This past weekend, the 5 Towns JSL Hockey League wrapped up its annual fall season with amazing championship games.
The season was phenomenal, culminating in excellent teamwork, competitive gameplay, and exciting match-ups.
Already in its third year, the JSL Hockey League has taken the community by storm, featuring close to 250 boys in grades kindergarten through eighth grade from various parts of the community.
“We are both Camp Munk guys,” say founders and directors Tuli Urbach and Nachi Gordon. “We realized there was a void during the long school year where kids and teenagers were missing the competitive and fun experience of playing sports in a fun and kosher healthy environment that they experience during the summer months.
“We know how important and valuable it is for children and teenagers to have healthy, fun, and kosher outlets and we wanted to provide that niche to as many children in the community as possible.
“Baruch Hashem we have seen tremendous growth since we founded the league three years ago and we have received such wonderful feedback from parents, mechanchim, and even the boys themselves about how much of a difference our league has made on their personal growth throughout the school year.”
The JSL Hockey League hosts its games in the Lawrence Middle School and offers leagues both in the fall and spring seasons for boys in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Rambam Schoolwide 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Brings Achdus
The Rambam Mesivta Schoolwide 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, February Madness, now in its 18th year, culminated in a Slam Dunk Contest, 3-Point Shoot-Out, and epic championship game that saw the two captains of the Rambam Ravens’ varsity basketball team clash head-to-head in a showdown watched by the entire school. The two-day extravaganza was filled with buzzer-beaters, clutch shots, and lockdown defense provided by all members of the school, 9th through 12th graders.
Prior to the championship game, the school administration as well as members of the student body judged the Slam Dunk Contest that featured seniors Aaron Azose and Ethan Aaron, and sophomore Binyamin Werner.
Werner scored big on points for creativity and Azose brought the crowd to its feet with his 360 slam! It was Ethan, however, who took home the trophy with an alley-oop to himself for the dunk! The 3-Point Shoot-Out was also hotly contested with Dovi Breuer and Shmuel Siegel tying for second and Bentzy “Buckets” Schaffran winning it all.
In every game the young men had the chance to display their basketball prowess while also exhibiting leadership, middos, and sportsmanship. Everybody gave it their all, but at the end of the day, only one team walked away with the glory of champions. That was the team led by MVP Ethan Aaron and was comprised of Eliyahu Boord, Yonatan Simantov, Saul Rogotsky, and Eli Weiss. It was lost on no one that 40 percent of the championship team was comprised of members of the Rambam Writers’ Guild.
Overall, February Madness was an awesome experience. Thank you to Coach Steve Howard for organizing, planning, and running the event.
YU Women’s Basketball Senior Forward Breaks All-Time Scoring Record
Senior forward Michal Alge (Boston, Mass./ Maimonides High School) of Yeshiva University’s (YU) women’s basketball team broke the university’s all-time scoring record of 1,134 points.
Michal has enjoyed a history-making season: she became the first player in program history to enter the 1,000-point, 1,000-rebound club, and broke Daniela Epstein’s scoring mark set in 2002–03. She was also named to the Skyline Conference Weekly Honor Roll four times (11/20, 12/10, 12/17, and 1/28).
Karate At YILC
This past Sunday at the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, Sensei Meir Breuer promoted black belt to his most advanced student, Yechiel Unger.
Yeshiva University’s Professor Haim Sober, 10th degree black belt and founder of the Tora Dojo karate system was in attendance to confirm the promotion.
YUHS Table Tennis Player Recognized
On February 22, Senator Todd Kaminsky presented West Hempstead resident and Yeshiva University High School for Girls student Estee Ackerman with a framed proclamation for her table tennis achievements following an amazing win where she won gold at the AAU Junior Olympics and multiple other medals at various other tournaments. She is also a three-time gold medal winner in the women’s hardbat singles.