Sports Scene: Key Biscayne, Suniland, Tamiami win Miami Xtreme Super Bowl titles


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Ryan Rodrigues looked across the football field at Ted Hendricks Stadium at Milander Park and saw many familar faces.

Rodrigues and the Tamiami Colts faced the Doral Broncos for the Miami Xtreme League Super Bowl championship in the 90-weight class.

Last season Rodrigues played for Doral, but this season he changed colors, and wouldn’t you know it, here they are, former team and current in the big game. Doral and Tamiami each had a tremendous season, each going undefeated at 12-0 to set-up a showdown for not only a championship but also a perfect campaign.

Rodrigues was perfectly OK playing against his friends. He knew it was another game to reach their goal. So he set all friendships aside.

Rodrigues, a talented lineman (offense and defense), helped Tamiami (13-0) win the Super Bowl title, beating the Broncos 22-0. It marked the first time a Tamiami team won a Miami Xtreme Super Bowl. Tamiami is a former Pop Warner affiliate.

Rodrigues wasn’t the only one doing a good job. The Washington twins (Bobby and Robby) excelled offensively and defensively. Bobby was named team MVP for the game, but Robby also had an MVP type game.

Robby scored twice on runs, one in the first half and the other in the third quarter. Andres Borregales added two 2-point kicks, and the Colts led 16-0 with 7:01 to play in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Bobby had a 12-yard touchdown run to put the game away. Bobby noted the blocking of Patrick Garcia and Rodrigues.

Rodrigues also had a sack and a tackle for a loss. Ryan Rivera recorded two sacks, and Robby had an interception. Eric Vega sacked the quarterback. Nicholas Canino and Borregales combined on a tackle for a loss.

Dante Robinson did a good job for Doral with an interception, a fumble recovery and a tackle for a loss. Teammate Jonathan Childs played well, earning game MVP honors for the Broncos (12-1).

Tamiami: Zachary Acosta, Bobby Washington, Robby Washington, Ryan Rivera, Jaeal Sifuentes, Joshua Fernandez, Andres Borregales, Eric Rangel, Jose J.J. Magarin, Merrick O’Dell, Zachary Pena, Thomas Guajardo, Angel Luis Rufino, Eric Vega, Gabriel Villalon, Patrick Garcia, Eitan Grimberg, Ryan Rodrigues, Heriberto Valladares, Maiko Sanchez, Nicholas Canino, Sonny Hill, Jake Rodrigues, Kaalen Teixeira, Evan Castellanos, Carlos Abdala.

Doral: Shaheed Thompson, Anthony Gause, Dante Robinson, Jonathan Childs, Aden Martinez, Jake Duran, Tyler Greene, Bryant Vicioso, Michael Lomonaco, Ismael Champsaur, Daniel Milanes, Sebastian Suzal, Justin Rodriguez, Ricardo Monteagudo, Alisaac Morales, Jace Joseph, Mekhi Prospere, Isidro Gutierrez, Jamael Bonham, Andreas Kelly, Marcos Fakhoury, David Machado, Ace Svoboda, Kaleb Jiron, Juan Goyco.

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Repeat champions

The unbeaten Key Biscayne Key Rats made their third consecutive Super Bowl appearance, and after they beat the Miramar Patriots 10-0 in the 75s weight class, it marked their second consecutive Super Bowl title.

The Key Rats (13-0) are on a 26-game win streak, spanning two seasons.

In the second quarter, game MVP Franco Schena scored the winner on a 5-yard run behind stellar blocking by Michael Lemke, David Serra and Michel Musi.

Pedro Duran kicked the 2-pointer with Gonzalo Cortes the snapper and Diego Milanesi the holder.

With 8:13 remaining in the fourth quarter, Ryan Earle and Serra combined on a quarterback sack in the end zone for a safety to increase the lead, 10-0.

Musi completed a nice pass to Ignacio Falla covering 46 yards. On defense Falla had an interception.

Earle made several tackles and played well on special teams. Schena ran well, had several tackles and broke up a pass. Steel Reed had a sack, and Evan Escobar excelled on defense and recovered an on-side kick.

