New York, NY, Mar 8, 2004 — The 13th annual Red Sarachek High School Basketball Tournament, named for Yeshiva University’s legendary men’s basketball coach, will take place Thursday, March 18 to Sunday, March 22 at YU’s Max Stern Athletic Center on its uptown Wilf Campus, 185th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. The games will be broadcast live at www.yu.edu/sarachek.
The Sarachek tournament is the most prestigious tournament for Jewish high school students and attracts hundreds of students from across the US and Canada who compete for the championship trophy. Basketball players representing 18 yeshiva high schools will spend Shabbat together off-campus together with YU administrators and students.
“The Sarachek tournament gives yeshiva high school players an opportunity to dream of playing in the big leagues,” said Dr. Jonathan Halpert, head coach of Yeshiva College’s Maccabees. “It’s a high-energy and exciting event that combines healthy competition among some of the best athletes across the U.S. and Canada.”
The Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys (TMSTA) in New York City will host the tournament. Two other New York-area schools – Ramaz Upper School and Torah Academy of Bergen County – will participate. The top 8 teams from last year’s tournament are automatically qualified to play, with other schools chosen by lottery.
Other participating high schools include: Ben Lipson Hillel Community High School (Miami, FL), Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy (Overland Park, KS), Ida Crown Jewish Academy (Chicago, IL), Yavneh Academy (Dallas, TX), Yeshivat Atlanta (Atlanta, GA), Valley Torah (North Hollywood, CA), Rambam High School (Baltimore, MD), Yeshiva Ohr Chaim (Toronto, Canada), Hebrew Academy of Miami (Miami, FL), Yeshiva High School (Boca Raton, FL), Fuchs Mizrachi (Cleveland, OH), Akiva Hebrew Day School (Detroit, MI), Eshkol Academy (Baltimore, MD), Robert M. Beren Academy (Houston, TX), and YULA (Los Angeles, CA).
Bernard “Red” Sarachek, the tournament’s namesake, coached YU’s basketball team in 1942 and 1943, and from 1945 to 1969. During his career, he amassed more than 200 victories.