The St. Brendan Catholic High School girls’ varsity soccer team concluded a very successful season, finishing 16-4-3 overall and 5-2 in a tough Class 2A district, which included Gulliver, Carrollton and Coral Shores.
The Sabres recorded the most wins in team history, despite playing a competitive out-of-district schedule with games against Lourdes, University, Ransom Everglades, Mater Academy, LaSalle, Dade Christian, and Miami Country Day. The Sabres defeated Mater, Dade Christian and LaSalle, and tied University, Ransom and Miami Country Day. Their only losses came to Gulliver, Lourdes and Coral Shores.
Led by senior captain Alex Cinney, St. Brendan won its first district playoff game against Westminster Christian in overtime 2-1. Sophomore midfielder Kate Alvarez scored the tying goal with four minutes left in regulation, and sophomore midfielder Alex Guixens scored the winner on a free kick five minutes into the first sudden-death overtime. The Sabres lost to Gulliver 2-0 in their next playoff game, but displayed an outstanding defensive effort, holding the talented Raiders scoreless for 58 minutes.
Freshman forward Alexa Dussaq led a balanced attack for the Sabres, scoring 24 goals during the season. Kate Alvarez had a team-high 20 assists. Several players had nine or more goals, including juniors Nicole Dennis and Adri Prieto, and sophomores Alex Guixens and Kate Alvarez.
On the defensive side, junior goalkeeper Mallory Ryan totaled nine shutouts. Solid defense was provided by seniors Alex Cinney, Alyssa Gonzalez, Melissa Boulos and Nicole Mejido, as well as by juniors Alex Alvarado, Andy Alvarado and Niska Eberwein, and sophomore Katy Perez.
Archbishop Curley wrestling
Scott Pomare, a 138-pound junior at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep, capped off an exceptional district wrestling tournament, winning his second consecutive district title.
In the finals, Pomare won by major decision over Amadeus Concepcion of Somerset 14-3.
Michael Calixte, also a junior, ended his season at 160 pounds after losing by injury default to Ernert Gerard of Booker T. Washington in the finals. The Knights wrestling team will be represented at regionals.
Belen Jesuit sports
The Belen Jesuit Preparatory School had seven student-athletes sign their national letters of intent to play sports at the collegiate level. More than 100 family, faculty and students were present during the signing ceremony.
Jonathan Schultz — Davidson College, North Carolina
John Medina — Trinity College, Connecticut
Jorge Powell — Penn State University, Pennsylvania
Jack Flood — Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina
Jorge Pola — Catholic University, Washington, D.C.
Carlos Salazar — Ave Maria University, Fort Myers
Nicolas Iparraguirre — Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
“It is a great honor for the Belen community to have these athletes recognized for their stellar abilities,” said Jesuit Father Pedro Suarez, president of the school. “They are not only great athletes, but fine students and a wonderful representation of Belen Jesuit.”
The signing ceremony can be viewed online:
Our Lady of Lakes sports
The Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School Primary Gold basketball team remains in first place in the All Catholic Conference North Division.
Under the direction of Coach Ulisses Hernandez, the team is 5-0 with three games to play. In the past three games, the team defeated Lakes Primary Blue, St. Agnes Academy and Immaculate Conception. In five games, they have outscored opponents 164-59.
“It’s all about teamwork and passing,” Hernandez said. “All players understand the offense and are making the right passes, taking smart shots and making them.”
• The Primary Blue basketball team defeated Immaculate Conception 24-17 and St. Patrick’s 34-8. The team is now 2-3.
• After going 0-2, the JV girls’ basketball team achieved its first victory of the season, beating St. Patrick’s 10-6.
• The JV baseball team beat St. Theresa 12-0. Sixth-grader Frank Perez Jr. threw a complete game no hitter for the Cheetahs. The team is 2-0.
Scheck Hillel sports
Albert Dichy of the boys’ varsity soccer team is Scheck Hillel Community School’s Male Athlete of the Week. The junior scored twice to lead Scheck Hillel over Archimedean Upper Conservatory Charter School 3-1 in the regional quarterfinals.
Tamar Mizrahi of the girls’ varsity basketball team is Scheck Hillel Community School’s Female Athlete of the Week. The sophomore’s strong defensive play helped seal a 30-28 win over Somerset Academy.
Miami Country Day soccer
The Miami Country Day School girls’ varsity soccer team (17-5-3) captured its second consecutive district championship by defeating rival Dade Christian in a shootout.
The Spartans qualified for regionals.
The team was anchored by eighth-grade standout goalkeeper Laurel Ivory, along with senior defenders Brittany Castellanos and Mallory Brown. The offense was spearheaded by seniors Gina Macropulos and Winona Paez, along with seventh-grader Laureen Jean-Jacques and eighth-graders Ava Hansen and Yakira Matisonn. The team played with seven middle schoolers and are only losing four seniors.
