DeafDigest Sports – February 19, 2018

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Hot DeafSports News at:

— basketball tournament scores

— Gallaudet updates

— NCAA-I pitcher with a hearing loss


Deaf Sports Collections update
— world champion boxer was deaf

DeafSports picture of the day

Basketball won/lost records (as of 02/19/18)


ESDAA-I girls’ basketball tournament

41st Annual Girls Basketball Division I Basketball Tournament at Ohio.

Game #7 Consolation Championship
New York 44
Ohio 42

Game #8 Third/Fourth Place
Pennsylvania 46
Marie Philip 22

Game #9 Championship
Lexington 20

ESDAA Champions: Lexington
Runner-Up: WPSD
Third Place: Pennsylvania
Fourth Place: Marie Philip
Fifth Place: New York
Sixth Place: Ohio
Seventh Place: American

Team Awards
Team 21: Lexington
Team Free Throws: Lexington
Team Lay-Ups: Ohio
Team Sportsmanship: Ohio

Heidy De La Rosa- Lexington
Gigi Zheng
Yenifer Garcia
Danielle Fisher- WPSD
Olivia Larson
Cassie Friday
Yasmean Evans- Pennsylvania
Gia DiGiacomo
Shayla Rochette- Marie Philip
Samantha Pon- New York
Mierra Robinson- Ohio
Craichelle Morrison-American

Championship Game MVP- Heidy De La Rosa- Lexington


ESDAA-II boys’ basketball tournament

Sunday Schedule
Game #9 – 8:30 A.M.
#7 Delaware – 54 vs. Horace Mann – 39

Game #10 – 10:00 A.M. – Consolation Championship Game
#5 NYSSD-Rome – 52 vs. #3 Rhode Island – 59

Game #11 – 11:30 A.M. – 3rd/4th Place Game
#4 Rochester – 23 vs. #6 West Virginia – 34

Game #12 – 1:00 P.M. – Tournament Championship Game
#1 St. Mary’s – 43 vs. #2 Marie Katzenbach – 27


2018 ESDAA Div. II Boys’ Basketball Tournament Summary

1st – St. Mary’s
2nd – Marie Katzenbach
3rd – West Virginia
4th – Rochester
5th – Rhode Island
6th – New York State
7th – Delaware

Team 21 Champions – St. Mary’s
Brian Sosnowski Team Foul Shooting Champions – St. Mary’s
Team Lay Up Champions – St. Mary’s
Manager’s Competition – Christian Stump of West Virginia

Tournament All Stars
Devonte Baptista – Horace Mann
Dominic Hecker – Delaware
Hunter Ocmand – New York State
Jayden Elias – Rhode Island
Clarence Market – Rochester
Jeffrey Simpson – West Virginia
Zach Stump – West Virginia
Naim Webb – Marie Katzenbach
Nasir Gurganus – Marie Katzenbach
Chris Brown – Marie Katzenbach
Nick Barrus – St. Mary’s
Isa Habeeb – St. Mary’s
Dalton Planty – St. Mary’s

Championship Game MVP
Nick Barrus – St. Mary’s

Harry Woodcock Team Sportsmanship Award
Rochester School for the Deaf


Gallaudet baseball

Bison sweep series with Valley Forge on Opening Day

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University baseball team flourished in its
season-opener with a doubleheader sweep of University of Valley Forge on a
cool and sun-filled Sunday afternoon at Hoy Field. Gallaudet (2-0) shut
out the Patriots (0-2) in the first game 6-0 and won 5-1 in the second
game in the non-conference twin bill to begin the 2018 season.

Game 1: Gallaudet 6, Valley Forge 0
Senior outfielder Kyle Gumm (Dallas, Texas) led the offense with a 2-for-3
performance at the plate as he drove in one run and scored three times.

Gallaudet received great production from the top of its order as the top
five batters recorded a RBI and combined for five of the team’s six hits.
GU scored first with two runs in the bottom of the first and added two
runs in the fifth and six innings to capture its first win of the season.

Freshman pitcher Ethan Denson (Huffman, Texas) picked up his first
collegiate win as he pitched four innings of shutout ball. Denson (1-0)
allowed two hits, walked two batters and struck out four in the win. A
trio of Bison pitchers came on in relief to closeout the game. Valley
Forge’s pitcher Shashwat Chitnis (0-1) allowed four runs on four hits,
walked three, and struck out two in over four innings of work.

