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31

2018/07/31

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DeafDigest Sports – July 31, 2018

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— legendary Gallaudet athlete featured in a magazine

— Florida football

— random deafsports thoughts

— deaf soccer discrimination in Somalia

— deaf swimming championships

Deaf Sports Collections update
— Gallaudet first participation in national tournament
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/most-decorated-gallaudet-athlete/

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Gallaudet legend Ronda Jo Miller featured in NCAA Champion magazine

INDIANAPOLIS – Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of Famer Ronda Jo
Miller, ’01 is profiled in the Summer 2018 issue of Champion magazine
published by the NCAA.

The story, which was nearly a year in the making, was written by Matthew
Holmes, Assistant Director – Championships & Alliances with the NCAA. The
profile story is titled “Gallaudet star soared on both the basketball and
volleyball courts” and can be read here:
http://www.ncaa.org/champion/gallaudet-star-soared-both-basketball-and-volleyball-courts.

Miller, now Ronda Jo Donatucci, was inducted into the Gallaudet Athletics
Hall of Fame in 2008 for women’s basketball and 2014 for women’s
volleyball.

The story catches up with Donatucci and reflects on her astonishing career
at Gallaudet that saw her set team, conference and national records.

Miller, who had her No. 23 women’s basketball jersey retired on Feb. 8,
2014, was a three-time Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)
All-American first team selection, three-time Capital Athletic Conference
(CAC) Player of the Year and holds numerous school records. She led
Division III in scoring average (26.3 points per game) during the 1998-99
season when the Bison (24-6) reached the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA
tournament. She still holds the Division III all-time career mark for
rebounds (1,545) in 106 games played. Gallaudet made two appearances in
the NCAA tournament (1996-97, 1998-99) with Miller leading the way.

She was a three-time CAC Player of the Year (1996, ’97, ’99) in
women’s volleyball and a three-time American Volleyball Coaches
Association (AVCA) all-region honoree (1996, ’97, ’99). She became the
first women’s volleyball player to earn CAC Player and Rookie of the
Year in the same season (1996) and a four-time All-CAC first team
selection. Miller helped the Bison win their third and fourth CAC
championships (1996, ’99) and make two NCAA tournament appearance. Her
four single-season kill totals rank first (1,038 in 1999), second (896,
’97), third (845, ’98) and fifth (720, ’96) in CAC history and are
in the Top 10 in Division III history. She finished her career with a NCAA
record 3,579 kills (tops in Division I, II, III) on 7,117 attacks (.389
hitting percentage) in 583 sets played.

note:
She got to play for the Washington Mystics in one pre-season
game. This appearance represents that highest level in major
league sports (ML, NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS and WNBA) that a Gallaudet
athlete could ever participate, regardless if it was a
regular season game or a pre-seson game.

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random deafsports thoughts

Ronda Jo Miller continues to get athletic honors.

There is one thing missing – she broke all these
volleyball records – yet never made the national
NCAA-III volleyball All-American honors!

She made national NCAA-III All-American basketball
honors three times, but in volleyball, zero!

A crying shame, it is.

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Florida football

Seven of the eight programs in St. Johns County will kick off practice
today. The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind will begin
preparations for its 105th season later under first-year head coach Travis
Homewood.

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deaf soccer in Somalia

Somalia’s deaf footballers create their own league

A group of deaf football players in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, have set
up their own league after being blocked from joining existing teams.

The teams have been playing since 2010, and have been steadily gathering
support.

They hope to eventually be recognised by Somalia’s football federation.

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deaf swimming

MATTHEW KLOTZ BREAKS 2 DEAF WORLD RECORDS AT US NATIONALS

American Deaflympian Matthew Klotz has broke three World Deaf Swimming
Records last week in Irvine at the 2018 US National Championships.

First, in a time trial, he swam a 23.14 in the 50 long course meter
freestyle, which broke the World Record of 23.34 done by Marcus Titus at
the 2015 World Deaf Swimming Championships. Klotz’s previous personal
best was 23.46 from 2016.

Titus, one of the most successful deaf swimmers in history, was a
three-time member of the USA Swimming National Team and a 12-time NCAA
All-American at Arizona.

Then, in the 50 back, Klotz broke his own World Record twice: first with a
26.06 in prelims, which tied him for 20th place in the heats, and then
again with a 25.95 in the C-Final, which placed him 19th overall.
Klotz’s previous World Record of 26.26 was done at the 2017 Deaflympics.

Klotz is a rising junior at LSU, where last season he had matching
18th-place finishes for LSU at the SEC Championships in both the 100 yard
(47.57) and 200 yard (1:43.80) backstrokes. He also swam on LSU’s
8th-place 200 free relay, with a team-best split of 19.52.

There were no strobe lights or hand signals used to start races at this
meet.
 

