DeafDigest Sports – June 1, 2012
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Today’s Hot DeafSports News
- a surprise team in Deaf Schools football
- St Mary’s in the news
- 2013 Deaflympics officially to be held at Sofia, Bulgaria
- Gallaudet baseball postseason honors
- a participant in New England track championships
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Fremont football & basketball
Seeking head football coach & head boys’ basketball coach
There is an exciting opportunity to coach at California School for
the Deaf as the California School for the Deaf Eagles is accepting
applicants for the Head Coach position of the Varsity Football and
Varsity Boys Basketball program.
Interested applicants should send an email of interest to Athletic
Director Kevin Kovacs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions can
also be directed to Kevin Kovacs.
2013 Deaflympics officially to be held at Sofia, Bulgaria
as announced by ICSD:
Bulgaria has also offered to host the 2013 Deaflympics, in Sofia. Sofia
has many advantages. All the required venues are already in place.
Bulgaria also has a a great history of hosting deaf sports events. And the
government is supportive.
There is much work to do and little time. ICSD is moving ahead at full
speed. Next week, we will send you preliminary entry forms. ICSD and Sofia
2013 need to quickly understand how many athletes are likely to attend
next year. In the coming months, we will develop a preliminary schedule
and finalize hotel details.
(DeafDigest Sports editor’s note: Sofia hosted the 1993 Deaflympics.
He covered the Deaflympics for the Silent News, no longer in
business. What is remembered most about the Deaflympics was
that transportation was easy and cost of meals at restaurants
were reasonably low – a full meal could be had for just ten
dollars. That was 20 years ago. Still low cost? Do not know)
Gallaudet baseball places two players on the ABCA All-South Region teams
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – For the second year in a row, Gallaudet
University was represented on the American Baseball Coaches
Association (ABCA)/Rawlings Division III All-South Region teams but
this time sophomore William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) is joined by
senior William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.). Bissell makes his
second straight appearance on the all-region first team while Chapman
makes his debut on the third team.
North Carolina and Eastern North Carolina will be combining
their two football programs into one team. Both schools are
approximately 250 miles apart! The state has approved
Hope all will go well with this arrangement – because there
are always problems – homecoming day dates, uniform and colors,
lack of combined practice sessions, players on both schools
fighting for playing time, different coaching philosphies
among football coaches at both schools, etc, etc. Both
schools will use the video to communicate with each other
daily on football matters (practice plans, plays, etc).
DeafDigest Sports hopes this venture will succeed because
Eastern North Carolina, which has a proud football tradition,
had no team last season. It is better to have a different
football arrangement than no football at all!
Statement from Scott Skelton, North Carolina AD:
In an effort to keep the rich tradition of football alive at NCSD and
ENCSD, it has been decided that ENCSD (Eastern NC School for the
Deaf) and NCSD will be combining resources and players to have a
team. It is an unique concept that will take some work but both
schools are committed to keeping the football tradition alive. It has
already been approved by NCHSAA. We are expecting 17-18 players
total and think it will be a rewarding experience for all involved.
Since the schedule was already set before this decision was made,
most games will be played either at NCSD or in the western part of
North Carolina. ENCSD is looking into possibly adding one or two more
games in their area.
We are looking forward to this huge challenge and making it a
successful one for all involved.
See triva at the bottom of this edition
Austine Student qualified to enter New England Schools Track Championships in Maine
Brattleboro, VT: Greta Pellerin, a junior at the Austine School for
the Deaf who practices with the Brattleboro Union High School Team
(BUHS) with Coaches John Dimick and Paula Schultz, won first place in
the Javelin throw, with a throw of 93 feet. Track & Field Meet was
hosted by Green Mountain School on May 23, 2012. Pellerin has
qualified to enter the New England meet in Maine on June 9, 2012.
Partnership with BUHS allows Austine students the opportunity to
participate on track and field as well as other school sports not
available at Austine.
St Mary’s in the news
Deaf Collegiate Athletes
Santiago Canyon College – Shannon Wenner, FR, softball
she was recruited to play softball but according to the
team web site, she is not with the team. Do not know why.
Deaf Elite Athletes
Scotty Williams, auto racing, Florida tracks
won his recent race in the Limited Late Models division
at the East Bay Raceway Park in Florida
Deaf Sports Trivia
Q. First time in history that two deaf football teams
combine into one team?
A. No. Some years back Arizona and Phoenix, both schools
approximately 120 miles apart, combined their football
teams in to one team. This arrangement lasted two seasons
before both went back to their separate ways. Arizona,
however, combined with a small private school, and played
another two seasons before splitting. And way back in the
early sixties, Georgia combined with Cave Spring HS. This
arrangement lasted for years until the school closed doors
sometime in the eighties. In fact one of the former
Cave Spring HS players – Erik Whitworth, is a Georgia
Not in football, but in softball – Lexington and Mill Neck
girls softball teams combined as one team one season during
the eighties. Both schools did not like this arrangement
and gave it up after one season.
Again in softball, New York State-Rome invited girls from
the Rome Free Academy (those not good enough to make their
own high school team) to play with the deaf girls. This
arrangement started in the early nineties – and it was
a fairly successful venture. And some of these hearing
girls became teachers of the deaf and ASL interpreters!