Sports Scene: Miami’s Yunio Barrueta, Deric Hill lead Barry basketball in big upset, season

 

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The Barry University men’s basketball team recently upset No.6 Florida Southern 94-76 in NCAA Division II action. The Buccaneers (15-4, 6-4 Sunshine State Conference) recorded their second win over a ranked opponent this season.

“If we’re to beat a team like Florida Southern, they’ve been No.2 in the country most of the year … you have to have a lot of guys play well,” Barry first-year coach Butch Estes said. “I thought our game plan was just outstanding, and that’s the direct result of a lot of hard work by the assistants.”

Five players scored in double figures for the Buccaneers, which shot 53.4 percent from the floor, recovering nicely from two poor shooting performances for one of the biggest wins in school history. The Bucs, who also beat No. 13 Livingstone earlier in the year, are keeping things in perspective. After all, it was just a month ago when Florida Southern (19-2, 8-2) handed Barry its largest loss of the season, 95-79.

“Well at their house we got blown out by 20,” said Bucs sophomore forward Yunio Barrueta (Hialeah Gardens High Sschool) after collecting his eighth double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds in the win over Florida Southern. “We came out aggressive and rebounded like crazy.”

Barry led the entire game, building a 20-point lead with 8:05 remaining in the first half, and holding off a second half push by the Moccasins to win by nearly the same margin they lost to FSC in Lakeland.

“At halftime we talked about, ‘Increase the lead, increase the lead, increase the lead,’ and that’s what we did,” Barrueta said after going 7-of-11 from the field in reaching double figures for the 13th straight game.

After Florida Southern cut the gap to six on Kevin Capers’ field goal at the 10:10 mark and again less than a minute later on two of his free throws, Barry pushed its lead back to 12 on a layup by Barrueta with 7:24 to go. Juan Ferrales’ 3-point field goal just under two minutes later gave the Bucs a 15-point lead.

“We remained confident in what we were doing, get to the line and just make shots,” Barrueta said. “Everybody contributed. Even the people on the bench, they gave us intensity.”

Barry junior point guard Deric Hill (South Miami High School) had 20 points, a career-high 12 assists and five steals.

“That’s a team, their MO is to press, and they do it well,” Estes said. “They do it as well as anybody in the country. [Deric] just had his poise. And I can’t say enough about Magne.”

Hill said: “Our practices leading up to the game, we were focused in practice. The coaches are on us on boxing out, containing their shooters. My teammates are always motivating me, telling me they need me. I come out here every day, knowing my teammates want me on the floor. Even the point guards behind me, they’re pushing me, pushing me. We all push each other. It evolves on the court.”

It evolved into one of the better wins in the program’s 30-year history. Five players scored in double figures for the Buccaneers. Adrian Gonzalez (Hialeah Gardens High School) had 15 points on 6-of-11 field goals.

The 94 points the Bucs scored was the most allowed by a Florida Southern team against a Division II opponent this year.

“We are in February,” Estes said, “and it’s time to step forward.”

• Growing up in Miami, Hill played for the Northwest Boys & Girls Club. In AAU, he played for the Shottas and one tournament with Team Breakdown.

Barrueta competed for Team Miami, Miami Tropics and Big Ox.

Tropical 5K

Recreational runner Elizabeth Schepis, 47, of Miami wasn't aware that she had won her first 5K until she overheard a race organizer confirm her as the top women’s finisher at the 10th Annual Tropical 5K on Miami Beach.

Her personal best time of 21 minutes 20 seconds was just ahead of Alejandra Cedeno, 37, who clocked in at 21:54.

Schepis might not have been in the race had it not been for her 8-year-old son, Giorgio, who signed her up online. The entire family of four ran the 5K, but it was Elizabeth who came out the winner.

“It is the first time I've been through a tape,” Schepis, who was also joined by her husband as well as 13-year old son, Luca, said in a press release. “I heard someone mention 'women's winner,' and I laughed out loud. By the time I had my picture taken, I wanted to do it again.”

Schepis passed Cedeno at the two-mile mark.

“My goal was to get her before the hill,” she said, “but I thought there were women ahead of me. I thought for sure there were more.”

Cedeno, a dentist from Caracas, Venezuela, enjoyed her best finish in the race. She visits Miami for the Publix Tropical 5K every year and then cheers on friends as a spectator at the Life Time Miami Marathon.

“I love this race,” she said. “I come here every year for it. I have lots of family here, and I always buy my running shoes while I'm here.”

South Florida running standout Brian Sharkey won the men’s overall title, leading the race from start to finish.

Using the run as a warm-up for the following day’s Life Time Miami Marathon and Half Marathon, presented by Life Time - The Healthy Way of Life Company (NYSE: LTM), Sharkey (16:42) finished 23 seconds in front of Rolando Ricapa Arias (16:55).

