Spring Sports Recap
Caleb Shapiro Mendelsohn and Yoni Webner
With the arrival of spring sports, it is always necessary that we catch you up on all of Barrack’s games, meets, and matches of the season.
Starting off with track and field, the team had its first two meets against Friends Central and Delaware Valley Christian. Highlights included two juniors, Liam Cooperberg ‘22 and Jacob Spivack ‘22, competing in their first-ever school track meet. Both athletes finished second in their heat for the 100-meter dash. In the other events, Barrack placed considerably well! In the 400m dash, Isaac Klein ‘22 placed second; in the discus, Yonatan Hassidim ‘22 broke the school record with an astounding 93-foot throw! After his amazing achievement, Hassidim told us: “I’d always wanted to leave a mark on this school and I finally have it. Even if it’s just my name written in small letters on a wall, it means something to me and my legacy at this school. I’d always wanted to hold some type of record and finally accomplishing that type of goal just finally made me satisfied.”
Both the boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams are also off to a hot start to this season. The boys are undefeated in conference play while the girls are coming off a strong home-opening win. A high point within the boys’ season was in the match versus Lansdale Catholic: Roni Cohen had a breakout game as he went 8-8 on face-offs for the Cougars. After Roni’s incredible performance, we interviewed him and he said: “I started training for face-offs this year. It’s always been a goal of mine to be a real component of a winning team, and this year is exactly that. The feeling of having my first-ever 100% face-off percentage was something unexplainable. Every time we matched up at the face-off X, I felt a sort of superiority over the other team, which was [created] by the confidence my coaches and teammates had in me. I can't wait to get to work with this excellent group of guys. Go White!”
Over to girls’ lacrosse, the Cougars have been playing exceptionally well, with Jenna Ufberg scoring goals left and right, and Jena Rose saving many shots. Rose was a huge factor in the girls’ 13-5 victory over Westtown, ending the game with 9 saves.
Led by seniors Blake Fox and Luke Finkelstein, the Barrack tennis team was able to take down Friends Select 3-2 to get their first victory of the season!
On to softball, the girls’ team faced off against the Academy of New Church on April 22nd in a cold and windy game. Although they didn't get the outcome they would have liked, the team still managed to score 12 runs in a single game: an impressive feat that should definitely not go unnoticed.
Along with the softball team, the baseball team has also scored an incredible number of runs. Outscoring their opponents 46-17, with three games being shutouts, the Barrack baseball team has looked extremely impressive. In the double-header vs Solebury, the Cougars ended up winning by a combined score of 30-0. In these two games, Pitcher Benji Axelrod threw 14 strike-outs and a shutout, Ben Beal recorded 5 RBIs and 13 strikeouts, Ilan Gordon threw out three batters and hit a 2-run homerun, and Aaron Heller had a 5-hit game. Along with these performances, many other players also had notable plays; Hunter Kimmel hit a triple, Noah Pomerantz had a crucial RBI, Aiden Sandler had multi-hit games, Danny Cohen pitched a shutout inning, and Ronen Adler hit an RBI to ultimately secure his first hit in varsity baseball.
With it being Barrack’s first sports season since winter last year, it is extremely impressive that all of its teams have performed to this caliber. Go Cougars!