Pardes Jewish Day School basketball, soccer shine at playoffs


“It’s a great day to be a Panther,” is a sports slogan often heard on game day from Scottsdale-based Pardes Jewish Day School Athletic Director Sara Lovstrom and that phrase was particularly applicable Friday, Jan. 31.

On that day, Pardes saw its seventh and eighth grade boys basketball team finish first in the Mountain Valley Athletic League Season Two Playoffs at Phoenix Country Day School. Pardes’s seventh and eighth grade girls soccer team also finished second at the playoffs.

The Pardes seventh and eighth grade boys basketball blue team not only took home the first place championship trophy but ended the season undefeated with an 8-0 record, according to a press release.

Entering the playoffs as the first seed, the team beat Rancho Solano Preparatory School’s blue team in the semifinals and then defeated Rancho Solano Preparatory School’s gold team in the finals 54-41.

“I am so proud of each and every one of our players,” Peter Gordon, head coach of the seventh and eighth grade blue team, said in a prepared statement.

“This is such an incredible accomplishment for our team and our school. These young men were unrelenting in their pursuit of this championship as they showed a true commitment to the team and to each other, and were unselfish in their approach as they shared the basketball and the accolades.”

The seventh and eighth grade girls soccer defeated Rancho Solano Preparatory School in the semifinals before losing to Phoenix Country Day School in the finals to finish second in the tournament.

Pardes Jewish Day School is a Kindergarten through eighth grade independent day school in Scottsdale providing a secular and Jewish education in a “welcoming environment that values each child’s individual strengths,” a release claims.

The school seeks to combine a comprehensive academic curriculum that actively engages students in learning through inquiry, investigation, creation and demonstration.

Students explore Hebrew, Jewish Studies, Makerspace, art, Spanish, PE and musical theatre in addition to core classes. The Pardes community, a release claims, embraces students from diverse Jewish backgrounds.