“It was a good run,” Sharkey, the former Miami Gulliver Prep and Princeton runner who was racing for the first time since his win in the Palm Beaches Marathon on Dec. 8, said via press release. “This was a nice tune-up for [the half marathon].”

Although the 26-year-old Sharkey led from the start, Ricapa Arias, a 42-year-old personal fitness trainer from Lima, Peru, began to close in midway through the race.

“He got close with a mile to go,” said Sharkey, who made the move going down the hill on the McArthur Causeway bridge. “I was keeping a more steady pace so I had to pick it up a little on the last part.”

Ricapa Arias, who joined Sharkey in the half-marathon, was experiencing a tightening hamstring as the race progressed.

“I wanted to come in first, but I didn't want to push it because of the [longer] race [the next day],” he said.

The 7:30 a.m. race drew 2,000 runners on a balmy 72-degree morning. The point-to-point race began east of Watson Island and crossed the McArthur Causeway alongside the backdrop of the Port of Miami cruise ships. Runners then headed to South Point Park at the southern tip of Miami Beach near Miami's famed Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant.

“It was a beautiful morning,” said Sharkey, who finished fourth in the Miami Marathon in 2010. “I just focused on being smooth and relaxed.”

The next day, Sharkey finished 16th in the the half marathon in 1:17:45.

Tropical 5K Results

TOP 20 MEN

Name, Age, Time

1. Bryan Sharkey, 26, 16:42; 2. Rolando Ricapa Arias, 42, 16:55; 3. Jeffrey Zickus, 40, 17:14; 4. Kenneth Smeby, 32, 18:17; 5. Myles Murphy, 18:18; 6. Matthew Plaska, 29, 18:26; 7. Melattini Massimo, 38, 18:32; 8. Pedro Meraz, 35, 18:36; 9. Oliver Deller, 37, 18:54; 10. Ross Wasserman, 25, 19:06; 11. Syon Lewis, 13, 19:26; 12. Carlos Garcia, 54, 19:29; 13. Lorenzo Nunez, 30, 19:47; 14. Richard Angeles Arias, 20, 19:53; 15. Juan Hidalgo, 26, 19:54; 16. Patrick Gaughan, 60, 19:54; 17. Fernando Marino, 52, 20:07; 18. Stefano Ziliani, 39, 20:13; 19. Bernardo Perez, 38, 20:19; 20. Colin Elion, 33, 20:19

TOP 20 WOMEN

Name, Age, Time

1. Elizabeth Schepis, 47, 21:20; 2. Alejandra Cedeno, 37, 21:54; 3. Aleksa Guerra, 17, 22:02; 4. Zahra Guennoun, 50, 22:12; 5. Yvonne Leippert, 46, 23:02; 6. Elaine Rancatore, 55, 23:27; 7. Karen Kennedy, 39, 23:27; 8. Eunice Salamanca Madriz, 33, 23:46; 9. Lidibeth Gordon, 38, 23:57; 10. Janet Wong, 35, 24:03; 11. Jeanne Corey, 50, 24:07; 12. Anniebee Stemer, 57 ,24:32; 13. Susan Kooiman, 49, 24:35; 14. Aimee Jurgaitis, 30, 24:42; 15. Maureen Spinler ,51, 24:43; 16. Lara Carter, 21, 24:51; 17. Char Davidson, 60, 25:09; 18. Eileen Ramirez, 35 25:11; 19. Linda Flores, 32, 25:14; 20. Antonella Mazzuoli, 50, 25:20; 21. Sharlene Murillo, 28, 25:33.

Miami Country Day soccer

The Miami Country Day Middle School girls’ soccer team went 8-8.

The Spartans had big wins over Florida Christian, Palmer Trinity and Doctors Charter along with a runner-up finish in the MCDS Tournament.

The team was led by Alicia Rodriguez who had 10 goals and an assist, followed by Madeline Sukhedo with six goals and two assists. Mia Markofsky, Mia Elortegui, Katarina Londono, Sabrina Cabarcos and Andrea Fritella combined for eight goals. Rachel Thomas, Lila Rosendorf, Alexa Altman and Molli Leoni had terrific seasons solidifying the defense. Skylar Carter, Andrea Nelcha and Sofia Cabarcos combined on five shutouts. Sixth grader Becky Bibas had two goals and two assists.

Palmer Trinity soccer

During National Signing Day, Palmer Trinity School senior Sarah Medina signed to play soccer at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C.

Sarah led the Palmer girls’ varsity soccer team in goals (48) and assists (24) this season.

She was the recent recipient of the WSUA Radio Caracol 1260 Copa Dorada Gold Cup Award for Female Athlete of the Year. Each year the awards recognize exceptional Hispanic athletes in the South Florida community.

