2020/05/31

DeafDigest Sports – – May 28-31, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
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Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— new Gallaudet swimming coach

— elite deaf hockey player

— college deaf baseball player

— announcement from Virginia deaf school

— reward for two deaf athletes

— a past gold-medal winning deaf skier

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Gallaudet swimming

Nick Pezzarossi tabbed as Gallaudet’s swimming head coach

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University Athletic Director Victor Mansure
announced today Nick Pezzarossi as the new men’s and women’s swimming and
diving head coach. Pezzarossi will begin his part-time duties immediately.

“We are very pleased to welcome Coach Nick Pezzarossi back to the
Gallaudet athletics department and announce him as the leader of our men’s
and women’s swimming and diving program,” said Mansure. “Coach Nick’s
coaching experience, vision for our program, passion for our school and
teaching aptitudes will help guide our student success efforts. During
this time Coach Nick, Coach Larry and I, will be working together as we
transition going forward. Please join me in welcoming Coach Nick to the GU Bison Family.”

Pezzarossi, 45, is no stranger to the Gallaudet swimming program as he
served as an assistant coach on two different occasions. He served three
years under former head coach Bill Snape from 2004-07 and one year under
former head coach Rosemary Stifter in 2003-04.

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/mswimdive/2019-20/releases/pezzarossi

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Virginia sports

part of newspaper story

Kiser retiring as VSDB’s athletic director

STAUNTON – Come this fall, the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind
will have a new athletic director.

Jim Kiser, who has held the position the last eight years, has decided to
hang it up.

note:

Sadly, because of low enrollment in recent years, the school had problems
fielding full teams in volleyball, boys’ basketball and girls’ basketball,
and even track.

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Reward for two deaf Kenyan athletes

part of newspaper story

The Ministry of Sports remitted Sh10,000 stipend to a total of 302
hearing (and two deaf athletes) athletes.

The deaf athletes were  a swimmer and a karate participant

Sh10,000 (Kenyan shilling) is equal to $94.00 in USA dollars

Our deaf athletes in USA do not get a cent!

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Deaf skier

part of newspaper story

Looking back: Marcinuk overcame odds to achieve greatness
Fitchburg skier won 5 gold medals at Deaflympics

Starting in 1967, Tammy Marcinuk claimed five gold medals, one silver medal and
three bronze medals over a 24-year period in deaf international skiing
competitions.

note:
When Simon Carmel, who is deaf, founded the first time ever
USA national deaf skiing team, one of the New England hearing
skiiing officials immediately told him of Tammy Marcinuk.

Much to Carmel’s joy, Tammy immediately became the face of
the USA deaf skiing program for years to come.

Tammy is now retired.

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elite deaf hockey player

Josefine Jakobsen, Denmark National Women’s Hockey Team

she was listed on the national women’s roster that
would have competed at the World Hockey championships
this season.

Because of Covid-19 the championships were cancelled

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college deaf baseball player

Nick Zeitlow

rising junior

baseball

Lindenwood University (Missouri, NCAA-II)

was listed on the roster, same as last season when he
was a freshman.

For both seasons, his stats were non-existent. Possibly
coach did not use him in any of the games in his two
seasons. The team played 17 games before the season
was cancelled because of Covid-19.

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random deafsports thoughts

a question was asked of DeafDigest Sports editor –

Is Nick Pezzarossi Gallaudet’s first deaf swimming coach?

A trick question – Agnes Dunn Sutcliffe, who was deaf and a
Gallaudet graduate, coached the women’s swimming team in the
1969 season. She did not coach the men’s swimming team at the
same time.

So, is Nick the men’s first deaf men’s swimming coach? Do not know.
The Gallaudet library archives may have that information, but
the campus is closed because of Covid-19.

Must wait for the campus to re-open so DeafDigest Sports
editor can go to the archives to get the information
on past deaf swimming coaches, if there were any!

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/05/27

DeafDigest Sports – – May 22-27, 2020

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

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

— random deafsports thoughts

— big Gallaudet announcement

— honoring Julius Barnathan

— elite deaf volleyball player

— Gallaudet vs Fanwood football game

— Tennessee and Texas sports

— Gallaudet hall of fame deadline coming up soon

— deaf son of past NHL deaf hockey player

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Gallaudet swimming

Gallaudet swimming head coach Larry Curran steps down

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University men’s and women’s swimming and diving
head coach Larry Curran has stepped down from his post as announced today
by Athletic Director Victor Mansure.

Curran, who has been with the GU swimming program for the last nine
seasons, served as the head coach for the last eight seasons. He served as
an assistant coach during the 2011-12 season.

In eight seasons, Curran led teams have won two North Eastern Athletic
Conference (NEAC) men’s championship (2013-14, 2019-20) and the men’s and
women’s programs have earned 121 All-NEAC honors.

“The Gallaudet Athletics Department and our men’s and women’s swimming and
diving program is forever grateful to Coach Larry for his outstanding
leadership and service,” said Mansure. “His honesty, passion and work
ethic are truly inspiring. We are very appreciative of how Coach Larry
constantly empowered the student-athletes and coaching staff, established
building blocks for us to continue his legacy in promoting inclusion,
mental health, academic success and competitive performance. Coach Larry
will be missed!”

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/mswimdive/2019-20/releases/curran

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Tennessee sports

part of newspaper story

Schools where more than half of athletes participate in multiple sports:

B. T. Washington High School

Harding Academy

Jackson Christian School

Nashville Christian School

Tennessee School for the Deaf

Tipton-Rosemark Academy

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Texas sports

part of newspaper story

Ashley Harlicker, track/softball, Texas School for the Deaf

“A memory that stands out for me was on the last day I had a track meet
and a softball game as a high school athlete. I first traveled to Lago
Vista where I won first place in the 800 and then I traveled back to
Austin for our softball game against Hill Country Christian.

