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.
With a sparse amount of games coming up over the final two weeks of 2019 due to Channukah, the teams are packing games in and Yeshiva League fans get to reap the benefits. Today on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, Ramaz adds a top Eastern Conference win to their varsity hockey hot streak, DRS nears another division title in JV Hockey and Hillel Varsity Basketball takes another major win on the road to a potential “Worst to First” as they look to reverse 2019 as we get set to enter 2020. All that and more, straight ahead. Good Morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
Varsity Basketball’s Eastern conference playoff picture is coming into focus as a three-game chasm has opened between 6th and 7th place. That 7th spot currently belongs to the Flatbush Falcons, winners of their first 2 games on the season, downing YDE and Rambam. However, YDE and HAFTR currently sit at 5 wins and with only 6 games left on their schedule, any slip-up will clinch a spot for another East team. At the top of the East, Magen David still rules after downing Frisch and North Shore, but DRS and Shaare Torah are keeping pace as well. Out in the West, Hillel’s run continues as they knock off the last undefeated team in the league, West-leading TABC 57-54, erasing a 14-point first half deficit. The win now puts Hillel in the driver’s seat for the Western division top-seed. At 8-1, should Hillel sweep their final 5 games, all against teams below .500, the Heat will have done a “Worst-to-first” following up a last place Western Conference finish last season with a division crown this year.
In JV Basketball, it’s very similar to varsity basketball as the 7 West games this past week went a long way toward both clearing and muddying the playoff picture. Ramaz, Hillel and TABC picked up important wins as all 3 power toward the hopes of postseason play. Ramaz upended Frisch 60-42 to pick up win #4 while Hillel gave MTA its first loss en route to their 5th win. All five teams along with SAR have gained at least 2 games of separation with the pack at the bottom consisting of Heschel and Kushner who both need large amounts of help and still have to face each other on the other side of the New Year. Out East, the last remaining undefeated team in the division fell this week as DRS knocked off Flatbush 42-40, avenging a 15 point loss to the Falcons to start the season, and also gaining a foothold at the top of the East. With three games left for DRS and four games for Flatbush and Magen David, all with only one loss, it’ll certainly be a race to the finish as the calendar turns.
In Varsity Hockey, The Ramaz Rams added to their two week stretch following up their 4-3 win over Frisch with a win over MTA and a 2-1 Overtime win over the Rambam Ravens. Senior Isaac Shertz put home the game-winner one minute into the extra session to give Ramaz their 7th win on the season over the Ravens. Unfortunately, the streak would not continue past TABC last night, dropping a 4-2 contest to the last team that they suffered a loss to this season, prior to their most-recent three game streak. In other action, Frisch defeated TABC 2-1, North Shore knocked off HANC 3-1, and every team in the league will walk away with points this season as the Solomon Schechter Storm, the last team with a zero in the points column worked a tie with the MTA Lions. Senior Logan Levy with two goals for the Storm, and MTA goalie-turned player for a game Senior Avraham Levi with 2 goals for the Lions.
Finally, in JV Hockey, in the East, DRS maintained their lead at the top, defeating Rambam 2-0. DRS, now at 6-0 can clinch the division with wins over Flatbush and YDE tonight and tomorrow night. The Ravens rebounded from the loss to take a 5-2 win over Ramaz and a 2-0 win over HAFTR and now hold a 1 point lead over HANC in the East 4th spot. Rambam and HANC will meet up this coming Saturday night with the winner gaining a massive advantage in the playoff race as the schedule winds down. Out West, the defending champions find themselves on the brink as Kushner fell 2-1 to MTA in Overtime. The loss means that the Cobras need help to find their way back to the postseason, but can best help themselves tomorrow night when they face JEC, one of the three teams in the race with Kushner for that playoff berth.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.