2020/08/27

DeafDigest Sports – – August 23-27, 2020

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

— random deafsports thoughts

— three deaf football teams; one deaf vs deaf game

— Texas football greatest player

— champion semi-pro football team had 3 deaf players

— college deaf swimmer

— first deaf participant in hearing Olympics

— Coda football coach

— deaf skateboarder

— New Mexico sports

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deaf football teams

three schools will play football this season

Alabama – 4 game schedule
Mississippi – 4 game schedule
Texas – 7 game schedule (all hearing teams)

only one deaf vs deaf game
10/15 Alabama at Mississippi

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New Mexico sports

part of newspaper story

Corona and New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe are opting out of
volleyball this school year, according to the NMAA. Vaughn and NMSD will
not play football.

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Texas football

part of newspaper story

The top 100: Ranking the best football players in Austin’s history

61. Jim Canady, Austin High: A versatile athlete who played for the
Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins in the NFL, Canady almost chose
to step into the ring rather than between the lines. A successful Golden
Gloves boxer growing up in Austin in the 1930s and 40s, he flirted with a
professional boxing career before joining the football team at Texas. As
the primary target for star quarterback Bobby Layne, Canady helped the
Longhorns win both the Cotton Bowl and Sugar Bowl. Following his
professional career, he returned to Austin and coached the Austin State
School for the Deaf, now known as the Texas School for the Deaf, to a
state championship. He later served as a search and rescue diver for the
Travis County Sheriff’s Office and ran a successful concrete business in
Austin.

note:
Texas SD as the state champions in football? Not sure if this was true.
Possibly the writer confused state championship with Deaf Schools Football
Team of the Year, as selected by Art Kruger

98. Brandon Reese, Texas School for the Deaf: Set a TAPPS record with
8,059 career yards rushing, including 2,991 yards and and 35 TDs as a
senior in 1999.

note:
DeafDigest Sports editor saw Brandon play in the game against Model.
Brandon was quick while carrying the ball through the interior line.

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Frederick Falcons

part of newspaper story

The team was led by QB Ron Manges and receiver “Wonderful” Wayne Randolph.
Coach Shipley was buttressed with other notables such as former college
standout Fred Burgee, who doubled as both Falcon assistant coach and
player. Two more assistants of note were William O. Lee and Richard “Bing”
Keeney. Local radio legend Tommy Grunwell even played for the team as a
stand-in for quarterback Manges while the latter was on summer camp active
duty with the Marines. The team had players ranging in age from 17 to 41,
plus had three deaf members.

full story at:
http://www.mountolivetcemeteryinc.com/stories-in-stone-blog/a-super-football-coach

note:

three deaf members

who?

Eddie Gobble
Ray Parks
Bill Zachariasen

all three played at Gallaudet.

Gobble was the team starter, and defensive signal caller at
middle linebacker. He tore up his knee in the second game of the season
and for all practical purposes, his football career was over.

Both Parks and Zachariasen were back ups on the defensive line

Gobble, incidentally, was chosen to be the head coach of Maryland
School for the Deaf’s first time ever football team in 1969. He,
however, changed jobs – working at Florida School for the Deaf
and Blind, forcing the school to find another person as the
football coach.

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college deaf swimmer

Matthew Torres

rising sophomore

men’s swimming team

Fairfield University (NCAA-I, Connecticut

part of newspaper story

He hoped that right now he’d be in Tokyo, ready to compete in his
first-ever Paralympic Games, but instead Matthew Torres spent August
getting ready to move back to campus at Fairfield University in
Fairfield, Connecticut, for his sophomore year.

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Coda football coach

part of newspaper story

Mart Head Coach Honors his deaf parents on the football field with sign languauge

MART, TX — In the game of football, every team has a way to communicate plays
on the fly, but for Mart Head Football Coach Kevin Hoffman, these signs mean a
little bit more.

Growing up with two deaf parents, Coach Hoffman believes he learned to sign even
before he could speak.

Melvin and Pat Hoffman might not have been able to hear, but that didn’t stop
them from coming to every sporting event and encouraging Coach Hoffman and his
siblings to try everything. In fact, Mel coached Kevin and his siblings, and
even played football for the 1947 national championship team for the Texas School for
the Deaf.