Even though the game had started, the coach put me in right away to bat
and then play second base. We played real well and won the game handily.
We sat around after the game taking pictures, knowing that this could be
our last game. lt ended up being our last game. We ended on a winning note
and we are able to look at the pictures for memories, especially for us
seniors.

It was sad because it ended my spring sports season so quickly. I had so
many goals for myself and school, and poof, the season and school was
finished. My class had accomplished more than any class at TSD and we
wanted more.″

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deaf school football team playing at a major league
ball park

The 1894 football game between Gallaudet and
New York School for the Deaf (Fanwood) took place
at the Polo Grounds. This stadium was the home field
of the New York Giants baseball team (now San
Francisco Giants).

Gallaudet won the game, 20-6. The Gallaudet huddle
originated in that season for that reason – football
games with Fanwood and also Pennsylvania School for
the Deaf. They would know Gallaudet’s ASL plays.

At that time Fanwood was located in New York City,
just within a walking distance of the Polo Grounds.

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elite deaf volleyball player

part of newspaper story

Brazilian volleyball player Natália Martins has become an ambassador for
Swiss hearing solutions company Sonova Holding AG.

The 35-year-old has had profound hearing loss since childhood.

She is the first Brazilian volleyball player with hearing loss to play at
professional level and to make it into her country’s national team.

Having played successfully for a number of leading Brazilian clubs,
Martins decided to join Dinamo Bucureşti in Romania last year.

note:
admittedly DeafDigest Sports editor never heard of her until
her story surfaced in the newspaper.

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college deaf hockey player

Johnny Kyte

senior

University of Southern Maine (NCAA-III

he is the son of retired deaf NHL player Jim Kyte

he played 25 games as defenseman; purely playing
defense, his offensive stats is nil

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honoring Julius Barnathan

who is Julius Barnathan, who was not deaf?

Was he involved in sports? In a way, yes, as
our hero.

He was a TV engineer with the ABC. It was up to
him to allow or to disallow captions on his TV
network. A long story, but Barnathan agreed to
have his ABC programs captioned, sports included.

His decision forced reluctant NBC and stubborn
CBS to caption their programs, even if both
networks hated captions!

Full story at:
https://www.sportsvideo.org/2020/05/26/legends-behind-the-lens-julius-barnathan/

Thank you very much, Julius.

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random deafsports thoughts

Larry Curran has stepped down as Gallaudet swimming coach
(above story).

For one past female swimmer, he was the role model.

Taylor Mickelson had a very strong interest in piloting
airplanes. Larry was a retired airforce pilot before
he got into the coaching profession. Taylor asked him
questions about piloting airplanes, surprising Larry.

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Gallaudet hall of fame

Nomination deadline extended for Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of
Fame until May 29

WASHINGTON – The nomination deadline for the next Gallaudet University
Athletics Hall of Fame class has been extended until Friday, May 29, 2020.
If you haven’t had a chance to nominate a deserving former
student-athlete, coach or honorary member you still have time to complete
your nomination form (see below) and e-mail it to
halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

If you are interested in nominating someone please review the guidelines
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-guidelines.pdf

before you complete the form at:
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-nomination-edit.pdf

It is important to fill out the form completely and include supporting
documents such as old newspaper clippings, statistics and/or old photos to
help the selection committee with their decision. Letters of
recommendation will also be acceptable to submit.

If you have a question or comment about the GU Athletics Hall of Fame
please send your e-mail to halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

………………………………….

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/05/21

DeafDigest Sports – – May 17-21, 2020

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

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

— random deafsports thoughts

— Gallaudet honors

— elite deaf pro basketball player

— Basketball history book on youtube

— deaf in one ear football players

— Tennessee softball player

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Gallaudet honors

Gallaudet Athletics Department pays tribute to its 2020 graduates

In the graduating class there are 33 Bison student-athletes, assistant
coaches, team managers, student assistants and interns.

full story is at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2019-20/commencement

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Basketball history book on youtube

from Steve Baldwin

Hi Barry. On behalf of Deaf Culture, Deaf History Section of NAD,  I want
to announce my new vodcast series.  Since I’m a Region 3 rep for DCHS, I
agreed to do my own series

https://www.facebook.com/NAD.DCHS/videos/185345742667468/

or

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

note:
The NAD plugging of the Gallaudet book on basketball history
was a big surprise, but a pleasant one.

Happy viewing and thanks!

Steve was an all-time great long distance runner at
Gallaudet during the mid-sixties. He has been enshrined
into the Gallaudet athletic hall of fame.

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Emma Meesseman

women’s pro basketball

Washington Mystics & Euroleague women’s basketball

part of newspaper story

UNDERDOG WEEK

WNBA
Underdog Week: Emma Meesseman is a rare second-round pick turned star
The Washington Mystics drafted center Emma Meesseman out of Belgium with
the No. 19 overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft. Six years later, Meesseman
has become a household name

n a league where many second- and third-round draft picks never fulfill
their dreams of playing in the pros, Emma Meesseman’s performance in the
2019 WNBA Finals says a lot about her ability to defy expectations as an
underdog.

A native of Belgium, Meesseman was selected No. 19 overall in the 2013
WNBA Draft. For the Washington Mystics against the Connecticut Sun in the
2019 championship series, she averaged 17.8 points and 4.6 rebounds en
route to winning the Finals MVP award. What set her apart from her peers
in the series was her clutch ability to knock down big shots, including a
7-of-14 effort from the 3-point line.

