The Lion's Tale

Fired up and ready to go: A look at the Lions 2019 baseball season

Returning sophomore Nate Heller plays third base during the 2018 baseball season. According to Heller, the team's goal is to win the PVAC championship this season.

Tal Arber, Reporter

March 15, 2019

Coming off of a 4-4 season and a loss in the quarterfinals last season, the boys varsity baseball team looks to bounce back this season and improve on what they have learned in previous years. The team is excited for this upcoming season, with the opportunity to be crowned PVAC champions. “I’m...

Season recap: high school basketball

The boys varsity basketball team ended their season on Thursday with a 50-64 loss against the St. Anselms Abbey School in the PVAC semifinals.

Mischa Trainor, Reporter

February 26, 2019

Last week the basketball season came to a halt for CESJDS when all three high school teams lost their semifinal games. However, the players learned teamwork, leadership, and much more from the season. The varsity girls basketball team ended with an 11-5 record, despite having to recover from losing ...

Lions dominate in first round of playoffs, advance to semifinals

Senior and captain Zev Katz shoots a three-pointer   in the second half. Katz totaled 19 points in the game.

Ivan Endelman, Reporter

February 19, 2019

Going into the second half of the boys varsity quarterfinals, the game was still tight, but a key switch on defense turned the tide in the Lions favor, and led to a 62-42 win over Model, keeping the Lions' season alive. The first half was close, but the Lions pulled ahead in the second half. When as...

Student athletes’ path to injury recovery

CESJDS graduate Dani Offer sits on a table in the training room, where Matula often tapes students’ injuries, using a NormaTec recovery system.

Sophia Miller, Sports Editor

February 13, 2019

The crowd cheers as the runners blaze by, but many cannot help but notice that a familiar face is missing in the lead pack. Sophomore Adam Alter stands on the side cheering on his fellow teammates, rather than running, due to a groin injury. Alter has not been able to participate in the cross countr...

Lions end up on top of rival Berman Hebrew Academy Cougars

Seniors watch and cheer from the sidelines as senior and captain Devira Friedman shoots a free throw.

Naomi Gould, Reporter

February 7, 2019

After a series of turnovers, sophomore and captain Abby Alter steals the ball and makes one of many fast breaks amidst a rowdy crowd of Cougars fans. Coupled with a quick pass to sophomore and captain Sophia Miller, she furthers the wave of CESJDS aggressiveness that ended up leading the Lions to victory...

Wellness warriors: Staff participates in weekly exercise program

Oren Minsk, Assistant In-Depth Editor

January 25, 2019

Dynamic stretches, short sprints, bodyweight exercises and cardio stations: what a few teachers can be found doing in the cafeteria on Tuesday afternoons. The Wellness Warriors, CESJDS’ wellness program, started after-school exercise classes at the Upper School for all faculty and staff that focuses...

On and off the mat with coach Matt

Director of Information Technology and assistant varsity wrestling coach Matthew Castanera- Bartoszek demonstrates a move to junior Adiv Leibestein. Castanera-Bartoszek thinks it's valuable to use a hands on coaching approach and show athletes how to do moves.

Devira Friedman and Sophia Miller

January 25, 2019

During the school day, Director of Information Technology Matthew Castanera-Bartoszek can be found in the tech office ensuring that the internet and the school’s programs are functioning properly. After school, however, he can be found on the wrestling mat acting as the assistant coach of the CESJDS...

Q&A with an athlete: Senior Caroline Weinstein

Senior Caroline Weinstein swims outside of school in addition to participating on the CESJDS team.

Devira Friedman, Sports Editor

January 8, 2019

Lion's Tale: How did you get your start in competitive swimming? Senior Caroline Weinstein: I started when I was twelve, which is extremely late. It was really hard because my practices were with kids who were a lot younger than me. LT: How long have you been swimming on the JDS team? Weinstein: ...

Lions persevere in intense match against Berman Hebrew Academy

CESJDS students celebrate after a Lions win against rival school Berman Hebrew Academy.

Jessica Gallo, Guest Writer

December 21, 2018

With five minutes left in the game, senior shooting guard Zev Katz scored a three-pointer, got fouled and made the foul shot. Plays like those, along with the many others, ensured the CESJDS boys varsity basketball team a heavily anticipated win over rival school Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, 71-54...

Girls varsity basketball defeats rival team Berman Hebrew Academy

The Lions played hard in the game against their rivals on Thursday night.

Jonathan Morris, Guest Writer

December 21, 2018

The air in the gymnasium was alive with the fervor of hundreds of families, friends and students cheering on their respective teams. The Lions brought home the gold in the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy girls varsity basketball game today, winning 52-44 in one of the most highly anticipated games o...

Just dance

Junior Mia Pearce performs at half time during the boys varsity basket- ball game against McLean on Dec. 10.

Kate Sosland, Editor-In-Chief

December 20, 2018

As the music begins, the varsity dance team members let the adrenaline take over and the muscle memory kick in while the crowd looks on enthusiastically.  The varsity dance team consists of 17 girls, which is 10 more members than last year. They meet three times a week to rehearse dances that are p...

On the bleachers: Familiar faces in the crowd

JDS parent Scott Wertlieb:

“I go to games because
I enjoy watching sports.
It’s important to have fans
at games to support the players, support the students and support the kids, and it’s ok to yell at the other team once in a while.”

Devira Freidman, Sports Editor

December 20, 2018

This story was featured in the Volume 36, Issue 3 edition of The Lion’s Tale, published on Dec. 20, 2018.

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