2020/07/03

DeafDigest Sports – – July 2-July 3, 2020

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Hot DeafSports News at:
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— random deafsports thoughts

— elite deaf billiards player

— college deaf trackster

— volleyball announcement

— assistant football coach

— part of Lance Allred’s story (dealing with anti-deaf coach)

— remembering the 3 Lorello brothers

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Spikeout Cancellation

Here is the Spikeout cancellation message

Athletic Directors,

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of the
Spike-Out volleyball tournament which is scheduled for Oct. 2-3, 2020.
With safety as our top priority and the current and projected status of
the COVID-19 virus across our country, we believe this is the most
responsible decision to make.  It is unfair to ask any of our schools
to host these large gatherings and observe the required CDC protocols
with regard to social distancing, travel, hygiene, and sanitation.  We,
the NDIAA board members, superintendents, and host schools, will continue
to monitor the status of the pandemic as the school year advances.  We
thank our athletes, coaches, and families for their patience.

note:
this announcement did not say what school would have hosted the
national tournament. It was Maryland SD.

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assistant football coach

A former starter on the Gallaudet line (offense and
defense) is an assistant coach with a hearing high
school football team.

Despite Covid-19 issues, his high school team is preparing
for the 2020 football season. The players are required to
go through regular weightlifting sessions at the high
school gym.

His team must follow very strict Covid-19 rules, meaning
social distancing between weight stations; limited number of
players and coaches in the weightlifing room, and heavy use
of sanitation supplies and wipes.

Players are not allowed to add weights. Only coaches can
do that for them.

That, plus other rules and restrictions.

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part of Lance Allred’s story (dealing with anti-deaf coach)

In 2000, living just five blocks away from campus and joining a top-five
program, Mr. Allred accepted a scholarship to the University of Utah.
Playing the center position, Lance now stood 6-foot-11. At first, late
head coach Rick Majerus loved Allred’s utter passion and remarkable work
ethic. During Lance’s sophomore season, he saw a proverbial switch flip in
regards to Coach Majerus’s psyche. After Majerus was informed that his
mother was diagnosed with cancer, his change in demeanor became evident.
As a result of continued verbal abuse from his coach, one in which he was
ripped to pieces in front of the entire team, Allred’s time in Salt Lake
City ended.

Allred told me that Majerus called him out on the baseline of Saint Mary’s
College on January 6, 2002, in front of teammates and coaches saying,
“Lance, you’re the worst of all. You use hearing as an excuse to weasel
yourself through life, and you’re a disgrace to cripples. And if I was in
a wheelchair and saw you play basketball, I’d shoot myself.”

Shortly thereafter, Lance transferred to Weber State in Ogden, UT, just 40
miles up the road.

note:

he played a few games in the NBA and has scored three points in this
short career. He played many seasons with pro teams overseas and
played one time for USA Deaflympics basketball team. He does
not use ASL.

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remembering the 3 Lorello brothers

DeafDigest Sports editor received email yesterday from a hearing member
of the Lorello family tree (Carl, Jimmy and Tom) wanting to know
more about these deaf cousins.

These three brothers were well known in the New York City deaf
sporting community througout the fifties and sixties.

Carl was the best athlete. He is currently in the AAAD Hall of Fame.
Old timers have said he was the best in basketball. His athletic
career ended at the age of 25; his eye was hit by a softball and
doctors told him he must retire or risk blindness. Yes, he was
heart broken but was a familiar face as a fan at these deaf
sporting events.

Tom was a member of the 1956 New York team (Golden Tornadoes)
that won the national deaf basketball championship, playing
alongside with brother Carl. He was better known for his
sharp fielding skills as the third baseman on thesee Golden
Tornadoes fast pitch team that won several EAAD championships.

Jimmy was least skilled athletically but like with Tom, was
a sharp fielding first baseman. Very difficult for grounders
to get past him. His hitting at the plate was fair – but playing
for the Pelicans, his leadoff first inning hit off fast baller
Paul Kaessler was a surprise. He scored the game’s only run,
helped by his speedy legs and two ground ball outs. In a shocking
upset, the overwhelmed Pelicans defeated heavily favored Golden
Tornades in the 1963 championship game. It was EAAD fast pitch’s
last championship game before this sport transitioned to slo
pitch in 1964. Needless to say, when Jimmy scored the game’s
only run, he ran past Golden Tornadoes’ third baseman, brother
Tom.

As a young man, DeafDigest Sports editor was priviledged to have
played basketball and softball with and against these two
brothers (Carl was already retired by that time)

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college deaf trackster

Dayo Abeeb

Princeton

rising junior

men’s track

as a triple jumper, his top record was 16.54

was named 2nd team all-Ivy honors for indoor track in 2020

in 2019, he qualified for the NCAA regionals

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elite deaf billiards player

Shane Van Boening

pro billiards

South Dakota

still competing professionally and is considered to be among
the world’s top 5 players

he is deaf and does not use ASL

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random deafsports thoughts

Now that the Spike Out, supposed to take place at Maryland SD,
has been cancelled, what is going to happen to our fall sports –
football, soccer, volleyball and even cross country?

Do not know.

50 states means 50 different state-wide Covid-19 rules, not to
mention different Covid-19 rules in different cities!

Just hope for the best.

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/07/01

DeafDigest Sports – – June 28-July 1, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
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Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— elite deaf pro athlete

— college deaf softball player

— mention of Gallaudet baseball in long Curtis Pride story

— Maryland football & track tweet

— ski patrol

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Gallaudet news release

GU Faculty-Athlete Mentorship Program completes first year with much
success

WASHINGTON – The first year of the Gallaudet University Athletics
Department’s Faculty-Athlete Mentorship Program is now complete after the
conclusion of the 2019-20 academic year. The program witnessed great
success and growth as 10 different Gallaudet University faculty members
were paired with the 14 varsity sports and one club program during the
school year.

