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DeafDigest Sports – June 25, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor


Hot DeafSports News at:

– misc stuff



Deaf Sports Collections update
– Deaf Women Basketball, only deaf woman in national tournament


Deaf women’s soccer

Russia 1

Great Britain 5
Italy 0

Turkey vs Poland – score unavailable

next game is USA vs Great Britain on Sunday; both teams hate each other
and have been trash-talking each other!


Deaf soccer diary



Northwest Softball Assn of the Deaf announced cancellation of tournament:

The NWSAD board regrets to inform you that we need to cancel the
tournament and Hall of Fame ceremony July 15th & 16th. It was a very
difficult decision to make as only 2 Men.s teams [CA Soldiers and San
Diego] expressed an interest in playing along with one Women team from
FAAD and one co-ed team [under Don Lee].

To host such a tournament with very low turnout of teams would put NWSAD
in financial jeopardy. Also because it is an invitational tournament,
there are no entry/registration fees for fans – free for all to watch the
games so we really needed 6 to 8 teams to host and break even.

Today.s softball isn.t the same as it was in the old old old days!
There is a big decline with the hearing softball teams and their leagues
as well.

The NWSAD board hopes you will understand the circumstances under which
we have taken this decision. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience
we might have caused.


Deaf team tryout for Merrimack’s Neild

Hannah Neild of Litchfield, N.H. will travel to Maryland on Monday for a
three-day tryout hosted by USA Deaf Basketball International. She will be
competing for a spot on Team USA for next summer.s Deaflympics held in
Samsun, Turkey.

Neild averaged 6.6 points per game in her freshman season at Merrimack
College, and led the team with a .341 three-point field-goal percentage.


Shame as Kenya Deaflympics remain stuck as World Championships start

The national athletics team has not yet departed for Bulgaria for the
World Deaf Championships that start in Bulgaria on Saturday.

The team has been stranded for the past three days over a Visa hitch with
Bulgaria having no consular services in the country.

The Government has promised the squad will travel to the Eastern European
nation by the end of Saturday.

.We are on top of things but unfortunately they will miss the marathon,. a
State official told Citizen Digital.

Kenya was expected to bag her first medals at the event in Sunday.s
marathon but the athletes will not be there in time for the start.

.We are on our way to the Turkish Embassy to see if we can get the Visas.

.We have assembled late, like last time; we got our Visas from South
Africa that normally takes 10 days hence delayed depart.. Deaflympic coach
Caroline Kola added.

The Deaf Athletics Association of Kenya (DAAK) was forced to drop eight
athletes from the squad to fit a revised budget a fortnight ago.

Training period of the team for the third edition of the event was
shortened also due to lack of funds.

A squad of 23 was selected three weeks ago to represent Kenya in the
championships, after two-day national deaf championships Trials held at
the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani.

The athletes will participate in various races including 200m, 10,000m,
800m, 400m, 100m, 3000m Steeplechase, 1500m, 5000m and field events.

The world championships in Bulgaria are expected to help the athletes
prepare for the 2017 Deaflympic Games in Turkey.

During the last edition of Deaflympic Games held in Sofia, Bulgaria in
2013, Kenya performed well winning 17 medals (6 Gold, 5 Silver and 6
Bronze) to top Africa and was ranked eighth globally out of 72 countries.

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DeafDigest Sports – June 24, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor


Hot DeafSports News at:

– misc stuff



Deaf Sports Collections update
– Deaf Basketball, most explosive moment


part of a press release

Bundesliga youth team player Simon Ollert is the only player with profound
hearing loss playing professional soccer in any of the
German-speaking countries. He is 19 years old.

Hopefully he will move up to professional soccer ranks within a year or


Brattleboro Men’s Softball League (Vermont)

League standings

Division 5: Twin State 7-0, Brattleboro Food Coop 8-3, Brattleboro Fire
6-3, C&S Wholesale 5-3, Allard Lumber 5-4, Northwood Farms 4-4,
Brattleboro Deaf Club 4-5, BFHC 2-7, Stop & Go Oil 0-12.

Now that the Brits have voted for Brexit, will it
impact on Deaf Sports?

We do not know. Scary? Yes, of the unknown.

For example – Tori Faietta, a deaf American woman,
played professional basketball for a British
team last year. When an athlete wants to play
overseas, there must be evidence that she is
a much better basketball player than other
British women. Something to do with EU job
protection laws. What will the new British
rules say about future American athletes
wanting to play professionally?


DeafSports Question and Answer

Q. See above re Brexit. It reminds DeafDigest Sports
editor of PL 94-142. What about it?

A. Deaf educators and Deaf schools athletic officials
didn’t see it coming. Over the years it drastically
changed Deaf Schools Sports. Many schools are struggling
to fill out the 11-man soccer and 11-man football
rosters. As a result, few schools field 11 man teams,
whereas prior to PL 94-142, practically all schools had
11 man teams. The same for Deaf Schools soccer. More
schools are forced to field 8-man and 9-man teams, and
even one school is fielding a co-ed soccer team.


A big CI volleyball irony

What is the big CI volleyball irony.

A CI manufacturer donated money to help pay for
a Virginia volleyball player’s expenses.

