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.
Today on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, Frisch vs SAR, SAR vs Frisch, it’s Cougars and Sting ruling the report today as they play in the majority of the contests on the week, some big ones against each other. All that and more straight ahead! Good Morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
We’ll start off the Frisch and SAR themed report in varsity basketball, where the Sting overcame 24 points by Frisch Senior Max Zakheim to upend the Cougars 57-54. The win, their second on the week after knocking off MTA, pulled SAR up to .500 at 5-5 while knocking Frisch down to the same at 6-6. Both teams now find itself in a race with Ramaz who took their 5th win, defeating JEC behind Junior Spencer Rubenstein’s 29 for the final first-round home game. As for that other first-round home game, before the week Heschel seemed destined for that slot, however, the Heat took 2 wins, but none bigger than the come-from-behind 48-42 home win over TABC. The wins put Heschel in the running for the a First-Round bye depending on what happens with the Storm down the stretch. Out East, Shaare Torah took two on the week defeating YDE and Magen Avraham to pull into a deadlock with HAFTR and DRS at 9 wins in the race for the byes in that Division.
In JV Basketball, the Sting and Cougars battled for the edge at the top of the standings board, both teams entering the game at 7-1. A game of such magnitude, fittingly, found itself heading into a 5th quarter, with the Sting pulling off the 65-64 Overtime win. Sophomore Noam Siegel led the Sting in scoring with 16 in the victory. That win combined with a 62-56 win earlier in the week over MTA pushes the Sting into a first place tie with TABC at 8-1. With the Storm having a tough matchup with Frisch coming up after the break, a favorable score could put SAR in the driver’s seat for the Western Conference crown. Also taking two games on the week, Ramaz down JEC and Heschel. The Ramaz win, combined with the Heschel loss served to eliminate Heschel from playoff contention and lock up the 6 playoff teams in the West, SAR, Frisch, TABC, Ramaz, Hillel and MTA. Out East, the lone contest saw DRS defeat Shaare Torah 50-42 to wrap up their regular season at 9-1, clinching the Eastern Conference title. The Shaare Torah loss clinches playoff berths for North Shore and YDE leaving one remaining spot for Shaare Torah, HANC and HAFTR.
In Girls Varsity Basketball, Hillel downed Heschel by 20 to gain the advantage for the 4th and final playoff spot in the West, and in JV, Frisch and SAR each picked up wins on the week, and will close out the basketball portion of the festivities between the two schools tonight in SAR.
Moving over to hockey, in JV, it was an all SAR week, as the only two contests played saw the Sting take a 7-0 win over JEC followed by a big 3-1 win last night in the JV contest with Frisch. The two wins tie Frisch and SAR in 2nd place in the West with 14 points, but, despite the loss, the Cougars hold the advantage as a win over SAR two weeks from tonight in Frisch will give Frisch the West 2nd seed, with an opportunity at the #1 spot that weekend against TABC.
Finally, Varsity Hockey saw Frisch pick up its only win of the meetup, as the Cougars took a 5-1 win to improve to 10-1 and lock up a Quarterfinal home contest. SAR at 10-2 had already locked up the other, but the contest in two weeks between the two will be pivotal in determining who will walk away with the #1 seed in the West. In other action, MTA shuts out JEC 1-0 to eliminate the Thunder from playoff contention, locking up Frisch, SAR, Kushner, TABC and Ramaz as the 5 West teams fighting for postseason position over the next month.
With only four contests over the next two weeks while the majority of the schools are on winter break, the Sports Update will take some time off itself to gear up for the playoff push on the other side. Stay tuned to JM in AM for all of your Yeshiva League Sports information.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg,