DeafDigest Sports – April 16, 2018

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— Berg/Seeger top 3 team finishers

— Gallaudet men’s and women’s track

— Maryland baseball & track

— Alabama & Iowa track

— boxing champion

— deaf referee training hearing referees

— championship finals was a Civil War

Deaf Sports Collections update
— deaf golfer won Jr PGA championship

DeafSports picture of the day


championship finals was a Civil War

DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia)
defeated Frederick in the championship finals at
the National Deaf Basketball tournament.

Civil War? Yes.

8 DMV players were former members of Gallaudet varsity
basketball team. The coach also played Gallaudet
varsity basketball.

8 Frederick players were former members of Gallaudet
varsity basketball team. The 9th player was a member
of the Gallaudet football team; he could have
played varsity basketball if he wanted to, but stayed
with football!

Metro DC area bragging rights? Yes!

What about ATX (Austin, Texas) team?

A comment was this:
Team was not the same as compared to last season


Berg/Seeger top 3 finishers

Track results from Berg&Seeger (4/14)

Final Team Scores (Boys- 21 teams)
1- Texas School for the Deaf – 171 points
2- Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf – 82 points
3- Maryland School for the Deaf – 81 points

Final Team Scores (Girls – 21 teams)
1- Texas School for the Deaf – 184 points
2- Maryland School for the Deaf – 137 points
3- California School for the Deaf-Fremont – 132 points


Gallaudet men’s track

Gallaudet men’s track and field cracks Top 20 in Osprey Open

GALLOWAY, N.J. – The Gallaudet University men’s track and field team
finished 17th out of 31 teams here Saturday at the two-day Osprey Open
hosted by Stockton University.

The host Ospreys won with 140.5 team points followed by RC-Gloucester CC
(55 points), Farmingdale St. (53), and unattached team (48) and Cheyney
(47.5) round out the top five. The Bison tallied 20 team points.

Junior Gunner Hahn (Stevens Point, Wis.) took second in the 110-meter
hurdles with a time of 15.67. He finished seventh in the 400-meter hurdles
with a season-best time of 58.35 seconds.

Junior Jamal Garner (Jacksonville, Ill.) was third in the high jump as he
cleared 1.93 meters (six feet, four inches) on his second to last jump.
Garner placed sixth in the shot put (13.30 meters) and 11th in the discus
(37.32 meters).

Sophomore Kai Christenberry (Birmingham, Ala.) participated in the two-day
decathlon and finished eighth out of nine competitors with 3,642 points.
His best event was the 1,500-meter run where he won in 4:50.13 to earn 618

Freshman Chance Hohneke (Lehi, Utah) finished 12th in the 10,000-meter run
with a personal record time of 37 minutes, 51.29 seconds.

Senior Toraneau Varice (Pompano Beach, Fla.) finished 16th in the
100-meter dash with a time of 11.28 seconds while freshman Louie Akuffo
(Bowie, Md.) posted his season best time of 11.96 as he placed 37th.

Hohneke finished 21st in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:31.49 as he
just missed a new personal best time by a second. Freshman Sean
O’Callaghan (San Diego, Calif.) was right behind Hohneke in 23rd place
with a new season best time (4:34.83).

O’Callaghan placed 28th in the 400-meter dash with a personal best time of
54.03 seconds. Sophomore Dante Washington (Paterson, N.J.) was five
seconds off his teammate’s pace as he finished 46th with a new season best
time of 59.46.

O’Callaghan was GU’s first finisher in the 800-meter run with a new
personal record of 54.03 seconds as he crossed the finish line in 33rd

Cheyney University, one of these participating teams, is a NCAA-II program


Gallaudet women’s track

GU women’s track and field places 23rd at Osprey Open

GALLOWAY, N.J. – The Gallaudet University women’s track and field team
finished 23rd out of 27 teams here Saturday at the two-day Osprey Open
hosted by Stockton University.

The host Osprey won the meet with 234 points followed by Caldwell (55.5),
Franklin & Marshall (50), RC-Gloucester CC (48) and Seton Hall (47) round
out the top five. The Bison set many season best times as they tallied
five team points.

Junior Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) finished 16th in the 100-meter dash
with a season-best time of 13.49 seconds. Sophomore Tawnecia Rush
(Lawrenceville, Ga.) was a few seconds back in 29th place (15.04).

Sophomore Anyia Brown (Wilmington, Del.) set a personal best in the
200-meter dash with a time of 29.77 in 33rd place.

In the field events, Shysh was tied for fifth in the high jump as she
cleared 1.45 meters (four feet, nine inches) to earn two team points.

GU’s 4×100 meter relay team of Freshman Courtney Hocog (Fontana, Calif.),
Shysh, Brown and Cashly Simpson (Memphis, Tenn.) were seventh overall with
a time of 56.29.

