2019/11/06

DeafDigest Sports – November 6, 2019

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— a big announcement

— random deafsports thoughts

— upcoming football games

— Gallaudet updates

— volleyball update

— a soccer team wins conference post-season championship

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a big announcement

2019 DeafDigest Sports Team of the Year in Small Schools volleyball

Rochester School for the Deaf

note:
they won two big tournaments, one national and one regional
(National Spike Out Small schools division and ESDAA all-schools
tournament). Defeating bigger schools in ESDAA is the real
big deal! Observers have said Rochester is mighty powerful
team and could have given bigger schools a run for their
money at National Big Schools Spike Out (apart from Small
Schools spike out)

Team group picture at:
http://deafdigest.com/2019-small-schools-volleyball-team-of-the-year/

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DeafDigest Sports Teams of the Year

8-man football – Florida School for the Deaf and Blind

11-man football – to be made in due time

8-man soccer – to be made in due time

11-man soccer – to be made in due time

Big Schools volleyball – Texas School for the Deaf

Small Schools volleyball – Rochester School for the Deaf

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football games this week

Nov 8 Texas hosts John Paul II Catholic
Nov 8 Fremont at Hoopla HS

Nov 9 Riverside at St. Michael’s Prep (playoffs)

other schools have completed their football seasons and
are now practicing basketball

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2019 fall season won/lost records
as of 11/06/19

go to:
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-schools-won-lost-records/

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2019 football scores
as of 11/02/19

go to:
http://deafdigestsports.com/football-scores/

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Gallaudet volleyball

GU season comes to a close in NEAC quarterfinals

ABINGTON, Pa. – The Gallaudet University women’s volleyball season came to
a close here Tuesday night in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC)
tournament quarterfinal round as the Bison lost in straight sets to Penn
St.-Abington. The No. 3 seed Nittany Lions won 25-22, 26-24, 25-21.

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Gallaudet women’s swimming

GU’s Jessica Monroe earns NEAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week honors

LATHAM, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) announced its
conference student-athlete of the week awards for the week of Nov. 5 and
Gallaudet University senior Jessica Monroe (Senoia, Ga.) was selected NEAC
Women’s Swimmer of the Week.

Monroe led the way for the Gallaudet University women’s swim team last
Saturday at Bridgewater (Va.) College in a double-dual meet with the host
Eagles and Hollins University. GU lost both meets. The senior finished
third overall in the 800-meter freestyle and earned second-place points
against Bridgewater and Hollins with a time of 12:40.86. Monroe was fourth
overall in the 100-meter butterfly (1:36.86) but earned second-place
points against Hollins. Monroe took fifth overall in the 100-meter
backstroke (1:39.34) and was a member of the 200-meter freestyle relay for
the Bison.

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Gallaudet men’s swimming

A third NEAC Men’s Swimmer of the Week honor for Gallaudet’s Ben Sealts

LATHAM, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) announced its
conference student-athlete of the week awards for the week of Nov. 5 and
Gallaudet University junior Ben Sealts (Ottawa, Ohio) was selected as the
NEAC Men’s Swimmer of the Week for a third time this season.

Sealts was Gallaudet’s leader last Saturday at Bridgewater (Va.) College
as the junior won two individual events and barely missed out on a third
win. The junior was first in the 100-meter IM and 200-meter breaststroke.
Sealts finished second in the 200-meter freestyle as he was 00.53 of a
second from first place. Sealts started the day on GU’s 200-meter medley
relay team as the Bison finished 12 seconds off the first-place pace set
by the host Eagles. Bridgewater won the meet 126-107.

