DeafDigest Sports – October 22, 2018

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Hot DeafSports News at:

— random deafsports thoughts

— football games this week

— Deaf All-American nominations by invitation only

— volleyball & soccer updates

— Gallaudet soccer updates

— volleyball quarterfinals opponent

— 6-man football rules

deaf schools won/lost records (as of 10/22/18)

2018 football scores (as of 10/22/18)


football games this week

Oct 25 Washington hosts Taholah
Oct 25 Colorado at Cripple Creek-Victor
Oct 25 Texas at San Marcos Academy
Oct 25 Fremont at Harbor

Oct 26 Riverside at Desert
Oct 26 Model at TEACH Home School
Oct 26 Maryland at Chincoteague

Oct 27 Minnesota at Iowa
Oct 27 Arkansas at Kansas
Oct 27 Florida at Alabama
Oct 27 Louisiana at Georgia


DeafDigest Sports All-American nominations

Same policy as always in past years. Schools
that do not turn in their game results for
DeafDigest Sports will not be invited to
nominate their best athletes for Deaf All-
American honors.


6-man football rules

The football coaches in the Great Plains Schools
for the Deaf voted to follow real 6-man rules
for the 2019 football season. It was a majority

This means no more 6-man football with 8-man rules

What this means is that the quarterback must pitch out
the ball instead of handing off the ball (which is
allowed in 8-man and 11-man football).

Also, 6-man football rules allow linemen to catch
forward passes, which is not permitted in 8-man

Other rules are:
— 15 yards for a first down
— QB can catch the forward pass after pitching out the ball
— a PAT kick is worth 2 points
— a field goal is worth 4 points

One of the Great Plains schools said his state
does not have 6-man football, meaning referees
in the state may not understand 6-man rules!


Gallaudet men’s soccer

Second-half goals propel Gallaudet to victory over Cazenovia

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. – Gallaudet University shut out Cazenovia College, 2-0,
here Sunday afternoon in a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) men’s
soccer match at a chilly Christakos Field.

Gallaudet (6-9, 4-6 NEAC) scored two second-half goals after the teams
played a scoreless first half.

Freshman Dylan Christoffels (Methuen, Mass.) got GU on the scoreboard with
his third goal of the season at the 51:39 mark in the second half. Fellow
freshman forward Chad Johnson (Gardena, Calif.) headed home his 13th goal
of the season, off an assist from freshman defender Julien Cano (Avondale,
Ariz.), at the 78:38 mark to give the buff and blue some breathing room.

Cazenovia (3-12, 2-8 NEAC) held the edge in shots, 14-9, and took more
shots than Gallaudet in the first or second half but could not get a shot
past Bison goalie Shane Angel (Mechanicsville, Md.), who made five saves


Gallaudet women’s soccer

Bison tripped up on the road at Cazenovia

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. – The Gallaudet University women’s soccer team lost, 3-1,
to Cazenovia College here Sunday afternoon in a North Eastern Athletic
Conference (NEAC) match at a chilly Christakos Field.

The two teams scored goals early in the first half before Cazenovia
(11-4-1, 7-2-1 NEAC) netted a go-ahead goal in the 76th minute and an
insurance goal in the 83rd minute to put the game away.

Gallaudet (6-8-1, 4-5-1 NEAC) is still in the conference playoff hunt but
sit in seventh place, currently, and need a win in its last NEAC match on
Wednesday to have a chance to move up. The top six teams in the conference
standings will make the playoffs.

Sophomore midfielder Sharon Castillo (Dallas, Texas) scored her second
goal this season off an assist from senior midfielder Sabina Shysh
(Tucson, Ariz.) in the 19th minute to tie the match at 1-1.

Cazenovia scored the game’s first goal in the 12th minute on a Cassidy
Rattray goal.

The teams remained tied at 1-1 at the half even though Cazenovia held a
12-5 advantage in shots.

In the second half, Gallaudet had limited scoring opportunities and only
got off one shot. Cazenovia logged 16 shots and scored twice off the foot
of Michael Breeze in the 76th minute and Rattray, again, in the 83rd

Junior goalie Silvya Levesque (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) made 12 saves in the


American soccer

Soccer ESDAA Results – American School for the Deaf

ASD traveled to Lexington School for the Deaf on Friday morning to
participate in the annual ESDAA soccer championships. ASD was in pool A
with MPS and WPSD – Very strong opponents.

In the opening game, Johan Garafalo struck first with his fifth goal of
the season (plays mainly defense/sweeper position all year). Tigers
dropped back on defense for remainder of the game, however MPS was able to
get past several defenders and tie the game. Both teams went to a shootout
with MPS taking game one by a score of 1-1 (4-0) over the Tigers.

