Youth Sports

Firsts for Highland Oaks Middle School cross-country, Palmer Trinity School golf

For the first time in Highland Oaks Middle School history, the school has a county champion in cross-country. The Panthers JV girls won the Miami-Dade County Middle School Championship at Penny and Larry Thompson Park. The record setting champs are Team Captain Vashti Claybrook, Anissa Lespinase-Casimir, Destiny Desrivieres, Shannon Laguerre, Kayla Yuengling, Jamie Galo, Giuliana Moreno and Coach Matt Tomlinson.
For the first time in Highland Oaks Middle School history, the school has a county champion in cross-country. The Panthers JV girls won the Miami-Dade County Middle School Championship at Penny and Larry Thompson Park. The record setting champs are Team Captain Vashti Claybrook, Anissa Lespinase-Casimir, Destiny Desrivieres, Shannon Laguerre, Kayla Yuengling, Jamie Galo, Giuliana Moreno and Coach Matt Tomlinson.

For the first time in Highland Oaks Middle School history, the school has a county champion in cross-country.

The Panthers JV girls bested nine other teams to win the Miami-Dade County Middle School Championship at Penny and Larry Thompson Park.

Anissa Lespinase-Casimir topped 115 runners on the 2.1-mile course in 15 minutes 19 seconds to win the individual county championship. Team Captain Vashti Claybrook (15:36) was the runner-up to help lead the charge.

Destiny Desrivieres (16:28) was sixth. Kayla Yuengling (17:51) placed 23rd. Shannon Laguerre (18:52) was 37th, followed closely by Jamie Galo (18:55) at 38th. Giuliana Moreno (19:18) finished 43rd.

In varsity, Highland Oaks girls earning personal best times were Alyssa Acosta (19:24) and Kelly O'Connor (21:54). Brianna Easy (20:51) and Sophie Rier (22:55) ran for the varsity team as well.

Highland Oaks’ Markus Bermudez (15:01) finished 29th of 170 runners in the JV boys’ race. Also running strong were Jason Pifferrer (16:29) in 50th and Roger Henriquez in 58th with a personal best 16:45. Jaharee Hall (19:07), Kevin Castor (19:15), Jaden Foy (19:24) and Xavier Cherisma (24:44) competed, too.

Kevin Cam starred for the Panthers varsity boys, placing 72nd of 172 in a personal best 15:44. Francesco Rignanese also ran for the varsity, finishing in 22:09.

Palmer Trinity golf

The Palmer Trinity School boys’ varsity golf team became the first golf team in school history to win a district title.

Led by senior captain Jackson Fox, the Falcons won the District 24-1A Tournament at the Biltmore Golf Club in Coral Gables. Fox posted birdies on three of the final four holes to earn his second consecutive individual district championship with a school record round (1-under par 70).

Junior Jack Fumagalli did a good job, too, placing third at 3-over 74. Senior Daniel Abdelnour had a solid tournament with an 83. Junior Cooper Devine, playing his first district tournament, followed closely at 84 to round out the scoring. They totaled 311, a school record. Junior Mike Gravier battled through illness to shoot an 85.

Palmer Trinity ended its season placing sixth at the Region 8-1A Tournament on the Oaks Course at Palm Aire Country Club in Pompano Beach.

About Palmer Trinity School

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

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

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Carrollton golf

The Carrollton School girls’ varsity golf team ended its 2014 season finishing 12 of 16 teams at the FHSAA Girls’ Class 1A State Tournament at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills in Central Florida.

Of 94 competitors, Tanya Eathakotti tied for 22nd. Gaby Delgado was 63rd, and Charlotte Stott placed 70th. Andy Delgado was 75th, and Irene Labarta improved her second day score by 27 strokes on the hilly terrain.

State scores: T22: Tanya Eathakotti 78-79--157. 63. Gaby Delgado 95-93--188. 70. Charlotte Stott 98-101--199. 75. Andy Delgado 108-110--218. 93. Irene Labarta 162-135--297.

SFPGA golf

Doral’s Leopoldo Herrera III was third in boys’ 11-12 during the SFPGA Junior Challenge Tour event No.13 at Fountains Country Club in Lake Worth.

Herrera shot 13-over 155 (75-90).

Cole Castro of Homestead placed third in boys’ 13-18 at 155 (80-75). Miami’s Phoebe Beber-Frankel finished third in girls’ 13-18 at 165 (87-78).

