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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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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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Pilpul Shiur

Rabbi Stulberger delivered a Pilpul Shiur to the older Honors Shiurim.


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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Erev Shabbos Kumsitz

The Boys Division celebrated Erev Shabbos with a musical kumsitz and some delectable chulent.


Semifinal Game Scoring Updates

The game is starting soon. The score will be updated here often.

They score first VT down 2-0. Our boys are making more noise.

Johnny Dan shoots free throws. Makes both. 2-2. Trading baskets. We lead 5-4. Another three. 8-4 VT.

They retake lead 9-8 DP. We score.

End of first quarter: VT leads 10-8.

Tied at 12 with 6:45 in the half.

Trading threes, tied at 17. Only 3:25 left in half, tied at 19.DP leads 22-19 with 2:01 left in half.

Halftime: VT down 30-26.

33-28 DP leads. One of their players makes every three he takes. DP leads 40-36 with 4:15 in the 3rd Q. Lees then 2:00 in the 3rd, DP leads 44-38.

End of 3rd quarter, VT behind 44-41.

We hit a three. Still down 47-44. Another three 50-47. Coming closer. Tied at 50!! 4:41 to play.

We lead 52-50 3:28 left. They comeback strong. We are down 56-52 with 2:05. 56-54. They lead 58-54 with 3.1.

VT loses 58-56.


Semi-final Game Tonight

The Boys Varsity Basketball team – currently ranked #2 in the CIFSS Section 4A – will be playing the #1 ranked team, Dos Pueblos, in Goleta tonight at 7:00 PM.

This is the fourth round of the playoffs. (We are the only Jewish team this year to make it this far in the playoffs.) If we win this game, we will fight for the CIF championship in the Finals on Thursday.

You can watch a live stream of the game at the NFHS Network site.

UPDATE: The stream requires a subscription. The score will be updated at as often as possible.

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11th Grade Overnight Trip

The 11th grade boys went on a jam-packed, fun-filled overnight to Palm Springs. The fun included: ATVs, swimming, soccer, go-carts and much more fun with great friends.


Hike Day for Rabbi Striks Gemara Shiur

Rabbi Striks took his ninth grade Gemara shiur for a hike in Malibu Creek. They stopped for snacks at the MASH site.


Quarter Final Game Coming Up

We won our first two playoff games. We are now set to face the #8 ranked team – Workman High School – this Motzaei Shabbos in the Quarter Final game.

The game will be held at our home gym (Bell-Jeff High School) at 8:30 PM, Feb. 19. You need to purchase tickets from the CIF site (

Here is the updated bracket.


First Playoff Game in the Books

The VTHS Boys Varsity Basketball team played their first playoff game of this season against Foothill Tech. Valley Torah easily won by the score of 76-37!!