2020/06/24

DeafDigest Sports – – June 20-24, 2020

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— random deafsports thoughts

— elite deaf cyclist

— college deaf trackster

— new athletic director

— a Texas trivia

— past coach/AD retires

— first deaf umpire in professional baseball?

— deaf soccer championships

— a web site announcement

— death of deaf or of hearing cricket player

— comment by deaf (but functionally-hearing) coach

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Indiana sports

a web site announcement

https://www.isdorioles.com/ (athletics website) is merging with the
DeafHoosiers.com (main school website) at the end of the month, June
2020.

note:
a big question?

Who is the new Indiana AD?

Do not know yet.

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Iowa sports

part of newspaper story

Dan Gradoville, athletic director and woodworking and driver’s education
teacher; and his wife, Jane Gradoville, physical education teacher and
elementary counselor, finished their 42-year tenures at ISD on June 5.

“It’s been a good career — no regrets,” said Dan. “It’s been a great
place.”

note:
Gradoville stepped down as AD few years ago but continued to coach
girls’ basketball until his retirement announcement yesterday.

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Marie Philip sports

newspaper story

FRAMINGHAM – Marie Philip School at The Learning Center for the Deaf has
selected Jeremy Cormier as the new Director of Athletics and After School
Programs.

Cormier is a native of Methuen and graduated from The Learning Center for
the Deaf in 2010.

He received his bachelor’s from Gallaudet University in Physical Education
and Recreation and his master’s in Sports Management from Adelphi
University, with an emphasis in K-12 sports administration.

For the past four years, Cormier has been the Youth Athletics Coordinator
at California School for the Deaf Fremont.

“We are extremely excited to have Jeremy join the TLC team,” said Chris
Kaftan, Director of Student Services. “He brings a wealth of experience
and knowledge in youth athletics and activities. We look forward to
watching him maintain MPS’ celebrated accomplishment as one of the best in
the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA).”

As part of his responsibilities as the new Director of Athletics and After
School Programs, Cormier will oversee the operations of athletic and after
school programs.

note:
Cormier, who never played football before enrolling at Gallaudet, was the
football team’s kicker one season.

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Texas trivia

who designed the Texas athletic facilities in 1990?

part of newspaper story

Philip Easton Thomas Jr, not deaf, passed away.

In 1990, hia architectural firm completed the mechanical and electrical
design for the Texas School for the Deaf campus, consisting of twelve
buildings and athletic facilities.

note:
The irony?

Texas which is a huge campus, lacks a baseball field. It used to have
a baseball field, but when this sport was dropped years back, the
softball team kept that field as their own. When baseball was
restarted, it had to go outside of the campus for practices and
games.

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first deaf umpire in professional baseball

from a tweet:

Here’s “The Sporting News” 1886 statement. Crediting Edward Joseph Dundon
as deaf umpire after his short-lived pitching career due to an arm injury.

note:

Is Sporting News correct? Very possibly so, as this baseball
newspaper was considered a must reading for those that follow
baseball.

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deaf soccer championships

from a newspaper

the 4th World Deaf Football Championship to be hosted in South Korea.

the qualifying phase for Summer Deaflympics in Brazil
is slated for 2nd-17th November 2020.

note:
exactly where does USA men and USA women stand with the
forthcoming world deaf soccer champinships?

Do not know, sorry. DeafDigest Sports does not receive
soccer updates from both men’s and women’s groups.

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death of deaf or of hearing cricket player

part of newspaper story

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Irfan was trending on social media recently not
for good reasons. Rumours were rife about his death in a car accident. However, the
cricketer himself has confirmed that he and his family is absolutely fine
and requested people to not spread baseless rumours.

Rather it all started with Pakistan‘s deaf cricketer Mohammad Irfan
passing away on Sunday. He was battling stomach infection and the news was even
confirmed by the team’s coach Umar Fayyaz. He revealed that Irfan was battling illness
for a long time. The 31-year-old late cricketer first appeared for Pakistan’s
deaf team in 2007 and played for his country for 13 years.

note:
two different cricket players with same name – Mohammad Irfan caused
panic in Pakistan!

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comment by deaf (but functionally-hearing) coach

part of newspaper story

“Someone told me that a North Branch fan used an air horn, but I’m deaf so
I didn’t hear it,” former Frankenmuth coach Tim Crawford said. “I remember
winning the game easily”

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elite deaf cyclist

it was learned that Elis Topchaniuk, world-level women’s cyclist
moved to Washington (state) from Ukraine.

Is she still competitively cycling in USA? And would she still
be competing under the Ukranian flag, unless she found a way
to become an American citizen in a short time span?

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college deaf trackster

Jordan Garr

rising red shirt jenior

Missouri Western

men’s track

redshirted this past season but for the first two seasons
his highlights were:

2018-19: Placed top-10 in the shot put in all but two regular season meets
he competed in, including three victories: the Mel Tjeersdma Classic, the
Northwest Open and the SBU Invite … set a personal best in the shot put
with a throw of 17.10m at the Northwest Open … finished in the top-10
for the weight throw three times … set a PR in the weight throw with a
distance of 15.53m … placed top-10 in the hammer throw three times and
set a personal record in the hammer with a throw of 52.58m at the UCM Mule
Relays

2017-18: Competed in the shot put, discus and weight throw events …
Placed within the top-10 in the shot put 14 times, including three wins at
the NWU Open, the Wichita State KT Woodman Classic and the William Jewell
Darrel Gourley … set a personal record in the discus with a throw of
42.31m at the MIAA vs. NSIC Showdown on Apr. 5

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random deafsports thoughts

part of newspaper story

School for the Deaf celebrates commencement

One graduate participated as a member of the school’s soccer, basketball and
softball teams.

note:
identity of school and graduate is withheld for the sake of privacy.

Point is  that this athlete was never named DeafDigest Sports
All-American in these sports – for one reason – the school
coaches would not bother updating DeafDigest Sports on their
scores.

That school and their best athletes won national honors in the past,
but when the AD retired, the replacement AD would not bother with
the reporting of scores?

Even the school superintendent had no interest in sports and
would not care if the school was ignored in the annual
DeafDigest Sports announcements.

A shame? Yes.

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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