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In an effort to recognize deserving South Florida youth baseball and softball players for doing well in school and displaying sportsmanship on the diamond, the Miami Marlins have once again partnered with The Miami Herald to co-sponsor the Team Player spotlight on the Sunday Youth Sports pages in the Neighbors section of The Miami Herald in print and online.

Youth league coaches, team representatives, teachers, friends or family members can nominate youth baseball or softball players, who display sportsmanship and good grades or academic improvements. Eligible nominees are from the recreational in-house league or travel league or school league (elementary school or middle school or high school junior varsity).

Honored players – selected by random drawing – will be invited to a Marlins game where they will receive a certificate of achievement and a Marlins item during a recognition ceremony at Marlins Park.

To nominate someone, e-mail or call 954-538-7153.

Daniella Aronsky (Hochberg Preparatory School), Cristian Estrada (Zora Neale Hurston Elementary School), Mick Lynott (Miami Country Day School), Anthony Marrero (Somerset Academy Gables) and Matthew White (The Roig Academy) were honored as the Miami Heat/Miami Herald March Academic/Sportsmanship Team Players before the Heat game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

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

Youth league coaches, team representatives, teachers or family members nominated South Florida recreational, travel league, elementary school, middle school or junior varsity basketball players from fall, winter, spring or summer seasons who display sportsmanship and good grades or show improvement in the classroom.

Each honoree received a certificate of achievement, a Heat gift pack and two Heat tickets. After meeting Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and center Greg Oden, they were recognized on the court with Burnie, the Heat mascot before tip-off.

About the March honorees

Hollywood’s Daniella Aronsky, a fifth grader at Hochberg Preparatory School in North Miami Beach, was the starting point guard on the middle school girls’ basketball team as well as captain and star of the school’s fourth-fifth-grade soccer and basketball teams.

Daniella led the fourth-fifth-grade basketball team to consecutive undefeated championship seasons. She was MVP of the fourth-fourth-grade basketball and soccer teams. A Physical Fitness award winner, she holds the school record (second-eigth-grade boys and girls) in the shuttle run.

With the Prime Time Sports travel basketball team for the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, she was a two-time All Tournament selection and the 2014 Slamfest Tournament MVP.

As a 9-year-old, Daniella played up for the Michael-Ann Russell JCC U11 travel soccer team. In the recent Aventura Youth Rec Soccer League, Daniella again played up and led her U11 team to the league championship. She was named MVP.

Also a leader in school, Daniella, who earns Straight As, was chosen for the Duke TIP program. She was elected a fifth-grade student council representative.

Miami’s Cristian Estrada, a fifth-grader at Zora Neale Hurston Elementary School in Miami, has always done well in school. A standout student-athlete, he displays a positive attitude and respectful disposition.

Cristian has been playing in the All Stars Kids Sports Basketball League six consecutive seasons and is now playing up in the 10-12 Advanced Division. During the summer, he earned Best All Around Player in his age group at the Tamiami Basketball Summer Camp.

In school, Cristian made the Honor Roll and won several Field Day awards. Away from the classroom and court, he participates in Scouting, currently ranked Webelo 1. He likes to go paddle boarding and saltwater fishing.

What he enjoys most is play basketball and watching the Miami Heat. His favorite player is LeBron James, and his ultimate goal is to work hard and make it to the NBA.

Biscayne Park’s Mick Lynott, an eighth-grader at Miami Country Day School in North Miami, played on the MCDS high school boys’ varsity basketball team that went 20-7.

Taking Honors courses, Mick made the Head Master’s list both quarters at MCDS. Pirior, at the Cushman School, he was a member of the National Junior Honor Society, and he made the Head Master’s List every quarter. He was invited to DUKE TIPS as a result of his standardized testing scores.

In fifth grade, he became the starting point guard for the Cushman Middle School varsity basketball team which consisted of eighth-grade starters. He led the team to a 17-3 record, and he was the first fifth-grader in school history to not only play on the middle school varsity team but to start every game. In three years, Mick led the Cougars to a 46-14 record. He earned the Coaches award, recognizing his three years of varsity service (fifth-seventh grade).

Mick was also a member of Cushman’s Middle School varsity track, cross-country and tennis teams.

Mick transferred to Miami Country Day School in 2013. He was the only eighth-grader on the MCDS varsity basketball team, playing point guard. He earned significant playing time as the season progressed and particularly at the end of the season for the district playoffs. He was named MCDS Middle School Athlete of the Week for his play in district playoff games against Doctor’s Charter and International School of Broward where he scored 12 points and had eight assists.

Playing up again, Mick is now a member of EYB FLIGHT, a Division I (11th grade) AAU basketball team.

Off the court, Mick is a model with Triton Modeling Agency and has been booked for several print ads for various European companies. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing Xbox’s NBA 2k14.