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Model Secondary School for the Deaf Girls Varsity Volleyball

Volleyball

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Result: Win

Model Secondary School for the Deaf: 3

Bell Multicultural High School: 0

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St Mary’s soccer

The Bison’s ended their historical 2019 campaign by winning the Niagara
Frontier Christian Athletic Association(NFCAA) championship yesterday
afternoon against top
seeded Chesterton Academy.  It was the first time that the Bison’s had won
the championship since having entered the league.  For anyone who’s ever
played
competitive sports, you are aware that it’s very difficult to beat a team
3 times in one season.  That’s because you know your opponent’s strengths,
weaknesses, and
tendencies.  Since the Bison’s  had already lost to Chesterton twice in
our head to head match-ups earlier this regular season, the coaching staff
felt it necessary
that we show our opponents a different strategy that they may not be
expecting.  We decided to move rookie back-up goalie Saul Alvira into the
keeper position and
senior veteran Isa Habeeb into the field in an effort to stack our defense
with an extra player to block as many shots as we could.  Once the match
started our plan
was working to perfection.  Throughout the entire 1st half, not only were
we able to successfully limit and/or block a majority of Chesterton’s
shots, but Saul
Alvira stood tall in between the posts and was able to save any ball that
managed to sneak through.  Unfortunately, although Ethan Antone, Farhad
Ghorbani, and
Brady Bartell had some good opportunities to score,  the #1 seed was also
up to the task defensively and stymied the Bison’s attack keeping the
score knotted 0-0 at
halftime.  With the stakes of winning a championship at large, the
intensity of the match began to rise in the second half.  It felt as
though the first team to
score would gain a enormous advantage.  That said, Chesterton academy was
able to punch in the first goal and give them the 1-0 edge. All season
long, the Bison’s
have prided themselves on controlling their emotions in specific game
situations.  We’ve learned to never panic or get too down ourselves if
things momentarily
aren’t going in our favor.  We’ve talked about how an entire season along
with individual games are an emotional roller coaster ride that has its
up’s and down’s.
We’ve always stressed that no matter what, to always “move on” and forget
about what happened previously.  The Bison’s took that message to heart
because right
after Chesterton scored, within 30 seconds, Mobin Abdollahi was able to
march down the field and notch a goal that put us right back in the match.
The game began
to open up a little bit as each team began taking more risks.  At the
halfway point of the 2nd half, Nick Barrus left his defensive position and
joined the rush up
field.  It didn’t take long for Nick to blast a shot from outside the 18
yard line that found its way the back of Chesterton’s net.  Now we were in
the drivers seat
but couldn’t afford to sit back.  Our opponents brought everything they
had at us by moving their entire team up field to pressure our defensive.
It was just a
matter of time before we couldn’t hold them back anymore.  We had some
incredible blocks and saves but with 4 minutes remaining, Chesterton was
finally able to get
the equalizer to put the game at 2-2.  With time dwindling down, it was
clear that our opponents were playing to get this match into overtime and
possibly a
shootout.  However, the Bisons wanted to end this contest right here and
right now.  We went on the attack and attempted to generate as many shots
as we could while
keeping the ball out of our defensive zone.  You could hear the referee
vocally begin his 10 second countdown until the end of regulation.  Was
this game destined
to go to overtime? The referee screamed 10 sec…. 9 sec…… 8sec…… and
before anyone realized it,  Mobin Abdollahi was able to direct a pass at
the perfect angle to
get the shot on goal.   Both sides froze and watched as the ball with
barely enough force trickle over the goal line in slow motion.
Chesterton’s goalie dropped to
his knees in disbelief that the Bison’s scored with 8 seconds remaining.
We milked the clock to end the match and pull off the remarkable upset to
become champs!
The final score was 3-2.  Please wish the Bison’s congrats on a great
finish to a fantastic season.  Congrats to our seniors (Nick Barrus, Isa
Habeeb, Kassim
Kassim, & Ryan Brzezinski) on a wonderful 4 year varsity soccer career.
What a way to cap it off!

Overall Record: 9-5

NFCAA Record: 7-3(League Champions)

ESDAA Record: 2-2

Individual Stats:

Mobin Abdollahi: 2 goals(6th & 7th of the season)

Nick Barrus: 1 goal(15th of the season)

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random deafsports thoughts

Are mainstreamed athletes better than deaf school athletes?

No. Some deaf school athletes have earned big time honors.

One was a starter with a NCAA-I football team that played
in a Bowl Game and also played against the nation’s #1
football team.

One was a NCAA-I basketball star and has been enshrined into
his university’s athletic hall of fame.

One was a national (hearing) champion in her event (javelin throw).

One was a national age-group champion in high school hammer throw.

One was a national (hearing) champion in race-walk.

One is a professional basketball player (not NBA).

This list can go on and on, endlessly.

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