2019/07/09

DeafDigest Sports – July 6-9, 2019

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Hot DeafSports News at:
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— random deafsports thoughts

— Gallaudet in men’s and women’s world basketball championships

— Maryland baseball honors

— sponsorship of an elite deaf wrestler

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Gallaudet women’s basketball

Gallaudet Bison alumni, student-athletes lead Team USA to first gold at
2019 World Deaf Basketball Championship

LUBLIN, Poland – Team USA won its first World Deaf Basketball Championship
here Saturday in Poland as the men’s team defeated Lithuania, the reigning
world champions, 105-77, in the GLOBUS Sports Hall at the 2019 World Deaf
Basketball Championships.

Team USA went a perfect 2-0 during Pool D play with wins over Greece
(69-53) and Japan (93-41). In the medal round, Team USA defeated Spain
(105-55) in the quarterfinals and dispatched Russia (91-76) in the
semifinal round. The men’s world championship consisted of 15 teams during
the 10-day tournament.

Team USA had several Gallaudet alumni and current student-athletes on the
roster. Team USA was led by rising seniors Noah Valencia (Riverside,
Calif.) and Steve Valencia-Biskupiak (Riverside, Calif.), rising junior
Preston Kelly (Fishers, Ind.) and former GU student-athlete Matthew
Sherman. Gallaudet alumni include Head Coach Jimmy Newsome, assistant
coach Jeff Ploederi, Ben Coleman, Andy Cruz along with athletic trainer
Tom McKnight and manager Jomar Figueroa.

Valencia led all-scorers in the gold medal game with 33 points as he made
10 of 25 field goals from the floor and sank five 3-pointers to go with
eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. Cruz tallied 18 points and
five rebounds while Valencia-Biskupiak added 10 points, 12 rebounds and
three blocks. Coleman was one of the five Team USA players in double
figures with 14 points.

Valencia was named the tournament MVP while teammate Michael Lizarraga was
selected to the Best Five all-tournament team.

The best Team USA had finished in previous World Deaf Basketball
Championships was two silver medal performances in 2002 and most recently
in 2015. Team USA took bronze in 2007 and didn’t medal in 2011. Lithuania
had won the previous three World Deaf Basketball Championships (2007, ’11,
’15).

Team USA Results
07/06: USA 105, Lithuania 77 (Gold Medal)
07/04: USA 91, Russia 76 (Semifinal)
07/03: USA 105, Spain 55 (Quarterfinal)
06/29: USA 93, Japan 41
06/28: USA 69, Greece 53

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Gallaudet women’s basketball

Gallaudet alumni, student-athletes help Team USA earn bronze at 2019 World
Deaf Basketball Championship

LUBLIN, Poland – Team USA earned the bronze medal at the 2019 World Deaf
Basketball Championship hosted here Saturday in Poland as the women’s team
defeated Turkey, 76-72, in the GLOBUS Sports Hall.

Team USA avenged an early 65-61 loss to Turkey in Pool B play where the
red, white and blue went 3-1. Team USA defeated Ukraine, 83-50, in the
quarterfinals before being knocked off 75-74 to Lithuania in the semifinal
round.

Greece went on to win the 2019 World Deaf Basketball Women’s Championship
with a 51-42 win over Lithuania. Greece, who went 1-3 in Pool B play and
lost 76-50 to Team USA, won three straight games in the medal round to
claim its first world deaf basketball women’s championship. The women’s
world championship consisted of 10 teams during the 10-day tournament.

Team USA had several Gallaudet alumni and two incoming student-athletes on
its roster. Team USA was led by recent graduates Hannah Neild ’19 and
Sabina Shysh ’19 along with Zamica Gage ’16 and Nukeitra Hayes ’12.
Incoming student-athletes consisted of Cassidy Perry and Valerie Phlaum.

Neild scored 30 points and 14 rebounds whiles Hayes added 20 points and 11
rebounds to lead Team USA in the bronze medal game.

Team USA Results
07/06: USA 76, Turkey 72 (Bronze Medal)
07/04: Lithuania 75, USA 74 (Semifinal)
07/03: USA 83, Ukraine 50 (Quarterfinal)
07/01: USA 76, Greece 50
06/29: Turkey 65, USA 61
06/28: USA 64, Lithuania 47
06/27: USA 84, Belarus 38

note:
It was a tough tournament, consisting of four teams that could have
won the championship if breaks came their way – USA, Turkey, Lithuania and
Greece.

Greece won the championship, yet USA defeated them 76-50 in pool play!

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Maryland baseball

Frederick County honors

Eric Long earned first-team honors

Brody McAfee was selected to second-team

Tyler Glennon & Miguel Pavao were named honorable mentions

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elite wrestler

Virender Singh, an elite deaf wrestler in India has received
sponsorship funds that would allow him to continue competing
in his sport. The sponsor (GRIND) has named him as their
brand ambassador.

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random deafsports thoughts

Times have changed in world deaf women’s basketball
competition. Years ago the Americans have won their
games against national teams by run away scores.

In an effort to prop up the competitive levels
in women’s basketball, long time coach Carolyn
Wuertz took her team on a world wide tour, giving
clinics, teaching them how to play this sport.

She just didn’t want to destroy the competition
for good, just to keep it going for years to
come!

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Gallaudet Athletics online store

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2019/07/05

DeafDigest Sports – July 4-5, 2019

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Hot DeafSports News at:
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— dedication to a departed basketball star

— random deafsports thoughts

— Gallaudet women’s soccer

— USA national deaf women’s volleyball team

— USA deaf basketball scores at World Championships

— Texas girls’ basketball

— Maryland girls’ softball

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DeafDigest Sports dedicates this edition to Gene Smith that
departed us yesterday, according to sources.

Standing 6’5 tall he was the best big man West Virginia
School for the Deaf basketball team ever had. He was
one of the four stars that led the school to its
athletic glory seasons in the late fifties.

After graduating he played basketball for the
District of Columbia Club for the Deaf and
led his team to the national championship in
1965. He also played in two Deaflympics.

He couldn’t be stopped in the paint, forever
putting back missed shots into points and grabbing
these rebounds.

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USA Deaf Basketball

Team USA’s men defeated Spain 105-55 in the quarterfinals.

United States Men 91
Russia  76

Will play for gold medal this Saturday against Lithuania.

Team USA’s women defeated Ukraine 83-50 in the quarterfinals.

United States Women  74
Lithuania  75
Final/OT

Will play for bronze medal against Turkey on Saturday.

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Gallaudet women’s soccer announce 2019 schedule

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University women’s soccer program officially
released its schedule for fall 2019 as announced by head coach Dr. Liza
Offreda, who enters her sixth season at the helm. The Bison went 7-9-1
last season and 4-6-1 in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play.
The 2019 slate features 17 games with eight at home and nine on the road.

The Bison tied the program’s record for conference wins (four) in a
season, a mark it reached in 2010 – the first year in the conference.

Gallaudet will be begin the season at home under the lights at Hotchkiss
Field against Notre Dame of Maryland University, on Friday, Aug. 30, at 7
p.m. The Bison complete the weekend with a home afternoon game against St.
Joseph’s (Brooklyn) on Sunday, Sept. 1.

Gallaudet will wrap up the regular-season schedule the first weekend of
November as the Bison play host to Cazenovia College (Nov. 1) and
Morrisville St. (Nov. 2) on Senior Day.

The NEAC tournament will begin with quarterfinals on Nov. 5, followed by
semifinals on Nov. 9 and the NEAC championship match on Nov. 10.