Meesseman was an underdog for another reason, beyond her late draft
selection — she is partially deaf in both ears. But that issue is of the
past considering the amazing chemistry she has with her teammates today.

most No. 19 picks in the WNBA are underdogs
who struggle to make a name for themselves. Meesseman has broken that
trend, and then some. She has averaged double figures in scoring five
seasons in a row, made the All-Star Game in 2015 and now is a champion and
Finals MVP.

Since 2013, Meesseman’s draft year, no 19th pick has tasted very much
success either, making her the best No. 19 overall pick in WNBA history.

Meesseman shines brightest in the biggest moments
In 2019, Meesseman put together a great regular season and postseason
before reaching the Finals.

She spent a good chunk of the season, 11 games, away from the Mystics
while playing overseas with EuroBasket.

Meesseman returned on July 13 and, with 13.1 points
per game, helped the top offense in the league become even better.

The Mystics had a double bye so their first series came against the
fourth-seeded Las Vegas Aces in the semifinals, a series in which
Meesseman performed even better than she did in the Finals. Against A’ja
Wilson, Liz Cambage and Kelsey Plum, Meesseman scored 27 points, 30 points
and 22 points in the Mystics’ three wins. She shot an impressive 11-of-17
from distance in the series, which the Mystics won 3-1.

Highlights: Playoff Emma at her best

In the Finals, Meesseman was particularly good in the Mystics’ Game 3 (21
points) and Game 5 (22 points) wins. In the fourth quarter of Game 5, she
made a jumper with 2:54 left to put the Mystics up by eight and blocked a
Shekinna Stricklen 3-point attempt with 1:15 left in regulation —
preserving the eight-point lead.

Meesseman was the hero who led the way to what was the first WNBA
championship for the Mystics’ franchise and the first in the career of
legendary head coach Mike Thibault.

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deaf-in-one-ear football players

Are people, deaf in one ear, considered deaf?

Hard to say. If someone talks to the person’s
deaf ear, then that person is deaf, but if
someone talks to the person’s hearing ear, then
that person is hearing.

The same goes for deaf in one ear people “shifting”
their heads to have their hearing ear pointed at
where the speech is coming from.

DeafDigest Sports editor had two cousins that
were deaf in one ear. They knew how to shift
their hearing ears towards the conversation.
And their spouses always stood on the side of
the hearing ear, never of the deaf ear!

There was a story of Reggie Robinson II, deaf in
one ear, making Dallas Cowboys very excited about
him.

Larry Brown was one of the best running backs with
the Washington Redskins. He played in the seventies
and rushed for 1216 yards in one season. He was deaf
in one ear.

His coach was the legendary coach Vince Lombardi,
who got special permission from NFL to have a helmet
outfitted with a inside hearing aid for him.

During World War II, the Pittsburgh Steelers had an
offensive lineman who was deaf. Not sure if he was
deaf in one ear or in both ears, but he had to
take off his helmet in the huddle to catch what
the quarterback was saying!

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Tennesee softball player

part of newspaper story

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Despite a standout career at Centennial High
School, Cailin Hannon wasn’t highly recruited as a softball player. She
chose to take a chance by enrolling at Tennessee, and her journey from
walk-on to starter earns tonight’s Curtain Call.

Hannon paid no mind to the doubters, or to the fact she’s hearing
impaired. She’s been diagnosed with 40 percent hearing loss and requires
hearing aids to be able to hear her teammates on the field.

But coaches say her heart and grit are unmatched.

As a sophomore, she had the game-tying hit in the Super Regional against
Georgia. She’s been a fixture in the lineup for the Lady Vols ever since.
The centerfielder hit .277 as a junior and .296 this year before the
season was canceled.

Hannon’s majoring in Audiology and Speech Pathology and hopes to be a role
model for young kids.

She told veteran sportswriter Maurice Patton, “no matter your situation,
as long as you work hard and have fun, you can do anything you want to
do.”

That’s what Hannon did. And it’s something we all can look up to.

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random deafsports thoughts

Why couldn’t Emma (long story above) play in the Deaflympics for the
national deaf Belgium women’s basketball team?

Deaflympics rule requires at least 55 dB loss in the better ear.

Emma probably has her hearing loss in the 40 dB – 54 dB range; deaf,
yes but not deaf enough!

Everyone with the Mystics know how deaf Emma is and they make it
a point to shout near her ears, not far away from her ears!

She hosted a basketball clinic for deaf girls few years ago at the
gym at Maryland SD.

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Gallaudet hall of fame

Nomination deadline extended for Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of
Fame until May 29

WASHINGTON – The nomination deadline for the next Gallaudet University
Athletics Hall of Fame class has been extended until Friday, May 29, 2020.
If you haven’t had a chance to nominate a deserving former
student-athlete, coach or honorary member you still have time to complete
your nomination form (see below) and e-mail it to
halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

If you are interested in nominating someone please review the guidelines
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-guidelines.pdf

before you complete the form at:
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-nomination-edit.pdf

It is important to fill out the form completely and include supporting
documents such as old newspaper clippings, statistics and/or old photos to
help the selection committee with their decision. Letters of
recommendation will also be acceptable to submit.

If you have a question or comment about the GU Athletics Hall of Fame
please send your e-mail to halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

………………………………….

