- By Jimmy Knight
The Wellington High School Wrestling team earned its third championship at the 3A Region 3 Tournament Feb. 24-25 in Boynton Beach. The team’s record-setting performance included nine state qualifiers and four individual champions, for a total of 207 points. Chris Difiore, Justin Henry and Jared Abramson placed first, Jesse Weinberg and Tony Widrig ranked second, and Robert Saldarriaga, Cameryn Townsend and Ryhan Montes placed third in their respective weight classes.
The Wellington Wrestling Club’s Ryan King captured a gold medal at the American Top Team wrestling tournament Feb. 24-25 in Coconut Creek. Ryan was the club’s only participant in the eighth-grade, 110-pound weight class event and avenged a loss to an opponent from earlier in the season. The club is open for kids from kindergarten through grade eight with practices Tuesday and Thursday evenings for beginners or advanced wrestlers at Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road. For information, call 561-827-8595.
Benjamin Schwartz, an adult intermediate student at Genbu-Kai Karate in Wellington, captured six medals at the 47th annual Goodwill Championships in California Feb. 17-18. Under the guidance of Sensei Keith Moore, Schwartz tested for 1st Dan/black belt level ranking in Kobudo (Okinawan weapons) and earned third-place honors in Karate kata (forms), kumite (sparring), Batto kata and Batto cutting and second place in Kobudo kata. For information or class schedules, call 561-804-1002 or visit www.floridagenbukai.com.
The Palm Beach Storm boys travel basketball team will hold tryouts for ninth- to 12th-graders March 17 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Candidates must have prior high school or travel ball experience. For information about tryout fees and location, call 561-574-5455.
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has announced its 2018 Hall of Fame induction class: Matthew Cetlinski, a Cardinal Newman High School graduate who set swimming records as a Crusader, earned eight All-American honors and five NCAA titles at the University of Florida and was part of the 4 x 200-meter freestyle relay team that won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul; fellow Crusader Larry Kissner, who lettered 10 times in football, track and wrestling while at Newman and again for football and wrestling at the University of Notre Dame; David Pressly, who won four SEC tournaments and three NCAA Championships for the UF tennis team; Byron Walker, who compiled a coaching record of 260-123, ranking fourth among active football coaches in Florida while winning two state titles as a player at Glades Central High School in 1971 and 72 and compiling a 128-47 record coaching at Glades Day School, and James”Jim” Watt, who spent eight years in the Florida House of Representatives and is responsible for the creation of collegiate license plates, the University of Miami holiday basketball tournament, the West Palm Beach Auditorium Tournament, and during his two-year tenure at the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award.
Posthumous inductees are: Geraldine “Jeri” Athey, one of the top swimming and diving coaches for more than 30 years at five different high schools and as recently as last summer, at age 90, was coaching a third generation of family swimmers, and Robert D’Angio, who coached football and baseball at Conniston Middle and Forest Hill High School. As coach of the Falcons, his teams compiled a 70-6 record and won four Suncoast Conference titles in the 1960s. The 42nd annual Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Celebration will be held March 25 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. For tickets, visit www.palmbeachsports.com or call 561-233-3180.
The Okeeheelee Seniors Softball Association’s interleague play for ages 55 and up runs through April, with pickup games Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. year-round. Come to Okeeheelee Park on game days or call 561-512-2986 for more information.
The West Palm Beach Police Athletic League will hold a “Clay For Kids” sporting clay benefit event at the South Florida Shooting Club in Palm City June 22. Clay shooting involves aiming a firearm at special flying targets known as clays, which fly in different directions and at different speeds. All skill levels welcome, registration fee $500 for individuals or $1,500 for a foursome, which includes breakfast, shooting, lunch and an awards ceremony. The event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the club, 500 SW Long Drive, Palm City. For information or to register, call 561-835-7195 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach offers free classes every Saturday at 10 a.m. Learn to hit the ball, score wickets, learn strategy and plot moves. Flat-soled shoes are a must and croquet attire is usually white. The center is at 700 Florida Mango Road, corner of Summit Boulevard. For information, call 561-478-2300, ext. 3.