Why the irony? The player cannot wear the CI
during international deaf volleyball competition.


college deaf athletes

Penn State Abington – Cara Fiala, sr, women’s lacrosse

her last season of play as senior

her profile is at:

her stats:

played 14 of her team’s 15 games

started 13 of the 14 games she played

scored one goal and assisted on another goal

was part of the team’s core players

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DeafDigest Sports – June 23, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor


Hot DeafSports News at:

– misc stuff



Deaf Sports Collections update
– College women basketball, leading state scorer


Florida track
The Record.s 2016 All-County girls track and field team
Honorable Mention

. La.Tierria Hampton, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (shot put)

. Megan Lockner, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (shot put)


Deaf women’s soccer scores

Turkey 0

Russia 5
Italy 0

Great Britain 2
Poland 2

there was supposed to be a 7th team, but that nation dropped out

Day 2

24th June

Turkey V Poland (16:00)

Russia V USA (18:00)

Great Britain V Italy (18:00)


Day 3

26th June

Italy V Poland (16:00)

Russia V Turkey (18:00)

Great Britain V USA (18:00)

Day 4

28th June

USA V Italy (16:00)

Turkey V Great Britain (18:00)

Poland V Russia (18:00)


Day 5

30th June

Russia V Great Britain (16:00)

Italy V Turkey (18:00)

Poland V USA (18:00)


Play Offs:

1st July

5th V 6th (15:00)

3rd V 4th (15:00)


2nd July

1st V 2nd (13:30)


basketball tweet

Washington MysticsVerified account .@WashMystics
After #MysticsFever tonight, @EmmaMeesseman hosted a meet and greet
with The National Deaf Girls Basketball Team!
Emma is deaf but functions as a hearing person. She is
from Belgium but has been playing professionally in USA
for a number of years

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DeafDigest Sports – June 22, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor


Hot DeafSports News at:

– misc stuff



Deaf Sports Collections update
– Auto racing, paying off Gallaudet tuition


Oberlin boys soccer coach Michael Schmid set for 2016 Deaf World Cup

Oberlin boys soccer coach Michael Schmid shows off his player pass. Schmid
is representing the United States in the 2016 Deaf World Cup in Italy.

Anyone who has ever had a conversation with Oberlin boys soccer coach
Michael Schmid knows that he lives his life by a simple mantra: always
give your best, no matter what obstacles are thrown in front of you.

It.s a strategy that served Schmid well as a member of the Oberlin soccer
team in high school and one that has helped him as he coaches at his alma

Now, it.s a strategy that has taken him to Italy.

Schmid, who has been deaf since he was two, will take the pitch at Stadium
Raffaele Guarigila di Agropoli in Salerno, Italy at noon on June 21 as one
of 22 players decked in red, white and blue as a proud member of the
Unites States National Deaf team, representing the USA at the 2016 Deaf
World Cup.

.It.s a big honor,. Schmid said. .Getting to put on the national colors
will be something that I will never forget and something that I can barely
even believe is still going to happen..

The ability to represent his country is the culmination of a lifetime of
work, Schmid said. It.s also something that he does not take lightly.

.It feels great,. Schmid said. .This is a dream that has come true. It
sounds corny, but it.s true. Any kid that has watched the Olympics or the
World Cup or anything that involves representing the United States has
wondered what that has to feel like. The fact that I.m going to be doing
that, it still just doesn.t seem entirely real. It.s a lifetime of hard
work and dedication coming together.

.But it.s also kind of scary. I.m representing the Unites States of
America. Not many people get to say that, and I.m honored to be one of
them. I.m going to do my best to represent the country in a positive
manner, both on and off the field..

Schmid and the American squad are part of Group B, which includes Japan,
Greece and Russia.

The USA plays Japan today, Greece on June 23 and Russia on June 25, with
the top-two teams in each group advancing to the quarterfinals. Unlike the
traditional World Cup, the teams finishing in third and fourth in the
groups are not eliminated; rather, they will play two more games to
determine ninth through 16th place.

It is the June 25 tilt with Russia that Schmid said he is looking forward
to the most.

.I mean, obviously I.m not going to take any teams lightly, but how can
you not look forward to playing Russia?. Schmid said. .Anyone who has seen
Rocky IV has to want to play Russia. Rocky vs. Drago. USA vs. Russia. I
love that movie, so you know that.s the team I want to play the most. I.m
glad we got drawn into the same group with them..

According to Schmid, the rules at the Deaf World Cup are very similar to
what you would see at any international soccer game . 11 players on a
pitch, 90 minute games, etc. The main difference is that the players must
remove hearing implants and hearing aids prior to the game.

Schmid said that this rule makes the game a bit more instinctual and
really helps the team come together as a group.

.It.s a big difference,. Schmid said. .When you play and can hear, you can
yell out commands to each other and. We can.t do that. I think it makes us
better as players, though. It makes us a bit more aware of the field as a
whole at all times. It.s one of those things that you just learn to adapt
and adjust. But it really helps us come together. You learn how each
individual teammate is going to play. You know which player is going to
make a run, which player is going to cut this way, which player is going
to make the run for a ball over the top. You have to learn to come
together and understand each other. I think that.s a great thing..

Of course, while his first priority is going to be soccer, Schmid, who
made the trip with his girlfriend Amanda Allman as well as his parents
Mike and Pamela, said that he will take a few moments to enjoy being in

.The main reason for the trip is soccer, and that will be my focus,.
Schmid said. .But it.s a once-in-a-lifetime trip. And to have family and
my girlfriend there, it just makes the trip that much more memorable. I.m
going to play soccer, but I.m going to enjoy myself a bit, too. We.ll be
staying right by a beach, so I.ll probably spend some time there.

.This is just an experience that will leave me with so many memories.
It.ll be fun while I.m there and it.ll be fun getting to relive them with
friends and family when I get back..


Hunter Taylor conquered many obstacles en route to national team status

Unflagging commitment has created a star-spangled opportunity for Hunter
Taylor, a former Patrick Henry High School and Richmond Volleyball Club

Taylor, born with significant hearing loss, will during the next six weeks
compete with the USA national deaf volleyball team in a pair of
high-profile international events: the PanAm regional qualifiers (June
30-July 4) and the World Deaf Volleyball Championships (July 6-15). Both
will take place at Gallaudet University in Washington.

