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Morris County Connection
The Morris County Connection's mission is building a more cohesive and engaged Jewish community by raising people's awareness of the services available to them in Morris County. The Connection seeks to embrace and cultivate relationships with a broad range of individuals with diverse affiliations, including none at all, and connect them to the Jewish community.
By facilitating collaboration between existing Jewish institutions and programs, the Connection's community-building work will produce communal synergy beneficial to both the constituent organizations and the individuals being served.
Morris County Contacts
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The Morris County Connection is a collaboration between JCC MetroWest, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest and Synagogues throughout Morris County, and is supported by United Jewish Communities of MetroWest.
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JCC Maccabi Games
The JCC Maccabi Games are a cultural & athletic event for Jewish teens. The Games highlight and strengthen one’s personal connection to his/her own Judaism thus continuing the historic sports tradition passed on from generation to generation. For additional information on the history of Maccabi games, please visit www.jccmetrowest.org/2014maccabi.
Competition for Individuals with Special Needs
As part of the JCC Maccabi Games experience in 2014, the Cherry Hill JCC looks to offer a unique special needs component to the Games and provide families (both local & visiting) the opportunity to experience this same awesome memorable Maccabi week for their children.
WHO: Jewish teens ages 13-17 (as of 7/31/14) with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. Intake information, including an IEP will be required.
WHAT: Experience first-hand the JCC Maccabi Games and share in the incredible memories the program provides (opening ceremonies, athletic competition, nightly social events, meeting new friends, and having LOTS of FUN)
WHEN: Sunday, August 10-Friday, August 15, 2014
WHERE: Cherry Hill, NJ
SPORTS OFFERED: Bowling, swimming, & track
For additional information, please contact Rebecca Gallanter, Director of Special Needs Services at 973-530-3478 or email@example.com or Jessica Walder, Assistant Director of Special Needs Services, at 973-530-3507 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Austin & Orange County Athletic Competition Results
Orange County Maccabi Games
Thursday, August 8
Win vs. PAL/PHL
Win 7-1 vs. LA West for GOLD MEDAL
Wednesday, August 7
Loss vs. BAL
Win vs. BAL
Loss vs. PAL
Win vs. St. P/PHL/Y-Towm
Tuesday, August 6
Game Three: Win 56-35 vs. OC Blue
Game Four: Win 45-29 vs. TOR
Game Three: Loss 0-12 to LA West
Game Four: Win 10-0 vs. STAM/HOU
Game Three: Win 6-0 vs. VAN/STL
Game Four: Win 5-1 vs. TOR
Game Three: Win 6-2 vs. STL
Game Four: Win 14-0 vs. S. Jersey
Monday, August 5
Game One: Win 10-2 vs. SA/NO/KC
Game Two: Win 4-1 vs. LA West
Game One: Loss 5-7 vs. ST.P/PHL/Y-Towm
Game Two: Win 6-5 vs. RICH/ALB/OC
Game One: Win 47-32 vs. Omaha
Game Two: Win 43-29 vs. Baltimore
Game One: Win 8-6 vs. HART/SD/LV/SJ/NO
Game Two: Loss 2-1 vs. OC
Austin Maccabi Games
Thursday, August 1
Loss 2-0 vs. Boca
Won 4-1 vs. AUS to win the Bronze Medal
JH wins Gold Medal
AB wins Bronze Medal
TH: gold 50 back, 100 breast
Silver: 200 Im
RK: gold 100 breast
Silver: 200 free relay
Bronze: 200 im
KS: silver- 50 back
Wednesday, July 31
Won 7-1 vs. CHI/LA West
Loss 56-62 vs. SF
RK: gold- 50 breast
TH: gold- 100 back
Silver- 200 free, 400 im, 400 free relay
KS: Bronze- 200 free, 100 back, 400 free relay
Tuesday, July 30
Game 3: Win 5-0 vs. Dallas
Game 4: Win 2-0 vs. Boca
TH: Gold 200 back, Silver 400 medley relay, Silver 50 fly
KS: Silver 200 back, Silver 100 free, Bronze 50 fly
RK: Bronze 200 back
Game 3: Won vs. Israel (64-63)
Game 4: Won vs. PHIL (62-61)
Monday, July 29
Game 1: Win 7-2 vs ATL/MIL/PHX/FLL
Game 2: Tied 1-1 vs Edmonton
RK-gold in 200 breast stroke
TH- gold in 200 breast and silver in 100 fly
Ks- gold in 50 free
Game 1: Loss 74-79 vs TUC
Game 2: Loss 50-73 vs PHX
JH: 2-0 in matches
AB: 1-1 in matches
JL: 0-2 in matches
The JCC Maccabi Games are a cultural as well as athletic event for Jewish teenagers. The Games highlight and strengthen one's personal connection to his or her own Judaism thus continuing the historic sports tradition passed on from generation to generation.
Interested in becoming a part of this year's delegation? Contact Sherri Feldscher, CJ, 973-530-3425, email@example.com.
MetroWest Maccabi Soccer-Austin 2013
The MetroWest U16 Boys’ Soccer team capped off an incredible tournament by earning the Bronze Medal in the 2013 JCC Maccabi Games in Austin, Texas. Without ever competing as a team and after only a few practices prior to Austin, the team’s performance in the tournament certainly exceeded all expectations.
Team MetroWest, comprised of players from all over Northern New Jersey, included: Ross Baron (Scotch Plains), Garrett Meinhardt (Livingston), Colin Morrissey (Basking Ridge), Noah Nazmiyal (Montville), Max Ramsfelder (Morristown), Jake Samuels (Livingston), Ethan Tuckman (Towaco), Jack Wasserman (Livingston), and Kevin Zeligson (West Orange).
The soccer tournament began early Monday morning for MetroWest with a match against a mixed team based out of Fort Lauderdale. This was a good chance for the MetroWest players to get a feel for each other on the field and it all came together nicely as the team cruised to a 7-2 victory. Kevin Zeligson, Noah Nazmiyal, and Jack Wasserman recorded two goals apiece. This game helped build confidence among the MetroWest squad which they would need as they progressed in the tournament and faced tougher opponents.
The team’s second game on Monday came against one of those tougher opponents in the team from Edmonton. Throughout the tournament, MetroWest only had two substitutes (all other teams had 3 or more) but with Ethan Tuckman sidelined at Medical, the squad had the tough challenge of playing in 100 degree heat with only one sub. Edmonton got on the scoreboard first with a first half goal, one of only a couple times MetroWest would ever trail in the entire tournament. While it would have been easy for the team to fold after conceding, the team continued to give it their all and was rewarded with a penalty kick late in the first half. Max Ramsfelder confidently stepped up to the spot and buried the shot past the keeper with no hesitation. The teams would go into the half tied 1-1 and that is how the score remained despite some good opportunities from both teams. This game showed the grit and mental toughness of the MetroWest team.
