DeafDigest Sports – March 11, 2018

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Hot DeafSports News at:

— FarWest hall of famers inducted

— college deaf football player

— deaf professional basketball player

Deaf Sports Collections update
— many people thought national deaf basketball tournament was foolish

DeafSports picture of the day


DeafDigest Sports Basketball All Americans and other honors

To be announced Monday & Tuesday
— All-American teams and other honors

already announced

Big Schools Boys’ basketball
Maryland School for the Deaf

Small Schools Boys’ basketball
New Mexico School for the Deaf

Big Schools Girls’ basketball
Texas School for the Deaf

Small Schools Girls’ basketball
Georgia School for the Deaf
Mississippi School for the Deaf

To be announced next week
— All-American teams and other honors


college deaf football player

Tristan Peyton
University of Pennsylvania

listed on the roster as linebacker but has not
compiled any defensive stats during the
2017 season


deaf professional basketball player

Michael Lizarraga
pro basketball
Abejas de Guanajuato team (Mexico)

played 20 of his team’s 39 regular season games

averaged 22.9 minutes per game

averaged 4.5 rebounds per game

averaged 11.1 points per game

don’t know why he missed 19 games


Farwest Athletic Association of the Deaf

newly inducted hall of famers

Jimmy “Dribble” Newsome, Player

Jimmy Newsome started his Deaf club career in
Washington where he played for the Diplomats (’79) which
led to his first AAAD champion among with Fred Poole (O81’).

He played for the Hollywood Silent Recreation Club in
1981 to 1983 then 1985 to 1992. He returned to Diplomats
in 1984 and joined Chicago in 1993.

Received his first MVP in 1981, but he then rampaged
through 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1992, for Hollywood
Silent, received MOP award in 1990 and 2nd Team All
Star in 1989.

He was selected to be part of the Deaflympics team in
1981 (Köln), 1985 (Los Angeles) and 1997 (Copenhagen).
He also chaired for 1994 (Cleveland H.S.) & 2006 (Las
Vegas) FAAD Regional Tournament. He became
president of FAAD, which was “WDB” during his
presidency term in 2006. He was the Men’s BPAC
Representative for Deaf National Basketball. He ended his
career with the Dynamingle as a coach/player in 2011.

Barbara Hyde, Player

Barbara Hyde started with Tucson’s Women in 1988, but didn’t attend
to AAAD Invitational Tournament until the year after, it wasn’t official
Deaf national tournament until 91’. Yet, she earned her MVP award in
FAAD region in 1988 and 1989.

The first Deaf national tournament for women was in Atlantic City, NJ
in 1991. Hyde entered in her Tucson uniform and resulted 3rd after
losing against MWAD.

Playing for well-known women teams: Tucson and Arizona Black
Widows, led FAAD to eight straight regional champions from 89’ to 96’
and 09’ was her last. Hyde wrapped her career with national
championship for Arizona Black Widows. In sum, she earned four deaf
AAAD national championship and nine regional champions.

She’ve left to play for the Fremont in 1999, but when she played in
nationals’ semifinal, she ended up faced her legacy team and took the
loss in semi-final. Arizona defeated Fremont 46-85.
Hyde was player and coach for the Deaflympics (93’, 97’, 01’, 05’,
and 09’).

Steve Mutti, Player

Back in the 1980, Steve Mutti started at Pierce Valley
basketball team and went second place after losing
against Hollywood. A year after that, Hollywood team was
opening a spot for him which led him to his first regional
and national championship in same year. In the hope of
another strike of national championship in 1982, yet
Hollywood accepted the defeat against Carolinas. Mutti left
Hollywood to play for his former team, Pierce Valley for
two straight years.

Mutti went to play for LACD in 86’ and 87’. Before h
retirement, he returned to Hollywood for the last five years
of his career from 1989 to 1993. He became one of the
FAAD board member in 1993-1994 as a treasurer

Janel Birrenkott, Player

Janel Birrenkott hailed from Lemmon,
South Dakota, she attended to Lemmon High School. She did not
know sign language until she was 23, she met two Deaf individuals at
the bar who were signing and this was when her Deaf journey begins.
She played for Northern State University in South Dakota then went
for Women’s professional basketball, Pride of Iowa, but that team
didn’t last any longer. She joined the first Deaf ball club with Sioux
Falls Association of the Deaf back in 91’ then played for Minnepaul in
1992. She went for two straight losses in finals against MWAD 91’ and
Tucson 92’. She started to become a championship product in 1994
when she played for Wichita while earning her first MVP trophy. She
found her home with the Arizona Black Widows where she entered
national nine times with five national champions which brought her
total of six national champions includes with one championship with
Wichita. Birrenkott and the Arizona Black Widows went nine of nine in
FAAD regional tournaments from 96’ to 09’. Nationally, she went in the
finals ten times out of thirteen.

She was selected to be in the Deaflympics in Sofia (93’), 97’
(Copenhagen), and 01’ (Rome). She also compete for the Javelin
Throw (Bronze) and Shot Put in 93’.

Michael “Doc” Torres, Player

“Doc” Torres wasn’t able to participate in EAAD tournament because
of a rule passed by the region which prohibits play by any schoolboy. He
started his Deaf club career in New York where he played for the Union
League (’81) which led to h first lost against Chicago’s Ashford
, Stewart and Currin. He played for the Hollywood Silent
Recreation Club in 1982, 1984, 1988 and also 1989. He returned to
Hollywood in 1995.

In 1986, Torres played for Chicago when Ashford’s ankle pulled him out
of the AAAD tournament. He decided to join with the Bingham brothers, Helm and
Colston, played for Philadelphia in 1990. Philadelphia lost to Hollywood
in semifinals 73-78.

Received his First Team All-Star award in 1984 and several more First Team
All-Star awards in 1989, 2002, and 2003 with Hollywood, and then later with

Torres received his Second Team All-Star in his first AAAD tournament in
1982 (Union League). He earned several more after that in 86’, 88’, 96’,
04’, and 11’.

It took him 18 attempts before he finally won his first AAAD/USADB
champion with the Dynamingle A in 2004 at Orem, Utah.

He was honored and selected to be a part of the Deaflympics team in 1981
and 1985.

Coming from Pierce College, he played with Puerto Rico Professional
Basketball for 13 years

Dr. Lawrence Fleischer, known as “Larry,” he heavily contributed to
Deaf sports, especially toward basketball. He played his first Deaf basketball
club with Los Angeles Club of the Deaf in 1971. Here is the list of teams he
played for during his FAAD career:

71’ – LACD
72’ – Hebrew
73’ – Blue and White Stars
76’ – Temple
77’ – Temple
78’ – Hollywood
79’ – Hollywood
80’ – LACD
82’ – Pierce Valley

Outside of being a basketball player, he was involved with organizations
such as secretary and treasurer of FAAD in 1977-1978. He then was
elected as the president of FAAD in 1979-1980. He held a FAAD regional
tournament at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) in 1981. He
received his doctorate degree from Brigham Young University in 1975 as he
constructed the department of Deaf Studies at California State University