Sports Scene: Mo Steel flag football teams from Michael-Ann Russell JCC qualify for nationals


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Sports Scene is a Miami Herald feature that spotlights news and notes from all youth sports activities in your neighborhood. The aim of the section is to feature game notes from any sport and the accomplishments of athletes from Miami-Dade County.

We rely on the directors and coaches of each league as well as community members, parents and schools to submit information for Sports Scene. We also accept photos, but we ask that everyone pictured be identified with a first and last name and the name of the team or park they represent.

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Be honored at Miami Heat game

The Miami Herald and the three-time world champion Miami Heat in partnership with Gatorade are sponsoring the Academic/Sportsmanship Team Player spotlight in Sunday’s youth sports pages in the Neighbors Sunday print section of the Miami Herald and online at

Youth league coaches, team representatives, teachers or family members can nominate any South Florida recreational, travel league, elementary school, middle school or junior varsity basketball player from fall, winter, spring or summer seasons who displays sportsmanship and good grades or shows improvement in the classroom.

Include school, grade level and grades or interim report. Each selected academic team player will receive a certificate of achievement, a Heat gift pack, two Heat tickets and will be recognized on the court. Plan accordingly as there are three designated ceremony dates during the regular season, and no make-up dates.

To nominate a Team Player, e-mail or call 954-538-7153. Winners will be selected by random drawing from nominees who meet the above requirements.

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Mo Steel flag football

The Mo Steel Junior 10U team and Mo Steel Senior 12U team, representing the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, each won the NFL Regional Flag Football Championship in New Orleans.

The Juniors, led by coaches Danny Furrer and Ken Simmons, went 5-0 with a dominating defensive performance. The Seniors won their fourth consecutive regional title under the leadership of Head Coach Yossi Behar.

Both will compete for the NFL National Championship at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in February. Mo Steel Football has won eight national championships in its 13 year history. Good Luck to the Mo Steel Juniors and Seniors.

For more information on how to join Mo Steel Football, email Head Coach David Fried at


Ocean Club of Miami and the Miami Falcons won championships at USTA Florida’s third Regional Team Tennis Challenge at the Swim and Racquet Club in Boca Raton.

The event was open to junior team tennis squads, and this marks the third straight win for the Falcons, who have participated in all three USTA Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenges.

Participants also had the chance to vie for the Youth Tennis Foundation “Kelley” Awards by writing a short essay on what tennis means to them. Natalie Sancho of Miami was named the winner and will receive a $250 scholarship toward her tennis expenses.

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 8-18. 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: Ocean Club 2, Miami. 14U Intermediate: Ocean Club 14, Miami. 18U 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. “These events give all skill levels the opportunity to compete and experience team competition in a fun format.”

Upcoming: Nov. 16

Ten and Under Team Tennis Challenge

Tamiami Park, Miami (open to 10-and-under teams from Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties)

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

More tennis

The 2013 USTA Florida Annual Meeting and Celebration Weekend is at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando.

Florida Tennis Hall of Fame Award: Blaine Willenborg (Miami Shores). Member Organization of the Year Award: Friends of Miami Tennis. USTA League Tennis Service: Sandy Teter (Miami). Male Player of the Year: Mario Tabares (Miami). Junior Coach of the Year: Eric Hectman (Miami). Junior Player of the Year: Chase Perez Blanco (Miami).

Highland Oaks cross-country

The Highland Oaks Middle School varsity boys’ cross-country team bested 15 teams to win the Falcon Invitational at Larry and Penny Thompson Park.

Highland Oaks’ Jamir Ferguson won, topping a field of 141 runners on the 2.1-mile course in 12 minutes 19 seconds, and teammate Derrick Spicer was second in 12:43. Euniel Fortunato (13:27) and Jack Gottlieb (13:37) made the top 20, placing 14th and 18th, respectively. Devin Pryor (14:14) was 33rd, Levensky Laguerre (14:59) 59th and Eddie Gabriel (15:05) 63rd.

