NAPLES — The Naples Bears rugby team pulled out a 24-23 thriller over Miami in the Florida Youth Rugby Union championship match on May 5.
The Bears, made up of players from area high schools but mainly Palmetto Ridge and Gulf Coast, led 24-11 late in the match after tournament MVP Nico Zuluaga scored a try.
However, Miami scored twice, the last coming as time ran out, to close within 24-23. Miami then lined up for a 2-point kick after for the win but missed.
With the victory at the Okeechobee County Sports Complex, the Bears won their sixth Florida High School Championship in the league’s eight years. The Bears finished undefeated this season and has a 75-6 overall record since 2005.
The team is coached by Reed Jarvi.
Scoring in the championship match started with a Miami penalty kick at 6 minutes to take a 3-0 lead. Five minutes later, the Bears were awarded a penalty kick at the the Miami 25-yard line.
Using the wall penalty play, the Bears’ Frank Cirone scored with a 25-yard run to give his team a 5-3 lead. The kick after failed. At 16 minutes, the Bears took a scrum off the head at midfield. Once again, the Bears' Cirone picked up the ball for a long run. On the play, Miami attempted a body block tackle and was cited for a penalty. Bears fly half Zimon Brennan made the kick after, and the Bears were ahead 12-3.
At 24 minutes, Miami made another penalty kick to make the score 12-6 at the half.
Six minutes into the second, there was a Miami lineout at its 25-yard line. Miami got the ball, but flanker Jimmy Brouchard stripped the ball from the Miami jumper and started a ruck. Zuluaga picked up the ball and passed off to winger Jean Fortin who was able to get to the 5-yard line, leading to a Cirone try and a 17-6 Bears lead.
The victory capped the Bears season.
GGN Royals claim Tournament of Champions qualifier: The Golden Gate National Royals won the Tournament of Champions qualifier on April 30. The Royals went undefeated in the tournament, winning four games.
Todd Nottingham hit a bases loaded triple in the Royals second game to lead his team to a 7-6 win. Brandyn Gatenby hit three home runs over the weekend, whileColin Blanco added one.
Players on the Royals are Colin Blanco, Brian Barroso, Kayden Cecil, Max Dommers, Brandyn Gatenby, Gabriel Lopez, Todd Nottingham, Reid Sondermeyer, Tucker Tenbarge, John Wolner, Stephen Wolner-Lawrence. The team is coached by Erik Nottingham, Marvin Cecil and Carlos Blanco.
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Middle School Golf Results
The First Tee of Naples/Collier
North Naples Middle School B 122, Golden Gate 173 (5 holes)
NNMS: Fieger 32, Hotchkiss 29, E. Olguin 27, C. Olguin 35, Fagliarone 35, Vaca 36
Golden Gate: Rolfken 45, Marion 41, Skylar 44, Daniel 43
East Naples 243, Gulfview 198 (9 holes)
East Naples: Couch 55, Rodriquez 57, Wu 60, Sanchez 71, Harris 78
Gulfview: Walsh 43, Watkins 51, Ingham 51, Cirou 53, Diers 57, Horne 65
Pine Ridge 188, North Naples A 171 (9 holes)
Pine Ridge: Gareau 43, Frederick 45, Newman 46, Beatty 54, Waller 56, Natvig 56
North Naples: N. Porraro 36, Babb 41, Damen 43, Nunner 51, C. Porraro 51, Kopka 55
Village School 160, Community School 218 (8 holes)
Village School: Thompson 36, Mason 39, Cibelli 42, Navarro 43, Warburton 48
Jaguars: Stockard 41, Ramirez 57, Campbell 60, Straub 60, Otto 63, Campbell 65
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Sports Club Center open gym: Pre-K through 8th grade. Choose from a variety of activities on trampoline, spring floor, tumble track and largest foam pits in Southwest Florida as well as other fun activities at the Sports CLUB Center. Fridays, 7 to 10 p.m. Contact: Kevin Lehman at 570-417-1121 or 239-566-CLUB.
Youth strength and conditioning class: Put on by Magic Benton and 24/7 Sports. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Cost is $30. Contact: Brian Dodd 277-0700, email@example.com.