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Jul
30

2018/07/30

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DeafDigest Sports – July 30, 2018

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— comment from a mainstreamed interpreter

— a surprise performance from a deaf golfer

— a basketball game five years ago

— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf wrestler

Deaf Sports Collections update
— deaf champion in Junior PGA championship
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-amateur-golfer-shocker-at-european-open/

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comment from interpreter of a mainstreamed soccer player

I run up and down the soccer field, interpreting for the
player what the coach says

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deaf golf

Deaf amateur Allen John making a run at European Open

Deaf amateur Allen John birdies the par-3 17th, his third birdie in a row,
in the final round of the European Open.

Deaf amateur golfer Allen John nearly claims European Tour title in
Germany

Amateur Allen John, a 30-year-old German native playing on a sponsor’s
invitation, shot a closing 67 to grab a share of second place at 10 under
par, one back of McEvoy, and ahead of the likes of Bryson DeChambeau and
Patrick Reed. John made birdies on four of his final eight holes,
including the 15th, 16th and 17th, to get into contention late. Only a
birdie by McEvoy on the final hole prevented John from getting into a
playoff for the title.

“It’s absolutely incredible,” said John, who, as an amateur, had to
forgo a check for `€170,000. “The atmosphere out there, the people
that’ve been walking with me the 18 holes, it’s just an incredible
feeling.”

His impairment didn’t stop him from playing college golf at Georgia
State from 2008 to 2011, before turning pro and, for a brief time,
competing on the Challenge Tour. But John decided to step back from the
pro game, and regained his amateur status in 2016. He has played sparingly
in European Tour and Challenge Tour events since.

In 2017, John competed in the Deaflympics, an elite IOC-sanctioned event
for deaf athletes, earning the gold medal.

John began the final round in Hamburg seven strokes off the lead in 16th
place, then made the turn in one-under 34. On the back nine, he found a
comfort zone and started making birdies in bunches.

“[It] was quite cool, and when I was on 18 I saw the leader board and I
was like, ‘Wow, I’m pretty much in contention,’ “ John said. “It’s a
pretty cool feeling.”

The impressive performances has John admittedly considering another crack
at playing as a professional.

“There’s a lot of self-confidence I can take out of the tournament,
being in contention, finishing second,” John said. “That’s a pretty
amazing feeling and gives me a lot of confidence in the abilities that I
can do on a golf course.”

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random deafsports thoughts

It is a surprise that deaf golfer Allen John (see story above)
finished in a tie for 2nd place at the European Open. He
is now thinking of turning pro, after giving it up and
becoming an amateur again.

Is it a sign of greater things to come for the deaf golfer
or was it a fluke, once-in-a-lifetime feat?

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a basketball game five years ago

from old DeafDigest edition

USA men’s basketball team a sure bet for the gold at the
Deaflympics? Think again. We lost 88-85 to Venezuela!
Fingers were pointed at the referees for calling 52 fouls
in that game, but the actual reason is simple – our best
players did not play for USA in the Deaflympics!

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college deaf wrestler

Tyler Sharron

rising sophomore

wrestling team

Minot State University (North Dakota, NCAA-II)

his 2017-18 profile:
2017-18: Competed at both 165 pounds and 174 pounds…had a combined
record of 7-11 overall…was 2-5 in dual match competition…was 6-7 at
165 pounds…had four wins by fall and one major victory…was 1-3 against
NSIC opponents.
 

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Jul
29

2018/07/29

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DeafDigest Sports – July 29, 2018

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Hot DeafSports News at:
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— Gallaudet football tweet

— random deafsports thoughts

— Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field
(football stadium)

— college deaf hockey player

— minor league pitcher off to a rocky start

Deaf Sports Collections update
— deaf champion in hearing ski jumping
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/gallaudet-quarterback-timel-benton/

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Gallaudet football tweet

ECFC

The #countdowncontinues #34days until kickoff! @GallaudetBison Timel
Benton tossed 10 TD on 905 yards last season. Can’t wait to see what’s in
store for the QB in 2018

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random deafsports thoughts

Thinking about Timel Benton (above tweet), he is not big as
quarterbacks go, but he is probably one of the strongest.

He saved a Gallaudet football victory in the dying seconds
by pushing forward with the ball to continue possession
as time wound down. It takes quite some strength to be able
to push the ball against a charging defensive line, backed
by line backers that want to stop the push.

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Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field
(football stadium) at University of Connecticut

According to the university web site:

Rentschler Field was originally the name of the company airfield
for Pratt & Whitney that formerly occupied the site. The airfield,
which began operations in 1931, was named after Frederick Rentschler,
who founded Pratt & Whitney in 1925 and also founded its parent
company, United Technologies.

note:

for many, many years Pratt & Whitney employed many, many
deaf people. In fact it was just about the largest employer
of the deaf in the Hartford area.  Not any more. Times
have changed.

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college deaf hockey player

Garrett Gintoli

rising sophomore

men’s hockey team

Milwaukee School of Engineering

his profile is this:
High School: Played hockey, soccer, and lacrosse for Notre Dame Fairfield
High School … won bronze medals with Team USA at the Deaflympics.

this season:
he played all 27 of his team’s 27 games

he scored 5 goals

he assisted on 11 goals

and is pretty much a gentleman on the ice, only having spent
just eight minutes in the penalty box!