Game 2: Gallaudet 5, Valley Forge 1
The Bison led 1-0 early in the second game and added more runs in the
fourth and fifth innings. Junior outfielder Yebi Areola (Nashville, Tenn.)
tripled to right field to score sophomore Winston Lane (Brooklyn Center,
Minn.) in the bottom of the fourth. On the next play, Areola scored thanks
to freshman Darren Drolsbaugh’s (Landsdale, Pa.) sacrifice bunt to the

Valley Forge got on the board in the fifth as Bryan Reyes hit a sacrifice
fly to center field to score Jonas Marte as the Patriots cut the Bison
lead to two, 3-1.

Gallaudet struck, again, in the bottom of the fifth with two additional
runs. Gumm, who led off the inning with a walk, stole a base and moved up
on a ground out before he scored on a wild pitch. Lane followed that up
with a double to right-center field to plate senior Justin Strong
(Charlotte, N.C.), who got on base after being hit by the pitch, to give
GU the four-run lead, 5-1.

Junior Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) recorded his first win of the year
as he allowed one run on four hits and struck out two in five innings of
work. Valley Forge pitcher Bryce Wheary took the loss as he allowed four
runs on three hits, walked three, and struck out four in four innings.

Gallaudet easily swept Valley Forge in a double header last season,
by run away scores. Valley Forge has gotten stronger this season
with many freshmen recruits.


Gallaudet women’s swimming

Gallaudet women’s team finish fourth overall at 2018 NEAC swimming and
diving championships

COBLESKILL, N.Y. – The 2018 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC)
swimming championships hosted by SUNY Cobleskill concluded here Sunday
night as Gallaudet University finished fourth overall in the women’s

Cazenovia College won its fourth straight conference title with 706 team
points. Cedar Crest College was a distant second with 467 points followed
by Wells College (368 points), Gallaudet (310) and the host Fighting
Tigers from SUNY Cobleskill (156).

Sophomore Julia Miller-Notestone (Medford, Ore.) placed second in the
100-yard freestyle as she touched the wall in 1:02.81 while junior Alisia
Metante (Pleasanton, Calif.) was fourth (1:05.44).

Sophomore Jackie Perkins (Hampton, Va.) finished fifth in the 200-yard
breaststroke (3:01.00).

Sophomore Jessica Monroe (Senoia, Ga.) placed fifth in the 1,650-yard
freestyle as she touched the wall in 23:25.31 to secure 10 team points.

Junior Jana Kiefer (Leander, Texas) was sixth in the 200-yard backstroke
with a time of 2:55.05.

Gallaudet’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Kiefer, Metante,
Miller-Notestone and Perkins finished fourth with a time of 4:32.81.


Gallaudet men’s swimming

Gallaudet sweeps NEAC men’s swimming awards as Bison finish third at
conference championships

COBLESKILL, N.Y. – The Gallaudet University men’s swimming and diving
program cleaned up at the 2018 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC)
championships hosted by SUNY Cobleskill as the Bison took every individual
award on Sunday night. GU finished third overall as Wells College snuck by
the Bison down the stretch to take second place away from the buff and

Freshman Benjamin Sealts (Ottawa, Ohio) was the star of the weekend as he
won four events (including one relay) and set three NEAC records en route
to be named the 2018 NEAC Men’s Swimmer of the Year and 2018 NEAC Men’s
Rookie of the Year. Sealts shares the rookie of the year honor with SUNY
Cobleskill’s Daniel Mullen. Gallaudet head coach Larry Curran was named
the 2018 NEAC Men’s Swimming & Diving Coach of the Year.

The host Fighting Tigers from SUNY Cobleskill successfully defended its
championship as they finished with 498 team points followed by Wells
(394), Gallaudet (379) and Cazenovia College (196).

Sealts won the 200-yard backstroke with a NEAC record time of 1:55.86 to
improve on his own school record time of 1:58.11 set on Jan. 13, 2018. He
was over 34 seconds ahead of the second-place swimmer.

Senior Jonathan Tikhonoff (Folsom, Calif.), last year’s NEAC Men’s Swimmer
of the Year, won the 200-yard butterfly with a NEAC record time of
2:06.79. Tikhonoff’s time erases Raymond Clark’s school record time of
2:09.83 set in 2005. The previous NEAC mark was 2:11.02 set by a Cazenovia
swimmer in 2013.

Gallaudet finished third in the 400-yard freestyle relay as Sealts and
Tikhonoff teamed up with junior Mackenzie Shannon (Winnetka, Ill.) and
senior David Bruno (Patchogue, N.Y.) to post a time of 4:02.46.