Coach Hoffman lost his parents six years ago, but he continue to honor
their memory by inspiring and shaping young men to always work hard and love fiercely.

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first deaf participant in Olympics (hearing)

Oskar Wetzell First Deaf Athlete at the Olympics Games

The first Deaf person in history to participate in an Olympic
Games was Oskar Wetzell, in 1908.

Oskar was born in 1888 in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, and
became deaf at the age of two.

At only 19 years of age, he participated in his first Summer
Olympics in London in 1908, where he competed in the 3-meter
springboard and 10-meter platform events

he won eight diver jump championships in Finland.

full story at:
https://www.unusualverse.com/2019/04/oskar-wetzell-deaf-olympics.html

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deaf skateboarder

Chris Weddle: An all-time skateboarding great in Kamiah

part of newspaper story

KAMIAH, Id — A couple weeks ago, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk posted a
photo of Kamiah native Chris Weddle. Weddle, a deaf skateboarder, is the
inventor of a trick formerly known as the Mute Grab, or the Mute Air.

To honor his legacy, Hawk has changed the name of the trick to something
more fitting.

Chris Weddle has been skating for over forty years. At age 54, he still
shreds.

In his prime, he was a prominent amateur on the competition circuit in
southern California, during one of the peaks of skateboarding popularity.

These days, Weddle lives in Kamiah, Id, and skates about five times a
month

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random deafsports thoughts

Will Deaf Esports replace Deaf Sports?

Hope not.

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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 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

2020/08/22

DeafDigest Sports – – August 21-22, 2020

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

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

— random deafsports thoughts, football

— no money reward for deaf athletes

— soccer

— football

— elite deaf athlete, rugby

— very first deaf baseball star

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teams that will be playing football this season

Alabama
Mississippi
Texas

last season, 24 schools fielded football teams

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soccer

from an athletic director that has soccer
at his school:

As of now I don’t think there are any schools
that will be playing soccer.

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Indiana football

part of newspaper story

Southport, New Palestine, Warren Central, Crispus Attucks, Manual,
Shortridge, Washington, Tech, Traders Point, Indiana Deaf, Heritage
Christian and Greenfield-Central are local teams not playing on Friday
night.

note:
it is understood that Indiana is not playing football this
season yet there are still newspaper stories and tweets
indicating Indiana’s participation in football.

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Oregon soccer

not playing soccer this season

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no financial reward for deaf athletes that won medeals

part of newspaper story (India)

The Union Sports Ministry had recently equated achievements
of deaf athletes on par with those competing in the Olympics
and Paralympics, for government cash awards.

Prithvi Sekhar had won the Deaf World Championship gold and
doubles bronze, apart from the mixed bronze at the Deaflympics.

The All India Sports Council of the Deaf (AISCD) has written
to the Prime Minister and the Union Sports Minister seeking
justice for the deaf in the National sports awards.

AISCD secretary G. Suresh Kumar questioned the presence of the
Paralympic Committee of India president Deepa Malik in the
selection panel and pointed out that several persons had been
chosen for awards in the paralympic category.

“No deaf sports category has been considered,” said AISCD
in its letter. Deaf sportspersons had been considered under
the normal category and thus denied awards, AISCD contended
and requested a review of the recommended list.

The hopefuls included tennis player Prithvi Sekhar (nominated
for the Arjuna Award), who had won the Deaf World Championship
gold and doubles bronze, apart from the mixed bronze at the Deaflympics.

It may be noted that with a recent order, the Union Sports Ministry
had equated achievements of deaf athletes on par with those
competing in the Olympics and Paralympics, for government cash awards.

note:
to make this long story short, Paralympic medalists get money;
Deaflympics medalists get zero money. It is discrimination
against deaf athletes.

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very first deaf baseball star

This was what Dummy Hoy was described as an introduction
to a movie depicting his life.

Star?

as the greatest deaf baseball player ever?

Which is the biggest star – Dummy Taylor who had a lifetime
record of 116–106 as the pitcher, with 21 career shutouts
and best season record of 21-15? Manager John McGraw said
Taylor was one of the three greatest pitchers he ever
managed.

