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October 2 • 2008

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ennis player Dana Siegel
won a gold medal at the JCC
Maccabi Games, going unde-
feated while capturing first place in the
age 15-16 girls competitive division.
Now the Bloomfield Hills Andover High
School junior is preparing to take her
game to a worldwide stage.
Siegel plans to try out for the U.S.
team that will compete in the World
Maccabiah Games July 13-23, 2009, in
Israel. Tryouts for the junior division in
tennis (players born in 1991 through
1994) will be Nov. 14-16 at the University
of Pennsylvania.
"I'm looking forward to the tryouts. I
think I can do well," Siegel said.
Siegel did well at the Maccabi Games,
and she's done well in her high school
tennis career.
She's played No. 1 singles for the
Andover girls tennis team since she
was a freshman, helping the Barons
finish fourth in 2006 and third in 2008
at the Division 3 state tournaments.
Individually, she made it to the quar-
terfinals as a freshman and the second
round as a sophomore at states.
Siegel played midfield for the Andover
girls soccer team when she was a fresh-
man, but she had to make a decision
between playing soccer or tennis in the
spring because of the Michigan High
School Athletic Association's court-
ordered switch in sports seasons. Girls
tennis moved from fall to spring.
"I thought about playing soccer and
tennis at the same time, but it would
have been too much; Siegel said. "It real-
ly was an easy choice for me to pick ten-
nis. I think I'm better at it than soccer,
and I like the fact that ifs an individual
and team sport at the same time'
Siegel enjoyed her first experience at
the Maccabi Games.
"I got involved because several of my
friends told me it would be fun, and it
was:' she said. "The competition was OK.
There were a handful of good players':

Chin Up Champ
Twelve-year-old Sydney Levy is a
national champion gymnast, a school
record-holder in chin-ups, and most

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Dana Siegel

importantly, a polite young woman.
"So many adults have compliment-
ed me on Sydney's manners; said Rob
Levy, her father. "She's always saying
`please' and 'thank you That's pretty
unusual in today's world."
Sydney is an eighth-grader at
Bloomfield Hills Middle School. She
holds the girls sixth- and seventh-
grade school records in chin-ups with
identical totals of 18.
That beats her father's boys sixth-
grade school record of 15 chin-ups at
the former Dewey Elementary School
in Oak Park.
"I held that record until they tore
down the school:' Rob Levy said.
Sydney trains in gymnastics 19
hours a week at the Sports Club of
West Bloomfield.
She competed in dance at the
Maccabi Games.

Sports Shorts
•When Chicago Cubs pitcher Jason
Marquis hit a grand slam homer against
the New York Mets rookie Jonathan
Niese on Sept. 23, he became the first
Jewish pitcher to accomplish the feat
since 1950. That year, Saul Rogovin
of the Detroit Tigers hit a grand slam
against New York Yankees pitcher Eddie
Lopat.
•Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum,
who signed as a free agent during the
off-season, averaged 10.6 points and 3.0
assists per game last season for Maccabi
Tel Aviv of the Israeli League.



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