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

2020/05/16

DeafDigest Sports – – May 13-16, 2020

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

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

— random deafsports thoughts

— Texas Tech bullpen catcher

— Gallaudet honors

— one of greatest athletes in a county (Washington state)

— great badminton player denied entry into Olymics (hearing)

— lopsided scores in one sport

— Purdue football trivia

— bullpen catcher

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Gallaudet honors

Gallaudet University student-athletes recognized in online awards ceremony

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2019-20/awardsceremony

……

Gallaudet athletics inducts 13 into Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2019-20/chialphasigma

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a newspaper in Washington state

BEST FEMALE ATHLETES IN CLARK COUNTY HISTORY

Brenda Bessner, State Deaf (track and field) – State’s only four-time
javelin champion was two-time Deaflympics runner-up (javelin, shot put).

note:
newspaper didn’t mention she was #1 in nation among all high school girls
in javelin, as compiled by USA Today.

She is the only national champion among all high school participants in
a track and field event on DeafDigest Sports editor’s watch (1986 and on)

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‘Deaflympian of the Century’ Rajeev Bagga

part of newspaper story

Against all odds: For ‘Deaflympian of the Century’ Rajeev Bagga, sound is
no barrier Not only did Bagga excel in the Deaf Games, he also made his mark in the
‘hearing’ category by becoming India’s national champion twice.

In the next decade and half, Bagga went on to win two senior national
singles crowns in 1991 and 1992, the men’s doubles title with Vinod Kumar
in 1997, became the first deaf player to qualify for the All England main
draw in 1990 and represented India in the Thomas Cup qualifiers, Asian
championships, the 1990 Commonwealth Games and reached the best world
ranking of 38.

And had it not been for the politics and ego of Badminton Association of
India officials, he could have also played in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics

note:
DeafDigest Sports editor covered 1996 Deaflympics at Sofia, Bulgaria on
behalf of the Silent News and had an opportunity to interview Bagga.

The interview did not go well – Bagga was bitter about not being able
to participate in the 1992 (hearing) Olympics despite his credentials.

It is for the reason why he moved to Great Britain, no longer living
in India

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USA deaf women’s soccer

from a tweet

Just a little throwback because we miss soccer ? Also we are 27-0-0 now,
have scored a few more goals, and added another World Cup to the
collection

21-0-0. 122 goals scored, 8 against. 3 Deaflympics Gold medals, World Cup
champs.

note:
Will the rest of the Deaf World catch up with USA deaf women’s soccer?

Hope so. Lopsided scores can get quite boring.

It was that way in USA deaf women’s basketball during the 1980’s and
1990’s. It was so bad that the American deaf women took a trip to
Europe to host clinics to teach deaf women how to play basketball!

Even the USA deaf women’s basketball coach Carolyn Wuertz said that
winning by such scores as 80-20, 90-10 is very boring.

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Purdue football trivia

from a tweet

Day 12: Purdue

“The only man in the territory with any knowledge of the game,” Albert
Berg became Purdue’s first football coach in 1887. He was 23 years old,
deaf, and was paid only $1 for each “lesson” he gave the new football
team.

note:
Territory? Meaning the only person in the immediate area of Purdue
that knows football!  He coached Purdue to one football game, a
defeat. Berg was one of these pioneering 11 football players
in the first game Gallaudet played, a win over Georgetown in
1883.

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Texas Tech’s bullpen catcher

part of posting, as edited

Texas Tech’s pitching staff this season showed Omaha potential. Cam Vega’s
contributions as bullpen catcher have helped the Red Raiders excel. It
hasn’t been an easy road for Vega, who is deaf.

note:
Bullpen catcher? DeafDigest Sports editor did some googling and came
up with this story –

As an NCAA rule, players wanting to be team managers must waive their
eligibility for any kind of college baseball in order to fill the role.

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random deafsports thoughts

DeafDigest Sports never laughs at lopsided scores, regardless
of the sport.

Do read women’s soccer again one more time!

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Gallaudet hall of fame

Nomination deadline extended for Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of
Fame until May 29

WASHINGTON – The nomination deadline for the next Gallaudet University
Athletics Hall of Fame class has been extended until Friday, May 29, 2020.
If you haven’t had a chance to nominate a deserving former
student-athlete, coach or honorary member you still have time to complete
your nomination form (see below) and e-mail it to
halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

If you are interested in nominating someone please review the guidelines
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-guidelines.pdf

before you complete the form at:
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-nomination-edit.pdf

It is important to fill out the form completely and include supporting
documents such as old newspaper clippings, statistics and/or old photos to
help the selection committee with their decision. Letters of
recommendation will also be acceptable to submit.

If you have a question or comment about the GU Athletics Hall of Fame
please send your e-mail to halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

………………………………….

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

2020/05/12

DeafDigest Sports – – May 7-12, 2020

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

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

— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf

— Deaflympics swimmer departed us

— the deaf and the pro football camp

— coaching two teams at same time

— football news we hate to hear

— DC basketball history involving, or not involving the deaf

— history of big time college basketball team

— deaf softball

— college deaf golfer

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past Deaflympics swimmer departed us

Melanie Mitchell King born on November 16th, 1975. Passed away May 3, 2020
at 44 years young. Melanie was born premature and over came many obstacles
in her life with being hearing impaired. She was an extraordinary Olympic
swimmer and has arms full of medals to prove it.

(from a deaf agency newsletter – posted as is)

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pro football camps for undrafted, unsigned players

A football writer said that on the average, approximately
5 to 7 undrafted and unsigned NCAA-III football players
get invited to pro camps for tryouts.

Gallaudet’s Adham Talaat, after super senior season
helping Gallaudet reach the NCAA-III football playoffs
was not drafted nor signed as free agent.

