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DeafDigest Sports – May 12-15, 2012

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Today’s Hot DeafSports News

- Dummy Hoy tournament forfeits!

- pro scouts interested in Gallaudet athlete

- athletic director opening

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Gallaudet football

Gallaudet’s Tony Tatum grabs the attention of NFL scouts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gallaudet University defensive back Tony Tatum
(Gardendale, Ala.) received national attention two years ago for the
improbable tipped interception play that played on ESPN’s
SportsCenter and College Game Day and reached over a million views on
YouTube in two days.


American track

American School for the Deaf Boys/Girls Track 2012:

ASD boys placed 7th and ASD girls placed 3rd at the Eastern Schools
for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA) Boys and Girls Track &
Field Tournament hosted by Maryland School for the Deaf on May 12th.

Boys Final Scores:

1 – Maryland 166 pts.
2- New Jersey 58 pts.
3 – New York 53 pts.
4- Lexington 52 pts.
5- Pennsylvania 46 pts.
6- The Learning Center 41 pts.
7- American 40 pts.
8 – Rhode Island 20 pts.
9 -St. Mary’s ( in Buffalo) 10 pts.
9 – Rochester 10 pts.

Girls Final Scores:

1 – St. Mary’s ( in Buffalo) 139 pts.
2 – New Jersey 95 pts.
3 – American 59 pts.
4 – Maryland 57 pts.
5 – Lexington 50 pts.
6 – New York 41 pts.
7 – Rochester 21 pts.
8 – The Learning Center 20 pts.
9 – Pennsylvania 3 pts.

ASD coaches Dennis Palka and I take our hats off to Maryland
Athletic Director Andy Bonheyo and his crew, who did a superb
job and showed us wonderful hospitality for the ESDAA Boys and
Girls Track Tournament. Thank you!

The Player of the Week and ESDAA tourney goes to ASD Boys- Oscar
Tejada, and Erick Rodriquez. Girls and all five girls players:
Regina Fuller, Chelsea Garrett, Tanasia Lafrazier, Andrea Velasquez
and Jenilee Marques.

We are very proud of our girls and boys track team for
their outstanding determination, hard work, effort, and teamwork.

Head Track Coaches – Dennis Palka and Lou Volpintesta
Assistant Track Coaches – Curt Hayward and Amie DiNardo


Indiana baseball and softball

(posted on a web site)

Announcement from ISD Athletic Department

The Athletic Department regrets to inform you that we had ineligible
players on our baseball and softball team due to IHSAA Age Rule 4-1.
Therefore we will have to forfeit any games that our ineligible players
played in which includes our recent Hoy Softball Championship. We will
resume our scheduled games including sectionals. The results on will be revised soon. This will not affect the eligible
players’ individual statistics.


Maryland baseball

Maryland School for the Deaf baseball team beat Broadfording Christian
Academy 11 to 7. Zack Barron pitched 6 innings to earn a win and made
two hits. Jad Gore and Jake Grindstaff each hit a double.


Minnesota track

MSAD girls track team placed 2nd (out of 4 teams)at Medford track meet
last Thursday.

MSAD boys track team placed 2nd (out of 4 teams)at Medford track meet
last Thursday.

Next meet is next week Thursday at International School in Eden Prairie.


Mississippi girls track

Shanieka Coleman, 14-year-old eighter, won 1st place in 100m dash 4
in a row…this afternoon she won Class 1A state champ.


New Jersey track

2012 ESDAA Track and Field Championship NJSD Results
Hosted @ Maryland May 13th

NJSD Girls  ESDAA 2nd Place
Top Performers:
Katrina DeValerio   5th place, 2nd 100 HH
Alba Peralta   6th  400, 4th  800
Liliana Martinez  3rd 1600
Fanny Tenezanca  6th 1600, 3rd 3200m
Judith Cantril  2nd 3200, 4th HJ
Elvira Kabanova  2nd 300 IH,  5th TJ
4 x 100 Relay 1st  Indra Oseagulu, Elvira Kabanova, Katrina DeValerio,
Tateiana LaGuerre
4 x 400 Relay 2nd  Elvira Kabanova, Liliana Martinez, Fanny Tenezaca
Tateiana LaGuerre
Sprint Medley Relay  5th  Nicole Baldwin, Indira Marte, Indra Oseagulu,
Fanny Tenezaca
Tateiana LaGuerre  6th LJ
Indra Oseagulu  2nd Shot, 4th discus
Nicole Baldwin 4th Shot, 2nd discus

Season Record: 19 – 6

NJSD Boys ESDAA  2nd Place
Top Performers:
Marquise Williams  2nd 100, 5th 200,
Fuquan Howard  2nd 400,  1st 300 IH,
Tim Skalko   5th 1600, 4th Discus
Tamar Taylor  6th 110 HH,
4 x 400 Relay  2nd  Ashanti Rutletge, Tamar Taylor, Tim Skalko, Fuquan
Sprint Medley Relay  3rd Tamar Taylor, Ashanti Rutledge, Joe Gilmore,
Marquise Williams
Aushanti Rutledge  6th LJ,  1st TJ

