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Junior Orange Bowl Office was closed today for Juneteenth, as we commemorated the day in 1865 when the last enslaved persons in the US were freed!
We attended the annual Juneteenth celebration at Theodore Gibson Park in Overtown, FL.

Our 2nd Annual Flag Football Camp was held in April 30th at the beautiful Doral Meadows Park. After a few rain delays, the camp was off to a great start! We welcome over 100 students of South Florida who learned from an Elite Level Group of Coaches.
Special thank you to City of Doral and South Florida Elite Flag for being our presenting sponsors.

The 2023 Girls Middle School Basketball Classic Champions was held at Miami Springs Rec Center on April 14-15, 2023. Congratulations to all the teams that participated in this year's tournament.

Champions: Arvida Middle School.

Thank you to our Sponsors, to the Basketball Committee, all of the teams who participated in this year’s tournament, & all of the volunteers that help make this possible!

Junior Orange Bowl 2023 Boys Middle School Basketball Classic was held at Miami Springs Rec Center on March 31 - April 1, 2023. Congrats to the Basketball Committee for another successful tournament! Congrats to all the teams that participated in this tournament!

Join us in congratulating the following teams:

Runner Up:


What a spectacular day celebrating the 2022-2023 Photography Award Ceremony. The Middle and High School Students surely gave our judges a challenge this year- submissions were outstanding!

Thank you to our amazing Committee who did a phenomenal job this year.

Special Thank you to our Sponsor, Pitman Photo Supply.
Join us in congratulating our Finalists:
(1- First, 2-Second, 3-Third, 4-Honorable Mention)

Middle school winners

Art & music
1 Brianna Aguilera
2 Julia Encinosa
3 Ivanna Torres
4 Mya Mills

B & W
1 Gabriella Carrero
2 Sebastian Suarez
3 Matthew Gonzalez
4 Kadon Morris

1 Addison Cox
2 Oliver Briz
3 Jasmine Gomez
4 Addison Cox

1 Shaina Granja
2 Gabriel Gabay
3 Joshua Nathan
4 Gabriel Gabay

1 Lea Marie Merle
2 Matthew Montoya
3 Valentina Elguezabal
4 Benjamin Rivera

Zoo Miami
1 Addison Cox
2 Addison Cox
3 Dylan Veiguela
4 Pamela Angel


High school winners

Art & music
1 Lukas Villa
2 Alejandra Saturno
3 Alejandra Saturno
4 Lukas Villa

B & W
1 Shanett Berdayes
2 Anna Lisa Krumina
3 Ethan Sullivan
4 Maria Gomez

1 Daniel Pasternak
2 Beatriz Ribadeneira
3 Niven Stojanovic
4 Andrea Aranda

1 Taylor Smith
2 Taylor Smith
3 Paula Torres
4 Soleil Steigerwald

1 Andrea Garcia
2 Karla Armas
3 Taylor Smith
4 Lotus Prol

Zoo Miami
1 Ethan Sullivan
2 Taylor Smith
3 Luke Jaffee
4 Luke Jaffee

The 35th Annual Creative Writing Competition Award Ceremony was held in the beautiful Westchester Regional Library Wellness Center.

We had the honor of having @ronmagillwildlife as our Keynote Speaker. Ron spoke to the students about the importance of words and how “Words Are Powerful.”

Congrats to the amazing Creative Writing Committee on yet again another great competition and award ceremony!

Congrats to all of the eighth grade finalists:

Alexa Charouhis -- "From My Perspective…"
Ransom Everglades/Flavia Araripe

Azal Feghhi -- "A Kitten's Tale"
Palmetto Middle School/Graciela Figueiras

Carolina Sesin -- "Growing up in the streets of NYC..."
George Washington Carver Middle School/Richard Hudson

Eliza Rotolante -- "I woke up one morning..."
Palmetto Middle School/Graciela Figueiras

Isabel Adler -- "Forest Flames"
Ransom Everglades/Flavia Araripe

Lauren Lima -- "I've been here for a while..."
Palmetto Middle School/Graciela Figueiras

