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. The transcription for this morning’s update is below.
As we head out of the Memorial Day break, June is only a few short days away, which means that we are in the home-stretch of the 2017-2018 Spring Season and school year. Today, on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update: Softball brackets are ready and at least one finalist has been named in every indoor championship. Good morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
We’ll start out in Boys Volleyball, where the top two seeds have cleared their schedules, and will compete for the crown. For the 2nd seed, Ramaz Rams, it came fairly easy, as they swept #3 North Shore 3 games to 0. For the top seed, HAFTR Hawks, not so easy, as they needed five games to outlast Cinderella, 6 seed, Flatbush, to advance to the championship. The finals, to be determined, will be the first time this season that these two teams will meet.
Girls Hockey has one-half of their finals matchup set. West 2nd seed, Heschel, upset East top seed, SAR, in SAR, to earn their second finals entry in the last three years. SAR opened up the scoring early in the 2nd period, but the Heat tied the score shortly thereafter, and would go on to score three in the third period, to propel them to the 4-1 victory. They will now wait for the all-West final that will see them take on either 3rd seed, Maayanot, or top seed, Kushner, whose game will be next Monday night, in Kushner.
In the soccer world, we reported that JV Girls has already figured out their two finals competitors, as Frisch and SAR will square off, this Thursday night, in Maayanot. But the real drama this week happened in Boys JV, where DRS and SAR went to four overtimes in their semifinal contest. DRS would score late in regulation to knot the game up at 4, and each team would add a goal in the full-session 1st overtime, before the game would head to Sudden-Death-Golden Goal drama. With 2:23 remaining in the fourth overtime, freshman, Daniel Dinkevich would deflect a pass from sophomore, Yonatan Blitz into the far side of the net, to end the marathon, sending the Sting sprinting on to the finals. They will now await the winner of the Frisch-Magen David contest, taking place in Frisch, this Thursday night.
For DRS, the night was not a total loss, as the follow-up game, the Varsity semifinal contest between DRS and MTA, would, decidedly, go in their favor, 16-4. This Wildcats group will now head back to finals, where they appeared for the JV title, two years ago. Their opponent in that contest, the eventual champion, TABC Storm. That Storm squad sits on the other side of the bracket, and will face the JEC Thunder, on Wednesday night, to complete the finals matchup, which will be this coming Sunday evening, in Frisch.
In Girls varsity, another lopsided result, as Maayanot knocked off Central, in Maayanot, to head back to the finals, where they will defend their 2017 crown. Their opponent will be decided Thursday night, in North Shore, when the Eastern Conference Champion Stars will take on last year’s runner up, the Kushner Cobras. The winner will meet Maayanot, this Sunday night, in Frisch, for the Girl Varsity title.
The softball playoffs have gotten underway. In Boys Varsity, DRS moved on to the semifinals, turning a 3-0 deficit, in the final inning of play, into a 5-3 victory, over 4 seed Shaare Torah. DRS will now await the winner of the game between top seed Hillel, and SAR. On the other side of the bracket, 2nd seed YDE will host MAY, while 3rd seed Darchei Torah will see TABC, on Friday. Boys JV will have all 4 games this week, as top-seed Frisch will host MAY, 4th seed Shaare Torah will host Hillel, 3rd seed YDE will host SAR, and, in a “Five Towns” battle, 7th seed DRS will walk to 2nd seed HAFTR. Over in Girls Varsity, Maayanot will play HANC tonight, with the winner taking on either SAR or SKA, and in the other bracket, Hillel and Central, and Flatbush and Frisch will be your matchups.
Finally, I’ve been telling you about the 2018 Martin Weiselberg Memorial Hockey Tournament for the last few weeks. The raffle store on our website is open, and tickets are being snapped up for our Patrick Roy autographed jersey, our Ray Bourque autographed jersey, our Mark Messier autographed puck and more! To purchase your tickets, please visit our website at www.mwtournament.com and to donate or sponsor, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. All proceeds for the event go to benefit Hatzolah. Next week, we will reveal which school teams will be participating in this year’s Bar Mitzvah event!
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.