“We are very pleased about the initial Faculty-Athlete Mentorship Program.
It provided an additional support system to our student-athletes on their
academic, athletic and personal success. I also want to thank our faculty
members who volunteered their time and efforts to help our
student-athletes,” said Gallaudet Athletic Director Victor Mansure.

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2019-20/famrecap

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mention of Gallaudet baseball in long Curtis Pride story

part of long posting

In 2008, Pride was named the new head coach at Gallaudet University in
Washington D.C. Gallaudet is a college for deaf or hearing impaired. He’s
been the head coach for the past 12 seasons. In 2014, the team finished
with a 27-18 record, which set a new record for wins in a season.

At the end of the 2012 season, Pride was named the NEAC Coach of the Year.
Pride currently has a record of 145-289-2 as a head coach at Gallaudet. He
has had a lot of experience in baseball and is sharing his knowledge of
the game to the younger players.

note:

Gallaudet baseball was 4-8 this season, with a 10-win season and making
it to the conference playoffs as the two goals – unfortunately the
remainder of the season was cancelled

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Maryland football & track tweet

Today’s senior spotlight is on Truth Dorsette. Truth plans to play
Football & run Track at @GallaudetBison

Congratulations, Truth!

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India would not recognize a national deaf sports organization

part of newspaper story

Ministry withdraws recognition of 54 Nationals Sports Federations

One of them is the sports council for the deaf

note:

India has two national athletic organizations of the deaf; both
of them fight each other to try to get national recognition
only to result in no recognition for the deaf at all!

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ski patrol

could a deaf person serve on a ski patrol at a
skiing resort?

There was an obit on Gary Mortenson, and it said
he served on the ski patrol at the Pomerelle
Mountain Resort in Albion, Idaho.

Do not know if there were others that served on
ski patrols at other resorts?

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college deaf softball player

Payton Goodrich

red shirt senior during 2020 season

Oregon State

softball

season was cancelled after 26 games; she did not pitch
a single inning. She was listed on the 2020 roster as
a pitcher.

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elite deaf lacrosse player

Paul Rabil, who has a hearing loss, has been
considered the world’ best lacrosse player.

He played for years in the Major League Lacrosse
but broke away from them to help form a rival
league – Premier Lacrosse League, luring top players
from the original pro league.

The league played a full season in 2019 but was
forced to cancel this season due to Covid-19.

Rabil is also considered to be the #1 influence in
the world of pro lacrosse.

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random deafsports thoughts

See the above story about India.

For the past 30 years  USA deaf basketball had two rival and
feuding organizations, and so the India story is nothing new
here in USA! These two deaf basketball organizations would not
just make peace with each other.

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/06/27

DeafDigest Sports – – June 25-27, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— elite deaf baseball player

— college deaf softball player

— deaf in martial arts

— learning ASL to communicate with a shot putter

— elite athlete denied a visa to enter USA

— deaf coach or a hearing coach?

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elite athlete denied a visa to enter USA

part of newspper headline said this:
Emma Meesseman denied flight to United States

Emma, just about the world’s best deaf female basketball
player, has been playing profesionally for the Washington
Mystics.

She could not fly to USA and was told to stay back in
Europe!

Reason? The visa spelled her last name as Meeseman
which is different from her real last name – Meesseman.

Some one made the error, not her. For that reason, he
entry into USA has been delayed until this clerical
error has been straightened out.

What did Emma say?

She just laughted it off.

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deaf in martial arts

part of newspaper story

Devils Lake’s Tanner Zander is chopping down obstacles, literally

It’s a mixed-age group. Tanner Zander is technically a student, but serves
as a teacher as well.

“Tanner taught a lot of kids you don’t have to be the best. As long as you
keep at it, you become the best,” said instructor Rick Senger.

The 25-year-old recently got his black belt. It took nearly six years —
two years longer than the average student — to earn the last of the 10
belts in the sport.

“He’s persistent. He would watch me demonstrate stuff, and he would pick
it up,” Senger said. “Gotta hand it to someone who doesn’t hear what you
are doing.”

Those demonstrations were the only way Tanner could learn and succeed,
because Tanner is deaf.

It’s believed he is just the second deaf person in North Dakota to obtain
his black belt.

“He just kept continuing and going and going; it was his goal to get his
black belt,” Deanna said.

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learning ASL to communicate with a shot putter

part of newspaper story

Jeff Braun, Men’s Track & Field, 2020 UW Athletic Hall of Fame

Former Badger dominated Big Ten in throws and brought heart to coaching

One was as a student-athlete with the Wisconsin men’s track and field team from
1976 to ’79. Braun had unprecedented success as a shot put and discus
specialist, setting records that still stand more than four decades later.

One was as an assistant coach with the Wisconsin women’s track and field and
cross country teams from 1983 to ’89. Braun was a central figure in a dynasty
that produced 10 top-10 finishes in NCAA meets and 14 Big Ten Conference
championships overall.

Nitsch Schliesman offered the story of Dave Niemuth, a shot putter and discus
thrower who competed for the Badgers in the mid-1980s. He was deaf, so Braun
learned sign language to communicate with him.

note:
Dave Niemuth was a well known shot putter and discuss thrower during the
eighties, taking part in the Deaflympics.

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deaf coach or a hearing coach

The newspaper headline in India said:

India Sports to appoint differently-abled coaches for hearing and speech impaired
athletes

The All India Sports Council for Deaf highlighted the communication
problems of their athletes with able bodied coaches and requested the
Minister to appoint their own deaf coaches.

note:
which is better – a deaf coach or a hearing coach?

