DeafDigest Sports – August 26, 2014
Barry Strassler, editor
Hot DeafSports News at:
– upcoming football games
– deaf school updates
– misc updates
Alabama 38 Waterloo 24
Indiana 42 Trader Point 0
Mississippi 60 Arkansas 24
Tennessee 34 Georgia 6
Aug 28 Minnesota hosts West Lutheran
Aug 28 Louisiana hosts BRHS
Aug 28 Florida hosts Oak Hall
Aug 28 Colorado hosts South Park
Aug 28 Tennessee at St Andrew.s
Aug 28 Michigan hosts Owen-Gage
Aug 29 Model at Options Charter
Aug 29 Phoenix at Gila Bend
Aug 29 Maryland hosts Silver Oak Academy
Aug 29 New Mexico hosts Lake Arthur
Aug 29 Texas hosts Dallas Christian
Aug 30 Fremont at Upper Lake
seen on August 20th was Adham Talaat going through
a series of drills on the football field, as
conducted by the DLE Agency, which is representing
him. The agency said Adham is #NFL ready!
Bobcats looking for bounce-back season
Eighth place isn’t where Karen Lechner wants to be
this year. With the girls she has coming back, she
doesn’t expect to be there again either.
The Iowa School for the Deaf coach watched as her
young team went through a 3-18 campaign last season
while learning to play together. It finished last
at the eight-school Great Plains Schools for the
Deaf tournament to wind down the schedule.
This go-around should be smoother, Lechner said, with
her starting lineup back and intact. Senior Brianna
Vargo will take over full-time setting duties after
sharing them in 2013, and classmate Kalynn Coulter
is prepared to man a spot at outside hitter. Junior
Stephanie Perez and sophomore Annie White return as
outside/middle hitters while Elizabeth Van Camp will
likely contribute in the back row.
Two seniors are also on the team for the first time:
defensive specialist Kayla Engel and middle/outside
“I think these girls will come together,” Lechner said.
“Their skills will improve the more time we practice
with them, because they are young again.”
Other girls include twins Emily and Kelsey Lachin and
Autumn Winter. Lechner is also watching freshmen like
Katie Brown, Erica Bloomhall and Elizabet Topete.
Jaymee Keen – a junior who was the team manager last
year – is also playing.
Most positions, Lechner said, remain up in the air. The
Bobcats only began practicing Aug. 19, after all.
“I got some girls out that are going to try for some spots,”
Lechner said. “We’re working hard to get the girls into shape.”
ISD opens the year Monday at Thomas Jefferson against freshman
teams from T.J. and Lewis Central. The Bobcats play six of
their first eight matches at home before traveling for their
final five events. That road trip will be highlighted by
the much-anticipated GPSD tournament, which will be held
at Kansas Deaf on Oct. 10-11.
Lechner said points of emphasis for her players will be
consistent serving as well as solid defense and a threatening
“We’d like to raise the bar, push their skills a little bit
and see what they can do,” Lechner said. “We’re just going
to keep trying hard and never give up and work on that
cohesion that a team can build with each other.”
The season is underway. The Lady Bobcats played the first game
of the season against Lewis Central and Thomas Jefferson, two
big school here in council Bluffs. It was a triangular held at
In the first game, ISD was pitted against Lewis Central.
Game scores; 15-25, 15-25 loss. In the second game against
TJ, the Bobcats fell short again. Scores: 18-25, 18-25.
We are consistent with our scoring in the first two games.
Surprising enough, the girls played relatively well. The new
offense went well, some mistakes but for the most part girls
knew where to go on offense and defense.
Our pass reception needs a lot of work, our transition, and
we need to improve on our serving. I was impressed by the
senior leadership of Brianna Vargo, setter. She hustled
real well, made some nice sets, and played well.
My young team is still learning to play together, which will
take time, but pretty pleased with our effort in the games.
Brianna Vargo went 14-16 serving, 11 sets, and 1 dig.
Soph—Annie White moved to the middle this year and is still
learning the movement. She did okay at the net. She went
14-15 serving, had 1 kill, 3 tips, 1 dig.
