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Sports Scene | Hialeah Cougars 135s are alive for a playoff spot




The Hialeah Cougars 135s defeated the Miami Springs Hawks 20-6, to advance to a shootout for the upcoming playoffs.

Touchdowns were scored by Edmundo Fernandez and Pedro Denis. The Cougars controlled the game with a strong running attack combined with great passing by quarterback Oscar Quintana.

Orlando Ayala, Julian and Kevin Brito, Desi McGill, Randy Hornstein and Robert Sanchez opened holes on the offensive line, and stopped the Hawks' running game, defensively.

Oscar Acosta, Harrison Melendez, Nick Pierre and Alex Cancio all played excellent offense and defense. Jordan Brown ran the ball effectively and did not let the receivers catch any pass thrown his way.

The Cougars completed their season and now prepare for the playoffs, with head coach Willie Scrivens leading the way.

In other MXYFL news, the North Miami Beach Sundevils 100s concluded their undefeated season with a 9-0 record by defeating the Naples Gators 20-8 in front of a crowd of nearly 300 fans.

The Sundevils' offense was outstanding, anchored by the solid offensive line play of center Andrew Feldman, right guard Clarence Williams, right tackle Eric Williams, left guard E.P. Farrell, left tackle Andres Sanchez and tight ends Tommy Thomas and Wilson Merantus.

Quarterback Imani Edwards made seven passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Ervens Oge returned to top form, grabbing three passes for 45 yards and converting two third-down conversions. Wide receiver and running back Andre Newkirk had one reception for 30 yards and four rushes for 30 yards.

Running back Matthew Whyte had four rushes for 85 yards and a touchdown. Thomas had two catches for 38 yards and a touchdown, Merantus had one reception for 32 yards and a touchdown, and Sanchez added a two-point conversion.

The Sundevils' defense was equally impressive led by linebacker Clarence Williams and safety Newkirk, who both combined for 12 tackles, two sacks, an interception and two pass deflections. Defense tackle Sanchez had four tackles.

Linebacker Farrell had five tackles, defensive ends Donnovan Bell and Jonathan Collins combined for four tackles, offensive linebacker Marcus Johnson had three tackles, and defense tackle Merantus recovered a fumble.

The Sundevils 100s' coaching staff would like to thank the following team moms for their support and understanding throughout the season: Z. Beecham, S. Feldman, E. Green, D. Ebogi, T. LeCounte, Y. Johnson, J. Collins and J. Dixon.


Mayor Julio Robaina and the Hialeah City Council hosted the opening ceremonies for the Florida Marlins Youth Baseball Tournament on Oct. 21-24.

The tournament was comprised of kids through the ages of 14, who participated in two divisions: 12-under and 14-under. Four teams from each division were from the South Florida area. The tournament took place at Babcock Park, 651 E. 4th Ave. Robaina and other city officials attended the ceremony, along with Billy the Marlin, Tony the Tiger and Ernie the Keebler Elf.

For information, call Babcock Park at 305-863-6521.



The Highland Oaks Middle cross country team began its season Oct. 13 at the Miami-Dade County Fair Invitational at Larry and Penny Thompson Park.

The junior varsity boys were led by Jeffrey Tait, who ran the two-mile course with a time of 13:12 and finished ninth out of more than 100 runners.

Following Tait were: Deven Row with a time of 16:17, Max Tello with a time of 16:27, Cameron Eghtessadi with a time of 16:51, Michael Anatot with a time of 17:20, Kirlous Haroun with a time of 18:23 and Conor Shrago with a time of 19:42.

Alex Stella led the varsity boys with a time of 13:02, finishing 28th out of 142 runners. Teammates Jacob Muskat, Aaron Marbin and Jordan Tait turned in strong performances, as well, finishing with times of 15:41, 16:22 and 16:45, respectively.

The junior varsity girls' top performer was Cassandra Savino, who finished with a time of 17:09. Lihanni Harris came in next with a time of 20:20, followed by Monica Roldan with a time of 21:02.

