Miami-Dade County

Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner, Football University winners, runners-up

Jaiden Francois (2) of the Florida City Razorbacks makes an amazing catch against Curvontae Ducksworth (8) and the Gwen Cherry Bulls during the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner Pee Wee Division I Super Bowl of the Sean Taylor Classic at North Miami Athletic Stadium.
Jaiden Francois (2) of the Florida City Razorbacks makes an amazing catch against Curvontae Ducksworth (8) and the Gwen Cherry Bulls during the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner Pee Wee Division I Super Bowl of the Sean Taylor Classic at North Miami Athletic Stadium. Miami-Dade County

More Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner Super Bowl winners, runners-up from the Sean Taylor Classic at Curtis Park and North Miami Athletic Stadium.

BANDIT DIVISION I: Champs: Northwest Boys & Girls Club Falcons: Anjuan Coleman, Jacarie Shipman, Jaden Shroyer, Jancent Wallace, Andre Blutcher, Leroy Taylor, Omarion Williams, Juan Lundy, Romeo Nelson, Demetrius Kinchens, Corrion Scott, Isaiah Scott, David Narcisse, Jermain Beersingh, Kejuan Hunter, Jonathan Morillo, Kaden Reeves, Chauncey Williams, Dante Eboka, Justin St. Ange, Jakari Russell, Amani Floyd, Darrion Lovinsky.

Runners-up: Florida City Razorbacks: Fraquan Warren, Devontae Ward-Grant, Jaden Miller, Ortarvis Stewart Jr., Rashad Snow, Eduardo Nunez Jr., John Hayes, Octavius Jackson Jr., Jacory Barney, Keith Berry, Tamar Kelson, Akeem Harris, Damian Joachin, Deondre Harris, Kevin Wiggins, Trell Jones, Kavon Lewis, Jason Turner-Workman, Joseph Mackey, Cornai Orr, Ta’Darius Williams, Jeffrey Williams, Jalen Saintil, Untreal Martin Jr.

BANDIT DIVISION II: Champs: Parkland Rangers: Jonathan Hudson, Max Nemeth, Clayton Cannon II, Jonah Lenamon, Miles Heard, Rowan Hoffman, Ryan Spallina, Alando Taylor, Damien Dodson, Nikolas Stampone, Luke Ferlazzo, Isaiah Ahanota, Knox Smeltzer, Guy Spong, Diego Romero, Carson Silsby, Cole Silsby, Nicholas Hudson, Robert Heffner, Alexander Pavon, Bradly Haase, Ryan Larue, Branden Gilmore, Ethan Weiss, Nicolas Tobon, Omari Robinson, Preston Gerena, Nicholas Lemus, Jackson Harper.

Runners-up: Little River Saints: Anthony Barnes, Leroy James, Kimothy Massie, Victor Evans, Andre Wheeler, Carlton Bridges, Toddrese Sutton, William Destine, Aaron Kinley, Sadonnie Gay, Jacarri Hines, Uriah Jones, Ja’montay Parks, Damari Maxi, Sherman Jackson, Tavaris Taylor, Kendrick Washington, Jordan Wilcher, Avery Yarber, Joseph Christian, Michael Perrier, Renold Durosel.

PEE WEE DIVISION I: Champs: Florida City Razorbacks: Cedarius Watts, Jaiden Francois, Torey Morrison, Malchelzadek Mathews, Destin Jones, Arturo Dean, Tyler Ladaker, Willie Thomas, Makhi Jones, Alfred Coleman, Adrian Davis Jr., Dajohn West, Malek Harris, Christopher Bailey, Thurman Bell, Kendall Wyartt, Marques Hugue, Freyoun Williams, Akira Melvin, Lamar Kendall, Marquise Strong, David Thompson, Amaron Williams.