The Bison finished 11th in the 4×400 meter relay as the team of Brown,
sophomore Fatuma Ali (Tucson, Ariz.), Hocog and Shysh crossed the finish
line in 4:59.80.

Seton Hall is a NCAA-I program, much better known for basketball!


Alabama track

2018 Berg & Seeger Track & Field Classic in Fremont, CA
Saturday, April 14

*Lady Warriors – 11th place (10 points)*

4x100m relay
7th place-ASD

4x200m relay
3rd place-ASD

100m hurdles- final
8th place- Scottie Smith

*Silent Warriors – 5th place (49 points)*

400m dash
4th place- Marc Wallace

800m run
6th place- Marc Wallace

1600m run
5th place- Cade Henson

3200 m run
6th place: Cade Henson

110m hurdles-final
7th place: Jaquavious McCrae

300m hurdles
4th place- Micheal Paige

4x100m relay
1st place- ASD

4x200m relay
3rd place: ASD

4x800m relay
4th place: ASD

Discuss throw
5th place- Zachary Beaver


Iowa track

Our ISD track season has been a slow start.  We started practices the
Monday in March, and spent most of the practice time indoors.  We weren’t
able to get out on our track, since it is an older cinder track and was
and muddy for most of the month.  Thankfully, Lewis Central (the high
school across the road from us) allowed us to come to their track to
practice when the weather was decent enough and they had no events at

Our first meet was a co-ed meet at AHSTW Schools in Avoca, Iowa.  Our
girls’  results were:

100 Meter Dash
Sterlyn Aragon-16.88 for 14th place
MaMa Sharal-20.23 for 17th place

200 Meter Dash
Sterlyn Aragon-37.84 for 18th place
MaMa Sharal-43.51 for 21st place

400 Meter Dash
Autumn Winter-1:18.69 for 11th place (she missed getting 8th and scoring
1.67 seconds)
Sterlyn Aragon-1:45.31 for 18th place

Our boys’ results were:
200 Meter Dash
Henry Zlando-26.42 for 13th place (he missed 8th place and scoring by just
1.3 seconds)
Austin Stage-35.26 for 20th place

400 Meter Dash
Austin Stage-1:24.61 for 18th place

400 Meter Hurdles
Austin Stage-1:33.57 for 12th place
Jorge Yepze-Morales 1:42.46 for 13th place

Jacob Taylor-65’0″ for 16th place

Shot Put
Jacob Taylor-22’5″ for 20th place

4X200 Relay (Nathan Weigel, Damien Holste, Cory Jacobson, Henry Zlando)
1:56.00 for 10th place (they missed 8th place and scoring by just 2.6

Sprint Medley Relay (100-100-200-400) (Same four boys as 4X200 Relay)
1:55.19 for 10th place (they missed 8th place and scoring by about 4

Although we did not score any points, we came pretty close to scoring
in the boys and one in the girls against some very tough competition. 
of these teams were competing in their 2nd or 3rd meet of the year, even
with the bad weather causing many cancellations.  Most of the teams we
competed against were Class 3A, 2A, or 1A.  We are in 1A for track.

The boys were supposed to have a meet on Monday, April 9th, at Treynor,
it was cancelled due to the cold temperatures that day.  Wind chill would
have been in the single digits during the meet.

The girls competed across the road at Lewis Central on Tuesday, April
10th.  This meet was mostly 4A and 3A schools, with a couple of 2A and 1A
schools along with us.  Each event had at least two or three top ten
performers from each of the classes in our state in this meet, so it was a
very tough one.  Our results were:

100 Meter Dash
Autumn Winter-15.75 for 22nd place
Sterlyn Aragon-16.88 for 29th place
MaMa Sharal-20.23 for 30th place

200 Meter Dash
Sterlyn Aragon-37.31 for 29th place
MaMa Sharal-42.28 for 30th place
(Both girls improved their time from the AHSTW Meet the previous week)

400 Meter Hurdles
Autumn Winter-1:27.63 for 15th place

Our next meets this week are:  Tuesday, a co-ed meet hosted by CAM
meet in Atlantic, and Thursday, a boys meet in Hamburg hosted by Sidney
Schools.  The weather should be ok for Tuesday, despite the cold and snow
we have today.


