At the culmination of each season, the best of the best participate in the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance Championships, presented by Sports Authority at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium in Miami.
The two-day event pits champions from various leagues against each other to crown a champion of champions in each of eight weight-classes. FSFlorida/Sun Sports will again produce a highlight show to air in early January.
Teams from Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties participate in the OBYFA.
In day one,
85: West Boynton All-Stars 28, (Homestead) Dick Conley All-Stars 0: West Boynton Football League All-Stars were led by Yohan-Li Louis’ three-touchdown performance.
Louis scored twice in the first quarter on touchdown runs of 21 and 30 yards, and added another touchdown in the second quarter. Also scoring was Brian Boston, who recorded the final touchdown late in the second quarter. Defensively, Matis Gibson made two sacks.
Dick Conley All-Stars: Andrae Sierra, Jemaine Ruffine, Jullian Guevara, James Gatewood, Alexandro Acila, Davon Partlow, Michael Davila, Corey Orr, Darian Ramirez, Luke Ieremia, Mylo Bailey, Calum Kendall, Semaj Smith, Jose Urbina, Johan Nieto, Jordan Henderson, Chad Will, Joshua Allen, Jabari Hammond.
105: (Wellington) Western Communities Football League All-Stars 27, (Homestead) Dick Conley All-Stars 0: Leading Western Communities was Drew Kerr whose two 20-plus yard touchdown runs seized the momentum in the first quarter. Also scoring for Western Communities was Telario Pringle in the second quarter and Brad Wharton in the fourth quarter.
Dick Conley All-Stars: Rasheim Lipscomb, Cassius Cobbs, John Thomas, Tesjohn Stanley, Adonis Moreno, Levy Miller, Isaac Holmes, Caden Harris, Hayden Carl, Antonio Jackson, Ryan Spencer, Gavench Marcelin, Saxtron Jamerson Jr., Kevin Gonzalez, Jamaal Brown, Hunter Barth, Anthony Reed, Mason Cornelius, Malachi Miller, Sir Robertgeau.
140: Palm Beach All-Stars 27, Key West All-Stars 0: Leading the balanced attack for Palm Beach was Michael Moreland who threw a pair of touchdown passes. In the second quarter, he connected with Tykorian Brown and again with Armando Maldonado in the third. Also scoring for Palm Beach was Julian Rincon and Jose Gonzalez on second quarter touchdown runs.
Key West All-Stars: Jason Block, Adrian Fisher Jr., Ethan Hunt, Cody Johnson, Clayton Carey, Cade Freeman, Garrett Hughes, Paton Hummell, Edwouens Marcelin, Jamari Martin, Demitrius Stiglitz, Jesse Garcia, Jonathan Guillaume, Zjamahri Medina, Darel Brevil, Jason Jeudy, Scott Jeudy, Lucken Deliscat, Isaiah Chenault, Evan Desir.
120: (Wellington) Western Communities Football League All-Stars 33, Key West All-Stars 0: The offense was led by the dominant performance of Jordan Kolnick who had two touchdowns, one on a 14-yard run late in the first quarter and the other on a 25 yard run early in the second quarter.
Winston Parke III had a 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Stephen Cortez scored on a 33-yard run in the third, and Kyle Boone added a 49-yard touchdown run.
Key West All-Stars: Logan Pellicier, Lamar Toussaint, Miguel Menendez, Christopher Sanchez, Jakhai Blake, Kamari Barnes, Camren Watson, Samari Martin, R.J. Lewis, Malik Hunter, Alex Rodriguez, Johnson Joseph, Carison Tucker, Jonathan Graves, Justin Haskin, William Estevez, Alberto Campos Jr., Zachary Albury, Rocky Grassi, Thomas Besson, Zeb Carey, Paul Crespo.
165: Palm Beach All-Stars 25, (Homestead) Dick Conley All-Stars 6: Quarterback Dylaan Lee tossed two touchdown passes to Dylan Brooker in the first half. Lee also added a rushing touchdown. Reginald Gadson had an impressive 47-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter, before leaving the game with an injury. Jahmad Everrett caught a 85-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to put Dick Conley on the board.
Dick Conley All-Stars: Ruben Enrique, Mario Rivera, Jahmad Everrett, Basilio Mendoza, Cory Hanna, Sergio Gomez, Joell Gomez, Anthony Obando, Damian Ramirez, Johnny Ramirez, Damian Corcho, William Ward, Mikel Louima, Dameko Labon, Carter Harris, Jeremiah Lafaye, Bengy Darjin, Algia Clark, Rodrick Grissom, Gashner Morelin.
Miami Country Day football
Madelyn Hertz, a junior at Miami Country Day School, became the first female student-athlete in school history to compete on the Spartans’ varsity tackle football team.