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minor league pitcher off to a rocky start

Cason Sherrod, Miami Marlins farm team

pitching for the GCL Marlins team in the
Gulf Coast League (lowest minor league
class level)

has pitched 9 games, all in relief

ERA is 6.35

record is 1-2

11.1 innings pitched so far

note:

major league teams are only interested in developing
skills and are not interested in padding the stats.

Just hope he shows improvement in skills as the
season winds up to an end
 

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Jul
28

2018/07/28

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DeafDigest Sports – July 27-28, 2018

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— no DeafDigest Sports, July 27th

— Phoenix fall season coaches

— Indiana football

— Deaf NASCAR fans

— Deaf Golf Australia

— random deafsports thoughts

— 5th degree Black Belt

— legendary Georgia Tech deaf running back

Deaf Sports Collections update
— most accomplished deaf skier 
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-football-player-with-torn-football-pants/

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no DeafDigest Sports, July 27th

again, if you thought you didn’t get the July 27th edition
of DeafDigest Sports, there was no edition.

DeafDigest Sports editor had to deal with other matters
that consumed much of his time yesterday.

Thank you for your patience and do enjoy reading
tbis today’s catch-up edition.

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Indiana football

part of newspaper story

The numbers, at this point in time, are still relatively low. According to
the IHSAA’s classification figures from a year ago, Greenwood Christian
had 180 students in grades 9-12. Only three Indiana high schools with
lower enrollments — Traders Point Christian, Indiana School for the Deaf
and Rock Creek — will put varsity teams into state tournament play this
year

Classified with an enrollment of just 180 students, Greenwood Christian
would be one of the state’s smallest football-playing schools if they
add the sport in the near future. A look at the smallest IHSAA schools
playing football in 2018:

School;Enrollment*
Traders Point Christian;96
Indiana School for the Deaf;115
Rock Creek;137
Frontier;202

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Phoenix fall season coaches

all Sports at Phoenix Day School for the Deaf

Fall 2018 Coaching Staff

HS Volleyball

Head Coach:  Molly Perkins

Ass’t Coach:  Toni Cascioli

HS Football

Head Coach:  Dave Huber

Ass’t Coaches:  Phil Major and Paul Amann

HS Fall Cheer:

Head Coach:  Masa Nakama

Ass’t Coach:  Moni Brown

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Deaf NASCAR fans

there was a video posting of a group of deaf
NASCAR fans getting together to watch these
bigger races. Said one member:

NASCAR people there have been very receptive of
the deaf NASCAR club

NASCAR is not what it used to be, but at least
they have a core of deaf fans rooting for their
favorite drivers.

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random deafsports thoughts

NASCAR has a hard core of deaf fans.

Is NASCAR doing anything to help the deaf within the
organization – deaf racers, deaf automotive engineers,
deaf mechanics, deaf crew members, deaf spotters,
deaf tire changers, etc, etc?

Simple answer?

No!

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Deaf Golf Australia

Just days after it was announced that the Gold Coast would host the 2022
World Deaf Golf Championship, the Australian men’s team is the new world
champion.

The team, comprising Mark Aird, Luke Ellis, Jack Besley, Jack McLeod, Andy
Honeysett and Dean Connell, was superb throughout four rounds at Carton
House in Ireland, defeating runner-up the United States by a mammoth 17
after some ultra-consistent golf.

In fact, all six men were in the top 25 of the individual competition,
proving the team’s depth and form.

Doubtless the leader, though, was McLeod, a member at Sydney’s Bonnie
Doon Golf Club and former world champion, who was second outright at six
over through four rounds, trailing only England’s Paul Waring at five
under.

Besley, a member at Southern in Melbourne, was fifth overall at 17 over.

But the accolades didn’t stop there for the powerhouse Aussies near
Dublin.

The women’s team, comprising Linda Marchesi, Chantell Greaves, Therese
Pierce and Mariellen Coles, were also impressive in finishing runner-up to
a strong German team by 26 strokes over four rounds, again toppling the
US, this time into third.

Marchesi, of Trentham, north-west of Melbourne, was the pick of the
individual bunch, finishing a superb fourth on her world championship
debut, closing with her tournament-best 77 to charge up the leaderboard.

In the senior division, Craig Douglas, of Wallacia Panthers Golf Club west
of Sydney, was fifth overall, in a really tightly contested race, while
Geelong’s Barry Engelsman was 10th.

The senior team, also featuring Robert Bowler and Robert Fogarty, finished
a creditable fourth in an event featuring a tight leaderboard and won by
the US.

The 2020 edition of the biennial event will be staged in England, with
Australian PGA Championship host Royal Pines to take the reins in 2022.