After coming out a little flat Tuesday morning against an inferior Dallas side (0-0 at halftime), MetroWest found their form in the second half, finding the back of the net five times while recording the team’s first clean sheet of the tournament. In Tuesday’s second game, MetroWest found another strong opponent in Boca Raton. Learning from earlier in the day, MetroWest came out ready to play from the opening whistle and found themselves up 1-0 on an early goal from Kevin Zeligson. Max Ramsfelder added a second goal a few minutes later and the 2-0 lead was all MetroWest would need in this one. A team defense mind set was the key in this win against Boca. While Boca had a couple chances, MetroWest dominated the play in this game. Exceptional play from goalies Garrett Meinhardt and Ross Baron and the defensive core of Colin Morrissey and Jake Samuels led to the team’s second consecutive shutout.
Strong play and a 3-0-1 record in the preliminary round earned MetroWest the #1 seed in the medal round of the tournament and a match against #8 seed Chicago/LA on Wednesday morning. While the #1 seed gave MetroWest a favorable matchup in the first game of the medal round, the other two teams in the bracket were Boca and Edmonton, ensuring a tough draw for MetroWest should they reach the semifinals. Chicago/LA, another mixed team, did not provide much competition for MetroWest who went on to win 7-1 behind 4 goals from Kevin Zeligson. The win put MetroWest into the semifinals on Thursday, a rematch against Boca Raton.
The semifinal match against Boca was a tough learning experience for MetroWest. The match was pretty even throughout although MetroWest actually controlled a lot of the possession and had a number of goal scoring opportunities, three of which hit the post, and a bunch more which just missed the net. The score remained 0-0 through halftime and well into the second half. With about 10 minutes left to play, a Boca player rifled a shot from about 35 yards out that found the top corner of the net, a perfectly placed shot out of the reach of the keeper. While this was a crushing blow, MetroWest would not give up so easily and battled hard for the last few minutes of the game, creating some more goal scoring opportunities. As a result of MetroWest’s increased pressure pushing forward, Boca was able to score a second, lucky goal, a defensive clear that went over the head of the MetroWest goalie. The 0-2 loss was an unlucky result and a tough one to swallow for a team that felt like they had controlled the game.
Sometimes a loss can teach us much more about ourselves than a win. This was the case here. MetroWest was down but not out and had to somehow put the disappointment behind them and find the passion they exhibited all tournament for the bronze medal game just an hour later. A tough task, but MetroWest was up to the challenge.
The bronze medal game was played against #2 seed and hosts, Austin. Although MetroWest was considered the “home team” for this game, the crowd was obviously in support of Austin. This would not be any easy match evidenced by a 1-1 tie at halftime. The second half however belonged to MetroWest, adding three goals and going on to the 4-1 victory and the Bronze Medal! Three of the four goals were scored by the MetroWest goalies during their time in the field, two from Garrett Meinhardt and another from Ross Baron.
MetroWest finished the tournament with an impressive 5-1-1 record, scoring 26 goals while conceding only seven. Kevin Zeligson lead the team in goals with eight while Jack Wasserman (six goals, seven assists) and Noah Nazmiyal (four goals, nine assists) lead the team in total points with 13. Also scoring goals for MetroWest were Max Ramsfelder (3), Garrett Meinhardt (2), Ross Baron (2), and Ethan Tuckman (1). Jake Samuels was self-credited with by far the most “hockey assists” on the team. As a team, led by goalies Garrett Meinhardt and Ross Baron and the defensive duo of Colin Morrissey and Jake Samuels, MetroWest recorded two complete game shutouts. Individually, Meinhardt and Baron each recorded four shutout halves in the goal and excellent .428 and .571 goals against averages respectively. Many players on the team were asked to play in positions that they were unfamiliar with and not only excelled in those positions, but never once had a grip about it. In particular, Max Ramsfelder and Ethan Tuckman were asked to play numerous positions over the course of the tournament, with Ramsfelder finding time in midfield, forward, and defense and Tuckman moving around to all three midfield positions as needed. It was this “team first” attitude that contributed to MetroWest’s success.
What a great week it turned out to be for the MetroWest Boys’ Soccer Team. The young men left the Maccabi Games with the respect and admiration of everyone they encountered; opponents, coaches, referees, and parents. They should be proud of the way they conducted themselves both on and off the field and how they represented their communities, their families, and most importantly themselves. The team hopes to return many of these players next year and build upon their success in Austin at the 2014 Maccabi Games next summer!
U16 Boys Basketball
The temperature wasn’t the only thing heating up in Austin as the week went on during the JCC Maccabi Games. Despite being undersized, and eventually undermanned (due to injury), the Metrowest U16 basketball team showed they had two critical elements necessary for success: 1) heart; and 2) the ability to shoot the three.
It was a disappointing first day. Metrowest began with a first game loss to a very good Phoenix team. Although Metro lost by 20 points, the loss seemed less devastating by the end of the tournament once Phoenix ended up winning the gold medal in the A tournament with a 20 point win over Ft. Lauderdale (who, yes, had a 7’ center who is nationally ranked). Phoenix was a very good team and Metro gave them a good run. More importantly, guard Andrew Katzoff (Livingston) had a 13 point fourth quarter that ended up setting the stage for his offensive dominance throughout the rest of the tournament. This is most impressive considering Andrew had not played basketball for 6 weeks due to a hand injury sustained during a Maccabi scrimmage. The second game of the day was a tough loss to a scrappy Tuscan team. It came down to the wire and Metro nearly got the win, but the shots just weren’t falling. Unfortunately, the loss left Metro with an 0-2 record at the end of day one. The state of Arizona had Metro’s number that day.
At the beginning of the second day Metro was in a tough predicament. Another loss would be difficult to bounce back from; a win would put Metro in the right direction. The opponent was not a city, or a state, but rather, a country – Israel. It was a great opportunity to come to the JCC Maccabi games and have a chance to play Israel. Metro came out strong with big offense from Katzoff and three-point shooting specialists Justin Berger (Solesbury) and Josh Kleinberg (Livingston). The game was close throughout and Metro won. The next game was against a strong Philadelphia team. The offensive firepower continued, and along with the strong play of Noah Eagle (West Essex) and Justin Miklacki (Montville), Metro upset Philadelphia. At the end of day two, Metro sat at 2-2 and was awarded the top seed in the B tournament. What a difference a day made.