This question should be changed to:
which is better – a deaf coach that can communicate or a
hearing coach that cannot communicate?

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college deaf softball player

Adele Cousland

rising junior

softball

Norwich (Vermont, NCAA-III)

pitched just one inning in her team’s 8 games,
walking two batters but not allowing any runs

note:
Norwich is a military college; she is deaf.

Is she aiming for a military career or just
getting a non-military degree?

As a sidebar, Gallaudet and Norwich used to be football
rivals, belonging to the same conference. Norwich
has moved on to a different football conference.

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elite deaf baseball player

William Chapman

played for the Played for the Auckland Tuataras team in the
Australian Baseball League in the past season.

Played two seasons at Gallaudet as outfielder and pitcher
but with the Australian team he played second base and
third base.

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random deafsports thoughts

speaking of the Emma Meesseman’s visa spelling error (above story),
exactly how deaf is she?

That newspaper story said she is 50 percent deaf. There is no such a
thing as deafness in percentages but in decibels. Many people think
percentages and decibels are the same thing.

If we can assume she is 50dB deaf, then she would not be eligible
for the Deaflympics with the Belgian national deaf women’s
basketball team! It must be 55 dB or higher in the better ear.

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/06/24

DeafDigest Sports – – June 20-24, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— elite deaf cyclist

— college deaf trackster

— new athletic director

— a Texas trivia

— past coach/AD retires

— first deaf umpire in professional baseball?

— deaf soccer championships

— a web site announcement

— death of deaf or of hearing cricket player

— comment by deaf (but functionally-hearing) coach

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Indiana sports

a web site announcement

https://www.isdorioles.com/ (athletics website) is merging with the
DeafHoosiers.com (main school website) at the end of the month, June
2020.

note:
a big question?

Who is the new Indiana AD?

Do not know yet.

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Iowa sports

part of newspaper story

Dan Gradoville, athletic director and woodworking and driver’s education
teacher; and his wife, Jane Gradoville, physical education teacher and
elementary counselor, finished their 42-year tenures at ISD on June 5.

“It’s been a good career — no regrets,” said Dan. “It’s been a great
place.”

note:
Gradoville stepped down as AD few years ago but continued to coach
girls’ basketball until his retirement announcement yesterday.

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Marie Philip sports

newspaper story

FRAMINGHAM – Marie Philip School at The Learning Center for the Deaf has
selected Jeremy Cormier as the new Director of Athletics and After School
Programs.

Cormier is a native of Methuen and graduated from The Learning Center for
the Deaf in 2010.

He received his bachelor’s from Gallaudet University in Physical Education
and Recreation and his master’s in Sports Management from Adelphi
University, with an emphasis in K-12 sports administration.

For the past four years, Cormier has been the Youth Athletics Coordinator
at California School for the Deaf Fremont.

“We are extremely excited to have Jeremy join the TLC team,” said Chris
Kaftan, Director of Student Services. “He brings a wealth of experience
and knowledge in youth athletics and activities. We look forward to
watching him maintain MPS’ celebrated accomplishment as one of the best in
the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA).”

As part of his responsibilities as the new Director of Athletics and After
School Programs, Cormier will oversee the operations of athletic and after
school programs.

note:
Cormier, who never played football before enrolling at Gallaudet, was the
football team’s kicker one season.

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Texas trivia

who designed the Texas athletic facilities in 1990?

part of newspaper story

Philip Easton Thomas Jr, not deaf, passed away.

In 1990, hia architectural firm completed the mechanical and electrical
design for the Texas School for the Deaf campus, consisting of twelve
buildings and athletic facilities.

note:
The irony?

Texas which is a huge campus, lacks a baseball field. It used to have
a baseball field, but when this sport was dropped years back, the
softball team kept that field as their own. When baseball was
restarted, it had to go outside of the campus for practices and
games.

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first deaf umpire in professional baseball

from a tweet:

Here’s “The Sporting News” 1886 statement. Crediting Edward Joseph Dundon
as deaf umpire after his short-lived pitching career due to an arm injury.

note:

Is Sporting News correct? Very possibly so, as this baseball
newspaper was considered a must reading for those that follow
baseball.

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deaf soccer championships

from a newspaper

the 4th World Deaf Football Championship to be hosted in South Korea.

the qualifying phase for Summer Deaflympics in Brazil
is slated for 2nd-17th November 2020.

note:
exactly where does USA men and USA women stand with the
forthcoming world deaf soccer champinships?

Do not know, sorry. DeafDigest Sports does not receive
soccer updates from both men’s and women’s groups.

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death of deaf or of hearing cricket player

part of newspaper story

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Irfan was trending on social media recently not
for good reasons. Rumours were rife about his death in a car accident. However, the
cricketer himself has confirmed that he and his family is absolutely fine
and requested people to not spread baseless rumours.

Rather it all started with Pakistan‘s deaf cricketer Mohammad Irfan
passing away on Sunday. He was battling stomach infection and the news was even
confirmed by the team’s coach Umar Fayyaz. He revealed that Irfan was battling illness
for a long time. The 31-year-old late cricketer first appeared for Pakistan’s
deaf team in 2007 and played for his country for 13 years.

note:
two different cricket players with same name – Mohammad Irfan caused
panic in Pakistan!

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comment by deaf (but functionally-hearing) coach

part of newspaper story

“Someone told me that a North Branch fan used an air horn, but I’m deaf so
I didn’t hear it,” former Frankenmuth coach Tim Crawford said. “I remember
winning the game easily”

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elite deaf cyclist

it was learned that Elis Topchaniuk, world-level women’s cyclist
moved to Washington (state) from Ukraine.