.It.s very exciting,. said Taylor, a 6-foot-5 opposite hitter. .There.s a
lot of satisfaction and a lot of pride. I think it.s always an honor when
you represent your country . no matter where. Olympics, Paralympics, Deaf
(competition) . you.re still playing for your country. That makes it

He said he is certain .there will be a lot of butterflies..
That.s because the stakes are high. Available in next week.s PanAm
competition: three berths in the 2017 Summer Deaflympics in Samsun,

Taylor.s presence on the U.S. roster is to some extent remarkable. The
rising junior at Eastern Mennonite began playing volleyball only six years
ago. He did so, he said, to improve his chances of becoming an impact
basketball player at Patrick Henry.

But then the unexpected happened. He was immediately smitten by his new
sport. So swift has been his ascent that he now hopes to play
professionally after finishing his academic work at Eastern Mennonite.

Relative inexperience is a soft spot on Taylor.s volleyball résumé. With
time, seasoning and repetition, it will improve. The same cannot be said
for his hearing. But here has occurred his most impressive victory. He has
harnessed this apparent impediment and transformed it into a source of

.I.ve had coaches who cut me because they didn.t want to deal with (a
hearing-impaired athlete),. said Taylor, 21. .I.ve had teachers who made
it really tough on me . who didn.t want to work with me or help me. I
remember those things. I always keep them in the back of my mind for
motivation. Now, when I ace a test or play well, it.s like, .See? You were
wrong about me. You shouldn.t have doubted me…

Taylor.s father, Andy, said the road seldom was smooth during Hunter.s
formative years.

.There was a lot of frustration,. the elder Taylor said. .There were tears
and anger and all the rest of it. But that.s life. As frustrating as it
was, it probably prepared him well for what he.ll face as an adult. You
can.t just give in because people don.t want to like you or don.t want to
accept you. You have to stay strong. You have to make your own way. That.s
what he.s done . and frankly, I couldn.t be prouder of him..
Though obstacles have been numerous, Taylor is not without allies. Count
technology among them.

Soon he will be required to play volleyball without CI. Taylor uses his
implant during practice and competition at Eastern Mennonite. He will not
be permitted to do so at Gallaudet. Implants and hearing aids are
prohibited in deference to those participants who do not or cannot use

Playing without his implant is .kind of a weird sensation,. Taylor said.
.I don.t hear the crowd. I don.t hear anything . just complete silence.
Think of it this way: What do you see when you close both eyes? Nothing,
right? Well, that.s pretty much what I hear . no sound at all..

The adjustment will not be entirely difficult. Hand signals are used by
volleyball players at all levels. Taylor said referees in deaf competition
.use a lot of signals and hand movements. Of course, sometimes you miss
something and keep playing. If you see the other team just standing there
and not moving at all, you pretty much know something has happened..
Taylor said he tries wherever possible to share the details of his journey
with children and families who are experiencing what he once experienced.
The message he strives to deliver, he said, is very simple:
.Don.t stop. Don.t give up. Keep moving forward..

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DeafDigest Sports – June 21, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor


Hot DeafSports News at:

– misc stuff



Deaf Sports Collections update
– swimming, world class deaf swimmer


college deaf athletes

Oklahoma, Rylee Reinertson, so, men’s golf

his profile is at:


How does he compare with his teammates?

He only competed in 6 of his team’s 13 events; his 73.76 average
is the 5th best on the team of 9 golfers; his best finish was
a tie for 20th, the 6th best finish among the golfers this season.


Flashlight basketball

Flashlight basketball, as in playing basketball at
night without lights? No.

The referee uses the flashlight to tell deaf players
that play has stopped because of a foul.

Silly? Impossible? Weird?

Well, the referees in India used the flashlight
in a recent basketball game among deaf players.

It more or less is an experiment.


elite deaf athletes

Dan Kadlec, Canada, world championships participant

his profile is at:

according to profile he competed twice within the past
12 months


DeafSports Trivia

Q. There have been NTID students that have competed on
RIT athletic teams over the years. Some of them were
top players on their athletic teams, and in fact
some were elected to the RIT athletic hall of fame.
Who was the earliest deaf hockey star that played
with the RIT team?

A. Dean Sigler. He was an all-state high school
hockey player as a mainstreamed student in Michigan.
His play attracted feelers from big time hockey
powers – but he chose to attend NTID. He enrolled
at the second semester, when the hockey season was
already half gone. After stepping on the ice in
the first practice session, the coach immediately
installed him as a first team defenseman. Throughout
his hockey career at RIT, he consistently led the
team in most minutes spent on ice – which meant
he pulled off double shifts on defense. He is
not in the RIT hall of fame – which is a huge
injustice. After his RIT career ended, he played
several seasons in minor league hockey.


Deaf race car driver overcomes obstacles; inspires the Midstate

YORK HAVEN, Pa. (WHTM) . Cars zooming around the track, flaggers directing
drivers, but all Chris Kennedy hears is silence as he makes his way around
the Susquehanna Speedway.

full story at:


Minnesota sports


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DeafDigest Sports – June 20, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor


Hot DeafSports News at:

– misc stuff



Deaf Sports Collections update
– Diver, deaf in Olympics


Riverside football

FOOTBALL: CIF-Southern Section reveals new playoff divisions

the CIF-Southern Section released its new playoff divisions for the
upcoming 2016 season.

