In an exciting Championship game, the Hawks went down 1-0 in the 1st period to the DRS Wildcats. The 2nd quarter was evenly matched until Junior  Sam Schechter scored  to tie things up. Evan Fader got the go ahead and deciding goal in the 3rd and an empty netter with :30 to go to propel the Hawks to their back to back championships.
Congratulations to the coaches, Noah Weinreich and Benjy Davidman on an incredible job. Congrats to all the Hawks players and to Evan Fader for being named MVP. I’d like to personally thank the fans who came out in full force to counter and over match the DRS fans. A special shout out needs to go out to our Hawks parents who lived and breathed HAFTR hockey and were always the most vocal fans at every game. You are a large part of this championship and HAFTR sports thanks you.
Hawks 7th grade basketball team Championship game
Our 7th grade boys will be playing their championship game on Tuesday, 3/10, at N.S. HS at 7:15. A middle school fan bus will be leaving, free of charge, from the MS at 6:15 tomorrow night.
Hawks Varsity boys basketball Semi finals
Our boys varsity basketball team will be playing their semi final game tomorrow night, 3/10 in the Hawks Nest at 8pm vs North Shore. We hope you can all make it to the game and show your support for the Hawks. North Shore is sure to bring a lot of fans so come out early and fill up the Nest with Hawks fans. If you cannot make it, you can watch it live at:
Boys 8th grade basketball semi finals
Our boys 8th grade bball team will host Magen David at the hawks Nest on Sunday 3/15 in their semi final game. Tip off will be at 11:45 am. We expect a huge crowd from both teams so come early and get a seat.

Barclays Center Game Results

I’m not sure if HAFTR could’ve scripted it better.
The HAFTR Hawks varsity basketball team and the Flatbush Falcons arranged to play in the Barclays center on Sunday December 28th. HAFTR  wanted to use this opportunity not just to have a lifetime memory for the players but to do something greater for the Jewish community. Seizing this opportunity, HAFTR set out to use this game to raise money for the FRIENDS OF THE IDF,  an organization of vital importance to Israel and to Jews worldwide.
For every $35 ticket sold, HAFTR would donate $22 to FIDF resulting in over $10,000 raised. The Hawks basketball team members, utilizing athletics for this greater purpose, were responsible to sell these tickets as a prerequisite to playing in this game. The original goal was a modest $5000 but exceeded that number after the first 2 weeks of ticket sales. 600 people attended the game to show their support to the Hawks as well as for FIDF.
The game itself didn’t disappoint. Flatbush quickly came out with a 9-0 lead before HAFTR finally got on the board with a foul shot late in the first quarter. The Falcons led by as many as 11 in the 2nd and looked as if they were going to run away with this game.
Enter the 2nd half: The Hawks, down by 7, started to play ball. By pressing every Flatbush possession, HAFTR created turnovers and fast break baskets. The momentum changed and the Hawks found themselves up by 1 going in to the 4th quarter. After a seesaw, exciting 4th quarter, HAFTR went up by 3 with 35 seconds to go in the game. The Hawks, with their stifling defense, didn’t allow a shot by the Falcons and won this exhilarating game by a final score of 35-32. HAFTR  was led by Max Rosner 14 points, Abie Perlow 10 points 16 rebounds and Captain Jon Greeneberg 9 points.
While the HAFTR Hawks won the game, both teams were winners and will have memories that will last a lifetime. Congratulations to both teams but specifically to the HAFTR Hawks and entire HAFTR community for their wonderful work they did on behalf on the FRIENDS OF THE IDF!!!
Joey Hoenig, HAFTR Athletic Director, HAFTR Hawks coach



HAFTR Hawks Win!!


What a way to start off a season!!! Just being in the championship game of the Magen David tournament was not enough for the Hawks.  The boys Varsity HAFTR Hawks basketball team opened the Magen David pre-season tournament by beating Flatbush by 10 on Tuesdaynight. Next up was the Ramaz Rams in the Semi finals. In a hard fought game, the Hawks pulled out a 4th quarter victory and earning a berth in the championship game against the favored North Shore Stars.

In one of the most thrilling games in league history, the Hawks and Stars battled it out, staying within 3 points of each other for the entire 2nd half. You couldn’t have asked for a better championship game. With the game tied at the half and again at the end of the 3rd quarter, this was going to be won by the team that wanted it the most. HAFTR found itself down 1 with 10 seconds to go. After a missed shot by the Hawks, center Abie Perlow grabbed the rebound and got fouled with 9/10th of a second left on the clock. Abie calmly sank both ends of the one and one foul shots to propel the Hawks to a 43-42 victory allowing HAFTR to take home the championship trophy.

While the regular season is still far away, the HAFTR Hawks sent a very loud message to the league that they are a team to watch out for.

Congratulations to the Varsity Hawks!!!

HAFTR Hawks Championship Victory

INCREDIBLE!!! That’s the only word I can use to describe HAFTR’s Championship victory over the DRS Wildcats on Sunday afternoon at Lawrence Middle School. Before a jammed packed house of the 2 local rivals, the fans couldn’t have asked for a more thrilling championship game than what they witnessed.

