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. Check out the transcript of the update below.
Good Morning JM in the AM Sports fans!
The Winter Sports have come and gone and we here at the JM in the AM Sports Update enter a new chapter of Yeshiva League sports reporting. For the first time, the Sports Update will bring to the fore the secondary wave of the school sports year and shine some light on the activities that happen during the brighter and more fair-weathered months on the calendar. I’ll give you a crash course on what to expect for the next few months, on this, the first Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update of the Spring season, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
So, now that basketball, girls volleyball and boys hockey have concluded their season what is there to indulge in if you’re looking for more Yeshiva League action? The answer might surprise you. Starting in late March and running into early June, 11 different leagues in 5 different sports take the respective fields, if you will. Four of those leagues belong to indoor soccer, where both boys and girls will each compete on JV and Varsity levels. The boys leagues feature 3 divisions of 17 and 12 teams respectively, while the girls leagues have 14 and 6 and all leagues feature 8-game schedules. Typical soccer powerhouses include SAR, who lead divisions in 3 of the 4 leagues, TABC, last year’s boys varsity champions and Ramaz and Mayaanot, perennial contenders on the girls side.
Also being played now are two sports that flip roles from the Winter season. First is boys volleyball. Nine teams compete in an 8-game season, featuring teams like Ramaz, yearly contenders since the league’s inception, as well as SAR, champions from two years ago and DRS, who, as one might have considered from a sport that rewards height and athleticism, features several key players from their recently crowned championship basketball team, including the big men Judah Levine and Gabriel Leifer and court leaders Jeremy Brody and Zev Ben-Ami. We’ll follow along their season to see just how far this group can go to possibly putting together an undefeated school year.
On the girls side, they now pick up the sticks and take the court for their hockey season. 12 teams in two divisions compete with the same intensity and drive as their male counterparts did over the Winter. Having been involved in this league as a referee for the last 6 years, including last night’s game between SAR and Central, I can attest to the talent level that the girls bring to the table each and every game. Perennial favorites, Frisch and Maayanot who have battled each other in the finals repeatedly for the last few years will be back, but upstart groups in Kushner, SAR and HAFTR will be there to take their shot out of a league that should be more open for the taking than it has been in years.
Finally, in a few weeks’ time, tennis, three softball leagues and baseball will begin their schedules. We’ll be here every step of the way giving you all of the information that you need to keep you up to date on what’s still going on around the Yeshiva League. Additionally, we’ll touch on several events occurring over the next few weeks, including the Esther Semmelman Hockey All-Star Day on April 10th and, the Columbus Baseball Invitational and the Martin Weiselberg Memorial Hockey Tournament, both in late May.
Keep it locked in to JM in the AM every Tuesday morning, as starting next week, we’ll spring right into all of the action.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.