Runners-up: Gwen Cherry Bulls: Camron Grant Jr., Javon Ferguson, Jaheim Lawton, Stevie Mitts, Vamir Cadet, Deondre Dozier, Shamar Zaragoza, Curvontae Ducksworth, Mitchell Anderson, Da’Marcus Fleming, Wendol Philord, Roderick Calhoun, Terry Smith, Rhoody Jean-Louis, Justin Walden, Timothy Burns Jr., Elijah Abreu, Carlton Thomas, Trevante Allen, Naim McMillian, Tuquan Covington, Carl March Jr., Marquis Johnson, Moses Dirosier.

PEE WEE DIVISION II: Champs: Tamiami Colts: Marcus Fleming Jr., Ahmaris Harrell, Jermaine Witherspoon, Anthony Alvarez, Maykel Solis, Roscoe Parrish III, Bennie Rhaney Jr., Marlon Barnes, Cristian Herrera, Hector Cordero Jr., Manuel Del Valle III, Waquel Jones, Eduardo Sanchez Jr., Michael Raxach, Dominik Conde Gomez, Cy Mendez, Braydon Osceola, Jabari Ishmael, Julian Llerena.

Runners-up: Parkland Rangers: Sanaan Cuffy, Zachary Smith, Cameron Josemond, Jordan Beckermeister, Troy Stellato, Roman Parodie, Michael Palhegyi, William Gilroy, Mathew Hall, Michael Harper, Jake Johnson, Cayden Henning, Christopher McKenna, Corbin Shine, Caleb Henry, Mateo Zapata, Sullivan Fiore, Jude Lenamon, Jonathan OKeefe, Nicholas Temple, Jordan Newhouse, Tyler Novik, John Cedeno, Matthew Rassman, Kyle Taylor, Joshua Erched.

JUNIOR PEE WEE DIVISION I: Champs: Gwen Cherry Bulls: Navar Maine, Zackery Baldwin, Jalen Rogers, Zion Turner, Jaylin Bain, De’Andre Francis, Taverres Blackmon, Nyjae Garland, Marvin Daniels III, Xavier McElliott, Jerrod Cameron, Delvin Calhoun, Gabriel Myrthil Jr., Marvin Simms, Michael Sherill, Tavariz Williams, James Flagg, Terrell Burns, Andy Jean, Jabarr Miller Jr., Najeh Ewing, Joshua Lions, Garrison Streeter, Garrien Streeter, Alvin Wallace Jr., Rueben Bain, Benzion Sneed, Jaylin Simpson.

Runners-up: Liberty City Warriors: Robert McMinn Jr., Malik Rutherford, Rance Conner Jr., Yulkeith Brown, Malcolm Davis, Tyous Taylor Jr., Malik Allen, Ja’Mari Yearwood, Antonio McFadden, Timothy Brown, Steve Augustine, Michael Daniels, Ahmari Romer, Daverrick Jenkins, Herman Dorsett III, Trimamine Brown, Alijah Drummond, Santana Johnson, Robert Beneby, Amari Taylor, Lonnie Walden, De’Andre Ford, Tecorrance Carey, Andre Hart, Prince Michel, Anthony McClain, Jerome Camon, Raymond Bennett, Anthaurio Frederick, Kishavn Mintz, Claude Brown Jr.

JUNIOR PEE WEE DIVISION II: Champs: Tamiami Colts: Merrick O’Dell, Jose Magarin, Kristopher Dixon, Octavius Pender, Angel Rufino, Evan Castellanos, Kenden Aguilera, Joshua Cabrera, Daniel De La Vega, Zachary Acosta, Bobby Washington, Robby Washington, Emanuel Gibson, Eric Rangel, Lazaro Hernandez, Kevin Cordero, Leonard Smith, Diego Mendez, Eric Vega, Gabriel Villalon, Ethan Rebozo, Sonny Hill, Dunesky Gervera.

Runners-up: Parkland Rangers: Addison Hoffman, Samuel Rogers, Nathan Rogers, Vincent Pagano, Alex Brotten, Erik Cooper, Jacob Kadel, Jason Menchaca, Paxton Kafka, Von Smeltzer, Terrell Taylor, Jaden Teneyck, Aidan Flynn, Ian Marquez, Konnor Lehoux, Hugo Silsby, Dominic Reyes, Anthony Durante, Connor Kendrigan, Bryce Pagan, Ryan Anderson, Tommy Heffner, Ethan Plum, Thomas Talocka, Justin Larue, Michael Aneja.

