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 hockey and basketball information, as well as, the occasional update on other sports happenings in the Jewish world. In this week’s update, Elliot discusses heading to the “Final Four” and much more. For a more in-depth look at Yeshiva League Sports, make sure to tune in on Sunday evening’s at 7:00 p.m. (ET) for Court Report, hosted by Elliot Weiselberg (encore on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.). The full transcript of this morning’s update is below.
As the playoffs roll along, we find ourselves winding down, or winding up, depending on how you look at it, to the end of the quarterfinal rounds and the beginning of each league’s “Final Four” . Today on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, JV basketball’s defending champions defy the odds, Last year’s Varsity Hockey runners-up get their revenge and Girls Varsity A and JV leagues will be an all-Western affair. All that and more, straight ahead. Good morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
The recent hockey rivalry between Frisch and DRS has added another page to their growing chapters. Fresh off of the Frisch Cougar JV squad dropping the Wildcats, 3-1, on Saturday night to move on to the semifinals, the varsity teams took to the stage last night in DRS in a rematch of last year’s championship. The defending champions, the Eastern Champion Wildcats looked to advance to their second straight final, but would need to, once again, go through the West 4th seed, the Cougars, in the process. From the outset, though, the Cougars took it to the hosts, breaking through twice in the first two periods on goals by Senior Sammy Weiss and Junior Aryeh Bloom. DRS would not go away quietly, though, as Junior Aiden Englander would draw the Cats closer with a goal in the third, but Frisch Junior netminder Isaac Markovitz would hold it down the rest of the way, giving Frisch the 2-1 upset win and a measure of revenge. Up next, in the semifinals, the Cougars will draw their close rivals, the TABC Storm, in a rematch of last year’s varsity semifinal, where TABC will look for their measure of revenge.
Not all defending champions have been pushed to the side. In JV Basketball, the defending champions still have life, despite being a 5 seed. The Magen David Warriors have advanced to the semifinals after knocking off the West #2 seed, JEC Thunder, in Overtime, 51-41. Sophomores Eli Nahamias and Teddy Cohen paced the visitors with 17 points and 14 points, respectively. The Warriors now find themselves matching up against the Eastern Division Champion, HAFTR Hawks. In their only meetup this season, HAFTR downed Magen David, 69-58. For Magen David, it’ll be their third straight game against a higher-ranked opponent, having also knocked off the East #4 seed North Shore to begin their repeat quest.
If you’re in the mood for a good Western show, tune in the Girls Varsity A and JV Championships next Thursday night. No, I’m not talking about cowboys hats or horses or showdowns in the desert, I’m talking about the participants that will be squaring off in those two games. Now, we still do not know who exactly it will be, as Varsity is still in the semifinal stage, but after a week where the West teams swept their Eastern opponents, we know that either Bruriah or Ma’ayanot will face off with either Frisch or SAR for the league crown. In JV, we are a little more aware, as Frisch has already punched their ticket to the finals, with a 46-45 win over Eastern Conference Champion HAFTR. The Cougars will now await the winner of the contest between Western Conference Champion SAR and the West 3 seed Ma’ayanot. The two championship games will take place next Thursday night, in TABC.
Looking for more playoff action? Tune in to tonight’s episode of the Court Report at 7PM on the Nachum Segal Network. This week, we set up the semifinals for every league, including for hockey where, for the first time in a long time, there will be no DRS, as well as the remaining quarterfinal contests that will be played in Basketball. All that and more, tonight at 7PM, on the Court Report, presented by Crown Trophy of Brooklyn, only on the Nachum Segal Network, Nachumsegal.com.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.