What about Pete Browning (deaf, but functioned as a hearing person)?

He played in 1882 to 1894 and had a .341 career batting average.

Is it because Hoy was a gentleman, and therefore described
as the “first deaf” baseball star? Taylor liked to clown
and fool around, annoying many people. Browning had serious
personal issues, that led to his death at age of 44

Hoy, by the way, was a good player, sporting a .292 career
batting average (or was it .288 according to other set of
batting stats).

Good player or a star player? You decide!

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Elite deaf athlete

Rugby Sevens Crisis – Dewsbury teen Jodie Ounsley clinging to her Olympic dreams

newspaper story

The demise of the England Sevens programme has left many of its players
re-assessing their futures.

The Rugby Football Union has opted to cut funding for their Sevens teams
due to the financial impact of Covid-19, leaving its stars scrambling for
new employment.

The move casts doubt on Team GB Sevens’ participation at next summer’s
Tokyo Olympics. The RFU has approached UK Sport for funding and are
exploring the option for a Team GB Sevens team.

The lightning-quick player, who was born profoundly deaf, made her World
Sevens Series debut in Glendale, Colorado, last October and scored her
first try in Cape Town in December.

full story at:
https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/other-sport/rugby-sevens-crisis-dewsbury-teen-jodie-ounsley-clinging-her-olympic-dreams-2950035

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random deafsports thoughts

When the pandemic ends and things resume normalcy,
will we be seeing resumption of football
among these 24 schools that fielded teams
last season?

Hard to say. Enrollment numbers is the key
to fielding football teams (same as for
soccer).

This is a worrisome situation in the long run.

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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 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

2020/08/20

DeafDigest Sports – – August 20, 2020

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

— Indiana football

— random deafsports thoughts

— Gallaudet soccer announcement

— two more deaf football teams

— Gallaudet men’s soccer

— Akron Goodyear Silents football heritage

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Gallaudet men’s soccer

Gallaudet men’s soccer head coach Pedro Braz steps down

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University men’s soccer head coach Pedro Braz has
stepped down from his post as announced today by Athletic Director Victor
Mansure. Braz’s final day will be August 31. A national search will begin
immediately to fill the vacancy.

“On behalf of our Athletics Department, we are forever grateful for Coach
Braz and his outstanding leadership and service,” said Mansure. “Pedro was
instrumental in building a competitive men’s soccer program over the last
five years. He recruited over 70 student-athletes from various backgrounds
and different cultures. In addition, the men’s soccer team held a
cumulative grade point average of near 3.0 in the past two years, while
fundraising over $25,000 and participated in various community initiatives
with our student-athletes. We are very appreciative of how Coach Braz
established high standards for our men’s soccer program and we look to
continue to build on that moving forward.”

Coach Braz returned the Gallaudet men’s soccer program to the varsity
level in 2015 after a two-year hiatus. He was hired a year prior to the
fall 2015 season. In his second season, the Bison recorded the most wins
(five) since 2003. In 2017, GU went 5-12 overall and 4-6 in North Eastern
Athletic Conference (NEAC), which was the most NEAC wins in program
history. Braz and the Bison had its best season in 2018 when GU went 6-11
and 4-7 in conference play. This was the third straight five-win season
and second straight four-win conference season. Gallaudet finished last
season 2-14-1 and 2-9 in NEAC play.

Overall, Coach Braz posted a 20-63-2 overall record and went 14-42-1 in
NEAC play in five seasons. Gallaudet earned four All-NEAC honors during
Coach Braz’s tenure including three on the all-conference second team. In
five seasons, 23 men’s soccer student-athletes earned NEAC Scholar-Athlete
honors.

“First, I would like to thank Athletic Director Victor Mansure, for his
guidance and leadership for the past two years. I truly appreciate the
opportunity to work with Gallaudet University, the deaf and hard of
hearing community, alumni and supporters of the program. Many thanks to my
co-workers in the athletics department and the admissions office for their
constant support and high regard for me and the student-athletes that have
come through the men’s soccer program in the past five years,” said Braz.

