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.
Welcome back from winter break, folks. Today on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, we’ll recap the few games that were played over the past 2 weeks while everyone else was away and we’ll set the stage for the most action-packed two weeks of the 2019-2020 Yeshiva League Season. All that and more, straight ahead. Good Morning I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
Four games were played over the break, all of them in basketball, two of which took place in Varsity. As the majority of students were starting their vacation, the defending champion Heschel Heat continued their run back to the top of the West with a 38-35 win over SAR. Both teams would be in action again as SAR rebounded with a 54-41 win over Waterbury to even their record at 6-6 and Heschel squared off with Ramaz last night downing the Rams 60-56, behind 22 points from Senior Ricky Sutton to jump into first place in the West with a record of 11-2. The week ahead holds 13 of the 22 remaining varsity basketball contests and by this time next week, we expect to have a much clearer view of the playoff picture. One of those contests, will see Flatbush hosting HAFTR at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, with the visiting squad fighting to keep pace in the race for the division crown while the home squad is looking to punch their ticket into the postseason.
In JV Basketball, the only game over the break was one meaningless to the playoff picture as Heschel topped Westchester. Games that do have significance over the next week, YDE and North Shore will square off Thursday to see who will gain the advantage in the race to host an East first round home game and out West, Frisch and TABC will battle Saturday night in a game that can either determine the West division champion or throw the standings board into utter chaos.
In Girls Varsity A, the final playoff spot left undecided will be determined as the West #4 seed will belong to either Hillel or Heschel depending on the outcomes of their matchups starting tonight with Heschel hosting Frisch and Sunday night with Hillel traveling to SAR. All other games are basically for seeding purposes, with Maayanot, Frisch and SAR all in the hunt for the West crown. Out East, HAFTR has the division sewn up, but they will face Flatbush who is looking for better seeding, twice, including the lead-in game to the Boys contest at the Barclay’s center.
In Girls JV, Frisch took a 34-33 win over SAR to begin the break, which will put them in a position to take the top seed next week
Moving over to hockey, where the week ahead will see 9 varsity contests, including the rematch of the Frisch- SAR contest from just before the break, where the Cougars can lock up the West top spot with a regulation win. Also on the slate, In what could be a preview of a play-in matchup, TABC will square off against Flatbush and Rambam, HAFTR and North Shore will all be in action in the race for East 2-4 all separated by just 2 points.
And in JV Hockey, the West playoff picture will be decided as Frisch will square off with SAR and TABC to determine seeds 1-3 and MTA will host JEC to see whether either of those two teams or Kushner will earn the West #4.
Finally, in continuing with non-Yeshiva League but Yeshiva-League related news, a congratulations to Yeshiva University Senior Gabriel Leifer on becoming the 38th and latest member of the vaunted Maccabee 1000-point club this weekend. Gabriel’s name was a mainstay for several years on the Update as he terrorized the Yeshiva League as a member of the DRS Wildcats, and he continues to do so, well beyond the high-school hardcourt. As for the Men’s team as a whole, congratulations to the Maccs for their first ever Division III top-25 ranking, entering this week’s list at #24.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg,