DeafDigest Sports – February 23, 2020

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Hot DeafSports News at:

— random deafsports thoughts, Gallaudet’s emergency hockey goalie!

— basketball updates

— Gallaudet updates

— girls’ team wins conference championship


Gallaudet men’s basketball

Bison season comes to a close, Valencia ends career with 1,874 points\

UTICA, N.Y. – One of the most storied careers in Gallaudet University
men’s basketball history came to a close here Saturday afternoon. Senior
guard Noah Valencia (Riverside, Calif.) was substituted out of the North
Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) game against SUNY Poly with 28 seconds
left and he embraced his head coach Kevin Kovacs for one final time.

Valencia gave it his all as he poured in a game-high 41 points but it was
not enough to lift the Bison past the host Wildcats who won by 11 points,

Valencia finished just eight points shy of tying assistant coach Brian
Bippus (1987-91) career point total of 1,882. Valencia finished his career
with 1,874 points in 102 games to go with 356 rebounds, a program best 337
3-pointers made out of 952 3-point attempts, 212 assists, 197 steals and
seven blocks.

This will not be the last of the Valencias we will be hearing from in
Deaf Basketball.


Gallaudet women’s basketball

Gallaudet ends season against NEAC’s top team

UTICA, N.Y. – The Gallaudet University women’s basketball hung tough
against SUNY Poly, the top team in the North Eastern Athletic Conference
(NEAC), here Saturday afternoon until the host Wildcats pulled away in the
fourth quarter to win, 91-68.

Gallaudet (9-16, 7-9 NEAC) got within four points, 49-45, midway through
the third quarter before SUNY Poly (18-7, 16-0 NEAC) went on a 15-2 run to
close out the frame and lead 64-47.

Junior guard Kendall Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.) scored a game-high 22
points to go with 10 rebounds for a double-double. Fellow junior guard
Emelia Beldon (Frederick, Md.) added 12 points, seven rebounds, seven
assists and four steals. Freshman guard Sunita Schmidjorg (Austin, Texas)
netted 12 points, passed out four assists, grabbed three boards and made
three steals. Freshman forward Cassidy Perry (Frederick, Md.) scored 10
points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Freshman guard Rajena
Guettler (Frederick, Md.) rounds out the starting five with eight points.


Gallaudet baseball

Gallaudet loses to Gwynedd Mercy

WASHINGTON – It was a marathon baseball game here Saturday at Hoy Field as
Gallaudet University lost to Gwynedd Mercy University, 40-7, on the second
day of the Bison Baseball Classic.

Gallaudet (2-2) got down early as Gwynedd Mercy (2-3) scored runs in every
inning but the fifth. The Griffins led 14-0 before the Bison got on the
scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Sophomore Bryan Ramos-Navarro (Springfield, Mass.) singled down the right
field line to plate Winston Lane III (Brooklyn Center, Minn.) to get the
Bison on the scoreboard.

GU added another run in the fifth when senior Gilwon Seo (Hongseong, South
Korea) singled up the middle to drive home junior Darren Drolsbaugh
(Lansdale, Pa.).

Ramos-Navarro walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to
bring home another Bison run as GU trailed 22-3.

The Griffins put up a seven spot in the top of the eighth as the sun began
to set in the nation’s capital. In the bottom of the eighth, Drolsbaugh
hit an inside-the-park home run to score two additional runs.

Ramos-Navarro had a second RBI walk in the game with the bases loaded.
Freshman Elijah Solomon (Flushing, N.Y.) singled to left-center field to
score Lane as GU went to the ninth inning down, 29-7.


Fremont boys’ basketball

The California School for the Deaf varsity basketball team won Saturday’s
neutral playoff game against Jewish Community (San Francisco, CA) in
overtime by a score of 57-56.

Next game is against #3 seed South Fork in the semi finals

the winner moves to the championship game


Maryland girls’ basketball

MSD GBB: Game #26 vs Rockbridge Academy

February 22, 2020

High School Varsity Girls Basketball Game #26

Maryland School for the Deaf vs Rockbridge Academy

MIAC Championship

1      2     3     4   =  Total

MSD –    11     5     6    12   =  34

RA –       6      8     4    12   =  30


C. Lummer – 7 points, 7 rebounds

Ar. Zfati – 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

H. Weiss – 3 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists, 3 blocks

S. Herzig-Wilcox – 8 points, 2 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists

C. Salit – 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists, 3 blocks

Team FG: 12

Team 3-FG: 1 (Lummer)

Team FT: 9-14


L. Wilson – 3 points

V. Grev – 2 points

S. Williams – 2 points

E. Williams – 9 points

A. Craig – 14 points


TEAM 3-FG: 1 (Wilson)

TEAM FT: 3-10

Record: 20-6

MSD won their 6th consecutive MIAC championship. Citrine Lummer and Sierra
Herzig-Wilcox selected All-Stars. Crystal Salit named MVP of the MIAC
championship game.


Missouri boys’ basketball

Tuscumbia                        7    8    9    20 = 44
Missouri School for the Deaf    14   12    8    12 = 46

MSD boys
Mikal Meriwether 25 points and 11 rebounds
Hezeki Smoot  14 points, 13 rebounds , 3 assists, and 4 steals
Conner Luper 7 points and 3 steals

Record conf 8-10 overall 10-11
Next Monday at 5:00 pm ,MSD boys (8th seeding) will play against St
Elizabeth (1st seeding).

Miles Harris 17 points


Texas girls’ basketball


TAPPS Regional Finals

Class 4A

Texas School for the Deaf 28, Boerne Geneva 20

not sure where the next game leads to; will have
to wait for Texas’ basketball report.


random DeafSports thoughts

There was a feel-good story about David Ayres (not deaf)
whose real job is driving the Zamboni and doing the
maintenance work at the arena where minor league
Toronto Marlies team plays. He was inserted into the
game as emergency goalie for the Carolina Hurricanes team
last night because of injuries to their two goalies.
And it was against his employer – the Maple Leafs.

He helped the Hurricans defeat the Maple Leafs which
employs him, and pays him a regular paycheck!

Cannot happen to Gallaudet?

It sort of did!

In the late sixties/early seventies Gallaudet had a
club hockey team that played in the Chesapeake
Hockey League.

Gallaudet’s goalie, who was hearing, could not make
it to the game against a very weak opponent. He
was the only goalie Gallaudet had.

Gallaudet was forced to use a rarely-used defenseman
as the emergency goalie – only that the team had no
goalie gear to put him into.

Gallaudet changed to a tight man-to-man strategy,
instead of freelancing, through out the game to protect
their own emergency goalie.

It worked. Against a very weak team, Gallaudet won
4-2. With a regular goalie, Gallaudet could have won

The next game, the regular goalie showed up to play.