Miami’s Anthony M. Marrero, a first-grader at Somerset Academy Gables in Coral Gables, earned straight A's in the Gifted Program (A1A for top scores in academics, effort and conduct). He received the Academy Achievement Award for his class last year. He also received subject awards in Mathematics, Language Arts, Spanish, Physical Education, Art and Social Studies.

Anthony is involved in the school’s Lego Club, Mind Lab and Krav Maga Martial Arts, where he is an Orange belt, training for his Green belt. He also participates in the school's Soccer Shots Program.

Anthony attended the University of Miami Basketball Camp in the summer. He was also a receiver and defensive back for the Seahawks of the South Miami Flag Football League at Palmer Park.

Anthony played forward/striker on the Galaxy U8 team of the South Miami Grey Ghosts Soccer League. Though he was 5 years old in a under-8 division, he led the team in goals. Now 6 years old, he topped them in goals again. Competing against older players, he led his under-10 team in goals.

During the summer, he participated in the Juventus Soccer Schools Summer Camp in Brickell. He was invited by the Juventus coaches to join their competitive U8 travel soccer team, where he currently plays forward/striker.

Pinecrest’s Matthew White, a fourth-grader at The Roig Academy in Miami, has been working hard at school and brought his grades up to a 3.75 grade point average. He is doing well in math and has improved his reading comprehension, earning a 3.5 GPA for the first semester of this school year.

Matthew plays three times a week in the Montes Basketball Academy Program at Westminster Christian School in Palmetto Bay. He earned achievement points, moving up from the Apprentice League to the Up-And-Comers.

He practices his shooting and dribbling daily before and after school. Prior to playing at Montes Basketball Academy, he learned basic schools at Temple Beth Am’s After School Basketball Program. He is an avid Heat fan, and his favorite player is Dwyane Wade. He has attended many summer basketball camps, including some hosted by Mario Chalmers and Wade.

When not in school or on the basketball court, Matthew enjoys riding horses and playing soccer. He never misses watching a Miami Heat game. He enjoyed a trip to the NBA Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., in the fall and shot hoops on the court for hours.

Special thanks to Miami Heat Community Affairs Coordinator Leon Bichachi for his standout efforts with the program; as well as Ralph Leon, director of Miami Heat Community Affairs; Erick Torres, program manager of Miami Heat Community Affairs; and Steve Stowe, executive director of the Miami Heat Charitable Fund.

YouTube video of Miami Heat/Miami Herald Honorees for March

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Scheck Hillel sports

Scheck Hillel Community School named girls’ varsity flag football player Sami Lieberman as Student Athlete of the Week for her strong offensive and defensive abilities. Lieberman not only had two interceptions but scored the team’s first touchdown of the season off one of them. She also completed the extra point pass.

Suniland football, cheerleading

The Suniland Optimist Club Sundevils have registration for youth football and cheerleading for the 2014 Miami Xtreme League season.

Cheer registration is 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays through July 8, and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays through July 5 at Suniland Park, 12855 S. Dixie Hwy. (U.S. 1) Pinecrest.

Ages 5-15. Registration fee is $160 for the season that starts in July and runs through December. For information, contact Cheer Commissioner Roca Nova at 305-733-9872 or email at

Football registration is 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays through July 5 at Suniland Park.

Ages 5-14. The fee is $160 for the season that starts in July and runs through December. For information, call Football Commissioner Jose Regalado at 305-458-1966 or email Visit


Thunder Athletix and Brain Gymnasium, LLC, teamed to offer a complete fitness program of body and mind at the new ThunderPlex, 1440 NW 82nd Ave., in Doral.

Students can improve their basketball skills and physical fitness, as well as strengthen their academic skills through specialized tutoring programs. They can have fun and finish their homework.

The mission is to teach the principles, fundamentals and basic skills of the game to children age 5-17.

Brain Gymnasium offers specialized tutoring, homework help, FCAT Prep, SAT/ACT Prep, and Entrance Exam Prep. Their degree earned, professional and experienced teachers provide a simple and exciting approach to learning.

For information on special packages, after school programs and summer programs,

visit ; or call 786-505-5585.

For information on Brain Gymnasium, visit or call 305-788-7339.

Miami Fury women’s football

The Miami Fury women’s tackle football season is underway. Home games are at North Miami Athletic Stadium on the FIU North Campus, 2555 NE 151st St.

For the past 12 years, the Miami Fury has represented South Florida, while providing an opportunity for female athletes to fulfill the dream of playing organized football at the highest level. Sports have really transformed where adults, especially women, now have the opportunity to excel into the global market as athletes.

They practice at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Southwest Broward Jr. Athletic Association Complex, 6210 SW 33rd St., Miramar.

Opportunities are available with the Miami Fury season from April-July, and volunteering can continue year round. For volunteering, community service hours, tickets and more, contact Miami Fury owner Gayla Harrington at 786-229-7487 or

Archbishop Curley sports

Coach Greg Magner, athletic director at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep, announced the school’s players of the week.