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USA deaf women’s volleyball

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster

2020 World Championships in Milan, Italy

1 Kali Frowick (L, 5-10, Gallaudet, Faribault, Minnesota)
2 Adele Daniels (U, 5-10, Gallaudet, Austin, Texas)
3 Katelyn Zernovoj (M, 5-9, Gallaudet, Emerald Hills, California)
4 Ann Behm (L, 5-6, Gallaudet, Fishers, Indiana)
5 Darriyan Thomas (U, 5-6, Gallaudet, Napa Valley, California)
6 Ludmila Mounty-Weinstock (Alt) (M, 6-1, Gallaudet, Austin, Texas)
7 Lauren McCutcheon (OH, 6-1, JL Mann HS, Simpsonville, South Carolina)
8 Karita Lewis (M, 5-10, Gallaudet, Frederick, Maryland)
10 Kelly Kidd (OPP, 6-1, Butler, Indianapolis, Indiana)
11 Samanatha Hicks (OH, 5-10, McKinney HS, McKinney, Texas)
12 Sarah Tubert (S, 6-0, Gallaudet, Burbank, California)
14 Abby Garrity (OH, 6-0, Idaho State, Salt Lake City, Utah)
15 Kaylie Beck (S-OPP, 5-10, Woodcreek HS, Roseville, California)
16 Molly Perkins (U, 5-6, Gallaudet, Phoenix, Arizona)
17 Giuletta Maucere (M, 6-0, Gallaudet, Studio City, California)

Head Coach: Lynn Ray Boren
Assistant Coaches: Johnny Kessenich, Beau Lawler
Interpreter: Danielle Morris
Team Manager: CJ Upchurch
Athletic Trainer: Ilana Bell

Boren Named U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team Head Coach
Lynn Ray Boren, a three-time Deaflympic Head Coach for the U.S. Women’s
National Volleyball Team, has been named the program’s head coach again for the next
Deaflympics at the 2021 24th Deaflympics.

Boren has excellent international coaching experience for USA Women’s
program since 2007.

Boren continues coaching at Gallaudet University for his 15th season as
the head coach this fall.

“I am so grateful to have the opportunity again coaching the US Women’s
National team.”, Boren said. “I am enthusiastic to be part of this group
of amazing  players, sharing the same expectations. They step up and make
things happen and help us accomplish every mission we set out on in next
two years.”

O’Brien states that Boren has high passion for the volleyball game, his
excellent volleyball history with his teams and excellent relationships
with the athletes which are few of the reasons that make Boren a good fit
to take charge of the national team.

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Maryland girls’ softball

from a tweet

All-County Softball awards are out! Crystal Salit earned second-team
honors. Brigitta Luttrell & Cassidy Perry were named honorable mentions.
Congratulations!

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Texas girls’ basketball

part of newspaper story

2019 American-Statesman’s Top 50 high school athletes

Sunita Schmidjorg, senior, Texas School for the Deaf: All-state TAPPS
player in both girls basketball and volleyball averaged 14.5 points, five
assists and five rebounds a game for TAPPS state basketball finalists.

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deaf fighter

part of web posting

Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones Voted Greatest UFC Fighter Of All Time

Speaking on the Believe You Me podcast UFC hall of famer Michael Bisping,
who will be inducted this weekend, agreed with the decision to overturn
the result, explaining, “Dana White’s trying to have that disqualification
loss to Matt Hamill overturned. I get it for marketing purposes. If I’m
Dana White I want probably my best fighter to be labeled as undefeated.
Because for those people that don’t know, Jones has a disqualification
loss on his record to Matt Hamill in a fight that he was totally
dominating. He was destroying Matt Hamill, he got carried away and he did
a downward elbow.

“He [Hamill] was already getting the absolute living daylights beat out of
him. So of course Matt Hamill’s gonna respond, well hold on. I think the
thing was they asked him and he never responded. Well the guy’s deaf. No
wonder he never responded, he’s gotta read the lips. And I’m not trying to
be funny or be a d*ck about it. The referee said ‘I was asking are you
OK?’ And he never responded, well the guy is profoundly deaf. And I’m not
trying to make fun of him as I say, it’s a real factor. And then he had
the sh*t kicked out of him, he was covered in blood, there was no way he
was gonna win that fight. So of course he was gonna say, ‘yeah I don’t
feel good.’ So the referee disqualified Jones. So I kind of understand it
from Dana’s perspective.”

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random deafsports thoughts

see above story.

Hearing athletes hate to lose to deaf athletes.

Hearing teams in all sports hate to lose to deaf teams.

This is why we do have excellent deaf athletes and excellent
deaf teams; they work twice as hard to win over their hearing
peers.

Hamill is an excellent wrestler; he was never a good boxer,
and was no match for Jones. There was no need for Jones to play
dirty in a match he was completely dominating!

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2019/07/03

DeafDigest Sports – June 30-July 3, 2019

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Hot DeafSports News at:
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— deaf rugby player on national U-20 team

— random deafsports thoughts; tall, tall, tall deaf team

— Gallaudet athletics fund raising

— deaf racer wins a stock car race

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Deaf Basketball World Championships

Men
defeated Japan in their second pool play game, 93-41.

USA is in first place in their pool and will play their
next game in the quarterfinals on July 3

today:
USA vs Spain

Women
Team USA’s women fought hard the entire game, but lost to Turkey, 65-61.
They will play their final pool play game vs. Greece on July 1

USA is now 3-1 in Pool B. Placed 1st via three-way tiebreaker with
TUR and LTU and will play in Quarterfinals on this Wednesday.

Turkey, despite defeating USA, lost their next game, forcing
a 3-way deadlock!

Turkey was described as a quick team; could not stop theri
best player. In the game with Turkey, Cassidy Perry
grabbed 20 rebounds.

today:
USA vs Ukraine

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Open Letter to Gallaudet Bison community about Athletics Fundraiser

Dear Gallaudet Community,

As the proverb says: “It takes a village to raise a child.”

As a Gallaudet alum or proud supporter, you are an integral part of our
#GUBison program. Thank you for your unconditional care to Gallaudet
Athletics in the past. This summer, we have started our first
department-wide fundraiser and your support to our student-athletes will
help offset the cost of travel, equipment, game calendar and off-the-court
activities.

In the past year, over 250 Gallaudet Bison student-athletes, participated
in 5,000+ hours of practice, 230+ games, traveled 50,000+ miles and still
finished the year with a 2.98 cumulative grade point average (GPA). Also,
51 student-athletes earned 2018-19 North Eastern Athletic Conference
(NEAC) Scholar-Athlete honors. Each student-athlete was required to
accumulate a 3.4 or higher GPA for the fall and spring semesters combined.

The goal of this campaign is $56,000 until this September. We are already
halfway there but we still have ground to cover and you can help us reach
our goal. We are a tax-exempt organization under IRC 501(c)(3) and
contributions are tax deductible as donors will receive a tax receipt
moments after making their gift. Inability to generate revenue streams,
could lead to cutting down on travel, equipment, games to name a few
examples. Your support is key!

Elina Rubinshteyn, a rising junior on the GU women’s volleyball team,
shared with our community this past spring during NCAA Division III Week
what it means to be a student-athlete at Gallaudet University.

“I am definitely grateful that I am part of the Gallaudet University
women’s volleyball team. I am grateful because I have teammates that
communicate in the same language, no barriers. I am honored to play for
the only Deaf University in the world,” said Rubinshteyn.

Your support will not only help make the lives of our student-athletes,
like Elina’s better, but also help shape our community as a whole. When
programs are inspired, students have a higher chance to stay in school and
receive a diploma, go on to receive a higher education and, in the end,
will be able to contribute to our community in many positive ways.

Become a #GUBison supporter now and jump right in and donate to the
campaign at https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/GUBison/ or text GUBISON to
71777. You can donate to the entire athletics department or select a team
to support. It’s your choice and every donation matters. Thank you and Go
Bison!

Respectfully,

Victor Mansure
Director of Athletics
Gallaudet University

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stock car racing

Rudy Zaragoza, who is deaf, won his stock car race
recently at the Macon Speedway in Illinois.

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elite deaf athlete

deaf rugby player on national U-20 team

Claudia Fulton, who is deaf, has been selected to play for
Canada’s U-20 rugby team (hearing). She will travel
to England to play for her national team.

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random deafsports thoughts

DeafDigest Sports editor never forgot the tall, tall,
tall 1965 Chicago Deaf Club basketball team.

They went all out and recruited the best deaf adult
players from everywhere in USA – several players in the
6’6, 6’7 height range; several past Gallaudet basketball
greats, etc. The buzz among deaf basketball fans was that
Chicago would win it all at the nationals.

They traveled to Gallaudet to play a game against District
of Columbia deaf club. The gym was jam-packed, all expecting
Chicago to win in a laughter against the DC team that had
coaching and morale issues.

