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.
The playoffs roll on and March is almost here. Straight ahead on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, favorites go down as both Hockey leagues have their semifinals set and basketball is not far behind. All that and more, straight ahead! Good morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg
We’ll start off in Varsity hockey where upset was the name of the game this week. It started off well for top seeds, as East champion DRS took out TABC for the 2nd year in a row, by the score of 3-1, behind two goals from Senior Coby Casden. After that, things got very very crazy. Those DRS fans hoping for revenge in a championship rematch with Frisch will be sorely disappointed, as the defending champs and current Western Conference champions could not overcome two first period goals by West 5th seed Ramaz in a 2-1 Rams win in Frisch for their second win over the Cougars this season. Junior Eitan Linhart and Senior Eddie Catton scored the Ramaz goals. Ramaz now becomes the first-ever play-in team to make it to the semifinals, where they will play the Kushner Cobras. The West #3 seed went on the road and battled back from a 2-0 deficit to Rambam to win 3-2 and will now host their first semifinal in school history. Junior Max Orbach scored with 4:03 left to break the tie. As for the last quarterfinal, that too would see an upset, as East #3 HAFTR built a 3-0 lead and cruised to a 4-1 win over SAR to advance to meet up with DRS in a Long Island Showdown. For those keeping count, the semifinals will now feature, a #1 seed, two #3 seeds and for the first time under this format, a #5.
We move over to JV Hockey where TABC now knows which three teams will join it in the semifinals. The Storm will travel to DRS on the heels of the Wildcats 5-0 win over MTA. Sophomore Shlomo Katz started the festivities off for DRS and they would never look back. Sophomore Rephael Gemal nailed down the shutout for the Cats. The two teams will meet for the 2nd time this year after TABC took the regular season match 2-0, and will meet in the semifinals for the 2nd year in a row after TABC dropped DRS in TABC last year. In the other semifinal, SAR and Frisch will meet up in an all-West showdown after complete drubbings of their Eastern Conference opponents, Rambam and YDE. SAR took both meetings and will host when the two get together with a ticket to the finals on the line.
There were no big surprises in Varsity Basketball, where all 4 home teams walked away with quarterfinal berths. West #3 TABC got back on the winning track after stumbling into the playoffs, knocking off Frisch 57-54, overcoming Senior Max Zackheim’s 28 points to meet up with Magen David, Thursday night, with both Junior classes having last year’s JV Finals fresh in their minds. That night will also see the other half of that bracket compete as DRS will head into West Champion Hillel. The other half of the playoffs saw SAR advance 48-47 on an overtime free throw by Senior Jon Hyman to play East champion HAFTR tomorrow night. The final matchup will have West #2 Heschel taking on East #3 Shaare Torah following the Stars win over YDE.
JV Basketball is set for quarterfinal action which kicks off tonight in Flatbush and we will know by tomorrow night who will compete in semifinal contests. The Falcons will host the West #3 TABC Storm who advanced after avenging a regular season loss to MTA 44-37. Whomever the winner may be will take on the winner of West #1 SAR and North Shore taking place Wednesday night. Also on Wednesday night, Magen David travels to Frisch with the winner to meet the winner of East champion DRS and Hillel who held off Ramaz, Wednesday night, 49-46.
Both leagues are gearing up for their championships taking place March 8th in the Max Stern Athletic Center on the campus of Yeshiva University and will be brought to you live by Macslive and the Yeshiva Sports Network. Stay tuned next week for more information on how you can be a part of the action.
Finally, in girls basketball, the varsity championships will be determined tonight when defending champion SAR travels to HAFTR and West champion Maayanot will host Frisch in a Western conference grudge match with tickets to be punched to the championship on March 8th in TABC.
And in Girls JV, #3 seed SAR downed HAFTR to advance to the semifinals in North Shore. The winner of that contest will meet either Frisch or Flatbush who play tonight, in Frisch with one team walking away with a championship berth.