JUNIOR MIDGET DIVISION I: Champs: Liberty City Warriors: Shemar Paul, Keythan Drayton, Jacquez Stuart, Malcolm Lumpkin, Rayquan Berry, Jarvis Brown Lee, Alvin Johnson, Johnquai Lewis, Eddie Williams, Karon Johnson, Kahlil Brantley, Vernon Kelson, Joseph Narcisse, Wilkhari Jones, Kentron Poitier, Javari Foster, Terance Newkirk, Travis Pittman, Jaylon Worsham, Tasheem Reese, Everald Reid Jr., Marty Moore, Giovanni Davis, Corey Holifield, Jarrisien Washington, Tyrone Allen, Malcolm Bowe Jr., Lamount Bentley, Johnny Reid, Larry Moss, Isaiah Wilson, Wati Huggins, Raheem Barry.

Runners-up: Richmond Giants: Cornelius Nunn, Demetrius Randolph, Trevon Scott, Isaiah Hall, Keshawn Washington, Henry Parrish, D’Andrae Thompson, Tyress Coney, Quinton Bryson, Amin Hassan, Jeffery Williams, Dedrick Lee Jr., Jaylen Jones, David Ealey III, Dwyane Robinson Jr., James Bivens, Quintavious Bryson, Jermaine Delancy, Vori Sutton, Cornelius Byron, Jimmie Evans IV, Leonard Taylor.

MIDGET DIVISION I: Palmetto Raiders: Christopher McDonald, Darius Brown, Courtney Reese, Kane Vandemark, Mark Pope, Darren Davis, Antwan Anderson, Kevin Dacosta, Diamate Howard, Tashederick Williams, Bryan Lima, Dyrone Grissom, Jordan Griffin, Isaiah Burgin, Joe Smith, Chester Lee, Quincy Barnes, Kenyatta Roberson, Christopher Wright, Elias Morales, Joseph Hardy, Arrington Veargis, Jacob Brown, Dorian Johnson, Lionel Long, Joshua Lovo-Morales, Ravon Flowers, Nicholas Cortes, Kenneth Kolodziejczak, Kewanaqui Smith, Tyrese Knox, Charles Philias, Joshua Torres, Kirk Williams, Garfield Nelson.

Runners-up: Overtown Tornadoes: Rishard Dames, Richard Hallman, Jedadiah Scatliffe, Tyquan Thornton, Richard Dames, Allen Petitfrere, Jalon Rowe, Quavon Beckford, Free Mighty, Dalton McKenzie, Tavaris Phillips, Dennis Pollard, Lewis Sparks, Davonte Gibbs, Devonquis Sands, Fred Allen, Cedrick Walker, Tadarrian Jones, Nigel Bethel, Eric Watson, Jovon Kemp, Ralph Benjamin, Antwon Wiberly, Horace Bulter III, Johnathan Wooden, Man’tareus Brown, Gregory Reddick, Cyril Jones.

MITEY MITE DIVISION I: Champs: Overtown Tornadoes: Jazzmen Gatlin, Antwan Smith, Jaylen West, Xavier Irvin, Andrew Johnson, Jamorie Flagg, Furman Livingston Jr., Daniel Harris, Cordell Roberts, Willie Weatherspoon, Nazir Ward, Ladarrius Finnie, Rae’Quan Cannon, Donnie Gaitor, Marquise Curry, Damon Tims, Lamar Jones, Zachary Lane-Izquierdo, Richard Quinn Jr., Marlon Eason, Fabian Scott, Keon Lewis, Thaddeus Ambrose, Joe Frazier Jr., Omarion Larry, Khaled Philidor, Adrian Posse.