Division 13: Rancho Christian, Bloomington, Desert Mirage, Indio, Western
Christian, Jurupa Valley, Excelsior Charter, Indian Springs, Yucca Valley,
Arroyo Valley, Rialto, Nuview Bridge, Hamilton, California Military
Institute, California School for the Deaf, Riverside, Santa Rosa Academy,
Sherman Indian, Temecula Prep


ATX Warriors
Men.s Basketball Tryouts

Round Rock Sports Center
2400 Chisholm Trail
Round Rock, Texas 78681



Friday, July 15, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Tryout fee: $125

All participants must complete a registration form and liability release
waiver at 4:00 PM Friday

Open to deaf, hard of hearing, CODA, SODA and hearing players.

For more information, contact Head Coach Jose Amador

VP: 210-853-5110
EMAIL: atxwarriorsjosea@gmail.com

Assistant Coach / Player: Dwight Brewington
Email: atxwarriorsdwightb@gmail.com

* Non-refundable fee

ATX Warriors are an official ABA League Affiliate




deaf swimming


LSU undergrad Matthew Klotz has re-broken his own Deaf World Record in the
200 backstroke on Sunday, 24 hours after breaking the 100 backstroke
record during Saturday.s prelims.

Klotz swam a 2:03,50 on Sunday morning to qualify 1st through to the
finals at the Tiger Aquatics Summer Classic in Baton Rogue, Louisiana.
That took more than a full second from the old record of 2:04.51
Unlike the 100 back record, which Klotz has broken 4 times since the
beginning of 2015, his World Record in the 200 back has stood since 2014
when he set the old record at the 2014 Junior National Championships.

The swim will also give Klotz a second event to swim at next week.s
Olympic Trials. His swim was .29 seconds better than the qualifying
standard, so he.ll be eligible to race the 100 and 200 back in Omaha,

editor’s note: because of injuries incurred in an automobile
accident, he didn’t swim last season for LSU.

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DeafDigest Sports – June 19, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor


Hot DeafSports News at:

– misc stuff

– two national championship announcements



Deaf Sports Collections update
– deaf in roller derby


Maryland baseball

newspaper story

MSD baseball wins first national title since 2005

Maryland School for the Deaf.s baseball team was selected as the 2016
National Champions.

This is school.s second baseball national championship, first since 2005.

This season, the Orioles won the Hoy Tournament held at Texas School for
the Deaf. They defeated Texas (14-8) 5-4 and Indiana (15-5) 5-2. MSD
finished the season with 9-7-1 record. Stefan Anderson was picked as the
tournament MVP.

Sophomore Stefan Anderson led the team with .536 batting average, 30 hits
and 19 RBIs. As a pitcher, he struck out 36 in 25 innings and had 3.60
ERA. Senior pitcher Damon Biskupiak struck out 77 in 42 1-3 innings and
had a 4.25 ERA.

The team was coached by Chester Kuschmider.


Maryland girls’ track

Local Roundup: MSD wins girls track national title

Maryland School for the Deaf repeated its national deaf championship,
finishing with 190 points. California-Fremont SD was second (67).

A total of 35 deaf schools were involved.

MSD.s highlights this season include winning the Berg and Seeger Classic,
hosted by Texas School for the Deaf; the ESDAA Championship; a
fourth-palce finish at the Tri-State Invitational at Hancock and third in
the IPSL Championship meet at Mercersburg Academy.

Top-ranked athletes, nationally, for MSD, include Rajena Guettler (400,
800, 4×100 relay), Emelia Beldon (both hurdles events, 4×100 relay), Adele
Daniels (high jump) and Cassidy Perry (javelin, 4×100 relay, 4×200 relay).

The Orioles. 4×100 relay team of Beldon, Guettler, Perry and Tamia Harris
set a school record with a time of 51.86 seconds.

Orioles. coach Randy Shank was named coach of the year.


Minnesota boys’ basketball

part of newspaper story

Get ahold of this: A 1st-half recap of 2016

While no basketball teams ended up at state, the
Waterville-Elysian-Morristown boys and girls both finished the year in the
sub-section championship game. FHS saw both its boys and girls teams host
playoff games, and the boys snapped a long section losing streak with a
win over Mankato West. The Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf boys won
their first section game as well.


Texas baseball

TAPPS 3A, District 4

First team: Austin Sliva-Wynee, sr., IF-P, Texas School for the Deaf;
Garrison Ryberg, jr., P-1B, Brentwood Christian; Douglas Harriman, jr.,
IF-C, Waco Vanguard; Shea Sliva-Wynne, soph., IF-P, Texas School for the
Deaf; Jake Velasco, sr., SS, Brentwood Christian; KC England, jr., C-P,
Waco Vanguard; Diego Escobedo Fernandez, soph., 1B-P, Brentwood Christian;
John Hollingsworth, sr., 2B-P, Brentwood Christian; Luke Chavez, jr.,
1B-P, Waco Vanguard; Sean Bowman, jr., C, Concordia; Caleb Cook, sr., C-P,
Round Rock Christian; Case McReynolds, sr., IF-OF, Waco Vanguard; Dillon
Smith, soph., OF-C, Brentwood Christian.

Second team: Dylan Sicoli, jr., C-P, Texas School for the Deaf; John
Oberwortmann, fr., C, Brentwood Christian; Hudson Bradley, jr., IF-P, Waco
Vanguard; Connor Rosko, sr., IF-P, Texas School for the Deaf; Daniel
Winkler, jr., P-SS, Concordia; Matthew Withey, jr., SS-P, Round Rock
Christian; Davy Hamm, jr., SS-P, Temple Central Texas Christian; Philip
MacLemore, jr., IF-OF, Waco Vanguard; Kobe Thomas, soph., OF-IF, Waco
Vanguard; Michael Hickl, jr., OF-IF, Brentwood Christian; Evan Hickok,
jr., IF, Waco Vanguard; Dalton Taylor, sr., IF-OF, Texas School for the


Strange Deaf Soccer tweet

Cliff Bastin .@CliffBastin11
I could commentate on European football better than Tony Pulis – and I’ve
been dead for 24 years. And was deaf for 50 years before that!

editor’s note:
Actually Bastin was late-deafened but enjoyed a full career in
British Premier Soccer League. People have mentioned him as a
deaf player in British soccer – but when he started playing
as a rookie, he was fully hearing – and over the years became
late-deafened. This is why DeafDigest Sports editor does not
count him as a deaf player. A player must be deaf all his life,
or late deafened as a very young person, to be “counted”.

