Grym Rat Returns
Special to the Jewish News
oward Golding is back in
high school as Bloomfield
Hills Andover's head bas-
ketball coach. He last
coached high school basketball at
Madison Heights Lamphere in
Golding was an assistant coach last
season at Schoolcraft College, a team
that finished 31-4 and reached the
junior college national tournament.
Golding's current challenge is to take
an Andover team with only one
experienced varsity player and help
make it competitive.
"This is a process;" he explains. "If
you're looking at wins and losses —
you can't pay attention to that. You
have to look at game-to-game
improvement, as a team and as indi-
Nevertheless, the Barons opened
their season with road victories
against Waterford Our Lady of the
Lakes and Royal Oak Kimball.
Andover is led by 5'8" senior point
guard Jordan Sherman, the team's
lone experienced returner. He aver-
aged 20 points and 10 assists per
game in the opening contests.
Sherman is "a really, really great
leader," Golding says, "who under-
stands the things I'm doing and is
the team's glue. He shows unbeliev-
able leadership. His father (Larry
Sherman) holds the scoring record at
Oak Park High of 52 points, before
the three-point rule."
Andover's other Jewish players
include senior guard Matt Ran, sen-
ior forward Jared Boschan and jun-
ior forward Jon LoPatin. Noah
Smith, a varsity returner Golding
was counting on, will miss the sea-
son due to a football injury.
Golding wants his team to play
"pressure defense, picking up people
all over the floor. We play zones; we
play man-to-man. We've implement-
ed the Syracuse 2-3 zone. We have
multiple sets on offense. We do a lot
of different things offensively."
Andover's 2-0 start is the school's
best beginning in seven years. Rig it
now the confidence level's pretty
high," Golding says. "They feel good
"I go by this adage: 'Play hard,
play- smart and play together for 32
minutes. It'll equal a win.' We talk
about that every day.
Golding, 59, teaches physical edu-
cation at Oak Park's Roosevelt
Middle School. The West
Bloomfield resident has taught in
the Oak Park school system since
1966. He's coached at several high
schools and led the Maccabi basket-
ball team for 11 years. He says his
volunteer work with Maccabi-was a
way to pay back the men he played
with at the old Dexter-Davison JCC,
who took a young Howard Golding
"under their wing and helped me.
And that's where my love of basket-
But his current focus is re-making
Andover basketball, a program that
has enjoyed little success in recent
"Sometimes I refer to it as a Rolls-
Royce program that needs a stronger
engine," Golding says. "And my job
is to give it more horsepower."
Howard Waxer, 55, of Farmington
Hills will represent the U.S. at the
Pan American Maccabi Games in
Santiago, Chile, Dec. 28-Jan. 4.
Waxer is the president of the Metro
Detroit B'nai B'rith Bowling
Association. He bowls in the
Brotherhood and Pisgah leagues and
boasts a 206 average. He rolled his
first 300 game last year.
Waxer was part of the U.S. team
which won gold and bronze medals
at the 2001 Maccabiah in Israel. "It's
quite a thrill to be someplace repre-
senting your country," Waxer says.
The highlight of the Maccabiah
Games was "sharing ideas and expe-
riences" with fellow Jewish athletes,
people I can still e-mail, from
South Africa to Venezuela to
Mexico. They are people I hope to
see when I'm in Santiago." Bowlers
from about 30 countries will com-
pete in various singles, doubles and
trio events at the Pan Am Games.
Peter Orman, 39, of Waterford,
will be competing in the Pan Am
Maccabi on the U.S. men's fast pitch
Versatile Josh Haron played defen-
Jolson A: Jordan Rosenbaum, Zach Goodwin, Adam Horwitz, Howie Migdal, Zach
Oppenheim, Zach Simon, and Zack Dovitz. Center: Carey Rosen and Brian Stone.
sive end, offensive tackle and occa-
sionally kicked off during his senior
season at South Lyon. The Lions
reached the second round of the
state playoffs before falling to even-
tual champion Catholic Central.
Haron has spoken with some col-
lege coaches but hasn't yet selected a
school. First, however, he'll compete
with South Lyon's wrestling team
North Farmington defensive back
Adam Vieder earned second team
All-County and honorable mention
All-Area honors. Harrison lineman
Andrew Diamond grabbed honor-
able mention notices on the All-
County and All-Area squads.
Much-honored Cranbrook receiver
Andrew Sherman was named a first
team All-Area tight end. Sam Siegel
of Birmingahm Seaholm earned first
team All-Area notice as a punter.
Siegel averaged 39 yards per kick. As
a quarterback, he threw for 2,112
yards and 15 touchdowns.
Andover two-way tackle Brett
Turner was an honorable mention
In tennis, North Farmington's
Emily Jaffe was a first team All-Area
selection. She won the Division 2
state title and had a 26-3 overall
Jolson A won the AZA flag foot-
ball championship for the third con-
secutive year, beating Shapiro A 28-
26 in a hard-fought final on Dec. 8.
Jolson reached the final with a 36-20
victory over Jolson B and a 55-39
triumph over Kitzoni A.
The team included: Jordan
Rosenbaum, Zach Goodwin, Adam
Horwitz, Howie Migdal, Zach
Oppenheim, Zach Simon, Zack
Dovitz, Carey Rosen and Brian
Larry Paul's family and friends
helped him celebrate his 80th birth-
day Dec. 20 at Santia Banquet Hall
in Sylvan Lake. Paul, a skier since
1952, served on the Alpine Ski
Patrol in White Lake Township for
28 years. If you don't believe he's an
athlete, just ask the people Mr. Paul
assisted or rescued over the years.
Although he is retired from the ski
patrol, he's on the slopes every
Sunday morning during the ski sea-
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