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/msoc/2020-21/releases/braz

note:
just a memory trip. Gallaudet defeated Georgetown University 4-3,
overcoming a 3-0 half time deficit in the 1961 season. It was
the first win in Gallaudet’s soccer history.

58 years later, Georgetown won the 2019 NCAA-I men’s soccer
championship.

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Alabama football

Alabama School for the Deaf football team

Record: 4-6
Head Coach: Paul Kulick (14th year)
Assistant coaches: Cedric Tyson, Matt Kochie, and Marlon White

Offensive starters: 7
Defensive starters: 8
Key players loss: Cory McKinnie, Jaquan Rankins, and Tanner Wood

Schedule:
Sept 25th – at Gaylesville
Oct. 2nd – Jacksonville Christian Academy
Oct. 9th – Open
Oct. 15th – at Mississippi School for the Deaf
Oct. 23th – Open
Oct. 30th – at Shoals Christian

Our students will come back here on Tuesday, Sept 8th and we need to get
our boys practicing for 3 weeks before our first game on Sept. 25th.
Please let me know if you are interested in playing with us.  Our high
school football games in Alabama will start this Friday.

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Indiana football

newspaper preview
Indiana Deaf (4-4): Coach Garrett Wooten had a team led last year by
junior quarterback Jerrell Edwards (637 passing yards, eight TDs; 603
rushing yards, 11 TDs), junior running back Maurice Mitchell (443 yards,
four TDs) and sophomore Sabu Middlebrook (373 rushing yards; 11 catches,
232 yards, three TDs). Middlebrook (53 tackles) and Mitchell (42 tackles)
were the team’s top tacklers last season.

from a tweet today
Indiana Deaf has decided not to play football this fall, citing COVID-19
concerns per coach Garrett Wooten.

note:

has been that way for the past 2-3 weeks – yes football, no football,
yes football, no football and so on.

it is confusing.

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Mississipi football

per Alabama football schedule above, Mississippi
is playing football this season.

note:
not surprised. Mississippi has a very strong
football tradition. They play hard and play to
win.

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Akron Goodyear Silents football

from a tweet today
Did you know that the #Goodyear Silents, composed entirely of deaf
#Goodyear workers, were one of the greatest semi-pro football teams in
American history?

note:
Greatest in history? Do not know, but the team played against
Akron Pros (a short-lived NFL future team) four times and
never defeated them. Three were shutout defeats. Not being
able to defeat them was a lifelong disappointment among
these players.

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random deafsports thoughts

old time deaf football fans know about the Akron Goodyear
Silents football team (above story).

there is a link:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-semipro-football-team/

Was there a Gallaudet contribution to these Akron Silents
teams?

Yes – sort of a recruiting pipeline. Gallaudet graduates
were recruited to move to Akron, get jobs in the tire
factory and to play football. But when the war ended,
these players lost their factory jobs and moved on
to other jobs in different parts of USA.

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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 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

2020/08/19

DeafDigest Sports – – August 17-19, 2020

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

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

— Arizona sports

— Indiana sports

— baseball at Kansas SD

— University of North Carolina football

— random deafsports thoughts

— another conference for another Gallaudet sport

— first volleyball match of the season

— dedication to a past minor league player

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Dedication to a past minor league player

Jack Van Natta, who was deaf, but functioned
as a hearing person, knowing no ASL and
adept at fooling people into thinking he was
hearing, departed us.

A skilled baseball player, he broke hitting
records at Moravian College in Pennsylvania.

After college he played three seasons of
minor league baseball in the Pittsburgh
Pirates system, sporting a .258 career
batting average. His highest level of
play was Class B (before the minor leagues
changed its classificaiton system; it would
have been sort of Low-A nowadays).

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Gallaudet swimming

Gallaudet to join Atlantic East as associate member in men’s and women’s
swimming and diving, effective Fall 2020

LANCASTER, Pa. –  The Atlantic East Conference is proud to announce that
Gallaudet University has been accepted as an associate member in men’s and
women’s swimming and diving for the 2020-21 season.

