Valley Torah Freshman Johnny Dan won the coveted John R. Wooden award. Johnny was chosen for this award out of over 6,000 other CIF-SS Division V players This is the second time that a VTHS student received this award.
The John R. Wooden Award is given to the top athlete in each basketball division for boys and girls basketball. It is one of the most prestigious awards given in high school and collegiate basketball.
The 2020 John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year Award winners are: Stanford commit and USA Basketball player, Ziaire Williams of Sierra Canyon High School (Chatsworth); Arizona State commit and USA Basketball player, Josh Christopher of Mayfair High School (Lakewood); UC Irvine commit and CIF Player of the Year, Andre Henry of St. Francis High School (La Canada Flintridge); Highly touted 2021 recruit, Koat Keat of Renaissance Academy (Altadena); … and freshman, Johnny Dan of Valley Torah!
It is the second time that a Valley Torah student received this prestigious award—Aaron Liberman received it in 2011. No other Yeshiva has had any John R. Wooden Award winners.
Alongside winning the John R Wooden award, Johnny Dan completed a triple crown of sorts by being selected unanimous First Team All CIF selection alongside teammate David Paz and a unanimous First Team All League selection for the Heritage League, which sent 3 teams to the California State Boys Basketball tournament, alongside teammates Benji Dan and Alon Yehezkel.
Aish featured VTHS alumnus, Ryan Turell in a segment entitled, Jews in Sports.
For the second time in school history, Valley Torah will be hosting a CIF State playoffs game. This is the third time in 41 years that the school has been invited to the tournament — the combined total of all other Orthodox Yeshivas in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Game is set to tip off On Tuesday, March 3, at 7pm, at Bell Jeff High school. The address for the school is 465 E Olive Blvd, Burbank, CA 91501; however, the entrance to the gym is off Orange Grove Ave. Parking (free) will be at the parking structure south of Glenoaks off Orange Grove (266 E Orange Grove Ave Garage).
Bracket for the CIF Star Division V below
Valley Torah Varsity Basketball is playing Arrowhead Christian in the final four round of CIF 5AA Championship. Come back to this post for live updates to the score.
End of 1st quarter: Valley Torah down 13-11.
At the half: Arrowhead leading 31-19
5:50 left in 3rd quarter 35-22 Arrowhead.
2:20 left in 3rd quarter 41-29 Arrowhead.
End of 3rd quarter: Valley Torah is behind 42-33.
4:28 left in the game: Valley Torah trails 50-37
3:58 left: 50-39
1:26 left: Valley Torah is down 56:43
Final score: Valley Torah lost to Arrowhead Christian 60-45
Valley Torah Varsity Basketball won Bassett by 2 points in the 3rd round of the CIF Playoffs. They are forging ahead to the final four on Thursday. One more win and we are in the championship round.
Valley Torah’s first playoff game is scheduled for Wednesday vs. Coast Union. See the entire bracket below.
The Boys Division Varsity Basketball team is in Memphis for the Cooper Invitational.
Ryan Turell (’18) has won the NCAA III Rookie of the Year award while playing on for YU!
Valley Torah is in the playoffs once again. The first game is this week. Here are the CIF-SS brackets.
Valley Torah lost to Shalhevet 53-51 in overtime play in the Sarachek Tournament championship game. After dinner, they will come home tonight with the second place trophy.