The Tigers were deflated from the opening game shocking loss and never
gained any traction against an excellent WPSD team losing 3-0 in the
second game of pool play on Friday.

On Saturday the Tigers were placed in the 5th place game by virtue of
finishing 3rd in their pool. Tigers took on NYSD at 11:30 am. The Tigers
displayed a dominating outing with a 4-0 victory over NYSD. Sophmore
sensation Omar Shariff notched a brace (two goals), Johan Garafalo added
his 6th goal of the season and Senior Dylan Mallach capped the scoring
with his third goal of the season.

Johan Garfalo took home an All-Star nod. The team was not sastified with a
5th place finish but they recognized that MPS and WPSD finished 1st and
2nd! Congratulations to all the teams and Thank you to Lexington School
for the Deaf for being a great host!

On Monday October 22 it will be Senior night and the team will recognize
their only senior this year in Dylan Mallach who continues to have an
excellent season as the defensive anchor of the team.


Georgia volleyball

Below are the last few weeks of volleyball.
9/28 vs Jacksonville Christian
GSD        15      12     18
JCA         25       25     25

10/2 vs Rockmart High
GSD     10     17
RHS      25    25

10/9 vs Appalachian High
GSD     3           7
AHS    25         25
Vs Gaylesville High
GSD    10       11
GHS    25       25

10/9 vs Unity Christian
GSD    14      21       4
UCS     25      25      25

Mason-Dixon Tournament
GSD    13      16
FSDB   25      25
GSD     14       9
LSD       25     25
GSD     13       17
TSD      25       25
GSD     13       19
FSDB    25       25
GSD      28       25
KSD       26      23
GSD       24      20
MSD      26       25

1-5-0    Zariah Clay named to the All-Tournament Team.

10/17 vs Gaylesville High
GSD   12       19      22
GHS   25       25      25

10/18 vs Atlanta Area School for the Deaf
GSD     25      25       25
AASD    13      22      15

Season ended   final record   8-26-0


Kansas volleyball

KSD vs. ISD (Iowa) : 25-15, 25-17, 25-14 (3-0)


-Dominique Emerson: 1 ace
-Jamaika Jones: 1 ace, 1 asssit
-Jessica Diaz: 1 ace
-Katja Grace: 2 aces
-Kaylee Wells: 7 aces, 1 kill
-Ravin Greene: 1 ace
-Taylor Wise: 1 ace, 5 kills
-Tiadra Vang: 9 aces, 4 kills, 4 asssits

Team Record: 19-3

Next Games: GPAC tournament tomorrow/Wednesday (double elimination), KSD
will play Independent Home School at 5:30.

Last game of the season against Arkansas on Saturday.


Lexington volleyball

Lexington Volleyball

Oct 15
Martin Luther won 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-14) over Lexington
May Tun led the team with 6 points, 6 attacks, and 2 kills. Lawryn
Hernandez, Anyara Lebron, and Gigi Zheng collect 3 points each. Dorgianny
Flores had 8 attacks and 4 kills.

PSAA 0-8
Overall 3-9

Oct 16
Evangel Christian won 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-11) over Lexington
Gigi Zheng had 6 aces, 8 points, and 6 attacks. Doriganny Flores had 5
assists. May Tun had 5 points, 5 attacks, and 4 kills.

PSAA 0-9
Overall 3-10

Oct 18
Bay Ridge won 3-2 (27-25, 26-28, 25-7, 28-25, 15-10) over Lexington
Gigi Zheng had 3 points, 12 attacks and 7 kills. May Tun had 12 points, 14
attacks and 9 kills. Dorgianny Flores had 9 points and 13 assists. Dayana
Fragoso had 11 points.

PSAA 0-10
Overall 3-11
Oct 20
Lexington won 3-1 (25-9, 21-25, 25-18, 25-16) over New York School for the

Dayana Fragoso had 22 points. Jayda Merejo had 14 points. May Tun had 12
points, 9 attacks, 5 kills, and 3 assists. Dorgianny Flores had 10
6 kills, and 11 assists. Gigi Zheng had 8 attacks and 6 kills. Alexandra
Quiroz had 6 attacks.

PSAA 0-10
Overall 4-11
Against deaf schools- 4-1

We are heading to ESDAA tournament at NYSD this upcoming weekend.


Marie Philip soccer

Marie Philip School were so ready to play for the 4th Annual Eastern
Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA) Soccer Tournament at
Lexington School for the Deaf. Six teams are participated the tournament
as we all played in pool play – each of these teams played two games (40
minutes per game) in one day.