He, however, was invited to three pro camps, but came
home unsigned.

DeafDigest Sports editor is not sure if he actually
played one or two games in pro football for the New
York team in the now-defunct Experimental Football
League. Like with the XFL, that league did not survive
its only season.

It was quite possible Talaat, as defensive tackle,
butted heads with Hobert’s Ali Marpet, an offensive
lineman, in the playoff game. Marpet is currently a
veteran of five seasons with Tampa Bay Bucs.

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coaching two teams at the same time

A head basketball coach at a deaf school
is also an assistant basketball coach
with a nearby college.

Impossible?

Well, way back in 1941, head football coach
Buff Donelli (not deaf) was the head coach
of the Duquesne University football team
and also with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The NFL didn’t like it and gave Donelli
an ultimatum – either he could coach the
Steelers but not Duquesne, or the other
way around; just cannot coach both
teams at the same time.

Donelli chose Duquesne and immediately
stepped down from the Steelers.

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football news we hate to hear

from a newspaper posting

Mark Sampson, beloved Cripple Creek-Victor High School football coach,
dies at 63

Early in the 2016 season, the Pioneers snapped a 35-game losing streak
with a 65-31 victory over the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind.

note:
Deaf fans root for all deaf teams to defeat hearing teams.

Yes, these deaf fans root for their own
deaf team to win!

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book on DC high school basketball history

The Capital of Basketball: A History of DC Area High School Hoops

it is a new book

A DeafDigest Sports subscriber plans to buy the book for his
fun reading.

Does that book include deaf basketball players – John
Miller (Kendall), Jimmy Newsome, Anthony Jones and
Mike Kent (these three at Model)?

John Miller, from the very tiny Kendall School (just
maybe 15-20 high school boys, 9th thru 12th) played
for his private high school team in the annual
all-star game against public high school all-stars.

Miller did not start the game but as a sub, scored
14 points, winning applause and raves from the
loudly cheering hearing fans.

Kendall School? The 9th – 12th grades was absorbed
into the newly created Model Secondary School for
the Deaf in the latter part of the sixties.

Miller played for a short time with the Gallaudet
basketball team before leaving school to join
the work force.

Newsome, Jones and Kent were great players but
Miller was the only one that put Kendall Green
campus on the basketball map.

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book on University of Kentucky basketball

DeafDigest Sports editor’s #1 college
basketball team is Gallaudet, no other
college.

People in Kentucky root for their
beloved U of Kentucky team (or
Louisville team).

There is a book about U of Kentucky
basketball –  Chasing the Cats: A
Kentucky Basketball Journey.

The author is Jamie H. Vaught.

He is deaf. Probably does not use
ASL.

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from a newspaper in Illinois

posted as is

Joey Wagner’s favorite stories from 2019

Here are some of my favorite stories from 2019, most of which are about
the successes of athletes through adversity. MacArthur’s MyShaun Dozier
got viral attention for his inspiring story; Pana receiver Wes Kile might
be deaf, but that doesn’t stop him on the football field or basketball
court;

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deaf softball

from a tweet

Deaf Softball World Series has been cancelled.  Disappointed face

Deaf Softball World Series? Is that
National Softball Association of the Deaf

or some other national deaf softball
tournament?

Do not know.

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college deaf athlete

Aashaka Desai

women’s golf

University of Delaware (NCAA-)

senior; Covid-19 ended her senior season

not that great a golfer, shot in the high 80’s in her career
matches

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elite deaf athlete

none at this point – these elite deaf athletes
have made accomplishments in 2019 and 2018 but
not yet in 2020!

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random deafsports thoughts

this edition is loaded with minor deaf sports
updates. DeafDigest Sports editor was hoping for
a couple of major deaf sports stores but since
there was none, he decided to go ahead with
this edition.

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Gallaudet hall of fame

Nomination deadline extended for Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of
Fame until May 29

WASHINGTON – The nomination deadline for the next Gallaudet University
Athletics Hall of Fame class has been extended until Friday, May 29, 2020.
If you haven’t had a chance to nominate a deserving former
student-athlete, coach or honorary member you still have time to complete
your nomination form (see below) and e-mail it to
halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

If you are interested in nominating someone please review the guidelines
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-guidelines.pdf

before you complete the form at:
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-nomination-edit.pdf

It is important to fill out the form completely and include supporting
documents such as old newspaper clippings, statistics and/or old photos to
help the selection committee with their decision. Letters of
recommendation will also be acceptable to submit.

If you have a question or comment about the GU Athletics Hall of Fame
please send your e-mail to halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

………………………………….

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

2020/05/06

DeafDigest Sports – – May 4-6, 2020

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

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

— random deafsports thoughts

— elite deaf archer

— college deaf basketball player

— World Deaf Soccer championships

— honoring a Florida athlete

— Gallaudet between U of Virginia and Pennsylvania SD

— no volleyball and no football

— honoring a deaf wrestler

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Gallaudet between U of Virginia and Pennsylvania SD

part of newspaper story

Christopher Madison Turman III died of natural causes on April 24, at his
home in Chestnut Hill. He was 85.

As a freshman varsity college wrestler, Turman suffered a career-ending
injury in a pre-season match against Gallaudet University, the nation’s
preeminent university for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  In an ironic
twist of fate, Turman dedicated 31 years to volunteer service to the Deaf
and Hard of Hearing community as a member of the Board of Trustees of the
Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD), the last six, as its chairman and
CEO.  He was among a group credited with relocating the campus and
significantly expanding its programs and outreach, thereby impacting a
generation of Philadelphia’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

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Florida sports

from a newspaper story

St. Johns County senior salutes: Samantha Suarez, FSDB flag football/track
and field

Samantha Suarez

School: Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind

Sport: Flag football/ track and field

Position: Defense/ shot put, javelin

note:
Florida is the only deaf school in USA that fields a
girls’ flag football team.

