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.
Coming off of the Thanksgiving break, we now enter the 2nd week of December, which signals the start of the 2nd half of the 2019-2020 Yeshiva League season. Today on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, with all but two teams across all leagues at or beyond the halfway mark by next Tuesday, we take a look at the leaderboards as the get set for an entertaining ride toward the playoffs. Where does your favorite team stand? Stick around and find out. All that and more, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
We’ll start out in Varsity basketball, where some unfamiliar names jump out at the top of both divisions. TABC leads the West and the league with a 9-0 record, while Magen David tops the East at 7-1. The East sees HAFTR at 5-1 and North Shore at 5-3, but joining them in the top 6, Shaare Torah at 6-2 and YDE and North Shore, both of whom went into last night’s contest against each other with 4 wins. Behind them, Rambam, Flatbush, HANC and Magen Avraham with only 4 wins total between them. Out West, Hillel continues to roll at 6-1 amid Frisch and Heschel, both at 5 wins. Behind them, a group of 5 teams with 2 or 3 wins, all still in contention as the season jumps into the 2nd half. Some great matchups on the week ahead as Frisch and Magen David face tomorrow night, DRS and HAFTR meet up on Thursday and then DRS and Frisch take center court Saturday night in Woodmere.
Over in JV Basketball, Frisch and TABC lead the West at 5-0 with MTA also undefeated at 4-0, Hillel at 4-3 and Ramaz at 3-1. The Idea School is behind the Rams with 2 wins, but at 2-6, the odds of a post-season berth are slim, but the showing this year has certainly been a positive one for the first year participant. In The East, the 4s are strong with our leaderboard as the top 5 teams all head in to the 2nd half with 4 wins. Flatbush at 4-0, Magen David and DRS at 4-1 and YDE and North Shore at 4-2. Fighting to join the list are Shaare Torah, HAFTR and HANC each with 2 wins, with the odds being that at least one will make the postseason. Things will either get more clear at the top or even more interesting this week as Flatbush will meet up with DRS tonight, YDE on Thursday and HAFTR on Monday, where a sweep could put the Falcons in position to lock up a first-round bye before their anticipated matchup with Magen David to end the calendar year.
Over in Girls Varsity A, we don’t generally focus on loses, but it bears highlighting what might be the most dominant regular season streak that the Yeshiva League has seen in a very long time. The SAR Sting suffered their first loss of the season back on November 26th, losing to Frisch 50-42. The loss snapped a regular season undefeated streak that stretched back nearly 3 years. The last time that the Sting fell in regular season play was December 13, 2016, in between which, SAR went a sensational 34-0. Their opponent that night, as is fitting, Frisch in a game decided by 1 point. SAR sandwiched a win over Kushner with a 5-point loss to Maayanot last night. I mention that only to highlight another impressive streak, which is still intact.: their stretch of having not lost a game by double-digits, which stretches all the way back to the 2014-2015 season.
Boys Varsity hockey has DRS and SAR still undefeated on top of the East and West respectively, DRS at 9-0, has major distance between them and Rambam in 2nd at 6-2, North Shore at 4-4-0-1, HAFTR at 4-3 and a slew of teams hovering between 1 and 3 wins with at least 1 potentially earning a berth to the post-season. DRS will look to put a virtual lock on the division when they play Rambam tomorrow night. Frisch, Ramaz, TABC and Kushner are all within 2 points of each other in the West as they put space between them all and MTA, JEC and Hillel who see playoff hopes dwindling as the gap widens between them and playoff spots. This season’s edition of the Route-4 rivalry between Frisch and TABC will happen this Thursday with both teams having something to prove as Frisch comes off their first loss of the season, 4-3 to Ramaz, and TABC needing to come from behind to avenge their early-season loss to Kushner on Sunday by the score of 4-2.
Finally, JV Hockey is heating up with some great battles on tap for the 8 playoff spots. DRS and YDE appear ready to lock up berths in the East at 5-0 and 4-1 respectively. Flatbush at 3-4 will need to do some work, but should find their way through as well. However, with the bottom 4 teams within 4 points of each other, a few wins down the stretch can change the fortunes for any of them. Out West, TABC is at 6-0 with Frisch at 5-0 and SAR at 4-0-1. Behind them, three teams in a virtual dead heat as JEC and MTA have 6 points, and Kushner with 4 as games remain between the three of them down the back end of the regular season.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.