The 19th Maccabiah opening ceremony
The 19th Maccabiah opening ceremony Photo by Andrew Esensten
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Kevin Evans of South Africa won gold in Thursday’s Maccabiah cycling race, held in the Upper Galilee. Ukraine and Israel took the other two medals behind Evans, a former champion of South Africa, on the 130-kilometer course. Paz Bash won the women’s race in an Israeli medal sweep. In women’s rowing, Team USA came in first in the quadruple event ahead of Israel’s team, which included Yasmin Feingold, who nearly drowned when her boat overturned in the Yarkon River in 2009.

“You don’t see this level here every day. They’re at a very high level because of collegiate races,” said Feingold. In baseball, Canada’s juniors rebounded from defeat Wednesday to down Israel 3-1 Thursday. The Canadians meet Team USA in the finals today.  In field hockey, Yasmin Lev scored three goals and Teddy Klooster
‏added two as Holland beat Team USA 5-1 to set up a final Sunday against Argentina.

Women's volleyball
In the contest between Team USA and Brazil on July 25, 2013, The North American squad had no trouble disposing of the South American team by a convincing score of 25-16.  The second game was very close throughout, with lots of excellent volleys, and team USA fought hard for every point.  With a lot of excellent serves by Sarah Susson and Lauren Goss, Team USA was able to overcome a deficit and at the end the game was tied.  At the end Brazil won, 26-24,  The Brazilian team continued their momentum and took control in the third game of the series, beating the American squad by a score of 25-15.  They also took the fourth game 25-16.  Both teams will meet Friday morning, July 26 at 9 o'clock in the sport center in Modi'in near the Ironi Alef High School to determine third and fourth place for the Maccabiah women's volleyball competition.
 
In another contest, Israel downed Chile 25-2, 25-8 and 25-11 in three straight games. The Israeli squad was bolstered by excellent serving by Keren Gluck and fine teamwork by Shani Peham, Ella Kolugorov and Daria Likachenkov.  The Israeli ladies will meet Ukraine at 2 pm (14:00) at the same venue in Modi'in to determine who gets the gold and who gets the silver medals. Attendance for this as well as all the Maccabiah Games is free of charge to the public.
 
Men's basketball
On July 24,  in the men's open basketball  division, Team USA soundly defeated the squad representing Guinea-Bissau, 141-66.  Danny Rubin, who plays for Boston College, scored 22 points.  One of his teammates, Stuart Douglas, who played at the University of Michigan, will  be playing for Galil Elyon this upcoming season, and Brian Cohen played for Maccabi Haifa..  Despite the discrepancy in the score, the players from Guinea Faso, competing in their first ever Maccabiah Games, showed a lot of team spirit.
 
Also on July 24 was one of the most exciting games in the men's masters (35+) division between Team USA and Israel.  Coach Danny Schayes led his team to a hard-fought 86-73 victory at the Cossell Sports Center at the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  Israeli big man Matan SimanTov totally dominated in the paint, and Adam Carl's clutch jumpers helped Team USA coast to their hard-earned victory.
 
Ten-pin Bowling
As of July 24, Yahav Rabin of Israel was in 1st place among the 38 men competing on the lanes in Holon. Five of his six games were over 200, and he blasted the pins for a 245 in the fourth game.  His total pinfall was 1283, giving him a 213.83 average.  Second place was Marc Scherlis, USA, with a pinfall of 1251 and a 208.5 average. 
 
Third place finisher was James Lewis, also of the USA,  High individual game was a 248 rolled by Omer Nechushtan of Israel in the fifth game of the series.  Shahaf Antin of Israel topped all 14 women bowlers in the event with a high score of 225 and a pinfall of 1149 (191.50 average) for her six games. Shir Azulay of Israel was in second place with a 1126 total pinfall and a 187.67 average.  In third place was Sara Credi of Mexico, with a pinfall of 1083 and a 180.50 average.