2020/03/31

DeafDigest Sports – March 28-31, 2020

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Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— several fun deafsports short stories and tales

— college deaf football player

— a free agent deaf independent ball player

— football coach remembers the bests

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Note: there were no DeafDigest Sports
editions in recent days – due to scarcity
of deaf sports in the news some days!

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Deaf Madden tournament

DEAFESPN Madden Tournament

My subscribers,

I wanted to let you know that we filled up the first tournament with 32
gamers registered from 10 different schools.  The Madden Tournament
Bracket will be released soon at 5pm Pacific Time on our website!

Our new website is www.tinyurl.com/deafespn and this page will consist of
all brackets and important announcements.  We also have an Instagram and
Facebook Account @deafespn please like and follow us but the social media
accounts will be more of a fan page and not have all of the information.

I also just recently shared with the gamers the Madden-specific rules that
you can view too if you’re interested.

Thank you for your support and let’s hope for a successful tournament!  Even
though I am doing this independently, I still cherish your feedback and
questions so please feel free to contact me anytime!

Warren

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legendary deaf baseball player and legendary minor leaguer

Reidsville (NC) Luckies 1950 minor league team had
two legendary players as teammates.

First one was the real Crash Davis; the most famous baseball movie
(Durham Bulls) featured the fictional Crash Davis that was sort of
patterned after the real Crash Davis.

Second one was deaf career minor league player Dick Sipek

Dick, who was injured much of the 1950 season, only hit
.246. He came back in 1951 with the same team, and hit
.322 and retired for good after that season at the age
of 28.

The real Crash was a second baseman but in the movie
the fictional Crash was a catcher!

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deaf player in College World Series

The 1979 University of Arkansas baseball team
had a deaf player – Larry “Cob” Wallace who
played shortstop.

His teammates said he was great at shortstop
despite his deafness, and also said it was
sad that no major league team drafted him
or offered him a minor league contract.

He functioned as a hearing person, and knew
no ASL.

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these broke national hearing sports governing bodies

It was reported that because of Covid-19, 43 of these
50 national hearing sports governing bodies are
broke.

Well, USA Deaf Sports Federation is not rich – and
the selected athletes for international competition
need to raise their own funds.

Should we cry for these broke hearing athletic
governing bodies?

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posted on the tweet by Denton Mallas,
football coach, Louisiana School for the Deaf

Top 5 high school Deaf basketball I’ve played against:

Tyler Crace (Indiana)
Max Cook (Ohio)
Nick Elstad (Colorado)
Tony Oliver (Minnesota)
Bobby Siebert (Minnesota)

Best Deaf School basketball team I’ve played:
2005-2006 Minnesota and 2009 Indiana

Tyler Crace, Nick Elstad and Bobby Siebert
eventually played basketball at Gallaudet and
Denton Mallas played football at Gallaudet

Nick Elstad was better known for football
at Gallaudet, served as emergency QB
one season.

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college deaf footbsall player

Khevon Shepard
rising senior
football
Mary Hardin-Baylor University (Texas, NCAA-III)

started all 13 of his team’s 13 games

starter at linebacker

24 solo tackles

24 assisted tackles

9 QB sacks

1 forced fumble

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deaf baseball player

Tyson Gillies

is a free agent as of right now

he played independent ball in the 2019 season

despite his age of 30, he is a veteran of 13 minor
and independent leagues, but never making it to the
majors

He is an on and off member of the national Canadian
baseball team (hearing)

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random deafsports thoughts

May the Best Deaf Madden team win.

Yes, it is not the same thing as playing
in real competition.

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2020/03/27

DeafDigest Sports – March 25-27, 2020

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for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— deaf WNBA playrers

— Tennessee deaf vs U of Tenn in football

— a big football win in 1961

— update on world deaf cricket

— deaf sports intern

— college deaf kicker/punter

— elite deaf pitcher, baseball

— remembering Matt Hamill

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Note: there were no DeafDigest Sports
editions in recent days – due to scarcity
of deaf sports in the news some days!

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Deaf Sports intern

It was announced today that Noah Valencia,
basketball great who just completed his
Gallaudet career, is the deaf sports
intern with the USA Deaf Sports.

DeafDigest Sports looks forward to getting
deaf international sports updates from
USA Deaf Sports.