Gallaudet, currently a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference
(NEAC), will join Cabrini University, Immaculata University, Marymount
(Va.) University, Marywood University, Cedar Crest College and St. Mary’s
College of Maryland as participating members in men’s and women’s swimming
and diving. The Bison will be immediately eligible for all-conference
awards and the conference’s swimming and diving championships.

full story at:
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/WhctKJVzcMKjVcsJxDGbpkNNMkrDljzcsbzFTClpbHwJkxXqmlJlLwTtcLrkJGbxnwKFCFV

note:
Gallaudet currently belongs to four different athletic conferences

football
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference

track and cross country
Colonial States Athletic Conference

swimming and diving
Atlantic East Conference

all other Gallaudet sports
North Eastern Athletic Conference

note:

why not just one conference for all sports?

Times have changed, “one size fits all” conferences
are becoming less and less! As an example,
Johns Hopkins University, a NCAA-III program, is a
member of the Big Ten Conference (NCAA-I) – in lacrosse
only!

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Arizona sports

part of newspaper story

Here is a list of schools that have canceled fall sports

rizona School for Deaf/Blind

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Indiana sports

from a tweet
Deaf School just cancelled their football season.

note:
this tweet did not specify which school it was but
after some digging, it probsbly was Indiana.

yet another tweet today said:
Purdue Poly vs Indiana School for the Deaf Indiana
High School Football Live Stream 8/21/2020

note:
which tweet is correct?

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Kansas baseball

note:
this school used to field baseball teams many years ago

a newspaper posting is this:

America’s pastime and a popular program at the Kansas State Historical
Society both went virtual Friday night.

Author Mark Eberle became the first presenter to take the Museum After
Hours program live online when he discussed the history of baseball in
Kansas from 1858 to 1941 with online visitors.

He told about integrated baseball games before and after the turn of the
century, including ones involving players of Native American, Mexican and
Japanese descent. He shared the history of teams from the Kansas School
for the Deaf. And he talked about baseball facilities across the state,
including the first game in Kansas played under lights, which occurred in
Concordia in 1905.

note:
Kansas Deaf had games against University of Kansas – same old story
in these days – Kansas Deaf men against men from University of Kansas.

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Texas volleyball

part of newspaper story

Thursday
Brentwood Christian at Texas School for the Deaf, 6:30 p.m.

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UNC Football: The weirdest season in Tar Heels history

UNC began the 1900 season against a school that the record book lists as
“Deaf & Dumb Institute.” Further research shows that it was probably
against what is now called the North Carolina School for the Deaf in
Morganton, NC. I think we can agree, that’s a more appropriate name.
Anyway, Carolina easy got past them with a 38-0 win.

note:

same old story – UNC men against NCSD men, not NCSD boys!

resarch what year 51-0 nc vs tenn  that game ended at half time?

would tenn be better than unc?

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random deafsports thoughts

Major League baseball is honoring the rich heritage
of Negro Baseball of past years.

This begs a question:

Have we ever had a deaf player in Negro Baseball?

do not know.

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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 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

2020/08/16

DeafDigest Sports – – August 14-16, 2020

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

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

— a dedication

— Arkansas sports

— Indiana football opponent

— random deafsports thoughts, a musuem

— a dedication

— Arkansas sports

— a successful swimming story

— voice in karate

— college baskeball

— all-deaf baseball team a big gate attraction

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A dedication

DeafDigest Sports dedicates this edition to Alan
Mealka, the past superintendent of Tennessee
School for the Deaf, that departed us.

He was very supportive of the school football
program, always attending home games and
attending the team post-game meetings.

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Gallaudet swimming

a successful swimming story

Inspiring Neighbor: Meet Coach Brian Bennett of SafeSplash

As Brian’s swimming ability continued to blossom, he was accepted to the
University of Northern Colorado. He attended there for two years before
realizing he needed a more specialized education. That is when Brian
decided to transfer to Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. “Gallaudet
is a university for Deaf and Hard of hearing people,” Brian remarked.
While there, he met his future wife, Alyssa, and continued swimming,
breaking 10 school records and several conference records.

full story at:
https://www.castlerockco.com/inspiring-neighbor-meet-coach-brian-bennett/

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Arkansas sports

Arkansas School for the Deaf

Football and Volleyball is canceled. We are not hosting any Deaf events and
going out of state this school year, 2020-2021.