The Highland Oaks varsity girls were sixth of 11 teams. Of 108 runners, Ayoolah Gbolade (14:53) was fourth for the second straight meet. Vashti Claybrook (15:26) took ninth. Hayley Piper (18:19) finished 51st, Kathy Elizabeth (18:26) 53rd, Emily Palmeiro (18:31) 55th and Tiffany Herrera (20:52) 74th.

Jamie Galo (18:25) paced the Highland Oaks JV girls by finishing 20th of 86. Giuliana Moreno (21:05) was 51st. The JV boys’ Deandre Richards (17:46) and Kevin Castor (19:26) recorded personal best times. Roger Henrquez was a few seconds from his best in 18:46.

Miami Country Day sports

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Jade Iadarola (volleyball) combined for 19 service points, 15 digs and 14 kills in wins against Carrollton and Hillel.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Oleg Shabanets (cross-country) finished third in the South Florida Middle School Conference Championships at Palmer-Trinity.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Kayla Kotalik (volleyball) led the Spartans with 22 kills, two blocks and five digs in a match against Carrollton.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Owen Wesley (football) had 18 carries for 160 yards and three touchdowns in the Spartans 21-14 overtime victory against Florida Christian in junior high (7th-9th grade).

Local Heisman State Finalists

As the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award competition continues, 20 of Florida’s top scholar-athletes were recognized as State Finalists. The State Finalists are in the running to become State Winners, the next phase of the high school program as applicants advance with the goal of becoming National Winners.

Of those 20, four (three girls and one boy) are from Miami. They are: Katsiaryna Khatskevich (Our Lady Of Lourdes Academy), Kalin Houston (Miami Country Day School), Chenelle Walker (Dr Michael M Krop Sr High School) and Gabriel Moore (Our Lady Of Lourdes Academy).

Of the 48,000 seniors who applied nationwide, 1,790 applicants were from Florida and narrowed to the state’s 20 finalists (10 boys, 10 girls). These finalists embody the Heisman spirit of hard work and dedication through their outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community/school leadership.

Champagnat football

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour visited Champagnat Catholic High School to select defensive lineman Travonte Valentine.

Champagnat Catholic High School honored the 6-4, 297-pound Valentine during an assembly with teammates, classmates, fans and family.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour travels across the country from September through December to announce 90 players for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be televised live on NBC from the Alamodome at 1 p.m. EST on Saturday, Jan. 4 in San Antonio.

Prime Time flag football

Yaakov Marcus caught a touchdown pass and threw a touchdown pass as the Patriots edged the Steelers 13-6 in Juniors (3rd-4th grade) of the Prime Time Sports Flag Football League at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach.

David Lalo had a touchdown reception. Adam Cohen intercepted a pass, and Pablo Sangranichne played well. For the Steelers, Max Wagenber threw a touchdown pass to Jack Harris.

Packers 18, Bengals 12: Nicholas Ludwig two touchdown run, three interceptions, 5 receptions (one a touchdown) (Player of the Week); Levi Gans one sack, two receptions Daniel Rosen one reception; Andres Furszyfer one touchdown pass, two sacks, two receptions; Andres Ruah two receptions.

For the Bengals, Allan Strimber two touchdown pass, one reception; Jonathan Bacal seven receptions (with two touchdown catches); Joseph Abramowitz three receptions, one sack, one interception; Marcos Romano five receptions; Samuel Attias five receptions, one sack; Kayla Bigelman one reception.

Giants 7, Dolphins 6: Marc Wendrow one sack, four receptions; Abraham Klainbaum four receptions (one a touchdown), Max Kertznus one reception, Daniel Brown one reception, Kyle Ratzker five receptions, Isiah Pierre one sack, one reception, Jaime Mizrahi one touchdown pass, two receptions.

For the Dolphins, Jackson Gold five receptions, one touchdown run; Eli Silverman one sack, one touchdown pass, four receptions.

•  Varsity (7th-9th grade)

Dolphins 19, Packers 6: Alex Fraynd one touchdown pass, one reception; Benjamin Wolf one reception; Nadav Marianowsky five receptions, one interception; Mendy Benamu two rushing touchdowns; nine receptions (Player of the Week); Robert Behar two receptions; Eric Getzel one reception; Lee Friedman one interception.