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Women’s Sport: Top Ten WNBA Players of all time

part of newspaper story

3. Tamika Catchings
Drafted third overall in the 2001 WNBA Draft, Catchings has completed 15
seasons in the WNBA but her impact off the court is what really makes this
star shine. She was the recipient of the very first ESPN Humanitarian
Award in 2015 and is the founder of Catch The Stars Foundation, a
community service non-profit that empowers youths (ages 7-18) by providing
programmes to promote fitness, literacy and youth development.

note:
Catchings has a hearing loss and spent her teenage years denying it,
hiding her hearing aid. While she has admitted her hearing loss as she
matured into a fine woman, she does not “advertise” it.

Current Emma Meeseman, Mystics, has a hearing loss and was always more
open with it as opposed to Catchings.

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Vols’ football history 1905-1906: Head coach J.D. Depree

part of newspaper story

Depree, a Michigan graduate, compiled a record of 4-11-3 during his
two-year tenure at Tennessee.

During his first year in 1905, he guided the Vols to a 3-5-1 record,
matching the mark of his predecessor, S.D. Crawford, who coached Tennessee
for just one season.

Depree did not get a signature win at Tennessee, although the Vols did
claim a 104-0 victory over American University of Harriman. The Vols
opened the year with a 16-6 victory over Tennessee School for the Deaf.

note:
deaf school boys versus big college men in football?

Years way back, it was common for deaf boys to stay at deaf school
until age 21 – and so, it was not really boys versus men, but more
of men versus men

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Times Gone By: A football day in ’61 (Nebraska)

part of newspaper story

Fort Calhoun, however, the Pioneers — who played eight-man football at the
time — weren’t as lucky. They were routed by the Nebraska School for the
Deaf, 48-12.

note:
Nebraska no longer has a football team for one reason – the school
closed up permanently years later. Very sad.

The last season Nebraska had a football team, they only had six
boys for 6-man football but the superintendent said “no way we
will drop football” and the team played a full schedule.

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Deaf Cricket One-day World Cup postponed

LAHORE                   –            Deaf cricket one day World Cup
scheduled to be played later this year from November 24 in United Arab
Emirates (UAE) has been postponed due to world wide spread of coronavirus
pandemic.

This was stated by Pakistan’s Chief Executive Officer of the Deaf
International Cricket Council (DICC), Zahirud Din Babar here on Tuesday.
He said DICC has taken this decision after its correspondence between its
top officials including Chairman Stefan Pichowski (England) and Vice
Chairman Ishtiaq Ahmad (Pakistan) and its affiliated bodies across the
globe.

“The DICC thanks and values Australia, England, Pakistan, India, South
Africa for their views, guidance and present situation in their respective
countries, we also welcome impending views from other member countries,
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, USA and
Zimbabwe “, said the DICC CEO. “This has led to the unanimous decision to
postpone the mega event in the larger interest of health and safety of the
players belonging to all the participating countries”, said Zahir adding
“We will not be able to confirm new dates until there is a clearer outcome
on sporting events around the globe that has seen the cancellation and
postponement.

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college deaf kicker/punter

Ross Kennedy

rising 5th year senior

Drake University (Iowa, NCAA-I)

football

missed his sole field goal attempt but was 2 of 2 on PATs
as team’s #2 kicker

team’s #1 punter – 39.7 yards per punt; longest 63 yards; one
of his punts was blocked; 16 punts reached inside 20 yards.

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elite deaf pitcher, baseball

Dmitri Kourtis pitched two seasons in independent
minor league ball.

He has not been offered a contract and for all practical
purposes, is retired from baseball.

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remembering Matt Hamill

Jon Jones, probably the greatest MMA fighter
ever, just cannot stay out of trouble, according
to latest newspaper stories.

We shall remember that Jones lost one MMA
fight – to Matt Hamill, the retired deaf MMA
fighter.

Yes, the defeat was due to disqualification for
an illegal hold. Jones was angry about the sole
loss on his fighting resume – and appealed the
loss.

The MMA people overruled Jones on his appeal.

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random deafsports thoughts

are we seeing the growth of Deaf E-Sports?

Gallaudet has made an annoucement of their
own intramural E-Sports plans.

Is E-Sports the same as real sports?

DeafDigest Sports editor wishes to stay out of
these arguments for one reason – he has never
seen E-Sports in person; just reads about it
in newspapers, magazines and web sites.

It, however, was not too many days ago that
Fremont has suggested E-Sports among deaf
schools.

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2020/03/24

DeafDigest Sports – March 21-24, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf basketball player

— elite deaf athlete

— Hoy’s WAR

— Fremont suggests Deaf E-Sports

— comment by Lance Allred, NBA’s only deaf player

— two all-area deaf players by a newspaper

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Note: there were no DeafDigest Sports
editions in recent days – due to scarcity
of deaf sports in the news!

