2019/07/14

DeafDigest Sports – July 10-14, 2019

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— random deafsports thoughts

— a top deaf golfer

— sports at North Carolina Deaf and Eastern North Carolina Deaf

— volleyball announcement

— a popular basketball pro

— analysis of USA men’s and women’s basketball teams

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sports at North Carolina Deaf and Eastern North Carolina Deaf

part of newspaper story

seven independent schools in 2019-20, outside of any conference.
Fellow non-traditional schools are Bethany Community School,
Cabarrus Charter School, Eastern N.C. School for the Deaf,
N.C. Leadership Academy, N.C. School for the Deaf,
Sugar Creek Charter School and Millennium School.

note:
both deaf schools will not have a combined football
team this coming football season.

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a top deaf golfer

Isaac Makokha, who is deaf, won the Kenya national
amateur match play championships. He is one of the
contenders for the Kenyan national open
championships.

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a popular basketball pro

Michael Lizarraga plays basketball professionally
in Mexico.

He attracts deaf fans that carry signs with his name
and number, and after each game, they mob him,
seeking autographs.

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analysis of USA men’s and women’s basketball teams

Why USA men won the gold?

1. Height among top players – 6’7 Michael Lizarraga and 6’8 Steve Valencia-Biskupiak

2. Accuracy in three-point shooting

3. Teamwork and savvy generated by seven current and past Gallaudet players

Why USA women won the bronze?

1. Competition was keen with Lithuania, Greece and Turkey all chasing the medal;
they boxed out very well and had this Team-first, not Me-first attitude!

2. Hannah Neild’s three point shooting, great help on defense and
rebounding; Sabina Shysh worked hard on the court; a great find in
Cheyenne Talbot; Cassidy Perry was as great as advertised;
Nukeitra Hayes lent her experience; Zamaica Gage, when hot, was
hard to stop.

3. Lithuania was the most physical team in the tournament

4. Team did very well considering the fact there was no real practice
time prior to the tournament.

5. Communication barriers had to be overcome; some players were
hard of hearing and used speech all the time; two knew zero ASL;
others were all-ASL. Never easy to make a team out of these
different elements.

6. Team were missing three outstanding players who couldn’t
come either because of job or fund raising issues.

Note:
there were no tryouts; players were hand-picked in advance,
and had to be introduced to each other at first practice.

To excel in future basketball events, sponsorship funds is
required; ample practice time throughout the year; need
to conduct several tryout sessions.

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random deafsports thoughts

Many people were disappointed that our women
did not win the World Basketball Championships.

Do keep in mind the USA men did not win the
first Deaflympics basketball championships!

The USA finished 3rd place in the 1953 Deaflympics
when basketball was introduced as a new sport.

It is a long story, good for another time in this
edition – but the bottom line was that basketball
was added as a last-minute Deaflympics sport,
catching the Americans off guard. It was a small
group of American tracksters and tennis players
that arrived and being asked to play basketball,
too.

Only four Americans were ready to play basketball.
The 5th American was a fan who volunteered to
play basketball. The Americans lost the first
game but won the next two games to grab the
bronze.

One of the players had not played this sport
in 20 years!

It took place in Brussels, Belgium.

AAAD, very angry about it, made basketball a priority in future.

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2020 World Deaf Volleyball Championships

Great news! The USA Deaf Volleyball will send both US Men’s and US Women’s
Volleyball Teams to the 4th World Deaf Volleyball Championships in Monza
(Milan), Italy from June 5th to 13th Chianciano Terme, Italy from July 2nd
to 11th in 2020.

Gallaudet’s Lynn Ray Boren tabbed as USA Deaf Women’s Volleyball Head
Coach once more

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University women’s volleyball head coach Lynn Ray
Boren has been selected as the United States of America Deaf Women’s
Volleyball Head Coach as announced by the USA Deaf Sports Federation and
USA Deaf Volleyball (USADVB).

Coach Boren will lead the U.S. Deaf Women’s Volleyball National Team into
the 2020 World Deaf Volleyball Championships in Monza, Italy, from June
5-13 and the 2021 Deaflympics (dates and location to be announced).

“Coach Boren brings a tremendous passion for the game of volleyball to the
table,” said USA Deaf Volleyball Team Director Patrick O’Brien. “Coach
Boren is a great fit to lead our national team because of his excellent
track record leading this program in the past and his relationships with
the athletes are a few reasons why he was selected.”

Boren, who is entering his 15th season leading the Gallaudet women’s
volleyball program, is 46-10 in 12 years leading the USA Deaf Women’s
Volleyball National Team.

In 2017, Boren and Team USA earned bronze at the 23rd Deaflympics in
Samsun, Turkey. In three Deaflympics under Coach Boren, Team USA has
finished second (2009), fourth (2013) and third (2017).

Three summers ago, Gallaudet was the site of the 2016 World Deaf
Volleyball Championships and the sixth Pan American (PanAm) Deaf
Volleyball regional qualifying tournament where Team USA won gold in both
tournaments. Boren led Team USA to the silver medal and bronze medal in
2012 and 2008, respectively, in previous World Deaf Volleyball
Championships.

Boren’s first gold as Team USA head coach came in 2011 in the Friendship
Games held in D.C.

“I am so grateful to have this opportunity, again, to coach the U.S. Deaf
Women’s National Team,” said Boren. “I am enthusiastic to be part of this
group of amazing players, sharing the same expectations while representing
the red, white and blue. This group will step up and make things happen to
help us accomplish our future missions over the next two years.”

Coach Boren has accumulated a 328-185 (.639) career record in his 14
seasons as head coach of the Bison. Gallaudet won seven straight North
Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championships from 2010-16 and
represented the conference in the NCAA tournament during that stretch.
Prior to coaching the GU volleyball program, Boren spent 12 years coaching
at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, including nine years as head
coach where he won 217 games and four deaf national championships. Boren
graduated from Gallaudet with a bachelor’s degree in 1996 and received his
master’s degree from McDaniel College in 1999.

Boren was also a competitive handball player as he participated in three
Deaflympics as a player in 1993, ’97 and 2001 as he won a bronze medal
with the last two teams. In 2005, he coached the USA Deaf Handball team to
a silver medal in Australia.

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