Alejandro Noriega, Raul Rivero, Cortes and Reed did a good job blocking.

Defensive tackle Maurice Stephens was the game MVP for Miramar (11-2).

Key Biscayne: Ryan Earle, Ignacio Falla, Diego Milanesi, Michel Musi, Franco Schena, Fernando Milanesi, Steel Reed, Pedro Duran, David Serra, Christopher Fuentes, Raul Rivero, Alejandro Noriega, Evan Escobar, Santiago Olea, Cristian Fernandez, Joshua Davis, Connor Scholz, Gonzalo Cortes, Marley Washington, Dante Mairhofer, Michael Lemke.

Miramar: Christopher Bien-Aime, Isaac Dorlean, Caleb Brown, Jason Bourciquot, Jayden Stephens, Jivari Milton, Zachary Izquierdo, Nijay Vargas, Eddy Tobar, Tyler Eley, Damani Spence, Ryan Mumford, James Saint-Surin Jr., Ethan Gibson, Anthony Henderson, Daniel Sanchez, Diego Gonzalez, Dominic Athouris, Matthew Norwood, Corbin Francois, Gavin Ruiz, Dennis Arizmendi, Nikolas Myrick, Darryl Desir, Kristyan Gamarra, Mandyell Desir, Delano Seymour, Jayden Eddington, Victor Bien-Aime, Darius Williams, Maurice Stephens.

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Suniland avenges only loss

The Suniland Sundevils Pee Wees successfully defended their Super Bowl title with a 13-6 victory over the previously unbeaten Hialeah Cougars.

Suniland (12-1) avenged its only loss during the season, a 26-20 defeat to Hialeah (12-1).

Bryce Fitzgerald, the game MVP for the Sundevils, scored both Suniland touchdowns. Fitzgerald had a 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and Jason Barket Jr. added the extra point run as Suniland went ahead 7-0.

In the second quarter, Derrick Manker scored from 15 yards to cut the deficit to one, 7-6. Manker was named game MVP for the Cougars.

In the third quarter, Fitzgerald had a 50-yard touchdown run. He rushed for more than 100 yards in the game, and Barket gained more than 80 yards. Leading the blocking were Ronin Robles and Justin Rowell. They are the only two returning players from last season’s Super Bowl winning Suniland team.

Camaul King was outstanding on defense.

Suniland: Jason Barket Jr., Jaden Glasper, Frank Acosta, Antwaun Simmons, Justin Rowell, Bryce Fitzgerald, Camaul King, Jacob Quallo, Samuel Coleman, Ronald Sippio, James Taylor, Dominic Rubio, Ian Pruessner, Jonathan Nua, Ronin Robles, Antwan Borden, Joel Anthony Young.

Hialeah: Jayden Armstrong, Antwon Miranda, Anthony Wooden, Derek Augustave, Johnathan Flores, Aaron Tremble, Eddie Spann, Justen Dalmond, Kamarli Forde, Derrick Manker, Javier Cobas, Jordan Casado, Nathan Varela, Marail Harp, Anthony Cox, Tareek Pride, Sean-Wal Estevez, A’Dereon Dunson, Giovanni Flores, Alec Abellan, Thomas Trueba, Alexander Roman, Lavarius Hayes, Darryl Bell, Jared Robaina, Zachary Martin.

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More Super Bowl winners and runners-up

120: Miramar Patriots 36, South Miami Grey Ghosts 7

Miramar: Trenod Desrosier, Lucas Matias, Alex Chilsolm Jr., Leonard Cohen, Dimitrie Lewis, Xavier Zamor, Myles Harden, Jonathan Cotto, Jaxon Ramsay, William Manuel, Reece Mumford, Darrell Watson, Calvin Montgomery, Alix McQueen, Dimitri Sibilia, Lynden Clarke, Julian Ruiz, Nicolas Benton, Willy Rimpel, Jordan Caulfield, Javier Rosello, Peter Marrero, Jesus Machado.

