The last pitch has been thrown, the deciding basket has been swished, the clinching empty-netter has been wristed, the final touchdown has been thrown, the last volleyball has been spiked, and the final soccer ball has been kicked.

The exciting2014-15 high school sports season has come to an end. But before our coaches and athletes start preparing for the 2015 fall season, we would like to take a moment to honor those student-athletes who rose above the rest and excelled both on and off the playing fields.

The following high school students were voted as our community’s top athletes based on their skills, values, self-discipline, ability to work as part of a team, accomplishments during the season, sportsmanship, and for showing exemplary leadership skillsin the classroom, on the field, and in the community.

It is our privilege to present and

congratulate the community’s

TopHigh  School Athletes  of  2014-2015

Jack Chehebar

Jack Chehebar was the undisputed MVP of the MDY Warriors basketball team this season. Jack played
21 games and scored 366 points, for an average of 17.4 points per game –
the highest scoring average of any MDY basketball player over the last four years Talk about Mr. Clutch – Jack hit the game-winning shot four times this season! Jack also led the team with steals, averaging 3 per game. Another little-known statistic for a shooting guard, Jack had
9 block shots this season – showing that he is a true all-around player.

Jack is not only a local hero. He will soon have the opportunity to showcase his talents internationally, as he was notified in early May that he made the USA Basketball Maccabi team. (The 2015 Pan American Maccabi games commence in December2015).

More important than any of the statistics, however, is Jack’s fine character. Jack is well-known for his exceptional humility, as well as for being bright and kindhearted, a good friend to all, and a great teammate.

Liran Cohen

Liran Cohen has served as the ultimate team leader for
the MDY Warriors Soccer team. As team captain for the past two years, Liran has shown his leadership on the field, quarterbacking the soccer team and scoring an unbelievable average of 6 goals per game! His ball control ability is simply amazing. Often, teams need to double-team him, in order to keep him from taking over the game. His aggressive, yet clean, style of play has been an inspiration to all his teammates. Liron led his team to the playoffs last season, marking the first time that the MDY soccer team reached the postseason.

Admired yet feared by all opponents, Liron does it all. His pursuit of excellence on and off the soccer field has made him one of the most respected players in the league.

Ezra Levy

Ezra Levy,already well-known
in the community for his athletic abilities, raised his game up to a whole new level this season. In the winter, which was Ohel Torah’s inaugural season in the yeshiva basketball league, Ezra simply dominated, and then in the spring, Ezra wreaked havoc on the football field in the FFL League.

While a lot can be said about Ezra Levy the athlete, even more can be said about Ezra Levy the person. His kindhearted nature and easygoing personality make him a pleasure to be around. He is always willing to lend a helping hand, and eager to participate in acts of hesed, often before even being asked. Ezra has also assisted in organizing many afterschool functions, including the end of the year BBQ.

Harry Cohen

Harry Cohen is an extremely gifted athlete and probably one of the most athletic high school students in the community. His speed and quickness is unparalleled, and usually too much for the opposing teams to handle. Harry led the Shaare Torah Stars football team to a respectable 6-3 record this past season. Offensively, he scored a remarkable 20 touchdowns in just 11 games, and even threw for 2 more! Defensively, he was just as dominant, recording a record 20 sacks!

As captain of the Shaare Torah softball team this pastspring, Harry shone brightly on the diamond while patrolling centerfield. Harry is a model student, athlete and teammate, who leads by example and lets his play and effort do all the talking.

Eddie Harari

Besides being a genuine superstar, Eddie Harari isan outstanding leader and role model. As captain of the Shaare Star Softball team, Eddie was equally impressive offensively and defensively, leading the team in hitting and serving as the staff’s pitching ace, shutting down the opponents’ bats on numerousoccasions.

During the winter football league season, Eddie displayed his defensive prowess and was honored by being elected as the Defensive Captain for the Shaare Stars Football squad. And if that wasn’t enough – just for good measure, Eddie was the assistant captain of the Shaare Hockey team. The consummate all-around sportsman, Eddie is always eager to help others by giving a word of advice, lending a sympathetic ear, or giving a compliment.

Joey Cohen

Joey Cohen is an all-star sportsman and an exceptional person, who loves playing in competitive sporting events and has played consistently throughout his high school years. This past year, Joey starred on two Varsity teams. He was a wide receiver on the YDE Flag football team, and a major reason for the team reaching the Super Bowl, and also capped off a four-year run as a member of the YDE basketball team, serving on both the JV and Varsity teams. As a starter, Joey was a force both offensively and on the defensive end. He is best known for his long range shooting ability, which helped YDE to its second straight playoff appearance this year.

Joey is admired not only for his athletic ability, but also for his seriousness as a student and his commitment to hesedand community service. He regularly volunteers at Sephardic Bikur Holim and with the Grandmother Visitation Program. Joey can be relied upon to be involved (and, very often, to lead the charge) in any hesedproject.

Merle Cohen

At the outset, Merle Cohen’s senior season looked like it might not ever happen, after suffering a back injury and missing over half of the season. But thankfully for the Falcons Varsity team, Merle returned to action, and this proved to be a major factor in the team’s qualifying for the playoffs. For four years, from blocking and altering shots to controlling rebounds at both ends of the court, Merle has been a big reason the Flatbush Falcons have had success on the court. Merle also took on the leadership role on the Flatbush Falcons Softball team, and vied for the role of starting pitcher. Unlike baseball, softball pitchers can pitch nearly every day, and save for once, Merle did just that – and very effectively.

In addition to athletics, Merle is a stellar student, and is involved in a wide variety of other extracurricular activities, including the school’s Witness project, which connects students with Holocaust survivors in the community.

Merle’s perseverance and persistence has been nothing short of inspirational, and most likely the main reason why the Yeshiva of Flatbush elected Merle Cohen as their school’s Athlete of the Year.

Marc Esses

Marc Esses is the consummate team captain and has been the driving force behind the Flatbush Falcons Varsity Volleyball program. Although diminutive in size, he is tall in stature.

In addition to promoting the sport of volleyball to his classmates, he is a great leader both on and off the court. He plays the position of setter, much like a point guard on the basketball court, and directs the team offense. Marc also brought his athleticism to the soccer pitch this past fall, and has proven to be a key player in the growth of the Flatbush soccer program.