Pool A
Marie Philip School
Western Penn School for the Deaf
American School for the Deaf

Pool B
Lexington School for the Deaf
Ohio School for the Deaf
New York School for the Deaf – Fanwood

Friday, October 19
We played our first game against American School for the Deaf as it was
the first opening game of tournament. Anyway, we were down by one and we
got tied 1-1 as Luke Florio scored the goal that led to the shootout. We
were so confident in the shootout as we got two balls into the net and our
goalkeeper Dakota Rochette stopped four shots.

(MPS won in the shootout 2-0)

MPS played next game against Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. It
was quite difficult for us to obtain the controlling of the ball as WPSD
kept controlling the possession during the whole game.


However, we were qualified for the semifinal because our record for the
robin round was 1-1 while ASD has lost two games in the pool play.

Saturday, October 20 –
Marie Philip School played the first game of tournament against Lexington
School for the Deaf in the semifinal. We kept pressuring on Lexington
defensive lines, however, we struggled to get the ball into the net. We
had missed quite a lot of opportunities in scoring. Suddenly, Lexington
scored a goal within 6 minutes before the end of game. We refused to give
up as we kept pressuring and our senior player, Kacey Mohanan made a nice
goal from free kick with 2 minutes of the game. We were forced to get into
the shootout again as we did great job in the shootout. Our goalkeeper
Dakota Rochette stopped 3 out of four shots. When he stopped the last shot
to wrap up the shootout, MPS players were overexcited and celebrating as
we had officially entered the ESDAA championship game for the first time
in school history!

(MPS won in the shootout 2-1)

We played the championship game against Western Pennsylvania School for
the Deaf again. We played with our hearts out and put all of our effort in
the whole game. We’ve improved our possession, better than the first
game against WPSD. WPSD led 1-0 in the halftime. We worked hard to stop
WPSD offensive lines from scoring. We tried to score but unfortunately for
us, time had ran out so quick. I can’t lie that WPSD had a good
acceleration. Coaches are very proud of our team as we are very happy to
get 2nd place!

Congrats to Kacey Mohanan, Dakota Rochette and Slavik Sukhotsev for being
selected as members of All-tournament team. Also, our goalkeeper Dakota
Rochette was selected as Goalie of the Tournament.

1st: WPSD
2nd: MPS
3rd: OSD
4th: LEX
5th: ASD
6th: Fanwood

We look forward to the ESDAA tournament next year at New York School for
the Deaf – Fanwood.


Riverside volleyball

part of newspaper story

Pacifica Christian Orange County 3, Helendale Academy of Careers and
Exploration 0: Casie Carlson had 10 kills to lead the host Tritons to a
25-5, 25-17, 25-17 win in the second round of the CIF Southern Section
Division 9 playoffs on Saturday.

Pacifica Christian (13-8) will host Riverside California School for the
Deaf in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.


Rochester soccer

Since we were seeded first, we had a bye to the semifinals
(only 7 teams). Our first match was against the winner of RISD
and NJSD. NJSD prevailed by pulling off a 2-1 win against the
host team. We were quite confident in our abilities and knew if
we played our game we would end up on top. However, NJSD had
other plans. Since last year, when we met them in this same
exact game, they have been working hard in the off-season and
it clearly showed during our recent contest. Right from the
whistle, both teams were playing aggressive, offensive minded
soccer. Both teams were battling the middle, working hard to
get shots on goal. Each team had their opportunities outside
the 18, but with experienced goalies in each net, nothing was
getting by for both teams.

Thomas Coates had several shots from far, but none found the
back of the net. However, we were content with the pressure we
were having on them, and knew with patience, and due diligence.
we would break the seal. Near the end of the first half, lo and
behold, Thomas took an outside blast that found the upper 90
and we were ahead 1-0 going into halftime. Even though the
coaching staff was not content with this lead, we knew we just
came off a long car ride, haven’t practiced in a few days, but
as we saw at the end of the first half, we know we were turning
the corner.

We wanted to stay with the same mindset, aggressive Wildcat
soccer. Keep the ball on their side of the field. Don’t sit
back and just defend, defend, defend. That’s how problems
occur. In the second half, we started to see true Wildcat
soccer, the soccer we’ve been working on all season. The
Give-N-Go’s that we’ve been preaching since day 1. We had some
beautiful opportunities in the second half with Alexander
Michalek feeding to Bode who would then pass to Coates, who
would quickly pass back to Aggas. These plays would lead to
some great scoring opportunities. Within a few minutes in the
second half, there it was, a great Give-N-Go by Bode to Thomas
who easily scored on NJSD.

RSD wins 2-0. Radez earns RSD our second bagel of the year, a
team goal we set forth on Day 1. We were back in the
Championship game, something we’ve been working for all season.
Our Ultimate Goal, winning the ESDAA Championship was well
within our reach.

