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Men’s Basketball’s Benjy Ritholtz Becomes Second YU Athlete to Earn Consecutive Academic All-American Honors

For the second time in as many years, Yeshiva University men’s basketball player Benjy Ritholtz has earned one of the highest academic honors a college student-athlete can earn as the senior has been named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) / Capital One Academic All-American for the 2014-15 men’s basketball season.

Men's basketball team game against Old WestburyRitholtz, who earned a spot on the CoSIDA / Capital One Academic All-American third team last year, earned a spot on the first team this year, and he became just the second student-athlete in Yeshiva University athletics history to earn the honor in back-to-back years (women’s basketball player Rebecca Yoshor earned the award during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons). He is also the third student-athlete in Yeshiva University annals to ever earn the award (men’s basketball player Eric Davis was the first to receive it during the 1990-91 season).

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Yeshiva High School Wrestlers From Across the Country to Take Part in Annual Competition

Yeshiva University will host the 20th annual Henry Wittenberg Wrestling Tournament from February 13 – 16, at the Max Stern Athletic Center on YU’s Wilf Campus. Sponsored entirely by Yeshiva University, the program will bring together 250 wrestlers from 15 yeshiva high schools across the country.

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The Wittenberg Wrestling Tournament runs February 13-16

In addition to the exciting competition, the long weekend will also include a Shabbaton complete with communal meals, spirited games, a tribute to YU Wrestling Coach Neil Ellman and tournament coordinator Brian Ostrow, and an inspirational lecture by two-time Paralympic Games gold medalist Marlon Shirley, the “World’s Fastest Amputee.”

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From World-Class Faculty to Unique Opportunities, Seniors Reflect on Yeshiva University Experience

On May 22, some 600 new graduates will march across the stage at the Izod Center to receive their diplomas during Yeshiva University’s 83rd Commencement Exercises, completing a foundational chapter in their educational journeys and moving on to exciting new opportunities. Before they toss their caps in the air, members of the Class of 2014 shared some of their favorite moments and the profound experiences that shaped their undergraduate careers, as well as dreams that started here but which they will carry with them all their lives.

“Yeshiva University created opportunities that I never dreamed of,” said Yosefa Schoor, of Monsey, New York, who hopes to attend medical school. Read the rest of this entry…

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Former Maccabee Selected to Join Flourishing Yeshiva Athletics Program

Elliot Steinmetz, new men's basketball head coachYeshiva University has announced Elliot Steinmetz as its head men’s basketball coach.  Steinmetz, a 2002 graduate of YU’s Sy Syms School of Business who lettered on YU’s basketball team for three seasons from 1999-02, will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the men’s basketball program while ensuring the academic success of its student-athletes.  He has served with distinction as head coach of the varsity basketball team at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School and of the gold medal-winning United States 18 and Under Boys Basketball Team for the Maccabiah Games in Israel.

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Men’s Tennis Wins Skyline Conference Championship, Becomes First Yeshiva Team to Earn Berth into NCAA Championship

men's tennisApril 27, 2014 is now a date marked in history for Yeshiva University’s athletics department. Yesterday the men’s tennis team became the first program in the history of the College to earn the right to represent the school in a National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. The team earned the berth after the Maccabees beat Mount Saint Mary’s College (MSMC) 5-1 in the championship round of the 2014 Skyline Conference postseason tournament to earn the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III playoffs.

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Benjy Ritholtz, Rebecca Yoshor Earn Academic All America Honors

Yeshiva University basketball players Benjy Ritholtz and Rebecca Yoshor just raised the stakes. The men’s basketball and women’s basketball stars, who last month were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Capital One Academic All District teams, were both named Academic All Americans by CoSIDA. Ritholtz was named a men’s basketball’s third team All-American, while Yoshor was named to women’s basketball’s second team.

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Benjy Ritholtz was named a men’s basketball’s third team All-American.

Ritholtz, a history major, has a 3.98 grade point average (GPA), which was tied for the highest GPA among the men’s first, second and third team members. He is a West Hempstead, New York native and a 2010 graduate of the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County. Through 23 games this season, Ritholtz is averaging 14.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He has connected on 41.7 percent of his field goal attempts (128-for-307), including 37.7 percent (46-for-122) from behind the three point arc. To date, Ritholtz has netted 743 points, leaving him 257 points away from becoming the 27th player in Yeshiva men’s basketball history to reach 1,000.

“I am truly honored to have received this award,” said Ritholtz. “Credit goes to my amazing professors at Yeshiva University for helping me so much academically, to my teammates and coaches, and especially to my parents for their support and guidance in everything I do.”

Yoshor earned a spot on the second team after last season becoming the first women’s basketball player in Yeshiva history to make the team. Read the rest of this entry…

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TABC Defends Wittenberg Title; Shabbaton Includes Talk From Olympic Athlete

More than 230 wrestlers from 14 yeshiva high schools across the country descended on Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus for the 19th Annual Henry Wittenberg Wrestling Invitational February 14 – 17.

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More than 230 wrestlers took part in the weekend tournament.

With 292 total points, the Torah Academy of Bergen County (Teaneck, NJ) wrestling team took first place at the tournament for the second year in a row. Kushner Academy (Livingston, NJ) and SAR Academy High School (Riverdale, NY) placed second and third, respectively. Read the rest of this entry…

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Yeshiva University Men’s Basketball Coach Won More Than 400 Games

Yeshiva University today announced that Dr. Jonathan Halpert, men’s basketball coach for the past 42 years, will conclude his service at the end of the 2013-14 season. Halpert, a graduate of Yeshiva University High School for Boys, Yeshiva College and Ferkauf Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, took over the Maccabees roster in 1972 and is the longest serving men’s basketball coach in New York City history.

Halpert was twice named coach of the year in the NCAA’s Skyline Conference (1999-00, 2009-10) and received the National Association of Basketball Coaches “Guardians of the Game” honor in 2003-04. The Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association bestowed him with its “Good Guy” award in 1997-98. During his illustrious career, Halpert has coached over 300 student-athletes, including several father-son tandems. Read the rest of this entry…

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Yeshiva University Launches Blue & White Club to Support Athletics Program

The Yeshiva University Athletics Department has launched the Blue & White Club, the booster club for the YU Maccabees. Supporters from around the world can now partner with Yeshiva in effort to help maintain the unique experience of our student athletes. All contributions to the club will be used to advance the long-term programmatic goals of the athletics department, and every dollar of each donation directly affects the students.

BlueWhite_Club_Shield_MarkAccording to Director of Athletics Joe Bednarsh the idea of a booster club has been percolating for many years. “It was one of my goals when I took the reins of the program,” said Bednarsh. “I want to thank Vice President Josh Joseph and all of the departments, offices and administrators who helped make this initiative a reality.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Are You Still Coaching? Tells the Story of a Celebrated Career and the First ‘Torah-Sponsored Basketball Team’

Dr. Jonathan Halpert, the longest tenured men’s basketball coach in New York City history, will self-publish a memoir about his storied 42-year career at Yeshiva University. Aptly titled Are You Still Coaching?, the book is scheduled for release by AuthorHouse on January 2, 2014.

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YU Men’s Basketball Coach Jonathan Halpert

In the book’s preface, Rabbi Simcha Krauss, rabbi emeritus of Young Israel of Hillcrest and a longtime friend of Halpert, explains that the volume really tells the story about the first “Torah-sponsored basketball team of an Orthodox school of higher learning.” Read the rest of this entry…

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