Visit www.sfpgajuniorgolf.com.

Nautilus swimming

The Nautilus Middle School girls’ swim team was third of 11 girls’ teams and the boys’ team fifth of 11 boys’ teams at Tamiami Pool.

Oriana Reta, Stephanie Deybach, Juliet Pizano and Chloe Gonzalez teamed for third in the girls’ 200 medley relay. Alexander Deybach led the boys’ team by winning the 50-yard butterfly.

The Sharks girls are Kimberly Castro, Stephanie Deybach, Luciana Di Donna, Krystal Gandolfo, Camila Gomez, Chloe Gonzalez, Nathalie Mesones, Juliet Pizano, Oriana Reta, Chloe Tavares and Kassandra Vega.

The boys’ team had just five members. They are Alexander Deybach, Mathieu Bujosa, Guillermo Deza, Jaime Hernandez and Sebastian Henao. The coach is Eric Marshall.

Cushman basketball

The Cushman Middle School boys’ basketball team won the Monsignor Pace Middle School Basketball Tournament.

The Cougars opened the tournament by beating Moore 43-16. In the second game, Cushman defeated the defending champion St. Rose of Lima 38-16. In the semifinal, the Cougars beat Blessed Trinity 44-5. In the final, Cushman defeated St. Mary's 38-26.

The champs are Winston Stevens, Zaire Wade, Hugo Verea, Dahveon Morris, Jace Budin, Michael Bradley, Alex Zapata, Anthony Barrios, Noah Milon, Patrick Coglianese, and Stefano Sbert. The coaches are Kodhamus Llong Bey, Mike Bradley and Rodney Cunningham.

Miami Country Day sports

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Gabriella Marchesani (swimming) finished sixth at districts in the 100 breaststroke and sixth in the 100 butterfly.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Zach Charalambides (swimming) placed sixth for the Spartans in the 500 freestyle at districts.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Brooke Pumo (volleyball) helped lead the Spartans to their 10th district championship in 11 years by recording 10 kills, four digs and two blocks against Sagemont School.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Alessandro Marchesani (swimming) was second at districts in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 breaststroke.

Palmer Trinity sports

Palmer Trinity School Athletes of the Week: Sophomore Christopher Montoya-Redlich, the keeper for the junior varsity boys’ soccer team, secured the shutout in the season opening win verses Somerset Academy.

Senior Claudio Wingartz of the varsity boys’ soccer team scored twice to help the Falcons defeat Miami Community Charter School 4-1 in their season opening victory.

Marina Velis, a sixth grader, led the middle school girls’ varsity soccer team with three goals in an 8-0 win over Cushman School.

South Miami soccer

South Miami United FC, playing in the boys’ U8 Future Stars division, went undefeated against some of South Florida’s toughest competition at the West Pines Kick-Off Classic.

South Miami United defeated Miami Shores 2-0 in a very exciting final. They also recorded a shutout in the semifinal.

Then South Miami United won the Miami-Dade Early Season Tournament, consisting of Miami-Dade County’s fiercest teams with representatives from all the local clubs. They defeated Miami Strike Force 7-2 in the semifinal and edged previously unbeaten Doral SC 4-3 in an intense championship match.

South Miami United features 7-8-year-olds, playing mostly against older competition. They are Sky Carrizo, Gabriel Carrizo, Tristan Petillon, Gabriel Mejia, CJ Diez-Arguelles, Lucas Avino, Robert Omeara, Tomas Calonge, Stefan Correa, Edward Anthony Cuevas, and Matias Giorgio.

The coaches are Robert Masseri and Eloy Carrizo. The assistant coaches are Carlos Diez-Arguelles and Ben Petillon.

Visit www.smufc.net.

Michael-Ann Russell soccer

The Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center Soccer Program, powered by FBS, has 18 travel teams along with countless number of other recreational and developmental programs.

The FBS program is the gold standard of soccer programs.

The U8 Development won its first game of the season 4-3 with Moi Szapiro recording a hat trick

For information about the MAR-JCC/ FBS program, based in North Miami Beach, contact Francis Faberoff at 305-932-4200, ext. 227.