Stefy Moreau ran steadily for the varsity girls with a time of 19:26. She was followed by Michelle Kirel with a time of 19:53, Lauren Henschel with a time of 20:10, Andreniky Francois with a time of 21:09 and Daria Sims with a time of 21:10.

Highland Oaks followed up its first meet with a stronger second meet on Oct. 20 at the Hammocks Invitational. Junior varsity standout Jeffrey Tait took nine seconds off his personal best time of 13:03 to finish fourth.

Other outstanding junior varsity boys include: Row with a time of 16:23, Tello with a time of 16:34, Eghtessadi with a time of 16:45, Anatot with a time of 17:46 and Haroun with a time of 19:26. The junior varsity boys finished in third place overall.

For the varsity boys, Stella ran strong, finishing seventh in the two-mile course to take 26 seconds off his personal best time of 12:26. Despite knee injuries and back problems, Muskat and Jordan Tait toughed it out with times of 19:24 and 19:26, respectively.

Savino topped the junior varsity girls with a time of 18:52, followed by Harris with a time of 20:50 and Roldan with a time of 21:18.

For the varsity girls, Moreau led her team by taking over a minute off her personal best time of 18:18, followed by Sims with a time of 22:52 and Francois with a time of 22:53.



The following are Miami Country Day School's Athletes of the week.

 Harrison Greenberg, Upper School Male Athlete of the Week, varsity swimming: Greenberg finished second place in the 50-meter freestyle at the Dade County YouthFair. His team finished eighth place among 19 schools.

 Genna Yarkin, Upper School Female Athlete of the Week, varsity volleyball: As a senior, Yarkin helped lead her Spartan teammates to their third consecutive district championship with wins over Hebrew Academy in the semi-finals and Dade Christian in the finals.

 Gabriel Benarroch, Middle School Male Athlete of the Week, swimming: Benarroch helped lead his team to a season-finale win against Ransom Everglades in the 50-meter butterfly and the 100-meter freestyle. He also took place first place in the 200-meter medley and 200-meter freestyle relay teams.

 Mackenzie Mariano, Middle School Female Athlete of the Week, cross country: Mariano finished first place for her Spartan team in the Dade County Youth Fair, ranking her team 12th out of 31 teams. She also placed first in her team's last home meet of the season; the Spartans finished second out of five teams.


The following are two weeks of game results for the Aventura Youth Flag Football League as of Oct. 21.


 Aventura Dolphins vs. AirTrust Capital Seahawks: The Dolphins and the Seahawks tied 7-7 on a fourth quarter touchdown by Seahawk Darren Hirsch. For the Dolphins, Josh Silverman scored on a reverse, and Justin Lapidus played amazing defense. The Seahawks received great play from Blaise Pronesti and Ben Bernstein on their defense.

 Aventura Steelers vs. City of Aventura Jets: The Steelers defeated the Jets, 28-7. The Jets defense was led by Daniel Nash and Josh Klein. Laurel Ivory led the Jets' offense. For the Steelers, Nicky Dimartino intercepted three passes and threw a touchdown pass to Brandon Weinstein, who made a one-handed catch. Marcus Morin took a reverse handoff for the distance and scored the final touchdown of the game.

 Aventura Eagles vs. Aventura Mall Bears: The Eagles defeated the Bears, 21-7. For the Eagles, Joshua Rub and Robert Bedney scored touchdowns early to give them the lead at halftime. On defense, Zach Ordet and Kevin Ordet made numerous stops. The Bears fought back behind Jordan Gould and Ryan Finvarb.

 Aventura Mall Bears vs. AirTrust Capital Seahawks: The Seahawks defeated the Bears 14-0. The first half of the game ended in a scorless tie. For the Seahawks, Hirsch took a hand-off and went the distance for a touchdown. Bernstein later added a touchdown to seal the victory. Other outstanding Seahawks include Pronesti and Ben Kates.