Basketball remains to be seen, we will know either late September or early
October.

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Indiana football

a new opponent is Creek HS

part of story says:
Creek seeks improvement

Trip to Indiana Deaf, a newcomer on the schedule

note:
it was a broken link; not able to get the full story

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college basketball

part of newspaper story

SIGNED: Northern New Mexico has added two more local recruits: Santa Fe
graduate Carlos Dassaro and New Mexico School for the Deaf graduate Luis
Villalobos, who averaged 21.7 points and 13.1 rebounds.

note:
not sure if it was the same college that signed 6’10 Devon Thompson
to playr basketball for them. He, however, was assigned to play
JV basketball. He left college soon afterwards

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voice in karate

a hearing participant in karate has faced a few deaf
opponents. He said their movements are hard to predict
and so, he depends on the voice of the referee to lead
them on during the matches!

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all-deaf baseball team a big gate attraction

part of newspaper story, Minnesota

Back in the day: News from Aug. 13, 1891

Management for the base ball game of August 11 advise seats will be
provided for all who attend, and no lady need miss the game for fear that
suitable accommodations will not be provided. Several special officers
will be present to preserve order on the grounds and also to watch the
entrance and keep out intruders. No boys will be admitted without the
necessary quarter, and no quarter will be given those attempting to elude
the officers. The deaf mutes are on a regular tour, playing at Belding
Wednesday. The game will be the greatest attraction of the season, which
no lover of sport should miss.

IONIA VS. MUTES. August 12. Yesterday’s game was one of the best of the
season. Over 300 people witnessed the contest, which was one of exciting
interest from beginning to end. The mutes played an excellent all around
game, their weak point being their inability to hit Breen, who pitched for
the Ionias. The final score was Ionia 7, Deaf Mutes 5.

note:
DeafDigest Sports editor hates these words – mutes and Deaf Mutes

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random deafsports thoughts

There is a new museum in Colorado Springs,
the home of the USA Olympics organization.

it showcases Americans in hearing Olympics
and the Paralympics.

What about Deaflympics? As far as they are
concerned, we do not exist – for one reason –
we would not affiliate with the Paralympics.

Paralympics is great for the disabled.

Deaf athletes are able-bodied, and not disabled,
hence we stay with Deaflympics.

Politics? Yes!

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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

2020/08/13

DeafDigest Sports – – August 8-13, 2020

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

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

— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf athlete, women’s track and cross country

— elite deaf athlete, women’s Australian Rules football

— Indiana volleyball ???

— Indiana football ???

— Kansas sports

— Maryland sports

— South Carolina sports

— Wisconsin sports

— honoring a skateboarding legend

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Indiana volleyball ???

Is Indiana playing volleyball this coming fall season?

A tweet said:

ISDOrioles

Carwash Fundraising for the Indiana School for the Deaf High
School Volleyball Program.

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Indiana football ???

Well, what about football?

In a newspaper story Edinburg HS has listed
Indiana Deaf as one of their opponents this
coming football season.

So apparently Indiana is playing football this
season. Other known deaf school that is playing
football is Texas.

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Kansas sports

from a tweet

Football & volleyball have been cancelled.

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Maryland sports

newspaper posting

MSD postpones fall sports

Maryland School for the Deaf postponed its fall sports programs until
further notice, athletic director Andy Bonheyo wrote in an email to the
News-Post on Wednesday.

The decision affects the Orioles’ football, volleyball and cross-country
programs.

The Frederick private school followed similar actions by the Maryland
Public Secondary Schools Association in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week, public school sports were postponed until the end of the first
semester, which is early in 2021.

Like the MPSSAA, Bonheyo said he hopes MSD will be able to hold a fall
sports season in the spring.

In mid July, the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (girls)
and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (boys), which govern
most private school sports in Maryland, delayed practices for fall sports
until Sept. 1.

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South Carolina sports

SCSDB will not participate in fall sports season this year due to
COVID-19.

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Wisconsin sports

Wisconsin will not have fall sports (football and volleyball) this coming
fall season. WSD will begin virtual learning for the first quarter.