The tournament began with Metro facing San Francisco, who had a 6’5” center who could also shoot. This was going to be a tough matchup for a Metro team that did not have any play over 6’ tall. Nevertheless, Metro came out shooting and was hitting the three point shots from everywhere. Kleinberg’s range began as soon as he walked into the gym and he was unstoppable throughout the game. Metro had a 13 point lead in the third quarter and things were looking good. Unfortunately, as the old adage goes, “you live by the three, you die by the three.” And when the shots stopped falling for Metro, and the other team had a 6’5” center putting in 2 foot shots on every rebound, the mix was not good. The lead evaporated and with it, Metro’s hope for moving on to the medal rounds. Metro lost a tough one to a good San Francisco team that went on to win the silver medal in the B tournament. Despite losing the game, the team enjoyed the remainder of the games (watching the playoffs, other activities, social events). Metro enjoyed the reputation of being a very good team that got the most out of every one of its players. We were not big, and we were not strong, but we had the most heart. We had success and we had fun. It was a great week.
MetroWest Swim Team 2013
Girls Metrowest Swimming came to the Maccabi Games determined and driven to win. Before the competition began, as a team we made the goal to win over 20 medals, with 10 of them being Gold Medals. By the end of the week, we walked away with 26 medals, 9 of them Gold, 11 Silver and 6 Bronze. As a team we were ecstatic! Not only did we reach our goals, the girls also achieved some of their personal best times.
On day 1, we were ready to compete. The girls found motivation when they saw on the pool’s record board all the amazing Olympic swimmers that swam in this pool. In this beautiful pool, on the first day the girls won 3 Golds and 1 Silver. In the first race of the Maccabi Games, Katy Shepard won the Gold in the 50 Free with the time of 27.55! Following her, the girls dominated the 13-14 and 15-16 200 Breast where Rachel won the Gold in the 13-14 200 Breast (249.11) and Tabitha Hickman won the Gold in the 15-16 200 Breast (244.63). Right after she won the Gold, Tabitha Hickman won the Silver in the 100 Fly (104.87).
After the excitement of day 1, we came out even stronger on day 2 with 7 Medals. The girls were eager to get into the water and race. Tabitha Hickman got our first Gold of the day in the 200 Back with the time of 2:22.17. Tabitha also won Silver in the 50 Fly (28.93) and Medley Relay. Katy Shepard won 2 Silvers in the 200 Back (236.27) and 100 Free (100.64) and Bronze in the 50 Fly (31.28). Rachel Keselman won a bronze in the 200 Back (239.95).
After 2 long days of swimming, 100 degree weather and ongoing sport and night activities; the girls we still upbeat and ready to go for day 3 of competition. On this day they won 8 medals! Rachel Keselman started off the day with Gold in the 50 Breast with a time of 37.59. Tabitha dominated with Gold in 100 Back (106.55), Silver in the 200 Free (211.02) and Silver in the 400 IM. Katy Shepard swam great, winning Bronze in the 200 Free (2:14.67) and Bronze in the 100 Back (1:11.37). With Metro working as a team with the other delegations, we won both the Silver and Bronze in the 400 Free Relay.
On the last day, we wanted to leave with a bang. The girls didn’t hold anything back and earned another 7 medals! Tabitha got the Gold in the 50 Back (30.74) and 100 Breast (116.55) and Silver in the 200 IM (2:25.29). Rachel got the Gold in the 100 Breast (119.36) and 200 Free Relay, and Bronze in the 200 IM (2:41.79). Katy Shepard got the Silver in the 50 Back (33.03).
As the coach, I had the pleasure of swimming in the coaches’ relay on the last day. The girls motivated me, where I joined them for warm up and had the pleasure to swim by their sides. The coaches’ relay was filled with energy and support from our swimmers. By the end of the week, all the delegations came together where we all felt like teammates. I thank the relays for allowing the swimmers to get the chance to swim with swimmers from all over the world. The last race of the Maccabi Games was a T-shirt relay where swimmers and coaches were all included. Not only did the girls leave with pounds of medals around their necks, but they left with friends and memories from the Texas Maccabi Games that they will have for life.
Click here to see a gallery of the photos from the 2013 Maccabi Games.
MetroWest Girls 16U Soccer
The MetroWest Girls 16 and under Maccabi team came back from the Orange County CA 2013 games with the gold medal. The girls dominated their opponents with a record of 7 wins and 0 losses while scoring 45 goals and only allowing 6 goals. Lizzie Kinkler and Jenny Haskel led the scoring with strong midfield support from Maddie Temares, Rachel Sorkenn, and Randi Smith. Halle Fiedler and Sophie Brause were both very solid on defense while Alison Sorkenn and Lauren Krinsky did a great job in goal. The girls really enjoyed playing with one another and it was an amazing experience both on and off the field.
MetroWest Boys 16U Baseball
The 16u baseball team completed a bitter sweet tournament at this year’s games in Orange County. Coming off of our surprising Bronze Medal at the 2012 games, we arrived in sunny California expecting to contend for Gold. Playing on beautiful fields with panoramic mountain views we didn’t disappoint in the preliminary round. We finished at 3-1, good enough for the fourth seed, and just missing out on the third seed by way of a tie-breaker. Our victories were convincing ones over a Hartford/Las Vegas mixed team, St. Louis and South Jersey. Our lone loss was a 2-1 classic against host Orange County. Incredibly, our starting pitchers threw four complete games and we played stellar defense and hit the ball throughout the preliminary round. Unfortunately, we then ran into a hot team from Baltimore and were eliminated in the quarter-finals. We received outstanding contributions from every member of our roster of 15, including players we added from other delegations as part of a mixed team. Now, with a veteran returning core, we look forward to picking up another medal at the 2014 games.
U14 Boys Basketball
On August 4, 2013 the ten member Metrowest basketball team met at Newark Airport at 5 AM with the expectation of an unforgettable experience. The eight boys and two coaches were not disappointed from beginning to end. They arrived in Orange County and were transported to the phenomenal JCC facility where they were greeted by their host families. The entire team was split up between two very caring families and were treated like members of the family. The boys spent the afternoon with their hosts and were then transported to Santa Ana stadium for the nighttime opening ceremonies. This event was modeled after international Olympic opening ceremonies which included walking in with your team, entertainment, and capped off by a tribute to the fallen Israeli Olympic athletes. It was a fabulous evening for athletes and their families that won't be soon forgotten.
The competition schedule was exhausting but the team rose to the occasion by winning five games in a row. They played two games on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday with a minimal amount of rest in between. The team was ranked 5th out of 24 teams after winning their first four games. They finally fell during game six when sheer exhaustion took over but they still played a respectable game. The team played with skill and class throughout the games. They handled themselves in a commendable and very sportsmanlike manner which is a testament to good coaching and high character.
