Let’s continue our JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest coverage with these reports from the games earlier this month in Orange County, Calif.
Detroit 14U boys basketball players Noah Kam, Carson Brodsky and Alex Mayoras brought home a gold medal playing in the Blue bracket.
They were on a mixed delegation team with players from San Diego, San Jose and Peninsula/Palo Alto in California and Louisville, Ky.
“Our team quickly forged a great bond,” said Detroit’s Jeremy Fishman, who was the coach.
Kam, Brodsky and Mayoras started each of the team’s playoff games. Also on the team were Adam Lapinski (Louisville), Yosi Gallicot (San Diego), Jon Jon Antebi (Palo Alto), Zach Berman (Palo Alto), Josh Posnock (San Diego) and Max Fletcher (San Jose).
Thirteen girls were on the Detroit dance team, the largest dance contingent in recent years. The girls showed that 13 isn’t an unlucky number, winning medals in 15 of 20 routines.
Four-year dancers Alex Mison and Haley Whelan carried the Detroit delegation banner in the games’ opening ceremonies.
The other Detroit dancers were Chloe Schram, Dani Gingras, Emma Salle, Abby Chayet, Emma Goldschmidt, Shayna Foreman, Sophie Rosen, Nicole Spizizen, Rachel Weiss, Mari Lynn and Cami Krugel.
Linda Taylor coached the Detroit dance team for the fourth year. Her daughter Melanie Taylor, a former four-year Detroit dancer, joined her mother as coach for the second year.
Sloan Lemberg, another former four-year Detroit dancer, choreographed Detroit’s gold-medal winning Israeli dance routine. Former Detroit dancer Alana Appel helped prepare Detroit’s dancers for the games during rehearsals that led up to the trip to California.
There will be more on the Detroit dance team in an upcoming Jewish News sports column.
The 14U Detroit baseball team didn’t win a medal, but it did beat a Dallas team that won a medal.
“Overall, our guys had a terrific experience and bonded as a team,” said Rabbi Jason Miller, Detroit’s coach and a Maccabi athlete in the early 1990s.
There were 12 players on the Detroit team in California, evenly mixed between 13- and 14-year-olds.
Miller said pitchers Jake Berg, Josh Miller, Robbie Whelan, Jonah Farabi and Jonah Shapiro were tough on the mound during Detroit’s five games.
Jonah Cohen, Shay Cooney, Rusty Oddo, Shapiro and Miller led Detroit at the plate. Max Friedman, Eddie Eichenhorn, Austin Lipman, Asher Carrick, Berg and Cooney played well defensively.
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