DeafDigest Sports – November 28, 2019

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Gallaudet men’s basketball

Bison reunite with former head coach in memorable night at University of

BURLINGTON, Vt. – The embrace and smiles at the end of the game between
the head coaches capped a memorable night for the Gallaudet University
men’s basketball team in the Patrick Gymnasium on the University of
Vermont campus.

Vermont coach John Becker and Gallaudet coach Kevin Kovacs, who both
served as assistant coaches at GU from 1995-97 before Becker took over the
helm from 1997-99, hugged at the end of Wednesday night’s game where the
host Catamounts won 93-44 over the Bison.

“It was a fun night for me. I had a lot more emotions then I thought I
would, even though I may not of showed it. It is hard to play against your
friends and a place that I really care about. Obviously, overmatched today
but I’ve been on the other side of it. I was glad when the game was over,”
said Becker, who also served as a Gallaudet assistant coach during the
1994-95 season when Kovacs was a player on the team.

Becker went through the handshake line, at the end of the game, signing
thank you to the Bison players while also shaking each player, coach and
staff member’s hand. The two teams gathered at mid-court for a group photo

“It was definitely an experience our players and coaches will never
forget, especially when it was played against a former GU coach and we
have a lot to be thankful for,” said Kovacs, now in his fifth season
leading the GU men’s basketball program. “We appreciate John Becker and
his Vermont basketball program and community for this experience. We wish
him and his team the best!”

Gallaudet (0-6) struggled on the big stage in the first half as it shot
only 18.8 percent from the field (6 of 32) and only made one 3-pointer out
of 16 attempts. Vermont (6-2) dominated as it shot over 50 percent and
took a 51-13 lead into halftime. The Bison stayed within single digits up
until 18-9 just under 12 minutes left in the first half. Vermont closed
out the half on a 33-4 run.

In the second half, GU shook off the first-half jitters and started to
make shots. The Bison made 11 of 27 shots (40.7 percent) from the field
and drained seven 3-pointers as they tallied 31 second-half points.

Senior guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) scored all of his team-high
points in the second half as he knocked down three 3-pointers after he
went 0-for-10 from the field in the first half. Sophomore Corey Smith
(Miami, Fla.) added nine points off the bench while freshman Rory Lewis
(Frederick, Md.) tallied two 3-pointers for six points in the second half.

This was Gallaudet’s first game against a NCAA Division I opponent since
Nov. 25, 2015, when the Bison played at Towson University and lost, 88-45

group picture of both teams and coaches

part of Vermont newspaper story

Vermont typically plays one game against a Division 3 team early in the
nonconference portion of its schedule, usually against a team from New
England and often against a team from Vermont. But this season the game
featured Gallaudet, the nation’s only four-year liberal arts school for
the deaf and hard of hearing, and the place head coach John Becker held
his first college coaching job from 1994-1999.

“It’s hard to play against your friends and a place I really care about,”
Becker said after the game. “(They were) obviously overmatched today and
I’ve been on the other side of it.”


deaf soccer player

part of newspaper story

Louisville native finds community — and a gold medal — with USA Deaf Pan
American Games team

For the first-time ever, the USA Deaf Men’s National Team had won an
international competition, and they were beaming. Among them was Will
Frentz, a savvy center back who played every single minute of the

Frentz is a 12-year veteran of the program.

When he was 16, however, he saw a special on ESPN’s SportsCenter about a
basketball player competing in the Deaf Olympics and explored the
possibility of a U.S. deaf soccer team. A Google search led him to an
email address, which led him to a tryout and, eventually, a spot on the
national team while he was still in high school. He competed in the Deaf
World Cup in Greece in 2008.

USA Deaf Soccer has been around since 1965, first with a men’s team. The
women began competition in 1999 and are a powerhouse — they have never
lost an international tournament.

The men’s team’s youngest player is a 17-year old high schooler, and the
oldest is 35. A few are from Los Angeles, while one is from a town of
4,000 in Maryland.


Local hockey player represents U.S. in Deaflympics

part of newspaper story

When hockey player Anders Lindgren laces his skates and hits the ice Dec.
12, he will not only be representing Momence, Illinois or the Midwest — he
will be representing the United States.

His talents on the ice will be showcased as a member of the Men’s Deaf
National Ice Hockey Team during this year’s Winter Deaflympics. Hosted
under the purview of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf,
the Deaflympics will take place Dec. 12-21, in Valtellina Valchiavenna,

This year, he was invited to tryout for the Men’s Deaf National Ice Hockey
Team in Buffalo, N.Y.

The 23-member roster includes 16 returning players who won a bronze medal
at the 2015 Deaflympics in Russia. This year’s players range in age from
16 to 34 and hail from 14 states.

The team operates under the guidelines of USA Hockey and the USA Deaf
Sports Federation. Hearing aids, cochlear implants and the like are not
allowed during competition.

Today, Lindgren plays as a junior at Aurora University.

The team will arrive in Italy one week before competition starts to
practice together. The team will play Dec. 13, 15, 17, 20 and 21.


random deafsports talk

2,819 fans attended the Gallaudet-Vermont basketball

Is it the Gallaudet attendance record?

Possibly, yes.

What was interesting was that Vermont averaged 2,693 fans
at their home games last season, and last night’s
attendance count exceeded it.

Many fans were deaf; others were ASL students. And
besides “everyone” goes home because of the Thanksgiving