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December 23 • 2010
FJA's Max Kepes, Michael Simons,
Alex Adler and Josh Newman
Special to the Jewish News
he Frankel Jewish Academy boys
soccer team is working its way
up the ladder of respectability.
The Cougars finished 2-4-1 over-
all, 2-3-1 in the Catholic League Tri-
Sectional Division this fall, but five
players earned post-season honors from
Catholic League coaches. And the team's
records are misleading because three of
the defeats were inflicted by opponents
ranked in the top 10 in the state.
FJA senior center-midfielder Max
Kepes and junior sweeper Michael
Simons were named All-Catholic. Kepes'
season was highlighted by a three-goal
hat trick in a 4-0 win over Allen Park
Senior goalie Aaron Folbe and junior
defender Alex Adler were selected
All-League, and junior midfielder-
defender Josh Newman was named
Kepes and Folbe were two of five
seniors on the Cougars' roster. The oth-
ers were forward Jamie Daniels, mid-
fielder Adam Dennenberg and stopper
Aaron Hovey. Hovey won the team's
Budnitskiy-Franklin Award for persever-
ance, dedication and effort.
Coach Bob Rice said the current
seniors have come a long way. "When
they were freshmen, we rarely finished
the first half before the mercy rule set in,
and were lucky to score a goal," he said.
The Cougars were winless that year.
They also were winless the next season,
but there were less mercy-rule games.
Last year, West Bloomfield-based FJA
went 3-3-2 and won its first state tourna-
ment game. This season, the Cougars
fell only 2-0 to Macomb Lutheran North,
3-0 to Madison Heights Bishop Foley
and 4-0 to Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-
Even a disappointing 5-0 loss to
Southfield Christian in the state tourna-
ment wasn't as bad as an 8-0 post-season
setback to the Eagles in 2008.
"It was a productive season," Rice said.
"I think the kids feel they're now part of
a real soccer program. They know how to
win and they know they can battle some
of the best teams in the state."
Temple Shir Shalom is the juggernaut in
the Metro Detroit's Inter-Congregational
Men's Club Summer Softball League.
Shir Shalom won its fifth championship
in seven years this summer, beating
Temple Kol Ami 16-8 in the title game
after going a league-best 11-1 during the
"We have fun:' said third baseman
Eric Mintz. And the guys keep it casual.
"Most of the other teams have uniforms','
he said. "We don't. That's just not us. We
feel it would jinx us:'
Shir Shalom beat Temple Israel II 18-8
and Temple Israel I 25-2 in its first two
playoff games before topping Kol Ami
and reclaiming the traveling trophy that
goes to the champion of the 16-year-old
Bob Tarnow, a
league veteran, was
the winning pitcher
in the champion-
ship game. Ron
Lippitt blasted a
grand slam home
run well over the
He was named
Shin Shalom's most
Also on the Shir Shalom roster were
team captain Howard Rosner, Michael
Cooper, Brian Efrusy, Richard Elias,
Adam Fox, Jeff Fox, David Gach,
Gary Grossman, Evan Kaplan, Dan
Lippitt, Ryan Schneider, Pat Tigue and
Shir Shalom was followed in the regu-
lar-season standings by Beth El (8-3-1),
Kol Ami (7-5), Shaarey Zedek (6-5-1),
Temple Israel I (6-6), Beth Ahm (5-6-1),
Keter Torah (5-7), Adat Shalom (5-7),
Bais Chabad Torah Center (3-9) and
Temple Israel II (2-9-1). ❑
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