Lucas Lafosse-Marin -- "Death from Above"
Ransom Everglades Middle School/Jody Salzinger
Third Place

Mateo Bernal -- "Turn to Black"
Ransom Everglades Middle School/Jody Salzinger

Noa Garcia -- "The Monster"
Ransom Everglades Middle School/Jody Salzinger
Second Place

Olivia Gomez -- “A Change for the Worst"
Ransom Everglades/Jody Salzinger
First Place

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan. 6, 2023) — A year ago, Jay Brooks stood on the precipice of becoming a rare wire-to-wire winner at the Junior Orange Bowl International golf championships until getting chased down at the end by Nicholas Prieto’s sizzling final 65.

Twelve months later, Brooks was never any closer to the lead than three shots after any round — until Friday.

“Today was exactly the opposite,” marveled the South Florida teen, whose blistering start Friday set the stage for a role reversal and a bit of delayed gratification.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan. 5, 2023) — For many a Junior Orange Bowl International golfer coming from outside Florida, one of the toughest adjustments is getting used to the grainy greens seen in the region.

Marco Florioli tried a different remedy for that on Thursday.

“Think less and just play,” said Florioli, who mingled that philosophy with some strong iron play to surge past Puerto Rico’s Kelvin Hernandez and stand 18 holes away from becoming the Junior Orange Bowl’s second Italian boys’ champion in a four-year span.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2023) — Kelvin Hernandez and Vincent Stjernfeldt began Round 2 at the Junior Orange Bowl International golf championships with a four-shot cushion over anybody else in the boys’ division.

Within an hour, troublesome starts left each lumped back among the rest of their rivals.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan. 3, 2023) — Remi Bacardi can only hope the blueprint that made Nicholas Prieto the Junior Orange Bowl International’s first homegrown champion in more than two decades has another year of shelf life.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2023) — Anna Davis can’t help but chuckle whenever she’s at a golf tournament and someone asks if they can get a photo with her.

“It’s so funny to think about,” the California teen said. “A year ago, it was nothing like that.”

Then again, a year ago Davis didn’t own any hardware from Augusta National.

Davis, who last spring surprised her elders by capturing the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, finds herself viewed in a different light this week as she returns to historic Biltmore Golf Club with eyes set on adding the Junior Orange Bowl International trophy to her collection.

Coconut Grove, Fla. (March 11, 2022) -- Last night at Coral Reef Yacht Club in Coconut Grove, Florida, the Junior Orange Board installed Grant Souviron as the organization’s 52nd President.  He leads the team for the 74th annual Junior Orange Bowl Festival, a collection of athletic, artistic and multi cultural events for youth.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan. 6, 2022) — Nicholas Prieto knew he’d been making enough birdies to deliver a strong challenge at the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championships. He just needed to come up with a way to avoid the other end of the ledger. “Just a few too many mistakes,” the Miami teen noted. “The second, third and fourth days were all fairly similar. The only difference is the fourth day I didn’t make any bogeys.”

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan. 5, 2022) — Maria Jose Marin spent her first seven holes waiting for something good to happen on the greens during the third round of the 58th Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championships. Good fortune finally came when Marin drained a long birdie attempt at the Biltmore Golf Club’s tough 17th hole. Then she chipped within a foot for a tap-in birdie before making the turn.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2022) — Day 2 of the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championships was one of those in which it didn’t take much to make a strong move up the leaderboard – if only you could. A shift in wind direction, combined with a few tougher pin placements, left scoring chances in short supply for the 93 golfers teeing it up at historic Biltmore Golf Club.

The 34th annual Junior Orange Bowl Creative Writing Contest is open for entries from young writers. The theme for this essay competition is "How Can Art and Music Change Our Lives?" This contest is open to eighth graders in South Florida.

Jay Brooks finished his first day with a 6-under-par 65 and a three-shot advantage over his nearest pursuers at historic Biltmore Golf Club.