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Minnesota girls’ basketball

Daily News unveils its All-Area Girls Basketball Team

(part of posting)

Javanna Johnson, MSAD (8th, Forward)

As just an eighth-grader Johnson made an impact for the Trojans. She
finished second on the team in scoring with a 7.8 points per game average.
She also provided 3.9 rebounds per game and 2.2 steals a game to provide
strong defense.

Dalina Schwartz, MSAD (Fr. Guard)

Schwartz led the team with a 13.8 scoring average and averaged 4.9
rebounds a game. She’s been a mainstay on the squad since middle school.
Schwartz has good range on her jump shot and has an inside game with her
dribble penetration. She makes her second appearance on the all-area team.

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College deaf basketball player

from a posting

SportsDayHS’ 2020 all-area girls basketball teams: See full first, second
and third teams for the Dallas-area

Rhyle McKinney, Argyle
Senior, G, 5-10

The SMU signee, who was born with a cleft palate and is legally deaf, was
named the Class 4A-1A state player of the year by the Texas Girls Coaches
Association for the second straight season

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elite deaf athlete

Austin Philip
Premier side Hawkesbury
cricket
Australia

was described in a newspaper story as a fast
bowler (equivalent to baseball pitcher)

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Hoy’s WAR

WAR means wins above replacement

part of a posting

we took a look at center fielders in franchise history who were worth at
least 2 wins above replacement. As I was compiling the names, one name
which caught my attention was a center fielder from the 1901 team, Dummy
Hoy. The 1901 season was the only one in which this player appeared for
the White Sox (the 1900 minor league club notwithstanding), but it wasn’t
too shabby: a .294/.407/.400 triple-slash, the .407 OBP boosted by a
league-leading 86 walks and 14 HBPs, plus 155 hits (41 of which went for
extra bases). In all, Hoy logged 4.7 WAR that season, good for 15th-most
that season.

Looking at his career on Baseball Reference: Hoy compiled over 2000 hits,
1000 walks, a career 110 OPS+, and 31.5 WAR

note:

good or bad, these WAR stats? Baseball statisticians will always disagree.

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DESPN (Deaf E-Sports)

Students and Families,

My thoughts have been out to you all everyday, please remember that you can
reach out to me anytime!

Anyway, I am emailing you because I wanted to share with you all what I shared
with all of the Deaf Athletic Directors today about our new Deaf e-sports
platform “DESPN”.  Be sure to watch my three videos and learn more about what
this is all about.  I hope that this gives you an option to keep you busy and
connected during this time.

Warren

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AD’s,

I hope this email finds you well during this difficult time.  I am doing good
myself but have been really thinking of ways to help all of our Deaf students
out.  As you know, I’ve never been a big fan of e-sports as Deaf students need
the in-person competition and interaction that our regional and national
tournaments offers.  However, this is a unique time so there has never been a
better time for our students to network virtually, so I’m starting up something
simple.  Eventually, when we all return to school, this could help us gauge the
future of this platform.

Anyway, please help me in forwarding this message to your students and anybody
who is Deaf and in High School is welcome to join.  We are doing Madden 20 first
with sign ups starting NOW and ending on Friday March 27 at 5pm PST/8pm EST at
warren.keller@csdeagles.net then the next tournament is going to be Call of
Duty.  After, that I’ll gauge out for the student’s interest.

Here is our Facebook Page which is the center for all of the announcements at
the time being:
fb.me/DEAFESPN

If you or your students don’t have Facebook, here is my first three videos to
get you started:

1) DESPN Introduction:

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DESPN Introduction Video – YouTube
What is DESPN and who is this for. What will be Coronavirus’ Impact on Real
Estate, Stocks, and Daily Life?
www.youtube.com

2) DESPN Rules:

[th?id=OVF.IMAbRwNt4jC27JMh7xduEw&pid=Api]
DESPN Rules
The rules for DESPN.
www.youtube.com

3) The First Two Tournaments:

[th?id=OVF.v8Hg9weyDBnhiydo%2fZOrmg&pid=Api]
Announcement of the First Two Tournament
How it works..
www.youtube.com

Warren Keller

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comment by Lance Allred, NBA’s only deaf player

part of newspaper posting

I ended up making it to the NBA—playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers (with
LeBron James!), among other teams—as the first legally deaf player in NBA
history.