For the Packers, Carter Levine one reception; Harry Mizraji three receptions (one a touchdown); Lee Iaslovits one touchdown pass, two receptions; Miguel Rozenberg two receptions.

Bengals 26, Packers 6: Josh Silverman two touchdown passes, two rushing touchdowns, one reception; Jake Singer two touchdown receptions; one sack; Zachary Winer one receptions; Gabriel Sefchovich one reception, two interceptions.

For the Packers, Carter Levine one reception; Lee Iaslovits one reception; Tyler Ward two receptions; Kevin Ordet one reception.

Steelers 24, Bengals 6: Darren Hirsch 5 receptions (with two touchdown catches); Jared Weingard four touchdown passes; one interception; Joey Leizerowitz two receptions; Jonas Senker, one reception, one interception; Mendy Balkany 5 receptions (with two touchdown catches).

For the Bengals, Jake Singer one rushing touchdown, three receptions.


Prime Time basketball

Player of the Week Abie Bonkovski scored eight points as the Fighting Irish edged the Hoyas 17-15 in the Big East (3rd-4th grade) of the Prime Time Sports Basketball League at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach.

Andy Ginsberg added five points, and Abraham Klainbaum had four points. For the Hoyas, Menachem Gelman scored a game-high nine points, and Joseph Abramowitz had four points. Ariel Eisen chipped in two points.

Red Storm 30, Bulls 21: Abie Saada 12 pts, Eithan Yisrael 8 pts, Lucas Kac 6 pts, Joseph Abady 2 pts . For the Bulls, Allan Strimber 17 pts, Carlos Romano 2 pts, Joseph Gelman 2 pts.

Pirates 28, Musketeers 16: Kenny Zafrani 2 pts, Michael Abbo 8 pts, Samuel Courtney 10 pts, Daniel Solomiany 6 pts, Ariel Goldman. For the Musketeers, David Amsalem 5 pts, Eli Bibliowicz 2 pts, Samuel Merenfeld 2 pts, William Shaoul.

Cardinals 18, Golden Eagles 15: Abie Wahba 2 pts, Marc Wendrow 14 pts, Joseph Talmaciu 2 pts. Jake Crowder 2 pts, Dylan Gale 7 pts, Benjamin Rabinowitz 2 pts.

•  SEC (5th-6th grade)

Auburn 35, Crimson Tide 25: Alan Berkman 29 pts (Player of the Week), Eli Gelb 6 pts. For the Crimson Tide, Jaime Acherman 19 pts, Jack Brown 4 pts, Brendan Katz 2 pts.

Tigers 35 Volunteers 28: Evan Scheck 4 pts, Lauren Hornstein 3 pts, Elan Roffe 16 pts, Samuel Taieb 13 pts. For the Volunteers, Ariel Bouskila 6 pts, Ariel Yecutieli 5 pts; Eric Ramos-Katsner 6 pts, Myles Gilbert 9 pts, Nissim Chaillo 2 pts.

LSU 39, Rebels 29: Nathaniel Elharrar 16 pts, Avi Alalu 4 pts, Joel Assor 10 pts, Chaz Castro 6 pts, Michael Braun 3 pts. For the Rebels, Saul Birmaher 27 pts, Alan Wainer 2 pts.

Aggies 34, Gators 30: Jeremy Saunders 21 pts, Jordan Ben-Shalom 8 pts, Amit Sapir 5 pts. For the Gators, Asher Courtney 19 pts, Haim Sadovnic 2 pts, Daniel Gutking 7 pts.

•  NBA (7th-9th grade)

Heat 41, Celtics 40: Alex Bitchatchi 8 pts, Jordan Weinstein 18 pts, Daniel Berkman 8 pts, Jonathan Woldenberg 4 pts, Brandon Weinstein 1 point, Jaime Acherman 2 pts. For the Celtics, Ariel Golan 19 pts, Brian Mars 5 pts, Stefano Schaffrath 3 pts, Cory Mars 4 pts, Justin Moskovitz 6 pts, Nathan Azzizollahof 2 pts.

