DeafDigest Sports – August 28, 2014
Barry Strassler, editor


Hot DeafSports News at:

– upcoming football games

– a national champion in a sport we never heard of

– football referee for 34 years

– another deaf pro golfer

– misc news




football scores

Alabama 38 Waterloo 24
Indiana 42 Trader Point 0

Mississippi 60 Arkansas 24
Tennessee 34 Georgia 6

upcoming games:
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


Florida football

part of newspaper story

FSDB opens high school football regular season in St. Johns County

Florida School for the Deaf and Blind gets an early start on
its bid to repeat as national champions when it leads St.
Johns County schools into the 2014 season today by entertaining
Gainesville Oak Hall at 7 p.m.

The teams met last season with the Dragons taking home a 46-25
victory as part of an 8-1 season that ended with FSDB being
named the Deaf Digest national champions.

What coach Eric LeFors’ team can do as an encore remains to be
seen. FSDB traveled to Hawthorne for a preseason jamboree, but
was limited to just one offensive and defensive possession
when the game was called because of thunderstorms in the area
following a delay of the kickoff by more than an hour by lightning.

The offense produced a touchdown after a 10-play drive, and the
defense forced a fumble during its only time on the field.

LeFors believes his team is better prepared now than it was
entering the season this time last year.

“I like our progress,” he said after the shortened game at
Hawthorne. “In terms of learning the playbook, we’re ahead of
where we were last year.”

Fremont football

part of newspaper story

The Eagles have 12 underclassmen on a roster of 21 players, but
they return some quality veterans. Senior quarterback Zane
Pedersen passed for 1,280 yards and 15 touchdowns last season
while sophomore Jax Pedersen rushed for a team-leading 1,038
yards and 10 TDs in 2013.


Illinois football

part of newspaper story

Coach: Dave Cook (first year)
Conference: Independent
Last year: 0-9 overall, 0-5 WIVC North

About the Tigers: In the wake of decreasing numbers in recent
years, Illinois School for the Deaf has taken a new direction.
The Tigers are playing a seven-game schedule including five
eight-man games against other hearing-impaired schools.
There are also two 11-man games: Sept. 13 at Aurora Crossroads
Christian and the Oct. 4 homecoming game against Minnesota Deaf.
Cook, an ISD assistant the last three years, is an ISD graduate.
The Tigers have nine seniors and five juniors.


Louisiana volleyball

part of newspaper story – re volleyball jamboree

The SJA junior varsity team allowed 21 points in its wins over
Glen Oaks, Louisiana School for the Deaf and Woodlawn in the
pool of four teams that served up the first action at 3:30 p.m.


Minnesota football

GameDay: Faribault Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf vs. West Lutheran

MSAD (0-0) vs. West Lutheran (0-0)
MSAD PPG (2013): 39.3; PA: 23.3
WL PPG (2013): 24.6; PA: 20.3
TIME: 4 p.m., Thursday
SITE: Potter Field
WEATHER: 69 degrees, thunderstorms
LAST MEETING: West Lutheran shut out MSAD’s offense in the second
half and beat the Trojans 39-14 on Sept. 19 of last season at Potter
Field. It was the Trojans’ only loss in their first six games of last

rest of story at:


Model sports

MSSD Football Head Coach: Jimmy Gardner
MSSD Volleyball Head Coach: Janna Oshman
MSSD Girls Soccer Head Coach: Emily Schreiner
MSSD Cheer Head Coach: Celine Daze


a national champion in a sport we never heard of

Weston-super-Mare star Andy Owens grabs a national title


never heard of two-wood singles so googled it – sort of a different
way of bowling, both indoors and outdoors


football referee for 34 years

Roy Lopaty, who is deaf and is a resident of the
Los Angeles area, will begin his 34th year as a
football referee with a game this Friday night.

He is currently a Back Judge.


another deaf pro golfer

Kaylin Yost, who is deaf, graduated from Campbell
University where she was on the women’s golf team.
She became a pro and is sharing the lead at
Stage I of the LPGA Qualifiying School with a
139, 5 under par in California