Juan Romero Camp: Four camps — June 18 to 22, June 25 to 29, July 23 to 27, and July 30 to Aug. 3. Cost is $175 per week or $600 for all four sessions if registered by June 18 with full payment. To sign-up, visit JuanRomeroBaseball.com to print and mail the registration. Contact: 732-9664.
10U boys travel team: Seeking players and parents interested in forming a team to begin practice in early summer and play by late August/September. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Prowlers/Team Easton: Seeking 9U players interested in travel baseball. Contact: Randy at 239-293-3081.
Golden Gate Hammerheads: 11U travel team seeking players for the fall, ages 10 to 11.
Contact: Walter Rascher, 340-5025.
Naples Cyclones: 11U travel team. Contact: Coach Jon Ayres 398-1769, jonayresbaseball.com, Coach Mos 986-9118.
Southwest Florida Red Hawks: 13U travel team seeking players. Contact: 682-3299.
SWFL Hawks: 13U travel team seeking experienced players. Contact: Lou Marsala, 784-5965.
Scott Stewart Camp: Boys and girls. Five sessions. Week 1, June 11 to 15. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Ages 7 to 14. Cost is $125. First Baptist Academy. Week 2 and 3, July 9 to 13, and July 16 to 20. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost is $120 for one week, $200 for both. North Collier Regional Park. Week 4, Elite Camp, ages 10 to 12. July 23 to 27, 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $200. First Baptist Academy. Week 5, Elite Camp, ages 13 to 15. July 30 to Aug. 3. 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $200. First Baptist Academy. Contact: Scott Stewart 269-7473, email@example.com.
Ave Maria Camp: Boys and girls. Four sessions: June 4 to 8, Half day (Grades K-6); June 4 to 8, Half day (Grades 7-12); June 11 to 15, Half day (Grades K-6); June 11 to 15, Half day (Grades 7-12). Cost is $75. Contact Jamon Copeland 280-1503.
Mitch Woods Basketball Skills Camp: Session I, June 11 to 15, Session II, June 18 to 22. Community School of Naples Cost is $150. 8 to 11:30 a.m. Afternoon, 12:30-4 p.m. Register at www.excellenceinbasketbal.net. Contact: Mitch Woods 825-2899 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naples Youth Basketball Camp: Weekly camps starting June 4 through Aug. 10. New Hope Ministries. Half day 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $99 per week.Full day 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. $149. Monthly rates available. Contact:l Bill Clark 239-330-4947 or register online at www.playnybl.com.
K6 Sports Future Stars Basketball Camp: For boys and girls entering grades 2 through 8. June 25 to 29. Community School of Naples. Morning session 7:30 a.m. to noon. Afternoon session, noon to 5:30 p.m. All Day session 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Limited to 135 players. Contact: Bill Carufe 290-3430 or email@example.com, www.sportsclubnaples.org.
FGCU Girls Basketball Camp: Overnighter $345, Commuter $295 (Early Eagle $20 Discount if submitted by May 21). Alico Arena. June 25, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; June 26, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; June 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register at FGCUAthletics.com.
Gulf Coast Rebels: Boys travel team seeking skilled fourth-graders. Contact: Greg Urbancic 262-0270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naples Magic: Looking for seventh grade experienced travel players. Contact: Mark Chlebek 272-1451 or Sam Foggin 407-376-0502.
Adrenaline Naples: Girls and boys from beginner to advanced. Ages 3 to 18. Contact: 261-6221.
FGCU Camp: June 25 to 29. Cost: Resident campers, $400; Commuters, $275. (Groups of four or more receive $75 off tuition). Contact: Caleb Baker, 590-7097.
Bill Kramer/City of Naples Camp: Boys, grades 1 to 8. Week 1, June 11 to 15. Week 2, June 18 to 22. 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Naples High School. Cost is $135 for one week, $240 for two weeks. Registration at Fleischmann Park. Contact: 213-3020.
Naples Football League: Signup on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Golden Gate Community Center. This is a full-contact, non-traveling league for players from grades 3 thru 8. Only one weigh in required for older-lighters before 1st game begins. Conbtact: naplesnfl.org
1-on-1 instruction: Skill position players ages 6-18. Individual lessons and instruction. Visit skillpositionpride.com. Contact: Mike Wexler 273-2693, email@example.com.