Being a father that can pass along a healthy vision of manhood to his son
offers more peace and clarity than any NBA contract ever could.

note:
His NBA career was brief, but he was able to score a basket,
earning himself a permanent spot on the lifetime NBA stat sheets!

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Random deafsports thoughts

Deaf E-Sports?

Gallaudet has talked about the possibility
of Deaf E-Sports.

This concept in the Deaf Sports community
is interesting.

DeafDigest Sports has no comment – only because
he has never really seen how would it work.

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

 

2020/03/20

DeafDigest Sports – March 20, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— college soccer player

— elite deaf auto racer

— a Washington School basketball honor

— remembering the movie The Replacements

— ugly incident in British pro soccer history

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Washington girls’ basketball

all star honors

1st Team

Peyton Dalton, sophomore, Naselle

Maddie Dietrich, sophomore, Columbia Adventist

Brenna Sherill, sophomore, Columbia Adventist

Kendal Newport, junior, Three Rivers Christian

Emma McKenney, senior, Washington School for the Deaf

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college deaf soccer player

Eddie Perry

men’s soccer

rising senior

DePaul University (IL, NCAA-I

his name is not on the team final stats sheets

DePaul was so excited after recruiting him as a new freshman
three years ago. So, far, nothing on the team stats

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elite deaf auto racer

Greg Gunderson

Sprint Car racing

South Dakota

apparently he has retired from racing as there are no updates for
the past several years on his racing performances.

As a rising senior at Gallaudet way back in the early 1990’s, he
won the state sprint car racing championship, and paid off the
Gallaudet tuition with the prize money.

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Remembering the movie – The Replacements

part of a posting today

Here it out: Falco did all of this — starting with a close loss to Detroit
and a heroic win against Dallas — with practically no viable offensive
threat. A makeshift offensive line with bodyguards and a sumo wrestler in
Jumbo Fumiko. A running back in Walter Cochran (Troy Winbush) with one
good knee. A solid, but deaf tight end in Brian Murphy (David Denman). A
wide receiver in Clifford Franklin (Orlando Jones) who needed Sitckum to
catch the ball.

note:
the dialogue in the movie between two coaches said that Brian Murphy
played at Gallaudet and that he would have been a NFL 1st draft choice
if not for his deafness.

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British pro soccer history

Cupset and sent off for being deaf – the night Brighton shocked the Foxes

part of posting

Throughout the history of Brighton and Hove Albion, there have been plenty
of weird and wonderful red cards. But none has been more bizarre than the
time that Jimmy Case got sent off for Brighton away at Leicester City in
the League Cup for being deaf.

Even in his prime, Case had struggled with deafness.

Case of course couldn’t hear him thanks to a combination of the noise of
the crowd and lack of hearing aid, and so he was shown a second yellow for
dissent.

Case’s team lost 1-0 in that big game

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Random DeafSports thoughts

The actor that played the deaf tight end in the Replacements
movie was a fake-deaf actor.

Why wasn’t a past Gallaudet tight end cast for that role?

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2020/03/19

DeafDigest Sports – March 19, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf soccer player

— elite deaf athlete, basketball

— another dedication to a departed Gallaudet football player

— Deaflmypics equal to competition in elite sports

— “despite being deaf”

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Dedication to another departed Gallaudet football player

Van Scheppach, who played with the early 1960’s football
teams, has departed us.

DeafDigest Sports editor does not know if he was the first
one ever long snapper specialist at Gallaudet, not playing
other positions.

He did not long snap on PATs and field goals only
because Gallaudet went for two points on each touchdown!

He had the size of an offensive lineman but knee injuries
limited his mobility, hence being restricted to the
long snapper position.

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Deaflmypics equal to competition in elite sports

as edited after reading the newspaper story

Deaflmypics equal to competition in elite sports!
Says who?

The government of India. Sadly, no way the USA
government would say the same thing.

What this may mean is that gold medal winners
from India would get equal pay (reward) from
the government as with Olmypic gold medal winners.

Really?

The government of India is notorious for making
promises and not follow up on these promises.

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college deaf soccer player

Gracie Fitzgerald

rising senior

women’s soccer

Centre College (KY, NCAA-III)

started all 22 of her team’s 22 games

one of team leaders in most minutes played

scored two goals

assisted on two other goals

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elite deaf athlete, basketball

Emma Meesseman

Washington Mystics & European women’s pro basketball

she just signed a one-year contract to play with the
Mystics for the 2020 season.