Is she still competitively cycling in USA? And would she still
be competing under the Ukranian flag, unless she found a way
to become an American citizen in a short time span?

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college deaf trackster

Jordan Garr

rising red shirt jenior

Missouri Western

men’s track

redshirted this past season but for the first two seasons
his highlights were:

2018-19: Placed top-10 in the shot put in all but two regular season meets
he competed in, including three victories: the Mel Tjeersdma Classic, the
Northwest Open and the SBU Invite … set a personal best in the shot put
with a throw of 17.10m at the Northwest Open … finished in the top-10
for the weight throw three times … set a PR in the weight throw with a
distance of 15.53m … placed top-10 in the hammer throw three times and
set a personal record in the hammer with a throw of 52.58m at the UCM Mule
Relays

2017-18: Competed in the shot put, discus and weight throw events …
Placed within the top-10 in the shot put 14 times, including three wins at
the NWU Open, the Wichita State KT Woodman Classic and the William Jewell
Darrel Gourley … set a personal record in the discus with a throw of
42.31m at the MIAA vs. NSIC Showdown on Apr. 5

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random deafsports thoughts

part of newspaper story

School for the Deaf celebrates commencement

One graduate participated as a member of the school’s soccer, basketball and
softball teams.

note:
identity of school and graduate is withheld for the sake of privacy.

Point is  that this athlete was never named DeafDigest Sports
All-American in these sports – for one reason – the school
coaches would not bother updating DeafDigest Sports on their
scores.

That school and their best athletes won national honors in the past,
but when the AD retired, the replacement AD would not bother with
the reporting of scores?

Even the school superintendent had no interest in sports and
would not care if the school was ignored in the annual
DeafDigest Sports announcements.

A shame? Yes.

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/06/19

DeafDigest Sports – – June 18-19, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— elite deaf athlete

— college deaf athlete

— two Gallaudet updates

— Texas honors

— correction to the first football huddle

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Gallaudet basketball

#BlackLivesMatter – Gallaudet Basketball Stands United

please go to:
https://gallaudet.prestosports.com/news/2019-20/blm-basketball

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Gallaudet’s Sam Atkinson named 66th CoSIDA President

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University Associate Athletic Director for
Communications Sam Atkinson accepted the College Sports Information
Directors of America (CoSIDA) Presidential gavel virtually on June 12
during the organization’s annual business meeting. The business meeting
was held as a virtual event, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the
#CoSIDA2020 virtual convention being conducted throughout the month of
June.

CoSIDA was founded in 1957 and is a 3,100+ member national organization
comprised of the sports public relations, media relations and
communications/information professionals throughout all levels of
collegiate athletics in the United States and Canada.

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2019-20/atkinson-cosidapresident

note:
This is a huge national honor for Sam. If we are talking about sports
information directors at these big time universities – Notre Dame,
Duke, Oklahoma, USC, etc, yes – Sam works with them on important
principles, issues and matters with respect to reporting of athletic
announcements, tournament results and updates, plus how to respond
to questions from the media (TV, radio, newspapers, magazines).

For years, Gallaudet had many sports information directors, both
deaf and hearing. Some only served a few months, some only served
a couple of years. Sam came to Gallaudet from his similar position
at Salisbury University and is still here, taking care of publicity on
all Gallaudet athletic programs.

Congrats, Sam.

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Texas honors

part of newspaper story

National Football Foundation honors 48 Central Texas scholar
student-athletes

Texas School for the Deaf: Kodi Lee

The 2019 Inspiration Award was given to the girls basketball team from the
Texas School for the Deaf, which finished its season 33-1. The 33
victories set a national high school record for deaf schools.

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elite deaf athlete

Dane Jackson
world class Kayak racer

earlier this year he went through a 134-foot waterfall
with his kayak.

He is currently sponsored by Red Bull

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college deaf softball player

Kasidy Chileen

rising senior

University of Mary (North Dakota, NCAA-II)

softball

played 16 of her team’s 21 games, starting 13 before rest of season was
cancelled

hit .143 (5 of 35) with two runs batted in

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tweet on a football huddle

The Football Huddle Was Invented to Help Deaf
Players Communicate

In 1890, @Gallaudet invented a way for players to sign
plays to each other without the other team being able to
see what was going on. It caught on across all teams,
bolstering team spirit.

a correction:
The huddle was not invented to bolster team spirit.
The huddle caught on in football because it helps
the QB communicate clearly with his players without
having to shout out aloud on the scrimmage line.

Times have changed and the huddle is slowly going
obsolete. Even Gallaudet is using the huddle less
and less.

………………………

Gallaudet recruits

yesterday’s newspapers reported Gallaudet recruits
in men’s basketball and softball.

Certainly there are many more other Gallaudet recruits not
reported in the newspapers.

……………………….

random deafsports thoughts

Red Bull sponsors athletes and participants in these
extreme sports. It currently sponsors kayaker Dane
Jackson.

He is not the first deaf athlete to be sponsored by
Red Bull.

Not that too many years ago Red Bull sponsored deaf
world class motocross racer Ashley Fiolek. For
reasons of her own, she abruptly retired from this
sport, despite winning a number of championships!

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/06/17

DeafDigest Sports – – June 11-17, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— elite deaf rugby player

— college deaf lacrosse player

— message from Rochester

— about British Channel successful deaf swimmer

— a deaf pro golfer

— Minnesota sports

……………………….

