DeafDigest Sports – January 21, 2020

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— random deafsports thoughts

— Mason-Dixon boys pairings (9-team tournament)

— basketball updates

— Gallaudet updates


2019-20 basketball won/lost records
as of 01/21/20

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Mason-Dixon boys’ brackets


it is a 9-team tournament instead
of the usual 11 teams as Eastern
North Carolina and Virginia will not
bring teams to the tournament.

It almost was a 8-team tournament until
Georgia assembled a team at the last minute
and will play in the tournament.

Top two teams are Alabama and Florida


Gallaudet sports

Gallaudet’s Sabina Shysh honored for playing four different sports in four
years with banner in Field House

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University standout student-athlete Sabina Shysh
got to see her banner unveiled in the Field House gym on January 14. The
ceremony cemented Shysh’s legacy as a Bison student-athlete as she became
the second four-year Bison student-athlete to play three or more sports.
Shysh, who played from 2014-19, played four sports during her career.

Shysh joins former Bison student-athlete Elena Ciccarelli, who was honored
in May 2015. Shysh first learned of this honor at last year’s athletic
banquet in May 2019. The banner was installed in the Field House gym
during the winter semester.

while she was outstanding in basketball, soccer and track, one sport
sticks out – softball! She never played fast pitch softball in her life,
but it did not stop her from asking coach Justen Burns for a tryout.
It was her blazing speed in sprinting out these infield hits that made
her one of the key players on the team.


How was she able to balance track and softball at the same time. Not a problem –
track practices took place in the mornings and softball practices in the

She will be missed by all of her four coaches!


Sorenson Communications, LLC to sponsor Gallaudet basketball reunion
weekend on Feb. 14-15

WASHINGTON – Sorenson Communications, LLC, will sponsor the Gallaudet
University men’s and women’s basketball programs’ reunion weekend on Feb.
14-15, 2020, here in the Field House for former GU basketball
student-athletes, coaches and fans.

If you are interested in attending the basketball reunion weekend please
register here: http://igfn.us/form/PyyW3w. Please register soon as spots
are limited.

The reunion weekend kicks off Friday, Feb. 14, with dinner at Union
Market, a campus tour, watch and meet the men’s and women’s basketball
teams during their practice, alumni scrimmage game and social gathering on
H Street.

On Saturday, take a group photo on the court with the GU basketball teams
followed by the two Bison basketball games, where the Bison will wear
special throwback uniforms. In the evening, a special basketball banquet
will be held in Ole Jim featuring dinner, silent auction, recognition of
the 1999 GU women’s basketball Sweet 16 team and the release of a new
Gallaudet University men’s basketball history book written by Barry

The proceeds from this event will help support the Gallaudet men’s and
women’s basketball booster clubs and the John Perry Endowment Fund.

If you have questions please contact Wendy Wiatrowski at


Florida girls’ basketball

Florida Girls at Clerc Classic Results

Florida vs Riverside  – 1/16/20

Final Score: 35 to 41

Finally, we got our first taste of Clerc Classic game action against California
School for the Deaf (Riverside), and the end result was that we lost to them. At
the opening, we started off unusually slow in the 1st quarter.  We were not as
quick nor aggressive on our defense, and the same could be said about our
offense. After the first quarter we were down 6 points. We fired up our Lady
Dragons prior to the start of the 2nd quarter, and they responded by tying the
game 18 to 18 by the end of the second quarter. Aggression and quickness were
evident in the second quarter, however, as we went into the third quarter, they
were no more. Numerous turnovers. Many missed easy-layups and close-range shots.
And they went on for the entire second half, with Riverside leading all the way
to the final whistle. On the top of that, while we were supposed to deny the
Cubs’ best player, B. Goldstein the ball, she was able to score 20 points on us.
As we approached the final minutes in the 4th quarter, some of our starters were
in a foul trouble- Lourdine Jordonne had 5 fouls and Olivia had 4.  Basically,
because we were not mentally and physically ready, we gave this game away
without much of a battle. However, whilst remembering that it is our first
appearance to the Clerc Classic tournament, we came away with a learning
experience. We played in the gym fully packed with hundreds of spectators and
other teams watching us. All referees were Deaf. Naturally, we were disappointed
with the loss in the first round, because we were no longer playing for the
championship but for the 5th place.


Olivia Brown: 9 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast, 5 stl

Oceana Brown: 10  pts, 5 reb, 1 ast, 3 stl

Lourdine Jordonne: 9 pts, 12 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl

Ja’Myra Harris: 3 pts, 3 reb, 1 stl

Shylah Thomas: 2 pts, 1 blk

Taria Pellicer: 2 pts,  1 reb, 1 stl

Keliah Williams: 3 reb, 1 stl

Record 7-3

Florida vs Fremont  – 1/17/20

Final Score: 50-22

Our second game at Clerc Classic against California School for the Deaf
(Fremont). After the devastating loss to the Riverside, we were ready to do
better today! And we sure did! Our offense and defense were on fire, allowing
only 4 points in the entire first half. We were extremely proud of our lady
dragons’ performance against Fremont during the first half. We finished the
first half with our 22 to their 4. At the start of the second half, we started
strong and steady with our offense and defense, adding 16 more points to the
board before ending the 3rd quarter. We were able to score quickly and in
multiple ways by utilizing many of our offense tactics against Fremont. In the
4th and final quarter, we added other 12 points. We played the entire roster
lineup, and the benchers were able to maintain the cushy lead throughout the
game, finishing strong with our 50 to their 22. Lady Dragons were led by a
Sophomore, Olivia Brown, who notched 19 points on along with 7 assists, 7
rebounds, and 5 steals. Her younger sister and a Freshman, Oceana Brown,
contributed with 7 points, 10 steals, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. A Junior Lourdine
Jordonne scored a total of 9 points with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2
blocks, and Ja’Myra Harris, also a Junior, was on the fire with 9 points, 3
rebounds, 1 assist, 1 assist, 1 block and 2 steals. As for those off the bench,
Taria Pellicer, Shanna Cooley, Elsie Essex, Emma Hancock, and Shylah Thomas also
contributed points, rebounds, and assists with their hard work! Way to go, Lady


