California, here they come.
The 65 Detroit competitors, coaches and delegation heads who will be going to the JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest in Orange County, Calif., in August have been announced.
With only one Maccabi Games site this year, participation is limited.
“When you have multiple sites, there are 3,000 to 4,000 participants,” said Detroit delegation head Karen Gordon. “Orange County can only accommodate 2,200 to 2,300.”
But Detroit hasn’t had to turn anybody away, Gordon said.
Anyone still interested in participating in the Aug. 5-10 event should go to maccabidetroit.com for information.
Gordon and Franci Silver are Detroit’s delegation heads. Here are others who are going:
- Assistant delegation head: Randy Otis.
- Coaches: Jason Miller (baseball), Jeremy Fishman (basketball), Linda Taylor and Melanie Taylor (dance), Mark Weiss and Mark Berke (hockey).
- 14U baseball: Jacob Berg, Asher Carrick, Jonah Cohen, Shea Cooney, Eddie Eichenhorn, Jonah Farabi, Max Friedman, Austin Lipman, Josh Miller, Rusty Oddo, Jonah Shapiro and Robbie Whelan.
- 16U baseball: Mitch Blackman, Jake Cassel, Darrin Char and Ilan Farabi.
- 14U basketball: Carson Brodsky, Noah Kam and Alec Mayoras.
- 16U basketball: Ryan Lipman.
- Girls basketball: Isabell Borr.
- Dance: Abby Chayet, Shayna Foreman, Dani Gingras, Emma Goldschmidt, Cami Krugel, Mari Lynn, Alex Mison, Sophie Rosen, Emma Salle, Chloe Schram, Nicole Spizizen, Rachel Weiss and Haley Whalen.
- Ice hockey: Ryan Becker, Ryan Berke, Jacob Budabin, Henry Ellenbogen, Alex Engel, Ty Esterline, Jenner Leib, Morgan Leib, Adin Lofman, Lance Markowitz, Jonah Stein, Jonah Stern, Robert Victor and David Wrotslavsky.
- Swimming: Eden Sherman.
- Tennis: Sara Sherman and Eve Wasvery.
- Volleyball: Lindsay Berke.
- Improv: Benny Kirshner.
Pitcher Of The Week
Emory University freshman softball pitcher Jacqueline Spizizen was named the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association NCAA Division III National Pitcher of the Week for the first weekend of April.
Emory swept a four-game series at Washington University in St. Louis that week, and Spizizen was the winning pitcher in three of those games. She allowed only one unearned run in 17 innings on the mound while striking out 13, allowing eight hits and walking one.
The Detroit Country Day School graduate and West Bloomfield resident pitched in all four games in the series, and Washington batters hit just .136 against her.
Spizizen and fellow Country Day athlete Alexa Hartje shared the 2017 Jewish News Female High School Athlete of the Year award.
He did it again.
After hitting just one home run during his entire baseball career, Alma College junior leftfielder Jordan Anstandig hit two in less than two weeks.
Following a March 30 round-tripper at home against Albion, Anstandig homered again April 12 on the road at Hope. Both home runs were hit in the first inning and both were solo shots.
Anstandig’s homer at Hope had quite a bit of drama.
He raced all around the bases and arrived at home plate before receiving the official word from the umpires that he’d hit a home run.
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“I ran like I was going for an inside-the-park home run,” the Walled Lake Northern High School graduate said.
A Hope outfielder crashed against the outfield fence in right-center trying to catch Anstandig’s hit and was injured. After commotion that included trainers running on the field to check on the outfielder, the hit was ruled a home run.
“The ball must have just snuck over the fence,” Anstandig said. “I thought the guy was going to catch it.”
Hope beat Alma 6-5 in the first game of a doubleheader.
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