Minnesota sports

part of newspaper story

Potential end to Faribault/Bethlehem Academy co-op sparks conversation,
concerns

The Faribault School Board recently drafted a proposal that would dissolve
the high school’s co-operative athletic agreement with Bethlehem Academy, a
cross-town private school with roughly 200 students 9-12. In 2019-20, FBA
students took 54 spots across 12 of the 13 athletics and activities
offered, including girls hockey (pictured), wrestling and tennis, just to name a
few.

note:
While Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf was not mentioned in the
story, this presents a big concern. Deaf athletes from MSAD have played
baseball, softball, hockey, diving (one was a top 10 state diver),
etc.

………………………..

Rochester sports

from an email

I will be retiring as of Aug. 31st.  I am not sure yet who will be taking
my place.  It has been a pleasure working with you and thank you for all you do!

Fondly,

Mary Cook
Athletic Director

note:
Mary was a great athletic director to work with DeafDigest Sports
editor. She will be missed.

………………………

a deaf pro golfer

part of newspaper story

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Amber Bosworth is a pro golfer and Frisco
resident, who was raised in Southlake and graduated from Carroll High
School.

Bosworth ended up golfing at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee,
and turned pro in August of 2018.

While Amber has only 39% hearing… she’s 100% a fighter.

Her absolute goal is to give everything she’s got to earn a living as a
specialist golfer, and Bosworth also offers a bigger goal in mind.

note:
A specialist golfer? Not sure what this means!

………………………..

about British Channel successful deaf swimmer

part of newspaper story

Gertrude Ederle: The Upper West Side’s Star Swimmer

Photos and newsreel clips from 1926 show Gertrude Ederle wearing a
two-piece red swimsuit and matching bathing cap as she emerges victorious
onto the banks of the English Channel. At 20, on her second try and coated
in sheep grease, after having battled rough waves and stinging jellyfish,
she had crossed from France in 14 1/2 hours. This was 1 hour and 59 seconds
faster than the men’s record.

She was the first woman to accomplish this feat and would become one of
the most famous athletes in the world.

Complications resulting from contracting measles at age 5 marked her life
forever, leaving her partly deaf in her right ear.

She became completely deaf and while she no longer competed, her interest
in sports continued as she taught swimming for many years at the Lexington
School for the Deaf.

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elite deaf athlete

Jodie Ounsley
national British women’s sevens rugby player

Ounsley is one of the up-and-coming stars of the England Sevens Women’s
team and hopes to be selected to represent Great Britain at the rearranged
Olympics in Tokyo next summer.

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college deaf lacrosse player

Teanna Sieben

rising junior

Lenoir-Rhyne (North Carolina, NCAA-II)

women’s lacrosse

was the team starter at goalie, started 5 of her team’s 6 games
before the season was cancelled because of the Pandemic.

Led her team to a 4-2 record.

……………………….

random deafsports thoughts

Was it worth it for Gertrude Ederle to attempt the British Channel
swim? She was already deaf in one ear, and ignored doctors’ advice
to give up swimming.

After the swim, she became deaf in the other ear!

…………………………………

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/06/10

DeafDigest Sports – – June 9-10, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— elite deaf pro soccer player, past

— college deaf softball player

— message from Arkansas

— message from Gallaudet

— unique Faculty Representative to college athletics

— world deaf cricket championships

— top deaf bowler

……………………….

Gallaudet Athletics Message to the Community

Dear Gallaudet Athletics community:

On June 1, Gallaudet University announced that it will start the fall
semester with remote learning, and will work in phases to bring students
back to campus. Please let me explain what this means for our athletics
program.

The university does not yet know when it will move from one phase to the
next, or what it will need to know to prepare and make decisions. So many
of our decisions will be influenced by the global and domestic responses
to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many unknowns accompany this announcement, so
more information will come in the days, weeks and months to come.

I want to apologize for any miscommunication that came from our department
and our coaches about fall sports being cancelled. This is not true. In
fact, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has not yet
determined what the 2020-2021 athletic calendar will look like. While our
focus now is fall sports, we will share information about plans for winter
and spring sports once it becomes available.

The Athletics Department is working with the NCAA, the North Eastern
Athletic Conference (NEAC), and the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference
(ECFC) to determine our path forward for athletic competition during the
fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year.

We will continue to work with the university administration and local and
national government health agencies to make sure that we provide a safe
environment for our student-athletes and staff once we are back on campus.
We will include key protocols, as guided by the NCAA’s Sports Science
Institute Resocialization of Collegiate Sport Action Plan Considerations.

Our primary focus is the health, safety, and overall well-being of our
student-athletes and our community. The Athletics Department has created
four areas where coaches and staff will focus on moving forward, both
short-term and long term: Back to Sports, Student Success, Enrollment, and
Athletic Operations.

We miss our student-athletes. For our new Bison student-athletes, we are
very excited to have you join our herd. We can’t wait to be back in person
on Kendall Green in the future.

We ask for your patience and your trust that we are moving with our
collective best interest in mind, and as quickly as we can. We are “Bison
Strong,” and we will get through this challenging time together.

Sincerely,

Victor Mansure signature

Victor Mansure
Athletic Director

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Arkansas sports

Arkansas Athletics, changes this year

My name is Tommy Varner, Athletic Director at Arkansas School for the
Deaf. I’m here to inform you of the changes in our Athletic program this
year. Unfortunately,
we are not able to host and Deaf school events and we are not  traveling
to other states Deaf schools due to budget and possible 2nd wave of
COVID-19. We will only
play local games. All of our Deaf school games including GPSD Volleyball
tournament has been canceled for this year. We’ve been hit with a budget
cut because of
COVID-19. We also want to ensure everyone’s safety, that would be hard to
maintain when we are traveling out of state and other states coming here.
Tough to control
that. We also feel like this was the best option for only this year.  We
hope to be back up and running with other Deaf schools in 2021-2022 school
year. We are
sorry for any inconvenience but again safety has always been our top
priority. If you have any questions, you can email me
tommyv@asd.k12.ar.us. Stay safe
everyone!! Have a GREAT day and Thank you! Go LEOPARDS!