Washington won very easily against this star-studded
Chicago team.

And Washington, not Chicago was the one that won the
national championship. DC’s 5’9 Jim Macfadden
held a 6’7 Chicago player to ZERO points!

Why is DeafDigest Sports editor bringing this up?

A big hint – Brooklyn Nets winning the free agent
market with the 3 hottest free agents available.

Will they win the 2020 NBA championship “easily”?

Just stay tuned.

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2019/06/29

DeafDigest Sports – June 29, 2019

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

— random deafsports thoughts

— 2019 deaf vs deaf football games; all except 4 schedules turned in
(still continuing, as revised yesterday)

— USA men’s and women’s basketball updates; another group picture

— Gallaudet men’s scocer

— Texas football

— Wisconsin sports

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Gallaudet men’s soccer

Gallaudet men’s soccer release 2019 schedule

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s soccer program officially
released its schedule for Fall 2019 as announced by head coach Pedro Braz,
in his fifth season. The team posted its third straight five-win season
and won four conference games for the second consecutive year. The Bison
finished the 2018 campaign with a 6-11 mark and 4-7 in North Eastern
Athletic Conference (NEAC) play.

“This is most competitive and demanding schedule thus far,” said Braz.
“After four years we wanted to be in a position where we are able to
compete and defeat the top Division III programs in the area. As a program
we’re excited and getting ready for the challenge.”

The 2019 schedule features 17 games with eight at home.

Gallaudet will host three scrimmages in August during training camp before
diving into its 2019 slate.

note:

the men’s soccer team has gone a long way since this sport was
restarted five years ago after being in inactive status for
two seasons.

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USA men’s and women’s basketball, as updated

from email

USA Men’s Deaf Basketball Team begins pool play at the World
Deaf Basketball Championships Friday against Greece.

In the 94-38 over Belarus, everyone played and everyone scored.

Fun to watch Michael Lizarraga play for USA men. He is a lean
machine rebounding, handling the ball, scoring inside & shooting the 3’s

Team USA’s women defeated Lithuania

USA was lucky to have Hannah Nield (20 points) and Cassidy
Perry (17) points in a 64-47 win over a smart, well-coached
Lithuanian team in pool play. Without Nield and Perry,
it would not be a win for us.

We play a difficult game tonight vs. Turkey. They have quickness,
3 point shooting & a play making guard.

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a group picture
http://deafdigest.com/one-school-well-represented-in-world-deaf-basketball/

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Texas football

part of newspaper story

Texas football

part of newspaper story

Both Grace and Tyler All Saints finished 3-3 in their respective 7on7
pools.

Grace, competing in Pool A, defeated League City Bay Area Christian
(35-13), Austin Texas School for the Deaf (45-15) and Lubbock Trinity
Christian (34-12). The Cougars lost to Grapevine Faith (32-27), Houston
St. Thomas (28-14) and Corpus Christi John Paul II (20-19).

The Cougars placed fourth in the division. CC John Paul II won with a 6-0
mark, followed by St. Thomas (5-1), Grapevine Faith (4-2), Grace (3-3),
Bay Area (1-5), TSD (1-5) and Lubbock Trinity (1-5).

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Wisconsin sports

Football coaches are Michael Eldred, Shannon Simon and Kevin Annen

Volleyball coaches are Heather Martens and Leslie Eldred

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2019 deaf vs deaf football games; all schedules turned in
except for 4 schools

(this is a revised listing as of yesterday)

2019 deaf vs deaf football games

Aug 29 Louisiana at Arkansas
Aug 31 Phoenix at Mississippi

Sep  5 Wisconsin at Kansas
Sep  7 Arkansas at Missouri
Sep  7 South Carolina at Louisiana
Sep  7 Oklahoma at Iowa
Sep 12 Tennessee at South Carolina
Sep 12 Mississippi at Louisiana
Sep 12 Missouri at Oklahoma
Sep 14 Kansas at Minnesota
Sep 14 Iowa at New Mexico
Sep 19 Tennessee at Alabama
Sep 21 Michigan at Wisconsin
Sep 21 Florida at Mississippi
Sep 21 Iowa at Minnesota
Sep 21 Oklahoma at Louisiana
Sep 21 Missouri at Kansas
Sep 21 Riverside at Phoenix
Sep 24 Oklahoma at Kansas
Sep 27 Texas at Maryland
Sep 28 Mississippi at Tennessee
Sep 28 Illinois at Wisconsin
Sep 28 Louisiana at South Carolina
Sep 28 New Mexico at Arkansas
Sep 28 Alabama at Indiana
Sep 28 Minnesota at Missouri

Oct  3 South Carolina at Tennessee
Oct  3 Iowa at Wisconsin
Oct  3 Louisiana at Mississippi
Oct  4 Washington at Riverside
Oct  5 Minnesota at New Mexico
Oct  5 Illinois at Kansas
Oct  5 Model at Alabama
Oct  5 Arkansas at Oklahoma
Oct 12 Alabama at Louisiana
Oct 12 Florida at Tennessee
Oct 12 Michigan at Minnesota
Oct 12 Kansas at New Mexico
Oct 12 Arkansas at Iowa
Oct 12 Missouri at Illinois
Oct 12 Riverside at Fremont
Oct 12 Mississippi at Oklahoma
Oct 16 Minnesota at Wisconsin
Oct 18 Indiana at Model
Oct 18 Washington at New Mexico
Oct 19 Missouri at Iowa
Oct 19 Mississippi at Alabama
Oct 19 Louisiana at Florida
Oct 22 Kansas at Iowa
Oct 26 Alabama at Florida
Oct 26 Kansas at Arkansas
Oct 26 Maryland at Mississippi
Oct 26 Minnesota at Oklahoma
Oct 26 Missouri at Wisconsin

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random deafsports thoughts

Speaking of the World Championship basketball going
on right now, the USA teams only had a couple of practices
together whereas these European teams have been
practicing together for months to months.

Their goal is simple – just defeat the Americans.

Makes things harder for us!

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2019/06/28

DeafDigest Sports – June 19-28, 2019

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

— Georgia & Michigan football

— Kentucky volleyball

— a writer’s comment about Lance Allred

— random deafsports thoughts

— 2019 deaf vs deaf football games; all except 4 schedules turned in
(as revised)

— the football drum

— USA men’s and women’s basketball, with picture of both teams

— a deaf umpire

— a picture of four past Gallaudet athletic directors

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Gallaudet sports

Gallaudet’s Hannah Neild nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS – Gallaudet University senior Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.)
is one of 585 nominees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Neild is a three-sport student-athlete at Gallaudet, the world’s only
university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate
deaf and hard of hearing students. She participated on three different
sports (women’s soccer, women’s basketball, softball) during the 2018-19
school year. Neild is one of the most decorated multisport
student-athletes in GU history. The Litchfield, N.H., native was named
Gallaudet’s Student-Athlete of the Year for a second straight time this
past May and was the top scholar-athlete award honoree for the 2018-19
graduating class. The education major, who holds a 3.98 grade point
average, earned Google Cloud Academic All-America® honors in two different
sports (women’s basketball, softball) in the same year and became GU’s
first Team Member of the Year recipient and is now eligible for the
Overall CoSIDA Academic All-America® of the Year award that will be
announced on July 23.

On the basketball court, Neild finished third in Division III in points
scored (649) and points per game (25.0) and earned NEAC Player of the Year
honors this season. for the Bison and is a two-time first team All-NEAC
pick. The hard of hearing 5-foot-9 guard/forward is a two-time All-NEAC
first team selection and was one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Jostens
Trophy. On the softball diamond, Neild finished 12th in Division III for
triples per game and 28th in batting average (.474) and landed on the
All-NEAC second team, her second all-conference honor in two seasons.
Neild played in 15 soccer games (14 starts) at midfield and scored seven
goals, five assists and 19 points (third on the team) during the 2018
season.

note:
Neild is finished with basketball, having already played four
seasons, two at Merrimack College and two at Gallaudet.

She is still eligible to play soccer and softball – will she?