A perfect example would be Gil MacDougald, the long time
Yankee star during the fifties and sixties. He was born
hearing, but lost his hearing mid-way of his Yankee
career because of a beaning! He, however, hid his deafness
and his hearing loss was never fully revealed until many
years – after his retirement!


deaf swimming

Matthew Klotz Lowers 100 Back Deaf World Record

Matthew Klotz, an undergraduate studying at LSU, overturned his own deaf
World Record today in the 100-meter backstroke. Klotz, who previously held
the record at a 57.11, soared past his former record to set the bar at
56.06 in a prelims swim at the Tiger Aquatics Summer Classic meet.

Today.s new record makes Klotz the first deaf swimmer to ever post a
sub-57 second swim in the 100-meter backstroke.

Klotz first grabbed hold of the deaf World Record in 2013 when he won gold
at the Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria and has continued to lower it each


Deaf bowls

Bowls club is host to .home international. event for deaf teams

Over the weekend of Friday, July 1, to Sunday, July 3, Millwood Bowls Club
has the honour and privilege to be the first Welsh club to host the Deaf
Bowls International Weekend, between teams representing Wales, England,
Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The tournament is organised by the Welsh Deaf Bowls Association on behalf
of the British Deaf Bowls Association and is played between mixed mens and
ladies teams in a team format.

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DeafDigest Sports – June 18, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor


Hot DeafSports News at:

– job announcement at Florida

– misc stuff


Deaf Sports Collections update
– deaf head coach of Big 10 football team



Job announcement at Florida School for the Deaf and Blind



Texas softball

TAPPS 3A, District 3

First team: Kayla Haberman, sr., IF, Waco Vanguard; Kathryn Smith, soph.,
IF, Waco Vanguard; Gabrielle DuPree, jr., IF, Waco Vanguard; Brooke
Haberman, fr., IF, Waco Vanguard; Kendall Lee, jr., IF, Bryan St. Joseph;
Sofia Torres, sr., Brentwood Christian; Kendee Hilliard, fr., IF-OF, Waco
Vanguard; Madison French, sr., Brentwood Christian; Emma Giuntoli, soph.,
P, Texas School for the Deaf; Hannah Bergert, soph., SS-P, Temple Central
Texas Christian; Mia Upchurch, jr., C, Texas School for the Deaf; Mary
Starnes, sr., IF, Bryan St. Joseph; Hillarie Carpenter, jr., Brentwood
Christian; Tarah Troutman, sr., Temple Central Texas Christian.

Second team: Alexi Torres, jr., IF, Waco Vanguard; BreAnna Anderson, sr.,
3B-LF, Temple Central Texas Christian; Catherine Holley, jr., OF, Waco
Vanguard; Christen Coody, soph., OF, Waco Vanguard; Faith Starnes, soph.,
C, Bryan St. Joseph; Gianna Fontana, jr., IF, Bryan St. Joseph; Franny
Robinson, soph., OF, Waco Vanguard; Madison Wells, soph., Brentwood
Christian; Nyna Vazquez, fr., Brentwood Christian; Samantha Fowler, fr.,
Brentwood Christian; Sarah Helm, soph., OF, Texas School for the Deaf;
Sunita Schmidjorg, fr., IF, Texas School for the Deaf; Leila Sicoli, fr.,
IF, Texas School for the Deaf.


high school basketball

Video Vault – Veteran basketball official is hearing impaired

make sure you turn on the captions

there is a signed interview of that deaf referee

do enjoy watching the video


deafness mentioned on a TV program

USA national volleyball team had a game with Argentinia
national volleyball team on TV. It was on one of these
ESPN networks.

The TV commentator mentioned that the American player
David Smith (#20) was deaf and is a starter as middle
blocker, capable of leaping 12 feet up in the air.

USA led 2-0 and eventually won 3-1



Driven to compete: MSAD’s Junior Peters leaves Trojan legacy, looks for
future success

MSAD.s Junior Peters comes down the home stretch during a race at the
Section 1A meet earlier this spring. Peters finished up a decorated career
in three sports as a Trojan. (Adam J.S. Holt/Daily News)

The day before graduation, Junior Peters is a little uncomfortable.

Pressure is nothing new to the recent Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
graduate, as Peters leaves school as one of its most decorated athletes of
all time. Whether it.s a carry in a football game or getting into the
blocks in a section track final, Peters has always handled athletic stress
with ease.

No, this day, the nerves come from being interviewed. Peters. success has
come with a price . attention from more than just the Faribault media. At
the sub-section track meet, John Millea of the Minnesota State High School
League did a piece on him, and a week later, WCCO was in town to do a
story and television bit.
.I.m still not 100 percent that I like it,. Peters said through an
interpreter. .I.m very humble, I don.t like the spotlight on me. It.s too
much pressure..

So answering questions brings pressure; winning races is not as big a
source of stress.

Peters finished a magical senior year that saw the Trojans win the GPSD
championship, Berg/Seeger Classic title and EMAC crown. Individually,
Peters qualified for the Section 1A meet in the 100, 200 and 400, and was
also MSAD.s first ever entrant in the prestigious Hamline Elite Meet in
April, which features the top athletes in the state in both classes.

Oh, and he also was a football standout and helped the basketball team win
titles over the last few years.