Why just one year contract? This is what she wanted
and it has caused panic among the Mystics management
that this is it for her and that she prefers
European basketball as opposed to the WNBA.

We shall see.

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a comment DeafDigest Sports editor hates

today’s tweet said:
William Hoy, who played professional baseball despite being deaf

Despite being deaf? The person who wrote that tweet makes a
very serious implication that the deaf cannot do anything
and that Dummy Hoy is something special. “Despite being deaf”
is a very negative comment.

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Random DeafSports thoughts

There was a story today about Mohamad Nazrul Azwa Zulkipply,
not deaf, whose full time job is as the physiotherapist
for deaf athletes under the auspices of Malaysian Deaf Sports
Association.

DeafDigest Sports editor has never heard of a physiotherapist
working with deaf athletes so googled it – and it more or
less is the same as athletic trainer.

Why make physiotherapist so confusing if it means the
same as athletic trainer, that everyone knows what it is!

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2020/03/18

DeafDigest Sports – March 18, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf basketball player

— elite deaf athlete, rugby

— Gallaudet men’s basketball honor

— dedication to a departed Gallaudet football player & long time coach

— newspaper remembering a past Georgia coach

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dedication to a departed Gallaudet football player & long time coach

DeafDigest Sports dedicates this edition to Alfred Deuel that
departed us. He played football for two seasons, as junior
and senior at Gallaudet.

He passed away in 2019 but notice of his departure did not reach
DeafDigest Sports editor until today.

He was the biggest and heaviest player, at 235 lbs with the
1964 and 1965 football teams. Nowadays 235-lb football players
are common everywhere – but during the sixties, 235 lbs was
considered big and heavy.

DeafDigest Sports editor was the manager of the 1965 football
team, which was going through a 25-game losing streak.

DC Teachers College was a last-minute addition to the 1965
football schedule – and the Gallaudet players were overjoyed,
seeing it as an opportunity to snap the long losing streak.
DC Teachers was not that strong an opponent.

On the first snap of the game, one of the DC Teachers players
jumped up and down, laughing and pointing at the stunned
Alfred Deuel. Why was he pointing? No one knows, but Deuel
didn’t like it, and once the ball was snapped, he immeediately
went for the “laughing” player and knocked him down hard.

Deuel played both ways – center on offense and nose guard
on defense – and he was one of the important linemen in
the game Gallaudet won 21-12 to finally snap that losing
streak which stretched 4 seasons.

After graduating from Gallaudet, he was a career football
coach at schools for the deaf. He was one of the three
deaf brothers that coached football at the same time
at three different deaf schools (John at West Virginia,
Hal at North Carolina and Alfred at South Carolina).
All three faced each other during one season.

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Gallaudet men’s basketball

Gallaudet’s Noah Valencia selected to D3hoops.com All-Region third team

MINNEAPOLIS – Gallaudet University senior guard Noah Valencia (Riverside,
Calif.) was named to the 2019-20 D3hoops.com men’s basketball All-East
Region third team on Tuesday. This is Valencia’s first honor and fifth in
school history.

Valencia joins former Bison great Robert Haney Jr., a two-time All-Middle
Atlantic Region third team selection (2002-03, 2003-04), and Trey Gordon,
a two-time All-East Region third team honoree (2014-15, 2015-16).

note:
Noah was not selected to the NEAC first team, as he should have been.
Conference members were not allowed to vote for their own players.
But with D3hoops.com, teams can nominate their own players, and
Gallaudet did – and this is an irony – Some NEAC first teamers
were not given D3hoops.com honors while NEAC second-teamer Noah
was given D3hoops.com honors.

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newspaper remembering a past Georgia coach

part of long story

Stephens High and its tradition of excellence in sports has also been
recognized by the Calhoun-Gordon County Sports Hall of Fame. Maude Chattam
and Zeke McDaniel are both graduates of the school who have been inducted
into the hall in the last several years.

Zeke McDaniel then became head basketball coach at Georgia School for the
Deaf, where he served from 1963 to 1986, leading the Tigers to the
Mason-Dixon Championship five times.

note:
DeafDigest Sports editor missed making contact with him. He retired in
1986, the same year DeafDigest Sports editor started covering deaf
schools sports. His best basketball player was Willie Brown, who played
two seasons at Hofstra and two seasons at Georgia State University.

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Elite deaf athlete, rugby

part of newspaper story

Deaf rugby sevens player Jodie Ounsley nominated for positive role model
accolade at National Diversity Awards

Ounsley is bidding to play for UK at the Tokyo Olympics later this year

The 19-year-old, who is currently playing for England at the World Sevens
Series, is deaf but has cochlear implants so she can hear.

