By Sarah Horvath ‘21
“It has been a great start for fall season sports and we’re looking forward [to] our winter and spring seasons also being very successful,” coach and physical education teacher Jezel Rodriguez explained.
Cross Country has had an incredible season. Junior Leah Namdar-Cohen took first place in the girls’ division with 24.12 minutes, setting a new course record for the Yeshiva league. The boys’ team took second place overall, led by Junior Ethan Peters and Freshman Ori Needleman.
It has been one of the best seasons ever for both Junior Varsity (JV) and Varsity girls volleyball. Varsity’s undefeated regular season led them all the way to the semi-finals against Long Island Lutheran where they lost 3-0. Within each set, the scores were extremely close, as they did not give up easily. Head Coach Rodriguez explained that this season’s focus was “not being afraid.” Rodriguez emphasized playing the game and not being afraid of making mistakes, which, in her opinion, was what allowed them to advance to the semi-finals. Sophomore Tamar Druker, West Division Regular Season Most Valuable Player, said, “I am so happy that I got to be on varsity this year.” Not only did Druker learn new techniques, but she was also able to become friends with the upperclassmen on the team.
JV girls Volleyball dominated their regular season 6-2, and went all the way to the championship against Avenues, where they lost 2-0. Freshman Carolina Blank, Regular Season Most Valuable Player and JV team captain, had an excellent experience being on the team. As it was her first time being on a school team, she was really nervous, but “I learned how to be competitive and how to be a good leader.” At the beginning of the season, Blank admitted, “we weren’t confident about winning or going to the championship, but throughout the season we definitely gained the confidence.”
The boys’ soccer team also had a fantastic season. They made it all the way to the quarterfinals, with seven wins, five losses, and one tie in the regular season. Sophomore Liam Katz, Private School Athletic Association Regular Goal Scorer, tied for the third most goal-scoring player in the league with 15 goals. Although Katz felt that this year the team could have advanced further, he is “excited about the coming season.”
Boys Varsity Basketball has started their season 3-0. They defeated MTA 55-39, and Waterbury 64-55. Most recently, the boys won a game in overtime against Ramaz 69-67 in which Senior Charlie Sutton made a buzzer beater three-point shot that took Heschel into overtime. They look forward to an exciting season and hope to see a large crowd of students at their annual Homecoming game against JEC on November 20.
Varsity Girls basketball has had quite a start to their winter season. To start, they had about 20 girls try out for the team, the most in seven years, according to Rodriguez, the assistant coach of the team. Because of the multitude of freshmen, Rodriguez is “looking to work with the freshman for a better future for our basketball program.” So far in the season, they have defeated Kushner 47-30 and lost to Maayanot 41-39. Junior Ruby Klawans believes that they have started a promising season. “We are coming out strong, proud and ready to work hard,” Klawans said. Additionally, Klawans is excited about all of the new girls on the team. She added, “It is great to see numbers out there to really formulate the beast the team can become.”
Junior Varsity boys basketball has already begun their season on a high note, defeating Maor 74-26. Co-captain and sophomore Gil Sondheimer he explained, “I think we have good veteran sophomore experience and a lot of depth and height, which will help us. I think it could be a very promising season.”