.It.s been a big honor and privilege to coach an athlete like him,. MSAD
track coach Steven Fuerst said through an interpreter. .He.s one of very
few natural-born athletes . by natural-born, I mean, a person can be
really good and that.s good enough, but he has that internal drive to
always want more and work harder, and really compete at the highest level
he can. I think that.s what really sets him apart and really unique about

Unique is a good way to describe Peters . it applies to both his past and
likely, his future. He came from a war-torn country and next year, should
find himself overseas again, competing at the Deaflympics.

An interesting past

Peters was born in the Ivory Coast, a country in western Africa. His
father, Dan Peters, left for the United States with Junior when the boy
was young, when civil war erupted in the Ivory Coast.

Junior Peters has been deaf since he was a baby, though he wasn.t born
deaf. He still has memories of his early childhood in Africa.

.I do have good memories with my older brother,. Peters said. .The two of
us, we would go to the jungle and run through the trees, do some
bow-and-arrow hunting with the animals and birds. We enjoyed running
through that, and playing marbles is another memory I have from back

When he came to Minnesota, it was a bit of an adjustment for Peters, who
went to schools in Minneapolis until he started at MSAD in sixth grade.

.I was in shock . the snow, it felt very different than Africa where it.s
hot,. Peters said. .The temperature.s so different, the weather, I was not
used to it. The four seasons, having the winter and then the spring,
having the summer and the fall, it just kind of threw me for a loop a
little bit..

Always active, Peters found he was faster than his peers around fourth
grade, but couldn.t join a track team until seventh grade. He started
playing football and basketball on the middle school teams at MSAD in
sixth grade.

Football was a great source of success for Peters, who broke the school.s
single-game rushing record last fall with 311 yards in a loss to Luck,

.That was amazing,. Peters said. .We still lost the game, though..

The Trojans were named national eight-man deaf champions again, and Peters
was a big part of that with 1,343 yards and 22 touchdowns on just 87

And while track.s often a keep-in-shape season for multi-sport athletes,
that.s not the case for Peters.

.My favorite, I would have to say is track,. he said. .Then basketball and
football.s probably last..

.He.s very internally driven to do his best individually,. Fuerst said.
.And he.s very coachable, he learns very well. He takes feedback very

The only snag in the road for Peters was a fractured patella suffered in
an accident his junior year, which caused him to miss that track season.

He came back from it and was good for football in the fall, wearing a
brace and trying to avoid contact. That last part was easy, as Peters was
often gone on long runs each time he touched the ball, and was usually on
the bench with MSAD winning in blowout fashion in the second half. The
most contact he absorbed in the Trojans. homecoming game was at halftime,
when he posed for pictures as homecoming king, with queen Chloe Robinson
on his arm.

Peters has also proved his mettle against hearing and non-hearing
athletes. He considers himself Capital D deaf, and is very into deaf

.He.s very proud of his deafness and does not feel oppressed by any means
by being deaf,. Fuerst said. .He.s very proud and feels good about who he
is and knows his own identity. He can compete just as well against hearing
peers as with deaf peers..

A strong spring

and bright future

This spring, Peters was back to what he does best: winning races.

Peters put in lots of offseason work in between football and track,
signing up for offseason meets and working to get ready for the spring. He
had maybe his best day ever at the Berg/Seeger Classic in Texas, a meet
featuring the top deaf schools in the country. He set personal bests for
the year in all his events, going 11.38 seconds in the 100, 23.14 in the
200 and 51.64 in the 400, while also helping the 4×100 relay team to a
season-best 45.05.

.That fire was in him and he just wanted to prove to himself that he could
do it,. Fuerst said.

Peters put in lots of offseason work in between football and track,
signing up for offseason meets and working to get ready for the spring. He
had maybe his best day ever at the Berg/Seeger Classic in Texas, a meet
featuring the top deaf schools in the country. He set personal bests for
the year in all his events, going 11.38 seconds in the 100, 23.14 in the
200 and 51.64 in the 400, while also helping the 4×100 relay team to a
season-best 45.05.

.That fire was in him and he just wanted to prove to himself that he could
do it,. Fuerst said.

Peters finished the year with the top times in the nation among deaf prep
athletes in the 200 and the 400 . he lowered his mark to 51.25 later in
the year . and even ran the third-best 800 the one time he competed in it
all season.

With that kind of success, it.s not as hard to see why track is his
favorite sport.

.Because it.s more competitive; it.s me,. Peters said. .It.s more
emotional. It.s my favorite. The 400 meters, you can really push each
other on the track. It.s tougher than a game..

He made finals in the 200 and 400 at sections and earned a fifth-place
medal in the former race to finish his high school career.

Now, it.s training for the Deaflympics, which are next summer in Samsun,
Turkey. Fuerst is the relays and hurdles coach for the U.S. Deaf Track and
Field team, and is excited to see what Peters can do.

.This is going to be tremendous for Junior to see him grow and become a
world athlete, [against] adults throughout the world,. Fuerst said.

Peters will train at a USADTF camp at Gallaudet University in Washington,
D.C. next week, and try to find some club track teams in the Twin Cities
to train and compete with over the next year. His father wants to see him
get some schooling in as well, and hopes to see Junior become a teacher.
The 2017 Deaflympics start July 18, so Peters has about a year to get his
individual times down beneath qualifying standard and to cut his relay

Peters is also excited to see some more of the world.

.Yeah, definitely,. he said. .Getting out of the country again. I feel
ready to get out of the country. I love seeing the new sign language,
learning from the other cultures. It will be amazing. I.m very excited..