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Tennessee sports

from a tweet
Tennessee School for the Deaf will not compete in first 9 weeks in sports
and thus volleyball.

note:
this was a volleyball tweet, but in this case no Tennessee Deaf football
games this fall?

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honoring a deaf wrestler

from a newspaper posting

Local athletes nominated for IndyStar Sports Awards

Jacob Linky, a Warsaw wrestler who is deaf.

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World Deaf Soccer

from a tweet

World Deaf Soccer Championships 2020 in South Korea has been moved
from September to 2-17th November 2020

note:
USA in the championship? Do not know.

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college deaf athlete

Connor Ortman

rising junior

Lakeland University (Wisconsin, NCAA-III)

men’s basketball

played five games

started no games

averaged 5 minutes per game

averaged 0.4 points per game

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elite deaf athlete

Dane Johnson

archery

Indiana

took part at the Vegas Shoot this past February,
competing against world’s best archers. He did
not finish high.

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random deafsports thoughts

With respect to the story on Christopher Madison Turman III
(above), past athletes often remember playing against
Gallaudet in a variety of sports.

When they meet up with DeafDigest Sports editor they have
said they played against Gallaudet during their student
days.

Few months ago while vacationing in North Carolina, eating
at a restaurant, a retired teacher at West Virginia School
for the Deaf and her husband chatted up with DeafDigest
Sports editor and his wife.

The husband said he graduated from Shepherd University
and played against Gallaudet in a football game in
the 1962 season. Shepherd won 58-0 but the husband
remembers the football game for a more personal
(painful) reason.

A Gallaudet player broke his nose!

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Gallaudet hall of fame

Nomination deadline extended for Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of
Fame until May 29

WASHINGTON – The nomination deadline for the next Gallaudet University
Athletics Hall of Fame class has been extended until Friday, May 29, 2020.
If you haven’t had a chance to nominate a deserving former
student-athlete, coach or honorary member you still have time to complete
your nomination form (see below) and e-mail it to
halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

If you are interested in nominating someone please review the guidelines
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-guidelines.pdf

before you complete the form at:
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-nomination-edit.pdf

It is important to fill out the form completely and include supporting
documents such as old newspaper clippings, statistics and/or old photos to
help the selection committee with their decision. Letters of
recommendation will also be acceptable to submit.

If you have a question or comment about the GU Athletics Hall of Fame
please send your e-mail to halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

………………………………….

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

2020/05/03

DeafDigest Sports – May 3, 2020

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

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

— random deafsports thoughts

— Gallaudet updates

— elite golf

— college basketball

— Dedication to a Gallaudet Legend

— writer of Texas girls’ basketball story wins honor

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Dedication to a Gallaudet legend

DeafDigest Sports dedicates this edition
to Richard Coppola, a Gallaudet legend
during the early sixties, that departed us.

He was Gallaudet sports’ #1 fan – always
supporting Gallaudet athletic teams.

He also loved the Deaflympics and in fact,
drove across the USA (from Philadelphia
to Los Angeles) in 1985, touching all
48 mainland states on a trip that lasted
42 days, totalling 13,760 miles, with his
family in tow!

His complete obit is this link:
https://www.inquirer.com/obituaries/obituary-coronavirus-complications-richard-coppola-postal-worker-elvis-presley-fan-loved-travel-deaf-community-20200503.html

Do read below in random deafsports thoughts
for more tales on him.

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Gallaudet softball

Gallaudet softball thanks its senior class

The Bison softball team had two seniors on its roster. Senior Jenny Mendis
(Brook Park, Ohio) and Elizabeth Martinez (Riverside, Calif.) were just
over a week into the 2020 season when things were halted. Gallaudet was
off to its best start in seven years as the Bison began the 2020 campaign
with a perfect 5-0 record. The senior duo saw action in the season opener
against Trinity Washington University and Martinez got into the Clarks
Summit game a day later.

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Gallaudet baseball

Gallaudet baseball thanks its senior class

The Bison baseball team had seven seniors on its roster; Austin Altman
(Irvine, Calif.), Jaylen Chaney (Flint, Mich.), Robersy Delgado (Tampa,
Fla.), Winston Lane III (Brooklyn Center, Minn.), Connor Rosko (Austin,
Texas), Gilwon Seo (Hongseong, South Korea) and Dante Washington
(Paterson, N.J.). The group helped GU to a 4-8 record in 2020 before the
season came to a close after its March 8 game.

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For all Gallaudet seniors in spring sports

NOTE: After the spring season was shutdown the NCAA Division III
Administrative Committee ruled and has granted an additional
season/semester of eligibility for student-athletes participating in
spring sports. Thus, senior student-athletes wishing to return to campus
for the 2021 spring semester will have another year of eligibility if they
choose.

note:
The last sentence is the key. More or less on a case by case basis,
meaning some seniors may come back; some other seniors may not.

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Texas girls’ basketball

part of newspaper story

Sports reporter Rick Cantu received honorable mention in Sports Features
for a story on the Texas School for the Deaf’s girls basketball team.
(Austin Statesman newspaper)

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college deaf athletes

Jason Boateng

was supposed to be a redshirt junior

basketball

Indiana Tech (NAIA)

he was listed on the 2019-20 roster as student-assistant coach

not sure exactly what does that imply?

he was on the USA deaf national U-21 team but observers
said he was not that great a player as compared to his
teammates

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elite deaf athlete

Kaylin Yost, women’s pro golfer

she has a full time job with CBRE. Does it mean she
has given up on her pro golf goals? If so, DeafDigest
Sports has considered her as retired from competitive
golf.