South Miami: Gerald Williams, Tavoris Miller, Jordan Francis, Simon Ribas, Alexander Samumell, Ulises Sarria, Derrick Cruse, Basilio Fernandez, Michael Haramboure, D’John Hicks, Carlos Coronado, Andy Abrew, Robert Forte, Earnest Kirkland, Sebastian Rodriguez, Samuel Puentes, Alexander Alvarez, Dorta Gonzalo, Hisha Givens, Marucus Washington, Yaniel Rodriguez, Darin Williams, Noel Zapata.

150: West Kendall Dolphins 10, Hialeah Cougars 6

West Kendall: Marquise McCrea, Daquris Wiggins, Elyjah Felton, Jordan Dillard, Angel Olaizola, Darren Davis, Ja’vonta Holmes, Antoine Wright Jr., Xavier Tillman, Benito Saldivar, Joshua Gomes, De’Andre Fox Jr., James Head, Roberto Arauz, Michael Marrero, Alex Hernandez, Jason Abril, Jeffrey Abril, Cesar Castaneda, Jelani Bryant, Johnathan Esquivel, Juan Molina, Michael Llerandi.

Hialeah: John Correa, Joshua Bryant, Gabriel Almedia, Alejandro Duperon, Alejandro Alvarez, Tyrese Jerome, Trevon Fowler, Davonte Barnes, Daydian Castillo, Kris Garcia, Xavier Hernandez, Christian Lozaro, Christian Rodriguez, Christopher Valdes, Manuel Trueba, Rudibo Jones, Franco Acosta, Joshua Martin, Angel Navarro, Brayan Vergara, Michael Cabrera, Joshua Barcallo, Traveon West, Roger Sanfiel, Michael Sanchez.

135: Miramar Patriots 31, Tamiami Colts 25

Miramar: Eric Hoff Jr., Rachad Woldgoose, Tyson Campbell, Wanya Williams, Wayne Ruby, Bran Alvarado Jr., Rayne Tanega-Doster, Anthony Schwartz, Marcus Lodge, Joao Matheus Marques, Corey Burrows, Rasuade McFarlane, Miguel Briceno, Ralin Lewis, Marc Christie, Christopher Campbell, Payton Restrepo, Keniel Stewart, Angel Cepero, Matthew Moure, Jevanni Witter, Julean Brewer, Jaden Hobstable, Fabian Williams, Michael Ninomiya Jr.

Tamiami: Andre Stringfield, Larry Gatlin, Jaloni Clarke, Kevon Iadaker, Jamal Creighton, Jonathan Ojeda, Jordan Nadelman, Javier Cuenca, Nomar Hernandez, Christopher Esteves, Justin Suzarra, William Wofford, Dominic Padron, Derrick Wise, AnthonyRellano, Rodolfo Moreno, Enrique Bovo, Christopher Guevara, Fernando Perez, Jose Villalon, Colby Vigo, Nicholas Serrano, Fernando Arias, Ian Castellanos, Gabriel Fernandez, Juan Montano.

Miami Beach flag football

The Hurricanes shut out the Seahawks 18-0 in the 9-10 age group of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation flag football at Flamingo Park. Each defense did not allow a point in the second half.

With runs from the speedy Alex Martinez and crafty Owen Spill, the Hurricanes built an 18-0 lead in the first half. Spill also connected with Jack Costaregni on a touchdown pass play.

The Warriors edged the Colts 19-18. Adrian Albarca caught a touchdown pass and returned an interception for another score. Jackson Gessner scored on a run late in the game, and quarterback Logan Spills threw a winning extra point pass to Kevin Acosta. For the Colts, Tyler Elpert returned an intercpetion for a touchdown, scored on a run and tossed a touchdown pass to David Saka.

The Warriors beat Hurricanes 27-14. Max Lawrence threw touchdown passes to Alex Raymond, Zachary Zimmerman and Jack Meltzer. He also had a touchdown run. Brody Minick accounted for the Hurricanes’ points.

The Titans defeated the Falcons 25-6. Owen Basner and Sammy Goldstein led the offense. Cole Young had the Falcons’ lone touchdown.

11-13: The Seahawks edged the Warriors 13-12. In the first half, Brock Levin and Maximo Castillo scored. Zach Bohm also added an extra point conversion for a 13-6 lead at halftime. Warriors quarterback Arthur Ackerman connected with Chance Levin on two touchdown passes (one each half). As time was expiring, the Warriors were driving, but Eli Rudd intercepted the ball to end the game.