Deaf pro golfer shoots 4-under par at New Bern Pro Classic

Kevin Hall, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, shot four-under par in two
rounds at the New Bern Pro Classic at The Emerald this week. Hall, a
professional golfer who is deaf, played college golf at Ohio State and won
the Big Ten Championship in 2004 by 11 strokes.

Kevin Hall was two-and-a-half years old when he was declared deaf.
Through trials and tribulations, the Cincinnati, Ohio native is determined
not to let his handicap, his lack of hearing, deter him from doing big

As dedicated as he is to continue playing professional golf, Hall is
equally motivated to stay positive and inspire those around him.
Hall, who went on to play college golf at The Ohio State University and
became Big Ten Champion in 2004, got sick with H-Flu Meningitis when he
was real young which cause him to become deaf.

That didn.t stop him from succeeding on the course. And aside from that,
he serves as a motivational speaker and role model.
.They can see what I am doing with the resources that I have. They can do
the same thing. They can make it too,. said Hall through his interpreter,
mother Jackie Hall. .We have to do the best with what we have. You have to
have the heart, the mind to keep going and persevere..

Hall attended school at St. Rita.s School for the deaf before becoming the
first African-American golfer at Ohio State and a team co-captain for the
Buckeyes as a junior and senior.

He dominated the Big Ten Championship as a senior, winning by an
astonishing 11 shots.

.It was sweet. It was amazing how everything clicked that week. It was fun
to see golf being played that way,. said Hall, who was in the field at
this week.s New Bern Pro Classic at The Emerald Golf Club.
Hall chose Ohio State because it accommodated all of his needs.
.They had everything that I needed as far as being deaf and my dream of
playing golf. They had everything I need so I decided to go there,. he

Winning the Big Ten title made the decision easy for Hall to turn pro.
He.s been grinding along in the SwingThought Tour and preparing himself
for qualifying school and setting himself up for a chance to play on the
Web.com Tour or the PGA Tour.

Hall carded back-to-back rounds of 70 on Thursday and Friday for a
two-round four-under par with his father Percy Hall caddying. He missed
the cut as the cutoff was made at seven-under par . the top 16 scores and

.I.m very motivated. This year is my best year, as far as performing,.
Hall said. .I see myself getting better and better all the time. That
gives me the motivation to continue to make it through..

Hall learned sign language at a young age and picked up golf when he was
nine years old. He entered his first tournament at 10 years old.

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DeafDigest Sports – June 17, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor


Hot DeafSports News at:

– job announcement at Florida

– all-star game MVP

– misc stuff

– fake deaf football scam

– deaf vs deaf football schedule (one game is cancelled)


Deaf Sports Collections update
– three deaf pitchers


Job announcement at Florida School for the Deaf and Blind



2016 Deaf vs Deaf Football Schedule (one game is cancelled)
the scheduled game on Oct 1; Indiana at Maryland; has
been cancelled
the list below is revised

Aug 25 Arkansas at Louisiana
Aug 27 Tennessee at Georgia
Aug 29 Minnesota at Kansas

Sep 1 Kansas at Wisconsin
Sep 1 Missouri at Oklahoma
Sep 1 Mississippi at Louisiana
Sep 3 Indiana at Fremont
Sep 8 Iowa at Kansas
Sep 8 Tennessee at South Carolina
Sep 10 Louisiana at Georgia
Sep 10 Wisconsin at Minnesota
Sep 10 Model at Florida
Sep 10 Alabama at Mississippi
Sep 10 Missouri at Illinois
Sep 15 Michigan at Wisconsin
Sep 17 Oklahoma at Louisiana
Sep 17 Iowa at Arkansas
Sep 17 Alabama at Model
Sep 17 Kansas at Missouri
Sep 17 Tennessee at Carolinas (at Wilson)
Sep 21 Oklahoma at Kansas
Sep 22 Minnesota at Iowa
Sep 22 South Carolina at Tennessee
Sep 23 Texas at Maryland
Sep 24 Michigan at Missouri
Sep 24 Wisconsin at Illinois
Sep 24 Carolinas at Georgia
Sep 28 Oregon at Washington

Oct 1 Wisconsin at Iowa
Oct 1 Minnesota at Missouri
Oct 1 Phoenix at Colorado
Oct 1 Georgia at Carolinas (at Morganton)
Oct 1 Mississippi at Tennessee
Oct 6 Carolinas at Tennessee
Oct 7 Model at Indiana
Oct 8 Iowa at Oklahoma
Oct 8 Illinois at Minnesota
Oct 8 New Mexico at Phoenix
Oct 15 Louisiana at Carolinas (site not known)
Oct 15 Iowa at Missouri
Oct 15 Fremont at Riverside
Oct 15 Indiana at Alabama
Oct 15 Illinois at Michigan
Oct 15 Oklahoma at Arkansas
Oct 15 Mississippi at Model
Oct 15 Georgia at South Carolina
Oct 20 South Carolina at Carolinas (at Morganton)
Oct 21 Georgia at Louisiana
Oct 22 Florida at Alabama
Oct 22 Missouri at Wisconsin
Oct 29 Michigan at Minnesota
Oct 29 South Carolina at Georgia

Nov 5 Maryland at Florida


All-Star game MVP

FOOTBALL: Lampasas’ Maples awarded offensive MVP in Victory Bowl

WACO . Spencer Maples has always had a knack for picking up dirty yards on
the ground.

In the annual Heart of Texas FCA Victory Bowl football game held at Waco
ISD Stadium Friday, the Lampasas running back stayed true to form. Neither
offense was able to gain much traction, but Maples picked up 37 yards on
nine carries to help the Blue Team defeat the Red Team 7-6.

Blue ended the game with just 105 total yards of offense, while Red had
just 159.

For his efforts in the contest, Maples was awarded the game.s Offensive
MVP award.

