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.
With Purim out of the way and April knocking on the door, we get ready to turn the page to the 2019 Spring season, but first a little business to wrap up. Straight ahead on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, we recap the 2019 Bernard “Red” Saracheck Memorial Basketball Tournament, then we look to boys volleyball where Solomon Schechter has roared to the top, as have Ma’ayanot, SAR and North Shore in Girls Varsity soccer. All that and more, straight ahead. Good morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg
While we were on break, the 28th annual Bernard “Red” Saracheck Memorial Tournament took place. Twenty teams met over five days of action, culminating in “Championship Monday”, where four crowns were handed out. Of the twenty participants, six were from our very own Yeshiva League, with two playing prominent roles in the proceedings.
The Tier I Championship saw the top two seeds, #1 Shalhevet and #2 Magen David square off. The Warriors, only a few days after dropping the Yeshiva League championship, escaped Maimonides on Friday, then blew out SAR in the Semis to reach the final against the consensus #1 team in the nation. The Warriors were able to match the Firehawks through the first quarter, opening up a 6-point lead heading into the 2nd. The Firehawks would stick close, and as a result of an 8-0 run at the end of the third, would finally jump ahead. With 1:30 left in the game, just after Magen David Senior Michael Natkin cut the Shalhevet lead to 2, Asher Dauer would nail a three that would slam the door shut. With the lead at 3 with under :30 seconds Shalhevet’s Zack Muller would step in front of a pass and nail foul shots to stretch the lead back out to 55-49, which would be the final score. Dauer would take home the MVP, putting up 17 points, leading Shalhevet to the first repeat championship at the tournament since 2001.
Also taking home a crown, host MTA Lions who would take home the Tier 2 crown with a 45-38 win over Fasman.
Now, on to the Spring Sports! Girls Hockey, Boys Volleyball, and Boys and Girls JV and Varsity soccer and Boys and Girls Tennis are already underway with the diamond sports getting underway over the next few weeks.
Speaking of Lions, the early kings of the Boys Volleyball jungle are the Solomon Schechter Lions, who have jumped out to a 4-0 start to lead the East. Halfway through their season, the Lions have yet to drop a set, taking 3-0 blankings over Frisch, DRS and most recently, the two participants in last year’s finals, runner-up HAFTR and defending champion Ramaz. Solomon Schechter will look to continue their roll next Monday when they take on Kushner.
Moving over to Girls Varsity Soccer where Ma’aynot, North Shore and SAR lead their respective divisions in the early season. Ma’ayanot, last season’s runners-up, leads the West at 4-0, but close on their heels are Frisch and Kushner, both at 3-1. There will either be separation from the pack, or a joining of the pack tomorrow night when the Rapids host the Frisch Cougars with first place on the line.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.