Every Tuesday morning at 7:20 ET Nachum Segal presents Elliot Weiselberg on JM in the AM to deliver the Yeshiva League Sports (YLS) Update. Spread the word and tune in for the latest Yeshiva League Spring sports information, as well as, the occasional update on other sports happenings in the Jewish world. Due to Pesach observance, there will be no update next week, on Chol Hamoed. Tune in the following week for the latest Yeshiva League Sports news. Check out the transcript of today’s update below.
Straight ahead on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, the Cobras slither in to the top spot in the Boys Varsity Soccer West, Maayanot does the same in Girls Varsity Soccer, Hillel JV Softball crushes in doubleheader action and a good old fashioned footrace in Girls Varsity Hockey East. Good morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
Kushner began its Varsity soccer season with a crushing 5-3 loss to defending varsity soccer champion TABC back in mid-March. Given that the Cobras roster is comprised of 8 members of last year’s JV Championship squad, you had to know that losses like that would be few and far between. In fact, since that loss to open the season, the Cobras have not only not lost a game, but have not given up 5 goals in any game since, racking up 40 goals in the 5 games that they’ve played, including their 7-2 win over Frisch this past Sunday to up their record to 5-1. With TABC faltering of late, the win puts Kushner in sole-possession of first place in the Varsity West with a chance not only at redemption, but the division crown tonight as well when Kushner and TABC meet in TABC.
Meanwhile in Girls Varsity Soccer, last week, we informed you about the goings-on in the Eastern Conference, but over in the West, a neck and neck race at the top between defending-champion SAR and Maayanot. The two teams look to be headed for a deadlock as the season winds down. Both teams are now tied at 6-1 after Maayanot avenged an early-March 1-point loss to the Sting in SAR with a 1-point 11-10 win of their own this past week. Both are assured of a top-2 finish in the division, and with 1 game to go for each, we could find ourselves in a tiebreak procedure for the West crown.
Heading outdoors, we hit the fields for JV Softball where Hillel has put together an impressive 4-0 record after a double-thrashing this past Sunday in Frisch. Michael Ancona pitched a shutout in the Heat’s 11-0 win over Frisch and then picked up 3 hits and 5 runs-batted-in against TABC as the Heat rolled to a 12-5 win over the Storm. The Heat have outscored their opponents 38-10 on the season, plating the most runs of any team in the league over their 4 game stretch. Hillel can wrap up the JV West with a win over JEC on the other side of the Pesach break.
Moving back indoors for girls hockey, where the East has become a footrace after SAR is dropped from the ranks of the undefeated, losing twice in a 3-day span to fall into 2nd place at 4-2 behind HAFTR, which now at 5-1. The slide began last Tuesday when the Sting dropped a contest with the Hawks 6-2 and continued on into Thursday night losing to Maayanot 2-1. With only 1 game left on each team’s docket, that being each other after the holiday in SAR, we could be looking at a stalemate at the top of the East. Speaking of Maayanot, the Rapids gained some revenge last night ruining banner night for the defending champion Frish Cougars, with a 3-2 win in Frisch. With members of last year’s team on hand, Talya Gellis opened up the scoring mid-way through the 2nd period. Jolie Levart would net the equalizer 4 minutes later. The score would remain deadlocked until the 4 minute mark of the 3rd, where three goals would be scored in 1:54. Rebecca Malech would score a breakaway goal to give Maaynot the lead but Frisch would knot the score at 2 only 30 seconds later. The game-winner would come a minute later when Avigail Shapiro would smack the ball out of mid-air into the Frisch net for the victory, improving the Rapids to 3-2 on the year while dropping the Cougars to 1-3-0-1 and opening a wide margin between the top 3 and the bottom 3 in the division.
Just a reminder, the prizes for the 2016 Martin Weiselberg Memorial Tournament raffle have been released and tickets will be on sale online over the next day. This year’s drawing will include a prize pack from the 3 metropolitan area hockey teams, the Rangers, Islanders and Devils, a jersey signed by Pittsburgh Penguin offenseman Evgeni Malkin, a scholarship provided by sponsor Camp Dovid and the grand prize, a framed autographed authentic Mike Richter jersey complete with the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals patch. For more information on this year’s event, happening May 22nd, and to purchase tickets, please visit the tournament website at www.mwtournament.com.
The Sports Update will be on break next week due to the Pesach holiday, so a Chag Kasher V’Sameach to all and we will be back in two weeks for the home stretch of the Spring season.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.