DRS drew first blood in the 2nd period to take a 1-0 lead and kept that lead going in to the 3rd and seemingly last period. But HAFTR’s Ari Baratz answered with a goal at the 6:40 mark in the 3rd period to tie things up and force sudden death overtime.

The Hawks came out strong in overtime by forcing the play in the DRS zone. At the 8:38 mark in o.t., lightening struck twice in the name of Ari Baratz to propel HAFTR to an exhilarating  2-1 sudden death overtime victory over the DRS Wildcats.

The HAFTR Hawks did the unimaginable in the playoffs by traveling to Teaneck NJ and beating the #1 team in the league, the TABC Storm, in the semi-finals in sudden death overtime 3-2 and then going on to take home the championship trophy by beating DRS, the #2 team in the league, in sudden death overtime as well.

Congratulations to Ari Baratz who was named the game’s MVP and to all the members of the HAFTR Hawks. Captain Jordan Gellman, after a 1st period injury, showed what heart and determination was all about by playing through the pain for the remainder of the game. Special shout out to the HAFTR coaches Marc Bruh and Noah Weinreich and to goalie Joseph Kestenbaum who was just spectacular in the net. I would be remiss if I did not mention DRS goalie Ari Gutenmacher who faced a barrage of shots all game, saving all but 2. This game would not have been this close without his tremendous goal-tending.

Congratulations to DRS for a  great season and congratulations to the 2013-14 Varsity Hockey champions HAFTR Hawks!!!.

Joey Hoenig, HAFTR Athletic Director









Gio Cipriano Charity Basketball Game

On November 6th, HAFTR hosted  a charity basketball game in memory of Gio Cipriano, a young boy who’s life was cut short due to complications from food allergies. Our thanks go out to Sami Laniado, David Laniado and Robin Erber for putting the whole event together, raising over $6000 for the Cipriano family. 400 fans showed up and witnessed a great game between the Inwood Bucaneers and the Haftr Hawks but more importantly raised awareness for food alleries and the serious issues it could cause.


Thank you so much to Risa Landow and Alissa Hersh who, along with Robin Erber, and Sami and David Laniado and all the other volunteers that night, for making this night meaningful and memorable. Thank you to all of you for coming out and showing your support.


Thank you to “both” communities for coming together for this event and thank you again for all those who helped make this evening a tremendous success,


Joey Hoenig, Athletic Director


Memphis Basketball Tournament

Our Boys’ Varsity Basketball team traveled to Memphis, Tennessee from November 1-3, 2013 for the 16 Team Tournament. Yeshivas from all around the country flew in for this national tournament hosted by the Memphis community. While our boys did not come home with the championship trophy, we played well and represented HAFTR in the most positive way. The Memphians were happy to have us in their tournament and have already invited us back for the 2014 invitational.  Congratulations go out to Ari Baratz who received the prestigious All Tournament Award as well as to Mark Spivak who received an all-star team award.

Congratulations to the entire HAFTR Hawks basketball team for a job well done.


A Message from Joey Hoenig, HAFTR Athletics Director


It’s been an incredible year for our sports department and HAFTR athletics.

For the first time in HAFTR’s illustrious history, HAFTR has its own home, THE HAWKS NEST. While our grand “Chanukat Habayit” was pushed back due to Hurricane Sandy, our athletes were able to enjoy most of their season in their new home. And, for the first time, we were able to have an abundance of fans that came out to show their school spirit and cheer on their friends and family. Our new home was also a place which became a community center by HAFTR opening its doors to many communal charitable events. The “Nest” has become a source of great pride, not only for our own HAFTR family, but for the entire Five Towns community and beyond.

Our fall sports were highlighted by our Lady JV Basketball Hawks taking home the championship trophy culminating an amazing season. And while we are always proud of our championship banners, we are equally proud of all of our teams where our athletes learned the value of teamwork, school spirit and, most importantly, midot on and off the court.

Spring sports are currently in full swing and, as always, HAFTR is being represented by only the best student/ athletes. Our girl’s tennis team has made the playoffs as well as our girls hockey and boys softball teams. We wish them all luck and hope they take home the trophy.

Recently HAFTR saluted our athletes at the annual HAFTR Sports dinner held at the Hawks nest. Every athlete on our Middle school teams received a trophy as well as Most Valuable players in both the Middle and High School. Also honored were all the High School seniors for their years of devotion to HAFTR Sports. Every senior received a trophy based on their total years of sports at HAFTR. Catered by Carlos and Gabby’s and attended by all of our athletes and Principals, our dinner was a fitting way to end our sports year at HAFTR.

I would like to thank our coaches who put their heart and soul in to their teams, the Principals and administration for being tremendous sports advocates and Hawks fans, the students who come out and cheer for their school, but most of all to the student/ athletes who are always wonderful role models for HAFTR.

Congratulations on an amazing year in HAFTR sports and can’t wait to see everyone in the fall.