The Broncos beat The Hurricanes 27-14. Alfredo Miranda scored on a run. Noah Ogaza threw two touchdown passes and intercepted a pass. For the Hurricanes, Joel Perez and Tobias Castillo each scored on a pass. Perez also added two points by returning an interception on a 2-point conversion attempt.

Orange Bowl cheer

Approximately 130 cheer and dance squads gathered at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center to compete in the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance Cheer & Dance Championships presented by Sports Authority.

The day consisted of competitive choreography performed by the nearly 2,000 participating girls, age 4-16, from throughout South Florida. With squads traveling from OBYFA parks, ranging from as far north as Lake Okeechobee to as far south as Key West, girls competed for first, second or third place in their respective divisions, top winner in both the morning and afternoon sessions and grand champion with the highest overall score. There were also trophies presented to the team with the most spirit and the team with the best sportsmanship. The top scholar athlete from each park was recognized as well.

OBC member and Chair of the Orange Bowl YFA, Gerald Grant Jr., who has personal ties to the cheer and dance community, assisted in presenting the awards.

“My daughter was involved in middle school, and it helped develop her character and leadership skills,” Grant said. “This is really what the Orange Bowl is all about, impacting the lives of young people.”


West Kendall Dolphins (Miami Extreme Youth Football League)


Overall Champion: Lauderdale Lakes Vikings Bandits (National Youth Football League), Mini Division - Medium

Spirit Award: WBFL – Medium Pee Wee (West Boynton Football League)

Sportsmanship Award: Pompano Steelers (Glades Tri-City YFL), Mini Division - Small

Mini Division, X-Small: 1st place East Miramar Dolphins (Florida YFL), 2nd place Miami Gardens Rams (Florida YFL), 3rd place PBCYFL Knights (Palm Beach YFL)

Mini Division, Small: 1st place Doral Broncos (Miami Extreme YFL), 2nd place Suniland Sun Devils (Miami Extreme YFL), 3rd place Hialeah Cougars (Miami Extreme YFL)

Mini Division, Medium: 1st place Lauderdale Lakes Vikings Bandits (National YFL), 2nd place Deerfield Packer Rattlers Bandits (National YFL), 3rd place West Kendall Dolphins (Miami Extreme YFL)

Pee Wee Division, X-Small: 1st place South Miami Grey Ghosts (Miami Extreme YFL), 2nd place Miami Springs Hawks (Miami Extreme YFL), 3rd place: South Kendall Gators (Miami Extreme YFL)

Pee Wee Division, Small: 1st place Miami Gardens Bulldogs (Florida YFL), 2nd place Pompano Steelers (Glades Tri-City YFL), 3rd place Tamiami Colts (Miami Extreme YFL)

Pee Wee Division, Medium: 1st place West Kendall Dolphins (Miami Extreme YFL), 2nd place Doral Broncos (Miami Extreme YFL), 3rd place Kendall Hammocks Warriors (Miami Extreme YFL)

Pee Wee Division, Large: 1st place Miami Gardens Ravens (Florida YFL)


Overall Champion: Miami Gardens Ravens (Florida YFL), Junior Varsity Division - Large

Spirit Award: Ives Estates Miami Thunder (Miami Extreme YFL), Jr. Prep Division – Small

Sportsmanship Award: PBCYFL Falcons, Jr. Prep Division - Medium

Jr. Prep Division, Small: 1st place Deerfield Packer Rattlers Cadets (National YFL), 2nd place Miami Springs Hawks (Miami Extreme YFL), 3rd place Deerfield Packer Rattlers Jr. Pee Wee (National YFL)

Jr. Prep Division, Medium: 1st place West Kendall Dolphins (Miami Extreme YFL), 2nd place South Miami Grey Ghosts (Miami Extreme YFL), 3rd place Lauderhill Lions Jr. Prep (National YFL)

