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.
This morning’s JM in the AM Sports Update is dedicated in memory of my father Marty on his 13th Yeharzeit
Welcome to March Madness, everyone. We are in the midst of the most chaotic month of the Yeshiva Sports season, and it has already produced fantastic results. Straight ahead, on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, a record-breaking Sunday at the JV and Varsity Hockey Championships and after two nights of quarterfinal action, the semis are already underway in the lead-up to this Sunday’s basketball finals. All that and more straight ahead! Good morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg!
When the capacity crowd packed Lawrence Middle School this past Sunday, no one could have expected that they would be witnessing one of the most epic days in the history of the Yeshiva Hockey League and in all of Yeshiva sports. The day began with the JV Championship between two West teams, the Kushner Cobras and the defending Champion TABC Storm. The Cobras would get on the board first with a goal by Sophomore Ben Orbach. For nearly two and a half periods, it looked as if that goal would stand up on its own, but the Storm would strike back when Freshman Joey Zelig picked up his own rebound and flicked it into the Kushner net to tie the game at 1-1. Both teams fought for the final seven minutes of the third, with no resolution, meaning that we would have our first overtime JV Championship since 2009. Those expecting a quick end would be sorely disappointed, as the defenses hunkered down for not just one, but two full overtimes. The golden goal would come three minutes into the third extra session, when Ben would find his brother Max Orbach wide open in front of the TABC net to slam home the game winner, giving Kushner its first JV Championship by the score of 2-1, in the longest Championship game in Yeshiva Hockey League history.
For those wondering whether the Varsity final could live up to the standard set by the JV, it absolutely did. A defensive battle from the start between budding rivals DRS and Frisch, it would be a miscue that tallied the first goal of the game as an accidental clear attempt found its way into the Frisch net to give DRS the 1-0 lead mid-way through the second. Much like the JV game, it looked for a long time as if the initial goal would stand, but déjà vu would strike in the form of Cougar Senior Josh Levine. Two years ago, as a member of the Frisch JV team, Levine would tie up a semifinal contest with DRS on the powerplay en route to upsetting the Wildcats on Frisch’s journey to the championship. On Sunday, Levine would do it again. Frisch on man-advantage with 2:25 to go in the third, Levine rifled a shot into the DRS net to tie the game up and send our second game of the day to overtime. It looked as if, after 10 periods of hockey, we would be headed for an 11th, until a Frisch penalty with 1:07 left put DRS on the man-advantage. If you think you know how this ends from that lead-in, you’re probably mistaken. An errant pass on the powerplay wound up on the stick of Frisch Junior Elliot Eisner who took it the length of the court the other way and put it into the DRS net for the short-handed championship winning goal for Firsch’s first championship on the Varsity level since 2005
As the hockey season draws to a close, we move to Basketball, which is about to reach its fever pitch. This past Tuesday, the JV semifinals were finalized as Magen David upset MTA 47-41, North Shore downed Frisch by 19 and TABC got the best of HAFTR 46-38. Last night, the first of our finalists for this Sunday’s JV Championships had their tickets punched as TABC knocked off the West division champion SAR Sting 53-34. The Storm now await the winner of Wednesday night’s game between North Shore and Magen David to see who they will face this Sunday at the Max Stern Athletic Center on the Campus of Yeshiva University.
Speaking of Magen David, the Warriors know that they will be heading to YU this Sunday to support their Varsity Basketball squad, earning their way to the finals with a come-from-behind 59-51 win over DRS last night behind 19 points from Senior Michael Natkin. They now await the winner of Frisch and Heschel, winners of two close contests last Wednesday night over HAFTR and Flatbush respectively, to determine the final contender for the 2019 MYHSAL Varsity Basketball crown
The action for both games basketball games will start around 1:15 this Sunday from the Max Stern Athletic Center on the Campus of Yeshiva University, but, tune in to the league website, www.myhsal.com, at 1:00, for the live broadcast of the day’s action, presented by the Yeshiva Sports Network, and MacsLive. I’ll be on the call for both games, taking you through, yet another, action -packed afternoon, brought to you by Regal Bank of New Jersey.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.