Miami-Dade held on for a 14-7 victory over Broward to win its fifth consecutive Miami-Dade vs. Broward All-Star Football Game, presented by Under Armour in conjunction with the Miami Dolphins.
Even though Miami-Dade went ahead 14-0 before halftime, it needed a big stop with under a minute remaining to attain the win.
Two plays by Homestead defensive back Jotavius Barrett were big in determining the outcome. After forcing Broward to punt on its first possession, Barrett returned the punt 90 yards for a touchdown. Barrett, who also announced his commitment to play at Temple University, sealed the win late with an interception in the end zone.
“It was an honor for Coach [Chevas] Clements to pick me to play in this game,” Barrett said in a release. “Coming up big in the fourth quarter when my team needed me with a clutch interception is great. All week in practice I have been a captain and teaching these guys certain things about coverage, so to come through for them is a great feeling.”
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Barrett was named Defensive MVP of the game, and Booker T. Washington quarterback Maurice Alexander was named Offensive MVP. He scored on a 15-yard run in the second quarter. The play before the touchdown run, Alexander hit Columbus receiver Austin Maloney with a 44-yard pass play to set-up the touchdown.
Alexander and Maloney have committed to Florida International University.
“I have known this kid since he was 6-years-old, and he’s a very smart quarterback as well as athlete,” Clements said of Alexander. “He can call all the plays, and he draws up plays in practice.”
Broward cut the lead in half when Piper running back Travis Liburd returned a blocked field goal 65 yards for a touchdown.
“The last couple games have been really close, so you can see the talent on both sides is even,” said Miami Dolphins Manager of Youth Programs Troy Drayton, a former Dolphins tight end. “The last two years Broward has had the ball at the end of the game with a chance to win or tie, but Dade was able to get a turnover. The kids are very excited about this win.
“We would like to thank Under Armour for getting us everything we needed for these athletes.”
The Miami-Dade County All Stars hold a 5-0 all-time series lead over Broward County. The game, which was previously at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, was moved to Traz Powell Stadium in Miami because of renovations to Sun Life Stadium. All proceeds from the game were distributed between both counties to help support the funding of their football athletic programs.
The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness, and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through Junior Training Camps (JTC), Youth Football Clinics, and Youth Football Camps.
Florida Christian School
Florida Christian School added two graduates into the “Patriot Hall of Fame.”
Chantel Forrest, who graduated FCS in 2004, is known for her exceptional achievements in track. She was on the varsity track team from sixth grade to 12th grade, serving as team captain her sophomore, junior and senior years. She helped the team win districts in 2001.
School record holder in 100 meters (12.41 seconds); 200 meters (24.8 seconds); 4x100 relay team (49.87 seconds); 4x400 relay team (4:15.82). District champion in 100 and 200 meter five years (2000-04). District champion and Regional champion on the 4x100 meter relay team (2003). Regional champion in 100 meters (2001, 2003-04). Third at State in the 100 meters (2003-04). First at State in 200 meters (2003-04). Miami Herald All-Dade Third Teams (2000-02); Second Team (2003-04).
Chantel earned a Bachelors degree in Hospitality Management and Master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She is currently employed as the Senior Account Manager at Otis Elevator Company in Los Angeles.
Darryl Gordan, who graduated FCS in 2007, was a member of the varsity soccer Team from 2004-07. As a four-year starter, he helped them win four consecutive district championships. They were regional champions and state runners-up in 2005.
Darryl was selected Miami Herald All-Dade First Team his senior year.
He played soccer (2007-11) and graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Davie with a Bachelors of Science in Sports and Recreation Management. 2007 to 2011.
Darryl continued his outstanding achievements on the pitch, playing for professional soccer team Weiner Viktoria Austria from 2011-13, winning the Vienna Cup Championship in the 2011-12 season and finishing runner-up in the 2012-13 season.
Darryl is currently playing for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the NASL.
The tennis women of South Miami-Dade County (Doral Park Country Club) won their third consecutive state title during the USTA Florida Combo 18 & Over (6.5/8.5) League Tennis Championships at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.
The Miami women edged a team from Orange/Seminole counties (Sanlando Park, Altamonte Springs) 2-1 in the Women's Combo 18 & Over 8.5 Division final.
Fifty-three teams representing 20 counties or regions participated, including the counties or regions of Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Collier, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough, Indian River/St. Lucie/Martin, Lee/Charlotte, Leon, Marion, North Miami-Dade, North Palm Beach, Orange/Seminole, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota/Manatee, South Miami-Dade, South Palm Beach, and Volusia/Flagler counties.
Combo 18 & Over Women's 8.5 Division Final: South Miami-Dade (Doral Park Country Club) d. Orange/Seminole counties (Sanlando Park, Altamonte Springs) 2-1.
No. 1 Doubles: Gina Lopez/Corina Kassis (Miami) d. Katherine Barnard/Julie Davis 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 Doubles: Corin Rombach/Kyrsten Crociata (O/S) d. Doris Montero/Anamaria Alvarez 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker)
No. 3 Doubles: Maria Araujo/Karina Russo (Miami) d. Kathy Eppstein/Rikki Myers 6-1, 6-3
Miami Roster: Maria Mustelier (captain), Maria Araujo, Karina Russo, Doris Montero, Sheri Adler, Gina Lopez, Jodi Appelbaum-Steinbauer, Yang Chen, Anamaria Alvarez, Corina Kassis, Estefania Villalba.
Highland Oaks track
The Highland Oaks Middle School girls’ track team finished third of 20 teams during the Larry Wooten Invitational Meet at Ferguson Sr. High School.
