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.
After four long months of competition, we have finally reached the last day of the regular season for the 2022-2023 Winter Sports year. Straight ahead on the Tuesday Morning JM in the AM Sports Update, top seeds in Varsity Basketball’s East and West find their fates intertwined, JV Basketball has their bracket figured out, and Varsity and JV hockey all come down to one final game to cement the playoff picture. All that and more, good morning, I’m Elliot Weiselberg.
In Boys Varsity Basketball, North Shore clinches the East crown, taking wins over HAFTR and Magen David. The Lions will know tonight who will join them as an East bye as both DRS and Magen David are in action. DRS will need a win over North Shore or a Magen David loss to TABC to clinch the East #2 seed. It’s been a rough week for Magen David, also losing to SAR to drop to 9-4 taking their ability to clinch a bye on their own out of their hands. SAR will also be at the mercy of another team to determine what their seed will be. Having finished at 12-2, they will need to await Frisch’s contest with Ramaz tonight to see whether they will be the West #1 or #2 seed, that by virtue of Frisch sweeping the season series with SAR 58-48 this week. A Frisch win will give the Cougars the West crown, but a loss could possibly drop them to #3 if TABC can beat Magen David. While so much still remains up in the air going into the last day, we do know that the 6 teams that we’ve mentioned, in addition to Flatbush, HAFTR and Waterbury in the East and Hillel, JEC and Ramaz in the West will all be moving on to post-season action starting next week.
In JV Basketball, the regular season has reached its conclusion and the playoff bracket has been determined. Magen David joins TABC finishing with a perfect 10-0 record after dominating HANC as the two win the East and West, respectively. DRS and Ramaz each picked up wins on the week as well to finish at 8-2 and will be the #2 seeds from the respective divisions and will earn byes as well. In the East, #3 North Shore will take on YDE, while #4 HAFTR will host Flatbush. YDE defeated Flatbush 70-64 to tie their season series and their record, but missed out on the tiebreak by 2 points, by virtue of the Falcons’ 8 point win over them earlier this year. Out West, SAR’s late-season slide sees them at #3 hosting MTA while Hillel will host Frisch in the last quarterfinal matchup.
Moving over to hockey where the focus of both JV and Varsity will each come down to one game to complete the playoffs. In Varsity, TABC locked up the #1 seed with a 7-3 win over Kushner and DRS took the 2 seed with a win over HAFTR and a YDE loss to HANC. The Frisch Cougars will wind up in the 3 seed and HAFTR, taking two losses on the week will drop to 7th. 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th will be decided tonight when YDE takes on Flatbush. SAR, HANC and YDE will all fit into 4-6 in some order depending on the outcome, but Flatbush is fighting for their playoff lives and only a win will do the trick. The Falcons have taken a possible 5 points in 3 games, with wins over Ramaz and Solomon Shechter and a 1-1 tie to Rambam, putting them in position to jump Kushner for the 8th and final spot in the postseason. A YDE win will give them the 4 seed and a home playoff date with SAR, by virtue of the Sting’s 3-2 late game win over MTA last night.
In JV, that same matchup will determine the final participant as YDE looks to play spoiler to Flatbush’s attempt at the postseason. The Falcons took a win over Rambam to put them into a tie with Frisch, who also needed a late goal to top MTA this week 3-2. A Flatbush win, tie or overtime loss will get them into the playoffs over the Cougars to face #3 SAR, the winner to play #2 DRS. In the other half of the bracket #4 North Shore will meet #5 MTA with the winner earning a date with #1 TABC
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!