The Gaines Park Community Center in West Palm Beach offers the following:
• Basketball: burn 600 to 900 calories an hour; indoor and outdoor courts available for play Monday to Thursday 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday noon to 5 p.m. Fee: $1 residents/$2 nonresidents.
• Drop-in soccer: outdoors, ages 15 and up, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 8:30 p.m.; $2 fee, on a space-available basis.
• Line Dancing: playlist is jazz and old-school R&B, Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m. with instructor Dennis Mobley. $6 fee for residents.
• Swim Lessons: at the Aquatics Center Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30, 6:10 and 6:50 p.m., all ages, $35 residents/$44 nonresidents. Call 561-809-4959. To inquire about qualifying for free lessons, call 561-616-7068.
• Tennis: Call for court availability.
• Zumba: Ditch the workout, join the party; ages 18 and older; Fridays, 7 to 8 p.m.; $6 fee for residents.
Gaines Park is at 1501 N. Australian Ave., north of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. For information about programs offered at the park, go to www.wpb.org/parks or call 561-804-4900.
The Howard Park Community Center in West Palm Beach is offering Jazzercise classes four days a week. Come work out in a pulse-pounding, bass-dropping, calorie-torching, hip-swiveling fitness program with a hot playlist that will distract from the up-to-800 calorie burn in one 60-minute class. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 to 10 a.m. A $25 one-time registration fee plus monthly fee of $38 or $15 per class. The center is at 1302 Parker Ave.; for information, call 561-804-4950.
Phipps Park in West Palm Beach provides facilities and lessons for skateboarders. Learn street skating, longboarding, vert and more. Six-month membership: $25 residents/$35 nonresidents. A daily fee option is available; helmets are provided free of charge. Private lessons are available, no experience is needed, $20 residents/$25 nonresidents. The park is at 4715 S. Dixie Highway; visit www.wpb.org/parks for more information or www.goskate.com/skateboarding-lessons for class information.
The South Olive Community Center in West Palm Beach is offering judo classes for ages 18 and older Wednesdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m. $5 residents/$10 nonresidents per class, proof of residency required. The center is at 345 Summa St., between Dixie Highway and South Olive Avenue. For information, call 561-804-4945.
Coleman Park in West Palm Beach offers safe activities for kids and teens ages 13 to 18: Teen Night Out, first Friday of the month, and Teen Game Night every Thursday night, both from 6 to 8 p.m. Free. The park is at 1116 21st St., off Tamarind Avenue. For information, call 561-804-4965 or register at www.westpalmparks.org
West Palm Beach offers the following free programs at the Mandel Public Library, 411 Clematis St.:
• Cardio Drumming: Saturdays, 1 to 2 p.m., make music and exercise, drumming experience not required.
• Dance the Hustle: Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m.
• Essentrics Exercise: Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m., a dynamic, full-body workout engaging all 650 muscles.
• Hula Hoop Fitness: Sundays, 2 to 3 p.m., learn how to be fit using a weighted hula hoop.
• P90X Workout: Saturdays, 3 to 4 p.m., attend the class and check out a full set of P90X DVDs with a valid library card.
• Pilates: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays; donations accepted.
• Rollology: 12:05 to 12:50 p.m. Mondays in the auditorium with master Pilates instructor Alyson Limehouse teaching strengthening and stretching techniques.
• Salsa and bachata dance: Wednesdays, 7 to 8 p.m., don’t forget your dance shoes!
• Tai chi: Fridays; intermediate and advanced, 10 to 11 a.m.; beginners, 11 a.m. to noon.
• Yoga: Tuesdays, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. or 7 to 8 p.m., also Saturdays, 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. or 11 a.m. to noon; donations accepted.
• Zumba: 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays; donations accepted.
• Zumba Gold: 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, provides modified, low-impact moves.
For information or to register for these and other programs at the library, go to wpbcitylibrary.org call 561-868-7701.