The boys experiences were not all on the court. Each boy worked with a special needs child on the basketball court to enable them to give something back to the host community. The Maccabi Games also scheduled wonderful age appropriate activities for the teens. They experienced a beach party Monday night and a Game Center with mini golf, games, and rides on Tuesday. The host families entertained them Wednesday night and the games commenced with a closing ceremony party at the JCC that was described as "awesome" by many of the boys.
The Maccabi experience was an unforgettable one for the participants and the families as well. The athletes experienced rigorous competition, community service, independence, and a wonderful social experience. They met over 2,000 teens from around the US and other countries. They traded pins, shirts and uniforms. Friendships were forged and pride in their heritage was cultivated. The parents got to see their adolescent compete, navigate on their own and be entertained as well. The 2013 Orange County Maccabi Games were unforgettable and hugely successful. Many athletes and families felt it was an experience that would never be forgotten and will always be treasured.
We had a great time at the 2013 Junior Maccabi Games hosted by the Kaiserman JCC. Please see the information below to learn more about our experience.
Coach: Evan Bashoff
Players: Jacob Badian, Evan Goldenstein, Miller Hickman, Jonathan Kay, Lance Perlow, Alex Wanatick and Corey Wichansky.
Coach: Ian Marx
Players: Andrew Aronson, Evan Berney, Alex Marx, Jack Marx, Josh Nagler, Jacob Popolow, Joseph Simon, Ian Skinner, Zane Solender, David Sternlieb, Alon Tamir, Henry Ticknor, Justin Wachtel, Tommy Wachtel, and Liam Zielony.
Girls and Boys Swimming
Coach: Katya Mart
Swimmers: Jacob Leddy, Grace Levey, Alyssa Levy, Lily Ann Nossen, Maya Samuelson, Samuel Spitz, Alexander Weiss, and Joshua Zitomer.
The MetroWest swimmers had a great time at the 2013 Junior Maccabi Games hosted by the Kaiserman JCC in Wynnewood, PA. The team began their day with opening ceremonies, held on the field of the Kaiserman JCC. After opening ceremonies they made their way to Friends Central School where the swim competition would be taking place. We had 8 swimmers participate and we were led by our two returning swimmers 11 year old Jacob Leddy and 10 year old Alyssa Levy. The swimmers had a wonderful time and were proud to earn many medals. The group enjoyed the Erev Junior Maccabi Social on Saturday evening where they were able to meet other participants from NY, NJ, MD, DE, and PA. The team bonded together and with 7 swimmers being able to return for the 2014 games we look forward to return in 2014, as more experienced and stronger swimmers. Katya enjoyed training the team this year and was excited by their enthusiasm and willingness to work hard. Check back soon for the medal results!
10 yr old 200 Medley Relay 2:35.19
10 yr old 50 Free Grace Levey 33.03
10 yr old 100 Free Samuel Spitz 1:13.77
11 yr old 100 Back Jacob Leddy 1:28.71
10 yr old 50 Fly Grace Levey 37.46
10 yr old 50 Fly Samuel Spitz 36.53
10 yr old 100 Fly Alyssa Levy 1:28.23
10 yr old 100 IM Alyssa Levy 1:21.72
10 yr old 100 IM Samuel Spitz 1:28.41
12 yr old 50 Free Joshua Zitomer 28.34
10 yr old 50 Back Alyssa Levy 36.06
10 yr old 100 Back Lily Ann Nossen 1:30.93
11 yr old 100 Back Alexander Weiss 1:42.46
12 yr old 100 Back Joshua Zitomer 1:14.35
10 yr old 50 Breast Grace Levey 46.29
11 yr old 50 Fly Alexander Weiss 47.40
12 yr old 100 Fly Joshua Zitomer 1:12.81
10 yr old 100 IM Lily Ann Nossen 1:29.43
11 yr old 100 IM Jacob Leddy 1:26.79
Coaches: Alan Model and Michael Kessel
Players: Tyler Adelman, Jonah Berman, Joshua Feinberg, Cole Jacobson, Tyler Kaufman, Zachary Kessel, Tai Mair, Cole Model, Jake Panzer, Benjamin Sinins, Alex Supran and Justin Weiss.
The Boys Baseball Team had a great experience at the 2013 Junior Maccabi games in Philadelphia, PA. The boys overcame an opening round defeat at the hands of Rockland and fought their way back with a tie and a win over Greater Washington and Delaware. They lost a 2-1 heartbreaker in the semifinal to the Katz JCC of Cherry Hill. The boys then played a rematch with Greater Washington for the Bronze Medal - their 5th straight game of the day. It was an extremely close game but the boys pulled away in extra innings and were glad to take home a Bronze Medal for themselves and the MetroWest JCC. The older boys enjoyed their last hurrah at the games while the younger boys look forward to participating in future Maccabi events together and defending their medal.
Coach: Beth Kaniewski
Players: Sydney Agnello, Carline Balick, Carly Bernstein, Marisa Buchholz, Ashley Sarah Ellsworth, Alexa Forte, Taylor Hirsch, Katherine Kaniewski, Hannah Richman, Erica Rosenbaum, Danielle Samuelson, Julia Schneider, Ella Singer, Brooke Sodowich, and Sarah Timpone.
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2012 Junior Maccabi Games
JCC Metrowest took a delegation of 52 athletes ages 10-12 to the 2012 Junior Maccabi Games, hosted by the Harrisburg JCC in Harrisburg, PA on Sunday, May 20. Metrowest athletes competed in Baseball, Basketball, Soccer and Swimming against other JCC teams from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware.
Coach: Bryan Fieldler
Sophie Brause, Halle Fiedler, Samantha Goldman, Zoe Grebin, Lauren Krinsky, Peri Lamkin, Ilana Lurie, Lia Mund, Julia Schneider.
The Metrowest Girl’s 12 and under soccer team won the gold medal in the 2012 JCC Mid Atlantic Junior Maccabi games hosted in Harrisburg. The girls went undefeated in their five games as they scored 26 goals and only allowed 2 goals against them. Halle Fiedler and Sophie Brause led the scoring while Peri Lamkin and Orli Forster put constant pressure on the opponent’s defense. The defense was led by Lia Mund with support from Ilana Lurie, Sam Goldman, and Julia Schneider. Zoe Grebin and Lauren Krinsky did an amazing job in goal while some making great saves. This year’s games was truly a success for the girls on and off the field.
Coach: Katya Mart
Michaela Deutsch-Dornfeld, Jacob Leddy, Alyssa Levy, Hannah Percely, Kathryn Shepard, Rachel Vogel, Alana Wernick
The Metrowest swim team had an extremely successful Junior Maccabi games, taking 3rd place overall and 1st place in relays. Metrowest swimmers medaled in 15 out of 18 events that they swam in. It was a great day both in and out of the pool.