Olivia Brown: 19 pts, 7 reb, 7 ast, 5 stl

Oceana Brown: 7  pts, 1 reb, 2 ast, 10 stl, 2 blk

Lourdine Jordonne: 9 pts, 7 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk

Ja’Myra Harris: 9 pts, 3 reb, 1 ast, 1 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk

Keliah Williams: 6 pts, 5 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl

Shanna Cooley: 1 stl

Emma Hancock: 1 reb

Elsie Essex: 1 reb

Taria Pellicer: 1 ast, 2 stl

Shylah Thomas: 7 reb

Record 8-3

Florida vs Model – 1/18/20

Final Score: 38-42

Our 3rd and the final Clerc Classic game for the 5th place and Consolation
Championship, against Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD). Well, this
game has everything you would expect in a championship, except it was not in our
favor. We battled throughout the entire game, taking turns in the lead before
tying the game at 34. Then overtime. And we were the one who ended up being

In the first quarter, we were off to a sluggish start. Just like how we were in
the first game against Riverside. We quickly called a timeout to correct our
Lady Dragons’ mindset and to remind them of their devastating loss in the first
round at Clerc Classic. And that sure did wake them up- they quickly caught up
and took the lead within a few minutes. But their “fire” was not consistent- we
repeatedly made many careless mistakes which resulted in many turnovers. We did
not box out, we did not chase after a loose ball, we did not stop their fast
breaks, and we did not stay out of foul trouble. Because of those important
responsibilities we were supposed to do but did not, MSSD was able to take and
maintain lead. And we finished the first half with 14 to their 16. The same
could be said about the third quarter and the fourth quarter- with our
“inconsistent fire,” while we did make some good shots, we repeatedly made poor
decisions which allowed MSSD to stay close. But then, a critical moment. It came
where our lady dragons needed to truly come together and achieve the 5th place
victory. With only a few seconds left to spare before the final bell rings,
while being tied at 34, we needed to score one basket to declare ourselves the
Consolation Champion. We had the ball. We inbounded the pass perfectly, to an
open lady dragon. Her path was free and clear. Nobody was in her way to stop
her. The entire crowd were on their feet, watching her as she makes the run for
it. She executes her possibly 1,000th layup of her basketball career. The ball
goes up and hits the glass, before coming its way back down towards the rim. The
ball swirls around on the rim after it hits the rim… and misses! The final
whistle, and the game was tied at 34. We could not believe it. We literally had
the game in the bag. But we didn’t. Then as we see 4 minutes being added to the
clock, we went back to work. We huddled and discussed our game plan. Then our
lady dragons were back on the floor. Well, our “inconsistent fire” continued,
and we let the game get away from us. We lost to MSSD with a 38 to their 42. But
I can tell you this- this game was not without hard work. The lady dragons truly
worked hard, we just could not secure the win. Had we been precise with our
defense and offense we probably would have gone home with a 5th place plague.
Instead, we finished in the 6th place. Nevertheless, we come away with this
unforgettable experience, because we were able to play against many strong deaf
school basketball teams. We were able to see our old friends and make new

Upcoming in a week- Mason Dixon tournament at South Carolina School for the
Deaf! Go Lady Dragons!


Olivia Brown: 12 pts, 4 reb, 1 ast

Oceana Brown: 10  pts, 4 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk

Lourdine Jordonne: 12 pts, 13 reb, 1 stl

Ja’Myra Harris: 4 pts, 1 stl

Shanna Cooley: 1 reb

Emma Hancock: 1 reb

Taria Pellicer: 1 reb

Shylah Thomas: 2 rebs

Keliah Williams: 3 reb

Record 8-4


Fremont boys’ basketball

CSD went 4th place at Clerc Classic

First Round #3 California vs #6 Florida – Overtime
CSD 50

Semifinals #3 California vs #2 Maryland
MSD 46
CSD 44

Consolation 3/4 game #3 California vs #4 Texas
TSD 30
CSD 21

CSD is now 12-4 with three league games this week.


Texas girls’ basketball

newspaper rankings

TAPPS 4A Private School

1. Austin Texas School for the Deaf, 24-2; 2. Boerne Geneva, 17-2; 3.
Lubbock Christian, 15-4; 4. Dallas Shelton, 12-1; 5. Kennedale Fellowship,
18-7; 6. The Woodlands Christian, 11-6; 7. Flower Mound Coram Deo, 17-8;
8. Waco Reicher, 13-10; 9. Lubbock Trinity Christian, 11-7; 10. Schertz
John Paul II Catholic, 12-8.


random deafsports talk

There is one more team in the Mason-Dixon
region – the Atlanta Day School for the Deaf.
Mason-Dixon rules require all participating
schools to be member of own state high school
athletic association. Atlanta Area has never
been a member, whereas sister school Georgia
SD is a member.

Plus there is a big concern – Atlantic Area
is a day school, meaning no dorms for visiting
teams. Hotel costs can be prohibitive.

Yes, Atlantic Area plays a few games with nearby
deaf schools during the regular season, meaning
these schools had to obtain waivers from the
state to play a non-member school.



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