2019/08/11

DeafDigest Sports – August 7-11, 2019

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— random deafsports thoughts

— August football games

— another Hannah Neild honor

— Alabama coaches

— football updates

— first volleyball match of the season

— collegiate softball player

— deaf disc golf results

— deaf basketball league

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August football games

Aug 22 Oklahoma at Sasakawa
Aug 23 Indiana at Traders Point
Aug 23 Model hosts Northern Virginia Home School
Aug 24 Fremont hosts North Tahoe
Aug 29 Wisconsin at Alden Hebron
Aug 29 Arkansas at Louisiana
Aug 29 Texas hosts St Mary Hall
Aug 29 Florida hosts Harvest Community
Aug 29 Fremont at Vacaville Christian
Aug 30 Riverside hosts San Jacinto Valley Academy
Aug 30 Alabama at Valley Head
Aug 30 Indiana hosts Tindley
Aug 30 Model hosts Eastern Shore Home School
Aug 30 Maryland hosts St John’s Catholic Prep
Aug 31 Phoenix at Mississippi

note:
other schools start their football season in September

not all schools have turned in their football schedules!

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Gallaudet women’s basketball

Hannah Neild selected as NEAC nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS – Gallaudet University senior Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.)
continued her candidacy for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award Monday
when the record field of 585 nominees, most in the 29-year history of the
program, was narrowed to 148 conference-level honorees. Neild was selected
as the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) nominee and becomes
Gallaudet’s second student-athlete to receive this distinction joining
Elena Ciccarelli (2015).

She participated on three different sports (women’s soccer, women’s
basketball, softball) during the 2018-19 school year. Neild is one of the
most decorated multisport student-athletes in GU history. The Litchfield,
N.H., native was named Gallaudet’s Student-Athlete of the Year for a
second straight time this past May and was the top scholar-athlete award
honoree for the 2018-19 graduating class. The education major, who holds a
3.98 grade point average and is a member of the University Honors program,
earned Google Cloud Academic All-America® honors in two different sports
(women’s basketball, softball) in the same year and became GU’s first Team
Member of the Year recipient (women’s basketball).

On the basketball court, Neild finished third in Division III in points
scored (649) and points per game (25.0) and earned NEAC Player of the Year
honors this season. for the Bison and is a two-time first team All-NEAC
pick. The hard of hearing 5-foot-9 guard/forward is a two-time All-NEAC
first team selection and was one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Jostens
Trophy. On the softball diamond, Neild finished 12th in Division III for
triples per game and 28th in batting average (.474) and landed on the
All-NEAC second team, her second all-conference honor in two seasons.
Neild played in 15 soccer games (14 starts) at midfield and scored seven
goals, five assists and 19 points (third on the team) during the 2018
season.

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Alabama sports

ASD Lady Warriors (Volleyball)Head Coach – Margie Hutto
Assistant Coach – Brian Thornsberry
Volleyball Camp – 13 players/managers

ASD Silent Warriors (Football)
Head Coach – Paul Kulick
Assistant Coaches – Matt Kochie, Cedric Tyson, and Marlon White
Football Camp – 21 players/managers

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Fremont football

part of newspaper story

Bay Area again awash in high school football playmakers

10. Calel Olicia-Aramboles (California School for the Deaf-Fremont): The
5-foot-11, 232-pound senior running back is the first from his school to
make such a list, but after rushing for 3,634 career yards and 44
touchdowns in three seasons, he can’t be ignored. He’s ranked the 136th
top senior recruit in the state by 247Sports, but waiting for his first offer.

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Michigan football

part of newspaper story

Of the 76 teams that sponsor 8-player football in the state, Posen has the
fourth smallest enrollment with 71 students. The Michigan School for the
Deaf in Flint has the smallest enrollment of 41 students.

note:
Michigan did not field a team last season but is coming back
this season with a 6-game schedule (4 vs hearing and 2 vs deaf)

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Minnesota sports

part of newspaper story

Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf athletes Javanna Johnson and
Dalina Schwartz participated in volleyball and basketball camps in July in
the Washington, D.C., area

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Texas volleyball

part of newspaper story

The 2019 volleyball season is almost here, so it’s time to release
the VYPE Austin preseason private school rankings.

No. 1 Austin St. Michael’s Catholic Academy

No. 2 Austin Waldorf School

No. 3 Round Rock Christian Academy

No. 4 Texas School For The Deaf

from a tweet:
William B. Travis Varsity Volleyball falls to Texas School For The Deaf
2-0

note:
first deaf school to play volleyball this season?

Apparently so.

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college softball

part of newspaper story

After year in Division I, Nicole Spykstra set to reclaim all-conference
form with University of Nebraska at Kearny Lopers.

Nicole Spykstra excelled in center field for the Lopers as a freshman.
After a year at New Mexico State, and an NCAA-required redshirt year,
Spykstra is back with the Lopers where she hopes to regain all-conference
form.

Spykstra started her college career at the University of Nebraska at
Kearney in 2016-17. After an All-MIAA season, she elected to transfer to
Division I New Mexico State University. She played sparingly at NMSU and
transferred after the season, landing at a familiar place — UNK.

“Holly Carnes was always good to me,” Spykstra said. “I loved her as a
coach, and I thought it would be really nice to come back and just relive
everything. I had a great experience as a freshman.”

Spykstra was an honorable mention All-MIAA player as a freshman at UNK.
She played exclusively in center field and batted in the middle of the
Lopers’ lineup. She hit .347 with 13 doubles, one triple, one home run and
21 RBIs in 56 games.

The success she had as a freshman motivated her to take a step up and
chase her dream of playing at the Division I level. She returned closer to
her Chandler, Ariz., home to attend NMSU.

She didn’t adjust to the Division I level like she anticipated, though.
She was a reserve and played in only 10 games. She batted .154 with four
runs scored and one RBI.

Spykstra enjoyed her time at NMSU but said the coaching staff wasn’t what
she had hoped for.

The unnatural fit with the coaches caused her to transfer for the second
year in a row. The Lopers welcomed her back, knowing the potential effect
she could make after sitting out a season due to the transfer rules.

Spykstra had a notable prep career and displayed flashes of that potential
her freshman season with the Lopers. Her success on the diamond is
impressive, especially since she’s had to overcome hearing loss in both
ears.

When Spykstra was 4 years old, she said her parents discovered that she
was deaf in both ears. She isn’t “completely deaf” but wears hearing aids,
she said.

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deaf disc golf

The tournament was held at Brementon, WA during the past weekend.

https://www.pdga.com/tour/event/40924

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Deaf Basketball League

Deaf Basketball League is a league of its own, not
part of USA Deaf Basketball. Seems to be pretty much
a league of deaf teams in southern states.

Information, unfortunately, is pretty much scant
about what the league is all about and how it
operates – except that it is in its 3rd season of
operations.

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random deafsports thoughts

the deaf in karate school

DeafDigest editor was vacationing in New Hampshire and
went to a karate school to watch his grandson practice
his karate moves. The editor asked the school general
manager if he had deaf students taking karate lessons.
He said he had a few but said that teaching the deaf
is different from teaching the hearing. The hearing
depend on verbal instructions while deaf just follow
the instructor’s hands and moves. This is not to
say deaf cannot succeed in martial arts. We have had
Dawn Birley, who won national Canadian TaeKwonDo
(hearing) championships. We have Garrett Scott, a
ranking Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter. And also
a number of deaf MMA fighters, including
Matt Hamill.

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