Just stay tuned until announcement is made of final soccer
(and then softball) rosters in the upcoming 2019-20 season!

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a picture of four past Gallaudet athletic directors
http://deafdigest.com/four-past-gallaudet-athletic-directors/

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USA men’s and women’s basketball

from tweets

USA Men’s Deaf Basketball Team begins pool play at the World
Deaf Basketball Championships Friday against Greece.

Team USA’s women defeated Belarus 84-38 in a pool play game

USA Women Tops Belarus 84-38 In World Championship Opener
Courtesy USADB-International

LUBLIN, POLAND⁠-The United States women’s team opened with a strong start
and an 18-0 run, against Belarus in their World Deaf Basketball
Championship opener.

The team, having never played together prior to their arrival here in
Poland two days ago, continues to work on their team chemistry and
transition defense. The American defense limited Belarus to 10 points at
halftime but cooled off after the break, giving up 28 in the second half.

Offensively, every player on the ten-player roster scored, led by four
veterans who led in double figures. Overall, the team shot 51 percent from
inside the arc and 26 percent from the three point range.

The American women faces an improved Lithuania team tomorrow night at 8 pm
Central European Summer Time/2pm EST

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picture of both teams
http://deafdigest.com/2019-national-usa-men-and-women-basketball-teams/

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Georgia football

Update on football at the Georgia School for the Deaf: We received an
official update from Leslie D. Jackson, superintendent of the Georgia
School for the Deaf on Wednesday: “At this time, it appears that GSD
will be unable to field a football team for the fall of 2019. We are
hopeful to gain more players over the remainder of the summer, and
certainly plan for the Tigers to be back on the field as soon as possible!”

note:
DeafDigest Sports is very much looking forward to Georgia coming back
with football in the 2020 season. This school has a rich football
tradition. Opposing coaches has applauded coach Erik Whitworth for
continuing with football in the past even when he lacked enough
numbers (starters plus subs).

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Kentucky volleyball

part of newspaper story

Kentucky volleyball

Alignment Set for 2019 High School Volleyball Season

Region 12
District 45 – Boyle County, Danville, Garrard County, Kentucky School f/t Deaf,
Lincoln County

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Michigan football

Lucas Van Dalen will be the assistant coach. The school is posting
an ad for a new head coach. The school didn’t play football last
season.

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pro basketball

part of a posting

For an NBA comparison, are you familiar with Lance Allred? I doubt it,
unless you’re a basketball junkie, deaf, or a part of a deaf, basketball
community. You see, Allred played less than three months in the NBA after
joining the Cleveland Cavaliers in March of 2008. During that span, he
averaged just 3.3 minutes per game. Some would call this a footnote, if
that. Some would declare his title as a former “NBA Player” a bit of a
stretch. But not to the deaf community. He is seen as a role model and
someone to aspire towards because as insignificant as his on-court
contribution was in the NBA (I think he would even acknowledge this
himself), his mere accomplishment of making it to the top marked Allred as
the first legally deaf player in NBA history. He parlayed that
accomplishment and is now an inspirational speaker and author.

With this comparison, should we knock Allred and clamor he didn’t
“accomplish” anything? Ask the deaf community and they will resoundingly
tell you otherwise. Ask the young men and women he speaks to if his words
matter less because of his lack of playing time.

note:
Allred played in the NBA; his name is forever part of the long
list of past NBA players. This is all what matters to deaf
sports historians.

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the football drum

from a tweet

When our HS football team played the School of the Deaf, those guys were
intense, and they did not hear the whostle, but instead had a drum that
would pound as the whistle blew.

note:
as the whistle blew?

This is not correct. The offensive line fired off the line at the
sound of the drum (maybe second or third beat)

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a deaf umpire

part of posting

Umpires are mostly equipped the same: Pads for protection, tools for
accuracy.

Jon Breuer used to work at the hectic world on the New York Stock
Exchange.

His career as a high school umpire in New Jersey might be more demanding:
He’s called hundreds of games, but hasn’t heard a single one.

“Umpiring is a big challenge for me,” Breuer said. “Being a deaf person in
the hearing world is a big deal. I can’t explain it. It feels amazing to
be here on the field.”

Jon makes sure the coaches know they’ll have to wave to get his attention.
He makes the field rules clear – and even though he’s deaf, communication
is smooth.

Umpires usually rely on their hearing, but with Breuer, it’s all visual.

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2019 deaf vs deaf football games; all schedules turned in
except for 4 schools

(this is a revised listing)

2019 deaf vs deaf football games

Aug 29 Louisiana at Arkansas
Aug 31 Phoenix at Mississippi

Sep  5 Wisconsin at Kansas
Sep  7 Arkansas at Missouri
Sep  7 South Carolina at Louisiana
Sep  7 Oklahoma at Iowa
Sep 12 Tennessee at South Carolina
Sep 12 Mississippi at Louisiana
Sep 12 Missouri at Oklahoma
Sep 14 Kansas at Minnesota
Sep 14 Iowa at New Mexico
Sep 19 Tennessee at Alabama
Sep 21 Florida at Mississippi
Sep 21 Iowa at Minnesota
Sep 21 Oklahoma at Louisiana
Sep 21 Missouri at Kansas
Sep 21 Riverside at Phoenix
Sep 24 Oklahoma at Kansas
Sep 27 Texas at Maryland
Sep 28 Mississippi at Tennessee
Sep 28 Illinois at Wisconsin
Sep 28 Louisiana at South Carolina
Sep 28 New Mexico at Arkansas
Sep 28 Alabama at Indiana
Sep 28 Minnesota at Missouri

Oct  3 South Carolina at Tennessee
Oct  3 Iowa at Wisconsin
Oct  3 Louisiana at Mississippi
Oct  4 Washington at Riverside
Oct  5 Minnesota at New Mexico
Oct  5 Illinois at Kansas
Oct  5 Model at Alabama
Oct  5 Arkansas at Oklahoma
Oct 12 Alabama at Louisiana
Oct 12 Florida at Tennessee
Oct 12 Michigan at Minnesota
Oct 12 Kansas at New Mexico
Oct 12 Arkansas at Iowa
Oct 12 Missouri at Illinois
Oct 12 Riverside at Fremont
Oct 12 Mississippi at Oklahoma
Oct 16 Minnesota at Wisconsin
Oct 18 Indiana at Model
Oct 18 Washington at New Mexico
Oct 19 Missouri at Iowa
Oct 19 Mississippi at Alabama
Oct 19 Louisiana at Florida
Oct 22 Kansas at Iowa
Oct 26 Alabama at Florida
Oct 26 Kansas at Arkansas
Oct 26 Maryland at Mississippi
Oct 26 Minnesota at Oklahoma
Oct 26 Missouri at Wisconsin

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random deafsports thoughts

Above is the tweet about the football drum.

Gallaudet started the drum but no longer use it
in games. At that time during the 2000’s Gallaudet
quarterback Jason Coleman explained to the new
coach Ed Hottle that the drum interfered with his
ability to call ASL audibles on the line. The
coach agreed – end of the famous Gallaudet football
drum!

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Gallaudet Athletics online store

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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2019/06/18

DeafDigest Sports – June 15-18, 2019

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

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

— random deafsports thoughts (series of basketball injuries)

— 2019 deaf vs deaf football games; all except 4 schedules turned in
(as revised)

— a member of past state championship baseball team

— joining a new football conference

— an unbeaten volleyball coach

— Florida girls’ basketball

— Gallaudet camps updates

— incorrect ball/strike comment

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Gallaudet sports

The Gallaudet University women’s volleyball program held a successful
volleyball clinic at the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) here from June
3-7. The clinic had 43 participants and 13 staffers.

The Gallaudet University women’s basketball program will participate in
the 8th annual National Deaf Girls Basketball camp on July 27-31 at the
Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, Md.

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Arkansas sports

part of newspaper story

Catching up with Legion state champ Tommy Varner

He played baseball at East Central University for two years before
attending the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha, earning a deaf
education and mathematics degree.

In Stillwater, Varner played summer baseball with Hanner-Sharp’s American
Legion Majors baseball team. He was the starting first baseman on the 1989
Legion team that won the program’s only Majors State Championship.

note:
Tommy taught and coached at Oklahoma SD for years until he moved
to Arkansas SD. He is currently the school’s football coach as well
as the athletic director.

