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.
We are now down to the last week in April, which puts us less than 60 days until the end of the school year. This means that, within the next few weeks, we will be reaching the “second season” of the second season. Today on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, SAR and Frisch square off in Girls Varsity Hockey, DRS and North Shore battle for East supremacy in Boys Varsity Soccer and Softball’s defending Varsity champions take a surprising loss. All that and more, straight ahead. Good Morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
The last time the Hillel Heat tasted defeat on the softball diamond, June 6, 2016. In that time, Hillel had run off 14 straight victories, including the 2017 Boys Softball Championship. Sadly, for Hillel, that streak is no more. The Heat came into Sunday with a record of 2-0, having trounced MTA, 6-1, and Heichel Hatorah, 11-1. They would continue their stretch, opening the afternoon with a 14-1 beat-down of TABC, but the second game of the afternoon would prove to be their undoing. Hillel would suffer a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Frisch Cougars, knocking them from the ranks of the undefeated. The momentum would not last for the Cougars, who would take their first loss of the season, last night, to SAR, but for Sunday, at least, the Cougars were able to thrust their names back into the conversation for the Varsity Championship. Oh, by the way, in case you were wondering, the last team to defeat the Hillel Heat prior to their streak, the Frisch Cougars in the 2016 semis, en route to their championship.
At the same time, inside the Frisch gymnasium, the Frisch Cougars and SAR Sting Girls Varsity Hockey squads met up in an inter-conference battle. The two schools, no strangers to each other in the hockey world, having seen their boys teams square off for the boys varsity finals only a month earlier. While the location and the genders would be different, the outcome would be more of the same. Two first period goals by Senior, Jesse Gronowitz, and textbook goaltending by Senior, Amit Ginzberg, would pace SAR to a 2-0 win over the Cougars, allowing them to remain undefeated, and, at 4-0, clinching a playoff berth. The loss drops the Cougars to 1-3 on the season, and, with games against undefeated Kushner and Heschel still ahead, Frisch faces an uphill battle to make the postseason. In other hockey action, HAFTR took 3 wins in 6 nights, dropping Central, HANC and Flatbush, yielding only 2 goals in the stretch, to sit right behind SAR in the East at 4-1.
Varsity Boys Soccer’s Eastern Division had its long-awaited showdown between its last two undefeated teams, DRS and North Shore. Although, both teams entered the contest at vastly different stages of the season, the result looms large in the race for the conference crown. For those that thought that this would be a tough battle to the end, though, this certainly was not that. The Wildcats took it to the Stars early and often, walking away with a 9-2 victory. For DRS, the score seems to hold some sort of meaning. Now holding a record of 5-0, 4 of their games have finished with that very score. For North Shore, their regular season is finished at 7-1. They will undoubtedly make the postseason, but this loss throws the possibility of a division title into jeopardy for the group from Great Neck.
Finally in Girls Varsity Soccer, the defending champion Ma’ayanot Rapids finished off their perfect regular season with a 6-1 win over Kushner. The Rapids are now 8-0 and will be the top overall seed once the postseason begins.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.