(Above): The championship AJA boys soccer team consists of (from left), back row, Effie Herer, Noah Chen, Josh Anderson, Coach Daniel Samuels, Leead Silverstone, Jaren Linowes, Daniel Mordoch, Matthew Minsk, Sammy Rubin, Jacob Kassel and Manny Goldin; middle row, Evyatar Asulin, Elliot Sokol, Miki Covitz and Simmy Wilson; and front row, Yaakov Yosef Shifrin, Josh Asherian, Josh Alhadeff, Ezra Miller, Manny Glinsky, Binny Frenkel and Jonah Gordon.
The Atlanta Jewish Academy middle school boys soccer team and girls volleyball A team each won MAAC Division 2 championships this fall, while the girls volleyball B team finished third.
Both volleyball teams were coached by Penny Eisenstein, the head of health and physical education and athletic director for AJA’s lower school. Each volleyball team had only one loss heading into the championships.
“Our A-team players had an incredible work ethic,” Eisenstein said. “All but two of them were eighth-graders, so we had a lot of strength and experience on our A team this year. We also had exceptional leadership from our co-captains, Aden Dori and Sophie Steinberg. They were organized, they kept their cool, and they won the respect of their teammates.”
Emory University student Daniel Samuels coached the boys soccer team to its first-place finish.