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Colorado football

Ark Valley leagues affected by CHSAA football alignment

part of newspaper story

Six-man South-Central League

Aguilar

Branson/Kim

Colorado Deaf and Blind

Manzanola

Primero

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Florida girls’ basketball

part of newspaper story

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind’s girls basketball
team won 20 games and defeated St. Joseph for the first time in 24 years.

note:
this article summarized the accomplishments of local high
school teams.

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West Virginia volleyball

part of newspaper story

Carl W. Flanagan of Romney was recognized by the West Virginia Coaches
Association for his many years of service to the coaching fraternity.
Flanagan coached the West Virginia Deaf School volleyball team to a 259-14
record and was undefeated for 14 years.

note:

must be before DeafDigest Sports editor’s time, in these years prior to
1986.

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2019 deaf vs deaf football games; all schedules turned in
except for 4 schools

It is revised.

2019 deaf vs deaf football games

Aug 29 Louisiana at Arkansas
Aug 31 Phoenix at Mississippi

Sep  5 Wisconsin at Kansas
Sep  7 Arkansas at Missouri
Sep  7 South Carolina at Louisiana
Sep  7 Oklahoma at Iowa
Sep 12 Tennessee at South Carolina
Sep 12 Mississippi at Louisiana
Sep 12 Missouri at Oklahoma
Sep 14 Kansas at Minnesota
Sep 14 Iowa at New Mexico
Sep 19 Tennessee at Alabama
Sep 21 Florida at Mississippi
Sep 21 Iowa at Minnesota
Sep 21 Oklahoma at Louisiana
Sep 21 Missouri at Kansas
Sep 21 Riverside at Phoenix
Sep 24 Oklahoma at Kansas
Sep 27 Texas at Maryland
Sep 28 Mississippi at Tennessee
Sep 28 Illinois at Wisconsin
Sep 28 Louisiana at South Carolina
Sep 28 New Mexico at Arkansas
Sep 28 Alabama at Indiana
Sep 28 Minnesota at Missouri

Oct  3 South Carolina at Tennessee
Oct  3 Iowa at Wisconsin
Oct  3 Louisiana at Mississippi
Oct  4 Washington at Riverside
Oct  5 Minnesota at New Mexico
Oct  5 Illinois at Kansas
Oct  5 Model at Alabama
Oct  5 Arkansas at Oklahoma
Oct 12 Alabama at Louisiana
Oct 12 Florida at Tennessee
Oct 12 Michigan at Minnesota
Oct 12 Kansas at New Mexico
Oct 12 Arkansas at Iowa
Oct 12 Missouri at Illinois
Oct 12 Riverside at Fremont
Oct 12 Mississippi at Oklahoma
Oct 16 Minnesota at Wisconsin
Oct 18 Indiana at Model
Oct 18 Washington at New Mexico
Oct 18 Missouri at Iowa
Oct 19 Mississippi at Alabama
Oct 19 Louisiana at Florida
Oct 22 Kansas at Iowa
Oct 26 Alabama at Florida
Oct 26 Kansas at Arkansas
Oct 26 Maryland at Mississippi
Oct 26 Minnesota at Oklahoma
Oct 26 Missouri at Wisconsin

note:
Michigan returns to football after not playing
this sport in 2018

Florida switches to 8-man football

Scheduled games may be subject to changes

After one year absence, the Fremont-Riverside
Big Game resumes.

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random deafsports thoughts

Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson
suffered devastating injuries in two consecutive
playoff games that will sideline them either for
the entire, or a significant part of the next
2019-2020 basketball season.

Can’t happen to the deaf?

It did!

In the 1966-67 basketball season a game between
Maryland SD and Kendall SD (before 9-12 grades
became MSSD) took place at the old Gallaudet
Hughes Field House. Starters Arkley Wright
broke his forearm and was lost for the season.
Then another starter Gordon Gray slammed his
head into the wall during a layup attempt
and badly gashed his forehead, and like with
Wright, was lost for the season.

Deaf referee Dick Caswell officiated the
game and said he never saw this happen in his
many years of basketball refereeing!

Maryland coach Don Phelps relied on Wright
and Gray, his top two players, to carry the
team on their shoulders, during that season.
With both gone, it pretty much devastated
Maryland’s season.

Kendall, by the way, won the game.

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incorrect ball/strike comment

from a tweet

Fun Fact: Did you know the creation of balls and strike hand signals by
umpires was because deaf ballplayer William Dummy Hoy couldn’t hear what
the umpire’s call was.

note:
the umpire does not shout out balls; he only shout-outs strikes

True story – a rookie deaf umpire, working the home plate, made
the mistake of shouting out balls. He was advised that balls signal
are not shouted out; only strikes are.

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2019/06/14

DeafDigest Sports – June 12-14, 2019

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

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

— random deafsports thoughts

— 2019 deaf vs deaf football games; all except 4 schedules turned in

— new football coach

— women’s football team strength coach

— Fremont baseball

— a surprise Ninja Warrior competitor

— a minor league women’s pro basketball player

— Austin basketball

— professional men’s basketball player

— triathlete hoping to become a pro

— a school not playing football in 2019

– NCAA-I women’s basketball committment

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Gallaudet football

Adham Taalat, a fierce deafensive lineman who
led Gallaudet to the NCAA-III playoffs few
years ago and had tryouts with three different
NFL teams, is the strength coach of DC Divas,
one of the nation’s leading women’s pro football
teams.

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Fremont baseball

Bay Counties League all-stars

Jaden Reader, Calif. School for the Deaf;
Luke Bella, Calif. School for the Deaf;

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Georgia football

GSD will not field a football team for the 2019 season.

We hope to return to the field of play for the 2020 season

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Kansas football

Brock Maelzer is the new football coach.

He replaces long time coach Richard Ward

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Oklahoma girls’ basketball

part of newspaper story

part of newspaper story

Oklahoma Warriors’ women’s minor league basketball

Rounding out the roster is Saranna Fewel, a 5-5 forward
who played at Oklahoma School for the Deaf.

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a surpise Ninja Warrior competitor

it is Tamika Catchings who is deaf and will be
competing in Ninja Warrior TV series

She is a retired women’s professional basketball
player.

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Austin deaf basketball

won the National Deaf Basketball Organization
championship, defeating City Monsters (Ohio)
71-66 last weekend.

It was their second championship in four seasons.

This season, team went 14-2, which included three
championships – (Spartans Invitational, SWBAD, and NBDO)
plus a 4th place finish at the USADB Men’s Division I.

We have Melvin Chriss, Ty Hubbard, Martel VanZant,
Darius Cooper, David Valverde Jr, Danny Blalock,
Austin Kimbrough, and a CODA, Chris Hyche.
Chris is current playing for Harlem Globetrotters.

NDBO allows one CODA player per team. I played myself too.
If Dwight Brewington played we would have been
undefeated 16-0 instead of 14-2.

We lost to Indy Hawks in overtime and Frederick Boys.

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professional men’s basketball player

Macam Macam was played overseas in El Salvador and FC
Barcelona Lassa (Spain).  He is 7 foot tall.

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triathlete hoping to become a pro

part of newspaper story

A deaf triathlete has plans to turn professional after he impressed at the
European Triathlon Championships earlier this month.

Oliver Pritchard, 22, finished 11th out of 23 in the 20-24 category and in
the top quarter of males at the event in Weert, Netherlands, alongside
some of the world’s elite triathletes.

He is from Great Britain.

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NCAA-I women’s basketball commitment

part of newspaper story

After leading the Argyle girls basketball team to its fifth consecutive
Class 4A state championship, Rhyle McKinney announced on Twitter on
Thursday that she has committed to SMU.

She is deaf.