………………………

unique Faculty Representative to college athletics

part of newspaper story

VERMILLION — University of South Dakota President Sheila Gestring has
appointed Jessica Messersmith, Ph.D., as the new Faculty Athletics
Representative. Messersmith’s appointment is for three years, with no
limit on the number of successive terms she may serve.

Messersmith, the chair of the Communication Studies and Disorders
Department, teaches about the psychophysical study of acoustics and
multiple facets of cochlear implants including cochlear implant signal
processing and post-implant performance. Her research focuses on the
practices in the cochlear implant clinic and improving outcomes of
children with cochlear implants through these practices. She received the
Jerger Future Leaders in Audiology award from the American Academy of
Audiology in 2018.

note:
it is unique inasmuch as the Faculty Representative teaches
courses that are deaf-related!

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elite deaf athlete, from the past

part of newspaper story

Damir Desnica He is a former Croatian player who made a career in Rijeka
in the 80s. His name is unknown to the general public, but he will go down
in history for having been expelled against the Real Madrid for protesting
the referee … being deaf

It happened in the knockout round of the UEFA Cup 1984/1985. In the first
leg the Croatian team surprised the whites by winning 3-1 and on the
return leg the Madrid rallied (3-0) largely thanks to a very controversial
performance by the Belgian referee Roger Schoeters, according to the
chronicles of the time and certifies himself Desnica in an interview to
the program ‘Què t’hi jugues’, from Cadena SER, in which he answered the
questions in his own handwriting. The referee not only sent off Desnica
instead, he sent two other players to the street and blew an “invented”
penalty in favor of the Madrid, who in the end was champion of the
competition.

“The referee literally destroyed us with the three expulsions, he decided
to steal the game from us,” explains the former player, 63. “He expelled
me unfairly and used all possible techniques to avoid the victory of
Rejika. The penalty that whistle is invented and Madrid was only able to
mark us after three expulsions and an invented penalty, “he adds.

On his expulsion, he comments: “Still today I still do not understand why
he took the second yellow card and expelled me. It’s incomprehensible! The
referee blew a foul, but I didn’t hear the whistle and kept running. When
I saw everyone stop, I decided to throw the ball out and I got the first
yellow card. And then he took out the second one and kicked me out. The
explanation he gave me is that he had protested. Amazing”.

“Everyone knows that the Rijeka He was superior and he played that game
much better. The UEFA He decided to suspend the referee for life and I
think it is the best decision they could make. I sincerely believe that
they helped Madrid because it would have been a shame for them if a modest
eliminated them ”, he explains. “The Bernabéu thing was an absolute
injustice”

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top deaf bowler

part of newspaper story

Jacob Gaddam is a top bowler as a teenager in Modesto, CA

He has bowled one 800 series and ten 300 games.

He is bound for college bowling; it has not been decided
which college would he bowl for.

He is deaf, and also deaf-blind (Usher syndrome)

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college deaf softball player

Haley Donaldson

senior

Colorado State

softball

played and started all 23 games before rest of schedule was cancelled

hit .212 (14 of 66)

was one of the team leaders in most runs batted in (13)

note:
will she come back and start her senior season all over again,
thanks to NCAA waiver?

Do not know.

……………………….

World deaf cricket championships

The World deaf cricket championships
is taking place at UAE on October 19-29, 2021.

note:
USA deaf has no cricket team despite rising
number of deaf immigrants that have played
this sport in their home nations.

………………………

random deafsports thoughts

Will we be seeing deaf vs deaf football, soccer and
volleyball contests?

Hope so!

…………………………………

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/06/08

DeafDigest Sports – – June 1-8, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— elite deaf wrestler

— college deaf baseball player

— fun reading: list of past Gallaudet coaches that moved on

— deaf man coaches soccer

— athletic director vacancies

— a hearing basketball referee

— world soccer championship

……………………….

fun reading: list of past Gallaudet coaches that moved on

past Gallaudet coaches that moved on to other college and pro
teams after their Gallaudet coaching days:

men’s basketball
Adrian Walters – new assistant women’s coach, UNC women’s basketball team
John Becker – current head coach, University of Vermont
Marwan Elrakabawy – current head coach, Schreiner University
Jeb Barber – past assistant coach, St Mary’s College

women’s basketball
Kevin Cook – past head coach both at Winthrop and at UNC Asheville

football
Bob Colbert – past coach;  St Vincent College
John Davis – current coach; Newport News Apprentice
Joseph Pascale – past coach George Mason club team and Catholic University
Ed Hottle – current coach; Stevenson University
James Urban – current QB coach; Baltimore Ravens
Doug Miller – past assistant coach; University of DC
Kevin Perkins – past assistant coach at two NCAA-I programs

baseball
Matt Lisle – current assistant softball coach; Fresno State; past hitting coach Chicago White Sox
Jim Mason – past assistant coaches at several colleges, including GWU
Marc Kaplan – past assistant coach at New England College

(thanks to Kevin Kovacs, James DeStefano, Peter Badavas and Rich
Pelletier for contributing information to this list)

note:
this list is not complete. If any of you have remembered other
past Gallaudet coaches (head and assistant) that moved on
to other colleges (or pro teams), please share it with
barry@deafdigest.com

thank you

………………………

athletic director vacancies

Indiana
Atlanta Area
Virginia

there may be possibly few more vacancies but the
above is what DeafDigest Sports editor knows of.