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honoring a skateboarding legend

Tony Hawk, not deaf, is a skateboarding legend.

For years he used an in-the-air skateboarding
trick developed by retired skateboarder Chris
Weddle, who was deaf.

For years the trick was called “mute grab” but
Tony didn’t like that name and discussed it
with Weddle.

They agreed to rename the trick as “‘Weddle grab”

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elite deaf athlete

Jamie Howell

Yeronga Devils team in national Australian Rules Football league

she is said to be one of the team’s most popular player and
a favorite with the home town fans. She helped her team win
a game over this past weekend

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college deaf athlete

Maggie Stalter

rising freshman

Ursinus College (NCAA-III, Pennsylvania)

women’s cross country & women’s track

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random deafsports thoughts

comment from a deaf activist about angry
sponsors of deaf big sports events:

These sponsors told me they have stopped
sponsoring deaf sports events because of
bad returns on their “investments” – meaning
no fans visited their booths or made purchases
at these tables!

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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 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

2020/08/07

DeafDigest Sports – – August 7, 2020

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

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

— random deafsports thoughts, old newspaper posting

— Rochester sports

— two college deaf athletes, basketball

— a possible deaf participant in hearing Olympics

— deaf golfer

— begging a top goalie to make a come back in women’s socer

— deaf assistant football coach with a hearing high school team

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Rochester sports

RSD will not have Fall sports this academic year of 2020-2021.

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elite deaf athlete

part of web posting

a possible deaf participant in hearing Olympics

In shooting, the talented 10m air rifle shooter Dhanush Srikanth, who won three
gold medals at the junior Asian Championship. The athlete, with hearing
impairment, has been training hard during the lockdown as well. “He has
been working closely with Gagan Narang and was training whenever Narang
was in town at the Trimulgherry facility. This inclusion in TOPS will
motivate him a lot. He literally sleeps with his rifle,” said his mother
Asha Srikanth.

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deaf golfer

part of posting

At least 20 of the local professional golfers in Kenya will be in action
at the par 72 VetLab Sports Club course this weekend as they continue
waiting for the resumption of professional tournaments such as the Safari
Tour.

Still an amateur Isaac Makokha, who is deaf, is among the contenders.

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deaf assistant football coach with a hearing high school team

A past Gallaudet football player (lineman on both sides of the
ball) is an assistant football coach with a hearing high school
team.

His team begins practice in two weeks.

The coaching staff keeps an eye on the color codes.

Green – safe to attend schools

Yellow – Cautious

Orange – Danger

Red – No school.

If the code is green in the schools’ respective counties, game is played as scheduled.

If the code is red in the schools’ respective counties, no games can be played.

If the code is either yellow or orange, hard to say! No one knows.

Simply put, games are not guaranteed even if these are scheduled. Makes
it harder on coaches to maintain daily practices, not knowing if games
will be played or not.

His team currently has 9 games on the schedule; a minimum of 5 or 6 games
must be played in order to qualify for the state playoffs (depending
on won-lost records).

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college basketball player

part of posting

Tajah Fraley, a 6-5 guard, arrives at Alcorn after spending the 2019-20
campaign at the University of West Georgia. He averaged 11.0 points per
game. In 32 games, he notched 27 double-figure scoring games including 31
points against South Georgia State. He’ll have two years of eligibility
remaining at Alcorn. Fraley led the U21 Men’s USA Deaf Basketball team to
a gold medal with a win over Japan, posting 19 points and 13 rebounds on July
14th, 2018 in Washington D.C.

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college deaf athlete

Rhyle McKinney

rising freshman

women’s basketball

SMU (Texas, NCAA-I)

she is considered SMU’s #1 prized recruit

many eyes will be on her if this sport is
being played this coming basketball season.

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women’s soccer

from a tweet

California Storm

#TBT to when California Storm alumna @meghanmaiwald won gold with the
@USDeaf_WNT in the 2012 Deaf World Cup in Turkey, the 2013 Deaflympics in
Bulgaria, AND the 2016 Deaf World Cup in Italy.

