JCC MetroWest took a delegation of 73 boys and girls ages 10-12 to the Junior Maccabi Games, hosted at the Kaiserman JCC in Wynnewood, Pa., on Sunday, May 16. They competed in boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ baseball, boys’ and girls’ tennis, and boys’ and girls’ swimming.
The baseball team won the gold medal, defeating Baltimore 7-2 at the Mid-Atlantic Junior Maccabi Games, defeating a powerhouse Philadelphia “A” squad after losing to the same team in the preliminary round, 11-6. After surrendering the 11 runs in the first two innings of the first game, Metro West outscored the competition 34-5, going 4-1 and defeating both Philadelphia teams (“A” and “B”), Harrisburg, and Baltimore.
The girls’ basketball team took home the silver medal on the strength of a 4-2 record. They finished the preliminary round with a record of 2-1, beating Harrisburg and Kaiserman while losing a close content to Cherry Hill. MetroWest beat their counterparts from JCC on the Palisades and Cherry Hill in the playoffs, qualifying for the championship game, which they lost to Bucks County.
The tennis team was comprised of one boy and one girl. Elan Ram beat all three of his opponents to capture the gold medal in the boys’ 12-and-under division while Elaine Vernoff had no trouble beating all of her opponents to win the gold medal in the girls’ 12-and-under division.
- The swim team earned 11 gold medals as well as several silvers and bronzes.
- The boys’ soccer team took home the silver medal.
Coaches: Evan Bashoff, Steve Cohen
Players: Ethan Blum, Jared Cohen, Grant Kobrin, Jack Langberg, Max Limmer, Joe Markel, David Miniovich, Jacob Rogovin, Will Rosenberg, Brian Sloan
Coaches: Eric Katz, Jim McCauley
Players: Dan Baroff, Andrew Berger, Daniel Berger, Mack Brower, Matthew Dorfschneider, Jake Elgrably, Joshua Katz, Harrison Kern, Ben Lim, Max McCauley, Elias Neibart, Daniel Stern, Matt Timpone
Coach: Bryan Fiedler
Players: Julia Balick, Erin Blank, Haley Fiedler, Tess Hochberger, Rebecca Klausner, Abby Kuznick, Alexa Lieberman, Rebecca Lieberman, Jocelyn McCauley, Sara Mester, Lexi Porigow, Kyra Reich, Kendall Schumer, Caitlyn Sugarman, Maddie Temares, Caroline Terens, Rachel Wilf
Coaches: Marina Miniovich, Lauren Fitzgerald
Players: Esther Fields, Yuval Ganot, Jamie Handwerker, Leia Kessler, Ally Langendorff, Emily Lasoff, Jordan Schenker, Sammy Shapiro, Kayla Wolf
Coach: Danielle McNamara
Players: Madeline Frankel, Jacob Gutstein, Erika Lillienfeld, Shane Perlow, Adam Present, Andrew Schwartz, Jamie Singer, Rachel Vogel
Coach: Matt Fox
Players: Zach Ames, Cole Charney, Jonathan Klausner, Max Kraidelman, Griffin Lanel, Noah Nazmiyal, Aiden Pope, Shaun Spielberger, Cooper Steinberg, Zachary Steinberg, Ben Weintraub, Max Weintraub, Brahm Weiseneck
Coach: Rayni Borinsky
Players: Elan Rom, Elaine Vernoff
Delegation Heads: Emily Einhorn, Sherri Feldscher