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The winner of Yeshiva University’s 2011 Sarachek Tournament is SAR High School

Five days of basketball and friendly competition among Yeshiva high school teams from across the United States and Canada are over. The winner of Yeshiva University’s 2011 Sarachek Tournament is SAR High School, which defeated YULA 43-36 before a packed gym on Monday afternoon. The SAR-YULA game capped a long weekend that included a Shabbaton for the players and saw a steady stream of visitors to the Max Stern Athletic Center on YU’s Wilf Campus in Washington Heights.

The SAR team and some of the enthusiastic and well-mannered fans who cheered them on, celebrated together after the team's victory in Yeshiva University's 2011 Sarachek Tournament.

To see hundreds of photos from the five days of competition click here.

The tournament is named for the late Red Sarachek, a legendary YU basketball coach who earlier in his career helped to integrate professional basketball. To learn more about Red Sarachek click on for a podcast of a March 17 interview with Coach Johnny Halpert (begins at 33:35), who played for Sarachek and has himself coached YU’s basketball team for 39 years.

An SAR player sinks a basket during his team's 43-36 victory over YULA in the championship game of Yeshiva University's 2011 Sarachek Tournament.


Yeshiva University High School for Boys Hockey Team Wins Ninth Yeshiva League Championship

Teammates and fans appeared equally joyous at the MTA Lions varsity hockey squad's 2-0 win over DRS to bring a ninth varsity hockey championship home to Washington Heights. (Photos by Shlomo Friedman)

The Yeshiva University High School for Boys/MTA Lions varsity hockey squad has won its league championship for the ninth time in school history and 15 years to the day since the last time. MTA shut-out the Five Towns’ Davis-Renov-Stahler Yeshiva High School (DRS) 2-0 on Sunday to take the championship game of the Metropolitan Yeshiva High School Hockey League (MYHSHL).

Goalie Yoni Jaroslawicz, a junior from Manhattan, was named most valuable player in the game which was played at Lawrence Middle School in Lawrence, NY. Senior Eliezer Lisker of Kew Garden Hills, NY and Sophomore Eitan Rosenfeld of Teaneck, NJ, scored the only two goals.

The last time the Yeshiva University High School for Boys team made Yeshiva League hockey history, prior to Sunday, was March 27, 1996 — 15 years earlier, to the day — when the Lions defeated the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway (HAFTR). In 2005 MTA made it to the finals only to lose to Frisch.

MTA enjoyed a 10-4 record in the 2010-11 season, led by Captain Noah Isaacs, a senior from Teaneck, NJ, and co-Captains Eitan Stern and Gabe Rosenfeld, both juniors from Teaneck. The team beat Frisch 4-1 in the first round of the playoffs, shut-out HAFTR 1-0 in overtime in the quarterfinals and was victorious over SAR 5-4 in the semi-finals, before finally defeating DRS in the championship game.

Victorious! The MTA Lions varsity hockey squad after its 2-0 win over DRS to bring home the ninth league championship in team history.


April 8 College EDge Program to Assist Local Public High School Students with College Admissions Process

In an effort to assist local high school students with the college admissions process, Yeshiva University students will present their first annual College EDge Seminar and Fair Day on Friday, April 8 on YU’s Washington Heights Wilf Campus.

The focus of College EDge—created by Jonah Rubin, a pre-med junior at Yeshiva College—is to help educate and inform underrepresented public high school students on their college options and how to properly prepare for and gain admission into the schools of their choice.

The half-day program will include opportunities to meet with representatives from the community, as well as CUNY, SUNY, Ivy League schools and Yeshiva University—with seminars and panel discussions on the admissions and financial aid processes. The day will also feature student-led tours of YU’s campus—giving students a firsthand look at a college environment. Additionally, members of the Wilf Campus Writing Center will run a program on how to effectively write personal statements.

“Many of these students plan to attend college but lack crucial knowledge of its organizational structure and demands,” said Rubin. “We hope that College EDge will provide participants with a better handle on the steps they must take to achieve their ambition of going to college and help breach the intangible barrier between YU and its neighboring community.”

To learn more about College EDge visit