DeafDigest Sports – November 21, 2019

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Hot DeafSports News at:

— random deafsports thoughts

— upcoming football game

— basketball updates

— free tickets to a Gallaudet basketball game

— Gallaudet men’s basketball

— write up on a football coach


DeafDigest Sports Teams of the Year

8-man football – Florida School for the Deaf and Blind

11-man football – to be made in due time

8-man soccer – Rochester School for the Deaf

11-man soccer – Ohio School for the Deaf

Big Schools volleyball – Texas School for the Deaf

Small Schools volleyball – Rochester School for the Deaf


next football game

Texas is the sole remaining school still continuing
with the football season.

TSD Rangers (7-4) will face The Woodland Christian Academy (11-0)
on Nov. 22 at 7:00 pm.


2019-20 winter season won/lost records, now including basketball won/lost records
as of 11/21/19

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2019 football scores
as of 11/17/19

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Gallaudet men’s basketball

Free tickets to see Gallaudet men’s basketball at University of Vermont on Nov. 27

WASHINGTON – Fans of Gallaudet University in and around the state of
Vermont are in for a treat next week when the Bison men’s basketball team
travels to University of Vermont for a game on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 7
p.m. in the Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington, Vt.

Gallaudet has received 50 free tickets to the game. If you are interested
in attending the game please contact GU men’s basketball head coach Kevin
Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu by Nov. 25 so you can be placed on
the team list. This offer is open to Gallaudet students, faculty and staff
along with alumni, boosters and family of the team. Prospective
student-athletes are not permitted to receive these tickets per NCAA

The Catamounts are coached by former Gallaudet men’s basketball head coach
John Becker, who coached the Bison from 1997-99 and served as a Gallaudet
assistant coach from 1994-97. Vermont is off to a 4-0 start to the season.

If you are unable to travel to Vermont you can watch the game online here:


Gallaudet men’s basketball

Gallaudet’s defense limits Tigers in non-conference contest

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University’s defense did a good job to slow
Hampden-Sydney College here Wednesday night in a men’s basketball
non-conference game in the Field House. The Bison held the Tigers to its
lowest point total this season but in the end GU came up short, 62-52.

Gallaudet (0-4) trailed by as much as 11 points in the second half. The
Bison stormed back and cut the margin to three points, 51-48, with 5:04
left in regulation after sophomore guard Corey Smith (Miami, Fla.) made
one of his four 3-pointers in the game. H-SC missed its own 3-point
attempt and allowed GU a chance to come down the court and knot the game
for the first time since four minutes into the game. Senior guard Noah
Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) hoisted a 3-point shot but missed as the
Tigers answered with a Kevin Quinn (17 points) jumper at the 4:13 mark.

Sophomore forward Matt Sherman (Angora, Minn.) made a jumper to pull
Gallaudet within three points, once more, but that was as close as the
Bison got.

Smith scored a team-high 15 points to go with eight rebounds while
Valencia finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double.

The two teams shot over 32 percent from the field in the first half as
Gallaudet held a 28-27 lead at intermission


Florida girls’ basketball

FSDB at Crescent City Raiders – 11/19/21

Final Score: 35-12

Well, the score says it all. We captured the first win of the season! But
it did not come easy, we missed many easy layups, which put us at 6 to 6
the whole first
quarter. Missed layups lead to missed opportunity for us to score more
than 16 points in 1st quarter. Then we started to pick up the rhythm going
into the 2nd
quarter, after our Lady Dragons began to utilize their learned skills from
three weeks of practice. Second quarter, we picked up 9 extra points,
bringing us to 15
to 6 before we concluded the first half. Our very own Olivia started to
heat up, both offensively and defensively, as we went into the second
half. She created an
impenetrable wall against the opposing team’s best player number 14,
causing a series of turnovers and giving many fast break opportunities for
our Lady Dragons. At
the same time, Lourdine was seen making her own highlights of the game.
She easily shadowed others by making many offensive and defensive
rebounds. Keliah never
quit as she protected the house by keeping the Raiders away from the
paint. Shanna, Emma, JaMyra and Taria also contributed a great deal of
offensive stops as well,
keeping the Raiders at bay without scoring for a long time. Our next game
is this Thursday against First Baptist Christian Academy (FBCA) at home.

—-Lady Dragons Coaches


Lourdine Jordonne: 14 pts

Olivia Brown: 13 pts

Keliah Williams: 4 pts

Oceana Brown: 2 pts


Mississippi football

newspaper story

Mississippi School for the Deaf football coach teaches players the game of

Amongst the halls of the Mississippi School for the Deaf is an office
quite like any other. The walls of that office, however, are a homage to
the success of the school’s football program.

More specifically, they are homage to the success of Arness Georgetown.

The walls of the head coach’s office are lined with print-outs of
newspaper articles chronicling 8-man football championships alongside
photos of title teams as far back as 1995.

At least that’s what the common eye sees when they look at the photos and
when the gleam of the gold football’s he’s accumulated hits their eye.

“I don’t look at the championships and rings,” Georgetown said. “The
opportunities I’ve had and the kids I’ve touched along the way is how I
look at [it].