- 10 Year Old 50 Free Jacob Leddy 35.15
- 10 Year Old 50 Back Alyssa Levy 37.79
- 11 Year Old 50 Back Michaela Deutsch-Dornfeld 39.62
- 12 Year Old 50 Back Katy Shepard 33.53
- 10 Year Old 50 Fly Alyssa Levy 36.70
- 10 Year Old 100 Free Jacob Leddy 1:17.96
- 12 Year Old 100 Free Katy Shepard 1:03.86
- 12 Year Old 50 Breast Hannah Percely 41.90
- 12 and Under 200 Free Relay 2:11.84 Michaela Deutsch-Dornfeld Jacob Leddy Katy Shepard Rachel Vogel
- 12 Year Old 50 Free Rachel Vogel 31.54
- 12 Year Old 100 Breast Hannah Percely 1:29.66
- 12 Year Old 50 Back Jacob Leddy 40.20
- 12 Year Old 100 Back Rachel Vogel 1:24.31
- 12 Year Old 100 IM Katy Shepard 1:13.80
- 10 Year Old 50 Free Alyssa Levy 34.02
- 12 Year Old 50 Free Hannah Percely 33.02
- 12 Year Old 50 Fly Rachel Vogel 36.64
Coaches: Michael Handwerker, Sharon Duhaney
Gabrielle Alpert, Kyra Cooperman, Jamie Handwerker, Amanda Margolis, Emily Mester, Sarah Rovit, Renee Zavidow, Raquel Winer.
The Girls Basketball Team traveled to the Jr Maccabi games in Harrisburg, PA with very little experience playing together. They had some great practices and got better and better with each one. They played some extremely tough teams in the first round but they never gave up. They played tough defense making it very difficult for the opposing teams to score and got lots of easy baskets as well. The girls had a positive experience at the games and look forward to competing in future Maccabi events in the coming years.
Coach: Sam Levy
Tyler Barishaw, Michael Bressler, Steven Bressler, Emanuel Deutsch-Dornfeld, Ross Gang, Seth Gelwarg, Bryan Levy, Jake Needlemen.
The Boys Basketball Team had a great experience at the 2012 Junior Maccabi games in Harrisburg, PA. The boys beat Katz, Buxmont and Baltimore and finished the preliminary round with a record of 3-0. Based on their record they were awarded the #1 seed and would receive a 1st round bye in the playoffs, and advance to the quarterfinals. They easily won their quarterfinal game and would advance to the semifinals where they would face a team from Greater Washington. Greater Washington had at least 2 players who were very skilled and at least 6 feet tall. It was an extremely close game and the game came down to the final minute. Metrowest lost to Greater Washington but would get a chance to play for a Bronze Medal. The game was very close and came down to the last second. The boys lost on a controversial last second tip-in that nobody other than the score-keepers thought was timely. While the team was sad to lose their all enjoyed the Junior Maccabi games and look forward to participating in future Maccabi events together.
Coaches: Mark Lim, Brian Kaufman
Cole Becker, Ari Brown, Tyler Kaufman, Zachary Kessel, Benjamin Lim, Cole Model, Max Model, Nathan Orbach, Ryan Sauborn, Harry Stiel
Coaches: Dave Schwartz, Jay Schwartz
Ari Cohen, Evan Cohen, Matt Feresten, Josh Naiman, Jeffrey Nelson, Max Ramer, Brayden Schwartz, Zachary Schwartz
JCC MetroWest Teens participate in JCC Maccabi Games in Rockland NY
Mixed MetroWest U16 Girls’ Soccer
The 2012 JCC Maccabi Games held in Rockland County, NY were a learning and growing experience for MetroWest’s Mixed Girls’ Soccer Team. Success for this group was not determined by wins or losses, but by how the group of girls came together over the course of the tournament.
Two athletes from MetroWest were joined by ten others from Springfield (MA), Stamford (CT), Hartford (CT), Marblehead (MA), and Richmond (VA) to form this mixed team. While some of the girls knew one or two others from their area, as a team, the group had never met or played together until the first game of the tournament. The first game did not provide much of an opportunity for pleasantries or getting to know each other as the team faced an always strong Los Angeles side. After going down to LA 0-5 in the first half, the team really found some heart, and played to a 2-2 tie in the second half with goals coming from the “Hartford Connection”, Sydney Gellerman and Hannah Merritt.
After the first game, the team had a chance to really come together, and they did. The girls watched other games together to scout their competition, had team lunches most days, hung out with each other during down time in between games, and spent the evenings unwinding with fun night time activities.
The team went on to play four more games in the tournament and each game saw the girls come together more and more as a team. There was talking on the field and the athletes started to get a feel for where their teammates would be. By the second game, the girls had other teams and coaches shocked that they were playing a mixed team because it looked like the girls had been playing together for years. The cohesiveness of this group was really remarkable. The remaining matches included a 4-1 win over our “neighbors from across the pond”, Great Britain, close matches versus Rockland A and Rockland B, the home town teams and a final match against a tough Toronto squad.
Gellerman led the team in scoring with 6 goals in 5 games, including a 4 goal effort against Great Britain. She wound up being one of the top scorers in the entire tournament. Also tallying goals were Merritt (2), and Biana Iosiovich (2). Elana Silverstein was outstanding in goal the entire tournament, keeping many of the games close. Hannah Katz anchored the defense as the sweeper, playing most of the tournament and coming out for just a few short water breaks. Arielle Rosenberg and Rosie Pofcher both contributed to the strength of the defense and really turned some heads with their play. Tammy Stevens and Emily Libowitz also turned in great efforts on defense throughout the tournament, even playing through slight injuries at times to help the team. Many of the girls, including Rebecca Satz, Shana Criscitiello, and Madison Johnson, were asked to play all over the field, at times in positions they were not accustomed to, and did a great job helping the team from both the back and up top. The sacrifices they made for the benefit of the team were appreciated by all.
In 2012, the MetroWest 16u baseball team intended to go the Rockland Games with one mission in mind: to medal after a very disappointing tournament a year earlier in Philadelphia that was cut short by torrential rain. Unfortunately, however, that 2011 team was stacked with many veteran players that had since aged out. As a result, with only a few returning players, we were compelled to field a team in 2012 that consisted of seven players that were only 13 and 14 years of age. Although our squad was more equipped to play at the 14u level, we nevertheless played “up” to accommodate the few older players who were denied their fair chance to win a medal in 2011. With this backdrop, as we prepared for and traveled to the Rockland Games, we became resigned to the fact that our expectations were simply too high. We began viewing this year as one that would be for the love of the game only, and an opportunity to get some experience as there was “no way” we would be able to compete in the older 16u division.