………………………..

deaf man coaches city soccer

part of newspaper story

Local Coach Unites The Community Through Soccer

“I came up with the idea to give free soccer lessons to the community. All
ages, all kids, even adults,” said Andres Luna, Orlando City Development
Soccer Coach.

Luna was born hearing impaired but he didn’t let that stop him. He earned
a spot on the USA Deaf National team all while finding solace in soccer.

……………………….

a hearing basketball referee

from a tweet

my foreign language in college is American Sign Language. I used
to referee basketball with deaf referees because I could communicate with
them. I would referee the Deaf Basketball Tournaments

note:
referee the Deaf Basketball Tournaments?

This is interesting because the trend has been to use
deaf referees in national deaf basketball tournaments!

……………………….

elite deaf wrestler

from a partial posting

J’den Cox is an inspiration on the mat. The 2019 freestyle wrestling world
champion is partially deaf and suffered from depression but has found a
way to thrive.

In this week’s Olympic Channel Podcast, J’den talks candidly about Tokyo
2020 postponement, mental health, and his rivalry with team-mate Kyle
Snyder.

note:
he wrestled in the past at University of Missouri

………………………….

college deaf baseball player

Anthony Viggiano

rising junior

Bloomsburg University (PA; NCAA-II)

baseball

played 9 of his team’s 10 games, starting 8 before
the remainder of the season was cancelled

hit .250 (7 of 28 at bats)

drove in 4 runners

………………………

world soccer championships

from a tweet

The 4 th world deaf football championship
is at south korea on 2-17 November 2020

note:
Is USA men taking part? Do not know. USA men
won the Americas championship but would that
lead them to the world championships?

Just stay tuned.

………………………..

random deafsports thoughts

USADB sent DeafDigest Sports a vlog.

That vlog is not captioned.

Not every sports-loving deaf people
know ASL and non-captioned vlogs are
so unfair to them – even if the signing
on the vlog is beautiful, slow and
clear.

This being said, DeafDigest Sports will not
accept non-captioned vlogs.

Thanks for understanding.

…………………………………

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/05/31

DeafDigest Sports – – May 28-31, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— new Gallaudet swimming coach

— elite deaf hockey player

— college deaf baseball player

— announcement from Virginia deaf school

— reward for two deaf athletes

— a past gold-medal winning deaf skier

……………………….

Gallaudet swimming

Nick Pezzarossi tabbed as Gallaudet’s swimming head coach

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University Athletic Director Victor Mansure
announced today Nick Pezzarossi as the new men’s and women’s swimming and
diving head coach. Pezzarossi will begin his part-time duties immediately.

“We are very pleased to welcome Coach Nick Pezzarossi back to the
Gallaudet athletics department and announce him as the leader of our men’s
and women’s swimming and diving program,” said Mansure. “Coach Nick’s
coaching experience, vision for our program, passion for our school and
teaching aptitudes will help guide our student success efforts. During
this time Coach Nick, Coach Larry and I, will be working together as we
transition going forward. Please join me in welcoming Coach Nick to the GU Bison Family.”

Pezzarossi, 45, is no stranger to the Gallaudet swimming program as he
served as an assistant coach on two different occasions. He served three
years under former head coach Bill Snape from 2004-07 and one year under
former head coach Rosemary Stifter in 2003-04.

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/mswimdive/2019-20/releases/pezzarossi

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Virginia sports

part of newspaper story

Kiser retiring as VSDB’s athletic director

STAUNTON – Come this fall, the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind
will have a new athletic director.

Jim Kiser, who has held the position the last eight years, has decided to
hang it up.

note:

Sadly, because of low enrollment in recent years, the school had problems
fielding full teams in volleyball, boys’ basketball and girls’ basketball,
and even track.

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Reward for two deaf Kenyan athletes

part of newspaper story

The Ministry of Sports remitted Sh10,000 stipend to a total of 302
hearing (and two deaf athletes) athletes.

The deaf athletes were  a swimmer and a karate participant

Sh10,000 (Kenyan shilling) is equal to $94.00 in USA dollars

Our deaf athletes in USA do not get a cent!

…………………….

Deaf skier

part of newspaper story

Looking back: Marcinuk overcame odds to achieve greatness
Fitchburg skier won 5 gold medals at Deaflympics

Starting in 1967, Tammy Marcinuk claimed five gold medals, one silver medal and
three bronze medals over a 24-year period in deaf international skiing
competitions.

note:
When Simon Carmel, who is deaf, founded the first time ever
USA national deaf skiing team, one of the New England hearing
skiiing officials immediately told him of Tammy Marcinuk.

Much to Carmel’s joy, Tammy immediately became the face of
the USA deaf skiing program for years to come.

Tammy is now retired.

……………………….

elite deaf hockey player

Josefine Jakobsen, Denmark National Women’s Hockey Team

she was listed on the national women’s roster that
would have competed at the World Hockey championships
this season.

Because of Covid-19 the championships were cancelled

………………………….

college deaf baseball player

Nick Zeitlow

rising junior

baseball

Lindenwood University (Missouri, NCAA-II)

was listed on the roster, same as last season when he
was a freshman.

For both seasons, his stats were non-existent. Possibly
coach did not use him in any of the games in his two
seasons. The team played 17 games before the season
was cancelled because of Covid-19.

………………………..

random deafsports thoughts

a question was asked of DeafDigest Sports editor –

Is Nick Pezzarossi Gallaudet’s first deaf swimming coach?

A trick question – Agnes Dunn Sutcliffe, who was deaf and a
Gallaudet graduate, coached the women’s swimming team in the
1969 season. She did not coach the men’s swimming team at the
same time.