And Ounsley announced the news on Twitter, saying: “I’ve been nominated
for ‘Positive Role Model’ award, how exciting.

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college deaf basketball player

Quade Green

sophomore

men’s basketball

University of Washington

played 15, starting 14, of his team’s 32 games

averaged 30.5 minutes on the floor per game

averaged 11.6 points per game

he ran into academic issues and missed the remainder of
the season

see below – random

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Random DeafSports thoughts

Yesterday’s thoughts:

Question:
Did U of KY ever have a deaf basketball player?

Response:
two of them – Houston Nutt who played a season for
Adolph Rupp in the early fifties and in recent
seasons, there was a hard of hearing player, but
sorry, DeafDigest Sports editor forgot his name.

today’s response:

It was learned that the 2nd deaf player was
Quade Green. While he started his career at
Kentucky, he transferred to University of
Washington.

This meant Kentucky was not able to have
its two deaf players play four full seasons!

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2020/03/17

DeafDigest Sports – March 17, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— upcoming college football player

— elite deaf basketball player

— Missouri track

— Texas girls’ basketball

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Missouri track

part of newspaper story

Track athletes from Cairo, Madison, Higbee and Paris will are all assigned
to Class 1 District 2 meet taking place at Harrisburg. Other schools
competing at this venue are Barat Academy, Chamois, Clopton, Community
R-Vi, Frederick Douglass, Jamestown, Missouri School for the Deaf, Prairie
Home, Silex, St. Elizabeth, Sturgeon, Fulton School at St. Albans,
Transportation and Law High School, Tuscumbia, Vienna and
Wellsville-Middletown.

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Texas girls’ basketball

Texas basketball

All-VYPE Austin Mid-Size Private School (TAPPS 4A/SPC):

Ashlene Etkie (Texas School for the Deaf)

Kalena Bumbala (Texas School for the Deaf)

Lauren Innis (Hill Country Christian School of Austin)

Peyton Burgess (Austin St. Stephen’s Episcopal School)

Scout Swanson (Austin St. Andrew’s Episcopal School)

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U of Kentucky basketball’s #1 fan

part of newspaper story

Kentucky By Heart: Nobody is ‘crazier about the ‘Cats’
than long-time sports writer Jamie Vaught

Jamie Vaught is deaf.

story is very long, but to make it short, he is an
author on books on U of KY basketball, in addition
to being a sports reporter for newspapers and other
publications.

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elite deaf athlete, from yesterday

yesterday’s posting:

elite deaf basketball player

What has become of Kazuma Tsuya, Japan, who was the
talk of the U-21 world deaf basketball championships
in 2017?

Do not now. His latest update is 2018. None since then.

He is 6’2 tall.

As a rule, pro teams do not like to recruit short players.

They want players that are tall, 6-5 and 6-6 and up.

Maybe that is what is holding him back?

today’s posting:
it was learned from a basketball fan that follows
basketball everywhere that Kazuma Tsuya, Japan,
sprained his ankle this past summer, prior to
the 2019 World Championships in Poland. He
did not travel with the team to that championship
event.

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college deaf football player

Desi Gonzales

upcoming freshman

football

Riverside City College

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Random DeafSports thoughts

re Jamie Vaught, covering U of KY basketball,
just ask him a question and see if he can
answer it correctly.

Question:
Did U of KY ever have a deaf basketball player?

Response:
two of them – Houston Nutt who played a season for
Adolph Rupp in the early fifties and in recent
seasons, there was a hard of hearing player, but
sorry, DeafDigest Sports editor forgot his name.

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2020/03/16

DeafDigest Sports – March 16, 2020

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— random deafsports thoughts

— college football player

— elite basketball player

— a basketball coach

— a cancelled high school reunion

— North Dakota basketball

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TV interview (Mississippi)

Sports Zone Conversation: Brian Cronin

part of story/interview

The St. Andrew’s Saints are coming off a huge win over Velma Jackson in
the 3A State Championship.

It’s head coach Brian Cronin’s 2nd gold ball during his tenure with
Saints. And, in both of those championship wins, Cronin couldn’t make out
what the crowd was saying or even hear the refs blow the whistle.

That’s because he was born deaf.

After a collegiate basketball career at Holmes and Mississippi College,
Cronin returned to MRA to be an assistant under Duease. Before being named
the head coach at St. Andrew’s in 2009.

