Sports Scene: Ransom Everglades sailing competes in two regattas in England

07/20/2014 12:49 AM

07/20/2014 12:50 AM

Sailors from Ransom Everglades School, along with Coach Gonzalo Crivello, traveled to England to compete in two regattas with British high schools.

The first regatta, a fleet racing regatta, was hosted by Itchenor Sailing Club, south of London, and it was the 62nd Schools Championship Regatta. The sailors sailed in a Firefly, which is similar to the 420 boat they sail on the high school racing circuit.

There were 43 boats, each manned by a skipper and crew, from 15 schools. Three Ransom Everglades boats took first, third and fourth place, bringing to the United States, and Miami, the Richard Fairey trophy.

Results: Shawn Harvey and Jax Malloy — first place

Tucker Weed and Vera Mariani — third place

Alex Swerdlow and Dylan Denman — fourth place

The second regatta was the British Schools Dinghy Racing Association Team Racing Championship, hosted by Rutland Sailing Club on Rutland Water, about two hours north of London.

There were 21 teams, representing 14 schools, including schools from Germany, Ireland and the United States (Ransom Everglades). One of the Ransom Everglades teams finished fourth.

The Ransom Everglades sailors spent 10 days in England, not only representing Ransom Everglades but representing the United States. Along with some sight-seeing in London and Cambridge, the sailors/students made friends with the British sailors/students.

One evening the sailors/students organized impromptu soccer matches. Ransom Everglades, called the Americans, won all four games.

Special Olympics

Miami’s Andy Miyares was one of six athletes featured on Celebrating Champions: 2014 Special Olympics USA Games on FOX Sports 1.

The one-hour show, produced by World Wrestling Entertainment, chronicled the passion, dedication and determination of America’s most inspiring athletes during the week-long celebration of the 2014 USA Games.

Miyares, 31, has competed in multiple sports but has a passion for swimming and holds numerous records in the sport. He works for Special Olympics Miami-Dade and speaks Spanish and English. In 2010, he was selected to serve a four-year term as one of 12 Special Olympics International Global Messengers chosen from around the world to represent Special Olympics.

Viewers experienced a first-hand account of the excitement and pride each athlete exudes while training for, traveling to and participating in the Games.

In addition to the athlete profiles, the TV special included highlights from the 2014 USA Games Opening Ceremony from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., hosted by actress and model Brooklyn Decker and Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams.

The ceremony had the traditional parade of athletes, athlete oaths and the lighting of the Special Olympics cauldron. Other celebrities that participated included Miami resident and WWE Superstar Big Show, TV personality Jack Ford, Glee’s Jane Lynch, WWE Superstar David Otunga and musical artists Michael DelGuidice and Big Shot.

WWE also helped promote the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games through its global platforms, including TV broadcasts, live events, digital and social media, increasing the exposure of Special Olympics and reaching a larger and more diverse audience.


The Baez brothers of Palmetto Bay did very well at the U.S. Kids Golf Florida State Invitational on the Walt Disney World grounds in Orlando.

Carson, 8, was second of 27 boys in his age group. They competed on the back nine of the Magnolia Course.

Cameron, 7, was third of 14 in his age group. They competed on the nine-hole executive course of the Oak Trail Course.

• The boys also participated in the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship qualifier at Osprey Point Golf Course in Boca Raton.

More than 30 participated in the 7-9 age group. Carson qualified for sub-regional at the PGA Center for Learning and Performance in Port St. Lucie. The top two will reach the Georgia Regional in September.

The brothers train with PGA professional Scott Jones at Palmetto Golf Course, and they attend Coral Reef Elementary School.


Scheck Hillel Community School ninth-grader Esther Bentolila won the gold medal at the U.S. Fencing Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, beating individuals from the top fencing clubs in the nation.

Throughout nationals, Bentolila took control and delivered a strong, solid technique. She now ranks 10th in the United States for Y14, a category she’s competed the past two years.

She is now preparing for the 2014-15 season where she will be joining the Cadet category and plans to purse five national tournaments in addition to returning to the 2015 U.S. Fencing Nationals next summer.