.It was a great experience coming out here and learning about God,
learning how to be a good example as a Christian athlete and continue
playing the game I love,. Maples said afterward. .I had fun out here and
enjoyed meeting new friends. It was awesome..

It had been about five months since Maples, who will play collegiately at
Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., carried a football in
full-contact action. But it did not take long before he felt comfortable.

.I was just really running,. Maples said. .I just wanted to run the ball
as hard as I could . like I always have. It.s just natural and something
I.ve always loved to do, and when I get that ball in my hand, I just take
it and run..


Maples .blessed. for one more high school game at Victory Bowl

It ended in heartache.

In the final game of his high school career, Lampasas senior Spencer
Maples was poised for a celebration. Despite being winless in district
play, the Badgers. postseason hopes were alive entering their game against

Midway through the third quarter, Lampasas held a 28-27 lead, but it would
not last.

The Bulldogs responded with 14 unanswered points to eliminate their
longtime rivals from playoff contention, ending Maples. time at Lampasas.
While the standout fullback will never play for the Badgers again, he will
represent them one last time this weekend.

Maples will cap off his high school career Saturday as a member of the
Blue team during the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. eighth annual
Bowl at Waco ISD Stadium, and the chance to suit up again is overwhelming.

.I.m really blessed to have another opportunity to play one more game in
my high school career,. Maples said. .I thought my career was over, but
I.m really glad I can get under the lights one more time..
And he intends to make the most of his chance.

As a senior, Maples rushed for 1,473 yards and 13 touchdowns, including a
207-yard outburst in the season finale against Burnet, but he is not
focusing on statistics.

.I.m just going to go out there and enjoy every moment of it,. Maples
said. .I.m not going to think of it as a playoff game or anything. I just
want to have fun because we are here to have fun and learn how to be a
good example as a Christian athlete..

The Victory Bowl is an all-star game reserved for recent Central Texas
graduates, who are nominated by their coaches based on displaying
qualities in accordance with the FCA.s values.

While the game, which kicks off 6:30 p.m., serves as the centerpiece, the
experience includes practices, clinics, fellowships and community service
projects in the days leading up.

Although the chance to play one more high school game is fueling Maples,
he refuses to have tunnel vision.

.I.m looking forward to every second here,. Maples said. .I just want to
get everything I can out of this week..

Once the game concludes, Maples will embark on his collegiate career after
signing with Washington D.C..s Gallaudet University in March. It is
considered the nation.s premiere school for students with hearing
impairments like Maples, who was born with hearing issues in both ears.

Maples will play football for the Bison and has been spending much of his
time preparing to make the leap in competition, so he is enjoying the

.I.ve been hitting the weight room and track a lot before this week came,.
Maples said. .This really is a great time to refresh and get back on the

fake deaf football scam

Fake fundraiser leads to scam alert from Michigan School for the Deaf

FLINT, MI . The Michigan School for the Deaf is warning people about a
scam involving a young man telling people he’s raising money for a trip.

Incidents of people being asked for money took place in Warren and
Ferndale, where the person that is deaf handed someone a note.

“The note said that he plays football for Michigan School for the Deaf and
is asking for donations to travel to Washington DC for a game,” reads an
alert from the Flint school, adding “That young Deaf gentleman is scamming

No fundraising is current taking place for a football trip by the school,
and the school is not sending anyone to the nation’s capital.

“Please do not give any money to this person and make a report,” states
the alert.

Anyone with questions may contact the Michigan School for the Deaf at
editor’s note: Michigan plays 8-man football; the team from
Washington, DC is Model Secondary School for the Deaf, which
is returning to 11-man football after playing 8-man for
past two seasons. Of course, hearing people may have no
way of knowing this!


Delawarean earns spot on USA Deaf volleyball team

Shaun Walker, leaping at the net to block some of those hits or diving to
prevent them from bouncing off the floor, didn.t hear any of them.

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DeafDigest Sports – June 16, 2016

Barry Strassler, editor


Hot DeafSports News at:

– misc stuff



Deaf Sports Collections update
– Gallaudet first soccer win was unusual


a volleyball coach

Dave Hepner, the head volleyball coach at Hastings High,
in Nebraska, is deaf. He wears a hearing aid.


deaf soccer championships

Capaccio Paestum headquarters of the World Cup in 2016 for the Deaf

The World Championship of Paestum-Agropoli 2016 is a great sport event,
which will bring in Italy 32 national teams (16 male and 16 female) for
the title of world champion.

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USA women’s soccer team

Local Women Will Play at the U.S. Deaf World Cup

Meghan Maiwald, 26, whose mother.s family was raised in Santa Clara, is a
goalkeeper and a 10-year veteran of the US Deaf Women’s National Team. She
is also excited about participating in the Deaf World Cup.

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USA women’s soccer team

Hernandez plays in Deaf World Cup

Hanover rising senior Sabrina Hernandez will begin play in the 2016 Deaf
World Cup with the United States Women.s Team on Wednesday in Salerno,
Italy when the Americans battle Poland in first round action. The match is
scheduled for 10 a.m. in Italy, which is 4 a.m. on the east coast.
Hernandez, who was also a member of the gold-medal winning 2013 U.S.
Deaflympic Team, was profiled in the Herald-Progress last December. She is
one of 19 players on head coach Amy Griffin.s roster. The team also faces
Russia June 24 and China June 26 to complete pool play. Both games begin
at 4 a.m. on the east coast. The medal rounds begin shortly thereafter.


USA women’s soccer team

USWNT, NWSL stars wear their support for the U.S. Deaf WNT

Fans of the National Women.s Soccer League (NWSL) may have noticed some
familiar faces wearing t-shirts emblazoned with slogans like “Many Voices,
One Dream” and “I Love USA Deaf WNT” posted on various social media

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