Runners-up: Florida City Razorbacks: Javon Robinson, Michael Griffin, Mister Dean, Adrian Loatman, Da’Von Johnson, Dion Brockington, Tyzerrious Jackson, Jontavious Kellam, D’Marion Ivey, Dwayne Butler, Marques Desir, Tamarion Kendrick, Markwon Strong, Kenneth Collier, Jayden Sanders, Zahkan Francis, Alfredo Caldero, Charles Slaton, Justin Moon, Paul Wright.

MITEY MITE DIVISION II: Champs: Miami Youth Hurricanes: Keon Adderly, Dwight Bellamy, Raheim Dubreus, Ricles Dubreus, Jaquentin Ford, Raymundo Garcia, Roosevelt Hadley, Jarvis Hill, Jamari Howard, Zion Hubbert, Taverance Jackson, Kyrell Logan, Damien Maturell, Dyrique Mendoza, Jaylen Philistin, Justin Rodriguez, Keyshawn Rodriguez, Pharoah Ruffin, Everett Scott Jr., Donovan Siggers, Tony Taylor III, Alix Ulysse, Isaiah Walker, Nathan Washington, Davonte Wilks, Naetron Williams.

Runners-up: Little River Saints: Damien Durand, Julius Pascal, Kal-El Pascal, Michael Exantus, Malik Moffett, Berlin Campfort, Javari McNeal, Donnell Collier, Demetrius Johnson, Jaydin Williams, Cornelius Toombs, James McMillan, Khari Rodriguez, Messiah Lopez, Mitchel Exantus, Jarvin Wilson Jr., Ghiashnitz Lambert, Toddrique Sutton, Joseph Johnson, Udonis Rutledge, Devane Taylor, Demarco Payton, Jermain Esty, Cataurus Hicks.

JUNIOR BANDIT DIVISION I: Champs: Gwen Cherry Bulls: Shawn Smith, Xavier Flanders, Tremaine Perriman, J’Vari Flowers, Dominick Rogers Jr., Tavarus Jones, Nylan Maine, Ezekiel Marcelin, Twan Glover, Joseph Nicsaint Jr., Anthony Henderson, Isaiah Mercado, Sekou Smith, Nakiel Jackson Jr., Kevin Walden Jr., Maliq Robertson, Wontae Jones, Moyse Durosier Jr., Antron Jackson, Lewon Lurry Jr., Mekhi Bradley, Jeffrey Fye Jr., Thaddrick Milbry, Keyshawn Stevenson, Meki Collier, Daniel Blackman, Jukari Blackshere.

Runners-up: Palmetto Raiders: James Orange, Cameron Sapp, Darriel Harper, Kenneth Williams, Ronald Towns, J’Vonn Toney, Kemari Morrison, Corey Pruitt, Antonio Siplin, Rodger McGhee, Wilson Smith, Myles Watson, Terrance Nesmith, Patrick Lawrence, Kavion Latimore, Loviel Williams, Bernard Price, Marlon Williams, Davaughn Russell, Julian Hernandez, James Richardson, Francisco Aponte, Loutravious Brown, Jayson Farfan.

JUNIOR BANDIT DIVISION II: Champs: Little River Saints: Joshua Moore, Martaevius Tucker, Lerone Yaber, Erik McCall Jr., Jamarion Gilbert, Elroy James, Maurice Stewart, Rodarion Tellez, Joseph Couamin, Kenneth Spigner, Carlos Wilson Jr., De’Andre McNeal, Maurice Jones, Chad Smith, Alee Destine, Ashanti Roundtree, Larod Symonette, Isberise Aristide, Jermaya Bradley, Jerald Carter, Nathan Rivas, Lionel Guerra, Patrick Tyson, Malik Harp, Eric Alexander, Sydney Plummer, Deangelo Jenkins.

Runners-up: Little Haiti Patriots: Steve Beranger, Ikomelchezedech Berry, Kermell Bryant, Keyun Bryant, Yvel Carrie, Habaram Dorval, Isaiah Dorval, Cornell Jean-Pierre, Stanley Johnson, Zion Laguerre, William Marc, Jordan Memnon, Thelemy Mervil, Jordan Norteus, Hector Paul, Walney Resemond, Sy Sejour, Leon Strawder, Demetrius Tanelus, Jeremy Thelusme, Lionel Valcourt, Jaywin William, Larry Williams Jr., Anthony Milhomme Jr.

