We are extremely excited to present this year’s 5TJT Sports Center Yeshiva League Junior Varsity Basketball Preview for the upcoming 2014–15 season. This season is wide open for the taking, with numerous teams vying for the championship. Please continue to follow the results here throughout the season. Thanks to all the coaches who gave us a peek into their team’s outlook for this season.
Best of luck!
North Shore. After a rough season last year and not making the playoffs for the first time in many years, the JV Stars are back once again and looking forward to a strong season. With the emergence of last year’s strong freshman class and bright incoming freshmen, the season looks promising. David Wolf is coaching once again and the boys have been working hard since the beginning of the year.
Kushner. The JV Cobras will look to flip a 1–9 season a year ago. They expect strong play from Sam Bernstein, Sam Raab, and an experienced sophomore class, and look forward to contributions from promising newcomers Daniel Moradi and Jon Kirsch.
SAR. Following a 9–1 division title and semifinal playoff run, the SAR Sting looks to reload with five new starters and only three returning players. Though the task sounds daunting, SAR’s team features a bevy of talented sophomores and four impressive freshmen, including a couple of star players from the eighth-grade championship roster of last year.
Heschel. Heschel has a few new freshman players that are ready to compete at a high level and will have an impact on the league.
Flatbush. Flatbush is looking like a contender. The JV Falcons are returning five players who played regularly last season as freshmen and were instrumental in helping the JV get to the championship game. Flatbush has enough size, scoring ability, and experience to be a Final Four contender.
Magen David. The MDY Warriors JV team has some new talent and a new coach. With the JV team comprising eight freshmen who are coming off a championship season in eighth grade and five sophomores who are returning to the team, MDY is hoping to fit in the league and make some noise in the upcoming season. Maybe you will see a new Fab Five this year? I don’t think there has ever been a JV team that started five freshies, just a few tricks new Coach Sol Dweck may have up his sleeve. They are looking forward to joining the high-school league, and the team hopes to make MDY proud of their hard work.
Ramaz. The Ramaz JV basketball team is looking to return to the playoffs again this year. In the process, it hopes to improve upon its regular-season record within the league. Backboned by a returning sophomore group of Sam Reich, Sam Hamway, Josh Saracheck, Matthew Hirschfeld, Jake Lefkowitz, Josh Goodman, and Yoni Bettinger, the Rams are excited about the 2014–15 season.
HAFTR. The JV HAFTR Hawks come into the season with high hopes and big dreams. They are led by talented returning sophomores and team captains Zach Schwartz, Jason Mishkin, and Oliver Stern. With six returning players and an influx of talented freshmen from the eighth-grade championship finalist, the Hawks are hoping to soar to a great season.
TABC. TABC JV is coming off a strong two-year run and is now in the rebuilding stage, led by sophomores Moshe Proctor and Andrew Haberman. The Storm hopes to grind it out for one of the final playoff spots in the Western conference.
Hillel. This should be a rebuilding year for Hillel JV. The team is mostly ninth-graders, who are expected to overachieve and compete.
DRS. DRS JV is coming off a championship season. With no returning starters, and a solid freshman class, they hope to get back to the top of the mountain. This year will be an uphill battle and they hope to return to their winning ways.
JEC. JEC Thunder, coming off a playoff season, has four returning sophomores, highlighted by star shooter Ranaan Kimmel. With a nice addition of some talented freshmen, JEC hopes to make a return to the playoffs this year.
MTA. The MTA JV Lions look to bounce back from a disappointing 2013 season in which they missed the playoffs. The Lions have greater expectations this season, as several key players from last year’s team return as sophomores and a couple of notable transfers—Binyamin and Yehudah Buchbinder—join the squad. With a big front court and athletic guard play, the Lions have the potential to get back on track this year.
YDE. Looking forward to a great season. There are some new young fresh talents this season. Let’s go STARS!
Judah Rhine is co-director of MVP Boys Basketball Camp and has been coaching youth basketball for 30+ years. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.