Maryland track

Final Team Scores (Boys- 21 teams)
1- Texas School for the Deaf – 171 points
2- Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf – 82 points
3- Maryland School for the Deaf – 81 points

Top 3 finishers by MSD boys
Miguel Pavao (2nd) 3200 Meter 11:22.24
Brady Perry (1st) 100 Meter 11.31
Brady Perry (2nd) 200 Meter 22.99
Miguel Pavao (1st) 1600 Meter 5:09.48
Brady Perry (3rd) 400 Meter 52.64
Miguel Pavao (2nd) 800 Meter 2:18.85
Enow Otto (2nd) Long Jump 20ÿÿ4ÿÿ
Enow Otto (2nd) Triple Jump 40ÿÿ5.5ÿÿ
Maurice Braxton, Enow Otto, Janos-Calvin Giuranna, Miguel Pavao (2nd)
4×200 Relay 1:38.76

Final Team Scores (Girls – 21 teams)
1- Texas School for the Deaf – 184 points
2- Maryland School for the Deaf – 137 points
3- California School for the Deaf-Fremont – 132 points

Top 3 Finishers by MSD Girls
Rajena Guettler (2nd) 100 Meter  13.52
Sierra Herzig-Wilcox (2nd) 100 Meter Hurdles 18.09
Cassidy Perry (2nd) 200 Meter 28.0
Rajena Guettler (1st) 400 Meter 1:03.48
Sierra Herzig-Wilcox (1st) 300 Meter Hurdles 53.65
Alyssa Glennon (3rd) High Jump 4ÿÿ7ÿÿ
Cassidy Perry (1st) Long Jump 16ÿÿ9ÿÿ (new school record)
Cassidy Perry (2nd) Shot Put 30ÿÿ5ÿÿ
Dana Brooks, Rose Shephard, Charisa Reins, Yireh Sanchez (2nd) 800 Meter
Relay 2:08.55
Lera Walkup, Yireh Sanchez, Charisa Reins, Hanna Johnston-Shaw (1st) 3200
Meter Relay  13:25.88


Maryland baseball

part of newspaper story

Athletes of the Week (April 16)

Maryland’s School for the Deaf’s Stefan Anderson hit two inside-the-park
grand slams in the Orioles’ 15-5 win over Massanutten Military Academy in
area baseball on Wednesday


Deaf boxer Julian Smith fights hard to become Chicago Golden Gloves champ

part of newspaper story

Smith was a freshman in high school the first time he put on a pair of
gloves. His brother, Brandon Smith, came home one day, took Julian out
back, slid on the red mitts and said, “We’re gonna box.”

Brandon wanted to condition his younger brother to be tough. He wanted
Julian to know he could take care of himself, especially growing up in

Despite their seven-year age gap, the two were inseparable.

Julian would follow Brandon everywhere, Bibbs said. They spent hours in
the yard sparring. Brandon never took it easy on Julian. He pushed him to
the brink of his pain threshold and that was the beginning of Julian’s
life as a boxer.

Julian was training with Pierre Scott, a local trainer with his own
history in the ring.

“He would get in the ring with anybody,” Scott said of Julian’s
early training days. “I would have to tell him you can’t get in the
ring with heavyweights.”

The two developed an immediate bond. Scott calls Julian his son.

In boxing, the trainer must be in harmony with the boxer. For Scott, that
meant learning how to communicate with Julian. He didn’t know sign
language, but together Scott and Julian figured it out.

The whole time, doubters were saying they never would.

In the beginning, Scott would simply show Julian with his hands what he
wanted him to do in the ring. As Julian’s talents grew, they needed a
better way to communicate during bouts.

“I didn’t want him to take his eyes off his opponent,” Scott said.
“I came up with the idea to use bright towels.”

Scott flashes towels from the corner while Julian dances across the ring,
each towel symbolizes something different.

In the beginning, critics said Julian was at a disadvantage by being deaf,
but he never saw it that way. In his mind, he has the advantage. He may
not be able to hear his opponent, but they will never understand his
boxing language with Scott.

On Friday night, Smith competed in his fifth Golden Gloves tournament. His
entire family, including Brandon’s 5-year-old son, “Little” Brandon,
were ringside as Julian became a Golden Gloves champion with a
second-round knockout of Jeremiah Hinton from Garfield Park in the 152,
open division.

As Smith warmed up for his championship bout in the basement of Cicero
Stadium — throwing quick jabs followed by powerful hooks —”Little”
Brandon stood close, watching. Julian taught him how to box, just like
“Little” Brandon’s father taught him that one afternoon 12 years

“Brandon would tell me he was proud of me,” Julian said. “He would
say he was proud of me for fighting, for being strong no matter what’s
in front of me.”

Julian has dreams of becoming the first deaf world champion, but he has
dreams for his community in Chicago as well. Since his brother’s death,
boxing has become the vehicle to not only keep his brother’s memory
alive but to also spread a message against the gun violence that plagues

“Pick up the gloves,” Julian said, “and put down the guns.”


importance of a deaf referee in soccer

part of newspaper story

Prestigious national deaf cup clashes at the Zeeco Stadium

England Deaf Football are staging two of their League Championship
semi-finals at the Zeeco Stadium.

Doncaster take on St John’s in the opening match at 11.30am with Fulham
then playing Sunderland in a contest which gets underway at 2.30pm.

Daniels director Guy Walton commented: “We have worked with the deaf
national league to host both matches and we are proud our magnificent
facilities can host fixtures of such importance.

“We have organised several local young referees to help officiate the
games under the guidance of a deaf referee who will travel to lead the
team of four.