But then a funny thing happened on the way to the baseball field….
Our group of young, talented players – many of whom had already won two consecutive Gold Medals with the MetroWest Junior Maccabi baseball team in 2010 and 2011 – refused to accept this as a “lost” campaign, and after a slow start, the team really took off, winning 3 of its final 4 games, including a thrilling 5-4 victory over Boca Raton for the Bronze Medal. The keys to victory included virtually flawless defense, timely hitting particularly with two outs and runners in scoring position, and quality starting pitching. Playing excellent fundamental baseball in all aspects of the game, MetroWest was not going to be denied.
Now, as we begin preparation for the 2013 games, with another year under our belts, we look forward to further growth on and off the field, and have set our designs on bringing home the Gold Medal.
15-16 Girls Swimming
Silver - 200 Free Relay
Silver - 400 free Relay
Bronze - 200 Med Relay
Bronze - 200 Free Relay
Silver - 50 Back
Silver - 200 Fly
Bronze - 400 Free Relay
Silver - 200 Med Relay
Bronze -100 Fly
Silver - 500 Free
Silver - 200 Fly
Bronze - 100 Free
Silver - 400 IM
Gold - 400 Med Relay
Gold - 200 Fly
Bronze - 200 IM
16U Boys Basketball
Mitch Cohen (Sparta), Josh Drill (West Caldwell), Wyatt Kalb (North Caldwell), Jacob Kaplan (Pine Brook), Ben Kizel (Short Hills), Julian Ritholz (Short Hills), Tyler Storch (Pine Brook), Alex Tarowsky (Pine Brook), Jesse Warech (Pine Brook) were the members of the U16 basketball team that represented MetroWest in the 2012 Games hosted by Rockland County. The team was led by coaches Lonny Tarowsky and Gary Warech. Half of the team were veterans having competed in past JCC Maccabi Games including winning the gold medal in the U14 division in 2010 in Richmond, VA.
As always the competition was fierce. On Monday the team won their first game against Central Jersey. They lost the second game by one point in overtime to Greater Washington. They won both games on Tuesday and their first game Wednesday. Going into the quarter finals Wednesday afternoon the boys had a record of 4-1. MetroWest lost the quarter final game by 4 points to South Jersey, the eventual gold medal team.
My week at the Games
By Jesse Warech
Basketball is a major part of my life and I have enjoyed playing ball in the JCC Maccabi Games for the past three summers. I am 16 years old and this past August in Rockland was my fourth summer playing in the games. My first year at the Games as a 13 year old I competed in tennis. Each year brought more fun than the last. The athletics are intense, the activities are fun, and you get a unique chance to give back to the local community.
This past summer I played for the MetroWest basketball team in the U16 division. Most of the guys on the team this year have played together in previous games. We always enjoy getting to play on the same side since during the high school season most of us are going against each other. The level of competition was high as always and the team was tested on more than one occasion. We had an overall record of 4-2 and lost in the quarterfinal to the eventual champions. Even though we didn’t get to the final, I still enjoyed the experience very much and although I was there to play basketball, the sports aspect was only a small piece to a great week.
On Wednesday, all of the participants took part in the JCC Cares Program. This gives everyone the opportunity to give back. This year our team went to an assisted living center where we played bingo and did karaoke with some of the residents. It truly is an experience I will never forget.
In the evenings, when the sports were over for the day, everyone in the games gathered for night activities. The first night was a pool party and BBQ. On Tuesday night we went to Dave and Buster’s and Wednesday was host family night. On this particular evening the athletes spend the night with their host family. This year my host family had a few of their friends over who were hosting athletes as well. The last night was closing ceremonies. There was a carnival and all the participants watched a video showing some clips and highlights from the week.
These fourth JCC Maccabi games in Rockland were my last, but I hope to continue on and eventually take part in the Maccabiah Games in Israel.
JCC MetroWest Teens participate in JCC Maccabi Games in Houston TX
U16 Boys Soccer
The Metrowest 16 and under boys Maccabi soccer team went to Houston in August 2012 and came home with the gold medal. The boys finished with a record of 7-0 and beat a strong Orange County team in the finals 4-0. They scored 51 goals and only allowed 5 against them. Zachary Beckerman ,Sam Eisen, Matt Picon led the team in scoring while Dylan Fiedler Brett Dinowitz and Ross Florin controlled the midfield. Lucas Weissman, Matt lemash and Gideon Tamir held held off the opponents on defense while Bobby Schneiderman and Mark Langendorff did a great job in goal. The boys had a great time together both on and off the field.
Metrowest Maccabi tennis 2012 brought 3 16 yr. olds to Houston. Jordan Gelman, Adam Brodkin and Jason Ginsburg represented our JCC admirably and played some great matches. The heat and long hours on the courts didn't phase them a bit. Jason reached the quarter-finals in singles and Jordan and Adam fell short of a bronze in doubles by 1 game. All three had never played Maccabi before and were thrilled to have such a unique experience and to have captured many lifetime memories.
JCC MetroWest Teens Participate in JCC Maccabi Experience in Israel
By Matthew Fox
JCC MetroWest took a delegation of 10 local teenagers and 2 Israeli teenagers from Ofakim, MetroWest's sister city, to compete and participate in the JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest that was held in Israel from July 25 through August 4. This marked the first time ever that the JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest were held in Israel. The program was comprised of over 1,000 Jewish teenagers from delegations all over North America and the World. MetroWest had nine athletes who competed in soccer, swimming, and tennis and three artists who participated in broadcast journalism, dance, and rock band.
The Israel Experience was much more than just the traditional JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest, as it included a host family weekend in Ofakim (MetroWest's sister city in Israel) and three days of touring around the major cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
ports competitions and art specialties began on Tuesday, July 26 and were held in Kiryat Shmona, a town located in Northern Israel. After three straight days of competing and creating, the teens took a day off to participate in a "Day of Caring and Sharing" (DOCAS) on Friday. The MetroWest delegation was assigned the project of revamping a youth center in Kiryat Shmona. The teens cleaned, renovated, gardened, and painted - the results were amazing! All together, JCC Maccabi participants donated 6,000 working hours to various projects that helped the host community. Following DOCAS, the MetroWest delegation had a long bus ride south to Ofakim for a visit with their host family. Each teen spent the weekend with an Israeli family in their home and it was great to get a sense of how Israeli's live, especially how they spend Shabbat. While everyone's host family experience differed slightly, two constants seemed to be endless amounts of delicious, homemade food and an inspiring sense of family closeness. Host family weekend concluded on Saturday night with a karaoke pizza party for the teens and their new Israeli friends. On Sunday, it was off to Hebrew University in Jerusalem where the finals of the sports competitions and the Artsfest performances took place. The Israel Experience concluded with three days of touring in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Highlights from the touring included the Old City of Jerusalem and the Kotel, Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Machon Ayalon (an underground munitions factory), and shopping in the Shook market.