Central football

The 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour visited Miami Central High School to select defensive back Calvin Brewton to the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Five U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour teams are traveling a combined 30,000 miles across the country from late September to mid-December to announce all 90 players and 125 marching band members invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

By becoming an U.S. Army All-American, Brewton joins an elite group. Players are chosen not only because they excel on the football field, but because they possess the strengths similar to our Army soldiers of mental, emotional and physical toughness.

www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com

www.goarmy.com/events/aab

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NYC Marathon

Miami’s Bryan Sharkey was 73rd overall, second for Florida runners, during the New York City Marathon. He completed 26.2 miles in 2 hours 36 minutes 55 seconds.

Sharkey, 27, is a 2005 Gulliver Prep graduate who also competed for the Princeton University track & field team.

More events, leagues, programs

Michael-Ann Russell field hockey

Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center Field Hockey, powered by Aventura Field Hockey, is a youth development program, based in North Miami Beach, that brings the sport to thousands of children in South Florida, promoting a team-oriented environment and emphasizing fun physical activity.

Kids have the opportunity to play, have fun, improve communication skills, make friends, and receive college field hockey scholarship opportunities.

The program coincides with USA Field Hockey’s long-term strategic plan and commitment to enhance sport development by increasing playing opportunities for boys and girls, age 5-19. The program will emphasize fun and will involve friendly competitions against local clubs.

Call 305-932-4200, ext. 124.

Visit www.marjcc.org

Kendall Hammocks baseball

The Kendall Hammocks Optimist Baseball program announces the registrations dates and times for the Spring season.

For registration, a copy of the birth certificate is required for new players and is for age verification only

Space will be limited in divisions 6U Coach Pitch, 8U Coach Pitch, 10U, 12U, 14U.

Register (in person) 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 15, 22, 29 at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave., 33186.

Fee: $190 with uniforms and $160 without uniforms.

Opening Day is Jan. 10.

For added information email khobaseball@aol.com or visit www.khobaseball.org

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

ZooMiami 5K

Zoo Miami will host a 5K race. The Zoological Society of Florida and West Kendall Baptist Hospital have partnered to offer two fun, wild events on Nov. 16.

Unlike other 5Ks and walks at the zoo, this event will offer benefits that only the team at the zoo can offer, running through the Zoo Miami exhibit path and bringing back memories of the renowned Jungle Jog run that started 31 years ago and ended in 2002.

The Tommy Hilfiger ZooRun5K, which sold out in its inaugural year, is for folks of every speed – from cheetah to tortoise – so no matter your pace, come out for fun and exercise. This 3.1-mile timed race is walker-friendly and will occur around the entire zoo.

The Kidz Medical Services ZooKidsDash is a race for kids, age 2-9. This race will include a range of distances from 100 to 525 meters and opportunities to interact with Gigi, Kaz and Pio – the popular Zoo Squad mascots.

“We are pleased to team up with West Kendall Baptist Hospital again to bring back the excitement of 5K running at the zoo,” said Ron Magill, Zoo Miami Communications and Media Relations Director. “With 2,000 race registrants already, we know that children and families want to be at Zoo Miami to experience this amazing park. Come take a walk [or run] on the wild side.”

Michelle Mejia, AVP at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, added: “West Kendall Baptist Hospital is thrilled to partner with Zoo Miami in hosting this 5K race. This event is an extension of our three year partnership focused on the health of our environment and our community. With the Healthy Zoo, Healthy You initiative, part of the Healthy West Kendall coalition, we hope to inspire our community to make healthy living a priority. What better way than to get outdoors and run with the animals.”

The Tommy Hilfiger ZooRun5K fee is $35. Registration fees will increase to $45 on race day. The Kidz Medical Services ZooKidsDash sale price of $10 is valid through Nov. 15 and increases to $17 on the day of the race.

An additional processing fee will be added per transaction. The first 4,000 5K and 1,000 Kids Dash registrants will receive free admission to Zoo Miami, a premium T-shirt, themed finisher medal, post race food and a race unlike any in South Florida. As if all of this weren’t enough, race registrants can purchase Zoo Miami tickets for friends and family with a 50 percent discount on race day.

To register, visit http://zoomiami.org/run.

Zoo Miami is at 12400 SW 152 St., Miami, 33177. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (3-12), plus tax. Children under two and zoo members enter free; parking is free. Zoo Miami’s hours are 9:30 am -5:30 pm; ticket booths close at 4 p.m.

For information, visit www.zoomiami.org or call 305-251-0400.

