DeafDigest Sports – April 9, 2018

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— Gallaudet football still NCAA playoffs-eligible

— Gallaudet baseball

— Gallaudet softball

— Gallaudet men’s track

— Sabina Shysh

— bus racing driver seems to have retired

Deaf Sports Collections update
— a sport RIT and Gallaudet never played each other

DeafSports picture of the day


Gallaudet football

Gallaudet football still NCAA playoffs-eligible

It was reported in yesterday’s DeafDigest Sports
that Mt Ida College has closed up, reducing the
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference by one
member. The concern is that NCAA could declare
the conference as playoff-ineligible due to lack
of sufficient members.

It has been learned that for 2018 and 2019, the
conference is still playoff-eligible despite closing
up of Mt Ida. But by 2020 the conference must
find a new member as Husson College is leaving
the conference in 2019.

Need to see how things develop within the next
two years as there are always few teams
desperate to find a conference.

Actually in many collegiate conferences,
members come and go – and Eastern Collegiate
Football Conference is no exception.


Gallaudet baseball

Bison swept by Penn St.-Abington

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University understood it was going to be a tough
conference opening weekend as it went up against two of the top teams in
the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). The Bison were swept Friday
by Penn St.-Berks and on Sunday they dropped two games to Penn
St.-Abington on a cold and windy day at Hoy Field.

Gallaudet (3-21-1, 0-4 NEAC) battled in the first game but came up short,
8-5, while Penn St.-Abington (11-7, 3-0 NEAC) won the second game going
away with a 19-3 win. The Bison have now lost their last 10 games.
Gallaudet still has 14 conference games left in front of them so there is
still time for the Bison to make a move and climb the NEAC standings as
they aim for a playoff appearance.

Gallaudet will hit the road and travel to New York next weekend to go up
against SUNY Poly (6-10) and SUNY Cobleskill (1-14) in NEAC doubleheaders. 


Gallaudet softball

Gallaudet splits with Cazenovia on Senior Day

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University softball team split its Sunday
afternoon North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) doubleheader with
Cazenovia College at the GU Softball Complex on Senior Day. The Bison
cruised in the first game and won 8-0 in five innings. In the second game,
Cazenovia (7-11, 1-1 NEAC) led for the majority of the game before
Gallaudet (8-12, 3-3 NEAC) tied the game, 5-5, in the fifth inning. The
two teams scored once in the seventh before playing two extra innings
before the Wildcats hit a go-ahead three-run home run and held on to win
9-8 in nine innings.

In between the first and second games, the Gallaudet softball program took
time to recognize their senior class. Four-year letterwinners Alyssa
Barlow (Chandler, Ariz.), Kelsey Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) and Genesis
Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas) were honored along with team manager Jeremy

It will be a busy Tuesday for the Gallaudet softball program as they are
slated to complete the second game of its March 24 doubleheader with
Trinity Washington University in the afternoon at the GU Softball Complex.
The Bison are leading 14-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning.
The two teams need to play at least one more inning to make the game
official.  From there Gallaudet will board a bus and drive to Takoma Park,
Md., to face Washington Adventist University in a non-conference
doubleheader under the lights starting at 5 p.m.


There are not too many NAIA teams in the metro Washington, DC area.
Washington Adventist is one of them.


Gallaudet men’s track

GU men’s track and field squad cracks top eight at Battleground Relays

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Gallaudet University men’s track and field team
participated in the two-day Battleground Relays hosted by University of
Mary Washington here Friday through Saturday. The Bison finished eighth
out of 16 teams as they scored 45 team points on a very cold Saturday,
where even some snowflakes fell during the meet.

Junior Gunner Hahn (Stevens Point, Wis.) won the 110-meter hurdles with a
time of 15.47 seconds while junior Michael Haynes (Edwardsville, Ill.) was
second (16.20). In the 400-meter hurdles, Hahn placed third with a time of

Senior Toraneau Varice (Pompano Beach, Fla.) was second in the 200-meter
dash with a time of 22.44 seconds. Freshman Louie Akuffo (Bowie, Md.) was
13th (24.37) while Roger Randle (Hoover, Ala.) was 16th (25.06).

