Yeshiva League Sports (YLS) with Elliot Weiselberg has returned to JM in the AM! Nachum welcomed Elliot to this morning’s program to deliver the latest Yeshiva League spring sports news and information. You can read the full transcript of this morning’s update below:
With the Shavuot holiday commencing tonight, the next time that school doors open, the calendar will read June. In just a few short weeks, the 2017 school year will come to a close, but before then, we have a few more champions to crown. Straight ahead on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports update, two more banners get raised to the rafters in Boys Volleyball and Girls Soccer. Girls Hockey’s final has its two participants and Boys Varsity Softball gets a strange case of déjà vu. Good Morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
This past week saw Boys Volleyball crown the 2017 Yeshiva League Champion, and boy, does Elliot sure know how to lay the “whammy” down. Last week, when I mentioned how DRS upset SAR last year in the finals after losing to them in the regular season and how similar it was to this year’s finals between the Sting and the Frisch Cougars, I didn’t realize just what fury I had unleashed. It was merely a cautionary tale, lest history repeat itself. But repeat itself, it did, and in almost mirrored fashion. The second seeded Frisch Cougars pulled off the same magic as last year’s champions, knocking off the top-seeded Sting, 3-1, to claim the 2017 Boys Volleyball crown, leaving SAR short by the same margin for the 2nd year in a row. About the only difference between the two finals, was that instead of SAR winning the first game this year, the Cougars roared out of the gate, winning the first two sets. SAR would take set number 3, 21-18, but would fall well short in the final set, with Frisch walking away in a 21-12 4th set victory. Congratulations to the Cougars for avenging their regular season sweep loss and for taking home the first title of the Spring.
If we chronicle one team not being able to exorcise its demons, it’s only fair to talk about one that has. Last night, the Kushner Cobras and the Heschel Heat squared off in a Girls Varsity Hockey Semifinal. Last year, the Cobras up 3-1 to the Frisch Cougars with 4 minutes left in the third, saw their lead slip away with two late goals and watched the Cougars celebrate a comeback win in the Kushner rink in Overtime. Fast forward to this year, just about 4 minutes to go, Kushner holding a 3-1 lead over the Heat, the Cobras would not let history repeat itself. Junior Olivia Lefkovitz would shed the Heschel defense on a breakaway and capitalize on the opportunity, giving the Cobras a 4-1 lead, the final score of the contest. Kushner also received contributions from all ages as freshman Devorah Slonim, sophomore Ariana Matthew and Senior Rachel Mendelson netted the remaining goals for the victors. Kushner will now advance to play Maayanot, the West 4th seed, upset winners over defending champion Frisch 3-0, which now means that the 2017 championship will be played by the two teams that lost in the 2016 semifinals.
Speaking of other strange similarities from 2016, Boys Softball will look to relive the explosiveness of last year’s Final Four, with this year’s semifinals, which will be played between the same exact 4 teams. Hillel and Frisch and YDE and MAY will go to bat for the second year in a row in hopes of earning their entry in to the 2017 championship game. Last year, Frisch and YDE took the wins in the respective contests. Entry to the semis did not come easy for some, however, as top seeded Hillel needed two runs in the bottom of the last inning to upend Flatbush, 2-1, and MAY pulled off the upset win over DRS, yesterday, 10-7.
Finally, on our trip down memory lane to 2016, Maayanot repeats as Girls Varsity Soccer champions, knocking off Kushner 8-4, last night, in Frisch. In doing so, the Rapids complete the perfect season, going 11-0 and have now won their last 21 games as a team since losing the 2nd game of the 2016 season, almost 15 months ago.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.