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2019 deaf vs deaf football games; all schedules turned in
except for 4 schools

2019 deaf vs deaf football games

Aug 29 Louisiana at Arkansas

Sep  5 Wisconsin at Kansas
Sep  7 Arkansas at Missouri
Sep  7 South Carolina at Louisiana
Sep  7 Oklahoma at Iowa
Sep 12 Tennessee at South Carolina
Sep 12 Mississippi at Louisiana
Sep 12 Missouri at Oklahoma
Sep 14 Kansas at Minnesota
Sep 14 Iowa at New Mexico
Sep 19 Tennessee at Alabama
Sep 21 Florida at Mississippi
Sep 21 Iowa at Minnesota
Sep 21 Oklahoma at Louisiana
Sep 21 Missouri at Kansas
Sep 21 Riverside at Phoenix
Sep 24 Oklahoma at Kansas
Sep 27 Texas at Maryland
Sep 28 Mississippi at Tennessee
Sep 28 Illinois at Wisconsin
Sep 28 Louisiana at South Carolina
Sep 28 New Mexico at Arkansas
Sep 28 Alabama at Indiana
Sep 28 Minnesota at Missouri

Oct  3 South Carolina at Tennessee
Oct  3 Iowa at Wisconsin
Oct  3 Louisiana at Mississippi
Oct  4 Washington at Riverside
Oct  5 Minnesota at New Mexico
Oct  5 Illinois at Kansas
Oct  5 Model at Alabama
Oct  5 Arkansas at Oklahoma
Oct 12 Alabama at Louisiana
Oct 12 Florida at Tennessee
Oct 12 Michigan at Minnesota
Oct 12 Kansas at New Mexico
Oct 12 Arkansas at Iowa
Oct 12 Missouri at Illinois
Oct 12 Riverside at Fremont
Oct 12 Mississippi at Oklahoma
Oct 16 Minnesota at Wisconsin
Oct 18 Indiana at Model
Oct 18 Washington at New Mexico
Oct 18 Missouri at Iowa
Oct 19 Mississippi at Alabama
Oct 19 Louisiana at Florida
Oct 22 Kansas at Iowa
Oct 26 Alabama at Florida
Oct 26 Kansas at Arkansas
Oct 26 Maryland at Mississippi
Oct 26 Minnesota at Oklahoma
Oct 26 Missouri at Wisconsin

note:
Michigan returns to football after not playing
this sport in 2018

Florida switches to 8-man football

Scheduled games may be subject to changes

After one year absence, the Fremont-Riverside
Big Game resumes.

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random deafsports thoughts

Some days, no deaf sports stories in newspapers.

Some days, so many deaf sports stories in newspapers.

Can be quite overwhelming!

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Gallaudet Athletics online store

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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2019/06/11

DeafDigest Sports – June 9-11, 2019

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

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

— random deafsports thoughts

— 2019 football schedules needed; so far 17 schedules turned in

— book on Gallaudet men’s basketball history

— golfers in hall of fame

— Texas girls’ basketball honored

— Illinois football legend

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2019 football schedules, 17 turned in so far

Just hoping all schedules will be turned in
before schools close for the summer.

If you have completed your football schedule, please
email it to barry@deafdigest.com

DeafDigest Sports wants to post deaf vs deaf
games for your benefit but cannot until all
schedules are turned in

thank you for understanding

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Gallaudet men’s basketball history book

If you have played basketball at Gallaudet and
have funny stories, funny tales and funny
anecdotes to share, please email:

barry@deafdigest.com

The book is slated for release during the Feb. 14-15, 2020
weekend.

This is a book of tales plus past scores and past won/lost
records – and not just only scores and won/lost records.

And, yes, many pictures in the book.

Thank you.

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Illinois football legend

part of newspaper story

50 years on, Poncar still an ISD athletics legend

Robert “Bob” Poncar was a halfback, fullback and linebacker on the
Illinois School for the Deaf’s football team in the late 1950s and early
’60s.

It was the late 1950s and early 1960s, and one of the best — if not the
best — prep football players in Illinois was playing in central Illinois.

More than 50 years later, Illinois School for the Deaf graduate Robert
“Bob” Poncar’s name still comes up — especially around football season —
as a name to remember for the records he broke and the talent he
displayed.

Poncar was widely considered the best prep football player playing during
his time. He wore the numbers 32 and 43 for the ISD Tigers, playing
halfback, fullback and linebacker on defense. He also averaged 17.6-plus
yards per carry, a rare rate at any level. In 1961, he had 23 touchdowns,
running for 1,470 total yards.

He was a machine, an undeniable talent.

His speed, agility and logical thinking helped Poncar excel not only in
football but in basketball, in which he averaged 18 points per game;
baseball and track.

While he was most commonly known as a fullback, Poncar also kicked for 18
extra points. As a senior, he was voted All-State and named a High School
All-American, both in football. He was eligible to play in the high school
all-star game in Oklahoma City that May but sat out with a knee injury.

He was recruited to play at Southern Illinois University, University of
Wisconsin, Texas University and Notre Dame but knee injuries also
prevented him from playing at the college level.

note:
Poncar was the talk of the Gallaudet athletic crowd, all hoping
he would enroll at Gallaudet. It was not to be.

He liked to run over people, not around people and that was
he was pretty much banged up despite getting his yardage
on the ground.

Recalls Herb Mapes, Poncar’s teammate, who played four seasons on
the offensive line at Gallaudet – it was always a first down each
time he carried the ball.

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Texas girls’ basketball honored

part of newspaper story

Achievements honored at inaugural Best of All-Centex Preps awards

The Inspiration Award went to the girls basketball team from the Texas
School for the Deaf, which advanced to the TAPPS Class 4A Final Four after
an undefeated regular season. Coached by Brian Sepak and led by seniors
Janelle Coons, Leila Sicola and Sunita Schmidjord, TSD set a national
record among deaf schools with 33 wins and dominated a schedule mostly
made up of hearing-able teams.

note:
Coach’s last name is Sipek, not Sepak.

TSD set a national record among deaf schools with 33 wins?
Don’t know. DeafDigest Sports editor has not researched it.

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from DeafDigest, remembering the past

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Stan Benowitz
who departed us last week. He was a long time teacher
at several schools for the deaf and his influence on
students was profound.
It is not generally known that he is the Father
of Modern Gallaudet football; it is a long story, but
to make it short, he crafted a funding proposal during
his Gallaudet student days in 1947 that made possible
the restarting of football as a varsity sport on the
campus. Simply put, no Benowitz, no restarting of
Gallaudet football in 1947.

DeafDigest also dedicates this edition to Bob
Dillman, who departed us this week.
As a much younger man, Bob was the Gallaudet
quarterback, no big deal, except that he made
a successful transition from 6-man quarterback
to 11-man quarterback. 6-man quarterbacks cannot
hand off the ball; they must pitch out the ball,
and so his transition to 11-man football was
successful. He was from South Dakota School for
the Deaf.

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part of newspaper story – West Virginia high school football
all star game

GAME CLINCHER NULLIFIED: The South was able to make it close thanks to a
suspect block-in-the-back penalty on Petersburg’s Jacob Hartman’s 37-yard
touchdown return of an interception with 5:40 to play. Had it stood, the
North would have had a two touchdown lead with little time remaining.

“A lot of people don’t realize that Jacob is deaf,” Harman said. “I will
tell you this, there is no one tougher out on the field than that guy.

note:
Jacob Hartman, who played QB and linebacker at Petersburg HS is bound for
Glenville State University, a NCAA-II program. Even though he has the arm
as the quaterback, he probably will play linebacker. He chose Glenville
for one reason – his older brother (hearing) is on the team.

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Golfers in hall of fame

press release

USDGA HALL OF FAME news release

TIM DAPP AND PATTY LOPEZ SELECTED TO
UNITED STATES DEAF GOLF ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME

The United States Deaf Golf Association Hall of Fame Committee announces
two new Hall of Fame inductees, Timothy Dapp of The Villages, FL as a
leader and Patricia
Lopez of Scottsdale, AZ as a player.   Tim and Patty will be honored at
the USDGA Hall of Fame ceremony during the United States Deaf Golf
Championship event to be
held at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield, Connecticut this July 12,
2019.