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FBU Championships

8th Grade

Broward County defeated Utah 35-24 in the 8th Grade Football University National Championship Game at Naples High School. The local team featured players from Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

With the win, Broward County earns the title of 2014 8th Grade FBU National Champions. The game, televised by NBC Sports Network, proved worthy of the national audience.

The high-energy event started with a turnover when Utah QB Cooper Legas fumbled near his own 40-yard line on the first play from scrimmage, and Broward County took over. The hometown squad immediately drove the field, and QB Nik Scalzo connected with WR Christopher Benestad for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Billy McConnell kicked the extra point, and Broward led 7-0.

Utah bounced back quickly with a 47-yard pass, setting up WR Dane Christiansen’s 20-yard touchdown catch from Legas, followed by a 2-point conversion run by DB Chuck Alatini. Broward responded when RB James Cook sprinted 43 yards off a short pass by Legas, giving the Florida team the lead 15-8 after a 2-point conversion.

Entering the second quarter, Utah drove to the 1-yard line, but Broward got the ball back on a goal-line stand. Utah regained possession, drove the field and RB Jacob Shaver bolted up the middle for a 10-yard touchdown, taking the lead 16-15 with a 2-point conversion at the half.

Broward’s Cook raced 17 yards for a touchdown to start the third quarter, putting them back on top 21-16. A resilient Utah team marched the field to regain the lead on a 2-yard quarterback plunge by Legas, and after a two-point conversion, Utah was ahead 24-21 at the end of the third quarter.

RB Nayquan Wright raced 74 yards on the right sideline in the fourth quarter and after another successful McConnell kick, Broward was on top 28-24. Wright, who had 94 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries, sealed the win with an 11-yard touchdown run, earning him the Most Valuable Player Award.

Champion Broward: Rodney Adderly, Jordan Battle, Christopher Benestad, Mason Bonawitz, Daniel Carter, James Cook, Billy Duchaj, Lorenzo Floyd, Mark Fontana, John Holden, Braylen Ingraham, Lance Johnson, Billy McConnell, JP Panchookian, Jake Pope, Nik Scalzo, Niko Scheesley, Tyler Scott, Anthony Solomon, Kyle Walters, Jonathan Weaver, Naquan Wright, Jaxon Zelch. Head Coach Jerry Scalzo.

6th Grade

Houston defeated Broward County 36-20 in the 6th Grade Football University National Championship Game at Naples High School. The local team featured players from Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Casey Shorter (Katy, Texas) plunged one yard for a touchdown, after the team drove steadily through the field for a 6-0 advantage in the first quarter.

Midway through the second quarter, Broward pulled a role reversal on fourth down when QB Nicholas Vattiato (Cooper City) caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from RB Vinson Davis (Miramar). The scoring continued as Davis connected with OL Laurence Seymore (Miami) alone in the end zone for a 2-pointer and an 8-6 Broward lead.

With two minutes left in the second quarter, Houston QB Jalen Milroe, (Katy, Texas) completed a 40-yard pass to Bennett Hanks (Katy, Texas), paving the way for 12-8 lead after Shorter scored on a run. Broward struck back as Davis caught a long pass on the left sideline from Vattiato, who then followed with a pass to Jaden McBurrows (Hollywood) at the 2-yard line. Vattiato tossed a touchdown pass to Keyshawn Brown (Hollywood), and Broward had a 14-12 lead at the half.

At the start of the second half, Broward recovered a Houston fumble on the kickoff. A touchdown reception by McBurrows increased the lead to eight, 20-12. Houston regrouped as Hayden Connor had a touchdown and two-point conversion, putting the two all-stars teams equal at 20.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Shorter ran 45 yards for a touchdown, and Connor completed a two-point conversion for a 28-20 Houston lead. Jackson Edge (Fulshear, Texas) intercepted a pass, and Connor scored a few downs later. Shorter’s two-point conversion sealed the win for Houston.