Marco Island Optimist football and cheerleading: Open registration. Boys and girls. Ages 7 to 14. Contact: hometeamonline.com/mioptimist or call Coach Webb 394-0494.
Sports CLUB Gymnastics: Classes for 3 years and up. Monday to Saturday. Adult open gyms Monday to Thursday 7-8:30 p.m. $10. Friday Night Open Gym: K through 8th grade 7-8:30 p.m. $10 or 7-10 p.m. $20. Includes pizza. Contact: Kevin 570-417-1121 or Sports CLUB 566-CLUB.
Naples Progressive: Extended Open Gym, Friday, 6 to 10 p.m., $20, includes pizza and drink. Every Friday Open Gym 6 to 7 p.m., $10; 6 to 9 p.m., $15; 7 to 9 p.m.,$10. Summer camp information is available.Classes are in session. We start taking the children at 2 years old.Contact: 455-3700, naplesgymnastics.wordpress.com.
Madlax: Open tryouts for boys ages 8 to 18. Under 11-rising seniors, May 19 to 20. Under9-rising seniors, May 29 to June 8. Contact: www.madlax.com/florida or www.madlax.com/summer.
City of Naples Summer Camp: Girls ages 10 to 13. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 12 to July 12. Fleischmann Park Football Field. 8 to 10:30 a.m. Players must have their own mouthpiece. $50. Register at the Fleischmann Park Community Center. Contact: 239-213-3020.
Roller hockey: Sundays 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ages 4 to 8. Contact: 566-2367.
Pro elite hockey skating and skills clinic: Thursdays, 5 to 6 p.m. Ages 7 to 12. $120 for six weeks. Contact: Coach Joe 431-7090, www.proelitehockey.com.
Naples Community Sailing Center: Instruction for youths and adults. Summer youth camp starts June 11. Spring break and adult lessons also available. Contact: CC Cramer 403-7193, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit naplessailingcenter.com.
Mizuno Edge: Ages 10 to 14. Seeking coaches. Contact: Joe Sutherland, 561-436-1443.
Tropic Wave Fast Pitch (12 and under): Looking for a couple of players. Practices held at St. John Neumann High School. Contact. Andrea Peterson 239-269-4280, TropicWaveFastPitch@yahoo.com.
Swim Florida: Golden Gate Aquatic Facility. Year round swim program for ages 5 and older. Summer League May 15 through Aug. 15 . Cost is $200 for summer, includes USA Swimming registration. Contact: Daryl Sullivan 455-6122 or email@example.com.
Neal Studd FGCU camp: Ages 7 and up. Session 1: June 9 to 14. Intensive Swim Camp, Session 2: June 18 to 22 for all campers. Session 3: July 9 to July 13 for all campers at the FGCU Aquatic Center. Half day (8 to 11:30 a.m.) $200; full day (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) $375; overnight $525. Contact: Justin Glover, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naples Christian Academy Camp: Boys and girls, grades 3 through 9. June 11 to 15, 3 to 5 p.m. Contact: 530-8706 or Davison@ncanaples.com
South Florida Riptide: Fielding girls travel teams ages 10U-17U for USAV and AAU tournaments. Also looking for assistant coaches and junior coaches (volunteer and paid positions). Contact: email@example.com, riptidevolleyball.net.
Bear wrestling club: Sign-ups Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m. at Palmetto Ridge High School. Ages 5 to 18. Practices Tuesday and Thursday. $100. Contact: Josh McIntosh 938-6316, Dave Parmenter 353-0265.
Naples Sharks: Mondays and Wednesdays 6 to 8 p.m. Gulf Coast High School. $100 (no charge for first practice). Contact: Dominic Del Debbio 816-520-7617, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naples Titans: At Golden Gate High School. Tuesday and Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. $100 (no charge for first practice). Contact: Dominic Del Debbio (816) 520-7617 or email@example.com.
Wildcat wrestling club: Practices 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Estero High School. Ages first grade through high school. Free. Contact: Matt Brock 851-7630, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To have an activity listed, mail it to Naples Daily News, Kids Calendar, 1100 Immokalee Road, Naples, FL, 34110. You can fax info to 263-4816 or email email@example.com. Email preferred by 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.