HAFTR ATHLETICS MID SEASON REPORTHIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICSBOYS HS FOOTBALL 6-2 RECORD… HAFTR Football ended the season as the #3 seed in the playoffs with a 6-2 record, and just won their first playoff game. The cornerstone of their season has been defense while the Offensive line play has also been outstanding. This is year #3 of HAFTR Football, and the trajectory has been up from a losing season in year #1, a .500 showing last year to this year’s great season. As playoffs have already started, come out to Lawrence High School and cheer on our Football HawksBOYS JV HS BASKETBALL 5-2 RECORD … Haftr JV basketball started the season with tough losses to two very strong opponents but have fought back with a 5 game winning streak including a big road win at HANCBOYS VARSITY HS BASKETBALL 5-2 RECORD … After a 5-0 start, the Hawks lost their last 2 games by a combined 7 points. The boys are getting better and better and look for a strong finish heading in to the playoffs. Big games vs Flatbush and Rambam this week…fan support is needed so come out and cheer on your HAFTR HawksGIRLS JV HS BASKETBALL 5-3 RECORD … No matter the score, the JV Lady Hawks put in max effort and determination to get better as the season goes on. Coming off our biggest win of the season this week against the formerly undefeated HANC Hurricanes, we look forward to finishing our season as strong as we startedGIRLS VARSITY HS BASKETBALL 5-5 RECORD … After a slow start, with 11 new girls on the varsity basketball team, the Lady Hawks have won 4 out of the last 5 games. The girls are really starting to “GEL” and come together just in time for playoffs. Come out and support them at their last home game on February 9th against Bruriah in the World Famous Hawks Nest. Game time is 8pm.BOYS JV HS HOCKEY 4-2 RECORD… Jv started off a little slow losing their first two games to good teams in Frisch and DRS. Since then they have won their last four games including a big win against second place Frisch 4-1. They have shown that they are getting better and better every game and are a force to be reckoned with.BOYS VARSITY HS HOCKEY 7-1 RECORD… After losing the first game of the season to cross town rival DRS, HAFTR has won seven in a row scoring 44 goals while giving up only 6. They’ve been playing strong and hope to continue on this run to another championship game appearance.GIRLS JV HS VOLLEYBALL 0-5 RECORD …This is the first time in Zev Adler’s history of coaching that he has only one player returning from a previous year. So, to say this year’s team is inexperienced is an understatement. But considering the progress they have shown since September, this team will be a force to reckon with in no time.GIRLS VARSITY HS VOLLEYBALL 2-4 RECORD … This has been a rough start for Varsity Volleyball. They played a rare double header where, in one night, both matches went the distance. Two matches went a full five games but by the end of the last game, we simply ran out of steam. This year’s team is far better than their record shows. I am looking forward to an exciting end of the season.MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETICSBOYS MS HOCKEY 3-0-1 RECORD… The MS Hawks Hockey season got off to a great start. Our record of 3-0-1 so far has the Hawks Hockey team in 4th place out of 10 teams. With some new and exciting 6th graders as well as great returning players, the Hawks are playing excellent Hockey. Look for the MS HAFTR Hockey Hawks to be championship contenders come playoff time.GIRLS 6TH GRADE BASKETBALL 0-2 RECORD … With new coach Jelleah Sidney, a former division 1 player at Kentucky, the girls are learning how to play the right way. Despite their slow start, the girls are getting better and better with each practice and are setting their sights on a playoff spot.GIRLS MS BASKETBALL 3-0 RECORD … Off to a quick 3-0 start where they played three games in four nights, HAFTR’s Middle School Girls Basketball team, the 2015/2016 UNDEFEATED CHAMPIONS, rallied to a minimum of 20 point leads by halftime in each game. With high expectations, this team is looking to strongly compete for another championship.BOYS 6TH GRADE BASKETBALL 2-0 RECORD… 6th grade hoops are off to a great start as we prepare for some of our biggest games of the season. Come out and cheer us on against the undefeated Halb Lions on January 2nd in the Hawks Nest at 7:30BOYS 7TH GRADE BASKETBALL 4-0 RECORD… The Haftr Hawks 7th grade boys are off to a great start in the 2016-2017 season. They are currently sitting atop the league UNDEFEATED at 4-0. Every win has been a total team effort and we are excited for the second half of the season.BOYS 8TH GRADE BASKETBALL 3-1 RECORD … The boys are looking good and improving every day. Look for a strong finish and another great playoff run under Coach LaniadoUPCOMING GAMES:1/2/17 BOYS 6TH GRADE BASKETBALL @ 7:30 VS HALB @ HAWKS NEST1/3/17 GIRLS MS BASKETBALL @6PM VS SILVERSTEIN @HAWKS NEST
1/3/17 BOYS JV, BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL @7:30, 9PM VS FLATBUSH @HAWKS NEST1/3/17 GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL @8PM VS FRISCH @ FRISCH1/4/17 BOYS JV HOCKEY @7:30 VS SHAAREI TORAH @ SHAAREI1/4/17 MS HOCKEY @7:45 VS MAGEN DAVID @LS GYM1/4/17 GIRLS JV, V VOLLEYBALL @6, 7PM VS SKA @HAWKS NEST1/4/17 GIRLS JV BASKETBALL @7:15 VS CENTRAL @ CENTRAL1/5/17 BOYS JV, BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL @7:00, 8:30 VS RAMBAM @HAWKS NEST1/5/17 BOYS 7TH GRADE BASKETBALL @7PM VS FLATBUSH @ FLATBUSH1/5/17 GIRLS MS BASKETBALL @5:45 VS SSQ @ HAWKS NEST1/7/17 BOYS 8TH GRADE BASKETBALL @ 8PM VS BRANDEIS @ BRANDEIS1/7/17 BOYS VARSITY BASKETBALL @8PM VS YDH @HAWKS NEST1/7/17 BOYS VARSITY HOCKEY @7PM VS RAMBAM @ LS GYM1/9/17 BOYS 8TH GRADE BASKETBALL @8PM VS HALB @ HAWKS NEST1/9/17 GIRLS JV, V VOLLEYBALL @6, 7PM VS SKA @SKA1/9/17 BOYS 6TH GRADE BASKETBALL @7:30 VS YCQ @ LAWRENCE MIDDLE SCHOOL1/11/17 BOYS VARSITY HOCKEY @7PM VS SSLI @ LS GYM1/11/17 BOYS 6TH GRADE BASKETBALL @7:30 VS NORTH SHORE @ NS1/12/17 GIRLS 6TH GRADE BASKETBALL @6:30 VS YHT @YHT1/12/17 GIRLS MS BASKETBALL @6:30 VS HANC @HANC1/12/17 BOYS 8TH GRADE BASKETBALL @8PM VS HANC @ HANC1/16/17 GIRLS MS BASKETBALL @5:30 VS SSLI @ Y.I. HILLCREST1/17/17 BOYS MS HOCKEY @8PM VS YCQ @ YCQ1/17/17 BOYS 8TH GRADE BASKETBALL @6:30 VS BRANDEIS @ HAWKS NEST1/18/17 BOYS JV, V HOCKEY @6:45, 8:15 VS SAR @ LS GYM
HAWKS WIN THE VARSITY HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP VS DRS!!!
Barclays Center Game Results
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
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
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.