DeafDigest Sports – March 8-9, 2020

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Hot DeafSports News at:

— random deafsports thoughts

— Gallaudet baseball & softball updates

— elite deaf tennis player

— highly involved in the background with the Olympics

— deaf coach of high school team wins state championship

— make-believe Gallaudet basketball in NCAA-III

— boys’ All-American basketball team and other honors

— Gallaudet softball wins after being down 6 runs

— a basketball score


boys’ All-American basketball team and other honors

Alabama – Cory McKinnie
Arizona – Santana Gonzales
Arkansas – Blake Bunnell
Colorado – Daniel Cruz
Florida – Matthew Guillou
Fremont – Robert Gregor
Lexington – Jayden Orlang
Maryland – Jaden Joseph
Maryland – Enow Otto
Maryland – Miguel Pavao
Model – Joshua Wojnar
Model – Jeremiah Deans
Missouri – Mikal Meriwetheris
New Jersey – Nasir Gurganus
North Carolina – Chase Futral
Oklahoma – Isaiah Holt
Pennsylvania – Jacob Cross
Phoenix – Brian Lynch
Rhode Island – Jayden Elias
Riverside – Dylan Eveland
Rochester – Bode Aggas
Texas – Jack Scarboro
Washington – Juan Ramirez
Western Pennsylvania – David Harclerode
Wisconsin – Levante Sanders

Team of the year, Big Schools – Maryland SD
Team of the year, Small Schools – Alabama SD

Player of the Year, Big Schools – Joshua Wojnar, Model
Player of the year, Small Schools – Isaiah Holt, Oklahoma

Coach of the Year, all schools – Jason Sledd, Oklahoma


Girls’ basketball

honors will be announced tomorrow (Tuesday)


Gallaudet baseball

Gallaudet sweeps Clarks Summit

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University baseball team swept Clarks Summit
University in non-conference doubleheader here Saturday at Hoy Field. The
Bison (4-7) won the first game, 3-1, before dominating the Defenders (0-4)
in the second contest, 23-2.

GU’s Lane hits home run against Christopher Newport

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University baseball team dropped a
non-conference contest against Christopher Newport University here Sunday
at Hoy Field, 18-5.

The Bison (4-8) were held scoreless over the first six innings of play,
while the Captains (9-4) plated 15 runs to put the game out of reach.

Gallaudet scored its first run in the seventh inning off a solo home run
from senior Winston Lane III (Brooklyn Center, Minn.) over the left field
fence. The Bison’s best inning came in the eighth frame when they scored
four runs. Sophomore Josh Dugan (San Antonio, Texas) started the rally
with a RBI single to left field. Lane brought in the next run on a
sacrifice fly, followed by a RBI single to right center by senior Austin
Altman (Irvine, Calif.). Freshman Elijah Solomon (Flushing, N.Y.) capped
off the run as he knocked in the fourth run with a single through the left


Gallaudet softball

Bison run past Defenders in non-conference sweep at home

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University softball team swept visiting Clarks
Summit University here Saturday on a cold and blustery Saturday afternoon
at the GU Softball Complex. The Bison won the first game, 8-0 in six
innings, and took the second game by 17 runs with a 22-5 victory in five

GU battles back from six down to beat WAU

TAKOMA PARK, Md. – The Gallaudet University softball team faced its first
stern test of the season here Sunday on the road against Washington
Adventist University, a NAIA program, and came away with an 11-8 win in
seven innings.

The Bison (5-0) received a shock from Washington Adventist (1-1) as the
home team went up 6-0 after the first inning.

Gallaudet battled back and scored the next nine runs, over the course of
four innings, to take a 9-6 lead into the sixth inning.

WAU tried to rally in the bottom of the sixth as the Shock scored one run
to cut the margin to two, 9-7. The Shock had runners on second and third
base with one out but the next batter hit into a double play. The WAU
batter grounded out to the pitcher and then GU got the runner going from
third to home to end the inning.

In the top of the seventh inning, freshman Kaitlyn Ruble (Findlay, Ohio)
blasted a two-run home run high over the left field fence to put the game
out of reach.

Freshman Christina Elsbury (North Canton, Ohio) came on to pitch after the
Shock jumped out to an early lead in the first inning. Elsbury steadied
the ship and went the distance for her third win in two days. The freshman
right-hander allowed two runs on five hits, walked none and struck out
seven in seven innings pitched.


