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.
We have officially reached the last Sports Update of the 2018 calendar year, but the action rolls forward toward the only point on any calendar that matters, the MYHSAL postseason. Straight ahead on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, Boys JV hockey sees two cross-divisional games setting teams on opposite paths, crazy results in Boys JV Basketball and Boys Varsity Basketball have entire divisions reshuffling, and how HANC Varsity girls basketball may be hitting their stride at exactly the right time. All that and more, straight ahead! Good Morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
We’ll start out in JV Hockey, where two big inter-divisional games happened Saturday night that may shape the fate of all 4 teams involved, as the season winds down. Central Avenue saw Rambam host Frisch and TABC travel to HAFTR, with all needing wins. Rambam and Frisch saw the game go down to the wire, with the Ravens eeking out a 4-3 victory. The Frisch loss puts them at 2-4-1, and with DRS and TABC still on the calendar, and Ramaz ahead of them with an easier schedule, the playoffs seem to be slipping away. Over at HAFTR, the visiting Storm put a 3-1 stamp on their trip, keeping their road to the West division crown alive, leading up to a late January showdown with, now 8-0, Kushner. For Rambam and HAFTR, both teams are now tied with each other and Flatbush. Both Rambam and Flatbush have 1-win YDE still to go this season, but for HAFTR, only one game remains, DRS, and a loss, without a slip up by Flatbush or Rambam would mean curtains for the HAFTR season.
Over in JV Basketball, a crazy Saturday night saw two high seeds taking hits at bad moments. In the East, 5-2 HAFTR knocked off previously undefeated Magen David, in a 40-29 romp, putting the Warriors in a precarious position, where another loss would not only knock them from a Division title, but could even cost them a First-Round Bye. Out West, a battle of two one- loss teams took place with the MTA Lions continuing their impressive season, with a 44-33 win over the TABC Storm. The loss drops TABC out of a first place tie, into 4th place, but it also now gives the SAR Sting a little more piece of mind. The Sting wrapped up a 9-1 season, and now avoid a messy possibility of a three-way tie in first that could knock them down out of a bye. Instead, they now know that only one team can finish tied with them, thus ensuring a bye, with Frisch and MTA certain to hand out a 2nd loss to one or the other in their matchup in two weeks.
The Varsity Boys Basketball scene is just as crazy. The East now sees five teams with 6 wins at the top of the division, after a wild week that saw HAFTR knock off SAR, 54-47 and Flatbush upend DRS, 52-40. The SAR loss was a part of an epidemic out West where the top teams couldn’t buy a win. Heschel, SAR and TABC all came into the week with two losses, and each left with three. Heschel fell to, formerly, 3-win JEC 54-50 and TABC lost a 56-52 stunner, to, formerly, 2-win MTA. The losses now put all 3 teams at 7-3, throwing a lifeline to Frisch, who rose to 6-3 after handing DRS their fourth loss, 54-45. Frisch can draw even at 7-3, when they face 3-5 Hillel this Thursday night in Deal, but given how the rest of the top teams have fared against the lower-tier in the division, nothing is a given in this wacky season.
Finally, Varsity Girls Basketball is seeing a virtual run-away out West, where SAR is 9-0 and needs one win to wrap up the Western Division crown, but out East, a hot streak is throwing a monkey-wrench into the works. The HANC Hurricanes, 3-3 entering the month of December, after an 11-point loss to Maayanot, and a 46-27 thrashing by Ramaz, have ticked off three straight wins capped off by a 40-29 revenge-drubbing of Ramaz. The win puts HANC at 6-3 and keeps them in the running for a First-Round Home- game. The Hurricanes have HAFTR this Thursday but with a win will set the stage for a showdown with Central, also 6-3, next Thursday for the privilege to host a post-season contest.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.