Prep Division, Small: 1st place Kendall Hammocks Warriors (Miami Extreme YFL), 2nd place Miami Gardens Bulldogs (Florida YFL), 3rd place WBFL Prep (West Boynton Football League)

Prep Division, Medium: 1st place Miami Gardens Vikings (Florida YFL), 2nd place Tamiami Colts (Miami Extreme YFL), 3rd place Deerfield Packer Rattlers (National YFL)

Prep Division, Large: 1st place Miami Gardens Ravens (Florida YFL)

Jr. Varsity Division, Small: 1st place Lauderhill Lions (National YFL), 2nd place East Miramar Dolphins (Florida YFL), 3rd place WCFL Pro (Western Communities Football League)

Jr. Varsity Division, Medium: 1st place Hialeah Cougars (Miami Extreme YFL), 2nd place Doral Broncos (Miami Extreme YFL), 3rd place Helping Hands Bulls (National YFL)

Jr. Varsity Division, Large: 1st place Miami Gardens Ravens (Florida YFL), 2nd place Miami Gardens Bulldogs (Florida YFL), 3rd place West Kendall Dolphins (Miami Extreme YFL)

Varsity Division, Small: 1st place Hialeah Cougars (Miami Extreme YFL), 2nd place West Miramar Patriots (Miami Extreme YFL), 3rd place Dania Bears (Miami Extreme YFL)

Varsity Division, Medium: 1st place Lauderhill Lions (National YFL), 2nd place Miami PAL (Miami Extreme YFL)

Varsity Division, Large: 1st place West Kendall Dolphins (Miami Extreme YFL), 2nd place Miami Gardens Vikings (Florida YFL)

Semi-Pro Division, Small: 1st place Miami Gardens Bulldogs (Florida YFL), 2nd place Hialeah Cougars (Miami Extreme YFL), 3rd place Fort Lauderdale Falcons (Florida YFL)

Semi-Pro Division, Medium: 1st place Pompano Chiefs (Glades Tri-City YFL), Tamiami Colts (Miami Extreme YFL), 3rd place Lauderdale Lakes Vikings (National YFL)

Pro Division, Small: 1st place Kendall Boys and Girls Club Kolts (Miami Extreme YFL)

Pro Division, Medium: 1st place North Miami Beach Sun Devils (Miami Extreme YFL)

Pro Division, Large: 1st place Lauderhill Lions (National YFL), 2nd place Miami Gardens Vikings (Florida YFL), 3rd place West Kendall Dolphins (Miami Extreme YFL)

About the Orange Bowl

The Orange Bowl is a 351-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community. The Orange Bowl features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 3.

Other Orange Bowl core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, Orange Bowl Swim Classic and Orange Bowl Paddle Championships.

For information on the 2013-14 Orange Bowl events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program, log on to

Archbishop Curley/St. Patrick basketball

Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep School hosted its 5th Annual Middle School Basketball Tournament.

More than 40 middle school students representing Miami private schools gathered for a one-day tournament. The players were supported by their families, friends and coaches.

The tournament’s mission is to promote the spirit of good sportsmanship and friendly competition among area middle school students. It is constructed in a double-elimination format which guarantees each team at least two games. The tournament ends with the top two teams playing a championship game.

St. Patrick defeated St. Rose of Lima 39-32 to win the tournament. Our Lady of the Lakes and Sts. Peter & Paul reached the semifinals.

Schools that participated in the tournament were: St. Rose of Lima, The Cushman School, Br. Rice Honors Academy, Holy Cross, St. Mary, Our Lady of the Lakes, Sts. Peter & Paul and St. Patrick.

Each year, Archbishop Curley Notre Dame offers a variety of events to area private middle schools such as a Leadership Conference, Academic Olympics and Art Festival. The events offer students an opportunity to further develop their skills in areas that help foster growth while acclimating them to the high school environment. ACND’s summer fine arts and athletic camps are also open to middle school students.

ACND also offers private tours for potential families as well as information about and applications for the Archdiocese of Miami High School Placement Test to be held on Jan. 25. The registration form can be found on the school website

Miami Country Day sports

The Miami Country Day School varsity girls’ swim team (5-4) finished second of 12 teams at the district championships. They improved from eighth in 2012, 12th in 2011 and seventh in 2010. The boys’ team (5-3) was second of 11 teams. They too improved from eighth in 2012, seventh in 2011 and sixth in 2010.