Each evening there were exciting activities planned for all the JCC Maccabi participants that included Israel themed parties, Lunagal Water Park, and incredible Opening and Closing Ceremonies. These ceremonies featured popular music by Israel's HaDag Nahash, American Idol finalist Brett Lowenstern, and Yeshiva University's Maccabeats.
JCC MetroWest artists took advantage of an amazing week of learning and creating as participants in JCC Maccabi Artsfest. Samantha Silverman (Livingston) spent the week learning skills and techniques in the Broadcast Journalism specialty that were showcased in interviews she conducted with Maccabi participants and played for everyone to see at Closing Ceremonies. Samantha also had the opportunity to record at an active regional radio station in Israel. Ariella Liebman (West Orange), a participant in the Dance specialty, enjoyed learning new routines and taking part in a workshop with renowned choreographer Claude Dadia. Ariella's hard work paid off when she performed in front of large crowds at Hebrew University and at the Closing Ceremonies. Daniel Dumashlek (Ofakim, Israel), a saxophone player, participated in the Artsfest specialty Rock Music and spent the week creating performance pieces with his new band mates that they performed at the end of the week. Daniel also had the opportunity to meet and speak to HaDag Nahash band members, one of the most popular bands in Israel, which combines hip hop, rock, reggae, and funk.
MetroWest athletes impressed in the JCC Maccabi Games and brought some hardware back home with them to New Jersey. Swimmers Juliet Felsen (Randolph), Adina Reisner (Randolph), Slade Reisner (Randolph), and Jonas Singer (Millburn) earned a total of 20 medals over three days of intense competition. All the swimmers earned at least two medals (complete medal results can be seen below) with Juliet earning a gold medal in the 200 Meter Medley Relay and Jonas and Juliet both earning gold in the 400 Meter Free Relay. Soccer players Esther Neibart (Morristown), Sara Widmann (Morristown), and Nathaniel Tsimikas (Morristown) all competed on mixed teams, joining up with athletes from the Vancouver delegation. For the girls the mixed team provided the opportunity to become friends and develop a bond with other athletes they otherwise probably would not have met. The team, who had never played together before meeting in Israel, learned as they went along and became stronger in each game of the tournament. Their best result was a 2-2 tie against the Baltimore team. Sara netted two goals in the tournament. Nate's mixed team saw a little more on field success ultimately making it to the gold medal game of the tournament, played at Hebrew University in front of a sell out crowd, where they lost a close game 2-1 to a strong Memphis team. The silver medals were a great reward for this hard working team. Nate played almost the entire tournament at defense which is not his customary position and was one of the team's most valuable players. Tennis players Andrew Nolff (Millburn) and Adina Yoffe (Ofakim, Israel) showed their skills over four days of competing at the Israel Tennis Center. After winning one match and losing another in the preliminary rounds and then having to forfeit two more matches because of injury, Adina earned the 10 seed in the playoffs where she upset the 7 seed 8-2 to advance to a match against the 2 seed. Adina lost this hard fought match but was very proud of her performance. Andrew won three of his four preliminary matches convincingly, 8-0, 8-2, 8-4, earning him the 5 seed in the playoffs. He took down the 12 and 4 seeds before facing off against the 1 seed and losing an extremely intense match. The loss put Andrew in the bronze medal match against the 3 seed. Two sets were not enough to determine a winner so the match went to a tie break with Andrew ultimately winning 10-8 and earning the bronze!
The JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest in Israel was an incredible experience for this group of MetroWest teens and the memories will last a long time!
Gold Medal - 200M Medley Relay, 400M Free Relay
Silver Medal - 50M Fly, 50M Breast, 400M Medley Relay, 100M Breast
Bronze Medal - 200M Free Relay
Silver Medal - 400M Free Relay
Bronze Medal - 200M Medley Relay
Silver Medal - 200M Back, 200M Medley Relay,
Bronze Medal - 400M Free, 400M Free Relay, 400M Medley Relay, 50M Back, 200M Individual Medley
Gold Medal - 400M Free Relay
Silver Medal - 400M Individual Medley, 400M Medley Relay, 200M Individual Medley
Photo Gallery - 2011 Games
JCC MetroWest Teens participate in JCC Maccabi Games in Philadelphia PA
2011 JCC MetroWest Maccabi Games Swimming
Andrea Shepard 15-16 Girls
2nd 500 Free
2nd 200 Free
2nd 400 IM
2nd 200 Back
2nd 200 Fly
3rd 50 Free
3rd 100 Free
3rd 100 Breast
4th 100 Fly
4th 50 Fly
4th 200 IM
6th 200 Medley Relay
Elyse Abrams 15-16 Girls
4th 200 Breast
4th 400 Free Relay
6th 50 Breast
6th 50 Back
6th 400 Free Relay
Carly Abrams 13-14 Girls
4th 200 Medley Relay
4th 400 Free Relay
5th 200 Free Relay
6th 400 Medley Relay
Elan Meltzer 15-16 Boys
4th 50 Breast
5th 400 Free Relay
5th 400 Medley Relay
5th 50 Back
5th 100 Breast
5th 100 Breast
5th 200 Free Relay
6th 100 Fly
6th 200 Medley Relay
All swimmers competed in 12 events and achieved personal bests in many of their races. There were 65 swimmers total in this year's competition and by the second day they were all bonding into one large group. Our swimmers could be found cheering for those they just met. They enjoyed the competition but even more trading for items at the pool. International items were of highest interest.
The swimmers participated in interactive activities learning about what it might be like to live with special needs. Volunteers from the Friendship Circle led the athletes through various activities simulating different impairments followed by a question and answer session.
2011 JCC Metrowest 16U Basketball
Jason Caspert ( North Caldwell), Mitch Cohen (Sparta), Wyatt Kalb (Caldwell) Andrew Katzeff (Livingston), Ben Kizel (Short Hills), Tyler Storch (Montville), Alex Tarowsky (Montville) and Jesse Warech (Montville) were the members of the 16U basketball team that represented the MetroWest JCC in the 2011 Maccabi Games. The team was led by coaches Gary Warech and Lonny Tarowsky. The Games took place in Philadelphia this past August with over 1500 athletes from around the world. Six of the players were on the 2010 team that won the 14u gold medal so it was a young group with a tough draw but they competed in every game and earned a gold medal in the consolation bracket. One of the highlights for the MetroWest team came near the end of the competition when they exchanged jerseys with the team from Israel. In the spirit of the Maccabi Games, the two teams bonded and the MetroWest players proudly wore their Israeli jerseys in their final game and during the gold medal ceremony.
