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.
Straight ahead on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, the playoffs have begun around the Yeshiva League and by this time next week, every league will have at least one round of the post-season complete. We’ll take you through the results that have already happened and give you a sense of what’s yet to come as we roll toward March. Good Morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
We’ll start with varsity hockey, where both First-Round play-in games have already taken place, creating two fantastic rematches. In what can technically be termed as an upset, West #5 Ramaz downed East #4 North Shore 3-0 behind two goals by Senior Eddie Cattan. The win sets up a rematch between Ramaz and West #1 Frisch, where, in the last matchup between the two, the Rams handed the Cougars their only Western Conference loss of the season. In the other bracket, in a rematch from two weeks ago, West #4 TABC trounced East #5 Flatbush to advance to play the East champion DRS,. These two played this season to a 2-2 tie and will meet up, this Wednesday night, in DRS for the 2nd postseason in a row. Last year the two met in DRS in the semifinals, with the Wildcats pouncing all over the Storm for a 5-0 win. In the other quarterfinals, both will take place next Monday as East #2 Rambam will host West #3 Kushner with the winner to face the Frisch-Ramaz winner, and West #2 SAR will host East #3 HAFTR with the winner to challenge the winner of TABC at DRS.
TABC also saw their JV team advance, as the West #2 seed Storm downed HANC 3-1 behind two goals from Sophomore AJ Seplowitz. The Storm will now wait to see whether they follow their varsity brethren into DRS, as the East top seed Wildcats host the West #4 seed MTA Lions this Thursday night. In the other bracket, Frisch travels to East #2 YDE tonight, while West division champion SAR hosts Rambam, also on Thursday.
Moving over to basketball, where JV has seen the only two boys’ postseason contest played. East #3 seed Magen David downed East 6 seed HAFTR 57-47. They will now advance to play Frisch in the Quarter finals. In the other East matchup between the deadlocked YDE Thunder and North Shore Stars, North Shore showed that a coin flip would not determine the better team as the #5 Stars move on following a 51-35 victory. They will now advance to play the Champs of the West, SAR. Other first round action happening this week out West, #3 TABC will host #6 MTA and #5 Ramaz will travel to Hillel, with the winners taking on either East #1 DRS or #2 Magen David.
In Varsity, First round action will kick off tonight as East #4 DRS hosts #5 North Shore. It will conclude tomorrow night, when Shaare Torah hosts YDE, West #3 TABC hosts rival Frisch and West #5 Ramaz resumes hostilities in Riverdale when it takes on SAR. East top seeds HAFTR and Magen David and West top seeds Hillel and Heschel await the winners in the quarterfinals.
The vast majority of the playoff action has been seen in the Girls basketball leagues. In Girls Varsity, three of the four quarterfinals have been played and the semifinals will be set after tomorrow night. Both division champions have advanced, as HAFTR and Ma’ayanot doubled up Heschel and Flatbush to host final-4 contests. Ma’ayanot will battle West rival Frisch after the Cougars knocked off East #2 Ramaz 43-32. HAFTR will have their eyes on tomorrow night’s game in SAR, as the Sting host East #3 North Shore with the winner traveling to Lawrence for a right to punch their ticket to the Varsity championship.
In Girls JV, 4th seed Flatbush defeated Ramaz 52-31 and will await the result of Thursday night’s contest between SAR and HAFTR to see whether they play Frisch or North Shore. An SAR win will send Flatbush out to New Jersey, while a HAFTR win would see them head out to Great Neck.
And finally, an unusual, but seemingly usual happening in Girls Varsity B. For the 2nd time in the last four years, three teams ended the season in a deadlock forcing essentially a play-off, playoff. Bruriah, Magen David and Ilan all finished their season tied at 8-4 with no possible tiebreak to cut through the tie. As a result, the teams got together for a mini- round Robin tournament, where each team faced each other in a short game with the total Least points against deciding that Bruriah would be the 2 seed hosting #3 Ilan and Magen David traveling to top seed SKA. Just for those with the question popping up in the back of their mind, yes, as one would anticipate given the goings-on this year, the record of the mini-games were all tied at 1-1 as well.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.