The Jewish Sports Heritage Association honored former NFL quarterback and Oceanside High School alum Jay Fiedler with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Temple Israel in Lawrence.

For his work in the community, Supervisor Gillen proclaimed January 6 as Jay Fiedler Day throughout the Town of Hempstead.

Mesivta Football League Season 7 Championship: YDT Lightning 3-Peat

The Yeshiva Darchei Torah Lightning were winners of the Mesivta Football season 7 championshipThe Mesivta Football League brought its seventh season to a close this past Sunday. From beginning to end, it was an exhilarating experience for all participating yeshivos. Under the direction of Rabbi Yossi Bennett, s’gan menahel at Mesivta Ateres Yaakov, nine local yeshiva high schools were represented this season, which ran from November through January.

Every Sunday afternoon throughout the long, cold winter, teams arrived for their games at Lawrence High School excited to represent their schools in competitive flag football. Games were intense, but menchlich, with tremendous sportsmanship displayed week in, week out by all teams. For the third year in a row, the league would like to congratulate Coach Rabbi Yisroel Munk and his YDT Lightning on winning this season’s championship!

After two rounds of playoffs, Sunday brought a frigid day for a championship football game. The number 1 seed, the Yeshiva Darchei Torah Lightning, who beat the Flatbush Falcons in the semifinals, faced the Yeshivat Shaare Torah Stars, who beat the HAFTR Hawks.

This one turned out to be a real nail biter. Both teams definitely came to play and it was a tight offensive and defensive matchup throughout. After Shaare went up 14–0 early in the first half, Darchei responded and tied it up 14 a piece before halftime. But, the second half seemed to be all Darchei. When the dust settled, the YDT Lightning took home the victory for the third season in a row, with a 27–14 win.

The league congratulates Yeshiva Darchei Torah on the win and Senior Yosef Olshan on winning the championship game MVP trophy.

The league would like to thank all participating yeshivos — players, coaches, administrators, and fans — for helping make this season so incredible.

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