Jump rope

In an effort to expose athletes, parents, families and friends to the world of competitive jump rope, Hurricane Jumpers will host a Fun Mini Tournament, Skills Workshop & Judges Clinic on Nov. 15 at St. Rose of Lima School, 415 NE 105th St., Miami Shores, 33138.

The day includes fun, inspiring events to traditional events for novice to experienced skilled athletes, kids through adults.

Registration fee is $5 per event per athlete or $25 all day.

Check in 8-8:45 a.m. Tournament is 9 a.m.–noon. Workshop 1-4 p.m. Judges Clinic Noon-6 p.m.

Awards for Top 5 in each age division in each event.

No supervision for athletes/children after 4 p.m. Make appropriate arrangements.

Email moody@hurricanejumpers.com. Call 305-608-5644. Visit www.hurricanejumpers.org.

Senior Games

Amateur athletes, age 50 and older, can register for the 2014 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships which are Dec. 6-14 in Lee County and Cape Coral.

Visit https://events.clearthunder.com/FSG2014 to register.

The event is a qualifier for the 2015 National Senior Games in Minneapolis/St. Paul/Bloomington, Minn. in the summer 2015.

Entry fees begin at $11 per event and vary by sport. Sports with multiple events carry additional charges per event. Team sports have a team entry fee. The deadline for online registration is Nov. 21.

The state championships feature 24 sports and events over nine days of competition. Some sports and events require a qualifying performance at a local Senior Games to participate at the state championships. Those sports include; 3-on-3 basketball, basketball shooting, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, tennis and track & field.

Sports that are open to all athletes without a qualifying performance at a local Senior Games include archery, bag toss, billiards, bocce, croquet, fencing, powerlifting, power walk, race walk, racquetball, road race (5K and 10K) and volleyball.

For information about the 2014 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships, visit

www.flasports.com or call toll-free 1-866-FLGAMES (354-2637).

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.

Football

The FBU National Championship kicks off Dec. 6 at 16 venues across America, with the winners advancing to round 2 on Dec. 7.

The structure of the Football University National Championship is a combination of the Little League World Series and the NCAA March Madness. The single-elimination tournament, features 192-region-based teams (64-teams in each age bracket – 6th, 7th and 8th grade) comprised of the top 30 all-star athletes from their area who had to try out to earn a roster spot.

The first four rounds will occur at regional sites, with the semifinals and championship weekend Dec. 20-21 in Naples for the final four teams in each age bracket.

Miami-Dade County youth athletes have been given the extraordinary honor of participating in the tournament beginning Dec. 6. Sixth graders, seventh graders, and eighth graders were selected to play for the FBU Miami-Dade County Team in each of their grade levels. Each team, comprised of top football players from through the county, will be competing in full contact football games with the ultimate goal of advancing to the championship in Naples.

The Miami-Dade County team, led by State Director Damian Sosa, will begin the tournament on Dec. 6 in West Palm Beach.

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.

Visit www.fbunc.com

Football

The fifth annual National Bowl, featuring some of the best FCS (NCAA Division I-AA) players in the country, is Dec 5-7 at Florida International University at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium in Miami.

Representatives from 10 Nteams attended in 2013, and NFilms distributed game film to teams. Fifteen players in the past two years participated in Ncamps, seven in 2013.

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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.

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.

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Be honored at Miami Heat game

The Miami Herald and the three-time world champion Miami Heat in partnership with Gatorade are sponsoring the Academic/Sportsmanship Team Player spotlight in Sunday’s youth sports pages in the Neighbors Sunday print section of the Miami Herald and online at http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/youth-sports/.

Youth league coaches, team reps, school coaches, administrators, teachers or family members can nominate any South Florida recreational, travel league, elementary school, middle school or junior varsity basketball player from fall, winter, spring or summer seasons who displays sportsmanship and good grades or shows improvement in the classroom.

Include school, grade level and grades or interim report. Each selected academic team player will receive a certificate of achievement, a Heat gift pack, two Heat tickets and will be recognized on the court. Plan accordingly as there are three designated ceremony dates during the regular season, and no make-up dates.

To nominate a Team Player, e-mail (Jim) jvarsallone@miamiherald.com or call 954-538-7153. Winners will be selected by random drawing from nominees who meet the above requirements.

Be sure to include a contact telephone number and complete mailing address in your correspondence and mail or e-mail a photograph to us. For Heat ticket information, call 786-777-HEAT and log on to HEAT.com.

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