In the same year, he represented Team USA in the Deaflympics.

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North Dakota basketball

Morning Tipoff: March 16

(part of newspaper story)

20 YEARS AGO (2000): The Fargo Forum polled six longtime coaches and media
members in an effort to determine an all-time Class B team. Their lineup:
Steve Blehm, North Dakota School for the Deaf; Ron Waggoner, New Town;
Henry Milkey, Minot Model; Jerry Pyle, Casselton; Hunter Berg, Grenora;
Ron Schlieman, Makoti. The six-man team resulted from a tie in the voting.

note:
Gallaudet was blessed to have Steve Blehm play for the university. He enrolled
at Minot State University, a big blow to Gallaudet coaches. Fortunately after
one semester at Minot State University, he transferred to Gallaudet and
was a steady double-digit career scorer. After Gallaudet, he became a long-time
resident of Virginia.

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college football player

Agustin Bojorquez

sophomore

football

Riverside City College

he is now looking to land on a 4-year college
football roster.

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elite deaf basketball player

What has become of Kazuma Tsuya, Japan, who was the
talk of the U-21 world deaf basketball championships
in 2017?

Do not now. His latest update is 2018. None since then.

He is 6’2 tall.

As a rule, pro teams do not like to recruit short players.

They want players that are tall, 6-5 and 6-6 and up.

Maybe that is what is holding him back?

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a cancelled high school reunion

A coach at a deaf school was supposed to
attend a reunion of her team that played
way back 30-35 years ago. The reunion
was cancelled because of Coronavirus.

Some players already bought airfare
tickets which couldn’t be refunded.

Instead, these players got together
at one player’s house and still
enjoyed themselves with stories
and tales and passing around T-shirts,
while wearing retro shirts and shirts.

Not able for Coronavirus to defeat
the team’s spirit.

Hope the same goes true for other teams.

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Random DeafSports thoughts

DeafDigest Sports editor googles every day
looking for updates on elite deaf athletes
(international, national, professional
levels) that are competitive against hearing
athletes.

Sad to say, many of these elite deaf athletes
do not update their web sites. Either they have
retired or are not interested in sharing their
athletic accomplisments with the public.

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2020/03/15

DeafDigest Sports – March 15, 2020

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Hot DeafSports News at:
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— random deafsports thoughts

— an old time deaf basketball team
(another link found)

— wheelchair basketball

— college soccer player

— elite baseball player

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an old time deaf basketball team

The year an all-deaf boys basketball team won state

newspaper story that was blocked by omaha.com
which force readers to pay to read

DeafDigest Sports editor was given a different
link.

Here it goes
From left, Earl Petersen James DeVaney and Nick Petersen at a reunion in
1981, 50
years after the Nebraska School for the Deaf won the state basketball
tournament. Earl
played on the team, and his brother Nick was the coach. DeVaney was the
president of
the school’s alumni association.

In the all-class state tournament that year, the winningest team hailed
from the
Nebraska School for the Deaf. The residential school in northeast Omaha
beat every
single opponent that season, giving the school not just a trophy but a
place in the
imaginations of the public — and proof that a disability was not an
inability.
One fact that might offer consolation to Charlie, his SkyHawks teammates
and the other
basketball players playing in near-empty gyms and arenas at this year’s
tournament
might be this: You can still win even if you can’t hear the fans. The deaf
school did just
that in 1931 as it plowed through competitor after competitor, winning all
29 games in its
season, including the state final against Crete

you can read rest of the story at:
http://www.nsdaa1901.org/docs/facts/nsd_bb_1931.pdf

it is 6 pages long

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wheelchair basketball update

The Cincinnati Royals lost in the national wheelchair basketball
semifinals to the Houston Hotwheels by a score of 61-50.  The Royals
finished 3rd place nationally – their previous best finish was 15th place
in 2016.  Kerwin Haake, deaf junior from Kentucky, plays for the Royals.
This concludes the wheelchair basketball season as the high school and
college tournaments were canceled.  In the offseason, there will be some
college camps players can attend and then the team will begin practicing
again in the summer.

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college soccer player

Wesley Shade

men’s soccer

junior

Bethany Lutheran College (MN, NCAA-III)

only played 11 of his team’s 19 games

started no games

his stats were minimal

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elite baseball player

Cason Sherrod

baseball, relief pitcher

Miami Marlins farm – Jupiter Hammerheads, High A Florida State League

need to wait until baseball play resumes after Coronavirus

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Random DeafSports thoughts

Will Cason Sherrod make it to the majors in due time as
relief pitcher?

