Every Tuesday morning at 7:20 ET Nachum Segal will present Elliot Weiselberg on JM in the AM to deliver the Yeshiva League Sports (YLS) Update. Tune in for the latest Yeshiva League Spring Sports information, as well as, the occasional update on other sports happenings in the Jewish world. The transcription for this morning’s update is below.
Today on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, only a handful of games to recap around all leagues with Winter Break beginning this week. We’ll take you around the Yeshiva Sports world and recap what action did happen over the last 7 days. Good morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
We’ll start off with hockey, where only 4 games in both age groups occurred. Three took place in varsity, where the West now knows which 5 teams will advance to the post-season. Coming into the week, the JEC Thunder and Kushner Cobras were tied for the final spot, with JEC holding the Tiebreak advantage, but Kushner with more remaining games to take points. The Cobras would have their first opportunity to jump ahead against the defending champion, SAR Sting, last Wednesday. They would nearly squander the chance, down 1-0 heading into the 3rd period, but a late goal would send the game to overtime, where Junior Josh Lando would put home the game winner, to give Kushner the 2-1 victory. The win forced the pressure back on JEC, who would now need a win in their final game, to force the pressure back on Kushner, however, a 5-1 Thunder loss to Ramaz on Thursday would bring an end to the race, sending Kushner back to the post-season for the first time since 2016.
In JV Hockey, only one result as Kushner blanked MTA, 3-0. The win sets the stage for Kushner and TABC to battle it out for the West #1 seed, when they meet on the other side of the Break.
Now over to Varsity Basketball, where 6 games were played this week. Magen David retook the lead in the East, with wins over YDE and Solomon Schechter. The Warriors overcame a slow start to YDE, to take a 55-52 victory, to set up a battle with DRS at the top of the Eastern Division, after Winter Break. HAFTR and North Shore both picked up key wins to keep themselves in the hunt for a playoff berth in the East, the wins over Ramaz and Solomon Schechter, respectively, keep both teams in the 8-team pack fighting for 6 playoff spots, including four tied at 6-5, of which North Shore is now one. Out West, SAR and Heschel both picked up wins to advance to 8-3, and now sit a win behind Frisch at the top of the Division. The two teams will face on the 31st, with the winner having a clear advantage in the race for a First-Round Bye.
In JV, Heschel defeated JEC ,59-36, to secure the final playoff berth in the West, while over in the East, Magen David’s 44-28 win over YDE solidified the East six, to become the first Boys league to know all of its playoff participants. By virtue of YDE’s loss, the Flatbush Falcons have wrapped up the last spot in the East. Meanwhile the Warriors have now won their last two games, since a loss to HAFTR broke their undefeated season, and can clinch a first-round bye with two wins, or, a win and a HAFTR loss after the Break.
In Girls Varsity Basketball, SAR and Ramaz, the West and East division leaders, both took wins, downing Hillel and HAFTR. SAR has wrapped up the West, while Ramaz will now wait to see what happens with Central on the other side of vacation. Two Central wins would tie the Wildcats and the Rams, in which case Central, not Ramaz, would be crowned Queens of the East.
In Girls JV Basketball, SAR took 2 wins on the week, clinching the final berth in the West. The Sting sit at 5-4, having taken 5 of their last 6, and will finish off their regular season, tonight, against Frisch in an attempt to keep their shot at a home playoff game alive.
With only one or two other contests scheduled for the next 2 weeks, the Sports Update will head on vacation as well. We will return on January 29th as we set the stage for the final 10 days of the hockey and basketball seasons.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.