JCC MetroWest took a delegation of 59 athletes ages 10-12 to the 2011 Junior Maccabi Games, hosted by the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, NJ, on May 22. MetroWest athletes competed in baseball, basketball, soccer, swimming, and tennis against other JCC teams from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware.
The MetroWest baseball team accomplished their goal of a gold medal repeat. The championship game was played against the host Katz JCC team, to whom MetroWest had lost 10-0 in a preliminary round game played earlier in the day. The JCC squad proved they could learn from their defeat, forcing a 1-1 pitchers’ duel into extra innings. The game was eventually called a tie with both teams earning gold medals.
The MetroWest team was honored for their accomplishment with an invitation to take the field with the independent league Newark Bears before their June 22 game. Manager Eric Katz threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Other MetroWest highlights of the Maccabi game:
- The swim team medaled in 17 of 23 events, including eight gold medals.
- Emily Krupnick earned the gold medal in tennis, winning all of her matches.
- The girls’ soccer team took home the silver medal.
Coaches: Eric Katz, Jim McCauley, and Mark Lim
Players: Joseph Blum, Zachary Freeman, Spencer Frey, Daniel Greiss, Jonathan Holland, Josh Katz, Harrison Kern, Benjamin Lim, Max McCauley, Elias Neibart, and Daniel Stern
Coaches: Marc Rosenberg and Dan Ravitz
Players: Andrew Karp, Charlie Levinson, Bryan Levy, Brandon Perry, Zach Ravitz, Will Rosenberg, Will Schaffer, Perry Schwartz, and Maguire Sweeney
Coaches: Emily Einhorn and Josh Breitman
Players: Emily Rachel Blum, Adi Brickman, AJ Dansky, Lindsay Friedman, Jamie Handwerker, Rebecca Landau, Ally Langendorf, Haylee Mevorah, Maya Robbins, and Julia Schmulewitz
Coaches: Ira Steinberg and Larry Wieseneck
Players: Zach Gollin, Ben Grinberg, Matt Konop, Jeffrey Nelson, Aidan Pope, Harry Rosen, Cooper Steinberg, Max Weintraub, and Brahm Wieseneck
Coach: Bryan Fiedler
Players: Jessie April, Morgan Darrow, Orli Forster, Samantha Goldman, Zoe Grebin, Peri Lamkin, Lia Mund, Sarah Miller, Ilana Lurie, Lexi Porigow, and Ashley Reuter
Coach: Courtney Stec
Players: Michaela Duetsch-Dornfeld, Madeline Frankel, Alexis Gihorski, Kate Gihorski, Kathryn Shepard, Rachel Vogel, and Alana Wernick
Players: Emily Krupnick and Aaron Tucker