The R.Y.A.N. under-10 flag football team won a national championship at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Led by captains Carson Haggard and Alexander Lake, R.Y.A.N. went 6-0 to win the Super Bowl of youth flag football, beating the best of the best including teams from California, New York and Texas.
To qualify for nationals, they won regionals in December in Houston. More than 140 teams regionally tried qualifying for nationals with only eight advancing.
The R.Y.A.N. under-12 team also reached nationals, finishing third.
After qualifying by winning regionals in Houston, they beat the eventual champion earlier in the national tournament but lost a heartbreaker 7-6 in the semifinals. Captain Koby Rouviere led the team.
Prime Time Sports basketball
At the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach
BIG EAST (3rd-4th grade)
Blue Jays 29, Golden Eagles 11: Samuel Courtney 13 pts, Ryan Clark 6 pts, Itamar Gal 2 pts, Dov Kerbel 2 pts, Jack Harris 6 pts. For the Golden Eagles, Arie Assraf 2 pts, Daniel Jacobs 1 pt, Matthew Chakin 6 pts, Jack Dillon 2 pts.
Hoyas 22, Firars 18: Andres Ruah 4 pts, Dylan Wigoda 4 pts, Jake Crowder 16 pts, Michael Brinker 1 pt. For the Friars, Torrence Mack 9 pts, Dylan Gale 3 pts, Antonio Podrug 3 pts, Eduardo Halfen 3 pts.
Fighting Irish 30, Pirates 28: Noah Volel 16 pts, Maor Derhy 2 pts, Andy Ginsberg 5 pts, Khalil Volel 3 pts. For the Pirates, Joseph Talmaciu 5 pts, Eithan Yisrael 6 pts, Menachem Gelman 7 pts, Meyer Cusnir 2 pts, Moris Tawil 2 pts, Nolan Senker 4 pts .
Bulldogs 22, Blue Demons 18: Abie Bonkovski 14 pts, Daniel Brown 5 pts, Ricardo Koenig 3 pts. For the Blue Demons, Daniel Abbo 8 pts, Ethan Hornstein 2 pts, Joseph Abramowitz 8 pts, Nicolas Ludwig 2 pts.
Red Storm 42, Hurricanes 34: Marc Wendrow 7 pts, Lucas Korn 11 pts, Jaime Mizrahi 22 pts (Player of the Week), Yair Hojberg 2 pts. For the Hurricanes, Allan Strimber 16 pts, David Lalo 10 pts, Kyle Ratzker 4 pts, Ariel Eisen 4 pts.
Wildcats 40, Tigers 33: Ariel Yecutieli 13 pts, Samuel Taieb 21 pts, Daniel Roffe 4 pts, Abraham Benzadon 2 pts. For the Tigers, Nathaniel Elharrar 14 pts, Eli Gelb 15 pts, Kovi Gelb 2 pts, Michell Bruder 2 pts.
Hurricanes 42, Razorbacks 40: Benjamin Ratzker 11 pts, Saul Birmaher 14 pts, Michael Hirsch 2 pts, Nissim Chaillo 8 pts, Joshua Terry 1 pt, Isaac Almkies 4 pts, Daniel Dimarcoberardino 2 pts. For the Razorbacks, Jeremy Saunders 20 pts, Oren Borax 11 pts, Aden Ben-Saadon 4 pts, JD McCarthy Jr 2 pts, Michael Efroni 3 pts.
Gators 40, Razorbacks 14: Daniel Broides 11 pts, Sammy Lasry 10 pts, Tatiana Wainer 8 pts, Jack Shechtman 7 pts, Menacem Rosenwasser 2 pts, Daniel Gutking 2 pts. For the Razorbacks , Oren Borax 5 pts, Alejandro Waksol 5 pts, JD McCarthy Jr 2 pts, Lance Furman 2 pts.
