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March 7, 2002

West Valley JCC Open and Synagogue Basketball League

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Shomrei Torah pulled a three-peat, defeating Valley Beth Shalom in the West Valley JCC Synagogue League Championship. Former collegiate and Israeli hoop star, Mark Turnenshine, earned MVP honors for his 37 tournament points.

The Doorjammers defeated the John's Jocks for the West Valley JCC Open League Championship. Leading the Doorjammers to victory was tournament MVP Richard Roth and All-City great and Israeli National Team star Jerry Simon.

Milken Community High School Wildcats

The MCHS girls and boys basketball teams both finished third in the Westside League and earned CIF Playoff berths. Ashley Finkel, Matt Gurvitz and Jon Milgrom earned first-team all-Westside League basketball nods.

The girls and boys soccer teams both placed second in the Liberty League and nabbed CIF playoff berths. Romy Barber, Adam Berger, Evan Greenburg, Rachel Gross, Brian Lacher, Jenna Pfeifer, Aaron Mendelovitz, David Vickter and Sean Wachtel received first-team all Liberty League soccer honors.

Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School Hawkeyes

Girls soccer finished 7 and 1. Goalies, Emily Siegel and Sarah Weiss led the defense, while Ali Baron and Lauren Rakow topped the offense.

Boys soccer boasts Ari Tuvia, with two long-distance goals. Remy Kouffman was the lone Heschel scorer against a Viewpoint team that took the win 2 to 1.

Seventh-grade boys white basketball team defeated Milken, with Matt Goren scoring 17 points. Jeremy Ely was the three-point marksman; John Janisch, Ori Ofir and Yaniv Raymond controlled the rebounding, and Matt Gertler contributed to both offense and defense.

Seventh-grade boys blue basketball team spotlights Gavin Winner's game-high 28 points against Chatsworth Hills Academy. David Snyder, Aaron Horn and Ryan Weiss proved a force to be reckoned with in the paint, and Brian Grossman contributed at point-guard.

Recent Synagogue Softball play proves the 2002 season is in full swing.

Ramat Zion (White) vs. Shomrei Torah: RZ II picked up two quick runs only to watch ST score a 10 spot in their half of the first. ST posted another eight in the third. For ST, Doug Frank, Steve Sax and Howard Smuckler each went 4 for 4 for a combined 14 RBIs. Final: ST-24, RZ II-7.

Hey Jude A vs. Valley Beth Shalom II: Judea's Hey Jude A had HRs from Gavin Ballas and Howard Pelta to take a 5-0 lead and had a 6-2 lead into the third. Then VBS II struck for seven to take a 9-6 lead. With HR's from Ross Fischman and Steve Garfinkel and three RBI's from Scott Katz, VBS II went on to beat Hey Jude A 16-5.

Temple Judea vs. Ahavat Shalom: The early innings were all Ahavat Shalom and their gloves. Two defensive gems turned into two DPs in innings one and two, and another leaping catch in the third enabled AS to hold a 3-0 lead against the undefeated Judea into the fourth. But a 12-run fourth opened the door and -- thanks to Norm Tamkin pitching -- Judea went on to beat AS 17-5.

Ahavat Shalom II vs. Kol Tikvah Gold: With the score 11-5 in the fourth, Kol Tikvah Gold scored eight runs to take a 13-11 lead. Dave Newman's squad wasn't done. With HR's from Alan Scherr, Art Hirsch and Glen Schechter, AS II scored 12 in the sixth to take a 25-13 win.

Leo Baeck vs. Adat Ari El: Adat Ari El beat a young Leo Baeck club, 15-4, with a 22-hit attack led by Eric Gazin. With Mark Walberg, Tom Geiser and team captain Lee Wald, Ari El got excellent defense and wonderful pitching for their second straight win.

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