We all remember deaf pitcher Ryan Ketchner, a career
minor leaguer who went as far as Class AAA but
never made it to the minors (2000’s).

He tried a comeback in independent ball but couldn’t make it.

He is out of baseball now

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2020/03/14

DeafDigest Sports – March 14, 2020

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— random deafsports thoughts

— deaf track meets

— Texas updates

— an old time great athlete

— an old time deaf basketball team

— college basketball player

— elite deaf athlete

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DeafDigest Sports will continue on a daily
basis, if at all possible; getting new
deaf sports updates, will be a daily challenge.

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Berg & Seeger track meet

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, it is with deepest regret that we inform
you all that Berg & Seeger Track & Field Classic (Austin, TX) and Hoy
Tournament (Fremont, CA) have been canceled.  While we understand how
disappointing this is for all fans, coaches, and student-athletes, the
decision was made based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is
progressing in the U.S.  This decision is in the best interest of public
health, including coaches, volunteers, fans and most importantly, our
student-athletes.

Stay Safe and Healthy

Chris Hamilton

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ESDAA track and field (the nation’s 2nd largest
deaf track and field event)

What is the status?

A deaf athletic official said they are not sure about
it yet as it has not been brought up for serious
discussion. But hopefully a decision will be made
by the first week of April.

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Texas softball

Hill Country Christian, 2
TSD Lady Rangers, 20

Record: 3-0

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Texas sports – baseball, softball and track

TSD will follow TAPPS and Austin Schools decision about
sports and so far no announcement has been made for spring
sports schedules.

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an old-time great athlete

part of newspaper story

1949 ALL-EVERYTHING

a name I’d never heard before – Marvin Tuttle.

Marvin Tuttle was a special athlete

the more impressed I was with Tuttle’s athletic accomplishments.

In 1949, Tuttle was one of eight players named to the Iowa Daily Newspaper
Association first team all state basketball squad. He led the state that
year in scoring with a 23.6 points-per-game average. In those times, IDPA
selected just three teams of eight players each. Twenty four players, that
was it. One class and one first team.

Tuttle, a three-sport star for ISD, excelled in track, consistently
winning events in the shot put, discus and football throw. He was a state
champion in the shot put and held the state high school and Drake Relays
football throw records for a number of years.

He was twice named to the World Deaf Olympics in 1950 and 1954. He
continued to play basketball for the Des Moines Silent Club, helping to
lead that team to three national championships conducted by the American
Athletic Association of the Deaf (AAAD).

In 1976, Tuttle was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic
Association Basketball Hall of Fame and the AAAD Hall of Fame in 1981.

note:
the story did not mention that he attended Gallaudet for one semester;
he was not interested in attending Gallaudet but was heavily recruited
by deaf school opponents that knew him and wanted him to come.

He joined the football team as the quarterback. There was a problem.
There was another quarterback with the same Marvin Tuttle name
(from North Carolina). The Iowa Tuttle was used to throw long
passes; the North Carolina Tuttle was used to throw shorter
but accurate passes. The Iowa Tuttle left Gallaudet before the
basketball season started.

His AAAD basketball career was short; retiring at the age of
25 after helping his team win three national championships.
He was tired and weary of being a targeted man on the court;
opponents would physically manhandle him on rebounds and
put backs and get away with it.

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an old time deaf basketball team

newspaper story that was blocked

The year an all-deaf boys basketball team won state
Omaha.com

note:
it was impossible to pull up the story as subscription is
required, but DeafDigest Sports editor knows it was
the 1931 Nebraska School for the Deaf basketball team.

This team went unbeaten all season and won all-classes
state championship.

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college basketball player

Cheyenne Talbot
women’s basketball
freshman
Monroe College (NYC – 2-year college)

one of team’s top players; averages 13.4 points per game

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elite deaf athlete

part of newspaper story

Meet a remarkable woman now playing on the Ladies European Tour

Diksha Dagar became the youngest Indian woman to win on the distinguished
LET when she claimed victory in last year’s South African Women’s Open
aged only 18. A phenomenal achievement in itself – made all the more
incredible with Diksha being born deaf.

note:
she turned down NCAA-I golf scholarships in favor of turning pro

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Random DeafSports thoughts

for years deaf schools have played football games
against each other.

During World War II (1942 to 1945) these
deaf vs deaf football games became fewer
and fewer because of travel restrictions.

When the war ended these intense deaf vs
deaf football rivalries resumed.

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