano two receptions; Samuel Attias three receptions.

For the Steelers, Tomer Spivak three receptions, Jack Harris one reception.

Patriots 33, Dolphins 6: Pablo Sangranichne one touchdown pass, three receptions, Adam Cohen one reception; Benjamin Bronstein tree receptions; Yaakov Marcus five receptions (one a touchdown), one interception; Yoni Bugay two receptions, David Lalo one reception, Adam Scher one reception.

For the Dolphins, Adam Sananes one touchdown pass, three receptions; Ari Schottenstein two receptions (one a touchdown); Jackson Gold two receptions; Eli Silverman eleven receptions, Michael Stiberman two receptions, Ricardo Koenig one touchdown reception.

•  Seniors (5th-6th grade)

Vikings 6, Packers 0: Benjamin Gherman three sacks; Jack Shechtman one touchdown pass; Jake Golan three receptions, one sack; Pablo Tannenbaum two receptions; Robert Behar five receptions (one a touchdown)

For the Packers, Aidan Singer two sacks, Elan Roffe five receptions; Henri Birol one reception; Ido Yaari one reception, one sack; Michael Efroni two receptions

• Varsity (7th-9th grade)

Steelers 34, Packers 14: Jared Weingard four touchdown passes; Jonas Senker three interceptions, three receptions (with two touchdown catches) (Player of the Week); Rafael Suarez one reception; Dylan Gabay one reception, Menachem Balkany five receptions (with two touchdown catches); Darren Hirsch five receptions (with two touchdown catches).

For the Packers, Carter Levine three receptions; Harry Mizraji one reception; four receptions (with two touchdown catches); two touchdown passes, one reception; Miguel Rozenberg one reception; Tyler Ward two reception.

Yeshiva 19, Bengals 6: No stats.

For the Bengals, Josh Silverman one touchdown pass, six receptions; Jake Singer five receptions; Cameron Feldman three receptions; Louis D’Antuono two receptions (one a touchdown); Ethan Sklar one reception; Gabriel Sefchovich one reception.


Prime Time basketball

Player of the Week Jordan Weinstein had 27 points to lead the Heat over the Thunder 53-52 in Prime Time Sports Basketball at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.

Also for the Heat, Alex Bitchatchi 7 pts, Brandon Weinstein 4 pts, Jordan Weinstein 27 pts (Player of the Week), Daniel Berkman 13 pts, Jonathan Woldenberg 2 pts. For the Thunder, Jordan Kasimow 14 pts, Andres Bacal 4 pts, Ian Schillinger 9 pts, Sammy Bitchatchi 2 pts, Yaniv Assraf 19 pts, Simon Assouline 4 pts.

More NBA (7th-9th grade)

Lakers 56, Pacers 31: Andre Ramos-Katsner 21 pts, Enzo Collomba 12 pts, Jonathan Solomiany 4 pts, Eli Broides 6 pts, Albert Wolak 2 pts, Moises Lencovski 7 pts. For the Pacers, George Kaswan 8 pts, Joshua Klein 17 pts, Shaul Levy 2 pts, Ron Benhayon 3 pts, Gavin Sklar.

Bulls 46, Clippers 11: Yomtov Bejar 8 pts, Sion Cherem 7 pts, Daniel Shaferman 15 pts, Christian Yol 5 pts, Yannick Waingarten 1 point, Alan Berkman 6 pts, Alejandro Klimberg 4 pts. For the Clippers, Avi Weisskoff 4 pts, Abraham Woldenberg 2 pts, Max Weisinger 2pts.

Spurs 42, Nets 11: Dan Berflein 4 pts, Ethan Ayache 18 pts, Victor Gilinski 6 pts, Saul Birmaher 6 pts, Eli Navarro 2 pts, Bernardo Faigenblat. For the Nets, Amitay Ben-naim 5 pts, Eric Getzel 2 pts, Lenardo Castillo 2 pts, Samuel Mejia 2 pts.

•  SEC (5th-6th grade)

Wildcats 33, Volunteers 18: Liam Senker 9 pts, Michael Berenstein 9 pts, Oren Borax 6, Jake Moss 4 pts, Oliver Sejas 2pts, Orel Hamami 3 pts . For the Volunteers, Myles Gilbert 8 pts, Nissim Chaillo 4 pts, Ariel Bouskila 2 pts, Ariel Yecutieli 6 pts.

Tigers 33, Crimson Tide 30: Samuel Taieb 15 pts, Evan Scheck 6 pts, Lauren Hornstein 8 pts, Elan Roffe 4 pts. For the Crimson Tide, Jaime Acherman 17 pts, Jack Brown 4 pts, Brendan Katz 4 pts, Evan Lastra 2 pts.

Aggies 30, Rebels 26: Jeremy Saunders 18 pts (Player of the Week), Simon Waxman 4 pts, Jordan Ben-Shalom 2 pts, Michael Odzer 2 pts, Ilan Koenig 2 pts, Amit Sapir 2 pts. For the Rebels, Saul Birmaher 5 pts, Alan Wainer 2 pts, Joshua Schmutter 8 pts, Jared Brody 6 pts.

