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March 08, 1996 - Image 48

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-03-08

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n Saturday nights be- coming back to play year after headed by Adam Docks, a Walled
tween January and year because of the camaraderie. Lake Western High School stu-
March, about 250 men and Goldstein, who at age 55 is one dent. Administration is handled
one woman go to bed as of the elder statesmen of the through the B'nai B'rith Council
normal, hardworking people, league, has been playing B'nai office by Barbara Adler and Bob-
only to wake up Sunday morn- B'rith basketball since the league bie Levine. Players are even con-
traded to their teams and cannot
ings feeling just a bit taller and was started.
change teams during the
just a bit more agile than they
season.
felt the night before.
ET- This year, 20 teams are
On these Sundays, the
LT ; placed into "A," "B," or "C"
B'nai B'rith Basketball
1 leagues based upon ability.
League turns doctors,
Team managers and league
lawyers, teachers, scrap-yard
§ officials meet at the start of
workers, college students,
each basketball season to
stockbrokers, computer tech-
evaluate and place the
nicians, etc., into athletes.
teams, taking into account
They walk into the South-
the previous year's record
field-Lathrup High School
and any personnel changes.
gymnasium still waking up
Overall, the system
and stretching the sleep from
works well, according to
their bodies. Some jog around
Gary Klinger, the league
the gym to warm up. Some
secretary. "Very few teams
discuss strategy for the morn-
are far and away above any
ing's game.
of the other teams in their
For over 20 years, a large
division," he says, Melton
group of men, with a small
says players even scout the
sprinkling of women, have
other teams for recruits for
been getting together at vari-
the following year.
ous area gyms "to have a good
Over the years, says
time in a competitive sport,"
Klinger, many of the teams
according to Marty Melton,
have built up rivalries. And
the basketball league's com-
missioner and B'nai B'rith's Dale Taub tries to steal the ball from an opponent. partly because of the rival-
ries, he says, "playing bas-
Michigan director of athletics.
ketball here is something
"We have a lot of fun with
Despite the fun and friend- people really look forward to."
this league," says Melton. The
Says player Ken Radner,
players are competitive on the ships, the basketball itself is quite
court and then often go out for competitive and the league seems tongue-in-cheek, "I really enjoy
breakfast together after their almost professional in its opera- playing here. Where else do you
game is over. Melton founded the tion. The season runs for 10 get to push around people you
basketball league in 1976 and weeks and is then followed by know and get away with it?"
As the games draw to a close,
played in it himself until he in- playoffs. Officiating is contract-
ed through Quad County Offi- fatigue becomes evident. Many
jured his back a few years ago.
B'nai B'rith also has softball cials, an organization with over players walk the length of the
and volleyball leagues, but the 200 referees who work weekly court, no longer able to run. The
basketball league is the most pop- high-school games as well as the athletes are turning back into the
ordinary working mortals that
state championships.
ular, Melton says.
There is a score-keeping crew they were Saturday night.
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woman to play in what is
sometimes referred to as
the B'nai B'rith "Men's"
Basketball League, this season
Karen Sklar is the only woman
challenging the guys.
A math teacher at Southfield
High School, Sklar has been play-
ing B'nai B'rith basketball since
1989, save for a hiatus when she
lived in California.

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She has been an athlete most
of her life and played women's
basketball at Farmington Har-
rison High School and during
graduate work at College of the
Canyons in California. She
also played softball as an un-
dergraduate at Wayne State
University and will coach soft-
ball again for the Detroit team
in the teen-age Maccabi Games
this summer.

Karen Sklar
heads up court.

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