Season Record:  17 -9-1

NJSD would like to thank Andy and all the MSD staff for a wonderful


St Mary’s girls track

For the first time in St. Mary’s School for the Deaf history and for
the first time in the 35 year history of the girls ESDAA track and
field championships, our lady bison’s captured the 1st place
championship title. We were one of nine teams comprised of both
division 1(large schools) & division 2(small schools) in Fredirick,
Maryland to have competed in this annual tournament.  Although our
expectations are always high for this squad, we needed to consider
that we were only bringing 9 athletes and we were going head to head
against many division I perennial powerhouses.  The thought that we
could actually upset every one of these teams was beyond any one of
our wildest dreams.  That being said, you can teach skill but you
can’t coach heart!  The lady bison’s woke up early for the track meet
 Saturday morning ready to make a statement!  Not only was the
message received loud and clear, but we broke some records in the
process.  The competition consisted of 16 events and we finished in
the top 3 in all but three of them (13/16).  The lady bison’s racked
up; 6 gold medals, 7 silver medals,  3 bronze medals, 1 ESDAA record,
& 3 personal records. We finished the afternoon with a grand total of
139 points and beat the 2nd place team (New Jersey School for the
Deaf) by 44 points.  As per tradition at the tournament the all
around  winning team accepts their awards and then takes a victory
lap around the track to relish in their triumph.  It was a nice
ending to a good season and to a fantastic 2011-2012 girls varsity
sports campaign. To all of our seniors (Suada Abdulkadir, Sarah
Flowers, and Crystle Marion) who competed in their last ESDAA
tournament, thank you and good luck.  Finally, thanks to all of our
supporters, we could not have done it without your help.

Sarah Flowers : 3200m(2 miles)- 1st Place

                                1600m(1 mile)- 2nd Place

                                300m Intermediate Hurdles-4th place

                                Sprint Medley Relay(100m, 100m, 200m,
400m)-6th place


Crystle Marion: Shot Put- 1st Place (Broke ESDAA record/ 36’7 ¼”)

                                Discus- 1st Place

                                High Jump- 2nd Place

                                Sprint Medley Relay- 6th Place


Shakenya Ward-Brassell: High Jump- 1st Place

                                                   100m Hurdles- 1st

                                                   100m Dash- 2nd

                                                   200m Dash- 2nd


Andrea Lewis: Long Jump- 3rd Place

                                Triple Jump- 2nd Place

                                400m Dash- 2nd Place

                                800m – 2nd Place


Monica Burger: 1600m- 1st Place

                                800m – 3rd Place

                                Sprint Medley Relay- 6th Place

                                4x400m Relay- 3rd Place


Jamila Torres: Sprint Medley Relay- 6th Place

                            4x400m Relay- 3rd Place


Vaughntasia Hawkins: 4x400m- 3rd Place


Rebecca Swiatek: 4x400m Relay- 3rd Place


Wisconsin athletics

Athletic Director – Wisconsin School for the Deaf ~

The Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin School for the Deaf
(WSD) is currently seeking an Athletic Director. This position works
full-time during the school year and part of the summer (92%). This
position is located at 309 W. Walworth Avenue, Delavan.

WSD operates a residential school for children ages three to
twenty-one with deafness and/or hearing impairments. The school
provides academic and career education on site. The school also
offers instructional and technical assistance, teaching materials and
evaluations of pupils to local school districts and other agencies.
For more information about WSD, please go to

Under the direction of the~WSD Director and in cooperation with other
administration staff, the Athletic Director is responsible for
development, implementation, coordination, and oversight of the high
school and middle school athletic programs.~ In addition, the
Athletic Director, in cooperation with the residential and
educational supervisors, also has planning responsibility for the WSD
Summer Program.

Starting salary will be between $22.026 and $36.343 per hour
(approximately $42,311 to $69,813/yr) depending on qualifications.

For more information including how to apply, visit
Applications will be accepted until the needs of the department are met.
To ensure that your materials are
included in the initial review, they must be received by May 25, 2012.


Deaf Collegiate Athletes

Old Westbury – Jacob Coners, fr, baseball

Led his team with .515 batting average, but it is misleading.
He only played 26 of his team’s 42 games and started just
four games (17 of 33; only 5 extra base hits and 16 ribbies)


Deaf Elite Athletes

a commercial video on Ashley Fiolek

Bad news – it is not captioned!


Deaf Sports Trivia

Q. NFL scouts showing interest in Gallaudet’s Tony Tatum.
First time in Gallaudet history that pro scouts show
interest in any Gallaudet athlete?

A. No! Ronda Jo Miller was scouted by the WNBA and played
one pre-season game. And in football, over the years -
Frank Willis (early fifties), Bill Zachiarasen (early
sixties), Dan Fitzpatrick (late seventies), Shannon
Simon (late eighties) all attracted interest. They
were not not drafted, nor offered free agent contracts
for two reasons – their deafness and NCAA-III level.
Very few, if any, NCAA-III (hearing) players make it
to the NFL, anyway! And in baseball, there were scouts
from some major league teams.

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