Wake Forest is an NCAA Division I program.

About Palmer Trinity School: Palmer Trinity School—a coeducational, Episcopal day school—provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that integrates knowledge, compassion and social responsibility, an essential goal of the school’s mission. Palmer Trinity School serves students from a broad range of socio-economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds in grades 6-12.

For information about the school, visit www.palmertrinity.org.

Miami Country Day basketball

The Miami Country Day Middle School girls’ basketball team surprised many with their tenacious play, ending the season 7-11.

The Spartans beat Ransom Everglades by three points. They captured the Miami Country Day School Tournament, knocking off favored Carrollton in the championship by two points.

Eighth grader Nyasia John led the team in scoring and rebounding, and seventh grader Elizabeth Stone led the team in assists and steals. Sixth graders Helena Perez, Tatiana Barnes, Amaris Rios and Zaria Thomas-Notice and seventh graders Eva Sirlin and Alicia Kelly are improving.

Highland Oaks track & field

For the third consecutive week, the Highland Oaks Middle School girls’ track & field team won an invitational. This time the Panthers bested 20 teams to win the Jr. Orange Bowl meet at Ferguson Sr. High School.

Ayoolah Gbolade received the meet's Best Female Performer award, winning the 200-meter dash and taking second in the 100 and 400. Tianna Jackson was runner-up in the long jump and sixth in the 200.

Jasmine Messiah placed second in the triple jump with Kaila Maman finishing seventh. Saharee Davey was fifth in the discus and Maryann Jadotte sixth. Jadotte also placed fifth in the shot put and seventh in the 100. Jadae Barrett and Vashti Claybrook were fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 800. Claybrook also was third in the 400 and fourth in the 200. Zahria Allers, Davey, Barrett and Kyara Walters won the 1,600 relay, and Davey, Jadotte, Allers and Jackson placed third in the 400 relay.

Not to be outdone, the HOM boys topped 17 other teams to also capture the championship. Jamir Ferguson won the 1,600 and 800-meter runs and was presented the meet's Best Male Performer award.

Derrick Spicer placed second in the 1,600 and 800. The 3,200 relay (Spicer, Darryl Dunn, Kemoni Brown, Ferguson) was runner-up. Neil Fagan took second in the discus and third in the high jump. Brown was fourth in the triple jump.

The 1,600 relay team (Wilfrid Coleau, Brown, Xavier Richemond, Dunn) finished fifth. Dunn was also sixth in the shot put and Ezekiel Figueroa sixth in the discus. Levensky Laguerre rounded out the scoring by placing eighth in the discus.

Miami Country Day sports

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Maria Alvarez: This middle schooler competes on the girls’ varsity basketball team. She combined for 26 points, five steals and 11 assists in the Spartans’ district championship win against Sagemont and regional quarterfinal win against Marathon.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Mick Lynott: Another middle schooler playing varsity basketball, he combined for 12 points and eight assists in the Spartans boys’ district playoff games against Doctor's Charter and International School of Broward.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Danielle Minott: She combined for 39 points, eight rebounds and 11 steals in the Spartans district championship win against Sagemont and regional quarterfinal win against Marathon.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Brandon Parizo: He combined for 34 points, seven steals and nine assists in the Spartans playoff games against Doctor's Charter and International School of Broward.

Spartan Super Fan: Roger Koch (alumni parent).

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, 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 Company, 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.

Tennis

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. Friends of Miami Tennis, Inc. is a recognized Community Tennis Association of the United States Tennis Association.

More events, leagues, programs

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 122 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

For information or to coach, email khwfootball@aol.com or visit www.khwarriors.org.

The NFL Flag Football program is under the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks and is an all volunteer organization.

Tennis

USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association, announced awards of $450,000 in grants to 40 organizations that provide tennis and education to underserved youth and people with disabilities. This brings the total awarded during the 2013 grant funding cycle to more than $1.2 million. Combined with scholarships, USTA Serves awarded a total of $1.6 million in 2013.

Special Olympics Florida of Miami-Dade County is a grant recipient. They incorporate tennis in providing year-round sports training and competition to children and adults age 8 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They currently serve 2,848 athletes throughout Miami-Dade County.

The biannual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was established to award organizations that successfully combine tennis and education for underserved youth as well as people with disabilities to gain an opportunity to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format. These programs also strive to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles.

“USTA Serves is proud to end the year by awarding and recognizing some of the country's most phenomenal programs for their efforts toward impacting the lives of youth through tennis and education,” Dan Faber, USTA Serves executive director, said in a release. “These programs have a solid foundation and exhibit tremendous dedication to serving children who deserve a life filled with education and physical activities. For this, we thank them for leading the way in designing a nurturing environment where students can thrive and succeed on and off the tennis court.”