Vashti Claybrook, the team captain, won the 200-meter dash and finished second in the 400. The 1,600-meter relay team (Claybrook, Naomi Taylor, Jadae Joseph, Destiny Desrivieres) was runner-up. The 3,200-meter relay (Kayla Yuengling, Desrivieres, Jadae Barrett, Anissa Lespinase-Casimir) also placed second.
The 400-meter relay (Arielle Walker, Brielle Walker, Kyara Walters, Timaya Everett) was third. Jasmine Messiah was runner-up in the triple jump and tied for third in the high jump. Marissa Manley placed third in the discus. Jada and Jadae Joseph finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the long jump. Everett was sixth in the high jump and triple jump. Rounding out the scoring for the Panthers were Lespinase-Casimir (eighth in 1,600), Brook Couri (eighth in triple jump) and Esther Perceval (eighth in shot put).
The Highland Oaks Middle School boys’ team finished eighth of 18 teams. The 1600-meter relay (Jeffrey Joseph, Xavier Richemond, Kevin Cam, Wilfrid Coleau) placed second. The 400-meter relay (Lens Bernadel, Cam, Coleau, Joseph) was fourth.
Hilary Geffard of Miami Jackson won by decision over Samantha Smith of Coral Reef 15-8 in the finals of the 113-pound division during the inaugural South Florida High School Girls’ Wrestling Championships at McArthur High School in Hollywood.
In the 126-pound finals, Tsiana Jones also of Miami Jackson pinned Hanah Jennings of (Lake Worth) Park Vista in 2:03.
Miami Jackson wrestlers continued to impress as Doris Rodriguez won the 132-pound title, pinning Jalisa Jones of McArthur in 0:55. Teammate Paola Forchu pinned (Coral Springs) Taravella’s Aisha Ferdinand in 4:54 to win the 138-pound division.
Amanda Garcia of Felix Varela pinned Teran Richards of McArthur in 0:22 in the 220-pound finals.
Miami Country Day sports
Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Harrison Breslow (basketball) scored 23 points against Cushman.
Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Alicia Kelly (basketball) combined for 16 points, 11 rebounds and five steals in wins against Westminster Christian and University School.
Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Pablo Mejia (soccer) combined for three goals and five assists in wins against Florida Christian and Greater Miami Academy and made the winning penalty kick in the district semifinal win against International Studies.
Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Yakira Matisonn (soccer) scored three goals in the district championship win against Dade Christian.
Scheck Hillel sports
Scheck Hillel Community School named Ethan Ayache as its Student-Athlete of the Week.
Ayache, a sophomore on the Lions’ boys’ JV basketball team, has been an offensive powerhouse, scoring a combined 55 points in two games (21 against SAR New York and 34 against Doctors Charter).
St. Patrick basketball
The St. Patrick boys’ varsity basketball team beat St. Timothy 43-33, St. Hugh 34-24 and Belen Jesuit 45-35 to win the Tournament of Champions of the Archdiocese of Miami.
St. Patrick was led by Sebastian Vidal-Casanova and Martin Montoya, who each averaged 12 points per game. St. Patrick also got scoring from Nicolas Elias and Kevin Quiroga who combined for 35 points. Santiago Kais contributed on the rebounding, and Juan Valdes excelled on defense.
The Hochberg Prep Middle School girls’ soccer team defeated Potential Christian Academy 3-1. Arielle Fishman had two goals, and Daniela Aronsky amazingly scored from midfield.
Kendall Hammocks flag football
The Kendall Hammocks NFL Flag Football program announces the registrations dates and times for the 2015 NFL Flag season.
Registration is open to boys and girls, age 5-16. Can’t turn 17 in 2015. Copy of birth certificate is requested for age verification only, during the registration process.
Teams are based by age only. Regular season is 12 games, and the season starts May 4.
NFL Flag Registration Dates:
February registrations fee: $110 -- Friday, Feb. 13 (6:30-8:30 p.m.); Saturday, Feb. 21 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)
March Registrations fee: $120 -- Friday, March 6 and 13 (6:30-8:30 p.m.); Saturday, March 14 and 28 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)
April Registration fee: $ 125 -- Friday, April 10 and 24 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
Registration fee includes: NFL team reversible jersey, NFL flag belts with flags, secondary insurance, referee cost, and participation awards.
Discounted rates for head coaches. If interested in coaching, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tryouts and draft will be Saturday, May 2. Time chart by division can be found at the web site www.khwarriors.org
All registrations, practices and games are at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave.
The NFL Flag Football program is under the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks and is an all volunteer organization, serving the community in sports for more than 26 years.
Optimist Club of Suniland Sports Conditioning is Feb. 1-May 31 at Suniland Park, 12855 S. Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest.
Registration is 6-8 p.m. weeknights for boys and girls, age 5-15. Fee is $20 which covers T-shirt, insurance and awards. Contact Jose Regalado 305-458-1966 or email@example.com.
More events, leagues, programs
Bay Skate launch
Bay Skate is a fun-filled family activity created by the Macias brothers, founders of an integrated creative content & brand development advertising agency based in Miami.
Located in the heart of Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park, Macias created Bay Skate to help activate one of the city’s most important parks and surrounding communities, that’s currently booming with new residents, local businesses, and experiencing an exciting evolution.
After winning The Miami Foundation’s “Public Space Challenge,” this exciting initiative is set to launch on Feb. 26.
Macias hopes the inaugural event will set the stage for their bigger idea of creating an ongoing community activation that benefits the park and local community, allowing Bay Skate to evolve into a monthly Downtown staple during the late Fall through early Spring seasons.
Bay Skate will be fueled by live music and DJ sets, spinning the perfect mix of skate jams, including old school funk, soul, freestyle and other mixed-genre classics that will set the mood. The team has also announced that classic hip-hop legend Monie Love will emcee and host the launch.
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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