Gallaudet men’s track

Bison relay teams set the tone in season opener at Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet

SALISBURY, Md. – The Gallaudet University men’s track and field team
traveled to the Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet hosted by Salisbury University
here Saturday to begin the outdoor season.

Freshman Gareth Ashton (Austin, Texas) had one of the finishes for the
Bison with a first-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.77
seconds. He also took second in the 100-meter dash (11.17).

In the 400-meter dash, sophomore Eric Gregory (Metairie, La.) and
sophomore Jack Gray (Atherton, Calif) placed first (52.99) and second
(53.33), respectively.

The 4×100 meter relay team consisting of freshman Jacob Stevens (Tularosa,
N.M.), freshman Preston Garrett (Georgetown, Texas), Ashton and Gregory
crossed the line in first place with a recorded time of 44.88 seconds.

Gallaudet’s 4×400 meter relay team of Stevens, Gray, Marc Wallace (Panama
City Beach, Fla.) and Gregory placed second with a time of 3:40.87 just
behind the Gloucester Community College team, who clocked in at 3:37.47.


Gallaudet women’s track

Gallaudet begins the season at the Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet

SALISBURY, Md. – The Gallaudet University women’s track and field team
traveled to the Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet hosted by Salisbury University
here Saturday to begin the outdoor season.

Freshman Midajah Davis (Roanoke, Va.) won the shot put with a toss of
11.89 meters.

In the javelin throw, junior Sabrina Hernandez (Ashland, Va.) finished
fifth with a mark of 22.06 meters.

Senior Fatuma Ali (Tucson, Ariz.) and freshman Abigail Barker (Knoxville,
Tenn.) came in fourth (1:22.97) and fifth (1:38.81), respectively, in the
400-meter dash.


Gallaudet men’s basketball

make-believe Gallaudet basketball in NCAA-III

Gallaudet struggled this basketball season with a
5-20 record. But look at this:

Penn State-Harrisburg 104
Johns Hopkins University 96

Hopkins was ranked #6 in the nation
Gallaudet defeated Penn State Harrisburg 67-62

Penn State Harrisburg, however, lost 102-83 in the
following game and was eliminated

On a given day, a team with a losing record can defeat
a NCAA-III bound team, and Gallaudet did!

It clearly shows that Gallaudet is as competitive
as any one of these nation’s better NCAA-III teams


New Mexico boys’ basketball

state playoffs

#2 Maxwell 82, #15 New Mexico School for the Deaf 48


high school basketball

Brian Cronin, who is deaf, played for the USA Deaflympics
basketball team that won a gold medal years back.

He coaches the St. Andrews boys’ basketball team in
Jackson, Mississippi.

His team won the state championship two nights ago, repeating
the feat two years ago.

One of his players is the son of Arness Georgetown, the
long time football coach at Mississippi School for
the Deaf


elite deaf tennis player

part of newspaper story

Davis Cup qualifying started Friday

Italy vs South Korea

Italian number one and world 11 Fabio Fognini after cruising past
251-ranked Lee Duck-hee 6-0, 6-3 in just over an hour at the Circolo
Tennis venue.

Duck-hee is deaf. He is the 2nd known deaf tennis
player to participate in Davis Cup. The first one
was Shovon Jamaly, Bangladesh in the 1990’s.
Jamaly enrolled at Gallaudet in the English-enrichment
classes, hoping to enroll as a full time student, and
to play for the Gallaudet tennis team. It didn’t work out.


highly involved with the Olympics in the background

Melissa Scott was born deaf but functioned as a hearing
person all her life, thanks to her hearing aids.

Over the years she served on the Japanese Olympic Committee
in 1992, served as referee with USA Cycling and USA Rowing,
and also as coach of some Olympic rowers in the early

Has she helped us with our Deaflympics? Probably not.


random DeafSports thoughts

Luis Perez (not deaf), is a QB with XFL’s
New York Guardians.

Before moving up the football ladder, he
begain his junior college career as
the 9th string quarterback with
Southwestern College (CA) as a
walk-on QB, the 9th string QB on the
depth chart.

Because of injuries and transfers
he quickly moved up from 9th string
to first string.

This reminds DeafDigest Sports of a past
Gallaudet quarterback who began the
season as a 5th stringer. Few weeks
later he became the starter.

Who was that QB?

Walter Ripley (in the 1979 season).

He is currently a long time coach and
AD at Alabama School for the Deaf.