In a semifinal, Broward County beat Indiana 26-12.

After a scoreless first quarter at Fleischmann Park, Indiana scored on a 10-yard touchdown run by Cameron Keys, but Broward quickly countered on a 45-yard scamper by Katravis Geter (Miami) to tie the game at six.

Trailing 12-6 with three minutes left in the first half, Broward scored on a spectacular 32-yard pass-and-catch from Quarterback Nicholas Vattiato (Cooper City) to Vinson Davis (Miramar), followed by a 2-point conversion pass from Vattiato to Jamari Geffrard (Sunrise), making the score 14-12 at halftime.

Two minutes into the third quarter, Vattiato scored on a 2-yard quarterback keeper to increase the Broward lead 20-12. Late in the quarter, Indiana drove into the Red Zone, but Broward’s Jaden McBurrows (Hollywood) intercepted a pass to thwart the drive and did a good job with a long return. That set up Vattiato’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Davis for Broward’s final score. Broward’s defense later stopped Indiana deep in the Red Zone to end the game.

Runner-up Broward: Dawson Alters, Miami; Ahmari Avin, Pembroke Pines; Rolax Brinshon, Lauderhill; Demond Brown, Miami; Keyshawn Brown, Hollywood; Rohan Brown, Sunrise; Michael Califano, Plantation; Vinson Davis, Miramar; Sa’Mauire Dukes, Miami; Amari Edgehill, Miramar; Robert Floyd Jr., Fort Lauderdale; Jamari Geffrard, Sunrise; Katravis Geter, Miami; Kyle Herrera, Davie; Jacquez Holloway, Miami Gardens; Jairus Johnson, Miami Gardens; Donovan Jones, Miami; Terrance Lewis, Opa-Locka; Earl Little, Plantation; Jaden McBurrows, Hollywood; A’Mabri McCray, Miami; Cameron McDuffy, Cooper City; Michael Brody Palhegyi, Plantation; Justin Payoute, Miami Gardens; David Richardson, Tamarac; Micah Rolle, Miramar; Laurence Seymore Miami; Khaheim Simon, Fort Lauderdale; Khaheim Simon, Fort Lauderdale; Nicholas Vattiato, Cooper City; James Williams, Miami. Head Coach Chris McGonigal.

7th Grade

North Texas defeated Broward County 22-12 in the 7th Grade Football University National Championship Game at Naples High School. The local team featured players from Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

Trailing 16-0, Chavon Wright (Miami Gardens) ran 23 yards for a touchdown to trim the deficit to 10 just before halftime. Behind 22-6 late in the game, Deidrick Stanley (Miami Gardens) scored on a 7-yard run, but North Texas held on to record its second consecutive national championship.

In a semifinal, Broward County beat Maryland 28-22.

Broward County took the lead in the first quarter as QB Edwin Rhodes (Miami Gardens) threw a touchdown pass, and Daniel Panchookian (Davie) kicked the extra point.

Trailing 22-7, Broward rallied in the second half. Jordan Cash (Miami Gardens) scored on a 90-yard run late in the third quarter. Willie Floyd (Miami) added a 30-yard touchdown run through the middle in the fourth quarter to put the Florida team within two points, after Pachookian’s extra point.

With four minutes left in the game, the Cash brothers, Jordan and Tywan (Miami Gardens), stole the show, rushing for a combined 80 yards. Tywan capped the winning drive by scoring the winner. On the conversion, Rhodes completed a 2-point pass to The’Andris Freeman (Fort Lauderdale).