It was their second straight meeting in a USTA Pro Circuit final, with the same result as Coral Gables teen Katerina Stewart beat Ponte Vedra Beach teen and incoming University of Florida freshman Josie Kuhlman 6-1, 7-6 in the all-Florida final of the Charlotte Clay Classic at the Charlotte Indoor Tennis Club in North Carolina.

The previous week Stewart beat Kuhlman in the final of the USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Bethany Beach, Delaware.

For the 16-year-old Stewart, seeded No. 5, it was her third USTA Pro Circuit title of the year and fourth final after winning in Orlando and Bethany Beach and finishing runner-up in Gainesville.

Seventy-six players representing 20 countries competed in the event, which made its debut in Charlotte. It was the last clay-court tournament before the summer hard-court season begins, leading to the U.S. Open.

With about 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the U.S. Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals.

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When she’s older, Miami’s Teoana Banton plans to bring home the gold for Team USA in the Olympics, but first she plans to run circles around her opponents at Junior Olympics through Aug. 3 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Born in Miami, Teoana, 10, lives with her single mother and attends Crestview Elementary School in Miami Gardens, where she is academically impressive and a popular student.

She joined Ultimate Track Club in November 2012. Less than a year later, she was ranked No. 1 in Florida and No. 2 in the United States.

“She is a natural,” said Franklin Allen, her coach. “I have seen many young runners as a coach, both girls and boys, but Teoana is something special. Miami just may have given birth to the next Florence Griffith Joyner.’’

Teoana competed in Junior Olympics in 2013, winning silver in the 100-meter race and placing fourth in the 200.

In 2014, she is seeking help to make her Junior Olympic dreams come true.

“It’s just been me and my mom, doing cake sales and a fish fry to help raise the funds for me to go to Iowa to compete in the Junior Olympics, but we hardly made a dent in what is needed and time is running out,” Teoana said. “I need uniforms, sneakers, sweat suits and lots of other items as well as funds to qualify and for my mom and me to stay in Iowa. I want everyone to know that I plan to be the fastest 10-year-old in the USA, and I’m bringing the gold back to Miami, but I need help getting there.’’

To help Teoana Banton, contract Tandy Weems at 786-768-6751 or email

Kendall Hammocks baseball

The Kendall Hammocks Optimist baseball program announced registrations dates and times for the fall season.

Divisions: T-Ball, 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U:

Boys and girls, age 3-14, are eligible with age determined using May 1, 2014.

Registration is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23 at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122nd Ave.

Copy of birth certificate is required for age verification only, during registration. Fee is $190.

The fall season is scheduled to start Sept. 6. For information email or visit

The KHO Baseball program is under the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks and is an all-volunteer organization.

Running program

The 18th annual Summer Fun Runs, hosted by the Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep cross-country team, returns to Miami Shores. Last year, the team welcomed its largest of number community participants.

Runners and walkers of all abilities meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Miami Shores Recreation Center, 9617 Park Dr. The runs are free and continue through July 31.

This school and community tradition has grown from a small following of about seven runners per week to a total record-breaking turnout of 354 runners in 15 gatherings. Athletic experience ranges from a 25-time participating marathoner, to a triathlete, to someone who had never run for recreation. The ages range from 11-60.

Archbishop Curley Coach Br. John Corcoran designs three courses of gradually increasing mileage: one for beginner runners or walkers, a second for recreational runners and joggers, and a third for advanced or competitive runners. By the end of July, the distances covered from three to seven miles, with no pace being set.

For information call the school at 305-751-8367, email Corcoran at

Participants can find updates and routes on the Facebook page:

Thunder Summer Camp

The Thunder Basketball Summer Camp is at the ThunderPlex, a 10,000-square-foot facility in Doral at 1440 NW 82nd Ave.

Thunder Basketball operates year round, and the mission is to play basketball in a recreational setting, teaching students the principles, fundamentals and basic skills.

The camp runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 15.

Sibling discounts are available. Call for pricing and availability.

Thunder has also teamed with Brain Gymnasium for complete mind and body fitness. Brain Gymnasium will offer help with summer reading and math review classes K-12.