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random deafsports thoughts

Still with the subject of Richard Coppola,
he did not play Gallaudet sports; he tried
out for the baseball team but after a few
days of practices, realized he was not
good enough, and gracefully left the team.

Yet, he made a very important contribution
to Gallaudet’s first baseball game – against
Johnson State College (Vermont)! The club
team had to pay for the umpires; there was
no cash available; the bank was closed.
He very generously pulled out the cash out
of his wallet to pay off the umpires!

Yes, his loan was repaid the next day
when the bank opened.

Thank you, Richard, for saving Gallaudet
baseball’s historic first home game.

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Gallaudet hall of fame

Nomination deadline extended for Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of
Fame until May 29

WASHINGTON – The nomination deadline for the next Gallaudet University
Athletics Hall of Fame class has been extended until Friday, May 29, 2020.
If you haven’t had a chance to nominate a deserving former
student-athlete, coach or honorary member you still have time to complete
your nomination form (see below) and e-mail it to
halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

If you are interested in nominating someone please review the guidelines
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-guidelines.pdf

before you complete the form at:
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-nomination-edit.pdf

It is important to fill out the form completely and include supporting
documents such as old newspaper clippings, statistics and/or old photos to
help the selection committee with their decision. Letters of
recommendation will also be acceptable to submit.

If you have a question or comment about the GU Athletics Hall of Fame
please send your e-mail to halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

………………………………….

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Stassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

2020/05/02

DeafDigest Sports – May 2, 2020

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

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

— random deafsports thoughts

— Gallaudet updates

— Gallaudet hall of fame

— elite racer

— college wrestler

— West Virginia football

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Gallaudet men’s track

Gallaudet men’s track and field thanks its senior class

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department and the men’s
track and field program would like to recognize its senior class, who had
their season end abruptly back in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bison men’s track and field team had four seniors on its roster; Jamal
Garner (Jacksonville, Ill.), Jordan Kray (Fremont, Calif.), Ronald
Mattingly (Coconut Creek, Fla.) and Jaquan Thomas (Midway, Ga.).

The quartet of seniors competed for the Bison back on March 7 at the Lloyd
Sigler Spring Meet hosted by Salisbury University. That was the only
outdoor track and field meet Gallaudet participated in this spring.

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Gallaudet women’s track

Gallaudet women’s track and field thanks its senior class

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department and the women’s
track and field program would like to recognize its senior class, who had
their season end abruptly back in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bison women’s track and field team had one senior on its roster.
Senior Fatuma Ali (Tucson, Ariz.) competed for the Bison back on March 7
at the Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet hosted by Salisbury University. That was
the only outdoor track and field meet Gallaudet participated in this
spring.

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Gallaudet Athletics launches new recruitment videos

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department is thrilled to
release a new series of recruitment videos as Bison coaches hit the trail
to find future student-athletes

Go to:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2019-20/recruitmentvideos

to link on each sport

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Gallaudet hall of fame

Nomination deadline extended for Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of
Fame until May 29

WASHINGTON – The nomination deadline for the next Gallaudet University
Athletics Hall of Fame class has been extended until Friday, May 29, 2020.
If you haven’t had a chance to nominate a deserving former
student-athlete, coach or honorary member you still have time to complete
your nomination form (see below) and e-mail it to
halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

If you are interested in nominating someone please review the guidelines
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-guidelines.pdf

before you complete the form at:
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-nomination-edit.pdf

It is important to fill out the form completely and include supporting
documents such as old newspaper clippings, statistics and/or old photos to
help the selection committee with their decision. Letters of
recommendation will also be acceptable to submit.

If you have a question or comment about the GU Athletics Hall of Fame
please send your e-mail to halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

…………………………..

West Virginia football

note:
a local West Virginia newspaper sports reporter
asked DeafDigest Sports for a summary of the
best West Virginia football teams of years
way back.

Here it goes below – the story will be printed
but it is for your advance fun reading:

West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind played
its last football game in 1982.

The school’s dream seasons took place between
1956 and 1959. The team posted these 7-1-0, 4-2-1,
8-0-0 and 6-0-2 records in these respective
four seasons.

The football accomplishments, the best in school
history, were made possible by a once-in-a-lifetime
bumper crop of talented athletes – Charles Buemi,
John Popovich, Gene Smith, Vernon Devericks and
Bill McCoy.

A winning team must have a great quarterback and
Charles Buemi was it.

The 1956 team was ranked #1 in the nation by the
old Silent Worker magazine, the only time the
school would achieve this grand honor. The
1958 team, with a 8-0-0 record, did not make the
#1 honor only because it was upstaged by another
powerful deaf school.

In these four seasons, the local school victims
were Southern HS, Franklin HS, Circleville HS,
Ridgeley HS, Harpers Ferry HS, Musselman HS,
and Hedgesville HS.

The team had games against deaf schools –
defeating American SD and Pennsylvania SD.
The 1959 games against these two deaf schools
were interesting. The 6-0-2 West Virginia team
battled 6-1-1 American team to a 22-22
tie, and then in the last game of the season,
fought 3-4-1 Pennsylvania to a scoreless tie!
These two ties may have possibly cost
West Virginia another #1 Deaf Team of the
Year honor.