Tim was a Williamsport, PA native before living in Crofton, Maryland for
many years.  He was involved with the Maryland Deaf Golf Association
(MDDGA) for over 25
years, serving as its president for over ten years.  He served the
Southeast Deaf Golf Association as President and Vice President from 2005
– 2016.  He was elected
and served as the United States Deaf Golf Association Vice President and
Team Director from 2009 to present.  As team director, he was able to lead
the United
States teams to several wins in World Deaf Golf Championship tournaments.
He also directed a youth golf camp in Maryland in 2015.  His leadership
has been
recognized by his excellent coaching and playing in USDGA events.  He won
USDGA’s Senior Championship four times and led the Men’s team to the World
Deaf Golf
Championship (WDGC) in 2008.  He continued to lead the Senior team winning
in 2014 and 2018.  Recently he placed third in the WDGC Senior Individuals
in Maynooth,
Ireland last July 2018.  Tim Dapp has attended many golf tournaments and
has been recognized and honored by their respective golf organizations.
He and his wife,
Julie moved to live in The Villages in 2018.

Patricia “Patty” Lopez grew up in Visalia, California.  When she was 15
years old, she tagged along with her father, playing golf and eventually
joined a men’s golf
team in junior college.  At California State University in Northridge she
was on the Women’s Golf team and qualified for individual competition at
the Association
for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) for two years.  She helped
her CSUN team win Southern California Athletic Association and Western
Collegiate
Athletics Association (SCAA-WCAA) twice in 1977 through 1980.  She
participated in several amateur tournaments winning sectional qualifying
to enter stroke play and
match play.  She won Farwest Deaf Golf Association (FWDGA) tournament in
1979 and placed third at FWDGA tournament in 1981.  She competed in USDGA
tournaments in
1982 & 1984.  When she joined the Players West Tour as a professional, she
won five times in 1983 through 1993, including back to back wins in 1989 &
1990.  She was
selected as one of the top 10 players to play in Japan for two weeks.
She was an LPGA Teaching Professional from 1993 to 2006.  After retiring
from professional
golf, she returned to amateur competition winning USDGC competition three
times in 2013, 2015 & 2017.  She competed in and won the World Deaf Golf
Championship in
2014 and was one of the top 5 golfers in 2016 & 2018 WDGC competitions.
She moved to Scottsdale, AZ in 2017.

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random deafsports thoughts

See above story on golf.

One of the caddies that served Patty Lopez on her rounds
was the late Gil Lentz. Patty praised Lentz as the best
caddie she has ever had.

Lentz pushed hard to promote Deaf Golf in Northern
California. He was a pretty much good golfer in his
own right.

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2019/06/08

DeafDigest Sports – June 3-8, 2019

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

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

— random deafsports thoughts

— 2019 football schedules needed; so far 17 schedules turned in

— book on Gallaudet men’s basketball history

— Gallaudet softball

— Jim Kyte update

— past Gallaudet football player in hall of fame

— update on another deaf pro tennis player

— best deaf 3-man basketball teams?

— deaf basketball referee

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2019 football schedules, 17 turned in so far

three schedules were turned in this week
(two via maxpreps postings and one directly by a school)

Just hoping all schedules will be turned in
before schools close for the summer.

If you have completed your football schedule, please
email it to barry@deafdigest.com

DeafDigest Sports wants to post deaf vs deaf
games for your benefit but cannot until all
schedules are turned in

thank you for understanding

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Gallaudet men’s basketball history book

Gallaudet men’s basketball reunion set for Feb. 14-15, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is planning
a reunion for Feb. 14-15, 2020. This event is open to the public and will
be held Valentine’s Day weekend. Events will include an alumni game,
banquet with a silent auction, Gallaudet men’s and women’s basketball
games, campus tour, release of Barry Strassler’s Gallaudet basketball
history book and much more. More details will be shared this fall.

For more information please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head coach
Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

Please save the date – Feb. 14-15, 2020 – and we look forward to seeing
you back on campus. Go Bison!

note:
Finishing up the Gallaudet men’s basketball history book is a top
priority with DeafDigest Sports editor. It is a lot of hard work,
but it is not his first book. He wrote the book on Gallaudet
football history way back in early 1990’s.  Sorry, that football
book is out of stock.

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Gallaudet football

as edited from a newspaper story

Roger Coyer, who played two seasons of football at Gallaudet
during late sixties/early seventies after transferring from
a 2-year college, has been named to the Mesa City Sports Hall
of Fame in Arizona.

At Gallaudet he was an impact player at linebacker and
led his Gallaudet team to a 3-4 record in 1970, for
most wins in a season since 6 wins in 1930.

When his eligibilty ran out, he became an assistant
coach with the 1971 Dirty Thirty team.

Congrats, Roger.

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Gallaudet softball

Gallaudet’s Hannah Neild selected to the 2019 Google Cloud Academic
All-America NCAA Division III Softball Third Team

AUSTIN, Texas – Senior shortstop Hannah Neild (Litchfield, N.H.) of
Gallaudet University was selected to the third team of the 2019 Google
Cloud Academic All-America® Division III Softball teams, as selected by
the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), released on
Tuesday. This is the second time Neild has earned an Google Cloud Academic
All-America® honor this season as she was tabbed as the Division III
Women’s Basketball Team Member of the Year as she was voted to the first
team.

Neild, a 3.98 GPA education major, becomes the first Gallaudet softball
player to earn Academic All-America® honors. She is the third Gallaudet
student-athlete to receive multiple Academic All-America® honors and only
the second female to do so as Neild follows Katie Giles Bean.

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New Mexico boys’ basketball

A big guy with a gentle soul

part of newspaper story

SANTA FE, N.M. — A first glance at Deven Thompson is not really enough to
size him up.

As a matter of fact, it may take two or three glances to take in his
chiseled, 6-foot, 10-inch, 240-pound frame.

Thompson, a recent graduate from the New Mexico School for the Deaf, looks
every bit the stellar athlete and he lived up to that billing across three
sports for the Class 1A Roadrunners.

On the court, Thompson averaged 25.7 points, 15.9 rebounds and 3.2 blocks
per game. He led the school to its first district championship since 1976
and an appearance in the state tournament.

But he said perhaps his biggest accomplishment came recently when he was
awarded a full-ride scholarship to play basketball at Northern New Mexico
College in Española.

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Jim Kyte update

part of newspaper story

Former Winnipeg Jet to receive community award at Convention Centre

Former Winnipeg Jet Jim Kyte will be honoured at a gala event Friday night
by Direct Action In Support of Community Homes (DASCH), a non-profit
offering residential, vocational and leisure programs to people with
intellectual disabilities.

Kyte, who was the Jets’ first-round draft pick in 1982 and played 13
seasons in the NHL, has a son with autism and is actively involved in
advocacy for autistic people.

He’s also the only legally deaf person to play in the NHL to date –
something that didn’t stop him from developing a reputation as a physical
force for the ’80s Jets.

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Duck Hee Lee, deaf pro tennis player from South Korea

part of newspaper story

Lee is currently No. 243 in the ATP singles rankings. He reached a career
high of 130 in 2017. He’s already achieved more professional success than
any deaf tennis player.

note:

Dummy Hoy vs Dummy Taylor in one major league game in 1902.

DeafDigest Sports editor is waiting, some day for a
deaf pro tennis player versus another deaf pro tennis
player – Duck Hee Lee (South Korea) versus Yannick
Hanfmann (Germany)

Will it ever happen?

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random deafsports thoughts

speaking of Jim Kyte above, DeafDigest Sports editor never
forgot the comment made by the late Bill Gregory, a past
three sport star at Gallaudet (football, hockey and
baseball). Gregory said:

I have no respect for Kyte. He depends on fists instead of
using his hockey skills on the ice!

Bill will always be remembered as the best Gallaudet
hockey player ever during the seasons the university
had club hockey team (mid-sixties through mid-seventies).

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3 on 3 basketball

from a tweet

2020 3×3 World Deaf Basketball Championships is coming up

note:
3×3 basketball is not the same as 5×5 basketball

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Deaf basketball referee

part of newspaper story

Deaf Basketball Referee Makes His Voice Heard for FHSAA

John Thomas has been officiating for FHSAA past 3 seasons.

Thomas is only deaf referee in Central Florida Officials Association.

