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Twenty High School Teams from Across North America to Compete in Prestigious Basketball Championship

Mar 11, 2009 -- The 18th annual Red Sarachek Basketball Tournament is coming to Yeshiva University from March 26-30. The event, considered the most prestigious Jewish high school basketball tournament in North America, will feature 20 teams from across the United States and Canada. Games will be held at YU’s Max Stern Athletic Center, located on its Wilf Campus in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, as well as at Torah Academy of Bergen County and the Frisch School. Games will be broadcast live by YU students at

“The Sarachek tournament gives yeshiva high school players an opportunity to dream of playing in the big leagues,” said Michael Kranzler, YU director of undergraduate admissions. “It also provides high school students from diverse backgrounds with the opportunity to meet and compete with their counterparts.”

The Yeshiva University High School for Boys/Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy will host the tournament and players will spend Shabbat together off-campus with YU administrators.

Bernard “Red” Sarachek became the fifth head men’s basketball coach at Yeshiva University in 1942, and during the 1942-43 season, he led YU to a 10-5 record. After taking a hiatus from Yeshiva during the 1943-45 seasons, Sarachek returned to the Yeshiva sideline for the 1945-46 season, and remained there for 24 seasons, winning a total of 202 games. During his historic tenure as head coach at Yeshiva, Sarachek became renowned as one of the greatest basketball minds in the country, developing strategies and techniques used by college and professional coaches today.

The Red Sarachek Tournament was established in 1992 as a way to honor Sarachek’s accomplishments and contributions to the sport and the Jewish community. Since the inception of the tournament, nine different schools have been crowned champions. Last year, Ida Crown Jewish Academy (Chicago, IL) defeated Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (Uniondale, NY) to win the 2008 championship.

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