“We’ve been blessed to have good athletes and good students. It’s about
the kids I’ve had. It’s all about them.”

Georgetown has served as either an assistant coach or head coach with the
program since 1993. He took a seven-year hiatus from coaching in 2008 for
an administrative role with the school.

In 2015, he returned to the program as a head coach. He’s been a part of
six national titles for the Mississippi School for the Deaf.

While winning those titles, Georgetown said he was also doing something
with more of a lasting impact.

“My main goal is to teach these kids about the game of life,” Georgetown
said. “I always emphasize to my players that if you play basketball,
football, that ball’s going to stop bouncing. You can’t run and catch that
football forever. You’ve got to have another plan. So we try to instill
that in our kids.”

Cheryl Kaler, the Mississippi School for the Deaf principal and athletic
director, has been at the school for 10 years. She’s seen Georgetown’s
success on the field firsthand, but she’s also seen how much of an impact
he’s had on his players off the field.

She said he’s been a mentor and role model for the student-athletes while
helping the program rise to national acclaim.

“He not only coaches the kids on the field, [but he] also coaches them in
life when it comes to focusing on their academics, being men of character
and making good choices,” Kaler said. “They come to him for advice for all
teams and see him as a father figure and a mentor.”

Georgetown’s teaching isn’t limited to the football players, either.

Arness Georgetown is the head football coach at the Mississippi School for
the Deaf.
Arness Georgetown is the head football coach at the Mississippi School for
the Deaf. (Photo: Photo submitted)

After the football team’s coaching staff experienced turnover this past
season, he took on apprentices and also taught them how to coach.

Many of his players wouldn’t have been allowed to play football at the
public school level. They likely would have been confined to special
education classes. At MSD, they get the chance to be national champions.

Devoris Meeks has played tailback and linebacker for Georgetown for three
years. He was there when Georgetown returned to the program in 2015 and
the team went 1-6. Meeks thought about quitting after that, but Georgetown
wouldn’t let him.

“He inspired me,” Meeks said. “I didn’t want to play anymore because we
were a losing team and he told me, ‘Nah, you’re going to stay on my team
and we’re going to win next year.”

And they did.

Thanks to the resolve and patience Georgetown instilled in Meeks, he got
to be a part of the ’17 and ’18 national title teams. He played on this
year’s team, too.

“From then on, I never walked off on the team again,” Meeks said.

By the standard Georgetown has established at the school, 2019 was an
atypical year.

Deaf All-American Kenmarkis Meeks graduated last year. The team’s starting
tailback, Jaylon Mays, separated his shoulder in the first game of the
2019 season. One of the starting receivers elected to leave the team to
focus on academics.

Georgetown’s team finished the year with a 2-6 record and were a far cry
away from a national title. Most of the players were part of the last two
national titles.

His team may be in a valley now, but Georgetown said he’s confident it
will prepare them to return to championship form.

“Some kids don’t take adversity very well, so it’s my job to keep the
kids’ heads up and keep them going,” Georgetown said. “It’s tough, but I
like it in a sense because it’s life lessons. I tell the kids all the
time, sometimes things don’t work out the way you want them to work out.
You have to be able to deal with those things.”


Riverside girls’ basketball

Girls played St. Jeanne de Lestonnac in a season-opening non-league game
last night and won 58-33.  Record: 1-0.  Next up: vs. NuView Bridge at
home, December 5th.

CSDR girls raced to a 20-point lead by halftime and ended with a 58-33
score against Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic High School in Temecula.
Sophomore Bree
Goldstein and Junior Rosemary Vicente led all scorers with 17 and 13
respectively, and Gisella Visco nabbed team high 22 rebounds.  Saint
Jeanne displayed good
fellowship by providing student interpreters for a prayer and pledge
before the game.    Our girls were impressed and appreciative of their
thoughtful actions!


Texas girls’ basketball

Austin Saints 27
TSD 42

TSD Girls basketball improves to 6-0 with the next home game on November
21 at 6:30 against Round Rock Raiders.


Texas boys’ basketball

part of newspaper story

VYPE Austin Preseason Private School Boys Basketball Team Breakdowns

No. 4 Texas School for the Deaf: The Rangers advanced to the TAPPS 4A
bi-district round during the 2018-2019 season, and are expected to remain
a playoff contender during the 2019-2020 campaign because of second-team
all-district Jaylen Johnson and Jack Scarboro

Daily practices have been limited to about 5 players because the majority
of the team is with the football team which is fighting to stay in the
playoffs. For that reason, three scheduled games this week have been


random deafsports talk

Announcement yesterday was made regarding 50 free tickets
for the Gallaudet vs University of Vermont basketball game.

First time Gallaudet played against a NCAA-I team in basketball?


In 2015-16, Gallaudet played against Towson University.

And during the 1930’s and 1940’s Gallaudet had five games
with Long Island University, at that time a national
powerhouse. If we are talking about these powerhouse
college teams nowadays (Duke, Kentucky, etc) then
LIU was it during the thirties and forties.

LIU, in fact, was ranked #1 in the nation in one of these
five seasons. There were no NCAA-I tournaments at that time.