Only Charles Buemi moved on to college
football, playing two seasons as the starting
quarterback with the Gallaudet University
(Washington, DC) team. He threw the winning
touchdown pass in the dying minutes to help
2-5-0 Gallaudet defeat 5-2-1 Delaware Valley
College, 14-13 in 1958. It was the biggest upset
win in Gallaudet’s football history.

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college deaf athlete

JD McMillin

rising sophomore

wrestling, 125 lb class

Ferrum College (NCAA-III, Virginia

posted 18-13 record with five pins

team had three wrestlers in his weight class and he wrestled the most of the weight group

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elite deaf athlete

Josh Waterman

British motocross racer

Jumped last season to the Yamaha-sponsored racing team

no updates on him, however, except for the above notice

…………………………………

random deafsports thoughts

received word via confidential sources that one of these
pre-season 4-team basketball tip off classics has been
cancelled – that far in advance!

Sad!

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Stassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

2020/05/01

DeafDigest Sports – April 29-May 1, 2020

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

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

— random deafsports thoughts

— two dedications

— Gallaudet honors

— Gallaudet hall of fame

— elite deaf pool player

— college deaf basketball player

— Maryland football opponent

……………………………

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

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Dedication

DeafDigest Sports dedicates this edition to
Frank Smith, Boston, MA metro area, that departed
us.

Part of obit says:
He was graduate of the Horace Mann School
for the Deaf in 1948 where he also coached men’s basketball from
1952-1954

He was an active member of the Quincy Deaf Club, participating and
coaching both basketball and softball. He played for over 30 years and
served as New England Athletic Association for the Deaf softball
commissioner 1980-1986. In 1981, he was instrumental and helped to
organize Foxboro serving as the host town to the 30th Annual Men’s
N.E.A.A.D Deaf Softball tournament.

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Another dedication

DeafDigest Sports dedicates this edition to James Harlow Johnson
that departed us.

He was not deaf but not that too many years ago he wrote a
book named “Dummy Hanson” (copyright 2008) – a story about a deaf
baseball pitcher’s life in the hearing world.

DeafDigest Sports editor read that book and found it an interesting
reading.

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Gallaudet honors

Elsbury and Lane chosen as March Bison of the Month

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department has announced
the March Bison of the Month recipients. Freshman Christina Elsbury (North
Canton, Ohio) of the softball team and senior Winston Lane III (Brooklyn
Center, Minn.) of the baseball team were selected for their strong
performances during the month of March.

lsbury made quite the splash during her freshman campaign in March. In
just five games, she posted a 3-0 record in the circle where she logged 18
innings pitched and struck out 23 batters as GU started the season 5-0,
its best start in seven years, before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the
cancelation of the rest of the 2020 season. Elsbury was named North
Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Pitcher of the Week on March 9. Elsbury
compiled a 2.33 ERA in three games pitched and averaged 8.94 strikeouts
per seven innings. The freshman had a strong presence at the plate as
well. Elsbury went 8-for-12 with three extra-base hits, seven RBI and a
batting average of .667.

A three-year member of the GU baseball team, Lane was off to an impressive
start to his senior season before spring athletic seasons were canceled
due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through 12 games, Lane went 16-for-39 from
the plate which included eight extra-base hits, highlighted by two home
runs and 11 RBI. The senior infielder boasted an impressive .410 batting
average through the 12 games played this season. In the field, Lane
totaled 15 putouts and 22 assists on 47 total chances on the year.

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Gallaudet hall of fame

Nomination deadline extended for Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of
Fame until May 29

WASHINGTON – The nomination deadline for the next Gallaudet University
Athletics Hall of Fame class has been extended until Friday, May 29, 2020.
If you haven’t had a chance to nominate a deserving former
student-athlete, coach or honorary member you still have time to complete
your nomination form (see below) and e-mail it to
halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

If you are interested in nominating someone please review the guidelines
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-guidelines.pdf

before you complete the form at:
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-nomination-edit.pdf

It is important to fill out the form completely and include supporting
documents such as old newspaper clippings, statistics and/or old photos to
help the selection committee with their decision. Letters of
recommendation will also be acceptable to submit.

If you have a question or comment about the GU Athletics Hall of Fame
please send your e-mail to halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

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Maryland football opponent

part of newspaper story

Halifax, Line Mountain, Newport, Juniata, Susquenita and Upper Dauphin
will join with James Buchanan to form the Mid-Penn Conference-Liberty
Division.

Maryland is scheduled to play James Buchanan HS on September 18th.

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college deaf athlete

Rogers Printup

senior, career completed

University of California at Davis (NCAA-I)

freshman – scoring average 1.1
sophomore – scoring average 3.8
junior – scoring average 3.5
senior – scoring average 3.6

in his last season, averaged 16.5 minutes per game, down from 18.3 as a senior

question:

will he play deaf club basketball?

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elite deaf athlete

Joe Swail – part of newspaper story

‘I believed I could go all the way’: Joe Swail relives World Championship
semi-final run 20 years on

Joe Swail revelled in a fairytale run to the World Snooker Championship
semi-finals at the famous Crucible 20 years ago this week

But Belfast cueman Swail – who incredibly followed his 2000 heroics with
another stunning run to the last four the following season, pocketing a
total of almost £170,000 in the process

Swail is hearing impaired. At the age of 50 he is still competing
professionally.

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random deafsports thoughts

will deaf schools sports resume (football, soccer, volleyball
and cross country) resume when fall season comes in?

Hope so, but no one really knows. We read all about NFL, MLB,
NHL and NBA resuming their sports, but will they really?

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.