2019/07/09

DeafDigest Sports – July 6-9, 2019

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— random deafsports thoughts

— Gallaudet in men’s and women’s world basketball championships

— Maryland baseball honors

— sponsorship of an elite deaf wrestler

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Gallaudet women’s basketball

Gallaudet Bison alumni, student-athletes lead Team USA to first gold at
2019 World Deaf Basketball Championship

LUBLIN, Poland – Team USA won its first World Deaf Basketball Championship
here Saturday in Poland as the men’s team defeated Lithuania, the reigning
world champions, 105-77, in the GLOBUS Sports Hall at the 2019 World Deaf
Basketball Championships.

Team USA went a perfect 2-0 during Pool D play with wins over Greece
(69-53) and Japan (93-41). In the medal round, Team USA defeated Spain
(105-55) in the quarterfinals and dispatched Russia (91-76) in the
semifinal round. The men’s world championship consisted of 15 teams during
the 10-day tournament.

Team USA had several Gallaudet alumni and current student-athletes on the
roster. Team USA was led by rising seniors Noah Valencia (Riverside,
Calif.) and Steve Valencia-Biskupiak (Riverside, Calif.), rising junior
Preston Kelly (Fishers, Ind.) and former GU student-athlete Matthew
Sherman. Gallaudet alumni include Head Coach Jimmy Newsome, assistant
coach Jeff Ploederi, Ben Coleman, Andy Cruz along with athletic trainer
Tom McKnight and manager Jomar Figueroa.

Valencia led all-scorers in the gold medal game with 33 points as he made
10 of 25 field goals from the floor and sank five 3-pointers to go with
eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. Cruz tallied 18 points and
five rebounds while Valencia-Biskupiak added 10 points, 12 rebounds and
three blocks. Coleman was one of the five Team USA players in double
figures with 14 points.

Valencia was named the tournament MVP while teammate Michael Lizarraga was
selected to the Best Five all-tournament team.

The best Team USA had finished in previous World Deaf Basketball
Championships was two silver medal performances in 2002 and most recently
in 2015. Team USA took bronze in 2007 and didn’t medal in 2011. Lithuania
had won the previous three World Deaf Basketball Championships (2007, ’11,
’15).

Team USA Results
07/06: USA 105, Lithuania 77 (Gold Medal)
07/04: USA 91, Russia 76 (Semifinal)
07/03: USA 105, Spain 55 (Quarterfinal)
06/29: USA 93, Japan 41
06/28: USA 69, Greece 53

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Gallaudet women’s basketball

Gallaudet alumni, student-athletes help Team USA earn bronze at 2019 World
Deaf Basketball Championship

LUBLIN, Poland – Team USA earned the bronze medal at the 2019 World Deaf
Basketball Championship hosted here Saturday in Poland as the women’s team
defeated Turkey, 76-72, in the GLOBUS Sports Hall.

Team USA avenged an early 65-61 loss to Turkey in Pool B play where the
red, white and blue went 3-1. Team USA defeated Ukraine, 83-50, in the
quarterfinals before being knocked off 75-74 to Lithuania in the semifinal
round.

Greece went on to win the 2019 World Deaf Basketball Women’s Championship
with a 51-42 win over Lithuania. Greece, who went 1-3 in Pool B play and
lost 76-50 to Team USA, won three straight games in the medal round to
claim its first world deaf basketball women’s championship. The women’s
world championship consisted of 10 teams during the 10-day tournament.

Team USA had several Gallaudet alumni and two incoming student-athletes on
its roster. Team USA was led by recent graduates Hannah Neild ’19 and
Sabina Shysh ’19 along with Zamica Gage ’16 and Nukeitra Hayes ’12.
Incoming student-athletes consisted of Cassidy Perry and Valerie Phlaum.

Neild scored 30 points and 14 rebounds whiles Hayes added 20 points and 11
rebounds to lead Team USA in the bronze medal game.

Team USA Results
07/06: USA 76, Turkey 72 (Bronze Medal)
07/04: Lithuania 75, USA 74 (Semifinal)
07/03: USA 83, Ukraine 50 (Quarterfinal)
07/01: USA 76, Greece 50
06/29: Turkey 65, USA 61
06/28: USA 64, Lithuania 47
06/27: USA 84, Belarus 38

note:
It was a tough tournament, consisting of four teams that could have
won the championship if breaks came their way – USA, Turkey, Lithuania and
Greece.

Greece won the championship, yet USA defeated them 76-50 in pool play!

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Maryland baseball

Frederick County honors

Eric Long earned first-team honors

Brody McAfee was selected to second-team

Tyler Glennon & Miguel Pavao were named honorable mentions

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elite wrestler

Virender Singh, an elite deaf wrestler in India has received
sponsorship funds that would allow him to continue competing
in his sport. The sponsor (GRIND) has named him as their
brand ambassador.

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random deafsports thoughts

Times have changed in world deaf women’s basketball
competition. Years ago the Americans have won their
games against national teams by run away scores.

In an effort to prop up the competitive levels
in women’s basketball, long time coach Carolyn
Wuertz took her team on a world wide tour, giving
clinics, teaching them how to play this sport.

She just didn’t want to destroy the competition
for good, just to keep it going for years to
come!

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