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September 11, 2008 - Image 50

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2008-09-11

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I Health & Fitness

Maccabi On

Gold medalist turns attention to the high school tennis court.

Andrew Cahn has his eye on the ball.

Steve Stein
Special to the Jewish News


ennis player Andrew Calm won
a gold medal at the JCC Maccabi
Games in Metro Detroit. Now he's
going to try to make a name for himself in
high school tennis.
Calm, 14, a freshman at West Bloomfield
High School, has earned a spot in the
Lakers' singles lineup. His coach — 2006
Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
inductee Larry Stark — is confident
Cahn can hold his own against the tough
competition in the Oakland Activities
Association Red Division.
"I've been very impressed with Andrew,"
Stark said. "He's as quick as a cat and he
has good skills. He'll mature very quickly
playing all the strong, older players. It's my
job to make sure Andrew stays positive,
but I don't think that will be a problem!'
Cahn opened the prep season by win-
ning two of three matches at No. 2 singles
in a quadrangular tournament at Okemos.
He won all eight matches he played at
the Maccabi Games in straight sets en
route to capturing the gold medal in the
13-14 Boys Competitive White Division.
Cahn defeated Paul Abrudesca 6-1,
6-3 in the gold medal match. His. ' fam-
ily hosted two tennis players from Long
Island, and he beat one of his guests in the
division semifinals.


September 11 . 2008


"We joked about playing each other
before the match, then we stopped doing
it afterwards:' Cahn said. "Maccabi was a
great experience. I'm so glad I did it. The
competition was good, and I made so
many friends!'
Calm wasn't the only Detroit tennis
player to win a medal at the Maccabi
Games. The list also includes Taylor Dubin
and Jessica Gutman (silver, 15-16 girls
doubles); Kyra Shink and Shelby Snider
(bronze, 15-16 girls doubles); Samantha
Dean and Stephanie Podolsky (bronze,
13-14 girls doubles); Sydney Aronovitz
and Jessica Leshman (bronze, 13-14 girls
doubles); and Jacob Allen (gold, 15-16
Boys Recreational Red Division.)

Maccabi Newswire
Detroit's track medal winners were: Boys
13-14: Chen Chefer, Nathan Chomsky,
Noah Eisenberg, Austin Goodman, Noah
Newman, Alex Radner, Zach Walter and
Emery Weiss. Girls 13-14: Alexis Darmon,
Cameron Goodman, Rheanna Henney,
Tessa LeWitt, Lauren Tisdale and Nicole
Boys 15-16: Andrew Lieberman and Ari
Walter. Girls 15-16: Carly Chocran, Emily
Chocran, Rachel Chocran, Michelle Lapin,
Nicole Meisner and Jenna Pickman.
• Even though it didn't win a medal,
the Detroit White softball team accom-
plished something a Detroit softball team
hadn't done since 2004 — it advanced

to the medal round. Philadelphia scored
four runs in the final inning to defeat
Detroit White 6-5 in the semifinals, then
Detroit White fell 17-6 to powerhouse
Los Angeles-Milken in the bronze medal
Detroit White lost its first two games
of the tournament, falling 8-0 to Los
Angeles-Milken and 12-2 to Philadelphia,
but it came back to win three in a row to
get to the medal round.
Detroit White's Mirele Mann threw a
one-hit shutout in a 1-0 win over Greater
Washington in round-robin play. Michelle
Friedman, Sydney Glanz, Alex Siegel and
Mann led Detroit White's offense in a
15-7 win over Greater Washington in the
first medal round game. Glanz caught all
but two innings in Detroit White's seven
games and threw out several runners
attempting to steal.
Infielders Alex Chudler, Dayna Elconin,
Emily Sherbin, Emily Zussman and
Friedman made just five errors between
them. Katherine Sherbin, Alex and Marli
Siegel, Emilie Weiner and Callie Wright
played well in the outfield.
• The Detroit Blue 15-16 baseball team
won a silver medal in the Blue Division.
Michael Rubenstein pitched Detroit Blue
to a 3-1 win over Boston in the semifi-
nals, but Orange County won the division
championship game 11-1.
• Perhaps the biggest surprise of the
Maccabi Games was the Detroit Blue 13-
14 baseball team's bronze medal. Only four
of Detroit's 11 players had previously corn-

peted in 13-14, but the team finished third
behind Los Angeles-Milken and Rockland,
N.Y. Jacob Chapman was the winning
pitcher in the bronze medal game, a 13-3
squashing of Greater Washington.
Earlier, Ben Rouff and Max Kollin com-
bined for a 4-1 win over Chicago, tossing a
one-hitter with no walks. The victory sent
Detroit Blue into the medal round. Leadoff
batter Jonny Deutsch and Jeffrey Segal led
Detroit Blue's offense and Blake Amhowitz
was an iron man behind the plate, catch-
ing all seven games.
• After a slow start — Coach Steve Click
called it "almost catatonic" — the Detroit
Blue volleyball team fought back to earn
a bronze medal with a 25-16, 25-16 win
over Orange County. Detroit Blue made a
whopping 42 service errors in its first six
games. Captains Carly Amhowitz, Taylor
Henkin and Jessica Stern led the way to
the bronze medal, with help from Jolie
Greenstone, Rebecca and Sophia Garfinkel,
Heidi Meyers and Jessica Naftaly.
Vancouver and San Francisco won the vol-
leyball gold and silver medals.
• Despite losing its first four games,
the Detroit Blue 15-16 girls basketball
team earned a bronze medal in the Blue
Division. Detroit Blue beat 92nd Street Y
30-27 in the bronze medal game, aveng-
ing a 48-14 defeat earlier in the tourna-
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