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5th degree Black Belt

Frank Lala, resident of Georgia, received Master 5th Degree Black Belt
July 6, 2018 – Orlando, Florida at U.S.Open ISKA World Martial Arts
Championships from 9th Dan Black BeltInstructor Rev. Ron Pohnel  -  Medal
Ribbon’s First Place forKumite (Fighting).

He is deaf and is very involved with the Deaf Community in
Georgia

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Deaf football player at Georgia Tech

GEORGIA TECH HISTORY

part of long story it involves a deaf player

The arrival of Everett Strupper was probably the most significant personnel
addition since Heisman stepped off his train from Clemson. The partially
deaf halfback may not have been able to hear anything below a pure shout,
but he was a master lip reader, and his ability to read the defense and
shred their weaknesses was exactly what propelled Tech to their 7-0-1
record. Heisman’s recruits, like Strupper and quarterback Douglas
“Froggie” Morrison, brilliant minds for the game, were finally able to
execute the offense at the highest level. Heisman, tweaking the offense
slightly, had the center snap the ball directly to Strupper at halfback,
who was calling the plays.
 
Tech defeated seven teams in 1915, including Louisiana State, North
Carolina, Alabama, and Auburn. The lone blemish was a scoreless tie at
home against the school in Athens, a brutal slog through a field covered
in inches of mud. Tech, southern champion, remained firmly outside of the
conversation for the national title, despite having Strupper.
 

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Jul
26

2018/07/26

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DeafDigest Sports – July 26, 2018

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— dedication to a deaf schools coach

— Curtis Pride updates, representing Gallaudet baseball

— random deafsports thoughts

— fall sports at American Deaf

— fall coaches at Minnesota Deaf

Deaf Sports Collections update
— almost hearing world record in track
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/baseball-jersey-for-special-day/

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dedication to a deaf schools coach

DeafDigeest Sports dedicates this edition to
Dean Swaim that departed us.

After graduating from Gallaudet where he was an
outstanding wrestler, he embarked on a long
career as teacher, principal and coach at
several deaf schools. His last stop was at
California School for the Deaf at Fremont.

He founded the wrestling team at Berkeley
(which moved to Fremont) and coached the
football team to a Team of the Year honor.

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Gallaudet baseball

Gallaudet’s Curtis Pride to partake in Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ Deaf
Awareness Night on Aug. 19

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Gallaudet University baseball head coach Curtis Pride
will participate in the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ Deaf Awareness Night at
Pelicans Ballpark on Sunday, Aug. 19. The Pelicans, the Single-A affiliate
of the Chicago Cubs, play host to the Buies Creek Astros, the Single-A
affiliate for the Houston Astros, at 6:05 p.m.

Coach Pride along with Pelicans players and coaches will host a free youth
baseball clinic for members of the deaf community.

GU’s Curtis Pride to participate in Celebrate ADA Day at Oriole Park on
July 26

BALTIMORE – Gallaudet University baseball head coach Curtis Pride will
participate in the Baltimore Orioles’ Celebrate Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) Day at Oriole Park on Thursday, July 26. The
Orioles play host to the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:05 p.m.

Coach Pride will catch the ceremonial first pitch from Laura Owens,
President of TransCen in Rockville, Md. TransCen is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to improving education and employment for youth
with disabilities.

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American fall sports

the fall season schedules for soccer and volleyball
have been released.

The soccer and volleyball teams continue to play against
other deaf schools.

The soccer schedule includes 14 regular season games
plus the ESDAA-I tournament.

The volleyball schedule includes an early season
Spike Out hosted by Kentucky School for the Deaf.
Asides from the host team, Spike Out opponents
are South Carolina, Ohio and Michigan. As
with soccer, there is a ESDAA-I tournament.

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Minnesota fall season coaches
 
MSAD announces head coaches for fall season

Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf announced who will be manning the
sidelines for the Trojans’ this fall.

Jason Branden returns for his third year as head coach and his fourth year
coaching in the program. He was an assistant to Kevin Rademacher in 2015.

“Jason is an old school coach yet he loves to teach techniques to our
players,” said MSAD activities director Lee Jones. “He also is a hard
worker and aims to have kids to strive for greatness.”

Every MSAD coaching position is contracted annually, so while the position
was listed as open, it has been Branden’s intention to return.

“I love challenges every year. Some years you might not have players
that are athletic as we used to have,” Branden said. “Right now, I
know we have players who worked twice as hard. I want to see my players
succeed in football. It takes each player to invest in the team. That’s
how we succeed.”

Branden will be assisted by Ryan Hastings who will start his first year
coaching. He is also an activities coordinator at MSAD.

“I believe he can bring a lot to the table with his knowledge of
football. I believe he will do good for our football program,” Branden
said. “I’m looking forward to work with him and also learn something
new from him. I’m open to learn something new every day.”

Taking over as volleyball head coach is former MSAD athlete Tabitha
Anderson. The 2014 grad was a 1,000 point scorer in basketball, an
all-Faribault Daily News selection in volleyball and was one of the
Trojans’ top throwers in track and field. She also played softball for
the now defunct Faribault Academies.