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Florida Christian lacrosse

Florida Christian School Athletic Director Ed Riggan, announced that FCS Athletics will offer lacrosse at the JV level for the spring of the 2014-15 school year. For information call 305-226-8152 or visit

Kendall Hammocks cheerleading, tackle football

The Kendall Hammocks Warriors announced the registrations dates and times for the 2014 tackle football and cheerleading season in the Miami Xtreme Youth League.

Registration is open to boys and girls, ages 5-14. You must turn 14 after Aug 1 .

A copy of birth certificate, 2x2 mugshot and a 2014 physical is needed by July 30 but is not required at time of registration. Potential players must be present during the registration process to be weighed, and cheerleaders will be sized for uniforms.

The tackle teams are based on age and weight. Cheerleaders are based only on age.

Tackle Registration Fee: $180

Fee includes use of equipment, helmet, shoulder pads, home and away uniform. The player can keep the home jersey and receives a participation award. The fee also includes yearly one-day NFL Tullock Camp invitation.

Tackle Military Discount: As part of giving back and honoring the real Warrior heroes, the league offers a 15 percent discount with proper military ID.

Rookie Camp: Free with paid registration fee. Camp, an introduction to tackle football, is for new players.

Cheerleading Information: For detailed information on the cheer registration fee and cheer gear packages, email Cheerleading Commissioner Alicia Zamorano at

Planned include new uniforms for cheerleaders and also a cheerleading competition at Disney’s Wide World of Sports aside from the local competitions.

Registration and practices are at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122nd Ave.

For added tackle information, email Kendall Hammocks Football and Optimist President Mike Pintado at or visit the website at

The tackle and cheerleading programs consist of an all-volunteer group under the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks.

More events, leagues, programs


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

Thunder basketball

Thunder Basketball opened its new year-round facility at ThunderPlex, 1440 NW 82th Ave., Doral.

Thunder Basketball is currently running a day camp and summer league, open to boys and girls ages 5 to 17. Thunder Basketball’s mission is to teach the principles, fundamentals and basic skills of the game. It stresses the importance of team and sportsmanship.

Thunder also encourages players to succeed in the classroom and all aspects of life.

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Registration is open.

Email 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 raising funds.

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 ages 5 to 16. Email or call 305 -273-1145.


USTA Florida and the USTA Florida Section Foundation announced a landmark three-way agreement with Special Olympics Florida to provide more tennis playing 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

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.

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)

A José's Heroes T-shirt

A 'K' Card to wave when José records a strikeout

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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 per 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 of 10 to 25 people are available by appointment.

For more information, fans can call 1-877-MARLINS or e-mail Tickets can be purchased at the ticket windows on Felo Ramirez Drive (Northwest Sixth Street between 14th and 15th avenues) 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) players.

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, for boys ages 6-18, practices from 6 to 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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Soccer 5 Academy

Soccer 5 Academy Mini Soccer Program, also referred to as small-sided soccer, is at three Miami-Dade County-owned parks — Tropical Park (7900 Bird Rd.), Kendall Soccer Park (8011 SW 127th Ave.) and Amelia Earhart Park (401 E. 65th St., 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 3 to 12 years old will learn the history of mini soccer, the basics of how to play, reasons why mini soccer is the preferred form of soccer for kids, youth and even adults, and will have the opportunity to play in “3v3” to “7v7” matches.

The three locations make mini/small-sided soccer 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 competition among teams with fewer 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. to midnight Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 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 more information or to register, visit


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

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

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

Club Atletico de Miami ( at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127th Ave. (305-764-5783).

Soccer Academy of the Americas ( at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24th 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 Bird Rd., (786-370-4222).

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

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

Southern Soccer Coalition-AYSO ( at Millers Pond Park, 13350 SW 47th St. and Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152nd Ave. (305-965-0083).

Rebelle volleyball

Rebelle Athletics Club offers girls’ volleyball tryouts at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School, 4949 NE Second 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 the Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High School Biscayne Bay Campus.

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. Call 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, women can play it in South Florida at the 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 are used with free lessons by former pros. Cestas and balls are also provided free with a nominal court fee. Open every day. 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 or 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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