LSU 50, Gators 45: Nathaniel Elharrar 13 pts, Avi Alalu 11 pts, Joel Assor 13 pts, Chaz Castro 4 pts, Daniel Mundlak 3 pts, Aidan Singer 2 pts, Michael Braun 4 pts. For the Gators, Asher Courtney 35 pts, Benjamin Ratzker 3 pts, Haim Sadovnic 4 pts, Adam Rimeris 6 pts.

Razorbacks 43, Auburn 31: Benjamin Yogev 20 pts, Daniel Broides 10 pts, Isaac Almkies 10 pts, Val Share 2pts. . For Auburn, Alan Berkman 16 pts, Eli Gelb 6 pts, Pryce Markson 10 pts.

•  BIG EAST (3rd-4th grade)

Friars 28, Bulls 18: Benjamin Bronstein 2 pts, Daniel Abbo 10 pts, Lucas Korn 6 pts, Noah Volel 8 pts, Ori Ohayon 2 pts. For the Bulls, Allan Strimber 8 pts, Carlos Romano 6 pts, Adam Cohen 4 pts.

Golden Eagles 29, Wildcats 19: Jake Crowder 5 pts, Dylan Gale 18 pts, Noah Katzman 4 pts, Benjamin Rabinowitz 2 pts. For the Wildcats, Avi Lalo 4 pts, Alex Ruah 2 pts, Daniel Brown 7 pts, David Lalo 4 pts, Simon Kleiner 2 pts.

Pirates 25, Fighting Irish 24: Daniel Solomiany 1 point, Jaime Mizrahi 2 pts, Michael Abbo 8 pts (Player of the Week), Samuel Courtney 8 pts, Schay Gilinski 2 pts, Kenny Zafrani 4 pts. For the Irish, Abie Bonkovski 16 pts, Michael Stiberman 4 pts, Abraham Klainbaum 4 pts.

Red Storm 21, Musketeers 28: Abie Saada 19 pts, Eithan Yisrael 2 pts. For the Musketeers, David Amsalem 4 pts, Elie Bibliowicz 2 pts, Samuel Merenfeld 4 pts, William Shaoul 6 pts.


Barry golf outing

Barry University assistant men’s golf coach Chris Carlin, former Buccaneers players Carlos Velez, James Bowery and Preston Roberts and current Bucs women’s player Daniela Murray won the team tournament of the Buccaneer Golf Day at Normandy Shores Golf Club.

The winning quintet shot a 55 on the 6,805-yard, par 71 course played in a scramble format, claiming the top spot in a scorecard playoff. They beat current Bucs women’s player Carolina Heredia, JW Howard, Chris O’Connor, Doug Ritter and Russell Olsen, who also combined to shoot 55 in perfect sunny conditions on the home course of the Buccaneers, ranked No.1 in NCAA Division II men’s golf.

It was the largest turnout in the eight-year history of Buccaneer Golf Day. Normandy Shores entertained 75 golfers on a day where more than $1,000 was raised for the Pals-4-Paws charity that Barry University and the golf program supports.

Each group featured at least one member of the current Buccaneer men’s or women’s team. Barry players were allowed to play only one shot per hole.

“I am extremely grateful to all of the supporters of Buccaneer golf,” two-time NCAA Division II National Men’s Coach of the Year Jimmy Stobs said. “It’s always a fun event that helps build camaraderie with the community, and we at Barry University, and specifically the men’s golf program, are always excited to host and interact with all of our guests. We feel a special connection to the local community, and we certainly appreciate all their support.”

IN-THE-HOLE: Gerry Upthegrove had a hole-in-one on the 104-yard No.14 hole. Upthegrove used a 50-degree wedge on a hole with downhill wind, spinning his shot back into the cup after it landed behind the pin.

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.

North Miami Beach baseball

North Miami Beach Little League, a non-profit, has registration 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Pelican Park in Sunny Isles and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 3 at Mishcon Park in North Miami Beach.

Baseball is open to boys and girls age 4-14 and softball for girls age 9-12. Registration is also available online at

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.

See the return of WWE superstar John Cena. The event also features Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, CM Punk, Ryback with Paul Heyman and Alberto Del Rio. WWE Hall of Famer HBK Shawn Michaels will be a guest referee and more.

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

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.


The new 2013-14 Century Doubles Men’s Tournament series, presented by Cliff Drysdale Tennis and an official USTA Florida Pilot Event Series, will conclude in Miami.

The five-event Century Doubles Men’s Tournament series is open to men’s doubles teams with a combined age of 100 years or over, featuring a Club Division and an Open Division. Players must be age 35 or older to compete.

For each individual tournament, players will earn points on a sliding scale toward qualification in the end-of-series Grand Finals at The Ritz-Carlton, (Miami) Key Biscayne in April. A minimum of 60 total points will be required to participate in the Grand Finals.

“Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for each tournament’s division winners and runners-up, with the addition of luxury hotel getaways awarded to the series winners,” said series coordinator Bertan Cikigil. “All participants are guaranteed at least two matches, with a maximum of three per day at each event.”

