DeafDigest Sports – January 1, 2020

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— Louisiana sports

— Gallaudet still alive in Helmet Bowl


2019-20 basketball won/lost records
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Gallaudet Helmet Bowl

Gallaudet Bison one of final four teams left in Helmet Bowl III,
vote for Gallaudet daily

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University is one of four teams left in Helmet Bowl
III presented by Helmet Tracker. The Bison are the No. 2 seed in the South
Region and are going up against Nebraska Kearney Lopers, the No. 11 seed
in the West Region, in the semifinal round. The winner will advance to the
championship round of the national tournament to find the best football
helmet in the country.

People can vote by logging onto www.helmetbowl.com or via this direct
link: https://helmettracker.com/helmet-bowl-iii-national-championship/.

Fans are encouraged to use all of their devices and browsers to vote, no
need to login, until the polls close on Monday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. (EST).

Gallaudet’s helmet won its conference (Eastern Collegiate Football
Conference) for a third straight year and was seeded second in the South
Region. In the first round, GU dispatched No. 15 seed Austin College
Kangaroos (61 percent to 39 percent). In the second round, Gallaudet took
down No. 9 seed Ole Miss from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) by the
margin of 56 percent to 44 percent. In the third round, GU defeated No. 4
seed University of Richmond by the tally of 52 percent to 48 percent. In
the quarterfinal round, Gallaudet topped St. Thomas University (Fla.) by
the margin of 51 percent to 49 percent.

Gallaudet won Helmet Bowl I, two years ago, and reached the “Sweet 16”
round last year before losing to Lafayette College. Dickinson College
(NCAA Division III) won Helmet Bowl II last year.

The Red Devils of Dickinson, the No. 1 seed in the East Region, are in the
other national semifinal going up against University of Louisville, the
No. 5 seed in the North Region. A Dickinson and Gallaudet victory in the
semifinal would pit the first two Helmet Bowl national champions against
each other.

Fans can vote daily from all of their devices here:


GU is one of two Division III schools left in the tournament, Dickinson is
the other

The Bison only won by over 50 votes over St. Thomas

You don’t need to vote on every match up

There are two more rounds before Helmet Bowl III crowns its champion
GU is behind, early on, in the semifinal voting against the Lopers, who
received the most votes in the quarterfinal round

Gallaudet was the second-leading vote-getter between the Final Four teams
as it only trailed Nebraska Kearney by 333 votes

Dickinson was 18 votes behind Gallaudet’s final total from the
quarterfinal round



Louisiana sports

full newspaper story

Louisiana School for the Deaf uses athletics to teach their students how
to cope with disabilities.

The Louisiana School for the Deaf, along with academics, is an institute
that uses athletics to teach their students how to cope with disabilities.

It is a place where actions truly speak louder than words.

The Louisiana School for the Deaf’s football team focuses on the school’s
motto that “kids come first.” Athletic Director Ben Cupit believes that
LSD’s athletics teach their students with disabilities that their
obstacles are only temporary, and are never too big to overcome.

“You can take it in any sport that we have, the things you learn in
athletics carries over not only in the classroom, but carries on in life
as well,” said Cupit. “As far as disciplining, hard work ethic, things
like that, and they really have taken to it and they carry it into the
school, and it really, you know, permeates throughout the whole school.”

Working alongside Ben Cupit, Denton Mallas, LSD’s head coach for three
years, played football at Gallaudet University, America’s only deaf
college football team. While there, Mallas learned not only football but
intense life skills of how to overcome obstacles while living with a
disability. Today, he graciously takes on being a live-in role model for
his team along with being their head coach.

“The assistant coaches, Noelle Haynes and Jaques Houston, have helped
tremendously in game planning, for the defense, special teams,” said
Mallas. “Noelle Haynes for defense, he’s a defensive coordinator and
Jaques Houston for the special teams coordinator. The two of them help me
with time planning for games tremendously. So, it’s not just during the
game but off the field as well. Because off the field, they help in making
sure the team is all working together as a community.”

The LSD Athletics Program has built a competitive team, finishing 5-2 this
football season.


elite deaf athlete, hockey

part of newspaper story

Patty Kyte’s hockey journey: Next stop Chicoutimi

Patrick Kyte knew it was coming. After 156 games with the Halifax
Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Pembroke native
had been traded for the first time in his junior career.

Less than a year after Halifax hosted the Memorial Cup and the Mooseheads
came within a win of a national title, the team was in a rebuilding mode.
As a 20-year old defenceman whose junior eligibility was coming to an end,
Kyte was expendable and when the Chicoutimi Saguenéens offered a first
round draft pick to get him, the Mooseheads pulled the trigger on a trade
that will give the talented blue-liner one more crack at a national

Patty,” Kyte is the nephew of the National Hockey League’s first deaf
player, Jim Kyte.  Patty Kyte is also hearing impaired.

Junior A hockey in Canada is equivalent to Power 5 in NCAA-I football.

Many Junior A players are drafted by NHL teams.


college deaf athlete

Jaden Barr


football QB

Truman State University (NCAA-II, Missouri)

started all 12 of his team’s 12 games.

131.4 QB efficiency rate (note – different from NFL)

completed 200 passes in 308 attempts

14 touchdowns

7 interceptions

on the ground, rushed for 609 yards, 3rd best on team

4.7 yards average per attempt

three rushing touchdowns


he is deaf but functions as a hearing person, meaning
no ASL

will NFL draft him?  Normally NFL teams do not draft that too
many NCAA-II players. And besides, his size is against him –
only 5’11 tall and 197 lbs. NFL teams look for taller and
heavier quarterbacks. Tom Brady – he is 6’4 and 225 lbs, which
is “puny” compared to other bigger QB’s


random deafsports thoughts

A newspaper story today said that DeafDigest awards
Team of the Year honors in deaf baseball and deaf

DeafDigest has not been involved with deaf school
sports during the spring months – baseball, softball
and track.

DeafDigest only gets involved with fall and winter