Anderson said that MSAD “is where my heart is” and that she
“…would love to contribute the girls my experiences and knowledge from
this wonderful athlete program! I want to continue that so the current
players are able to have similar experiences I received from those
wonderful coaches who taught me a lot.”

“Tabitha is an alumna and well-known athlete during high school days.
She brings the competitiveness mind into the program,” Jones said.
“Tabitha understood the system that we run through the program. I felt
with her being a head coach would bring the kids together because of the
similar experience. She would understood kids better because she was in
their shoes before.”

While attending college at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C.,
Anderson gained coaching experience as an assistant with The Learning
Center for the Deaf (Marie Philip School) in Framingham, Massachusetts in
the 2017-18 season. Anderson also coached MSAD co-ed elementary basketball
in 2015.

“I want to be able to see them grow throughout the season,” Anderson
said of her goals for the team. “I want them to know how important it is
to have fun with volleyball with great sportsmanship! The team may be
young and I want them to be able to develop their skills. I want them to
be able to grow and understand how to love the game they play.”

 

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Jul
25

2018/07/25

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DeafDigest Sports – July 25, 2018

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Hot DeafSports News at:
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— random deafsports thoughts

— British deaf soccer conference

— Gallaudet girls’ basketball camp

— collegiate deaf swimmer

— deaf golf

Deaf Sports Collections update
— Gallaudet players in minor league baseball
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/australian-deaf-golf-team/

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from a deaf soccer tweet

England Deaf Football Northern League confirmed for 2018-19 season:

Carlisle City Deaf FC
Farsley Celtic Deaf FC
Manchester City Deaf FC
Doncaster Reserves Deaf FC
Birmingham Reserves Deaf FC

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Gallaudet girls’ basketball camp

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University women’s basketball head coach
Stephanie Stevens along with several current and former student-athletes
helped with the 7th annual National Deaf Girls Basketball (NDGB) Camp held
at the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) in Frederick, Md., this past
June 25-29. The camp featured deaf and hard of hearing females, ages
10-18, from all over the country during the week long camp.

Everyday the NDGB staff recognized Campers of the Day. The practice
stations emphasized fundamentals like correct form, footwork, terminology
and position work to name a few.

“It’s hard to believe that we just concluded our 7th consecutive NDGB camp
at the end of June. Each year, we have seen tremendous growth in the
number of campers and the fundamental development of camp,” said Stevens.
“Since 2013, our Gallaudet women’s basketball program has been involved
with the NDGB camp by providing staff and coaches, who have been either
former campers and/or past, current, and future Bison.”

For the sixth consecutive year the camp attended a Washington Mystics WNBA
game at the Capital One Arena where they hosted the New York Liberty.

“We would like to send our appreciation to the co-founders of the NDGB
camp, Amy Mowl and Jon Mowl, for allowing us to return to camp every
year,” added Stevens. “This camp has been successful because of the
partnership with Maryland School for the Deaf, Gallaudet Admissions and
the Washington Mystics. Thank you for an amazing camp. We are already
gearing for next summer!”

The camp has established a core group of future leaders on and off the
court by encouraging camp staff and coaches to return and grow the women’s
game. A handful of veteran staff members (Gallaudet women’s basketball
alumni) returned for their third+ year. Current, former and future
Gallaudet basketball student-athletes and support staff included; Amy Mowl
(seventh year), Jon Mowl (seventh year), Elena Ciccarelli (sixth year),
Stephanie Stevens (sixth year), Leslye Kang (fourth year), Kelly Simcik
(fourth year), Kelli Barnes (third year), Mia Goldberg (third year),
Emelia Beldon (second year), Sabina Shysh (second year), Fatuma Ali
(first year), Tiffany Anderson (first year), Ernelina Beldon (first year),
Hannah Neild (first year), Becka Pittard and John Werner, Jr. (first year).

The 8th annual National Deaf Girls Basketball Camp will be held next June
2019 at MSD. Finalized dates for the camp will be announced at a later dat

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collegiate deaf swimmer

Matthew Klotz

rising junior

men’s swimming team

Louisiana State University

his profile:
FRESHMAN SEASON (2016-17)
Tallied a fifth and sixth place finish in the 200 and 100 back against
Auburn, respectively … Also swam the opening leg of the 400 free relay
against Auburn to help garner a fifth-place finish … Swam the second leg
for the 200 free relay squad that placed fourth overall at the Art Adamson
Invite … Won the ‘C’ final of the 50 free … Picked up sixth and
seventh place finishes in the ‘A’ finals in the 100 and 200 back,
respectively at Art Adamson … Swam the opening leg for the 400 medley
relay squad that placed fourth against Alabama … Garnered two
seventh-place finishes in both the 100 and 200 back against the Crimson
Tide … Tied for fifth overall in the 50 free and claimed third overall
in the 200 back in the dual meet against Texas A&M … Placed 25th overall
at the SEC Championships in the 100 back and 30th in the 50 free.