So, is Nick the men’s first deaf men’s swimming coach? Do not know.
The Gallaudet library archives may have that information, but
the campus is closed because of Covid-19.

Must wait for the campus to re-open so DeafDigest Sports
editor can go to the archives to get the information
on past deaf swimming coaches, if there were any!

…………………………………

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/05/27

DeafDigest Sports – – May 22-27, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— big Gallaudet announcement

— honoring Julius Barnathan

— elite deaf volleyball player

— Gallaudet vs Fanwood football game

— Tennessee and Texas sports

— Gallaudet hall of fame deadline coming up soon

— deaf son of past NHL deaf hockey player

……………………….

Gallaudet swimming

Gallaudet swimming head coach Larry Curran steps down

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University men’s and women’s swimming and diving
head coach Larry Curran has stepped down from his post as announced today
by Athletic Director Victor Mansure.

Curran, who has been with the GU swimming program for the last nine
seasons, served as the head coach for the last eight seasons. He served as
an assistant coach during the 2011-12 season.

In eight seasons, Curran led teams have won two North Eastern Athletic
Conference (NEAC) men’s championship (2013-14, 2019-20) and the men’s and
women’s programs have earned 121 All-NEAC honors.

“The Gallaudet Athletics Department and our men’s and women’s swimming and
diving program is forever grateful to Coach Larry for his outstanding
leadership and service,” said Mansure. “His honesty, passion and work
ethic are truly inspiring. We are very appreciative of how Coach Larry
constantly empowered the student-athletes and coaching staff, established
building blocks for us to continue his legacy in promoting inclusion,
mental health, academic success and competitive performance. Coach Larry
will be missed!”

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/mswimdive/2019-20/releases/curran

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Tennessee sports

part of newspaper story

Schools where more than half of athletes participate in multiple sports:

B. T. Washington High School

Harding Academy

Jackson Christian School

Nashville Christian School

Tennessee School for the Deaf

Tipton-Rosemark Academy

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Texas sports

part of newspaper story

Ashley Harlicker, track/softball, Texas School for the Deaf

“A memory that stands out for me was on the last day I had a track meet
and a softball game as a high school athlete. I first traveled to Lago
Vista where I won first place in the 800 and then I traveled back to
Austin for our softball game against Hill Country Christian.

Even though the game had started, the coach put me in right away to bat
and then play second base. We played real well and won the game handily.
We sat around after the game taking pictures, knowing that this could be
our last game. lt ended up being our last game. We ended on a winning note
and we are able to look at the pictures for memories, especially for us
seniors.

It was sad because it ended my spring sports season so quickly. I had so
many goals for myself and school, and poof, the season and school was
finished. My class had accomplished more than any class at TSD and we
wanted more.″

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deaf school football team playing at a major league
ball park

The 1894 football game between Gallaudet and
New York School for the Deaf (Fanwood) took place
at the Polo Grounds. This stadium was the home field
of the New York Giants baseball team (now San
Francisco Giants).

Gallaudet won the game, 20-6. The Gallaudet huddle
originated in that season for that reason – football
games with Fanwood and also Pennsylvania School for
the Deaf. They would know Gallaudet’s ASL plays.

At that time Fanwood was located in New York City,
just within a walking distance of the Polo Grounds.

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elite deaf volleyball player

part of newspaper story

Brazilian volleyball player Natália Martins has become an ambassador for
Swiss hearing solutions company Sonova Holding AG.

The 35-year-old has had profound hearing loss since childhood.

She is the first Brazilian volleyball player with hearing loss to play at
professional level and to make it into her country’s national team.

Having played successfully for a number of leading Brazilian clubs,
Martins decided to join Dinamo Bucureşti in Romania last year.

note:
admittedly DeafDigest Sports editor never heard of her until
her story surfaced in the newspaper.

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college deaf hockey player

Johnny Kyte

senior

University of Southern Maine (NCAA-III

he is the son of retired deaf NHL player Jim Kyte

he played 25 games as defenseman; purely playing
defense, his offensive stats is nil

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honoring Julius Barnathan

who is Julius Barnathan, who was not deaf?

Was he involved in sports? In a way, yes, as
our hero.

He was a TV engineer with the ABC. It was up to
him to allow or to disallow captions on his TV
network. A long story, but Barnathan agreed to
have his ABC programs captioned, sports included.

His decision forced reluctant NBC and stubborn
CBS to caption their programs, even if both
networks hated captions!

Full story at:
https://www.sportsvideo.org/2020/05/26/legends-behind-the-lens-julius-barnathan/

Thank you very much, Julius.

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random deafsports thoughts

Larry Curran has stepped down as Gallaudet swimming coach
(above story).

For one past female swimmer, he was the role model.

Taylor Mickelson had a very strong interest in piloting
airplanes. Larry was a retired airforce pilot before
he got into the coaching profession. Taylor asked him
questions about piloting airplanes, surprising Larry.

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Gallaudet hall of fame

Nomination deadline extended for Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of
Fame until May 29

WASHINGTON – The nomination deadline for the next Gallaudet University
Athletics Hall of Fame class has been extended until Friday, May 29, 2020.
If you haven’t had a chance to nominate a deserving former
student-athlete, coach or honorary member you still have time to complete
your nomination form (see below) and e-mail it to
halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

If you are interested in nominating someone please review the guidelines
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-guidelines.pdf

before you complete the form at:
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-nomination-edit.pdf

It is important to fill out the form completely and include supporting
documents such as old newspaper clippings, statistics and/or old photos to
help the selection committee with their decision. Letters of
recommendation will also be acceptable to submit.

If you have a question or comment about the GU Athletics Hall of Fame
please send your e-mail to halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be