Let the playoffs begin.
The regular season is over in the Inter-Congregational Men’s Club Summer Softball League, and the playoffs will be held the next two Sundays.
Also on the league’s agenda this Sunday are presentations of the prestigious Jeff Fox Sportsmanship and Michael Yendick “Pure Heart” awards.
First, let’s go to the diamond, where regular-season champions have been crowned in the league’s three divisions: Temple Israel No. 6 in Greenberg, Congregation Shir Tivkah in Koufax and Temple Shir Shalom No. 2 in Rosen.
There are six teams in each division. The top two finishers receive a bye in the first round of the single-elimination playoffs.
Games this Sunday at Drake Sports Park and Community Sports Park in West Bloomfield will determine the final two teams left standing in each division. Playoff championship games in all three divisions will be held Sunday, Aug. 19, at Community Sports Park.
Here’s the schedule this Sunday for the Greenberg Division: Temple Israel No. 5 vs. Temple Shir Shalom No. 1, Congregation B’nai Moshe vs. Temple Israel No. 1, winners vs. Temple Israel No. 2 and Temple Israel No. 6.
Temple Israel No. 5 is the defending division playoff champion.
Here’s the schedule this Sunday for the Koufax Division: Congregation Shaarey Zedek vs. Adat Shalom Synagogue No. 2, Temple Israel No. 3 vs. Temple Beth Ahm, winners vs. Temple Beth El and Congregation Shir Tikvah.
Temple Beth El is the defending division playoff champion.
Here’s the schedule this Sunday for the Rosen Division: Young Israel of Southfield vs. Temple Kol Ami/B’nai Israel Synagogue, Bais Chabad Torah Center vs. Adat Shalom No. 1, winners vs. Temple Israel No. 4 and Shir Shalom No. 2.
Shir Shalom No. 2 is the defending division playoff champion.
The Fox and Yendick awards will be presented at Drake Sports Park.
Each team nominates a player for the Fox award, and the winner is selected at random. Umpires determine the winner of the Yendick award.
The Fox award is named for a Shir Shalom player who died in 2011.
Yendick was a long-time B’nai B’rith softball league player who died in 2000. The award named for him became part of the Inter-Congregational League’s season a few years ago after the B’nai B’rith league folded and B’nai B’rith players joined Inter-Congregational League teams.
Now that this year’s Inter-Congregational League regular-season standings have been set, teams that will be move up or down a division next season based on their records have been determined.
Shir Tikvah will move up to Greenberg from Koufax and Shir Shalom No. 2 will move up to Koufax from Rosen. Headed down are Shir Shalom No. 1 from Greenberg to Koufax and Adat Shalom No. 2 from Koufax to Rosen.
“The two Shir Shalom teams will be in the Koufax Division and the two Adat Shalom teams will be in the Rosen Division next year,” pointed out Steve Achtman, one of the league’s coordinators.
This is the second year for the three-division setup in the 18-team league. Teams were placed into divisions last year based on their 2016 regular-season records. Each year, four teams move up or down a division.
Achtman said the division setup is going well, especially because each division has its own playoff championship at stake.
“Teams face teams from other divisions during the regular season, so it’s enjoyable to get to see everyone,” he said. “But you only play teams from your division during the playoffs, which makes the playoffs competitive for everyone.”
Not one of last year’s regular-season division champions also won a playoff championship.
For more information on the Inter-Congregational League, go to mensclubsoftball.org.
Open The Hall Doors
The Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame will have six new members this year.
Ken Daniels, Todd Gesund, Dana Jacobson, Michael Jacobson, Al Nagler and Arn Tellem will be inducted Oct. 23 during the annual dinner at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield.
“We’re excited about the list of inductees in this class,” said Sari Circurel, new executive director of the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation, which oversees the Hall of Fame.
Three of the 2018 inductees have ties to broadcasting.
Daniels is entering his 19th season doing television play-by-play for Detroit Red Wings games.
Dana Jacobson has worked as a sports broadcaster for ESPN and CBS and was named last month a co-host for the Saturday edition of CBS This Morning.
Nagler was one of Detroit’s most recognizable sports broadcasters in the 1940s and 1950s, especially as the radio play-by-play voice of the Red Wings.
Gesund and Michael Jacobson (no relation to Dana Jacobson) are former football and tennis stars.
Tellum is vice chairman of the Detroit Pistons and a former sports agent.
Also on Oct. 23, Pillars of Excellence awards will be presented to Robert Brown, Gary Lincoln, Butch Parnes, Dick Rosenthal and Lenny Waldman; Jim and Lisa Price will receive the Shirley and Alvin Foon Humanitarian Award.
Benjamin Jacobson and Jessica Stone, Jewish News High School Athletes of the Year; Dr. Steven and Evelyn Rosen Stars of Tomorrow Scholarship winners Gabe Cohen and Ari Eizen will be honored.
Benjamin Jacobson is Michael Jacobson’s son. Stone is the daughter of sports broadcaster Mike Stone, who will be the program emcee Oct. 23.
For information on the induction dinner, go to michiganjewishsports.org.
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