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March 09, 1990 - Image 64

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-03-09

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I SPORTS I

Announcing:

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Dedicated

Maccabi Club
Youth Games
Tryouts

Continued from preceding page

The Maccabi Club of Detroit and the Jewish Community
Center of Metropolitan Detroit announce tryouts/meetings for
teams for the Jewish Community Centers' North American
Maccabi Youth Games, August 19 - 26.

ELIGIBILITY: Jewish Athletes Ages 13 - 16 as of August 1.

TRYOUTS:

Girls' Basketball
Boys' Basketball
Racquetball
Boys' Soccer

Sunday, March 11
5:15 p.m.
Sunday, March 11
6:15 p.m.
Sundays, March 18 & 2 5 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 18 4:00 p.m.
(may be outdoors if weather permits)
Boys' Softball
Sunday, March 2 5
5:00 p.m.
(may be outdoors if weather permits)
Girls' Softball
Sunday, March 2 5
5:00 p.m.
(may be outdoors if weather permits)
Tennis
Sunday, March 2 5 6:00 p.m.

MEETINGS:

Swimming
Karate
Wrestling
Table Tennis

Thesday, March 13
Thesday, March 13
Thesday, March 13
Thesday, March 13

7:15 p.m.
8:15 p.m.
8:15 p.m.
8:15 p.m.

Track & Field/
Cross Country
Volleyball

Wednesday, March 14

7:15 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14

8:15 p.m.

Girls' Soccer
Golf
Gymnastics
Chess

Thursday, March 15
Thursday, March 15
Thursday, March 15
Thursday, March 15

8:15 p.m.
7:15 p.m.
7:15 p.m.
8:15 p.m.

*ALL TRYOUTS AND MEETINGS WILL BE
HELD AT THE MAPLE/DRAKE BUILDING.

Jewish Community Center
of Metropolitan Detroit.

There will be separate boys' and girls' teams for the team sports.
Individual sports will be competed separately for boys and girls
by age groups. Everyone is encouraged to try out for multiple
sports to maximize their chances of making the Detroit Team.

For Further Information, contact Alan Horowitz at 737-0639

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FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 1990

evenings

on a network if they weren't."
In addition to basketball,
Shafran and Byrnes work
high school and football and
hockey games.
Next August, Shafran
hopes to work the Jewish
Community Center's North
American Maccabi Youth
Games, which will be telecast
by Continental. Coverage is
only in the planning stages.
Shafran got interested in
broadcasting as a Southfield
High School student. "I'm a
terrible athlete, really," he
says. "But I loved the games
and so this is how I managed
to participate, to get involv-
ed."
He worked for WSHJ, the
high school radio station, but
dropped his broadcasting
plans after graduation. Atten-
ding Oakland Community
College and then Wayne
State University, he was
"more interested in a real
career at that point in my
life."
The "real career" is his job
as assistant manager of a
men's store in Livonia. His
work there takes most of his
days and about three nights
each week, Shafran says.
Still, he never ditched the
idea of sportscasting, if only
as an avocation. One reason is
the communications field is a
family stronghold.
Brother Dick is a well-
known metro-area disc jockey,
spinning records these days at
WJOI-FM. Sister Cathy, who
has worked television and
radio jobs in East Lansing,
Grand Rapids and Flint,
recently did a stint as a Cable
News Network correspondent
in Israel.
And the three have an un-
cle who is a former TV news
director for a station in
Youngstown, Ohio.
So, in the early 1980s, with
the cable TV field beginning
to open up, Shafran jumped at
the chance to get back into
sports broadcasting, even if he
had to be his own producer,
doing all the leg work and set-
ting up assignments himself.
The highlights have been
many, he says. Among them
was WKBD sports anchor Eli
Zaret's showing of a portion of
a recent Shafran Continental
telecast on Zaret's 11 p.m.
sports segment.
The lowlights, meanwhile,
have been few. Once, Shafran
was doing his post-game
wrap-up and forgot the score.
"I just blanked out on that
one," he says. "I've never done
that before, totally blank out
like that.
"Of course, if you ask my
crew, they'll tell you that's my
normal state of mind: blank."
Shafran's shtick isn't all
self-deprecating humor. He

Shafran:
View from the top.
sees the issues behind what
he does including criticism
that putting high school
athletes on television is
exploitation.
"This is a community ser-
vice," Shafran rebuts. "We're
not here to make kings out of
these kids.
"I don't think it's exploita-
tion when Howard Golding,
the Oak Park High School
basketball coach, calls me
and tells me that a game tape
helped get one of his kids in-
to college."
And, he adds, in recent
years Continental has drawn
advertisers like Arbor Drugs
into sponsoring an academic
athlete of the week.
Between his day job and the
cable work, there's little time
left for other activities,
Shafran says. A confirmed TV
sportsaholic, he spends his off-
hours tooling around the
cable dial. He'll watch just
about anything that involves
a ball or a puck, he says.
When he's had his fill of
sports, which isn't often, he'll
pick up a book or put on a
record.
Watching old tapes of his
work may be enjoyable to
family and friends, but not to
him, Shafran says. "I'll look
at a game two or three times
and rip myself to shreds," he
says. ❑

B'nai B'rith Men's
Bowling Results

March 5, 1990
BEN LUSKY-TRAVELING
High Games
Wayne Lusky
276
Lou Dorfman
243
Jerry Gotlieb
234
Mark Stein
233
Barry Schlussel
231
High Series (4 Gaines)
Wayne Lusky
871
T'SHUVAH
High Games
Alan Saloman
265-258-230
Cal Myers
222
Andrew Feuereisen
225-212
High Series
Alan Saloman
753

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