Bulldogs 21, Fighting Irish 14: Liam Senker 5 pts, Micahel Braun 6 pts, Daniel Mundlak 4 pts, Ran Menshulam 6 pts. For the Irish, Amit Sapir 6 pts, Bradley Brown 4 pts, Jason Olofsen 2 pts, Lindsey Weingard 2 pts.
Crimson Tide 34, Volunteers 30: Asher Courtney 22 pts (Player of the Week), Benjamin Bakar 7 pts, Jack Golan 4 pts. For the Volunteers, Jack Brown 7 pts, Joel Assor 4 pts, Michael Odzer 7 pts, Joshua Finvarb 10 pts, Tal Amrussi 2 pts.
Blue Devils 49, Wolfpack 35: Luis Ruah 21 pts (Player of the Week), Benjamin Wolf 5 pts, Enzo Collomba 15 pts, Donavin Nechtman 7 pts, Matheus Maia 2 pts. For the Wolfpack, Stefano Schaffrath 15 pts, Jared Weingard 2 pts, Eli Navarro 5 pts, Isi Gutt 4 pts, Lenny Hinrichs 6pts, Saul Birmaher 2 pts.
Terrapins 47, Panthers 33 : David Ezekiel 20 pts, Alan Berkman 3 pts, Danny Green 10 pts, Igal Ovaknin 10 pts, Matias Ostrowicz 2 pts, Roye Ovaknin 2 pts. For the Panthers, Daniel Shaferman 6 pts, Jonathan Woldenberg 12 pts, Josh Silverman 9 pts, Jonathan Siegal 2 pts, Issie Stiefel 2 pts, Eithan Cherem 2 pts.
Hurricanes 46, Cavaliers 38: Benjamin Givner 16 pts, Jaime Acherman 2 pts, Victor Gilinski 6 pts, Sammy Bitchatchi 11 pts, Sammy Tryzmel 11 pts. For the Cavaliers, Josh Klein 18 pts, Benjamin Brener 12 pts, Francisco Escolar 8 pts.
NBA (7th-9th grade)
Heat 48, Knicks 20: Cristian Yol 4 pts, Joshua Bonwitt 7 pts, Moises Franco 5 pts, Christian Zorzi 11 pts, Simon Assouline 2 pts, Yomtov Bejar 13 pts. For the Knicks, David Oliel 4 pts, Jonthan Weiss 4 pts, Sion Cherem 10 pts, Tommy Korn 2 pts.
Miami Beach JCC basketball
ACC League (3rd-5th grade)
Yellow Jackets 45, Blue Devils 33; Wolf pack 45, Hokies 27; Tar Heels 38, Hurricanes 25; Seminoles 54, Orangemen 39; Rockets 46, Lakers 30; Hawks 40, Clippers 36; Pelicans 49, Kings 40.
Prime Time Sports flag football
At the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach
Future Stars K (1st-2nd grade)
Giants 13, Cardinals 12: Mark Szomstein 9 rec.; Ryder Rosenberg 10 rec.; Michael Benzadon 3 rec., 1 TD run; Ethan Hornstein 1 rec., 1 sack; Andres Novodzelskey 1 TD run, 5 rec. (one a touchdown), 1 sack (Player of the Week). For Cardinals, Arie Mizrachi 5 rec., 1 TD run, 1 sack; Elliot Perel 5 rec., 1 sack, 1 TD run; Dylan Wigoda 4 rec.; Eyal Vaxman 1 rec.; Mason Furman 1 rec.
Dolphins 20, Saints 18: Itty Pomeranc 1 TD run, 2 TD passes, 7 rec.; Avi Rosenberg 4 rec.; Noam Vainstein 4 rec. (one a touchdown); Andre Bentes 2 rec.; Emilio Homsany 1 rec. For the Saints, Nolan Senker 10 rec., 1 TD run, 1 TD pass; Joshua Wolf 1 TD rec.; Gabriel Attias 4 rec., David Levin 2 rec.; Matthew Zeer 1 rec.