Qualifying for state were the girls’ 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams (Olivia Katcher, Eva Sher, Amelia Gregorio, Andrea Santander). Katcher also qualified in the 200 and 500 freestyle races, Santander in the 50 and 100 free, Emma Rodriguez in the 100 breaststroke, Wiley Watson in the 50 and 100 free and Alexis Goya in the 100 fly.

The girls placed 16th of 37 qualifying teams at state.

• The JV volleyball team went 16-6. Sophomore captain Amanda Caban was a consistent force as an effective outside hitter and strong server. Eighth grader Jade Iadarola was dependable offensively, defensively and on the service line.

Setters Sofia de la Mesa and Bianca Caban kept the offense going with smart decision making and attackable sets. Freshman Mia Paez was a solid middle hitter and blocker, and she also made some amazing defensive plays on the back row, especially at the Miami Country Day Invitational. Eighth grader Gaby Nayor was a defensive specialist and is a player to watch.

The Spartans placed second in the silver division at the Florida Christian Tournament and second at the Miami Country Day Invitational.

• The varsity boys’ cross-country team capped off a stellar 16-2 season with a repeat district championship, a fourth consecutive visit to regionals and a trip to state where they finished 16th.

The Spartans were led by freshmen Alex Cohen with seniors Teddy Pornprinya, Emil Martayan and Pablo Vivas helping lead the charge. Junior Julian Schultz along with sophomore Jacob Strouse ran huge. Up-n-comers like Ryan Finvarb and fellow eighth grader Oleg Shabanets, along with seventh grader Noah Reines and sixth grader Matthew Allen, did very well.

• The varsity girls’ cross-country team went 14-4 and were runners-up in the district race. After qualifying for regionals for a fourth consecutive season, the Spartans advanced to state where they finished 19th.

The team was led by newcomer Isabella Allen along with sophomore Alexandra Piussan, senior Mallory Brown, freshmen Mary Elizabeth Allen and Olivia Santos and eighth grader Lea Ankonina. Seventh grader Elizabeth Stone and sixth graders Anika Boano, Maria Silva and Alicia Rodriguez are up-n-comers.

Ronald Reagan/Doral swim

Swimmer Isabella Paez, a senior at Ronald W. Reagan/Doral Senior High School, won the FHSAA Class 4A State Championship in the 100-meter butterfly in Stuart. Her time (54.70 seconds) qualified her for All American status.

Paez has been swimming competitively since age 5. At 15, she represented Venezuela at the Junior World Championships. At 16, she qualified to compete at the Omaha Olympic Trials, placing 26th.

She made Miami Herald All-Dade first team three consecutive years, placing Top 8 at state since freshman year. She recently placed first at the district and regional meets in the 100-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle relay. She was runner-up at districts in the 100-yard freestyle relay.

Isabella continuously strives to outwork the competition in the pool and in the classroom. Her day starts at 5 a.m. for a swimming training session. She trains again after school in the afternoon. Her GPA is 4.52.

Isabella plans on creating a splash at Duke University next year, where she recently verbally committed.

Scheck Hillel sports

Scheck Hillel Community School named two outstanding soccer players as Athletes of the Week.

From the girls’ team, eighth-grader Simi Serfati starred against Archbishop Curley. She played forward, midfield and defense and was effective at each position. Simi also had an assist in the game.

From the boys’ team, Julian Ribak gets the Athlete of the Week honor. He had a hat trick (three goals) and an assist against Miami Country Day.

Scheck Hillel named two more Athletes of the Week.

Varsity soccer player Salo Serfati stepped into a position for an injured player and did an amazing job, going for every ball, in two games in Tampa.

Varsity basketball player Sami Lieberman, the team captain, helped the team improve to 2-1, averaging 13 points a game.

Miami Beach soccer

Franco Lamanna scored twice as the Black Wolves edged the Blue Macko Sharks 2-1 in the 7-8 age group of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation soccer at Fairway Park.

