DeafDigest Sports – March 6, 2018;
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— Gallaudet volleyball jerseys to retire

— Fremont’s important game Wednesday

— college deaf golfer

— still pitching in Japan

Deaf Sports Collections update
— deaf boxers forced rules changes

DeafSports picture of the day

Basketball won/lost records (as of 03/06/18)


DeafDigest Sports Team of the Year announcements

already announced

Big Schools Boys’ basketball
Maryland School for the Deaf

Small Schools Boys’ basketball
New Mexico School for the Deaf

Small Schools Girls’ basketball
Georgia School for the Deaf
Mississippi School for the Deaf

To be announced in due time
— Big Schools girls’ basketball

— All-American teams and other honors


Gallaudet volleyball

Gallaudet athletics to retire Tamijo Foronda ’08, Ronda Jo Miller ’01 women’s
volleyball jerseys on Oct. 26, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University athletics department will retire two
women’s volleyball jerseys on Friday, Oct. 26, during Homecoming 2018
festivities. A special event to honor Tamijo Foronda Coleman, ’08 and
Ronda Jo Miller Donatucci, ’02 will take place from 12:30-2 p.m. in the
Field House on Padden Court. This will be a ticketed event with lunch
being served after the ceremony. More information about the event will be
shared and announced at a later date.

Foronda and Miller will become the first Gallaudet women’s volleyball
student-athletes to have their numbers retired. Foronda wore No. 9 while
Miller wore No. 6 during their playing careers.

For Miller, this is her second number being retired as a Gallaudet
student-athlete. On Feb. 8, 2014, her No. 23 women’s basketball jersey was

“This is a tremendous honor for me, as it is the most meaningful honor I
have received in my athletic career,” said Foronda. “My experience as a
Gallaudet women’s volleyball student-athlete has been one of my best
memories of my life. This type of honor wouldn’t be possible without my
teammates. We had a special bond together. We came in as teammates but we
left as family. I want to thank my coaches and teammates for contributing
in this honor.”

Foronda is the most accomplished women’s volleyball player in school
history. She was inducted into the Gallaudet Athletics Hall of Fame in
October of 2017. Foronda played five seasons (2002-07), after being
sidelined with an injury in 2005, the team went 84-65 with her in the
line-up. She helped the Bison win the 2003 Capital Athletic Conference
(CAC) championship during her sophomore season and guide the Bison to the
Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament during the 2006 season. Foronda was a
two-time CAC Player of the Year (2004, ’06) and was a three-time All-CAC
first team selection (2003, ’04, ’06). GU has had several players earn
American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American honorable
mention honors over the years but Foronda was the first and only Bison to
make one of the three teams when she was selected to the third team
(2006). Foronda was named the 2006-07 CAC Female Scholar Athlete of the
Year, the first in school history. Foronda was one of seven Gallaudet
women’s volleyball players named to the CAC Silver Anniversary Team in

Miller was inducted into the Gallaudet Athletics Hall of Fame for women’s
basketball in 2008 and in 2014 for women’s volleyball. She was a
three-time CAC Player of the Year (1996, ’97, ’99) in women’s volleyball
and a three-time AVCA all-region honoree (1996, ’97, ’99). She became the
first women’s volleyball player to earn CAC Player and Rookie of the Year
in the same season (1996) and a four-time All-CAC first team selection.
Miller helped the Bison win their third and fourth CAC championships
(1996, ’99) and make two NCAA tournament appearance. Her four
single-season kill totals rank first (1,038 in 1999), second (896, ’97),
third (845, ’98) and fifth (720, ’96) in CAC history and are in the Top 10
in Division III history. She finished her career with a NCAA record 3,579
kills (tops in Division I, II, III) on 7,117 attacks (.389 hitting
percentage) in 583 sets played.

“What an incredible honor. I look back at my time at Gallaudet with
fondness and nostalgia. I was fortunate to be coached by two amazing
coaches, Pat O’Brien and Peg Worthington, during my time on the Gallaudet
women’s volleyball team,” said Miller. “For a small-town girl from Little
Falls, Minn., I am grateful for the opportunity that athletics has given
me. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the support and investment
from my coaches and teammates along the way. Thank you Gallaudet!”


Fremont sports

Congratulations to our Varsity Girls Basketball.  Even though they had
their 14-game winning streak end in the NCS Semifinals, they qualified for
the State playoffs and have yet another long trip on Wednesday at 5pm
(attached bracket says 6pm but we will be playing earlier).  This week, we
will also have our baseball opener and the first league track meet.  Play

Athlete of the Week – MELISSA POTAPOVA.  Our senior basketball manager has
been recognized by many people for her hard work all season in filling
water, setting up, clean up, camera work, and traveling with the teams. 
As we enter our fifth month of basketball, her energy is very much
appreciated by everyone in a long season!


Fremont girls’ basketball

The CIF State NorCal Div 6 8-Team Playoff Bracket has been released.

#7 CSD (24-7) will play #2 Redding Christian (22-3) on Wednesday March 7


New Jersey basketball

The MKSD / NJSD Alumni Basketball Game, March 7th,  is cancelled due to a
forecast of 3 – 5 inches of snow for Wednesday afternoon.


college deaf golfer

Rylee Reinertson
University of Oklahoma
men’s golf

during the fall golf season, he shot three rounds, averaging
73.44 per round; his lowest score was 68 and his best
finish was 2nd.

Now he is gearing up for spring golf in his final season
of collegiate competition.

Will he make it as a pro? Look at his 73.47 career round
aveage. It is not low enough.  Kevin Hall’s collegiate
average was 72.67 and a decade later he is still struggling
to make it in the pros.


elite deaf athletes

Yuya Ishii
baseball pitcher
Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters team in Japanese pro baseball

at the age of 36, he is still listed on the team roster

he is a career relief pitcher, having started only four
games in his 13 seasons pitching in the pros

2017 was not a good season for him; his ERA ballooned
up to 9.00 as compared to 2.06 and 1.65 in two previous

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