2011 JCC MetroWest Baseball
On Sunday, August 14, 2011, the MetroWest delegation set off for the 2011 JCC Maccabi Games in Philadelphia. The defending bronze medalist U16 baseball team, composed of 13 players, went with high hope of returning with no less than a gold medal. With 6 players returning from last year and the addition of 7 strong newcomers, Manager Eric Katz and Coach Jim McCauley worked hard to prepare the team for the intense week to come.
The trip started out with tremendous rain during the day which did little to dampen the spirits of the team. Settled in with their host families, the team gathered at Villanova for the opening ceremonies. By the late afternoon, the rain had stopped but the damage to the fields was done.
Monday came and despite the best efforts of the Philadelphia host delegation to ready the municipal fields, no baseball games could be played. Already the schedule was behind though hopes were high for Tuesday. The team did their day of caring and sharing, enjoying the day of service.
Each team was limited to one game on Tuesday. MetroWest faced Orange County, a team from the Los Angeles area. The starting line-up was Alex Walton, center, batting lead-off and providing speed on the bases. Leo Poggie, left field, a strong contact hitter, followed Walton. Tyler Benson, short stop, batted third, giving the top of the line-up another contact hitter. Jared Berman, 1st base, batted cleanup with a powerful bat and the potential to break games open with his swing. Zachary Buchholz, 2nd base, is another power hitter and helped anchor the middle of the lineup. Dylan McCauley, catcher, had the tough job behind the plate and provided additional hitting prowess. Cole McCollum, the starting pitcher, batted seventh, and took command of the mound for the first game, with Poggie in relief. Joey Walter, an outfielder, was the extra hitter this game, making the bottom of the lineup a potent force. Mo Pasternak, third base and playing in his 4th Maccabi games, batted 8th. Jason Sedell, right field, rounded out the lineup. On the bench to substitute were Josh Katz, Matt Timpone, and Avi Kessler.
MetroWest won the first game 15 - 6, in a game shortened to 4innings due to time limitations. The lineup put up a barrage of 13 hits in 25 at bats. With 7 walks and only 3strikeouts, the team left only 6 men on base. Of particular note at the plate was Walter going 3-3, Berman batting 2-2 with 2 walks, Poggie 2-3 with 1 walk, and Pasternak 2-3. After a slow 1st inning, the team batted through the order in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings. McCullom had 6 K's, and the "Killer B" infield turned a double play (Benson-Buchholz-Berman) to end the 4th.
Two games were played on Wednesday. In game one, MetroWest faced their rival, and eventual gold medal winner LA Milken. Using the same lineup, MetroWest batted 9 batters instead of 10, with Avi Kessler playing right field and batting in the 9 spot for Jason Sedell. Dylan McCauley got the call on the mound, Pasternak went behind the dish and McCollum played 3rd. The Los Angeles pitching was very stingy - MetroWest managed only 5 hits in 21 at bats but the hitters were tough in the batters' box, running up the pitch count and spreading out 6 K's in 6 innings. With only 3 walks given up by LA, base runners were hard to come by and deft fielding by LA kept runners from reaching base. Dylan had excellent defense behind him - Walton made 2 catches in center, Buchholz was busy at 2nd with 3 assists and 2 more put-outs. Kessler and Poggie in the outfield each pulled in fly ball outs. LA managed to put together some hits for runs to win the game, 6-1.
Wednesday's second game was against the eventual silver medalist Chicago. Jared Berman took the mound against a tough lineup, putting up 5 K's through 4 innings. This was the most intense games played in the tournament. Chicago, the home team, struck first, putting up 2 runs in the first inning. In the 2nd, Chicago threatened with a runner on 2nd. The next batter hit a huge shot to center. Walton, getting a fantastic read of the hit off the bat, made a diving, off the ground amazing catch to get the out and keep the runner from scoring. Poggie pulled in the next fly ball to left and Berman stuck out the next batter to hold Chicago to a scoreless inning. It was an inning that propelled Metro to get on the board in the top of the 3rd with 3 runs, with the middle of the lineup doing what they do best. Chicago, not to be out-done, answered with another 3 runs in the bottom of the 3rd, making the score 5-3.
In the 4th, Metro added a base runner and Berman hit a triple to drive in another run, closing the gap to 5-4. Metro's defense was formidable, holding Chicago to a scoreless innings in the 4th inning and erasing a threat with a perfect 6-4-3 double play. In the 5th, Metro added put together two hits - a double by McCollum and a single by Pasternak to tie the game, 5-5. Chicago went down 1-2-3 in the 5th on a K, a 5-3 play in the infield and a fly ball to center. Metro went quietly in the top of the 6th and prepared for the bottom of the inning. With Walton coming in in relief in the 6th, Chicago scratched together a run in before Metro stopped them with another 6-4-3 double play. Hoping to get another chance at the plate with the 4-5-6 hitters due up, the game was called for time and Chicago prevailed 6-5.
The rain then began again, and the tournament was called after no games could be played on Thursday except medal games. While Metro was in the winner's bracket, they were not given a chance to play due to an unfavorable scheduling decision by the host community. But this Metro team had a lot to be proud of. Every player made a contribution in some way. For two of the youngest team members, 13 year olds Josh Katz and Matt Timpone, it was an amazing experience as they saw what it was like to play on a competitive, high school level team. While they did not have as much playing time as the others, they will bring their experience to next year's efforts. For the players who played in their last Maccabi games, Mo Pasternak, Leo Poggie, Alex Walton, Dylan McCauley, Avi Kessler, Joey Walter, Jared Berman, Zach Buccholz and Cole McCollum, it was a bittersweet end to what they hoped would be a gold medal year but one with good memories nonetheless. The rest of the team can look forward to avenging this year and carrying the banner for MetroWest Baseball in 2012. Thank you to our manager and coaches, Eric Katz, Jim McCauley, Mike Timpone and Anita Walton. They all worked tirelessly to get the team ready and to put forth the best possible effort in an intense, competitive week. Our boys have made some wonderful friends and played a game they love.
Some notable stats in 3 games:
Infield made 12 plays, and 3 double plays, 2 in one game.
2 baserunners were caught stealing
Outfield caught 11 fly balls.
13 K's by the pitching staff
25 hits in 73 at bats (.342 team batting average)
Photo Gallery - 2011 Philadelphia Maccabi Games