 Aventura Eagles vs. City of Aventura Jets: The Jets defeated the Eagles, 14-7. For the Eagles, Rub had a few great runs around the outside for first downs. Ordet also had a nice run up the middle. For the Jets, Ivory made great catches, on the receiving end of two touchdowns, giving the Jets the win.


 Aventura Dental Art Patriots vs. Aventura Mall Giants: The Giants defeated the Patriots 7-0. For the Giants, Jamal Duke and Max Shevlin led the defense. Shevlin had an interception, which set up the Giants for the only score of the game.

 GroCapital Chiefs vs. R.K. Associates Cowboys: The Chiefs defeated the Cowboys 7-6. The Chiefs were led by quarterback Stefan Grosfeld, and also received great play from Tim Bowens Jr. and Blake Feder on defense. Jacob Katz and Alex Glaser played well for the Cowboys, whose offense was led by Logan Howard.

 Chelsea Raiders vs. Greenspoon Marder P.A. Falcons: The Raiders defeated the Falcons 18-0. For the Raiders, Victor Pires and Justin Friedman led the way on offense. Zack Caustto and Brian Williams were key defensive players. For the Falcons, the team gave up two deep pass plays that were the key to an early Raiders lead. Zack Weinberg and Max Youtie also played well on defense.

 Aventura Dental Art Patriots vs. Greenspoon Marder P.A. Falcons: The Falcons defeated the Patriots 7-0. For the Patriots, GianCarlo Penton displayed excellent flag-pulling skills on the defensive line. Wesley Foster and Jake Grosser also played well. For the Falcons, Max Youtie, Philip Dimartino and Weinberg were outstanding on defense. The Falcons were led by Shelby Press, who scored the game's only touchdown on a pass from Julia Kingsley.

 Chelsea Raiders vs. R.K. Associates Cowboys: The Raiders defeated the Cowboys, 6-0. On the opening play, Pires scrambled 45 yards for the Raiders, whose other outstanding team players include Andrew Grinberg, who made a key interception, and Williams, who played great defense. The Cowboys regrouped behind Carlos Tellez and Glaser, but the game's early touchdown score proved to be the decisive win for the Raiders.


 Katz Group Panthers vs. City of Aventura Bengals: The Panthers defeated the Bengals 6-0. For the Bengals, Dylan Buffa played great all around, but the Panthers controlled the game. Marc Brown was great on defense and offense. Other outstanding Panthers include Cameron Ivory, Jacob Ziluck and Tyler Sloman. Colts vs. City of Aventura Bills: The Colts defeated the Bills 19-7. The Colts came ready to play, jumping out to an early lead. Nyle Fenster and Ryan Wolis were great on both sides of the ball. Wolis had an interception and Fenster was great at flag pulling. The Bills played hard but just couldn't seem to overcome the Colts' big start. David Butter continued to be outstanding on both sides of the ball.

 Katz Group Panthers vs. Colts: The Colts defeated the Panthers 20-14. For the Panthers, Steven Holigiun ran back an interception for the first score. Marc Brown added another score to give the Panthers a 14-0 halftime lead. The Colts came back in the second half, scoring three touchdowns and one interception by Austen Weinberg.

 City of Avenutra Bengals vs. City of Aventura Bills: The Bills defeated Bengals, 20-0. For the Bills, quarterback Daniel Mendez came out firing and Butter performed well on both sides of the ball. The Bengals played hard but could not put together a scoring drive. Buffa and Micheal Montag led the Bengals on defense.


The Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department has created an after-school program at the North Shore Park Youth Center, which give junior boys, grades 6-8, the chance to participate in a new wrestling club for free.

On Sept. 22, the North Shore Park wrestling club had its first in a series of meetings to be held every Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. The class will focus on creating awareness and appreciation of the sport.

The children will receive instruction on proper gear usage, rules and regulations, various wrestling styles, proper wrestling techniques, strategies and educational video presentations. In addition to the educational aspect of the program, the children will go on field trips to wrestling tournaments and attend local high school wrestling matches.

For more information, call 305-673-7730 or visit


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