Runner-up Broward: Tre’Von Allen, Miami Gardens; Brian Brewton, Miramar; Charles Bryant Jr., Boynton Beach; Jordan Cash, Miami Gardens; Tywan Cash, Miami Gardens; Jaylin Collins, Fort Lauderdale; Jordan Cumberbatch, Miramar; Travis Dixon Jr., Hollywood; Coriyaan Dunbar, Miami Gardens; Douglas Emilien, Lauderhill; Jovan Ferguson, Miami; Diego Fernandez, Davie; Willie Floyd, Miami; The’Andris Freeman, Fort Lauderdale; Jaden Gary, Miami Gardens; Andrew Henley, Miami Gardens; Quincy Hipps Jr., Fort Lauderdale; Jemel Horenstein, Miramar; Hernedy Janvier, Miami; Anthony Johnson, Miami Gardens; Thaiu Jones-Bell, Hollywood; Jethro Joseph, Hialeah; Joseph Kirner, Davie; Blake Blocktrien Moreland, Fort Lauderdale; Tyrique Owens, Hollywood; Daniel Panchookian, Davie; Xavier Restrepo, Coconut Creek; Edwin Rhodes, Miami Gardens; Cody Smothers, Pembroke Pines; Deidrick Stanley, Miami Gardens; Brandy Thompson, Boynton Beach; Bobby Washington, Miami Gardens; Marcel Williams, Miami Gardens; Chavon Wright, Miami Gardens. Head Coach Toro Wallace.

FBU Weekend

The FBU National Championship weekend kicked off at Fleischman Park in Naples. During the first two weekends of December, 192-region-based teams (64-teams in each age bracket (6th, 7th, 8th grade) each comprised of the top 30 all-star athletes from their area, played in four rounds of intense football games across the nation.

Of those 192 teams, the final four teams in each age bracket have earned the trip to Naples to compete for the 2014 FBU National Championship. The structure of the Football University National Championship is a combination of the Little League World Series and the NCAA March Madness.

This year’s tournament marks the fourth year of the biggest youth football event to date, with 192 teams nationwide, including more than 250 games, 6,000 athletes, and 1,200 coaches. The tournament will showcase 250 games through a three-week period, resulting in more than 1,000 hours of play.

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Westwood Christian basketball

Senior Eugene Joseph of the Westwood Christian High School boys’ basketball team was named Tournament MVP in the Christmas in the Kennel Tournament at Berean Christian School in West Palm Beach.

Joseph scored 33 points with 15 rebounds in leading his team to victory in the finals.

Sophomore Matthew Mejias made the All-Tournament Team. Mejias, who played well throughout, sank four 3-pointers in the championship game.

In a 3-point shooting contest during the tournament, teammate Angel Padron finished first by connecting on 20 3-pointers.

Barry basketball

Barry University’s Yunio Barrueta (Hialeah Gardens High School) was named the Sunshine State Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week.

“Especially after a big win, it feels good,” said Barrueta, a 6-foot-6 junior foward. "With our team coming on and me personally performing, it's a great feeling. But more importantly, getting that win against the No. 1 team in the country was the best part of it.”

Barrueta scored 26 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had one block in the No.10 Buccaneers' 107-102 win at No.1 Florida Southern. It was his second straight double-double, and his fourth this season.

"I'm trying to stay consistent,” said Barrueta, who leads the Bucs in scoring (18.5) and rebounding (8.4). “In that one week break, I was trying not to lose it. Consistency is what it is.”

This marks the first SSC Player of the Week award for Barrueta, last year's league Newcomer of the Year and First-Team All-Conference selection.

Archbishop Curley cross-country

In her four years as a member of the girls’ varsity cross-country team at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep, Rhian Romanik has been the team's leader and one of the region's premier runners.

During her high school career, despite missing half of her sophomore season because of injury, Rhian finished first 13 times, qualified as an individual to regionals three times and to the state championships twice (junior and senior years). She won ribbons and medals in 12 major invitational races in South Florida.

In addition, she has recorded the second fastest girls’ 5K time in school history, and at the state meet this season she set a school total distance record for a four year cross-country career. Through her seasons on the varsity team, Rhian covered 1,551.9 miles, more than any other runner - male or female - in the history of Archbishop Curley Notre Dame cross-country.

More events, leagues, programs

NFL Football Matters

The National Football Foundation announced the launch of FootballMatters.org, a powerful new addition to the organization’s campaign to highlight the good in the game and the lifelong benefits to those who play it.

