Every Tuesday morning at 7:20 ET Nachum Segal presents 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 everyone back from winter break, the next two weeks become the most action-packed and intense of the season. Straight ahead on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, TABC pulls the JV double as both hockey and basketball clinch the West top seeds, and the Varsity Basketball West gets thrown wide open as the clinching window slams shut. All that and more, good morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
We’ll start off in JV Hockey where the West crown was decided this past week following a pair of TABC wins over Frisch and SAR. The 4-1 win over SAR, the more important of the two games as it put the Storm out of reach of the Sting, who will finish 2nd in the West at 8-2. As a result, TABC has also clinched the #1 overall seed in the upcoming playoffs and will leave the DRS-North Shore battle on Thursday night to decide the #2 seed, but also the 3 and the 4 seed as both teams and SAR can shift depending on the outcome. The 4-0 win over Frisch served to put Frisch’s season on the brink as MTA captured a playoff berth leaving the Cougars fighting with Ohr Yisroel and Flatbush, all at 8 points, however, with the Falcons having the easier schedule down the stretch.
The JV Basketball Storm followed suit with their undefeated hockey bretheren, finishing off their undefeated regular season with wins over Heschel and SAR. The victory over SAR, a 51-47 Overtime thriller also served to knock SAR further down the charts, who end their season on a 3-game slide with a subsequent 13-point loss to Frisch and, depending on how Ramaz and Hillel finish off their seasons against JEC and MTA, could push them out of a first-round bye altogether. Speaking of MTA and JEC, the Lions and Thunder are in a race for the 6th seed in the West with an MTA win or JEC loss giving MTA that spot. In the East, Magen David has already clinched the 1 seed, but there is still plenty of uncertainty as DRS, North Shore and HAFTR fight for 2-4 and Flatbush, YDE and Rambam are in a race for 5th and 6th.
Moving over to Varsity Basketball where now only one undefeated team remains, that being the North Shore Lions, on the heels of Frisch’s 59-45 drubbing of SAR this past week. An SAR win would have put the finishing touches on the top seed, however, the loss now kicks the door wide open for Frisch and TABC to enter the conversation as SAR will face Magen David and Frisch in 2 of their final 3 contests. A Frisch win on Thursday and the Cougars will control their own destiny at the top of the West heading into Ramaz next Tuesday, depending on SAR-Magen David tonight and TABC- Magen David next Tuesday. Certainly not an enviable schedule for Magan David, who also face North Shore this week and can either pull themselves into a race for the top seed in the East or fall out of competition for a bye altogether. Meanwhile, we now know the remaining teams in the West playoff hunt as JEC’s 60-54 win over Heschel locked up berths for JEC and Ramaz to join SAR, Frisch, TABC and Hillel in the postseason.
Finally, in Boys varsity hockey, Frisch knocks off SAR 4-3 to ensure that the race at the top of the West stays between two teams, as the Cougars stay ahead of TABC, winners of an 8-2 contest with Kushner. However, Frisch only has a one-point lead, meaning TABC controls their own destiny with a game in hand, including a contest against HANC and a return bout with Kushner on the horizon.
As we come down to playoff time, stay tuned to Yeshiva League Pass and all of the YLP handles on Instagram for all the latest information regarding who is in, who is out and who is going where once the knockout stages begin.
And that was your Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, I’m Elliot Weiselberg!