Meghan announced her retirement last September, after 13 years of a
stellar career

response was this:

THE goat, for real Ram
@meghanmaiwald
how do you feel about making a comeback

note:
she has been an assistant coach with Gallaudet women’s
soccer team, working with goalies

Her deaf brother played football at Gallaudet some years back.

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random deafsports thoughts

a trip down the Memory Lane (1994)

http://deafdigest.com/notice-in-1994-silent-news-sports-age/

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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 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

2020/08/06

DeafDigest Sports – – August 1-6, 2020

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

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

— random deafsports thoughts, pole vaulter from Wyoming

— Maryland sports

— Missouri sports

— Texas cross country

— Western Pennsylvania sports

— West Virginia sports, new athletic director

— college deaf athlete, women’s basketball

— hinting Gallaudet without mentioning Gallaudet

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Hinting Gallaudet without mentioning Gallaudet

part of web posting

College football is a lot of things. It’s the packed stands on a frigid
afternoon in the upper Midwest at a rivalry game that’s been played since
before the invention of radio. It’s the empty bleachers on a 90-degree day
in the Bahamas at a bowl game that was created a few years ago to fill a
television slot. A college football Saturday starts at noon Eastern and
ends at about 4 a.m. on Sunday morning, when a Hawai’i game wraps up in
the middle of the Pacific. There’s a team at a Mormon school and teams at
Catholic schools; there are teams for future military members in the Army,
Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard; there are conferences for historically
Black schools; there’s a team for deaf players. (They invented the
huddle.) College football is a melting pot that produces gumbo at an LSU
tailgate and fondue at the Harvard-Yale game. If you’re American, there’s
probably at least some part of this sport that’s for you

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Maryland sports

We have postponed our fall sports until further notice.

…………………………….

Missouri sports

MSD will not be having any athletics for the fall of 2020-2021, we are
hopeful we will be able to resume athletics in the winter.

…………………………….

Texas cross country

2020 VYPE Austin Girls Private School Cross Country Preseason Rankings &
Runners To Watch

part of newspaper story

Notable Runners To Watch
Anabelle Weaver (Texas School for the Deaf)

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Western Pennsylvania sports

not having fall sports (soccer and volleyball)
this coming fall season.

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West Virginia sports

Frank Alnutt is no longer the athletic director.

Erin Surber, the school principal, is assuming the
athletic director duties. Her father, the late Michael
Surber, coached the girls’ basketball team at the
school for many years.

She made the announcement in a newspaper that there will
be no volleyball team this fall.

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college deaf athlete

Jessica Velazquez

rising freshman

women’s basketball
Hope College (Michigan, NCAA-III)

have to wait and see if she is a major
factor in her new college’s basketball season

………………………..

random deafsports thoughts

Years back, DeafDigest Sports editor used to
get involved with Deaf Schools Track, not
anymore these days. He did not want to duplicate
the work of other deaf national athletic and track
groups.

Top 6 finishers in each event and compiling points
(10-8-6-4-2-1) for national Deaf Mythical Track and
Field championships was the work performed by
DeafDigest Sports editor. It was started by
Art Kruger, and continued by the DeafDigest Sports
editor.

One season, in the late 1987 or 1988 (can’t remember)
the announcement of the #1 deaf pole vaulter was
made. He pole vaulted about 10 plus feet.

At that time, June 1st was the deadline for mailed
entries sent to DeafDigest Sports editor (mail, not
email).

Sometime late in the summer (late July/early August)
DeafDigest Sports editor received mail from the
track coach at Wyoming School for the Deaf. The mail
was postmarked around May 28th, beating the June 1st
deadline. The address on the envelope was correct
(DeafDigest Sports editor’s home address).

Post office deliveries can be slow or lost at times.

The mail, with a newspaper clipping, showed that
a deaf pole vaulter won the Wyoming state championship
with a leap of about 14’5 feet!

DeafDigest Sports editor had no choice except to
add that Wyoming pole vaulter as the co-champion
along with the already-announced champion from
another school.

Do we blame the post office?

note:
did that 14’5 foot pole vaulter compete in the
Deaflympics? No. There was no follow up from
these people involved with the USA Deaflympics
group.

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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 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