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Time to Celebrate

The team came back to a school-wide celebration of their championship.


Championship Game Highlights


THE Moment

Johnny Dan about to make the block heard round the world. Just what we needed to seal the Sarachek championship.

Here is the video:


VTHS Wins Sarachek!!

VTHS beat DRS 55-45 to take home the Sarachek championship trophy!

We were up by more than 10 points before DRS started a comeback. We were up by just one point when the most amazing 32 seconds of VT basketball took place:


Championship Game Live Now

Valley Torah is playing DRS live now for the Sarachek championship. Right now, we are up 31-22 at the end of the half. You can watch at the Macslive Youtube site.

Rabbi Stulberger met with Rabbi Ari Berman, President of YU, before the game.

The Boys Division is watching the game from home:


Win in Sarachek Semifinal

Valley Torah beat TABC 45-34 in the Sarachek semifinals round. We will face off with DRS at 11:00 AM PDT on Monday for the championship game! You can watch the game live at the Macslive YouTube channel.

The team celebrated their win at Mocha Burger in Manhattan with Rabbi Stulberger.


Seniors and Team in NY

The Boys Division seniors joined the team in New York for the YU Sarachek tournament. Valley Torah (#2 seed) will be playing MTA (#15 seed) today at 2:30 PM PDT. Watch live at


Historic Year

Our Boys Division Basketball team ended the year second in the CIF State Southern Region. We won the first three rounds in both the CIF Southern Section and CIF State playoffs. Coach Lior Schwartzberg was named the Coach of the Year and Johny Dan was named Player of the Year for Division 4A. (BTW Johny Dan is the leading high school scorer in CA and #5 in the nation)

And it’s not over yet… The boys are leaving for New York where they are seeded #2 for the YU Sarachek Tournament.


Top Scoring Player – Jonny Dan

Valley Torah’s Jonny Dan’s 934 points this season pushes his near the top of the nationwide scoring list!


News Coverage and Video Recap

Here is a video recap of last night’s win and some coverage of the game in the press.

NOTE: This is the first time in CIF State history that any 16 seeded team makes it to the Regional Finals.

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History in the Making

Valley Torah won the CIF State Regional Semifinal game vs. Millikan 72-59!

Our next game is the Regional Final this Tuesday in San Diego vs . Scripps Ranch. This is farther into the State Championship than any Jewish team has every gone before!

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Here is the newest bracket:


Seniors vs. Staff and BBQ

The VTHS Boys Division Rosh Chodesh Adar II activities began with a gala BBQ lunch and was followed by an exciting seniors vs. staff basketball game. The staff came out strong and put up a big lead. But, the steam ran out of the staff machine and the seniors came back eke out a win, 32-29.


On to the Third Round

Valley Torah defeated Chatsworth High School (yes, the big public school) by a score of 69-49! We are moving forward to the third round of the CIF State Championship. It seems that we will be playing on Moatzaei Shabbos in Long Beach against Millikan.

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Here is the bracket and some pictures:


First Win On the Way to State

Valley Torah (#16) upset Westchester (#1) 66-52 in the first round of the CIF State Division 4 Championship.

We are scheduled to play #8 ranked Chatsworth at Chatsworth High on Thursday at 7:00 PM. You need to purchase tickets in advance from the CIF.

Here is a wrap-up of the game from Coach Lior:

Last night, our Valley Torah Boys Basketball played in its third CIF State tournament in three years, but this year was different. Unlike past years, when they played teams from their own division, this year, the Wolfpack faced the Westchester Comets — a division 1 Los Angeles prep basketball public school powerhouse. Westchester has won six California State titles, twelve CIF championships, and has played for a city section championship nearly every other year in the past 35 years. Westchester has produced many NBA players including NBA champion Trevor Ariza, Bobby Brown, Gabe Pruitt, and Amir Johnson– who was drafted to the NBA directly from High School. Westchester has been the goliath of Los Angeles basketball, until Tuesday night when they played David. Westchester was given the top seed. Valley Torah, coming in with a record of 28-3, was given the bottom seed in the tournament. No 16 seed has not beaten a 1st seed, until Tuesday night. 

Westchester started a lineup that included multiple players taller than 6’6″ and as tall as 6’9″, but that did not faze the Pack. Valley Torah controlled the game from tip to buzzer, scoring the first two point and not looking back. Half way through the second quarter, the Wolfpack held a 20-2 lead, and took the same 18 point lead into halftime. The comets roared back to get within four in the third quarter, but once again, David stood up to Goliath, as the Wolfpack built a lead of their own, a lead that Westchester was unable to overcome. With a dominating final score of 66-52, Valley Torah completed what was dubbed as the “upset of the year” and compared to the “Miracle on Ice” USA Hockey victory over the USSR in the 1980s olympics by local sports writers. 


CIF State Championship

Valley Torah Boys Division Basketball team (ranked #16) will be playing Westchester (ranked #1) in the CIF State Division 4 Championship first round game this Tuesday. Here is the bracket.

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