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August 04, 1995 - Image 45

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-08-04

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Ann Arbor's largest Maccabi Games
delegation heads for Columbus, Ohio,
with big dreams.


Ann Arbor wants to medal.

High Hope

he largest Ann Arbor
Maccabi contingent
ever will be taking
some lofty goals with
it on the bus to the
games for 12-16-
year-olds in Colum-
bus, Ohio, later this
month. (Detroit's teams will par-
ticipate in regional games in Los
Angeles, Houston and Long
Ann Arbor delegation head
Sharon Newman says, "This
could be the year for our girls bas-
ketball team." Co-coach Josh Cut-
ler agrees. He says he's hoping
for a medal, which would be the
first for the squad.
Then there is Rebecca Wark,
who has won seven Maccabi
track medals in three years. She
wants to earn a medal in all four
events she plans to compete in,
pushing her total into double
An aggressive recruiting cam-
paign headed by Newman helped
Ann Arbor build its roster to 36
athletes, the most in the pro-
gram's 10-year history since 24
went to Pittsburgh in 1993. All of
this year's athletes are Ann Arbor
residents except one, who is from
Thanks to two lasagna dinners
at the Jewish Community Cen-
ter of Washtenaw County which
attracted more than 200 sup-
porters each time, the sale of

"Ann Arbor Maccabi Magic" T-
shirts, and gold, silver and bronze
medal sponsorships, each athlete
this year needed to pay a reduced
rate of $275 for expenses for the
Aug. 13-17 games.
Experience is the main reason
for the high hopes for the Ann
Arbor girls basketball team. Of
the nine players on the roster,
two are four-year Maccabi ath-
letes, six are in their third year
and one is a first-year competi-
tor. The co-captains are point
guard Sierra Bloom, a four-year
athlete, and center Emily Lieber-
man, who is in her third year.
"Because of everything that
goes on at the
Ilana Weaver and
Maccabi Games, Sarah
sometimes it's practice for
difficult to stay Columbus.
focused. That
shouldn't be the case with our
team because these girls are vet-
erans," said Cutler, who is coach-
ing the Ann Arbor girls and boys
basketball squads for the third
year. This is the first year for Cut-
ler's co-coach, Shana Rashes.
The girls cage team went 3-2
in Pittsburgh two years ago. Be-
sides winning its first games in
Maccabi competition, it almost
came home with a medal. Detroit
beat Ann Arbor in the bronze
medal contest.
Another first was achieved last
year at the North American
Games in Cleveland when the

girls squad posted its first victo-
ry at that level. Ann Arbor fin-
ished 1-4, but one of its losses was
a one-point defeat in overtime at
the hands of the host team.
Coach Cutler, 22, is a North
Farmington High School gradu-
ate and senior at Eastern Michi-
gan University who hopes one
day to be a college basketball
coach. The Ypsilanti resident

says his mentor and role mod-
el is Eastern Michigan bas-
ketball coach Ben Braun, who
is Jewish.
"Fve really enjoyed the Mac-
cabi Games because they have
been such a positive Jewish
and athletic experience," said
Cutler, who was raised in an
observant home in Farming-
ton Hills.
Wark, 16, has been invited
to try out for the U.S. team
which will compete in the Pan-
American Maccabi Games in
Buenos Aires, Argentina, from
Dec. 24 through Jan. 4. But
first, she hopes to win medals
in the 800, 1600, 3200 meter
runs and whatever relay race she
runs in Columbus.
Of her seven Maccabi medals,
five have been golds and two have
been silver. She had two golds
and one silver last year in Cleve-
In addition to running track in
Columbus, Wark will be on the
girls basketball team. She also
was on the cage squad in Pitts-
"I'm kind of sad that this is my
last Maccabi Games because I've
really liked them," Wark said.
"I've made so many friends
through the years."
Wark will be a junior this fall
at Ann Arbor Pioneer High
School. She's earned two varsity
letters in both cross country and
track at Pioneer and she's corn-
peted in the Class A state meet
in both sports.

Ann Arbor
Maccabi Roster

12-16): Sarah Beck, Sierra
Bloom, Rebecca Coudron, Sarah
Coudron, Flora Endelman, Em-
ily Lieberman, Joanna Pitt, Re-
becca Wark and Ilana Weaver.
Coaches: Josh Cutler and Shana

12-14): Jeremy Adler, Brett
Crandall, Adam DeZure, Aaron
Goldstein, Ron Harris, Kevin
Kretschmer, Eli Savit, Jonathan
Solomon, Aron Srolovitz and
Eitan Sussman. Coaches: Josh
Cutler and Shana Rashes.

TRACK: Jeremy -Adler, Marie
Bernard, Ron Harris, Joanna
Pitt, Ilana Singer, Eitan Suss-
man and Rebecca Wark.

beth Ayer, Marie Bernard,
Rachel Fauman, Osnat Gafni,
Lauren Gross, Katie Newman,
Shaina Newman and Alyse
Tankanow. Coach: Jenny Gale.

GOLF: Matthew Chaiken, Josh
Goldstein, Josh Halman, Seth
Halman and Justin Saper.
Coach: Marc Halman.

SWIMMING: Janet Lorang,
Emily Meltzer, Adam Rosen-
wasser and liana Singer. Coach:
Leslee Meltzer. ❑

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