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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-05-29

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Star Diver


Steve Stein

pplications are being
accepted by the Michigan
Jewish Sports
Foundation for the Jewish
News Male and Female
Athlete of the Year and Bill
Hertz Scholarship awards.
Deadline is July 7; win-
ners will be notified by
Aug. 15. Apply at www.
michiganjewishsports.org .
Jewish high school seniors
are eligible.
Molly Gelb was the
Molly Gel
2013 Female Athlete of
the Year. The former Ann
Arbor Huron High School diver had a
strong freshman season for the Brown
University women's swimming and div-
ing team, scoring points in diving at the
Ivy League meet.
There were six divers on the Brown
team. Only three, including Gelb, com-
peted at the league meet.
As for classroom work in her first
year at college, "It wasn't easy, but it
was manageable Gelb said.
The atmosphere at the Providence,
R.I., school was exactly as she thought
it would be.
"It's a laid-back place with happy
people she said. "Students are more
collaborative than competitive
Gelb was an athletic and academic
star at Huron.
She was a two-time All-State and All-
American diver, four-time conference
diving champion and she served as
team captain when she was a senior.
She dove into academics enough
to earn Academic All-American and
Academic All-State recognition.
Gelb, 19, was the second member
of her family to be named the Female
Athlete of the Year. Her sister Elizabeth
Gelb, 20, a junior swimmer at Princeton
University in New Jersey, won the
honor in 2011.
Their parents are Douglas Gelb and
Karen Kluin of Ann Arbor.
Molly Gelb encourages Jewish high
school seniors to apply for the Athlete
of Year awards.
"The application process is pretty
simple she said. "You don't have to
jump through any hoops. I was happy
and honored to be named Athlete of the
Year. I wasn't expecting it:'
The Athlete of the Year awards are
based solely on athletic achievement.
Students can nominate themselves or be
nominated by an adult, teacher, coach,
parent or the selection committee.
One male and one female earn the
$1,500 Bill Hertz scholarships, which


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are based on financial need, academic
achievement and athletic participation
and must be used to defray tuition costs
during the honoree's freshman year in
Scholarship award nom-
inations can come from
the same sources as the
Athlete of the Year awards.
The Athlete of the Year
and scholarship award
winners are honored each
fall at the Michigan Jewish
Sports Foundation's annu-
al Michigan Jewish Sports
Hall of Fame induction
For information on
the awards, contact
foundation Executive Director David
Blatt at (248) 592-9323 or hblatt@
michiganjewishsports.org .

Baseball Champs
It's been a championship season for
Harrison Milen, Brett Kramer and the
rest of the North Farmington High
School baseball team.
The Raiders are the champs of the
Oakland Activities Association White
Division. As of late last week, they were
22-6 overall and 11-3 in the division.
They were ranked No. 10 in the state
among Division I and Division II teams
by Prep Baseball Report.
Milen is a junior pitcher-catcher-
leftfielder. Kramer, also a junior, is a
pitcher and second baseman. Both are
starters and are batting about .300.
Each enjoyed a thrill of a lifetime
May 1 on a cold, rainy afternoon when
they pitched at Comerica Park during
North Farmington's 7-3 non-league win
over Bullock Creek.
Milen plays summer travel baseball
with the Michigan Red Sox. Kramer
plays summer ball with the Oakland

Chrome Connection
Need another reason to root for
California Chrome to win the Belmont
Stakes on June 7 and become the first
winner of throughbred racing's Triple
Crown since 1978?
Art Sherman, California Chrome's
trainer, is Jewish.
According to a story in the Daily
Racing Form, the 5-foot-2 Sherman was
born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and grew up
in the suburbs of Los Angeles. He now
lives in Rancho Bernardo, Calif.
While Sherman isn't an active partici-
pant in Jewish customs and practices,
according to the story, he often attends
a family Passover seder. ❑

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