2017-18 season top marks:
50-yard Freestyle
20.04

100-yard Backstroke
47.57

200-yard Backstroke
1:43.55

is member of the 200-yard Freestyle Relay quartet

he was not the team leader in each of his events

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deaf golf

Gold Coast to host world deaf titles

Australia has won the right to host the 2022 World Deaf Golf Championship.

The World Deaf Golf Federation announced that Royal Pines on the Gold
Coast will be the host club after a joint proposal from Deaf Golf
Australia and Golf Australia.

“It’s a collaboration of Deaf Golf Australia, Deaf Sports Australia,
RACV Royal Pines, Golf Queensland and the City of Gold Coast coming
together to show what we can do as a team to deliver a high-class
event,” Hamilton said.

“The 72-hole championship only happens once every two years, so we
really encourage people to come out and support all the incredible
athletes when the world’s best converge on the Gold Coast in four
years.”

Deaf Golf Australia president Wendy Home was delighted the tournament
would make a return visit.

“It’s the second time the championship will be held in Australia after
the successful WDGC event that was hosted at the Joondalup Golf Resort in
Perth in 2008,” Home said.

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random deafsports thoughts

Deaf Golf in Australia (see story above) means one thing -
USA golfers will escape winter while flying to Australia,
enjoying th warm weather. It is summer Christmas in
Australia while it is freezing Christmas in USA!
 

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Jul
24

2018/07/24

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DeafDigest Sports – July 24, 2018

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Hot DeafSports News at:
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— random deafsports thoughts

— Team handball champions

— discovered: another Gallaudet 95 yard interception for touchdown

— college deaf trackster

— deaf standardbred driver

Deaf Sports Collections update
— transferring from Gallaudet to Big 10
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/2018-world-deaf-team-handball-champions/

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Croatia Crowned 2018 World Deaf Handball Champions

Croatia becomes 2x World Champions.

Croatia is the word deaf handball champions after winning the 2018 World
Deaf Handball Championships which was held in Brazil.

Croatia beat Russia in the final on Sunday 29-22 to claim the gold medal
and their second world title.

Nicknamed ‘Tihi pakleni’, the Croatian team was too good for Russia in
the final thanks to some tremendous goalkeeping from Dean Šagovac, and
great play from Tomislav Bošnjak and Oliver Lušić, who scored 8 goals.

As well as winning the world title, Šagovac was named goalkeeper of the
tournament, whilst Bošnjak won player of the tournament.

Croatia, who last won the world championships in 2014, beat Russia
(36-22), Ecuador (36-14) and Cameroon (47-16), before beating Brazil to
make the final.

note:
US National Deaf Handball team? We no longer field national
handball teams. We used to, in the past, but no more.

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Gallaudet football

from an old press clipping that DeafDigest Sports
editor only discovered yesterday while surfing for
deaf stuff!

another 95-yard pass interception

Aggies Rout Galloudet

Efelaware Valley College crushed host
Calkudet College of Washington, D. C,
33-7, as Aggie quarterback Bob Frantz
threw touchdown passe; of 14 yards and
22 yards to Pat Mihlfried and Wheeler
Aman respectively, and plunged six
inches for another TD yesterday.

The only score by outplayed Gallaudet
came on a 95-yard return of a pass inter-
ception by Jim MacFadden late in the
first half. Jerry Berlowitz skirted end for
the extra point, only one under NAIA
Tvles.

note:
spelling in that old clipping was pretty much
bad, but DeafDigest Sports editor is leaving
it as is. It was a 1960 football game;
according to Gallaudet, the losing score
was 33-8; according to Delaware Valley,
their winning score was 33-7. DeafDigest
Sports editor will not quibble over a
single point difference.

Anyway it becomes the third recorded
95-yard interception return for touchdown
by a Gallaudet defensive back. The
first one was Neal DiMaro (Nyle’s older
brother). The second one was last season
by Jack Gray. Are there other such
95-yard returns we do not know about?

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random deafsports thoughts

because keeping track of records and stats was
not a priority during these early years, it
may be possible that there are many Gallaudet
records being held that we are not aware of!

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college deaf trackster

Grant Mason

rising sophomore

men’s track and field

Lipscomb University  (Tennessee, NCAA-I)

information on him on the track web site is
scant – what is known is that he is a sprinter

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deaf standardbred driver

Rick Macomber

standardbred driver

Indiana tracks

July 20th was a typical night for him, racing
six times in a 10-race card
 

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Jul
23

2018/07/23

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DeafDigest Sports – July 23, 2018

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Hot DeafSports News at:
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— past NFL player with a hearing loss

— deaf half-marathoner

— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf basketball player

— elite deaf rugby player

Deaf Sports Collections update
— St Joseph athletic legacy
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-in-old-time-baseball/

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past NFL player with a hearing loss

reprinted from an old DeafDigest edition

July 2008

   One of the rookies trying to make the Washington Redskins
NFL roster is Reed Doughty, a safety.
   He has a hearing loss. The Redskins did not notice it until
just now when the coaches had to repeat their coaching
instructions with him.

