By Eli Hearne (Op-Ed Editor) & Alex Lefkowitz (Sports Editor)
It’s ball season, and the recreational season is well underway. Early in the season, teams will prove whether they are contenders or pretenders. Which teams are poised to make some noise in the highly anticipated rec league?
Team 1- Featuring big man Max Tarlin and playmaker Brett Litner, Team 1 is guaranteed to have a fun season, just potentially not a successful one. This team is going to need its lesser known players (no pun intended) such as Jack Lesser, Alex Lefkowitz, and Cory Nierman to step up and play well in order to have a winning season.
Team 2- Depth. Team 2 has a deep roster with seniors Max Avratin and Jordan “Buttah J” Rice leading the way on offense, and Danny Spelfogel being a problem for other teams on defense. Combine these players with big men Andrew Hay, Jalen Kountze and guards Russell Rapaport and Austin Dodes and Team 2 appears to be a force to be reckoned with this season.
Team 3- Big man central! Aidan Arnold, Yanay Rosen, Justin Wells and cast won’t be losing too many rebounds this season. If perimeter players Spencer Hall and Brady Buckman are able to get their shots going, and senior Sam Hershman can cut down on his fouling tendencies, Team 3 can make a deep run.
Team 4- Team 4 looks to thrive off seniors Josue DeSoto, Griffin Fein and Natan Fandel, but also seek key contributions from juniors Ty Goldstein and Eli Agus. This team seems to have a good balance of shooters and big men, but their defense could struggle. Junior guards Jonny Greenberg and Kadin Nester look to provide sparks that ignite a fast pace offense.
Team 5- This teamed is stacked with juniors. This team is led by basketball fanatic Drew Naisuler and sharp shooters Kishan Kolur and Demetri Mousis. Many feel as though Mousis should have been on the varsity basketball team, so he looks to use his incredible talent to carry team 5.
Team 6- From top to bottom, team 6 appears to have great talent. Senior guards Eli Hearne and Sai Bhasin look to push the pace while big men Nate Hirsh and Jake Romanow look to dominate the paint. The sleeper on this team Jake Noddell looks to unleash his stealthy three point shot. However, Danny Mitchell looks to be the primary option on this team. Although he does not currently attend SHS, he is a prominent force in this league.
Pictured: Team 1 after two narrow week-1 victories