USTA Serves has awarded more than $17 million in grants and scholarships to standout players and programs throughout the country in order to provide at-risk and underserved youth with greater opportunities to achieve success.

For information on USTA Serves, visit www.ustaserves.com.

Tennis

USTA Florida and the USTA Florida Section Foundation announced a landmark three-way agreement with Special Olympics Florida to provide more tennis play opportunities to athletes in Florida.

The formal agreement builds on the existing support that USTA Florida and its charitable arm have provided to local Special Olympics programs by offering free 10 and Under Tennis workshops, grants, and other resources to providers that offer tennis programs to Special Olympics athletes.

Likewise, Special Olympics Florida will encourage their athletes to participate in USTA Florida programs and events.

“We are absolutely committed to changing lives through tennis,” said Linda Curtis, executive director of the USTA Florida Section Foundation. “This agreement is a prime example of how USTA Florida and our Foundation work together to impact communities each and every day. These athletes play tennis for the pure joy of the sport. It's inspiring to see, and I'm proud to know that we will be able to provide even more opportunities for them to play through this partnership.”

Sherry Wheelock, president and chief executive officer of Special Olympics Florida, said: "“At Special Olympics Florida, we embrace the transformative power of sports. USTA Florida and the USTA Florida Section Foundation will help us bring first-rate trainings and competitive experiences to our athletes throughout the state. We are excited for this new partnership and are confident that it will further ignite a passion in our athletes for tennis.”

To get a program started, Special Olympics coaches may apply for a USTA Florida Section Foundation equipment grant for adaptive tennis equipment and other program needs by contacting Jessica Flynn at Special Olympics Florida. For additional training opportunities and training resources, contact Linda Curtis at the USTA Florida Section Foundation at www.USTAFloridaFoundation.com.

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 brisuela44@gmail.com.

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 tours@marlins.com. 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 www.hofball.net or call David Hofman at 954-804-5600 or Ed Tisdale at 803-463-2591.

NIAF Scholarship Program

The National Italian American Foundation celebrates its 39th anniversary this year.

The Foundation’s scholarship program has grown from four scholarships of $250 each to dozens of annual scholarships ranging in value from $2,000 to $10,000 each in the humanities, medicine, engineering, business, music, Italian language and culture, and other specialized fields.

“NIAF has awarded millions of dollars in merit-based scholarships and cultural grants across the country since its inception. NIAF’s leadership is extremely proud of the high caliber of our scholarship students and their outstanding achievements,” said NIAF President and COO John M. Viola.

NIAF scholarship winners are selected based on academic merit and are academically outstanding with an average GPA of 3.95. The average scholarship in the United States was more than $3,000.

In addition to NIAF’s scholarship program, NIAF sent college students to Italy’s Calabria Region to participate in the Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery program, an educational and cultural initiative.

Contributors to the NIAF scholarship program include individuals, corporations and organizations across the United States.

Apply online for a 2014-2015 NIAF scholarship at www.niaf.org/scholarships. Application deadline is March 1. NIAF scholarship winners will be announced on May 16 online.

For information on establishing a NIAF scholarship, contact Gabriella Mileti at gmileti@niaf.org.

The National Italian American Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. and dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans. Visit www.niaf.org .

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.

Visit www.miamirugbykids.com .

Tennis

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:

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 b.cikigil@cliffdrysdale.com or call 914-815-4093, or to register online go to www.CenturyDoublesTennis.com.

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.

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 www.miamisoccer5.com.

Soccer

South Kendall Sun Blazers (sksoccer.org) at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).

Miami Dade Soccer League (miami-dadesoccer.com) at Three Lakes Park, 13375 SW 136 St. (786-488-5216).

Soccer 5 (ussoccer5.com) at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (1-888-575-2976).

Club Atletico De Miami (camsoccer.com) at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (305-764-5783).

Soccer Academy of the Americas (socceraa.com) at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St. (786-486-3804)

Pinecrest Premier Soccer (pinecrestpremier.com) at Deerwood Bonita Lakes, 11511 S. Dixie Hwy. (305-255-3422).

Optimist Club of Westchester (tropicalsoccer.org) at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St. (786-370-4222).

Coral Estates Soccer Club (coralestatessoccer.org) at Coral Estates Park, 1411 SW 97 Ave. (305-279-2328)

South Kendall Soccer Club (sksoccer.org) at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).

Southern Soccer Coalition-AYSO (kendallsoccer.com) 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 www.jointhunder.com Registration is now open. Contact contact@jointhunder.com 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 Tamiamibasketball@gmail.com 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.

Visit www.rebelleathletics.com .

Jai-Alai

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 admanUSA@aol.com 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 cbsportsclub.com. 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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