Freshman Sean O’Callaghan (San Diego, Calif.) and sophomore Kai
Christenberry (Birmingham, Ala.) finished eighth and ninth, respectively,
in the 400-meter dash with times of 55.09 and 55.44.

Freshman Chance “Ren” Hohneke (Lehi, Utah) finished eighth in the
1,500-meter run as he crossed the finish line in 4:35.17. O’Callaghan was
a few seconds off Hohneke’s pace in 11th place (4:39.38).

Sophomore Dalton Attanasi (Hammonton, N.J.) took ninth in the 5,000-meter
run (20:36.13).

In the field events, junior Jamal Garner (Jacksonville, Ill.) had a busy
day. Garner finished fourth in the high jump as he cleared 1.75 meters.
Garner was 10th in the discus (35.90 meters),  11th in the shot put (11.43

Jamari Porter (Alexandria, Va.) finished fifth in the long jump with a
leap of 3.77 meters.


Gallaudet women’s track

Gallaudet women’s team places 11th at Battleground Relays

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Gallaudet University women’s track and field
team participated in the two-day Battleground Relays hosted by University
of Mary Washington here Friday through Saturday. The Bison finished 11th
out of 12 teams as they scored 12 team points on a very cold Saturday,
where even some snowflakes fell during the meet.

Junior Taylor Nguyen (Ballwin, Mo.) secured half of Gallaudet’s team
points with her third-place finish in the 5,000-meters run as she finished
just under six minutes off the first-place time. Nguyen crossed the finish
line in 24 minutes, 1.49 seconds. She was 15th in the 1,500-meters

Junior Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.), also a member of GU’s softball team,
had a rare Saturday off to compete with the Bison track and field program.
She finished second in her 100-meter heat and placed 10th overall with a
time of 14.29 seconds to just miss the finals.

Sophomore Anyia Brown (Wilmington, Del.) was 13th in the 100-meters with a
time of 15.50 seconds while teammate sophomore Tawnecia Rush
(Lawrenceville, Ga.) checked in at 16th place (16.11).

In the throwing events freshman Carina Dominguez Can (Hillsboro, Ore.)
placed 19th in the discus with a toss of 15.45 meters while fellow
freshman Nia Ralston (Danville, Ky.) was 20th (15.25 meters). Dominguez
Can was 20th in the shot put as her top throw checked in at 6.21 meters to
edge out Ralston in 21st place (6.01 meters). Dominguez Can completed the
trifecta with an 11th place finish in the hammer (12.99 meters). Freshman
Sabrina Hernandez (Ashland, Va.) finished ninth in the javelin with a top
throw of 21.09 meters.


re Sabina Shysh, she has already participated in four sports during
this 2017-18 academic year – soccer in fall, basketball in winter
and both softball and track this time. Won’t find too many, if any,
collegiate hearing athletes that play four varsity sports in one academic
year. And speaking of softball, she has played 16 of the team’s
20 games so far this spring. And that is not all, she is the sole
student-athlete representative with the screening committee that
will determine who the next Gallaudet athletic director will be!


college deaf basketball player

Missy Sadler


St. Thomas Aquinas (New York)

women’s basketball

she is 6 foot tall

this season:
played all 32 of her team’s 32 games

started three games

averaged only 11.1 minutes per game, not among
first wave of subs coming off the bench

scoring average is 3.8 points per game

averages 2.8 rebounds per game

only has averaged 0.1 blocks per game


bus racing driver

James Volk


bus racing driver

there is a group of racers that race used school (yellow)
buses at a track in Florida

James Volk, who is deaf, raced buses for years.

He last raced in 2016 and was not active in 2017.

Apparently he has retired