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.
Championship season is right around the corner, and, as every contest draws to a conclusion, we are one step further toward figuring out who will win this year’s ultimate prize. Today, on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, Rambam’s upset of Heschel sends shockwaves through the Varsity Basketball postseason on the same night that Rambam and Kushner produce fireworks in Varsity Hockey, and I get an opportunity to redeem myself in JV Basketball. All that and more, straight ahead. Good morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
We’ll start off with Varsity Hockey, where, we are now officially half-way to the final four. The second play-in game was played in Rambam, last Tuesday night, between the East #4 Ravens and West #5 Kushner Cobras. Kushner held a 1-0 lead until the beginning of the 3rd, when Rambam planted two to take the lead. But, in true playoff fashion, this one would not end without fireworks. With only a few minutes left to play, Kushner Junior Drew Rabinowitz hit paydirt to tie the game at two, and we would go to overtime. It would take nearly half the period, but the visitors would do it again, when Senior Sidney Feirtag would slide one into the Rambam net, to take home the victory and quarterfinal berth. Next up for them, a date with the West top seed, the Frisch Cougars, next Tuesday, with the winner advancing to the semifinals to take on the HAFTR Hawks. The Hawks rode a 4-1 win over Ramaz, to earn their ticket into the semifinal. On the other side of the bracket, SAR’s championship defense came to a close, two days after their play-in game win, falling to DRS 2-1. DRS will next take on the winner of tomorrow night’s TABC-Flatbush contest.
Meanwhile, DRS JV would also move on with a 2-1 victory, knocking off West #3 seed, Ramaz, 2-1. The Wildcats now join Kushner and North Shore in the semifinals, and await TABC JV’s contest with Flatbush, this Thursday, to determine the last of the JV Hockey final-four.
Switching gears now to Boys Varsity Basketball, where one game changed the complexion of the entire playoffs. The Rambam Ravens went on the road, and emerged victorious over the Heschel Heat, 62-52. Senior Dovid Lichter’s 14 points paced four Ravens in double-figures, as their win, combined with HAFTR’s 57-54 loss to YDE, lifted Rambam over the Hawks, into 4th in the East, and they will now host HAFTR, tomorrow night. On the other side of the coin, Heschel’s loss, dropped Heschel from contention for the West top seed, and out of a first-round bye completely. Frisch and TABC will now enjoy the break, with the Cougars taking the West #1 seed, while Heschel, as the 3 seed, will need to battle MTA, in the first round. One more interesting note from varsity basketball comes from the East. DRS and YDE will, once again, meet up, this Thursday night. For those who have followed the post-season saga between the two, over the last two years, these two teams squared off in the First-round of the JV playoffs, with YDE, the 6 seed, both times, going in to the Greenhouse, and upsetting the 3rd seeded DRS Wildcats. This Thursday night, the two will meet, once again, in the Greenhouse, and with, you guessed it, YDE as the 6 seed and DRS as the 3.
Over in Girls Varsity Basketball, West top seed, SAR Sting, and East 2nd seed Ramaz, emerged victorious from their quarterfinal contests, and will square off, with a berth in the finals on the line.
Finally, in a showing that even the most informed of us make mistakes, I would like to apologize for accidentally misinforming our faithful listeners, last week. In announcing the matchups for JV Basketball, teams were inadvertently switched. Thankfully, neither of these contests have happened yet, so allow me to correct myself. In the East, 4th seed DRS will square off, tonight, with 5th seed Shaare Torah, while the 3rd seed Magen David hosts 6th seed Flatbush next week. Out West, 4th seed Frisch easily dispatched of Heschel, 64-45, last night, and will face either North Shore or HAFTR depending on the outcome of the remaining first-round contest, between Ramaz and TABC.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.