Beren Academy, which made international headlines last year with its battle to avoid a forfeit in the Texas state boys' basketball tournament over a Sabbath scheduling conflict, lost in quadruple overtime in the state semifinals.
If sports don’t just build character but reveal it, then the Beren Academy’s wild and improbable ride to a championship high school basketball game in Texas (even if they lost) revealed something extraordinary about that small Houston yeshiva and the American spirit’s admiration and respect for Jews who respect themselves and their Judaism.
The coach of arguably the most famous Jewish day school sports team in the country this year says he knew his players had the talent to end the 2011-12 basketball season in their Texas league’s title game.
A Texas athletic league has reversed course and will reschedule tournament games that will enable a Jewish day school, the Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston, to compete.
The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, known as TAPPS, decided Thursday to reschedule a state boys' basketball tournament semifinal so that the Beren Academy of Houston can compete without violating the Jewish Sabbath. The game, which had been scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday, instead will be played in the afternoon.