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Jacob Lissek helps US men’s soccer team take gold

Jacob Lissek helps US men’s soccer team take gold

THE United States open men’s soccer team, including Rock Canyon High School graduate and goalie Jacob Lissek, proudly represented the red, white and blue in Israel at the 19th World Maccabiah Games. In nail-biting fashion, the team defeated Argentina to win the gold medal for the first time.

Lissek and the team arrived in Israel on July 7 for training camp, 10 days prior to the start of competition. A team of athletes, aged 18-35, from all across the country, this was the first time the teammates met one another.

The soccer tournament started with group play. Seventeen teams were divided among four groups.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 August 2013 11:49 )

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JCC Sox unseat HEA-brews as Denver Jewish Softball League champions

JCC Sox unseat HEA-brews as Denver Jewish Softball League championsDENVER’S notoriously successful Jewish Softball League came to a close Sunday, Aug. 11. But something different happened this year. For the first time in eight years, new kings were crowned. The JCC Sox snatched the league title and will celebrate a full year as the new champions. And they won with conviction. They didn’t lose a single game during the regular season (they tied a game with The Denver Synagogue’s Bullets) and secured the title with a commanding win over the runner-ups, the...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:46 )

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Donald Zuckerman: Movie producer turned film commissioner

Donald Zuckerman: Movie producer turned film commissionerTRYING new things has never been a problem for Donald Zuckerman, Colorado’s relatively new film commissioner. He’s tried plenty of new things, many of them connected to entertainment in some way, some not. He has been comfortable on both the financial and creative sides of cinematic and other pursuits. In his 67 years — he looks an easy 20 years younger, despite his silver hair — Zuckerman has succeeded at many of his ventures and failed at a few. He doesn’t mind discussing any of t...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 August 2013 09:52 )

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Blackburn — minus leg — inspires at Maccabiah

Blackburn — minus leg — inspires at Maccabiah RAMAT GAN, Israel — Dave Blackburn beamed triumphantly, surrounded by a crowd of American athletes and cheering spectators. It was like old times, the great pitcher basking in applause. But Blackburn wasn’t being ushered off the field with a championship trophy in hand as he was after leading the US softball team to gold medals in four earlier Maccabiah Games. Instead, Blackburn maneuvered his wheelchair down an aisle to the front of a reception hall last month after being named one of 1...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 August 2013 08:52 )

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Mass Bar Mitzvah ceremony proves Maccabiah is about more than sports

Mass Bar Mitzvah ceremony proves Maccabiah is about more than sportsNEVE ILAN, Israel — Luke Rosener removed his orange T-shirt, changed into a white dress shirt and alighted from a chartered bus. The garb was a far cry from the uniform Rosener will wear while playing for the US volleyball team at the Maccabiah Games, the 78-nation sports competition that began last week in Israel. The attire was more befitting a religious ceremony — in this case, his Bar Mitzvah. Rosener, 22, of Cupertino, Calif., had never had a Bar Mitzvah, owing to his family’s fina...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:43 )

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