DeafDigest Sports – March 6, 2020

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Hot DeafSports News at:

— random deafsports thoughts

— Team of the Year announcement, boys’ basketball explanation

— update in powerlifting

— baseball & softball updates

— varsity vs alumni basketball

— Gallaudet softball preview


Reasons for Maryland as Team of the Year in Big Schools basketball

A. In Clerc:
Maryland won the Clerc
Model was the runner ups in Clerc
Texas finished 3rd in Clerc
Fremont finished 4th in Clerc

B. What is Clerc:
more or less a “NCAA-I” mid-season tournament
for top deaf school teams

C. In maxpreps:
Maryland was ranked 6956th best in the nation
Fremont was ranked 8720th best in the nation
Model was ranked 9130th best in the nation
Texas was ranked 10079th best in the nation

D. Maxpreps’ strength of schedule:
Maryland strength is -5.7
Model strength is -7.3
Fremont strength is -8.7
Texas strength is -8.9

E. Difficult to explain strength of schedule but
it can be said that Maryland’s hearing opponents
are stronger compared to other schools’s hearing
opponents (Model,  Fremont and Texas)

F. Accuracy:
Is maxpreps 100 percent accurate? No, but no such
different ratings systems are 100 percent accurate

G. Comment:
Model, Fremont and Maryland had great seasons whereas
Texas lurked as a dangerous darkhorse (three of these
schools had 20 plus wins while Model was one win
short of getting 20 wins). These four teams got
their quality wins over local hearing teams.

And finally, most important factor of them all –
head to head competition – Maryland defeated
Model and Fremont.


Gallaudet softball preview

Season Preview – Bison healthy and ready for the 2020 season

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University softball is healthy and ready for
the 2020 season after being stricken with many injuries last year. The
Bison return six players, who have another year under their belts ready
for the grind of the softball season ahead of them.

GU head coach Justen Burns, now in his fourth year at the helm, is
optimistic about his Bison squad this season. The addition of several new
players along with the return of a handful of key veteran players should
help Gallaudet’s chances to move up the conference standings.

“There is already a big difference between this year and last year now
that the foundation has been built,” said Burns. “We are picking up things
at a much faster pace which is exciting to see and we are excited to see
where we can continue to grow this year.”

Here is a breakdown of the 2020 Gallaudet softball team.

2019 Review
Record: 12-20
NEAC Record: 4-14
Highlights: Hannah Neild named to Google Cloud Academic All-America NCAA
Division III Softball Third Team and Google Cloud Academic All-District
Softball First Team.
Awards: Neild and Jacklyn Zacarias selected to the All-NEAC second and
third teams, respectively.

Kendall Hudson (Blissfield, Mich.), So., Shortstop/First Base
After a strong freshman campaign, Hudson returns to help lead a young
Bison team. Last season, she tallied 36 hits, 12 RBI and 16 stolen bases.
She also posted a .942 fielding percentage from the middle of the diamond.

Kate Lorenzo (Omaha, Neb.), So., Outfield
The Omaha, Neb., native returns this year as a veteran outfielder. In her
freshman season, Lorenzo tallied 14 hits, 10 runs and four stolen bases.
In the outfield she maintained a strong fielding percentage of .870.

Emma Giuntoli (Austin, Texas), Fr., Catcher/First Base/Pitcher
After a season ending shoulder injury last season, Giuntoli returns in
full health as a red-shirt freshman for the Bison. She will be utilized in
several different positions for the Bison; however, she will bring her
strength and experience behind the plate catching and from the mound.

Christina Elsbury (North Canton, Ohio), Fr., Pitcher/Second Base/Outfield
Elsbury joins the Bison bringing a great deal of competitive experience to
the table. “She is a talented player who shows immense grit and motivation
while on the diamond,” said Burns. She is expected to bring some speed to
the base paths, as well as consistent pitching for the Bison.

Ariel Senics (Fishers, Ind.), Fr., Third Base/Catcher
Senics enters her freshman season after being sidelined last year due to
injury.  She is a solid all-around player with strong leadership skills;
however, Burns is excited to see her step into the power hitter role for
the Bison this season.

“We have high expectations for this season. I believe our team is
committed to accomplishing in different ways. We have a young, but
talented team, balanced with six returning and 14 new student-athletes.
Our team is excited to get started this season,” Justen Burns, Gallaudet
University softball head coach

The NEAC softball league is one of great competitiveness; however, despite
the challenging schedule in front of them, the GU softball team has set a
season goal of finishing in the top three in the NEAC Southern Division.

Aside from their playoff hopes, the softball team has their eyes out for
their doubleheader vs Penn St.-Berks on Sunday, March 29, at noon.
Gallaudet has yet to beat Penn St.-Berks in the past three years and they
are excited at the opportunity bring that streak to a close.


Fremont boys’ basketball

March 4

NorCal California Interscholastic Federation Division VI Playoffs

#7 CSD – 41
#2 Ripon Christian – 64

CSD has concluded their season with 24-7 record, 9-1 League.

Season Highlights: 18-1 record at home,  two 9-win streaks, won 4th annual
CSD Classic Championship, Bay Counties League championship both Regular
Season and
Playoffs and qualified for State Playoffs for second time in school

The Eagles will miss our 4 seniors – #11 Leonardo Vergara, #20 Miles
Gonzalez, #22 Eli Geha and #25 Calel Olicia-Aramboles and wish them the
best of luck in the

CSD will return 6 seniors and 1 junior next season with several players
from Junior Varsity joining Varsity next season. Our JV had 5 sophomores &
7 freshmen this
season and the basketball program has been rebuilt with a bright future
ahead of us.


Louisiana powerlifting

Check out results from the LHSAA East Regional powerlifting meet

part of newspaper story


Team scores: 1. Denham Springs, 64. 2. Episcopal, 22. 3. Zachary, 15. 4.
Live Oak, 14. 5. Slaughter Charter, 13. 6. St. Thomas Aquinas, 12. 7.
Woodlawn, 12. 8. Springfield, 9. 9. Sumner, 7. 10. Holden, 6. 11. St.
Helena Central, 6. 12. Runnels, 5. 13. La. School for the Deaf, 3. 14.
Central, 2. 15. Independence, 2. 16. St. Michael, 2. 17. French
Settlement, 1. 18. Port Allen, 1.


Riverside Baseball & Softball

We played Lucerne Valley today at home.

Baseball – we won 10-6. Record: 1-3.
Softball – we won 9-8. Record: 1-3.






random DeafSports thoughts

This is the last call for All-American nominations
in boys and girls basketball for the invited

Next week – All-American teams will be
announced along with other individual

If you have been invited and have not
submitted the nomination, then your
best player would have missed out on
this honor.