Vikings 21, Jets 32: Alejandro Berkman 3 rushing TDs, 1 INT, 4 rec.; Zachary Banin 2 sacks; TJ Feely 1 rec. For the Jets, Ari Dejman 2 rushing TDs, 14 rec.; Albert Ruah 4 rec.; Alexander Schpilberg 4 rec.; Benjamin Rosengarten 1 rec.; Eli Tamir 1 rec., 1 INT.
Junior Varsity (3rd-4th grade)
Raiders 13, Steelers 7: Abraham Klainbaum 4 rec., Samuel Attias 5 rec., 1 sack; Hank Klein 2 rec. (one a touchdown), 2 INTs. Allan Strimber 2 TD passes, Jacob Shaked 2 rec. (one a touchdown). For the Steelers, David Lalo 4 rec., 1 sack; Ricardo Koenig 1 rec.; Avi Lalo 1 TD pass, 1 INT, 2 rec.; Yoni Bugay 1 TD rec.
Giants 18, Cardinals 7: Steven Friedman 1 TD pass, 1 INT for touchdown, 1 rec.; Levi Gans 2 rec., 1 TD run; Daniel Rosen 1 rec.; Dovie Shapiro 1 rec., 2 sacks; Mason Weisfisch 1 rec.; Moises Salama 1 rec. For the Cardinals, Jaime Mizrahi 1 TD pass, Ben Ashkenazi 1 sack; Parker Alhadef 3 rec.; Joseph Dray 1 rec. Samuel Courtney 5 rec. (one a touchdown).
Dolphins 12, Jets 7: Alex Moltmann 2 TD passes, 3 sacks (Player of the Week) Ari Schottenstein 2 rec.; Alex Ruah 2 rec.; Jonathan Bacal 3 rec. (with 2 TD catches). For the Jets, Max Wagenberg 1 TD run, 1 INT; Jackson Gold 1 rec., Benjamin Bronstein 1 INT.
Pinecrest Premier soccer
The Pinecrest Premier White U14 girls’ travel soccer team won the SFUYSA Division I League Championship with a 4-3 win over Miami Lakes in a shootout.
The champs are Tori Pino, Sophie Barry, Flynn Seckinger, Olivia Flood, Hailey Malueg, Vicky Rodriguez, Kayla Ferra, Emma Bryan, Mercy Cordovi, Ana Bohorquez, Kat Figueras, Brianna Delaosa and Caro Morales.
The head coach is Suzana Delgado, and the assistant is Julie Mushill.
Pinecrest Premier soccer
The Pinecrest Premier Blue U11 girls’ travel soccer team won the championship in the U11 Division of the Florida Youth Soccer Association.
The champs are Georgia Malueg, Isabella Delgado, Carolina Silva, Jillian Diaz, Mia Alexander, Adriana Clavijo, Maia Wenger, Sofia Cicarelli, Jacqueline Reed, Carolina Prieto and Paulina Boudet.
The head coach is Nader Moztarzadeh.
Miami Storm baseball
The Miami Storm 12U travel baseball team won the Weston Hawks 2014 Tournament.
The champs are: Joey Franco, Tico Perrera, Gino Torrente, Andrew Garcia, Nicholas Garcia, Rod Alea, Benji Fourquet, Ryan Herskowitz, Ronnie Gallo, Ale Vicente and Alex Alvarez. The general manager is Jorge Alea, and the coaches are Elio Garcia, Jose Fourquet, Julio Torrente, Armando Vicente and Jon Herskowitz.
Miami Country Day soccer
The Miami Country Day School boys’ varsity soccer team (8-12-2) had a rough first half of the season but turned it around, winning eight of its last 13 games.
The team’s leading goal scorer was senior Cameron Ivory with 12 goals and four assists. Junior Sam Benson added seven goals and three assists, and junior Pablo Mejia had six goals and three assists.