Series schedule:

Nov. 2-3, 2013: BallenIsles Country Club, Palm Beach Gardens.

Dec. 7-8, 2013: West Bay Beach and Golf Club, Estero.

Jan. 25-26, 2014: Weston Tennis Center, Weston.

March 1-2, 2014: Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island.

April 5-6, 2014: Miami Grand Finals & Awards hosted by The Ritz-Carlton Tennis Garden, Key Biscayne.

The Club Division and Open Division at each event will be limited to 16 teams each. Scoring is best of three sets, with a 10-point tiebreak in lieu of a third set. USTA rules and regulations apply, including the point penalty system and 15 minute default rule. Teams must be available to start at 9 a.m. each Saturday and Sunday.

“USTA Florida is excited about partnering with Cliff Drysdale Tennis to offer alternative events that will offer different play opportunities compared to our traditional events,” said USTA Florida President Bob Pfeander.

Event entry fee is $100 per team, and players must be active USTA members.

For information contact Bertan Cikigil at or call 914-815-4093, or to register online go to

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.


For the first time in more than 20 years, the World Rowing Championships will be in the United States.

Sarasota’s Nathan Benderson Park has been selected by the International Federation of Rowing Associations to host the 2017 World Rowing Championships.

The 2017 World Rowing Championships are expected to attract more than 1,500 Olympic-caliber athletes from more than 70 countries. The international competition, which is a precursor to the Olympic Games, will be broadcast to a worldwide television audience of 130 million people.

An estimated 40,000 spectators are expected to attend the event.

The official announcement was made on Sept. 2 in Seoul, South Korea.

More than $40 million in public and private-sector funds have been committed to help transform a former borrow pit into Nathan Benderson Park, the premier rowing venue in North America, capable of hosting an Olympic-caliber event. Those funds have paid for Phase I (dredge and fill) and Phase II (installation of park amenities, hardscaping and landscaping). Phase III of the project, construction of a state-of-the-art boathouse, timing towers, grandstands and other amenities, will be funded by SANCA and corporate support.

In addition to the commitment of state and local elected officials and the community, FISA officials cited the park’s proximity to Interstate 75, Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport and the City of Sarasota, calm waters and year-round good weather as reasons for choosing Nathan Benderson Park.

Many of the best rowing teams in North America spend the winter months training at Benderson Park. The opportunity for Sarasota-Bradenton to partner with USRowing to host the World Championships will further develop rowing interest around the country. The United States has more than a quarter of a million rowers competing domestically and internationally. NBP will continue to host events throughout the year, demonstrating that the United States of America has the premiere rowing venue in the Western Hemisphere.


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

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.



The Florida International University baseball and softball programs have announced that former Major League Baseball pitcher and current broadcaster Jim Kaat will speak at the annual Diamond Dinner on Feb. 8 in the Graham Center Ballroom on campus.

Kaat was a pitcher for five different teams in a stellar 25-year career. He currently broadcasts games on the MLB Network.

“Jim pitched 25 years in Major League Baseball and was one of the greatest in the history of the game,” said FIU baseball coach Turtle Thomas. “He is very much of a household, recognizable name we look forward to speaking at the Diamond Dinner. Jim received seven Emmy Awards for broadcasting excellence, which makes him significant for both his on field and off field endeavors.”

FIU softball coach Jake Schumann added: "I am truly excited to not only have someone of Jim Kaat’s baseball background speak at this year’s Diamond Dinner, but I’m truly excited because as someone who grew up in Minnesota, I am a life-long Twins fan, and to get the chance to meet him will be a great honor. When someone like Jim speaks about his life in baseball, it can only be a positive influence on our student-athletes. Having heard Jim call games on TV and hear him speak about not only baseball but things other than the game, it should be a great evening for our teams to take that knowledge and apply it to their everyday lives.’

Kaat, who was nicknamed “Kitty,” kicked off his career in the big leagues with the Washington Senators in 1959. Once the team moved to Minnesota in 1961, Kaat was a member of the Twins organization until 1973. After 15 years between both clubs, he went on to have stints with the Chicago White Sox (1973-75), Philadelphia Phillies (1976-79), New York Yankees (1979-80) and St. Louis Cardinals (1980-83). He won 283 career games while posting a lifetime ERA of 3.45. During the 1966 season, he won a league-leading 25 games for the Twins and finished fifth in the AL MVP voting.

At the time of his retirement in 1983, Kaat’s 25-year career was the longest of any pitcher in Major League history. He is now third all-time behind Nolan Ryan’s 27 seasons and Tommy John’s 26 years. During Kaat’s playing career, there were seven different United States Presidents.

After a brief coaching stint with the Cincinnati Reds, Kaat focused on his broadcasting career. Most recently, he has served as a broadcaster on the MLB Network. Kaat has won seven Emmy Awards for excellence in sports broadcasting.

Tickets to the Diamond Dinner cost $120 for an individual and $1,200 for a table of 10. Purchases can be made through Anybody interested in opportunities to give to the Diamond Dinner fund, contact Alyssa Meyer at 305-348-7297 or by email at

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.

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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