Now, we just sit back and see who we face. Would it be last
year Champions, PSD or our I-90 rival, SMSD?!?! Their game was

Final Score:

RSD: 2

Coates (2)

B. Aggas

Saturday afternoon, a mixture of clouds and sunny blue skies
with a cool temperature of 60 degrees. You couldn’t ask for
better weather in Providence during this time of the year. It
was only fitting that our charter bus companions, SMSD was
going to be what stood in our way from bringing home the
Championship. In our recent match against them, we won pretty
handedly, however, they were missing a few marquee players at
the time. We did not underestimate them one bit as we saw them
take apart PSD in their semifinals game. We knew this game was
going to be a barn burner without a doubt.

Two very well-coached teams with a slew of athletes going at it
with the same goal in mind. SMSD has not won this prestigious
honor in well over a decade, so they were starving to bring it
back to the 716. After last year, we were chomping at the bit
just as much, if not more. We knew both teams would leave it
all on the field this afternoon in front of s standing room
only crowd.

Here we are, 365 days since our loss to PSD in last year’s
championship going against our cross-town rival, SMSD, the very
team we have to drive 8 hours home with.  Again, a mixture of
jitters, nerves, and bad luck (or good luck depending on your
perspective) lead to a standstill for a majority of the first
half.  However, with just under 9 minutes left, SMSD caught us
on our heels. SMSD wingman was dribbling up the side of the
field and was one on one with one of our defenders, and before
we could get in a good position, SMSD sends a beautiful cross
in front of the net, and another SMSD was right there to take a
jumping kick at it which he somehow connected on and found the
back of the net to take a 1-0 lead. DEJA VU! RSD, for the
second straight year is now down 0-1 in the Championship game.
We still had 40 minutes of soccer to play roughly. We don’t
give up. We are Wildcats. WE ARE WILDCATS! When our backs are
against the wall, we RISE UP to the occasion and play even
harder. After a few more missed opportunities on net, we walk
off the field down 0-1 going into halftime.

Coaching staff’s main concern here is to keep the students
optimistic, and understand there is still 30 minutes of soccer
still needed to be played. We needed to focus on what we’re
doing right. We were moving the ball around, winning the
middle. At the same time, we needed to fix the little things,
play our position correctly, trust one another, and play with a
little more urgency in this second half.

What separates a great team from a championship team is a team
that is relentless, gritty to the final minute, and most
importantly, receptive to feedback from their teammates and
coaching staff. If you have a team that is willing to do all
those things, good things are going to happen. We needed to
come out of the gates in this second half with aggressive, RSD
Wildcat Soccer if we wanted to stand a chance against this SMSD

The second half begins and we were just looking better as a
whole. Within 4 minutes into the second half, we were awarded a
corner kick. Bode Aggas shoots a beautiful shot right in front
of the goal, chaos ensues, Gentzke gets a touch on it, pinball
ensues from there as the ball bounces off a couple SMSD
defenders before it finds the back of the net. RSD TIES THE
GAME 1-1! The team is pumped up and the adrenaline is running
on full throttle at this point. The seal is broken. Hopefully,
this one goal would open the flood gates.

A few moments later, Thomas takes a shot 30 yards out, a
beautiful rainbow that clears their goalie’s hands, but would
it drop under the post, and it does!!!! Just like that RSD
takes a 2-1 lead in the championship game. RSD has battled back
ad has put them in good position but there will still plenty of
time left on the clock.

At this point, RSD was playing a little more cautious , so our
attempts on net were not as abundant at this time, but we were
keeping the ball in the middle of the field, not the best
place, but as long as it’s out of striking distance from our
net, the coaching staff was content. With time dwindling, SMSD
made some on the fly adjustments as we expected, since they
needed to score. They were pressuring us a lot more, but our
defense stayed poised and was able to clear out anything that
got within striking distance. On one last attempt by SMSD, it
was only fitting that Thomas Coates steals the ball, and clears
it out of bounds where the clock finally hit 0:00.00. RSD
became ESDAA DIVISION II CHAMPIONS AGAIN !!!!! A huge weight
was lifted off the shoulders of all our players, and RSD was
back on TOP! It was a great weekend for all involved. Our
students not only played hard, but played with class and
represented RSD very well. We tip our hats to SMSD who also
played a great game and we wish them the best of luck as they
move on to basketball.

Final Score:

RSD: 2




RSD also went on to win the Shooting competition as well.
Earning All-Star honors were Courtney Gentzke and Benjamin
Radez. Earning MVP honors was Thomas Coates

Good luck and Godspeed (as we move on to basketball),


random deafsports thoughts

What is the rarest skill in football as played
in deaf schools?

It is placekicking.

Maryland has a placekicker and it seems he just
almost never misses his points-after-touchdowns

Years ago, Maryland had another placekicker,
primarily a soccer player – and he eventually
played soccer and also kicked extra points
at Gallaudet.