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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2019/06/02

DeafDigest Sports – May 31-June 2, 2019

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— random deafsports thoughts

— 2019 football schedules needed; so far 14 schedules turned in

— Fremont updates

— Gallaudet updates

— announcement of new football coach

— hands-on football coach

— college sports frustration

— famous actor as athlete

— NFL quiz for hall of fame director

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2019 football schedules, 14 turned in so far

the 14th schedule was turned this week

Just hoping all schedules will be turned in
before schools close for the summer.

If you have completed your football schedule, please
email it to barry@deafdigest.com

thank you

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Gallaudet football

part of newspaper story

Beaumont High School held it’s annual signing day ceremony on May 23 for
12 college-bound student athletes who signed commitments to continue
playing sports at the four-year level – Shaun Cannady, Gallaudet
University (football)

IRVING, Texas – Gallaudet University senior offensive lineman Drew
Faulkner (Niceville, Fla.) and Brad Peterson (Avalon, Pa.) were named to
the 2019 National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society, which
is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who
each maintained a cumulative 3.2 grade point average (GPA) or better
throughout their college career.

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University defensive lineman Everett Polzin
(Frederick, Md.) was honored Sunday, April 7, at the 13th annual
Scholar-Athlete Banquet hosted by the National Capital Region Chapter of
the National Football Foundation (NFF). Polzin received The
Scholar-Athlete Award, a $1,000 scholarship.

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Gallaudet athletics

Gallaudet University student-athletes recognized at annual awards ceremony

WASHINGTON – The 2018-19 Gallaudet University athletics year officially
came to a close on Tuesday, May 7, in the Field House gym as the GU
athletics department held its annual awards ceremony. Student-athletes and
team managers were supplied a catered dinner from Sloppy Mama’s Barbeque
that was served by Gallaudet’s head coaches and athletic staff.

Bison student-athletes from 14 varsity teams were recognized before a
capacity crowd. Three-sport student-athlete Hannah Neild (Litchfield,
N.H.) repeated as the Student-Athlete of the Year after starting on the
women’s basketball, soccer and softball teams. Baseball senior shortstop
Cameron Upton (Vicksburg, Miss.) received the other Student-Athlete of the
Year award.

Gallaudet Director of Athletics Victor Mansure served as the host of the
ceremony for the first time as he completed his first year at the helm.

Several special awards were handed out on the night. The first John Perry
Award, presented to the top Gallaudet assistant coach was presented to
longtime football assistant coach Bob Miller. The award is named in honor
of the late John Perry, a longtime men’s basketball assistant coach. The
Perry family was present for the banquet and received a special
recognition as the first award was presented. Another first, was the first
Michael Weinstock Fan of the Year award that was presented to the Markel
family.

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Fremont football

Welcome to the 130TH YEAR of California School for the Deaf Football.  We are
the OLDEST consecutive Deaf team in America and one of the oldest in the entire
state of California!  My name is Warren Keller and this will be my eighth season
as your Varsity Football Head Coach.  Joining us this season is five amazing
assistant coaches, four staff, and we also have six former football players who
will be our managers this season.  Our coaches have over 75 years of coaching
experience and we are excited to have many of them back with us!

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Fremont sports

Fall 2019 Coaching Staff

We are excited to announce our High School Sports
coaching staff for this fall!

Varsity Cheerleading

Head Coach – Chris Joseph, 2nd Year

Assistant Coach – Moni Brown

Assistant Coach – Samantha Braidi

Varsity Cross Country

Head Coach – Kris Hatch, 10th Year

Assistant Coach – April Lindbergh

Varsity Football

Head Coach – Warren Keller, 8th Year

Assistant Coach – Mario Arellano

Assistant Coach – Herminio Gonzalez

Assistant Coach – Tan Nguyen

Assistant Coach – LeRoy Boren
Assistant Coach – Adam Jarashow

Varsity Volleyball

Head Coach – Karina Pedersen, 14th Year

Assistant Coach – Charles Holmes

Assistant Coach – Darriyan Thomas

Junior Varsity Volleyball

Head Coach – Farrah Harmount, 1st Year

Assistant Coach – Dako Tiku

Have a great summer and GO EAGLES!

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Model football

Angelo Leccese is our football coach for 2019 season.

note:
He didn’t coach last season but coached two seasons
ago.

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hands-on football coach

part of newspaper story

Packers’ LaFleur suffers torn Achilles

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have their first major injury of
the offseason program: coach Matt LaFleur.

The first-year head coach, who has shown a hands-on approach in practice,
tore his Achilles tendon, according to a source.

note:
Well, Gary Klingensmith, a Penn State NCAA-I elite player, would
sometimes put on his helmet and pads during Gallaudet practice
sessions (1965-1967 seasons) to teach his players how to
play real football. Luckily for him, he was never injured!

Did it help? During his three seasons, his two big wins were
against Frostburg and Shepherd. These two universities play
NCAA-II football nowadays.

It is probably illegal nowadays under current NCAA-I rules for
the coaches to put on their helmet and pads during practice sessions.

Gary, by the way, was deaf, and while knowing no ASL before
coming to Gallaudet, learned it quickly enough to be able
to communicate in signs.

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random deafsports thoughts

In the past years, DeafDigest Sports editor, as a young man,
was on vacation at the same time Gallaudet was playing important
athletic contests. In New York City, he had to take a long
subway ride to Times Square where out of town
newspapers were for sale. He wanted to know if Gallaudet defeated
DC Teachers College in the 1966 baseball conference championship game.

Gallaudet did, winning the game 6-5 and grabbed the championship.

And then in fall of 1966, DeafDigest Sports editor was in
Los Angeles. He wanted to know if Gallaudet defeated Frostburg
in a football game, so had to go to a downtown Los Angeles
newspaper stand to look at football scores.

Gallaudet did, winning the game 18-14. It was Gallaudet’s only
win that season.

Nowadays, Gallaudet fans could, easily on the internet, quickly
know of the game results. Not possible years ago!

When DeafDigest Sports editor returned to Washington, DC, the
football players told him that on one Frostburg goal line stand
in the late part of 4th quarter, they gave the ball to their
big fullback, about 6-3 and 235 lbs. The Gallaudet players
bunched together and ganged up on him, stopping him on each
of these four diving attempts. This guaranteed a big Gallaudet
win.

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college deaf sports

Easy, through the internet, to find out which colleges have
deaf athletes playing which sports?

No.

Many sports information directors are often unaware which
deaf athletes they have on their teams – and when asked
by DeafDigest Sports editor, they often run around, asking
coaches, asking trainers and asking athletes if they know
of deaf teammates!!!!!

DeafDigest Sports editor is joking?

No.

It is a fact.

Very often these same sports information directors
inform DeafDigest Sports editor that they have
some deaf athletes, already seniors and at the end
of their collegiate careers.

Why not tell DeafDigest Sports editor while these
same athletes were freshmen!

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from a web sports/actors slide shows

Famous Actors Who Also Starred as Athletes

29. Lou Ferrigno

Okay, this one really doesn’t require an active imagination in any sense
of the of word. Lou Ferrigno, who is quite literally built like the Hulk,
took over our televisions playing just that in the 1970s on CBS’s The
Incredible Hulk series.

Before he was tearing off his shirt, getting mean and turning green ,
he was a professional body builder. (Well, he was still tearing his shirt
off then too.)

The biggest difference from bodybuilding to acting as the Hulk for Ferrigno
– who famously starred in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Pumping Iron – was swapping
tanning lotion out for green paint.

note:
this posting did not mention that he played a few games in
Canadian Football League, despite never having played football
in his life. He realized he didn’t like football and left the
team after just playing a few games. Anyway does Body Building
qualify as a sport?

Ferrigno is deaf but functions as a hearing person, knowing
no ASL.

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NFL football

part of ESPN story

Mr. Hall of Fame, Joe Horrigan, says goodbye

This June 1 is Horrigan’s last day as the Pro Football Hall
of Fame’s executive director

42 years as he became professional football’s unofficial official historian.

note:
unoffical historian?

Hope so.

A quick quiz for him:

please name the three deaf players that played in the NFL.

Would he quickly answer that question with these three names?

Bonnie Sloan
Kenny Walker
Derrick Coleman

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Gallaudet Athletics online store

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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