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Mar 12, 2007 — Yeshiva University’s annual Red Sarachek High School Basketball Tournament, named for the university’s legendary men’s basketball coach, will be held March 15 – 19 at YU’s Max Stern Athletic Center on its Wilf Campus, 185th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. The games will be broadcast live at www.macslive.com.

The tournament, now in its 16th year, is a prestigious event for Jewish high school students and attracts participants from all across the United States and Canada who compete for the championship trophy. Players representing 18 yeshiva high schools will spend Shabbat together off-campus along with YU administrators and students.

Howard Braun, coach of Chicago’s Ida Crown Jewish Academy, has nothing but praise for the Sarachek Tournament. “I think it’s terrific that YU brings together over 200 Jewish students for five days to compete against each other,” said Coach Braun, whose team has won 18 consecutive games in the Chicago Metro Prep Conference, and has two players being looked at by Division III college teams.

The Torah Academy of Bergen County (TABC) in Teaneck, NJ will host some of the games. The bid for the championship tips off at 2 pm on Monday, March 19 at YU’s Max Stern Athletic Center. The top eight teams from last year’s tournament are automatically qualified to play, with other schools chosen by lottery.

This year’s participating schools are the Frisch School (Paramus, NJ); Moshe Aaron Yeshiva High School (South River, NJ); Young Israel of Century City (Los Angeles, CA); Ida Crown Jewish Academy (Chicago, IL); Shaarey Zedek (Valley Village, CA) Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway (Cedarhurst, NY) Yeshiva University’s Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (MSTA) (New York, NY); Ben Lipson Hillel Community High School (Miami, FL); Yeshivat Rambam (Baltimore, MD); Yeshiva Bnei Akiva Or Chaim (Toronto, Canada); Fuchs Mizrachi (Cleveland, OH); Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (Overland Park, KS); Columbus Torah Academy (Columbus, OH); Cooper Yeshiva High School (Memphis, TN); Stern Hebrew High School (Philadelphia, PA); Hebrew Academy of Montreal (Montreal, Canada); Akiva Hebrew Day School (Southfield, MI); Block Yeshiva High School (St. Louis, MO).

Bernard “Red” Sarachek, the tournament’s namesake who died in 2005, coached YU’s basketball team in 1942 and 1943, and from 1945 to 1969. During his career, he amassed more than 200 victories and pioneered strategies and methods that helped shape the modern game of basketball.

Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University brings together the heritage of Western civilization and the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life. More than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students study at YU’s four New York City campuses: the Wilf Campus, Israel Henry Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, and Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus. YU’s three undergraduate schools –– Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and Sy Syms School of Business ––– offer a unique dual program comprised of Jewish studies and liberal arts courses. Its graduate and affiliate schools include Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. YU is ranked among the nation’s leading academic research institutions.