In a defensive battle at Flamingo Park, the Raiders shut out the Broncos 1-0. Ivan Valle had an amazing midfield goal for the winner.

No Mercy defeated the Monstars 3-2. Lohan Joulin, Koltun Weissman and David Deppen each had a goal. Asia Zirihen and Chris Palma scored for the Monstars.

The Red Warriors edged the Black Thunder 2-1. Max Abramson had a goal, and Carlos Antunez scored with five seconds left in the first half. Paul Russel scored for Black Thunder.

5-6: The Red Fire Balls defeated the Green Flash Cheetahs 2-1 at Fairway Park. Daniel Guzman and Mattias Orozco scored. Damian Perez had the only goal for the Green Flash Cheetahs.

The Blue Sharks beat the Black Ravens 3-0. Ross Watson scored two goals, and Sebastian Castillo added one.

9-10: The Blue Chargers and the Maroon Squirrels played to a tie at two. Brandon Sandoval scored twice for the Blue Chargers, and Brian Casaviella and Gonzalo Michelli scored for the Maroon Squirrels.


It was miniature Dolphins uniforms on the court rather than the traditional tennis whites when USTA Florida's Hispanic outreach initiative, Tenis paraTodos, featured mini-tennis courts inside the tailgating section of the Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium.

From noon-4 p.m., youth groups and individuals passing by with parents stopped to try tennis on the 36-foot courts with modified 10 and Under Tennis equipment for smaller children. USTA Florida's Tenis para Todos, through events and facility programming, brought numerous events and activities to Hispanic communities throughout Central and South Florida in 2013, with event planning to expand in 2014.

An estimated 500-750 children, many for the first time, played tennis prior to the Dolphins’ game against the Chargers and received free gifts and T-shirts, while parents received information on local play opportunities and parent resources available through USTA Florida and Parent content included info on raising "principle-centered athletes who win at life, not just at sports," through USTA Florida's partnership with DavidBenzel and the "Growing Champions for Life" web content.

Nelson Sandedro couldn't stay off the mini-courts, hitting with friends and kids using the kid-friendly 10 and Under Tennis format, featuring smaller racquets and slower, lower-bouncing balls.

“I'm a Dolphins fan, and this is great, tennis and football hand in hand,” said Sandedro, a tennis teaching pro from the Lake Cane Tennis Center in Orlando, who was a winner in the USTA Florida Facebook contest for free tickets. “It's a great concept. It really gives a chance for kids who don't have the talent or the coordination to get started and build it. It's a great tool.”

Santiago Olaguibel from Palmetto Bay watched his 13-year-old son, Ethan, who had rarely played tennis, hitting long rallies with other kids.

“He had fun,” Olaguibel said. “He was practicing with one of the volunteers here and playing with the other kids and he liked it."

Ethan added, “I hadn't really played tennis before, not really. It was fun. I could play more.”

The event at the Joe Robbie Tailgating entrance offered four short courts with the USTA's 10 and Under Tennis format, using racquets, balls and courts that are sized right for kids so that they enjoy the game from the start. Winners of game tickets at previous Tenis para Todos events joined the activities, with USTA Florida volunteers, staff and contest winners sitting in the same section of the stadium to watch the game afterward.

“USTA Florida's presence at the Miami Dolphins games signifies the capstone of scheduled Tenis para Todos events in 2013,” said USTA Florida Diversity & Marketing Coordinator Maria Romo-Jackson. “The Hispanic outreach initiative will resume in 2014, with play opportunities and more events in Central and South Florida, to continue inviting all Hispanic communities throughout the state to enjoy the wonderful sport of tennis.”

For event or program information visit the Tenis para Todos website at or the USTA Florida website at

Palmer Trinity sports

Palmer Trinity School eighth grader Juan Manuel Correa won the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals Junior World Go Kart Championship at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans.

More than 285 of the world’s best kart drivers from about 60 nations competed in this prestigious six-day event. Representing Team America, Juan Manuel is the first American to win a Rotax World Championship, according to the press release.

For information about the school, visit

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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.

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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 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:

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

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

April 5-6: 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.

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 age 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.

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.

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.

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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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