Miami Country Day football
Former Miami Dolphins player Sean Hill has been named head varsity football coach at Miami Country Day School.
Sean has been an employee of Miami Country Day School since 2011. He played four years at Montana State University, earning All-Big Sky Conference honors and Kodak All-America following his senior season.
Sean was a seventh-round draft choice in the 1994 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins where he played three seasons as a defensive back and special teams player, voted WIOD Special Teams Player of the Year following the 1994 and 1995 seasons, and an alternate to the Pro Bowl in the 1995 season.
Highland Oaks track & field
The Highland Oaks Middle School girls’ track & field team won its second consecutive meet by defeating 19 teams at the Miami-Dade County Fair & Expo Invitational.
Ayoolah Gbolade won the 200- and 400-meter dashes, and took second in the 100. Tianna Jackson was second in the long jump, seventh in the 100 and eighth in the 200. Vashti Claybrook was third in the 400, fifth in the 200 and sixth in the 800.
Maryann Jadotte placed third in the discus and sixth in the shot put. Jasmine Messiah was sixth in triple jump. Saharee Davey was seventh in the discus, and Tramese Pierre finished seventh in the shot put. Jadae Barrett placed seventh in the 800.
The 400 relay (Davey, Jadotte, Zahria Allers, Tianna Jackson) finished first, as did the 1,600 relay (Allers, Davey, Barrett, Kyara Walters). The 3,200 relay (Hayley Piper, Kaila Mamon, Pierre, Barrett) was fourth.
The boys’ team placed fifth of 20 teams. Jamir Ferguson won the 800-meter run in a county record 2:09. Ferguson also placed third in the 1,600. Derrick Spicer was fourth in the 1,600 and eighth in the 800. The 3,200 relay (Spicer, Darryl Dunn, Kemoni Brown, Ferguson) placed third. Brown also took sixth in the triple jump. Levensky Laguerre was fourth in the discus.
Gulliver Schools celebrated success from its annual Raider Challenge featuring its 12th annual golf classic and fifth annual tennis tournament at the Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club.
Presented by AA Uniform and Ola Construction, the sold-out events were attended by hundreds of guests and raised more than $50,000 to benefit the Gulliver Booster Club, which provides funding to all athletic programs over and above the school athletic operating budget.
“This was certainly a great year for Gulliver,” said Mark Schusterman, Gulliver’s athletic director. “We are so appreciative to the commitment of our sponsors, students, parents, faculty, Gulliver staff and friends, who have once again helped support our school’s athletic programs by attending this highly anticipated event.”
More than 30 players competed in the fifth annual tennis tournament.
The winners (by division) are:
Women’s White Division (7.5 and above): Winner: Jill Reiter ‘89/Jill Balli. Runner-up: Nina Bryan/Marika Colt
Blue Division (7.0 and below): Winner: Michelle Dalmau/Mary DelRey. Runner-up: Mary Benitez/Damarys Vega
Men's/Mixed Division: Winner: Javier Dalmau ‘88/Dan Mulligan . Runner-up: Lou Thaler/Carlos Solis
The 12th annual golf classic welcomed more than 140 players.
The winners are:
First Place: BJ Park, Clayton Gamber, James Field ‘07, Geoff Newman
Second Place: Jay Massirman, Scott Copeland, Leon Dixon, Dion Gonzalvez
Third Place: Jeff Baxter ‘84, Marshal Smith, Callum Gibb, Chuck Mercer
Longest Drive Hole No.18: Juan Arteaga.
“Are you Better than a Gulliver Student Golfer?” contest was student golfers stationed at different holes on the course challenging participating golfers to beat them in distance from the tee. The challengers included John Ehrling ‘20, Sean Kelley ‘21, Max McKenna ‘18, Roman Lopez ‘18 and Michelle Rodriguez ‘16.
Throughout the year, Gulliver provides a host of athletic opportunities to meet the needs of students, from spectators and players to inter-scholastic competitors. A winning tradition, Gulliver’s athletic program develops character, builds self-esteem and teaches the values of teamwork and good sportsmanship.
Kendall Hammocks flag football
The Kendall Hammocks NFL Flag Football program announces registrations dates and times for the 2014 season.
Registration is open to boys and girls, age 5-16 (cannot turn 17 in 2014). Copy of birth certificate is requested for age verification only during the registration process. Teams are based by age.
The opening exhibition games will be on May 3. The regular season is 12 games.
Registrations, practices and games are at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122th Ave.
Registrations Dates: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 22 and March 15, 22 and 29
6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 27, March 5, March 14
Final registration: 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 4
Registration fee $115. Fee includes NFL team reversible jersey, NFL flag belts with flags, secondary insurance, referees and participation awards. Discounted rates for head coaches.
Tryouts and draft are April 19. Time chart by division can be found at www.khwarriors.org
The NFL Flag Football program is under the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks and is an all-volunteer organization.