It’s rare, but if a girl makes the varsity football team at any high school, she is usually a kicker.
She played defensive and offensive lineman. Coaches and players alike can’t say enough about her. Through the tough practices and season, Hertz has become a fixture on the football field never missing a meeting, practice or game.
Miami Country Day football coach Sean Hill says she’s one of a kind. Sparatns‘ senior quarterback Matt Wendrow added that she has been a fantastic teammate and “someone you can rely on.”
There is more to Hertz than just football. She is a second degree black belt in Korean Taekwondo, as well as an accomplished flute player. Her curiosity that brought her to football is the same desire that pushes her to learn new instruments, as well as sing with the school’s Contemporary Music Ensemble 21 Hearts, 1 Beat.
Playing tackle football, Hertz welcomed the challenge of a new, different experience. She also proved to herself and her detractors that it was something she could accomplish.
An offensive and defensive tackle, she competed in five games, totaling one tackle, one assist and half a sack. She also played special teams (kick-off coverage, punt coverage, punt protection).
Hertz maintains her 4.5 GPA while balancing music rehearsals, sports, family activities and school work.
Hertz loves to be involved in school activities, whether it’s in the pool for water polo season, on the field for tackle football, on stage for theater for Social Change production, or playing the didgeridoo (wind instrument, like a wood trumpet, developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia) for the Contemporary Music Ensemble.
A modern Renaissance woman, she is making some name for herself.
The Optimist Club of Suniland seeks volunteer youth tackle football coaches for the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League 2015 season. Contact Club President Jose Regalado at 305-458-1966 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Highland Oaks Middle track
The Highland Oaks Middle School JV girls’ track team started the season by besting nine teams to win the JV Invitational at Ferguson Sr. High School.
The Panthers trailed Carver Middle by 30 points midway through the meet but never gave up, eventually pulling out the victory on the final two events.
Captain Vashti Claybrook won the 400-meter dash and anchored the winning 1600-meter relay team (Kayla Yuengling, Jadae Joseph, Kyara Walters, Claybrook). The girls’ 3200-meter relay team (Yuengling, Destiny Desrivieres, Jadae Barrett, Anissa Lespinase-Casimir) took second, as did the 400-meter relay team (Rose Clermont, Jada Joseph, Walters, Jadae Joseph).
Jada and Jadae were second and third, respectfully, in the long jump. Naomi Taylor finished fifth. Jadae was fourth in the 100-meter dash and Jadae fifth. Barrett also placed second in the discus and the 800-meter run, and Walters was fifth in the discus. Walters placed third in the 200-meter dash and Taylor seventh. Desrivieres was fifth in the triple jump and Clermont seventh. Lespinase-Casimir rounded out the scoring in eighth in the 1600-meter run.
The Highland Oaks JV boys’ team was fifth of 10 teams. Kemani Brown was the Panthers’ top performer, placing second in the triple jump and third in the 400. Brown also anchored the 1600-meter relay team (Xavier Richemond, Jason Pifferrer, Braxton Leeto, Brown) to third.
The 400-meter relay (Brown, Lee, Richemond, Larry Thomas) was fourth. Jovanny Dor won the discus and was runner-up in the shot put. Pifferrer and Richemond were eighth in the 800 and 200, respectively.
South Miami-Dade County (Crandon Park, Key Biscayne) won a Florida state championship in 18 & Over Women 7.5 during the USTA Florida Combo 18 & Over (5.5/7.5/9.5) League Tennis Championships at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.
Combo 18 & Over Women 7.5 Division
Final: South Miami-Dade County (Crandon Park, Key Biscayne) d. Marion County (Fort King Tennis Center, Ocala) 3-0
No. 1 Doubles: Isabella Ronchi/Marisabel Herrera (Miami) d. Christy Drawdy/Galien Dempsey 7-5, Ret.
No. 2 Doubles: Mariana deLima-Teixeira/Wendy Sosa (Miami) d. Amy Graham/Nicole Wigelsworth 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker)
No. 3 Doubles: Kimberly O'Mahony/Haydee Pabon (Miami) d. Susie Anthony/Debby Watts 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker)
Key Biscayne Roster: Wendy Sosa (captain), Mabel Vela, Rita Rojas, Isabella Ronchi, Sandra Ubillus, Siriporn Burke, Kimberly O'Mahony, Angela Rosenberg, Haydee Pabon, Marisabel Herrera, Mariana deLima-Teixeira, Rosanna Bermejo-Espaillat, Sandra Hayes, Pornpun Swangpun.
Teams advanced to the championships by winning local USTA League play.
For Combo 18 & Over 5.5/7.5/9.5 division play, the combined NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) ratings of each doubles team may not exceed the level in which they are competing, and the NTRP rating difference between members of an individual doubles pair may not exceed 0.5.