The defense was led by senior Ricky Gonzalez, who chipped in five goals and three assists along with junior Alex Hansen, junior Julian Clarmonte and senior Blake Colongo. Junior goalkeeper Paul Julien Giraud recorded 91 saves and three shutouts.
Miami Country Day basketball
The Miami Country Day Middle School JV basketball program was divided into three teams. The teams played inter-squad games as well games against three teams from the Cushman School.
The White team finished 9-4. The Red Team ended at 8-5, and the Blue Team completed its season at 7-6. Christian Tamayo and Evan Mendelson, who combined for 158 points, led the White team. The leading scorers for the Blue team were Blaise Pronesti and Jorden Gross, combining for 26 3-pointers. Shane Piller and Richard Anapolsky led all Red team scorers with 120 points.
Miami Country Day Lacrosse
The Miami Country Day Middle School lacrosse team played its first three games of the season Feb. 15 in Islamorada at Founders Park. The team started the season off with three wins by defeating Gulliver 4-2, Key West 3-1, and Coral Shores 5-2.
Highland Oaks track
The Highland Oaks Middle School varsity girls’ track team ended a strong season by finishing second of 22 teams in the Miami-Dade County Middle School Championship meet at Traz Powell Stadium.
Ayoolah Gbolade won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and placed fourth in the 400-meter dash. The girls 4x400-meter relay team of Kaila Maman, Saharee Davey, Kyara Walters, and Tianna Jackson also took first. Vashti Claybrook took third in the 200, fourth in the 400, and seventh in the 800-meter run. The 4x800 relay of Hayley Piper, Tramese Pierre, Kayla Maman, and Jadae Barrett was third, as was the 4x100-meter relay of Walters, Davey, Maryann Jadotte, and Jackson. Barrett was sixth in the 800 while Jadotte placed seventh in the discus throw and eighth in both the shot put and the 100. Davey took sixth in the shot. In the triple jump, Jackson was fifth and Jasmine Messiah eighth.
For the JV girls, Belinda Raphael won the discus and and was eighth in the long jump and shot put. Esther Perceval was fifth in the shot put and sixth in the triple jump.
In the varsity boys division, Jamir Ferguson won the 800 to become the second HOM track athlete to win three straight county titles in an event (Vantae Williams won the discus from 2011-13). Ferguson also took second in the 1,600. Derrick Spicer placed fourth in the 1,600 and seventh in the 800. The 3,200 relay of Spicer, Darryl Dunn, Jack Gottlieb, and Ferguson took seventh. Levensky Laguerre was seventh in the discus.
The JV boys were led by Ezekiel Figueroa, who took third in the shot put and fifth in the discus. Kemoni Brown was fourth in the 400 and fifth in the triple jump. Wilfrid Coleau was fifth in the 400. Javas Jackson took sixth in the 100. The boys 1,600 relay of Coleau, Brown, Xavier Richemond, and Jackson finished second, and the 400 relay of Coleau, Richemond, Keshaun Roberts, and Jackson was fourth.
Highland Oaks bowling
The Highland Oaks Middle School girls’ bowling Team won the 2014 Miami-Dade County Championships. The champs are Marissa Manley, Marley Katz, Emily Palmeiro, Marley Felder and Lindsey Perez.
The boys’ team finished third. They are Jake Kurkin, Juandiego Casallas, Brandon Foster, Devin Pryor and Jared Weingard.
Scheck Hillel Athletes of the Week
Scheck Hillel Community School named two outstanding tennis players as athletes of the week because of their amazing focus and precision during recent matches.
Sixth-grade student Myles Gilbert is a key player on the boys’ varsity tennis team and won his two singles matches against Dade Christian (6-0) and Chaminade (6-4).
Freshman Daniela Bendayan is a standout on the girls’ varsity team. In the last two matches, she totaled four victories in singles and doubles combined.