Emily Zhu is back at historic Biltmore Golf Club this week with the chance to join a highly exclusive circle of two-time Junior Orange Bowl International champions. In a very real sense, though, Zhu’s 2021 triumph already has paid huge dividends. Fair to say the Biltmore will be seeing a lot more of her in the coming years.

Two teams fought their way to the winners circle. In the GIRLS division, the Miami Senior High Stingarees beat the Florida State University Seminoles in the final game 63 to 41. In the BOYS division, the Madison-Ridgeland Academy (MRA) Patriots from Madison, Mississippi beat the Lakota East Thunderhawks from Liberty Township, Ohio with a score of 84 to 65. Photos by Mitchell Zachs.

The 2021 Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic begins today and runs through Thursday with a great roster of teams.

When you train at the same academy with some of the greatest players in tennis, osmosis alone should improve your game. Well, Svit Suljic, already had a solid foundation from his years on courts across Slovenia, so on Monday the sturdy 12 year old displayed a sophisticated all-court attack to overwhelm Colombian baseliner Juan Miguel Bolivar in a 6-3, 6-0 victory to win the Boys’ 12 division of the Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships on the clay courts of Salvadore Park.

In the all-American Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Girls’ 14s final between 2021 Easter Bowl champions, top-seeded Iva Jokic of Torrance, Calif., rode a critical break at 4-3 of the first set to reel off the final eight games for a 6-3, 6-0 victory over fourth-seeded Shannon Lam of East Brunswick, N.J.

Con 14 años el tenista colombiano se quedó con el primer lugar de uno de los campeonatos de tenis más importantes en la categoría juvenil.

History was also made in the Girls’ 12s final when Lia Belibova, the third seed, was just too consistent for top-seeded Russian Christina Lyutova in a 6-3, 6-1 victory to become the first champion from Moldova to win this Level 2 tournament. She didn’t allow more than four games in six of her seven matches.

Arcila makes history, becoming the first Colombian boy or girl to win this 60-year tournament with a 2-6, 7-6 (5), 3-0 victory when the third-seeded Blanch couldn’t continue after first experiencing a sharp pain in his right knee following the first point of the second-set tiebreaker.

Bulgarian Rositsa Dencheva and Russian Timofei Derepasko staked their claim as potential stars of the future after collecting titles while part of the Grand Slam Development Fund/ITF Touring team to USA this month. The pair, both aged 14, led the fortunes of the under 14 girls’ and boys’ teams by each winning the singles titles at the prestigious Eddie Herr tournament, while Dencheva went on to secure a spot in the girls’ singles semi-finals at the [Junior] Orange Bowl, which is due to be played later on Monday.

La mañana del 20 de diciembre quedará grabada dentro de los acontecimientos importantes del tenis colombiano, especialmente en las categorías de menores, donde el PAD ha jugado un papel importante en la preparación y acompañamiento de las nuevas generaciones del tenis de nuestro país, al tener a dos tenistas colombianos en las finales del histórico Orange Bowl, uno de los torneos de tenis más prestigiosos para jugadores de 12 y 14 años.

Shannon Lam had to make some big decisions in the past few years. She had to choose between three loves: competing in the swimming pool, on the stage at Carnegie Hall or on the tennis courts in East Brunswick, N.J.

When you were born and live your whole life in Wimbledon, it’s hard not to fall in love with tennis. Hannah Klugman attends Wimbledon High and if grades were given out for her first trip to Florida, the 12-year-old blonde baseline basher would receive straight A’s, after reaching the Girls’ 14s quarterfinals Saturday morning.

Photo: AJ Borromeo, ShadowFox P&S Photography

Pint-sized Bulgarian dynamo Teodor Davidov is single-highhandedly shaking up the junior tennis world along with his distinctive ambidextrous type.

Photo: Mitchell Zachs at MagicalPhotos

Lindsay Davenport's son, Jagger Leach, competes in Junior Orange Bowl Tennis

11-year-old Teodor Davidov, the No. 1 seed in the Boys’ 12s in this week’s USTA Junior Orange Bowl International Championships on the clay courts of Salvadore Park seamlessly switches hands mid-rally

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