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Arts & Life

Jewish Stars

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Diamonds
In the Rough

normal life under the most abnormal circumstances.''



Toby Shuster

Israeli Artist

MIKE ROSENBAUM
Special to The Jewish News

I

ry Horwitz begins his 25th year
as North Farmington's baseball
coach with a small, 12-man
squad, including three Jewish ,
players. Senior Scott Moscow and junior
Brad Levick are both second-year
starters and both are starting pitchers.
Levick also starts at third base while
Morrison plays second base. Junior
Kevin Sack, a first-year varsity player,
will see plenty of action at first and third
base and as a relief pitcher.
Sophomore Sean Seid will be one of
Birmingham Groves' top two starting
pitchers, as well as one of the Falcons'
best hitters this season. He
moves from starting second
baseman last year to num-
ber one shortstop this sea-
son. Junior outfielders Abe
Neistein and Nate Teitel
will also see varsity action.
Sixth-year Andover
coach Dan Smith should
field a strong team, includ-
ing three Jewish players.
Wedes
Junior Michael Fenkell
starts in the outfield while
versatile sophomore Casey Smith starts
at either second base, shortstop or third
base. Freshman second baseman Matt
Fenster also earned a varsity spot.
West Bloomfield's quintet of Jewish
baseball players is led by junior starting
shortstop Brett Borock. Fellow junior
Matt Friedman is a starting outfielder,
junior Matt Kash is the starting first
baseman, senior Matt Lefkowitz plays
second base and junior Matt Drazin will
see action in the outfield.
Senior Eric White figures to be
Berkley's ace starting pitcher this sea-
son. Senior left fielder Mike Engler
and sophomore shortstop Eli Weiner
are also starters.
Cranbrook's baseball team includes
four Jewish players, led by starting senior
left fielder Eli Melaas. Junior Cory
Charlupski starts some games as catcher.
Senior Jeff Mann plays second base and
senior Andrew Aronow sees action as a
first baseman and relief pitcher.
Walled Lake Northern fields its first
varsity baseball squad this season,
including junior Marc Dubowski at
second base.

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Sophomore pitcher/first baseman
Gabe Schwartz begins the season on
Farmington Harrison's junior varsity
baseball_ team, but a strong performance
might earn him a promotion to varsity
this year.
Berkley senior Justin Wedes was a
finalist for the Michigan High School
Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete
Award this year. To be eligible, a stu-
dent-athlete must earn a cumulative
grade point average of at least 3.5 and be
involved in school or community activi-
ties, as well as earn a varsity letter in the
sport in which he or she is nominated.
Wedes is Berkley's co-valedictorian, he
participated in student government, the
National Honor Society, Peer Mentors
and Key Club. He also works
with the Huntington Woods
Teen Council to create drug-free
community programming.
Wedes was a Scholar-Athlete
finalist in track and field, where
the fourth-year letterman runs
one- and two-mile races plus the
4x800 relay. He also earned fOur
cross country letters and two
swimming letters. Wedes swam
the 100 breaststroke, 100
freestyle and the 200 individual .
medley. He hopes to join either the track
or rowing team at the University of
Michigan this fall. Wedes was also select-
ed to the Oakland Activities Association
All-Academic team in cross country and
was recognized as a High School Scholar
Athlete of the Week on WXYZ-TV.
Wedes, sister, Erica, also earned OAA
All-Academic honors for cross country.
Cranbrook's Gabe Schubiner earned
second team All-Area honors in the 100
backstroke. Roman Sandler, who helped
Groves win a state swim championship,
was second team All-Area as part of the
Falcons' 200 medley relay squad and
received third team honors in the 100
breaststroke. Others who received hon-
orable mention All-Area notice included
Country Day's David Zussman in hock-
ey, Seaholm's Jake Billmeyer and
Andover's Jordan Sherman in basketball,
and Evan Schwartz of West Bloomfield
in wrestling. ❑

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