Westwood Christian basketball
The Westwood Christian boys’ varsity basketball team captured its third consecutive district title with a victory over Palmer Trinity 75-50.
The Warriors also reached the regional semifinals for the third year in a row. They are Juan Pineda, Daniel Pineda, Jesus Aguero, Dustin Hernandez, Josh Reyes, JackNelson Joseph, Maurice Desir, Alix Joseph, Joseph Jou, Eugene Joseph, Sherer Desinor and Josh Molina. The head coach is Jose Amat.
Special Olympics 5K
The 15th Annual Sponsor An Athlete 5K Run/Walk benefiting Special Olympics is Sunday, March 9, beginning at 8 a.m. at Gulliver Prep, 6575 Kendall Drive, Miami, 33156.
All proceeds go to Special Olympics Miami, which provides Olympic-like sports training and competition for almost 3,000 athletes with Intellectual disabilities who live and work in Miami.
Anyone and everyone is welcome to register for this event at http://www.firstgiving.com/sofl/sponsor-an-athlete-5k.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Volunteers are needed. For information, call 305-406-WINS (9467) or go to www.somdc.org.
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. to 3 p.m. March 15, 22 and 29
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 5, March 14
Final registration: 6:30 to 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.
Tennis Play Days
Miami-area tennis facilities will host Tennis Play Days during the months of March and April in an extended celebration of World Tennis Day on March 3.
The events introduce children to the excitement of tennis competition in a low-pressure setting of organized play, with rotation of opponents and short continuous matches over a two- to three-hour period.
“Play Days are a great transition for kids to team tennis and tournaments as they provide them with the opportunity to improve their game in a competitive environment with players of their same level, and where results are not reported,” says USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Miami area Cathy Nordlund in a release. “Kids new to the game can pick up tennis right away with the youth tennis equipment designed to ease them into the game, including smaller racquets, lower-bouncing balls and smaller court sizes.”
For more information about the new way for kids to learn the game of tennis, go to www.youthtennis.com.
Kids of all levels and ages are welcome to the events that will showcase the “red” and “orange” lower-bouncing balls on 36-foot and 60-foot courts for children age 10 and under. Both members and nonmembers of the USTA can participate, and USTA members will receive a discount on the registration fee.
World Tennis Day on March 3 is the international effort to get kids excited and active in tennis. It is a celebration of tennis around the world that includes professional tennis matches in New York City, Hong Kong and London. The televised World Tennis Day celebration at New York's Madison Square Garden on March 3 will feature Novak Djokovic squaring off against Andy Murray, and Bob and Mike Bryan taking on John and Patrick McEnroe.
More than a thousand facilities will host USTA Tennis Play Events this March, each showcasing how fun and easy it now is for families to get into the sport. These events will also allow parents to sign up their children for spring and summer tennis programs.
Saturday, March 8
1 p.m., Ron Ehmann Park, 10995 S.W. 97th Ave., Miami, 33176
Saturday, March 8
Noon to 2:30 p.m., West Miami Recreation Center, 1700 SW 62nd Ave., Miami, 33144
Sunday, March 9
11:30 a.m., Williams Island, 5500 Island Blvd., Aventura, 33160
Saturday, March 15
2 to 4 p.m., Goodlet Park, 4200 West 8th Ave., Hialeah, 33012
Sunday, March 16
3 p.m., Diplomat Golf and Tennis Club, 501 Diplomat Parkway, Hallandale Beach, 33009
Sunday, April 6
11 a.m., Michael-Ann Russell JCC, 18900 NE 25th Ave., N. Miami Beach, 33180
firstname.lastname@example.org, 305-932-4200, Ext. 160
Saturday, April 27
Turnberry Isle Tennis, 19735 Turnberry Way, Aventura, 33180
For information visit www.ustaflorida.com/youthtennis or contact Cathy Nordlund at email@example.com.
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.