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random deafsports thoughts

In the late 19th century, there were many skilled deaf
baseball players. Some of them made it in the minors
and few in the majors. Many played in the semi pros.

Since the 20th century, these skilled deaf baseball
players became fewer and fewer.

Reason was that baseball was a new sport, a level
playing field for everyone. But as players got
better and better, the deaf baseball players were
left out.

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deaf half-marathoner

Deaf runner completes Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon

A deaf runner is proud to have completed the 10K Rock ‘n’ Roll half
Marathon here in Chicago over the weekend.

Melissa Manak’s time was an hour and 12 minutes. Her goal had been an
hour, the rainy weather slowed her down, but didn’t stop her.

It’s Melissa’s first half marathon. She’s been training since last fall,
and says running clears her mind.

She hopes her achievement inspires others with hearing impairments to
start running and take on new challenges.

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college deaf basketball player

Quade Green

rising sophomore

University of Kentucky

men’s basketball

No, he was not part of the USA U-21 team. He could easliy
have been the class of the world championship team.

his profile:

2017-18
Freshman:  Started 13 of the 34 games in which he appeared as a freshman
… Averaged 9.3 points, 2.7 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game … Led the
team in scoring three times, steals four times and assists on seven
occasions … Topped double-figure scoring 17 times, including in six of
his final 11 games played … Had three or more assists in 17 games …
Was third on the team with a 37.6 field-goal clip from beyond the arc …
Made 41 3-pointers on the season, including hitting at least three in four
games … Ranked second on the team with an .808 free-throw percentage …
Made two 3-pointers in the Sweet 16 against Kansas State … Had 10 points
and two assists in the SEC Tournament championship win vs. Tennessee …
Dished out a career-high eight assists in the SEC Tournament vs. Alabama
… Scored in double figures and made at least two 3-pointers in five
straight games beginning with a win over Alabama on Feb. 17 … Had 18
points and four assists in the win over Missouri … Logged 12 points, a
career-high six rebounds and four assists at Arkansas … Scored 15 points
vs. No. 15/14 Tennessee at home … Posted 12 points, including an
end-to-end drive for the game-winning layup at home vs. Vanderbilt with
four seconds remaining in overtime … Scored 14 points at No. 23/22
Tennessee and then suffered a back injury and missed UK’s next three
games … Had 15 points and four boards vs. Georgia … Posted 13 points
and five assists in the dominating win over Louisville … Tallied 17
points and dished five dimes in the win over Virginia Tech … Scored 12
points, had six rebounds and four assists in the win over UIC … Scored a
career-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting against ETSU … Posted 15
points, four rebounds and four assists in a win over Vermont.

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elite deaf rugby player

Mat Gilbert

still actively playing rugby this time for the
Hartpury College Rugby Football Club, which plays
in the lower British pro rugby levels.

 

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22

2018/07/22

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DeafDigest Sports – July 22, 2018

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Hot DeafSports News at:
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— Debi Skinner update; elite women’s basketball player

— random deafsports thoughts

— Gallaudet football tweet

— Gallaudet baseball

— college deaf basketball player

Deaf Sports Collections update
— Gallaudet vs RIT; never in one sport
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/olympic-epee-fencer/

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Gallaudet football tweet
ECFC

The countdown rolls on with @GallaudetBison Jacob Guertler who led the
Bison with 37 points last season

Note:
Guertler was on the men’s soccer team as a freshman goalie;
he then switched to becoming a kicking specialist with
the football team

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elite women’s basketball player

Debi Skinner Australian basketball update

The mother of Debi Skinner emailed DeafDigest Sports an
update on her daughter’s stats.

With the Southern Tigers team in the Australian Premier
Women’s League, she is the team’s leading scorer with
17.6 points per game in 16 games played.

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random deafsports thoughts

The late Jerald Jordan operated the Deafympics with an
iron fist. His fluency with the international sign
language and his charisma made peace with the warring
factions. When he retired and stepped down, the
Deaflympics were never the same (hint, the crooked
Russian president of the Deaflympics body).

Sad to say!

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Gallaudet baseball

Curtis Pride to throw the first pitch

In recognition of the 28th anniversary of the signing of the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Orioles will host Celebrate ADA Day at
Oriole Park on Thursday, July 26, when the Orioles host the Tampa Bay Rays
at 7:05 p.m. ET.

As part of Celebrate ADA Day, the Orioles will host a pregame, on-field
ceremony to recognize members of various groups who have been positively
impacted by the implementation of the ADA, including the Mid-Atlantic ADA
Center, the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD), Centers for
Independent Living, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, v-Link,
the Special Olympics, and several chapters of The Arc.

The Orioles will welcome Laura Owens, President of TransCen in Rockville,
Md., to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. TransCen is a nonprofit
organization dedicated to improving education and employment for youth
with disabilities. Additionally, former Major League outfielder Curtis
Pride, who serves as MLB’s Ambassador for Inclusion, will catch Owens’
ceremonial first pitch. Pride, a Maryland native who was born deaf, played
in 421 Major League games across parts of 11 seasons.