Cupa Libre, Miami's Biggest Doubles Festival, is Feb. 15-16, at Turnberry Isle. USTA Florida members can take advantage of a special member benefit rate.
The tennis extravaganza will include unlimited doubles for two days, music, adult beverages, a $1,000 cash prize and more.
“For this special weekend, we collect everything that is a must-have in a Tennis Festival,” Global Event Director Peter Gem said in a release. “DJs playing music all day, cocktails, beautiful location, the best players from Miami, and a huge after-party for tennis players, Cupa Libre is the first global tennis festival. It is a great way to meet new people, play tennis and have a huge party together with tennis players.”
The event is doubles-only with divisions Mixed, Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs, Pro-Am, Professional Women and Professional Men. The tournament VIP guest will be Guillermo Canas, the former Top 10-ranked Argentine player who currently operates a tennis academy in South Florida. Canas won seven ATP titles, reached a career-high ranking of No. 8 and recorded wins over former No. 1s Andy Roddick, Marat Safin, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Roger Federer, among others.
Players can enter a maximum two draws, and USTA members will receive $25 off the entry fee. All draws start with a group of four round robin matches, and players are guaranteed six matches if entered in two draws. Entry fee includes unlimited tennis for two days, free entry to the VIP after-party at Club Haven, a welcome drink and a welcome player package.
Entry deadline for the event is Feb. 12 at 2 p.m., and the schedule of play will be posted on Feb. 14 at www.cupalibre.com/miami.
For information or to sign-up go to www.cupalibre.com/miami or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copa Coca-Cola Miami soccer
As World Cup fever grips soccer fans across the globe, Coca-Cola and their official restaurant partner McDonald’s, brings Copa Coca-Cola to Miami, giving young players in the community the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to win a trip to the Copa Coca-Cola Soccer Camp in Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The tournament will kick off Feb. 22-23 at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127th Ave., giving more then 400 teens, age 13-15, the opportunity to get active and participate in the excitement leading to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
In addition to Miami, Copa Coca-Cola will also occur in 10 cities across America, including San Jose, Calif., Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Chicago, Atlanta and New York.
Winning teams will travel to Los Angeles to compete in a national tournament from April 18-20, along with other winning teams from each participating city. Four players from the national championship teams (two boys and two girls) will have the opportunity to attend the Copa Coca-Cola Soccer Camp in Brazil, a unique experience with more than 150 other young players from around the world, all of whom are Copa Coca-Cola participants of their country’s national tournament.
“Copa Coca-Cola is more than a game. It is an opportunity for teens to be active while playing the sport they love,” Alba Adamo, group director of Hispanic Marketing at the Coca-Cola Co. said in a release. “We want to keep inspiring teens to lead active healthy lives, form lasting friendships and follow their dreams. Through Copa Coca-Cola, participants truly become part of the FIFA World Cup fervor. It’s an amazing experience that brings people together from all over the world.”
To participate in this local tournament, teens must sign up as part of a five- to seven-player team at www.copa.coca-cola.com now through Feb. 16. The first 30 boys’ teams and 30 girls’ teams to register in Miami will get the opportunity to be part of Copa Coca-Cola.
“I am proud to join Coca-Cola in promoting physical activity through soccer,” said Alex Morgan, U.S. women’s soccer Olympic gold medalist. “Soccer has had a huge impact on my life, and Copa Coca-Cola will allow me to share my love and passion for the game with a whole new generation of players.”
For information about Copa Coca-Cola, including all official rules, visit www.copa.coca-cola.com.
More events, leagues, programs
It will be Tennis for Everyone ( Tenis para Todos) when JD Redd Park, 550 N. Homestead Blvd., in Homestead, hosts the JD Redd Tenis Para Todos Festival from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 22.
The free event will feature games and prizes, on-court games and competitions for the whole family and more.
“Bring the whole family for a fun afternoon of tennis, games and prizes,” USTA Florida Tennis program coordinator Cathy Nordlund said in a release. “See what everyone is talking about with 10-and-Under Tennis for smaller children and information on area junior tennis programs, after-school clinics, home school tennis, wheelchair tennis and special-needs tennis, and for adults we have round robins, league information, ladders, Cardio Tennis, mixed doubles, senior tennis and socials for all levels.”
The USTA 10-and-Under Tennis format allows smaller children to emulate adult play on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have been popular in Europe, where stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.
To register for the event go to https://jdreddtennisfestival.eventbrite.com.
The event is organized through USTA Florida and Friends of Miami Tennis, a 501c(3) not-for-profit community tennis association committed to enhancing the diverse Miami-area community through the healthy lifestyle of tennis.
South Miami baseball
The South Miami Youth Baseball League at Palmer Park has openings in the 8-12-year-old divisions.
Call Coach Nick at 305-878-5087 or email email@example.com.