Our record is 0 wins 2 loses and our next game Sept 9th
2014 season preview: Faribault Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf
Junior Peters, RB/LB . Peters, a junior, was the Trojans. top offensive
threat last season. One of four National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic
Association First-Team All-Americans for 8-man football at MSAD, Peters
rushed for 1,209 yards . or 151.1 yards per game . and 17 touchdowns. He
finished with 19 total TDs. As a linebacker, he tallied 39 tackles and two
Garrett Springer, DT/G . Springer, a senior, is one of the reasons why
Peters has had room to run. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound lineman gave the
Trojans an imposing teammate to run behind and a defender who averaged
five tackles per game. Springer, who also was named NDIAA First-Team
All-American, also could see time at fullback this season.
UP AND COMING
Anthony Barger, WR/S . Barger, a junior, led the Trojans with seven
interceptions last season as a sophomore safety. The NDIAA First Team
All-American finished with 4.1 tackles per game, the fifth-best mark on
the team last season.
Logan Waldo, WR/LB . Waldo, a senior, finished seventh on the team in
tackles (28) last season, but he led the Trojans in tackles for loss
(four). He also contributed rushing the ball, totaling 111 yards and two
touchdowns, and scored a total of 22 points, or 3.1 points per game, last
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
JP Beldon, FB/LB . On offense, Beldon rushed for 395 yards and seven
touchdowns . both were the second-best marks on the team last year . threw
for 127 yards and one touchdown and hauled in a receiving touchdown last
season. On defense, he finished with 25 tackles and two interceptions.
Tommy and Sammy Ellenbecker . The twin brothers were major contributors on
both sides of the ball. Tommy was the quarterback, throwing for 172 yards,
four touchdowns and one interception and rushing for 202 yards and five
touchdowns. Sammy was right behind him with 181 rushing yards and three
touchdowns, and he also hauled in 178 receiving yards and three
touchdowns. Sammy, an NDIAA First Team All-American, also led the Trojans
with 7.5 sacks.
The Trojans rushed their way to their second straight winning season last
year. Thanks in part to standout running back Junior Peters, Minnesota
State Academy for the Deaf.s bread and butter was the run game, in which
it averaged 273.3 rushing yards per game to just 47.8 passing yards. The
Trojans finished 5-3 with that formula and were undefeated against deaf
schools and shared the National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic
Association’s Co-Team of the Year award with Mississippi School for the
This year, the Trojans return several key players, and they’ve improved
with experience and depth. They are expected to have about 20 players on
the team this season.
MSAD, which plays its regular season independently, lost to Nicollet 51-30
in the Section 2 9-Man playoff opener last season. Nicollet went on to win
“In terms of getting players experience and building up our depth, we’ve
had a lot of improvement. … They understand the system better.” . Kevin
part of newspaper story
Trojans on the defense
MSAD enters this season trying to defend two different titles.
The Trojans volleyball team has won the Great Plains Schools for
the Deaf Volleyball title 11 straight years, and it brings back
enough where it should contend for No. 12.
The MSAD football team, on the other hand, is defending the
Hilltopper’s Ax, the traveling trophy it plays rival Wisconsin
for each fall. MSAD won it last year for the first time since 2008.
From Barry Swafford, Head Coach:
At Georgia School for the Deaf-
1. 2. 3. 4. – Final
TSD. 14. 24. 0. 6. – 44
GSD. 0. 0. 0. 6. – 6
First Downs. 3. 3
Rushes-Yards. 16-335. 2-76
Passing. 6. 0
Comp.-Att-Int. 2-7-0. 0-1-0
Return Yards. 0. 0
Punts-Avg. 0. 0
Fumbles-Lost. 0. 4-2
Penalties. 4-30. 0-0
Scoring: TSD-Witherspoon. 35 run (Witherspoon pass to N. Johnson);
TSD-Witherspoon 54 run (pass failed); TSD-H. Johnson 32 run
(Witherspoon run); TSD-H. Johnson 50 run (N. Johnson pass to Ellzey);
N. Johnson 44 run (Robinson run): GSD-Walton 10 run (run failed);
TSD-Robinson 59 run (run failed)
Records: TSD 1- 0; GSD 0 – 1
TSD @ Waldorf Tournament
This was a 4 team Classic format, wherea we would play against
eachother for 3 sets and the team with most wins would be declared
the champion-Texas won the championship
Faith Academy 1-8
TSD 25 25 25
Waldorf 21 20 11
TSD 25 21 25
Concordia 23 25 16
TSD 20 25 25
Faith 25 12 20
JV Tournament at Waldorf
TSD All-Tournament JV
San Antonio to host international swimming championships for the deaf
The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) has
awarded San Antonio the 2015 World Deaf Swimming Championships.