New Jersey girls’ basketball

NJSD Girls ESDAA Tournament Result

February 9th – 11th @ Delaware


NJSD vs New York- Rome

NJSD beat Rome 52 – 12

The Lady Colts had a very strong game, all players scored. We only had 5
players but they played through their fatigue. De’Avian Watson lead the
team with a double double – 17 points, 10 rebounds, 8 blocks and 3
Alexis Holland had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 4
steals. Naiajah Wilson had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block and 1
steal. Sinmiloluwa Folaranmi had her best game of her career putting in 7
points, 2 rebounds, and 3 steals.


NJSD vs #1 seed Delaware

NJSD lost 37 – 18

De’Avian Watson lead the team with 8 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 14
blocks, 1 steal.


NJSD vs Rhode Island – Consolation Game

NJSD defeated RISD  29 – 10

The Lady Colts captured the third-place trophy with a strong performance
De’Avian Watson with another double double, putting in 16 points, 12
rebounds, 1 assist, 4 blocks and 4 steals. Alexis Holland added 8 points,
pulled down 15 rebounds, had 2 assists and 4 steals.

The Lady Colts placed 3rd and their manager Ana Maria DeVora won the
manager competition.

Making the All-Tournament Team were: De’Avian Watson and Geizi Teuttle

Congratulations to the Lady Colts and their coaches. They played all
with minimal players. They went into most games with only 6 girls.
to the players for sticking out the season, even though they were
exhausted. Coaches GREAT job!

2017 – 2018 Season record: 4 – 10


Pennsylvania girls’ basketball

PSD Lady Panthers Basketball Tournament Results, 2/16-2/18

On February 16th-18th, Friday, in the first game of the ESDAA tournament
hosted by Ohio School for the Deaf, the Lady Panthers played and beat ASD
to move on to semi final game. It was a physical game, but the girls were
able to come out on top beating ASD 28-12. Yasmean had a great defensive
game with 7 blocks and 5 steals and also contributed 13 points.

On Saturday, in the semi-final game of the tournament, PSD played
Lexington School for the Deaf. Although the game was very competitive, it
ended in a heartbreaking loss with the final score 40-41. Yasmean had 25
points and 12 rebounds.

On Sunday, the Lady Panthers battled for 3rd place with Marie Philip
School. It started out a close game but the Lady Panthers were able to
take the lead and win the game 46-22. In the win, Yasmean had 20 points
and 13 rebounds.

PSD won 3rd place in the tournament.

We also want to congratulate Yasmean and Gia as the nominated All Stars
for PSD.

We want to congratulate our girls on an amazing season! We are so proud of
them and look forward to the 2018-2019 season!

Final Record: 18-2


St Mary’s boys basketball

The Bisons played The Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf from New Jersey
this afternoon in the Division II ESDAA Championships.  It has been over
10 years since The Herd was in the championship game so the Bisons were
anxious and jittery to start.  The first 8 minutes were close and low
scoring for both teams.  The Bisons then  took off on a run and outscored
New Jersey 17-8 in the final 8 minutes of the first half(Rhode Island
state rules play halves and not quarters).  Nick Barrus and Kassim Kassim
created some key turnovers that led to points.  Isa Habeeb(10) and Dalton
Planty(11) combined for 21 rebounds and helped control the boards. Ryan
Brzezinski came in off the bench and provided a change in the game which
led to points for the Bisons.  New Jersey got into foul trouble to start
the second half and the Bisons continued their run and outscored New
Jersey 17-5 for 8 minutes of play. The Bisons went on to win and become
Division II Champions….43-27.

The Bisons also won the Team Free Throw Competition, Team 21 Competition
and the Team Half Court Layup Competition.

1st team All-Stars were Nick Barrus, Isa Habeeb and Christian Lawrence.

Tournament Most Valuable Player was Nick Barrus.

Our record is 11 wins and 3 losses.


NCAA-I pitcher with a hearing loss

Robby Medel shows confidence in expanding role

part of web posting

“Going into my first year here [Arizona], that summer my mom was
thinking I was always ignoring her and I was like ‘no I’m not ignoring
you,’” Medel said. “So I did some hearing tests … figur[ed] out
that I am hard of hearing and [that] it’s really bad.”

Medel eventually had to get hearing aids, but initially wasn’t a big
fan. During his first year as a Wildcat, Medel struggled while on the
mound and eventually realized that wearing the hearing aids would benefit

he is late-deafened; he is a senior, too