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. In this week’s update, Elliot discussed several playoff-shaping match-ups and more. The transcription for this morning’s update is below.
We are a day late for the Sport Update, but certainly by design. The last few nights, including Tuesday night, have held several playoff-shaping matchups, and we’ll bring them, and their fallout, to you, straight ahead, on the JM in the AM Sports Update. A good Wednesday to all, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
The last two days have created much-needed clarity for the Girls Varsity Hockey league. Coming into the week, we already knew that SAR and Kushner would be the East and West division champs, respectively. After the last two nights, the other six teams, and where they are headed, are all taken care of. On Monday night, Heschel took out Frisch, 5-0, eliminating the Cougars from post-season contention, and clinching the 4th spot in the West for the Ramaz Rams. At the same time, the Central Wildcats dominated the SKA Sonics, 5-1, to clinch the 4th spot in the East. This set up the two “1 seed vs. 4 seeds” as SAR vs. Ramaz and Kushner vs. Central. Last night, we would learn about the final two matchups, as Ma’ayanot and Heschel squared off in Heschel, with the winner earning the 2nd seed in the West, and the right to host East #3 North Shore. Two goals from Senior, Leila Small, would be enough for the Heat, who would go on to defeat the Rapids, 3-1. As a result, the brackets for Girls Hockey will be as follows: West 1 Kushner vs. East 4 Central, East 2 HAFTR hosting West 3 Ma’ayanot, East 1 SAR vs. West 4 Ramaz and West 2 Heschel hosting East 3 North Shore. While all that’s taken care of, Thursday night will see the two #1 seeds finishing off their seasons, against each other, in what will amount to a pride matchup, between SAR and Kushner, and possibly a preview of what we might see in just a few weeks from now.
Another league that’s ready for the postseason is Girls Varsity Soccer. The regular season is officially over and eight teams have punched their ticket to the knockout stages. Maayanot will take the 1 seed after winning the West, North Shore the 2 after going undefeated through the East. Kushner and Central are the 3 and 4 seeds. Flatbush is the 8th seed, and will take on Ma’ayanot, but there is a 3-way logjam between SAR, SKA and Ramaz, at 5-3, that needs to be sorted out before we know what the matchups will be.
Boys Varsity Soccer is in a similar boat, but still has games to help determine the spots that are up in the air. Each of the three divisions will send its top two teams and will be joined by the next two best wildcard records. TABC and JEC qualify from the West, MTA and Ramaz from the Central, DRS and North Shore from the East, with HANC and Flatbush as the two wildcard qualifiers. The matchups will be made clear, tonight, when MTA and Ramaz meet in the second-end of their home and home. MTA took the first meeting, Monday night, by the score of 9-2.
Boys JV Soccer will see Frisch and DRS taking the top two spots, and the bye into the semifinals. The quarterfinals will see SAR as the 3 seed hosting #6 HAFTR, and intra-division rivals Flatbush and Magen David will meet up in the 4-5 matchup. Girls JV will have 4 qualifiers, and they will be #1 SAR taking on #4 North Shore and #2 Frisch matching up with #3 Ma’ayanot.
Five of the six Boys Volleyball playoff participants have been determined as HAFTR, North Shore, Ramaz, Magen David and Solomon Schechter have all clinched spots. HAFTR will take the top spot, despite taking a loss to Magen David, in four sets, this past week. The result means more for Magen David than it does the Hawks, as the Warriors, at 5-3, now hold an outside shot at hosting a first-round game. With four teams potentially at five wins, we will still need the final 4 games of the season to be played before the seedings can be announced.
Softball and Baseball are heading into their last week and a half of action, and there still remains a myriad of possibilities, so we will wait until next week to set the stage for their post-season.
And that was your JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.