Bulls 34, Spurs 26: Yomtov Bejar 10 pts, Sion Cherem 2 pts, Daniel Shaferman 7 pts, Christian Yol 4 pts, Yannick Waingarten 2 pts, Alan Berkman 6 pts, Matias Ostrowicz 3 pts. For the Spurs, Dan Berflein 10 pts, Ethan Ayache 1 pts, Victor Gilinski 2 pts, Saul Birmaher 3 pts, Eli Navarro 7 pts, Daniel Hassoun 2 pts.

Clippers 35, Thunder 63: Avi Weisskoff 21 pts (Player of the Week), Abraham Woldenberg 5 pts, Max Weisinger 10 pts, Samuel Taieb 8 pts, Donavin Necthman 5 pts, Jake Wax 2 pts. For the Thunder, Jordan Kasimow 8 pts, Andres Bacal 5 pts, Ian Schillinger 4 pts, Sammy Bitchatchi 4 pts, Yaniv Asraf 27 pts.

Pacers 33, Nets 25: Ben Shayner 5 pts, Joshua Klein 11 pts, Luis Ruah 6 pts, Ron Benhayoun 2 pts, Shaul Levy 9 pts.


Equestrian complex

A grand opening celebration for Tropical Park’s newly expanded Ronald Reagan Equestrian Complex recently occurred. The event was co-hosted by the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Director Jack Kardys with Miami-Dade County District 10 Commissioner, Senator Javier D. Souto.

They were joined by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa and Miami-Dade County District 12 Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz and Sweetwater Mayor Jose Diaz.

The equestrian complex added two new covered rings to an existing show ring – providing equestrian enthusiasts with more than 3.7 acres of exhibition, competition and performance ready arenas under one roof. Each of the equestrian rings provides 55,000-square-feet of floor space and has overhead lighting. The rings, as well as the existing stables, are connected via new lighted covered walkways. The grounds are newly landscaped, and the north parking lot is newly striped.

Funding for the facility improvements totaled $8.67-million and was provided by the Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Program.

The Equestrian Complex at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St., Miami, currently hosts nearly 36 equestrian events each year, three state and local dog shows and the annual Miami International Agriculture, Cattle and Horse Show, a three-day event which drew approximately 30,000 visitors from around the world in 2012, and horse and cattle exhibitors from more than 18 states. For information about upcoming events, activities and facility rentals, visit or call 305-226-8316.

Miami Country Day Hall of Fame

Miami Country Day School inducted five members into its Spartan Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Nathan Hurst ’89 Amphitheatre.

Roy Altman (Class of 2000), Coach Chris Antonopoulos Sr., Jessica McCrary Campbell (Class of 2000), Tabitha Polley Charles (Class of 1985) and Michael Courtney (Class of 1998) marked the fifth induction class in school history.

This induction class is a special one as Miami Country Day School is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

LaSalle Hall of Fame

The Immaculata-LaSalle High School 2013 Sports Hall of Fame induction was recently held.

Those honored were Silvano Gonzalez (Football-1965), Pedro Martin (Basketball-1966), Ramon Flores (Baseball-1967), Grant Hobart (Football-1968), Ruben Torres (Basketball-1968), Tony Rodriguez (Football-1970), Rickie De La Vega (Football-1972), Chris Korge (Wrestling-1973), Jorge Viego (Football-1973), Chuck Lebess (Football-1974), Raoul Hernandez-Soeey (Baseball-1974), Mario Fernandez (Football-1975), Jorge Forment (Baseball-1975), Rodney Barreto (Football-1976), Paul Wikie (Baseball-1976), Tim Brown (Track-1977), Ervin Gonzalez (Baseball-1978), Giovanna Stincer (volleyball-1978), Ken Lambert (Football-1979), Marilyn Hardie Silva (Softball-1981), Gilbert Beauperthy (Football-1981) and Moises Hernandez (Football-2003).

The presenters of the coveted awards were coaches Carmen Grosso, Van Parsons and Chris Crotty.

Soccer clinic

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.

The clinics are 10 a.m.-noon on Nov. 9, Nov. 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.

More events, leagues, programs

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.


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.


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.

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.

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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