DeafDigest Sports – – July 2-July 3, 2020

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Hot DeafSports News at:

— random deafsports thoughts

— elite deaf billiards player

— college deaf trackster

— volleyball announcement

— assistant football coach

— part of Lance Allred’s story (dealing with anti-deaf coach)

— remembering the 3 Lorello brothers


Spikeout Cancellation

Here is the Spikeout cancellation message

Athletic Directors,

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of the
Spike-Out volleyball tournament which is scheduled for Oct. 2-3, 2020.
With safety as our top priority and the current and projected status of
the COVID-19 virus across our country, we believe this is the most
responsible decision to make.  It is unfair to ask any of our schools
to host these large gatherings and observe the required CDC protocols
with regard to social distancing, travel, hygiene, and sanitation.  We,
the NDIAA board members, superintendents, and host schools, will continue
to monitor the status of the pandemic as the school year advances.  We
thank our athletes, coaches, and families for their patience.

this announcement did not say what school would have hosted the
national tournament. It was Maryland SD.


assistant football coach

A former starter on the Gallaudet line (offense and
defense) is an assistant coach with a hearing high
school football team.

Despite Covid-19 issues, his high school team is preparing
for the 2020 football season. The players are required to
go through regular weightlifting sessions at the high
school gym.

His team must follow very strict Covid-19 rules, meaning
social distancing between weight stations; limited number of
players and coaches in the weightlifing room, and heavy use
of sanitation supplies and wipes.

Players are not allowed to add weights. Only coaches can
do that for them.

That, plus other rules and restrictions.


part of Lance Allred’s story (dealing with anti-deaf coach)

In 2000, living just five blocks away from campus and joining a top-five
program, Mr. Allred accepted a scholarship to the University of Utah.
Playing the center position, Lance now stood 6-foot-11. At first, late
head coach Rick Majerus loved Allred’s utter passion and remarkable work
ethic. During Lance’s sophomore season, he saw a proverbial switch flip in
regards to Coach Majerus’s psyche. After Majerus was informed that his
mother was diagnosed with cancer, his change in demeanor became evident.
As a result of continued verbal abuse from his coach, one in which he was
ripped to pieces in front of the entire team, Allred’s time in Salt Lake
City ended.

Allred told me that Majerus called him out on the baseline of Saint Mary’s
College on January 6, 2002, in front of teammates and coaches saying,
“Lance, you’re the worst of all. You use hearing as an excuse to weasel
yourself through life, and you’re a disgrace to cripples. And if I was in
a wheelchair and saw you play basketball, I’d shoot myself.”

Shortly thereafter, Lance transferred to Weber State in Ogden, UT, just 40
miles up the road.


he played a few games in the NBA and has scored three points in this
short career. He played many seasons with pro teams overseas and
played one time for USA Deaflympics basketball team. He does
not use ASL.


remembering the 3 Lorello brothers

DeafDigest Sports editor received email yesterday from a hearing member
of the Lorello family tree (Carl, Jimmy and Tom) wanting to know
more about these deaf cousins.

These three brothers were well known in the New York City deaf
sporting community througout the fifties and sixties.

Carl was the best athlete. He is currently in the AAAD Hall of Fame.
Old timers have said he was the best in basketball. His athletic
career ended at the age of 25; his eye was hit by a softball and
doctors told him he must retire or risk blindness. Yes, he was
heart broken but was a familiar face as a fan at these deaf
sporting events.

Tom was a member of the 1956 New York team (Golden Tornadoes)
that won the national deaf basketball championship, playing
alongside with brother Carl. He was better known for his
sharp fielding skills as the third baseman on thesee Golden
Tornadoes fast pitch team that won several EAAD championships.

Jimmy was least skilled athletically but like with Tom, was
a sharp fielding first baseman. Very difficult for grounders
to get past him. His hitting at the plate was fair – but playing
for the Pelicans, his leadoff first inning hit off fast baller
Paul Kaessler was a surprise. He scored the game’s only run,
helped by his speedy legs and two ground ball outs. In a shocking
upset, the overwhelmed Pelicans defeated heavily favored Golden
Tornades in the 1963 championship game. It was EAAD fast pitch’s
last championship game before this sport transitioned to slo
pitch in 1964. Needless to say, when Jimmy scored the game’s
only run, he ran past Golden Tornadoes’ third baseman, brother

As a young man, DeafDigest Sports editor was priviledged to have
played basketball and softball with and against these two
brothers (Carl was already retired by that time)


college deaf trackster

Dayo Abeeb


rising junior

men’s track

as a triple jumper, his top record was 16.54

was named 2nd team all-Ivy honors for indoor track in 2020

in 2019, he qualified for the NCAA regionals


elite deaf billiards player

Shane Van Boening

pro billiards

South Dakota

still competing professionally and is considered to be among
the world’s top 5 players

he is deaf and does not use ASL


random deafsports thoughts

Now that the Spike Out, supposed to take place at Maryland SD,
has been cancelled, what is going to happen to our fall sports –
football, soccer, volleyball and even cross country?

Do not know.

50 states means 50 different state-wide Covid-19 rules, not to
mention different Covid-19 rules in different cities!

Just hope for the best.




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.

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