Friday, May 29, 2020


Tamir Goodman / Omri Casspi Camp - A Resounding Success

Tamir Goodman burst onto sports fans’ radar in the mid-’90s when he was ranked as the 25th-best high school basketball player in the country. Sports Illustrated christened him the “Jewish Jordan” and he appeared on 60 Minutes, Fox Sports and ESPN. Upon graduating from high school he received a scholarship to play for one of


Dallas Mavericks Agree to Deal With Gal Mekel, Second Israeli to Sign With NBA Team

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Maccabi Haifa’s Gal Mekel, a 6-foot-3 point guard, agreed to a multi-year deal to play for the Dallas Mavericks next season, becoming the second Israeli basketball player ever to sign with an NBA team. Four years ago, OmriCasspi became the first.

In June, the 25-year-old Mekel helped lead Maccabi Haifa to the


Cardinals Defeat Mets for Mustang PAL Championship

The Mustang division in PAL, comprised primarily of 8-9 year olds, was won this year by the Cardinals, managed by Dr. Brian Kardon, Rabbi Duvie Weiss and Rabbi Alex Mondrow. The Cardinals were the #1 seed going into the playoffs with a 7-3 record. Their dominant pitching led by Meir Weiss and Elvis de Leon and timely hitting had led them to the top spot in the


Injurylawyer.com Phillies Close the Case, Defeating the Mets

When the playoffs began, very few would have bet on the Phillies winning the coveted  PAL Bronco Championship.  Finishing in the number three spot, they would have to defeat the second seeded Cubs and the number one Mets to take home the championship. This would be a daunting task at full strength, but when slugger Shmuel Gopin found himself on the disabled


Cool Kippahs win 7-0 over Premier Endoscopy

This year’s father’s day was also TBO Championship Sunday with the day getting off to a great start with an early morning matchup in the 11/12 division between CoolKippahs and Premier Endoscopy.

Unfortunately, the usually potent Premier Endoscopy lineup couldn’t break through the pitching duo of Ari Rosenberg and Yechiel Keiser. Meanwhile the


MGBL HS Champions - Sinai Schools

Coming off an exciting semi-final round, the MGBL High School championship game promised to be intense, and it did not disappoint. The game got off to a sloppy start with both teams coming out a little rusty after a week-long layoff. Halfway through the first half, Sinai Schools’ co-MVP’s, Shai Kaminetzky (24 points) and Jacob Shapiro (18 points), turned


St. Anastasias defeats Knoll Orthodontic For Boys 7/8 Championship

Knoll Orthodontics finished its regular season at 2-8, earning second to last place in the standings. When the playoffs began these boys kicked into second gear, putting together a string of three straight post-season wins. During this streak they knocked off the second- and third-place teams. On Father’s Day they faced the division’s first-place team, St.


“Pizza Crave” is TBO Middle Girls Champion

After defeating Manor Shoes in round one of the playoffs, the Pizza Crave ladies headed to the championship game against the undefeated Gotham Burger team. To make the task even more daunting, the Pizza Crave squad was playing with a lighter bench than usual. One player was on the disabled list with a strep throat and another player was away in Florida. But


Jewish Link Athletes In the Spotlight: Shai Kaminetsky and Jacob Shapiro

Every coach dreams of a money player. A go to guy, someone they can count on to carry the team when the shots simply are not falling.  On Thursday night, June twentieth, I had the pleasure of seeing two such athletes perform in the Mitch Gross High School Championship game. It was a back and forth game till this dynamic duo turned it on and carried the load,


The Measure of a man

It has been almost six years since my father, Mitchell Merlis Z’L, left this world at the age of fifty.  He valiantly battled cancer for five and a half years, mostly during my tenure in college.  Last month, the Yeshiva Alumni Basketball Association honored my father’s athletic achievements at its annual dinner, and proceeds from the dinner have been


Blackouts Are Shining Bright In Bnai Yeshurun League

The Blackouts continued their winning ways on Sunday, with a their second victory of the season over Shaare Tefilah. It was the their 5th straight victory overall to run their record to 6-4. After a 1-4 start, the team has shot to near the top of the “B” League standings of the Bnai Yeshurun Mens Club Softball League.

The Blackouts, lead by Captain


Jewish Link of Bergen County, Yasher Koach of the Week: J&J Pharmacy 9/10 team

J&J Pharmacy faced off against the champs of the Teaneck Southern Leaugue, the River Cats. J&J got off to a quick start, scoring 3 runs in the first inning and one more in the third. In the top of the fifth inning, J&J was up 4-0. But then the bats of the River Cats started to get hot. They scored 3 in the fifth and one more in the sixth to tie the