Welcome to the first ever issue of “Thoughts on the Hurricanes,” inspired by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman’s blog on the NHL, “31 thoughts.” The reason I chose this format is that I thought it would be very simple and easy to read and would avoid confusion. Each “thought” or two goes through almost every HANC sports game from November 25th to December 25th.
The HANC Hurricanes’ hockey team was handed an unfortunate defeat on Monday night, November 26th. The Rambam Ravens quickly got out to an early 2-0 start. Joey Haar managed to get one back to make it 2-1. HANC battled hard in the third but couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities. 3-1 Loss to Rambam Ravens.
On Thursday, November 29th the hockey team was back at it again. Ramaz went out to an early 2-0 lead when Joey Haar knocked home a terrific pass by Hootie Silverman. Goalie Yoel Rosman stood strong but couldn’t do much. Another loss for the Canes. 4-1.
The varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball teams went off to the Wiener Tournament in Baltimore. The boys finished the tournament with a 1-4 record, beating the HAFTR Hawks with an 18 point lead by leading scorer, and first team all-star, Noah Goldstein.
When I asked Noah about the game, he made sure to stress that it was a total team effort. HANC basketball has gone through controversial times, to say the least, but one thing is for sure, they ALWAYS stick together a truly commendable trait.
The girls’ basketball team finished with a respectable 2-3 record. The Canes, led by senior first-team all-stars Danielle Rothman and Serena Joseph as well as Loren Gerafi, defeated Beth Tfiloh and Boyar.
The girls had a nice run that ended in a semifinal loss but all who went on the tournament enjoyed and had fun.
Wednesday and Thursday, December 5-6 was a very busy two days for the Canes. 1 hockey game, 1 JV basketball game, 2 varsity basketball games (1 boys’ and 1 girls’), and 1 volleyball game.
On the 5th, the JV ball team was handed an unfortunate defeat to one of the HANC’s main rivals, North Shore Hebrew Academy.
As of December 10th, The Boys’ JV team currently sits in 6th place in the standings and 1 game below 500 at 3-4. The team has two more games in the month of December, one on the 11th vs DRS and one on the 29th against Magen David. Stay tuned.
The Boys’ Varsity team currently sits at 2-6. On the 6th, they lost a tough one at home to the Heschel Heat, 57-33. The team has three more games in December, as they will soon be facing DRS, Rambam, and Magen David, three very tough games.
On Thursday, December 6th, the Girls’ Varsity team got a nice win. Lead by Danielle Rothman, the Canes cruised to a tight, defensive win, holding HAFTR to only 11 points. Coach Adam Brick must be happy with his team’s defensive showing.
The girls’ varsity is having a very nice season so far. They currently sit at third place in the division with a 4-3 record, two wins behind first placed Central.
It’s been a rough season for the volleyball team, who, on December 10th, are 0-7.
On Wednesday, Dec 5th, the boys’ hockey team was back in action. Coming off of a rough stretch of games they should have won, they were poised to get back on track.
Goalie Josh Chiger was excellent in net all game making important timely stops. The game was won in the second period. The floodgates were broken open when Joey Haar, leading goal scorer for the Canes scored four beautiful goals consecutively. One of the goals coming on the Canes’ improved power play. Assisting on every single goal was Hootie Silverman who is having an excellent season. There’s always one thing you count on with Hootie, and that is an all-out effort. Hootie has inspired the injury-stricken Canes to work hard and hustle every shift.
As I was not in the Hurricane Center for the varsity game against DRS Tuesday night, December 11th, I asked senior and play by play analyst for the broadcast club, Jason Floumanhaft to give me some highlights, so here we go:
“It was a very intense game until the end of the fourth. HANC played great as the underdog, only down by one at halftime. They had trouble holding onto the ball as they had 7 turnovers in the first 2 minutes of the game. It was a low scoring game due to heavy defensive pressure from both teams. Gabe Fellus’s block might have been the greatest block in HANC history! The final score was 49-36 DRS. HANC needs to bounce back next game as they are now 2-7 and in the bottom half of their division.”
When Jason says that it was the greatest block in HANC history, he’s not kidding. The ball went flying! It was epic!
Wednesday night, December 13th, the hockey team was back in action to take on the Flatbush Falcons. While the Falcons dictated play early, the Canes quickly settled down to control most of the first period by a strong early showing by Goaltender Josh Chiger. The Canes would end the first period up 1-0 but that would be the only lead they would have. The second period, things began to fall apart. Flatbush struck back with two goals midway in the second. With the Canes on a power play, they gave up a very unfortunate short-handed goal. HANC would keep pushing in the third, but Flatbush stood their ground and defended their home court. Final score: 5-2 Flatbush.
Monday, the 17th Of December, the girls’ varsity basketball team was in action in Westchester. The Hurricanes dominated play all night long on both sides of the court. The leaders for the Hurricanes were Rachel Kahn with 16 points, team MVP Daniella Rothman with 14 points, and Danielle Weiss with 10 points. The team improves their record to a strong 5-3 as they look forward to the future.
As the girls were playing in Westchester, the hockey team took on the Magen David Warriors in Brooklyn. The Canes dominated the first period, led by leading goal-scorer Joey Haar’s 2 goal performance and Bernie Maslin with a strong multi-point game, highlighted by a beautiful cross-court assist on a Rafi Elyassian Goal. The team went up 5-1 but then things went downhill. The team decided to be like a turtle and played as if they were in a shell the rest of the night. By the end of the second period, it was 5-4 HANC. We faced a barrage of shots in the third that Chigs turned away with a number of highlight reel saves. His best and most important save of the night was shoulder save on a Magen David break-away to preserve the lead. Hootie Silverman sealed the win, and the Hat trick, with an empty net goal, 6-4 Hanc.
Wednesday night, December 19th was a doubleheader for the hurricanes against HAFTR. The volleyball team and the hockey team both took on the Hawks in the Five Towns.
Here’s Ali Lenefsky, 11th grade team member, with the breakdown of the game: “On Wednesday night, the varsity girls’ volleyball team defeated HAFTR after a long and intense 5 sets. We excitingly won the first two sets, keeping us on a winning streak. We fought hard in the third set; however, we lost that one. The fourth set gave us another chance, but we let HAFTR take that one too. Finally, in the crazy fifth set, we took home our first win! Throughout the entire game, we had amazing serves and volleys due to our positive attitude and great teamwork and effort.”
Oh! And the Hockey team lost 5-0. Next.
The volleyball team improves to 1-8 on the season.
The girls’ varsity basketball team had a very exciting game against Ramaz Thursday night, December 20th. Who better to recap it than the voice of the varsity Canes, Hootie Silverman?
“The girls’ varsity basketball team rolled in style, awarding the 8-2 Ramaz Rams their third loss of the season with a score of 40-29. Their impressive and meticulous defensive schemes were simply unstoppable. Led by dominant senior Daniella Rothman and upcoming star Miriam Reitano, HANC controlled the game throughout. As they enter the final 3 game stretch at 6-3, the HANC Hurricanes fight for first place.”
The last game of this issue is the HANC boys’ varsity basketball team at Rambam. They lost 45-33.
At the end of the issue, December 25th, this is how the Hurricanes look on the standings. Boys’ varsity basketball: 2-7. Boys’ JV basketball: 3-5. Girls’ varsity basketball: 6-3. Girls’ JV basketball: 1-6. Girls’ volleyball: 1-8. Boys’ hockey: 4-7.
Stars of the month of December:
3. Noah Goldstein
2. Joey Haar
1. Daniella Rothman
Shoutout to YeshivaLeaguePass on Instagram and MYHSAL.COM for scores and references.