Wrapping up the JCC Maccabi Games.
ALAN HITS KY
ewish teen athletes from the
metropolitan Detroit area
participated in JCC Maccabi
Games in Nebraska,
Maryland, Ontario and
Massachusetts in August.
The following results were report-
ed by the coaches or delegation
heads. More results were published
13-14 Boys Basketball:
Preliminary games: Monmouth-44
Detroit 42, Detroit 48 Montreal 44,
Sephardic (Brooklyn) 61 Detroit 40,
Detroit 61 Northern Virginia 22.
According to Coach Steve Weiss,
"Our first two games were very
exciting and weren't decided until
virtually the last possession. In the
Montreal win, we were behind by 7
with 2 1 /, minutes left and staged a
spirited comeback. It was led by
Mitch Weiss, who scored 12 points
in the last quarter, including six
clutch free throws down the stretch.
This was our first win and very
thrilling for the boys."
In the medal round, Detroit was
defeated by South Jersey by more
than 30 points. The team's leading
scorers for the week were Mitchell
Weiss and Sammy Faye.
The Detroit players wore a memo-
rial strip on their jerseys for Zachary
Talon Edelson, who was a team
member before his drowning death
in June. Before the first game, the
players said words of remembrance
for him in the team huddle.
"One day between games, Weiss
said, "I was walking the team back
to the JCC from the gym where we
played (about four blocks away).
The route took us through a neigh-
borhood where many older Jewish
"As we walked down the sidewalk
dressed in our uniforms, an elderly
man stopped us and asked in an 'old
country' accent, 'Are you with the
Maccabi Games?' I replied that we
were, and he asked, And you
are all Jewish?' Again, I said
"His eyes lit up and he held
out his arms to us, exclaiming,
`God bless you. God bless you.'
He explained that he is a sur-
vivor of the Holocaust, born in
Romania. He watched his par-
ents dig their own graves before
being shot by the Nazis. He
survived the camps and made it
to Montreal after the war.
"In tears, he said to the boys,
`This is so wonderful. You are
the future. God bless all of
you.' It was emblematic of the
Maccabi spirit and very touch-
ing to me, and I hope made a
lasting impression on the boys."
Golf: Scott Bendix won the
gold medal for low gross on day
1, silver for overall gross, and
silver for 2nd day net. Jon
Detroit's bronze medal volleyball team in Springfield, Mass., included, top row, Leah
Sherman won a bronze medal
Spokojny, Jessica Wolchok, Sarah Sallen, Coach Steve Click, Nichola Milgrom, Abby Siegel,
in the scramble. Mike Lewis
Carly Wayne; in middle, Coach Ken Bertin; in front, Emily Feldstein and Jamie Glassman.
won a bronze for low gross
day 1, silver for 2nd day
gross, and silver for overall
4x100 free and medley relays; silver
Coleman, Jeff Rotenberg, Mark
Swimming: Detroit won 41
Michael Fenkell, Eric
medals during the event in Montreal
and goalies Jake Bishop
and the overall team trophy. All ages
Zussman. Fenkell played
below are 13-14, unless indicated:
four gold medal teams.
Zack Devore won gold in the 200
in 50 breast. In a 200 free mixed
Coaches were Steve Friedman,
meter- individual medley, 50, 100
relay, Allison Goldin, Nicole Miller
Walter Schram and Rick Zussman.
and 200 freestyle, and 200 butterfly;
Softball: Coach Ronald Silberstein
silver in 400 free, 4x100 free and
the team came in fourth,
medley relays (both 13-14 and 15-
bronze medal game.
16), 100 IM, 100 fly.
Jason Bank, gold in 400 free, 100
South Jersey 16-15
IM, 4x100 medley relay; silver in
Emily Jaffe won gold for 15-16 girls.
in the closest game of the tourna-
200 IM, 4x100 free relays (both 13-
In-Line Hockey: The 15-16 team
ment. "We fell behind 9-1, and
14 and 15-16), 200 free, 200 fly, 50
came back to take the lead late in
free, 400 IM; bronze in 100 fly.
the game. Jersey scored a couple of
Roman Sandler, gold in 100 and
runs in the top of the last inning to
200 breast, 4x100 free relay, 100 fly,
take a 15-14 lead. With two outs
400 IM; silver in 4x100 free and
nobody on, we rallied to win
medley relays; bronze in 200 IM,
Miami was bigger and stronger, it
100 back, 200 fly.
could not match the depth or speed
"Key hits by A.J. Roberts,
John Sommerville (15-16), silver
Neff, and Annie Thomas
in 4x100 free and medley relays, 200
victory. Shortstop Avie
fly, 400 IM, 100 breast; bronze in
200 IM, 200 breast, 100 fly.
Angeles, which has
Gabe Schubiner, gold in 50 fly,