Sports & Recreation

  • Jimmy Knight
Jan 03, 2018
Chakiris Townsend of the Wellington High School Wolverines wrestling team pins down Mater Academy’s David Briel in a 106-pound match at the Wellington Duals X Tournament on December 23.

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 (PAL) will start the new year with a bang at its first “Clay For Kids” sporting clay benefit event on Jan. 12 at the South Florida Shooting Club in Palm City. 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.-1:30 p.m. at the club, 500 S.W. Long Drive, Palm City. For information or to register, call 561-835-7195 or go to

Wellington High School’s wrestling team won the team title at the Wellington Duals X Tournament Dec. 23. With ten teams participating, the Wolverines defeated Vero Beach, 65-18, Labelle, 71-9, Mater Academy 51-25 and Fort Pierce Central 42-33. Perfect 4-0 scores were awarded to Chakiris Townsend, Jesse Weinberg, Tony Widrig, Robert Saldarriaga, Jared Abramson and Eric Saber.

The Wellington Wrestling Club is open to kids in kindergarten to grade 8 with practices every Tuesday and Thursday evening at Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road. For information, call 561-827-8595.

The Wycliffe Stiffs Stickball League’s Dec. 19 matchups ended with the Brooklyn Bums grounding the Bronx Clippers, 8-1 and the New York Egg Creams outflavoring the Dukes of Flatbush in a 3-0 shutout. Sean Siegrist hit a pair of homers and Mike Schweiger ran the gamut with a triple, double and single. Bruce Dresner batted three doubles for the Creams, and mercifully, the Whalers were gone fishing. Tuesday’s lineup pits the perfect Whalers against the Bums at 1 p.m. and Flatbush will face The Bronx in the 2:45 p.m. nightcap. The Stiffs play at Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road. For information, call 914-522-9222.

Wellington is accepting registration for its Girls Softball Spring League until Jan. 17. Open to ages 4 to 14, all levels welcome. Ages 4 to 6: $60 residents/$85 non-residents, all other divisions: $75 residents/$106 non-residents. Games played at Tiger Shark Cove Park, 13800 Greenbriar Boulevard, corner of Greenview Shores Boulevard. Call 561-791-4005 or go to

The West Palm Beach Fishing Club will hold its 81st annual Silver Sailfish Derby at Sailfish Marina in Palm Beach Shores Wednesday-Jan. 13. Established in 1935, “The World’s Oldest Sailfish Tournament” will award trophies in over 10 categories, including Most Sailfish Releases, Top Lady Angler, Outstanding Angling Achievement and Junior Angler. Event starts with captains meeting Wednesday, fishing days on Jan. 11 and 12 and ends with a Derby Dinner Jan. 13. Participation limited to 50 boats, registration fee $1,000 per boat for club members, $1,500 for nonmembers until Dec. 22, add $300 after, or attend the Derby Dinner for $150 per person. For information, go to, or call 561-832-6780.

The Palm Beach Senior Softball Association seeks those 55 and older of all skill levels as players for the January-to-March winter season. Recreational games take place Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 9:15 a.m. at Caloosa Park in Boynton Beach and John Prince Park in Lake Worth. For information, call 561-336-1492 or go to

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 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 for more information or 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

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.

• Hula Hoop Fitness: Sundays, 2 to 3 p.m., learn how to be fit using a weighted hula hoop.

• Lunch Time Roll: Rollology: 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Mondays and Fridays in the auditorium with master Pilates instructor Alyson Limehouse teaching strengthening and stretching techniques.

• 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.

• 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.

• 22-Minute Hard Corps Workout: Wednesdays, Jan. 3 to Feb. 28, 12 to 12:30 or 12:30 to 1 p.m., reservations required.

• 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.

For information or to register for these and other programs at the library, go to call 561-868-7701.