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college deaf basketball player

Lauren Godfrey

rising senior

women’s basketball

Grace College (Indiana – NAIA & NCCAA; don’t confuse NCAA with NCCAA;
two completely separate national collegiate athletic associations)

2017-18 season:
played all 36 games but only started once

averaged 15.2 minutes per game; coach basically uses almost all of
the players on the bench

averaged 3.6 points per game

 

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21

2018/07/21

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DeafDigest Sports – July 21, 2018

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Hot DeafSports News at:
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— Olympics body stops paying Deaflympics body

— college deaf basketball player

— random deafsports thoughts

— deaf auto racer

Deaf Sports Collections update
— Gallaudet’s only national champion, defeating NCAA-I opponents
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-nfl-offensive-guard/

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embezzlement allegations against  ICSD President

The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive Board has decided to
withhold all payments to the International Committee of Sports for the
Deaf (ICSD) amid continuing allegations of embezzlement against its
President Valery Rukhledev.

The Executive Board have also announced here that they will not invite
Rukhledev to the Olympism in Action Forum in Buenos Aires in October.

In May, Rukhledev, who was elected President of the ICSD in 2013, was
placed under two months of house arrest amid a continuing investigation
into accusations that he embezzled more than Rs50 million
(£604,000/$803,800/€690,000) from the All-Russian Society of the Deaf
in Moscow.

The 70-year-old, a six-time Deaflympics champion for the Soviet Union
between 1969 and 1977 in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling, has been
charged under the Russian Criminal Code and is due to remain under house
arrest until Monday (July 23).

ICSD President Valery Rukhledev has been under house arrest since May,
amid a continuing investigation into allegations of embezzlement ©ICSD
ICSD President Valery Rukhledev has been under house arrest since May,
amid a continuing investigation into allegations of embezzlement ©ICSD
Tatyana Zembatova, head of the All-Russian Society of the Deaf’s financial
department, has also been detained for the same period, while Evgeny
Novoseltsev, the former head of legal support at the body, was arrested in
January on suspicion of swindling funds.

A statement released by the IOC’s Executive Board (EB) said the payments
and any potential invitation to the Forum will be withheld “until the
situation is appropriately addressed to the full satisfaction of the EB”.

The EB will hear a further report on the case during its next meetings on
October 3 and 4.

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college deaf basketball player

Rogers Printup

sophomore

men’s basketball

University of California at Davis

he was a member of the USA gold-medal winning U-21 team

his profile
2017-18: Three of his five field goals were scored from three, he hit both
free throws, blocked a season-high two shots and notched his third
double-figure scoring game by finishing with 15 points at Cal Poly
(2/15)… Those 15 points are a career-high vs. Division I opposition…
Scored 13 points, on 5 of 7 shooting overall and 3 of 5 from three, and
found teammate TJ Shorts II with a beautiful bounce pass that led to the
game-winner at Long Beach State (2/3)… Doubled his career steals total
by finishing with a career-high six, and set another career best with five
rebounds vs. Holy Names (12/30)… Finished with five points, three
rebounds and a steal at Nevada (12/19)… By scoring 20 points, on six
field goals (all threes), hitting two free throws and grabbing five
rebounds, Printup set five new career highs when the Aggies hosted William
Jessup (12/9)… Set a new career high by canning three shots from three,
and finishing with nine points at Washington State (12/2)… Recorded one
rebound at Northern Colorado (11/13).

2016-17: Redshirted

2015-16: Ended with four rebounds vs. UC Riverside (1/21)… Grabbed one
rebound in his first career Big West home game, vs. CSUN (1/14)… Set a
new season high by scoring six points, on a season-high two threes, at UC
Irvine (1/7)… Logged a season-high 22 minutes and finished with five
rebounds, another season/career high vs. Holy Names (1/2)… Tied five
season/career highs at Seattle (12/28): points (3), field goals,
three-point field goals, rebounds and steals (1)… Finished with a steal,
rebound and assist vs. Idaho (12/22)… Recorded his first rebound, assist
and steal as an Aggie vs. Fresno Pacific (11/18)… Scored three points,
on his only field goal attempt of the evening, in his UC Davis debut vs.
North Dakota State (11/13).

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deaf auto racer

Kris Martin

Canada

NSCAR-hopeful

he has not had his web site or facebook updated in a couple of
years. Is he still racing or has he stopped racing?

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random deafsports thoughts

DeafDigest Sports editor remembers, as a young man attending
Gallaudet that two students told him the same story – that
their deaf schools were planning to drop one varsity sport
before they became seniors. One wanted to drop baseball,
the other wanted to drop 8-man football.

Both students, angry, protested, arguing that they deserved
their last opportunities with their sports before they
graduated. As a result, both schools kept these sports
just for one more season before dropping both for good!

Student power?
 

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