“Football makes a positive impact on so many levels, and we realized that we needed a centralized resource for capturing and subsequently promoting all the great football stories out there,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “FootballMatters.org provides us a potent platform for addressing that void and delivering compelling content directly to audiences who can help us amplify our messages about the value of football in producing leaders and creating educational opportunities.”

NFF Chairman Archie Manning added: “It’s just gratifying to be part of something that does so much good for our young people. The stories are out there, including the thousands of young kids who could not have gone to college but got some aid because of football, and their lives have been changed for the better. FootballMatters.org will enable us to directly capture those stories and inspire the next generation to further their educations.”

The NFF has linked with Arkleus Broadcasting, a Dallas-based full-service media company, to create the platform, which also encompasses a strong social media component to gain traction for the campaign.

“Arkleus is honored and thrilled to be chosen by such a prestigious American institution as the NFF to build and market an exciting new sports media property,” said Arkleus Broadcasting President Joe Shults. “We are passionately committed to helping the NFF in every way to protect, enhance, and ensure the future of football for generations to come.”

The site focuses on stories, videos, and franchises highlighting the very best in high school and college football, such as: Football Moms, Special Teams, Hook & Corporate Ladder, Man-to-Man, the Quote of the Day and many more. The site will also be the home to exclusive profiles of Campbell Trophy finalists, Leadership Award Winners, Courage Award Winners and all the honors associated with the NFF.

“We are really excited about the Football Matters initiative,” said Hatchell. “I want to thank everybody at Arkleus for their passion for the project. They have done a marvelous job of getting it up and running in a short amount of time, and we have already received great feedback.”

The site focuses on the stories that evoke the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal, character building and the drive for academic excellence that exemplifies many of the young men who play football and the families who support them.

You can learn more about the site and watch a video featuring NFF Chairman Archie Manning and NFF Board Members Jack Ford, Archie Griffin, Kevin Plank and Rod West by clicking here.

Visit www.footballfoundation.org.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NFFNetwork

Twitter https://twitter.com/NFFNetwork

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/NFFOnDemand

Heads Up

Former tight end Troy Drayton played nine seasons in the NFL, including 1996-99 with the Miami Dolphins, and he is the Dolphins’ youth program coordinator.

Drayton added a new title to his résumé — NAmbassador for Heads Up Football.

The Nand USA Football jointly announced the national launch of Heads Up Football, a youth football program aimed at making football better and safer for all who play it. The program is being supported with a $1.5 million grant from the NFoundation.

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: The use of the Heads Up Tackling model; coaching certification; Player Safety Coaches; concussion education; and proper equipment-fitting.

The program was launched in three test markets last year. This year, it expanded to more than 600 youth leagues in 50 states. Of these leagues, 100 were assigned a former Nplayer mentor. Drayton served as a mentor to a local Heads Up League — the Tamiami Colts of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.

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 www.floridachristian.org.

ThunderPlex

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 www.jointhunder.com ; contact@jointhunder.com or call 786-505-5585.

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

Thunder basketball

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

The 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.

For information visit www.jointhunder.com

Registration is open.

Email 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 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 Tamiamibasketball@gmail.com or call 305 -273-1145.

Tennis

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.

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.

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 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 tours@marlins.com. 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 www.hofball.net 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.

Visit www.miamirugbykids.com.

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.

For more information or to register, visit www.miamisoccer5.com.

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.

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. 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 admanUSA@aol.com or call Brucio 786-629-5428. The American Amateur Jai-Alai Academy is a not-for-profit organization.

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).

Submit athlete or team news to Sports Scene

Sports Scene spotlights news and notes from youth sports and adult league activities with the aim to feature game notes and the accomplishments of athletes from Miami-Dade County.

We rely on league directors and coaches, as well as community members, parents and schools to submit information. We accept photos but ask that everyone pictured be identified with a first and last name and the name of the team or park they represent.

All sports are welcome as long as the team, individual or league is Miami-based.

Email sportsscene@miamiherald.com.

Visit http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/youth-sports

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