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The Cushman School in Miami will welcome athletes from Special Olympics to its campus to participate in the much-loved Blue & White Day event.
These quarterly competitions are a highlight of Cushman’s unique physical education program that engage all students in friendly, all-inclusion sports activities designed to build school spirit, sportsmanship and camaraderie among the diverse student body. The festive days also encourage teamwork and a healthy lifestyle, while giving everyone the chance to ‘come out and play.’
“Participation in athletics is empowering. These impressive athletes are a great example of using sports to overcome certain challenges,” Pablo Gentile, Cushman’s director of athletics, said in a release.
Arvi Balseiro, Head of The Cushman School, added: “We raise Miami’s children in partnership and provide a venue for camaraderie so they can reach their personal goals.”
Miami’s Andy Miyares, Special Olympics global messenger, swimming champion and world record holder, will discuss overcoming obstacles and the importance of sports training.
Andy will also promote the Publix Torch campaign that runs through Jan. 21. By purchasing your own paper torch at the check-out register for $1, $3, $5 or $10, you can support Miami-Dade Special Olympics athletes.
Miami Country Day sports
Miami Country Day School: Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Reggie Luis (basketball) had 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the Spartans’ 37-35 win over Riviera Prep.
Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Maria Alvarez (varsity basketball) scored nine points to help lead the Spartans (ranked No.11 nationally) to a 61-60 win against Elizabethtown, Kentucky (ranked No.13 nationally).
Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Lorenzo Figueroa (basketball) combined for 28 points and 16 rebounds against Boca Raton High School and University School.
Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Kelsey Marshall (basketball) made the winning 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Spartans (ranked No.11 nationally) to a 61-60 win against Elizabethtown, Kentucky (ranked No.13 nationally).
Barry University's Yunio Barrueta (Hialeah Gardens High School grad) was named the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week. It is the second straight week he’s earned the award.
Barrueta, a 6-foot-6 junior forward from Miami, averaged 23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds as the No.7 Buccaneers beat Rollins and Palm Beach Atlantic. He had 28 points and 10 rebounds in an 83-66 victory over visiting PBA. It was his fifth double-double of the season. Barrueta had 19 points and nine boards in a 73-64 win at Rollins.
Barrueta, a transfer from East Tennessee State, is averaging a team-best 19.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game this season for the 11-1 Bucs.
More events, leagues, programs
Miami Marathon/Half MarathonKids Run Miami/Tropical 5k
Anticipation is building for the 13th annual Miami Marathon and Half Marathon, which returns to the streets of downtown Miami, Miami Beach and Coconut Grove Jan. 25.
Runners of all ages and from all over the world are expected to participate in weekend events, and while spots are filling up quickly, there's still time to register at www.themiamimarathon.com
The annual marathon, produced by Life Time - The Healthy Way of Life Company (NYSE: LTM), expects runners from 50 states and more than 80 countries, with 21 percent coming from international participation. The marathon will start outside the American Airlines Arena, travel over the MacArthur Causeway to South Beach, through the Venetian Islands, Miami Arts District, Downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, and Brickell Avenue, before it finishes at Bayfront Park with a post-event celebration.
In addition to the marathon and half marathon, more than 5,000 South Florida middle school students will participate in Kids Run Miami at 11 a.m. The 1.2-mile run from the county courthouse on Flagler Street culminates a 15-week program designed to promote fitness to kids. Nearly 3,000 participants partake in the annual Tropical 5K, a great family event 7:30 a.m. Jan. 24.
“The Miami Marathon-and all of the activities that go along with it-really creates a weekend of fun experiences for the entire family,” said Race Director Javier Sanchez. “We are proud to host South Florida's premier running event and showcase one of the running world's most picturesque courses, providing participants a glimpse of all that makes Miami famous.”
The Miami Marathon & Half Marathon is the third event of the five-race Florida Storm Series, which challenges runners to participate in three to five racing events in Florida during the 2014-2015 season. Other events include the Michelob ULTRA Miami Beach 13.1 Marathon on March 1, First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon and Relay on March 15 and the recent Eau Palm Beach Marathon and Run Fest and the Michelob ULTRA Fort Lauderdale 13.1 Marathon.
For information or to register for the Miami Marathon, visit themiamimarathon.com or facebook.com/MiamiMarathon. Information about Life Time Athletic Events is available at EventsByLifeTime.com, on Twitter @lifetimefitness and the Life Time Athletic Events Facebook page.
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.
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.
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,
For information on Brain Gymnasium, visit www.braingymnasium.org or call 305-788-7339.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 786-505-5585.
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 youth basketball registration is open for girls and boys ages 5 to 16.
Email Tamiamibasketball@gmail.com 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.
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 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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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