Female Athlete: Cassie Poulard, a freshman, won three events (long jump, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles) during a track & field meet at Coral Shores High School. The Knights’ girls’ varsity team is 9-4.

Male Athlete: Germaine Small, a senior, led the Knights with four wins (long jump, 400 relay, 400, 200) during a track & field meet at Coral Shores High School. The Knights’ boys’ varsity team is 11-1.

• Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep will offer a summer sports camp for students in grades 6 through 9 from June 16 to July 18.

The Summer Knights Athletic Camp teaches the fundamentals of sports and competition with each week focusing on a new area including: basketball, football, volleyball, tennis, soccer, softball, baseball, and wrestling.

ACND Athletic Director Greg Magner, a Miami-Dade County Football Coach of the Year, heads the camp. Instructors have between five and 40 years coaching experience. The camp costs $100 per week with discounts for multiple weeks booked.

Visit for information or to register online.

Miami Country Day sports

Miami Country Day School: Girls’ Middle School Athlete of the Week: Jade Iadarola helped lead the Spartans’ girls’ varsity tennis team to its second consecutive district championship by winning the No. 5 singles championship, and later teaming with Elizabeth Kasparaitis to win the No. 2 doubles championship, clinching the team title.

Boys’ Middle School Athlete of the Week: Milan Bass helped lead the Spartans’ boys’ varsity tennis team to its 16th consecutive district championship by winning the No. 4 singles title.

Girls’ Upper School Athlete of the Week: Elizabeth Kasparaitis helped lead the Spartans’ girls’ varsity tennis team to its second consecutive district championship by winning the No. 4 singles championship, and later teaming with Jade Iadarola to win the No. 2 doubles championship, clinching the team title.

Boys’ Upper School Athlete of the Week: Shaun Berman helped lead the Spartans’ boys’ varsity tennis team to its 16th consecutive district championship by winning the No. 1 singles title and pairing with Alec Koss to win the No. 1 doubles championship. Shaun was chosen by the Florida High School Tennis Coaches as one of three players from Miami-Dade County for a regional championship to qualify for Nationals in California.

Spartan Super Fan: Michael Hutsko (Upper School Math Teacher)

Marlins Jose’s Heroes

Tickets to the José's Heroes Fan Zone are available each time Miami Marlins star pitcher José Fernandez takes the mound at Marlins Park.

For $16, fans receive: A ticket in the José's Heroes Fan Zone (Left Field Bullpen Reserved); José's Heroes T-shirt; a 'K' Card to wave when José records a strikeout.

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Nominate all-star teachers

Major League Baseball, People and Target invite anyone to nominate a current or retired teacher who makes a difference in the lives of students, as well as the community.

Thirty teachers will attend and be celebrated at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota.

Nominate at

Nomination deadline is May 6.


AIDS Walk Miami

The 26th annual AIDS WALK MIAMI is April 27 at the Miami Beach Convention Center and new Miami Beach Botanical Gardens.

AIDS Walk Miami is a 5K (3.1 mile) walk-a-thon fundraiser benefiting Care Resource, a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides comprehensive primary medical and preventive care, including health, oral and mental health/substance abuse services to all individuals in the community.

Monies raised will help provide services to more than 15,000 South Floridians affected/infected with HIV/AIDS in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. This annual fundraiser also serves as a vital vehicle to raise awareness and funds to combat the effect HIV/AIDS continues to have on the South Florida region.

For information, call 305-751-WALK (9255). Visit

More events, leagues, programs

Miami Sports Month

Following the success of Miami Golf Month and Miami's growing sports and recreation scene, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau has expanded its popular Temptation Program to now include all sports. The inaugural Miami Sports Month includes offers for golf, tennis, bicycling, water sports, running and more.

Miami Sports Month, sponsored by MasterCard, runs through April 30.

Beautiful weather year-round, top-notch professional teams and countless outdoor activities, like the seventh-annual Miami International Agriculture & Cattle Show, make Greater Miami and the Beaches a premier sports and events destination. This year's Cattle Show will occur April 11-13 at Tropical Park, where cattle breeders from North America, South America, and around the world will meet.

For information, visit

With special offers and discounts distinguishing Miami Sports Month, April has become the perfect time to get moving. Check out the Miami Sports Month website, for more details.

“We're proud to kick off the first Miami Sports Month,” said William D. Talbert III, CDME, president and CEO of the GMCVB. “Miami is among the top sports destinations in the world offering residents and visitors who enjoy an active lifestyle and vacation with world-class recreational facilities. Now visitors who travel here for our amazing weather can enjoy special offers for their favorite sports activity during the month of April.”

Miami Sports Month is part of the GMCVB’s popular Temptations Program, which takes a thematic focus on the best that Miami has to offer throughout the year at attractive prices.

Other programs include Cruise Month, Romance Month, Shop Miami Month, Museum Month, Film Month, Spa Month, Miami Spice, Attractions Month, and Miami Live Month. For information on the Temptations programs, visit

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