DeafDigest Sports – July 20, 2018
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— bunch of brief Gallaudet updates
— random deafsports thoughts
— world deaf golf
Deaf Sports Collections update
— deaf champion, synchronized swimming
DeafSports picture of the day
Gallaudet’s Sam Atkinson elevated to CoSIDA’s Second Vice President
WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University Associate Athletic Director for
Communications Sam Atkinson was elevated to Second Vice President of the
College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) during the annual
convention held here from June 27-30 at the Gaylord National Resort and
Gallaudet’s Stephanie Stevens selected to NCAA women’s basketball rules
INDIANAPOLIS – Gallaudet University women’s basketball head coach
Stephanie Stevens was recently selected to the NCAA Women’s Basketball
Rules Committee. Stevens will serve a four-year term until 2021. Stevens
is one of 12 members on the national committee comprised of Athletic
Directors, Senior Woman Administrators, Faculty Athletic Representatives
and head coaches representing all levels of NCAA women’s basketball.
Gallaudet quintet traveled to Italy to participate in Beyond Sports Summer
WASHINGTON – For the second summer in a row, a group of Gallaudet
University student-athletes and coaches participated in a Beyond Sports
Tour. This summer a quintet from GU traveled to Italy to play basketball
and take in some tourist activities.
Gallaudet women’s basketball head coach Stephanie Stevens along with
rising senior Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.), graduate Kelsey Hudson
(Blissfield, Mich.), men’s basketball rising senior Jamal Garner
(Jacksonville, Ill.) and women’s volleyball assistant coach Danielle
Morris, who was also a basketball standout for the Bison, crossed the
Atlantic Ocean to participate in this 2018 summer tour.
Got Skills? Middle School Sports and Leadership Camp enjoyed by all in
WASHINGTON – The Got Skills? Middle School Sports and Leadership Camp took
place at Gallaudet University the last week of June. The camp, held June
23-30, was enjoyed by middle school aged children from all across the
The campers attended different activites throughout the week and rotated
through various sport activities along with leadership programs. The group
also enjoyed a trip to Six Flags America as well.
During the basketball clinic day, the campers learned fundamentals from
Gallaudet men’s basketball head coach Kevin Kovacs along with former GU
student-athletes James Steingieser and Kate Fetzer.
Bison student-athletes lead Team USA to gold in U21 World Deaf Basketball
WASHINGTON – Team USA won the gold medal in the 2018 U21 World Deaf
Basketball Championship here Saturday with a 79-63 victory over Japan here
on Padden Court in the Field House on the campus of Gallaudet University.
Team USA went a perfect 6-0 in the eight-day tournament that featured five
teams from all across the globe. The teams consisted of Italy, Japan,
Lithuania, Turkey and USA.
Former Gallaudet women’s basketball standout Lindsay Stergio led the red,
white and blue as its head coach through the tournament as Team USA
averaged 81.8 points per game and allowed only 42.2 points per game. Team
USA’s average scoring margin was 39.7 points per game. In the semifinals,
Team USA won by 60 points over Italy, 78-18.
Team USA was led during the tournament by Cassidy Perry, who averaged 18.2
points per game, and scored 28 in the gold medal game as she made 14 of 20
shots from the field.
Gallaudet rising senior Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) was Team USA’s
second-leading scorer as she averaged 16.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.3
assists, 3.6 steals per game. She netted a double-double in the gold medal
game as she scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to go with three
assists, three steals and two blocks.
GU rising sophomore Emelia Beldon (Frederick, Md.) was fourth on the team
in scoring with a 9.8 points per game average. Beldon matched Neild in the
championship game with 15 points as she made 5 of 8 shots from the field.
She nearly recorded a double-double as she passed out nine assists in 34
GU rising junior Tiffany Anderson (Forest Lake, Minn.) and incoming
freshman Ariel Senics saw action in the title game. They finished the
tournament with 19 and 21 points scored, respectively.
Gallaudet Coach Kovacs, student-athletes lead Team USA to gold in U21
World Deaf Basketball Championship
WASHINGTON – Team USA capped off a dominating U21 World Deaf Basketball
Championship performance here Saturday evening with a 81-63 victory over
Japan in the gold medal game here on Padden Court in the Field House on
the campus of Gallaudet University.
Team USA went a perfect 7-0 in the eight-day tournament that featured 10
teams from all across the globe. The teams consisted of Australia, Canada,
Greece, Israel, Japan, Lithiania, Poland, Spain, Ukraine and USA.
Gallaudet men’s basketball head coach Kevin Kovacs led the red, white and
blue through the tournament as Team USA averaged 98.4 points per game and
allowed only 42.6 points per game. Team USA’s average scoring margin was
55.9 points per game. In the quarterfinals, Team USA won by 103 points
over Canada, 126-23, and got by Spain, 78-73, in the semifinal round.
Gallaudet rising junior Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) was a starter in
the backcourt for Team USA. In the gold medal game, he scored seven
points, grabbed five rebounds and made two steals.
GU rising sophomores Wilford Troup (Snellville, Ga.) and Esau Zornoza
(Pleasanton, Calif.) added two points in the final game of the tournament.
Incoming freshman, John Werner, Jr., added five points and two assist
World Deaf Golf
Galwayman is chief organiser of World Deaf Golf Championships
THE World Deaf Golf Championships will take place at Carton House Golf
Course, Maynooth next week and the man charged with the smooth running of
the tournament is chief organiser – or OC Chair – and Kilconly and
Galway native, Paul Ryder.
In all, 115 amateur golfers from 19 countries around the world will take
part in the event, which is sanctioned by the World Deaf Golf Federation
(WDGF). Of course, between the men, women and seniors’ categories, there
will also be a number of golfers taking part from around Ireland, with
26-year-old Ciaran Doyle, from Leixlip, making his championship debut.
The first round of the championships then tees off on Tuesday and runs
until its final round on Friday when the presentation and closing ceremony
takes place in Carton House and Golf Course.
random deafsports thoughts
World’s best deaf golfer taking part in the world golf
No, because it would be Kevin Hall and he has only participated
in one deaf golf tournament during his pro golfing area.
That one tournament he won was in a walk, and easy pick up
of first place prize money.