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.
With Thanksgiving behind us and December already in full swing, teams are now starting to look toward the home stretch. Today on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, MTA Varsity Hockey puts a dent in HAFTR’s division crown chase, three overtime games help keep things close in the JV Hockey East, another “Stinging” loss for Varsity Basketball’s defending champs, and results from the Weiner Tournament in Baltimore. All that and more, straight ahead! Good morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
We’ll start off with Varsity Basketball, where, for the first time in their 4 years, the senior class of the Magen David Warriors is experiencing a losing streak. The Warriors followed up their last second loss to North Shore with a 59-47 loss at SAR, last night. For the Sting, the win helps avoid their own potential two game skid, but also gains a measure of revenge for last year’s semifinal embarrassment in Brooklyn. In other action, the last two undefeated teams are undefeated no more, as Heschel, despite 32 points from Junior Ricky Sutton, dropped a 63-60 contest to TABC, behind Alex Ostrin’s 17, and the last team standing, the Rambam Ravens came up short to the formerly 1-win JEC Thunder, 63-59. JEC scored 33 points in the 4th quarter to turn a 9-point halftime deficit into the victory. Senior Moshe Heller led JEC with 17, Aaron Azose paced the Ravens and the game with 23.
Also, away from the Metropolitan area, congratulations to the HAFTR Hawks on winning the Weiner Basketball tournament. The Hawks and host Beth Tefiloh went to double overtime before HAFTR would pull away for the 59-48 championship win.
Moving over to varsity hockey, where the MTA Lions and HAFTR Hawks squared off Saturday night. In a battle between two teams heading in opposite directions, MTA at 2-4-0-1 fighting to stay relevant in the West playoff race and HAFTR at 3-1, the closest opposition to undefeated DRS at the top of the East, a HAFTR victory was to be expected. However, this year, we’ve come to expect, just about anything else. The game was scoreless for 33 minutes before MTA Senior Daniel Landa put home the game’s lone goal to give the Lions the upset win. For HAFTR, the loss knocks them another game behind DRS, with the Wildcats not having many potential losses left on their calendar, and also moves them toward the massive pack of 3 and 4 loss teams all vying for the East playoff spots. In the West, MTA, a team seemingly needing help, now with new life. They sit in a pack of 5 teams within 4 points of each other for the last 3 playoff spots. That pack also includes the JEC Thunder who pulled off an upset win over Ramaz, 2-1, behind two goals from Senior Shea Cornick.
In JV Hockey, extra time was in the air, last Wednesday night, as three of four games went more than the allotted 36 minutes. Two of those games were rivalry games with Flatbush hosting Magen David, and DRS battling HAFTR. In Brooklyn, the Flatbush Falcons ceded a late 3rd period goal to the Warriors to require the overtime period, but would grab the “W” on Sophomore Gerry Sabbagh’s 2nd goal of the contest, for their 3rd win of the season. Out in the five towns, the DRS Wildcats erased three one-goal HAFTR leads to force the extra session, where sophomore Kyle Siegel put home the game-winner to even the Cats record at 2-2 and keep the chance alive at the division crown. Also keeping their chances alive, the third game that went to extras between the division-leading North Shore Stars and the Rambam Ravens. North Shore held a 3-0 lead late in the third before the Ravens turned on the jets and scored three goals to tie the game. Unlike the other two, this would remain a tie, leaving North Shore with a record of 6-2-1 with one game left on the calendar.
Finally, one Girls Varsity Basketball score of note SAR completed their season sweep of Frisch, 68-45, behind 38 points from Senior Adira Orbach.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.