DeafDigest Sports – January 22, 2020

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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


Fremont sports

CLERC CLASSIC – The Boys Basketball team had three nail biting games
against Florida, Maryland, and Texas and finished in 4th place.  They
ranged from being two
points away from playing in the Championship Game and also won in overtime
in the first round that could have sent us to the losing bracket.  Robert
Gregor was the
team’s all-tournament player.

The Girls Basketball team also contested in the first round against
Maryland who then went to the Championship Game, losing by six.  We then
had a down day against
Florida and then dominated against Wisconsin finishing in 7th Place.
Esther Biser was the team’s all-tournament player.

The Cheerleading Team supported all the teams and waited patiently all
weekend for their big stage.  On Saturday during the Competition, they had
a great dancing
performance and fared well in all categories.  We needed to do better in
our stunts and tumbling so we finished in 6th place.  We had two
all-tournaments in Shaelyn
Johnson and Landen Gonzales.

All of the teams recognized that they played very hard and should be proud
of themselves.  They all represented CSD very well and Indiana was great
hosts.  The
Seniors are looking forward to finishing strong in league and sectional
play.  The Coaches and the younger players are already talking about how
we want to improve
this offseason with camps and weightlifting.  We’re excited to be hosting
Clerc Classic next year!

WILLIGAN TOURNAMENT – The Wrestling team will be going to the Willigan
Wrestling Tournament in Riverside on Thursday morning and compete in duals
on Friday and the
individual tournament on Saturday.  See the attached flyer and the website
http://csdrathletics.com/willigan2020/.  Good luck to all of our

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – TIFFANY KUTSOV, our Senior Cheerleader has been a
long time contributor.  She is always committed and positive in everything
that she does so
it has really impacted the Cheerleading Team in a big way as they prepared
for their big weekend.  Great job!


Michigan boys’ basketball

MSD at New Life Christians

MSD lost  55-8


Rhode Island basketball

RISD Boys Basketball

Our Roosters boys basketball team came back to our home court following MLK
Weekend to host American School for the Deaf’s JV Boys team.

ASD erupted to a huge 14-0 lead and a 19–1 lead as we struggled (mostly
mentally) to get over the first blow of the game from ASD. The second half was a
bit better as we were able to outscore ASD while utilizing our entire bench for
this game.

ASD – 38 18 – 56
RISD – 13 22 – 35

Jayden E. – 19 Points, 10 Rebounds
Nandes R-M. – 6 Points

RISD Boys BB Record: 2-5
Next Game: Wednesday, January 22 vs. San Miguel

RISD Girls Basketball

Our Lady Roosters basketball team played host to American School for the Deaf on
Senior Night, kicking off the game by honoring our very own Yasmin for all of
her contributions to the basketball program over the years.

Now that Yasmin had her moment in-the spotlight, it was right to focus on the
task at hand and that’s to continue to win basketball games. Our girls weren’t
quite there mentally as over five minutes elapsed before we were able to get our
first basket. We tried to cut into ASD’s lead and came within 7 points a number
of times, but just couldn’t put together long enough of a run to threaten take
the lead and momentum from ASD.

ASD- 14 20 – 34
RISD – 7 8 – 15

Yasmin S. – 10 Points, 4 Steals
Olivia C. – 5 Points, 16 Rebounds

RISD Girls BB Record: 4-3

Next Game: Friday, January 24 vs Pennsylvania School for the Deaf


South Carolina girls’ basketball


Whitmire 55

Record 0-11

Upcoming Mason Dixon tournament at SCSDB (home site) this week January 22-25, 2020.


South Carolina boys’ basketball

vs Whitmire


Record 0-11


St Mary’s girls’ basketball

St. Marys Deaf vs @Walsh

The Lady Bisons travelled to south to Arch Bishop Walsh in Olean
this evening.  The result was a 57-40 loss.  Walsh managed to
hit their shots and caused The Lady Bisons to turn the ball
over.  The Lady Bisons turned it around in the second half and
performed better but in the end it was not enough to catch
Walsh.  Kioney Alvira Jurado had 17 points. Laci Stoffer had 10
points.  Julia Bronneberg finished with 6 points.  Cami Cole had
5 points and Elise Watson had 2 points.

St. Mary’s is 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the IAC league.  Next game is
Thursday against Walsh at SMSD.


Texas sports

TSD vs Victoria west – 60-21
TSD vs Crockett – 48-30
TSD vs Round Rock – 39-42

TSD Placed 2nd at McCallum Quads tournament.

– Coach Brian Laird

Clerc Classic 2020 host by Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis.
TSD cheerleaders worked very hard and their hard work paid off! We came in
third place, and we won the best learn floor cheer award! Our cheerleader,
Kourtney Dolliole, earned All-Star award! I’m more than proud of our TSD
cheerleaders for working very hard.

– Coach Seth Washington, Jennifer Alka, and Marisa King

Girls Basketball
Our girls traveled up to Indianapolis for the 20th annual Clerc Classic
this past weekend with a goal of a third straight championship.  With a
22-2 record before the tournament started, our team looked to right the
ship after losing 2 tough games to start the new year.  The first round
game would pair us with Wisconsin, a last minute replacement to New York
School for the Deaf (Fanwood) who couldn’t bring their girls team.  We
were able to get over any jitters early and won 47-12.

Our next game would be against the host school, Indiana, which would lead
to some unique challenges.  The game started on Friday evening but had to
stop late in the first quarter due to the court becoming very slick and
not playable.  The ultimate decision came down to ensuring player safety –
the game would resume the following morning at 8:00a.  Indiana would go on
a nice run and had an 11-point lead early in the 4th quarter when a
time-out was called.  During the time out, each player was challenged to
dig deep and find their will to win.  And they responded beautifully.  Our
press became an enigma for the Indiana team, resulting in rushed shots and
turnovers – giving us a huge momentum shift.  The game ended in regulation
with a 32-32 tie.  In overtime, the girls continued to battle and their
resilience resulted in a 38-35 win.

The Saturday night championship game would be the 6th straight meeting
between Texas and Maryland.  Our girls were able to dominate in just about
every statistical category and dominated their way to a 36-21 victory.
This is the third straight championship for the Texas girls team after
three straight second place finishes.

All tournament team: Ashlene Etkie and Michaela Kelley
Tournament MVP: Kalena Bumbala

Kudos to the Indiana staff for putting this tournament together and doing
a wonderful job with the court after Friday night!

Boys Basketball
Entering the tournament, there was speculation that Texas Boys Basketball
lost several seniors from last year and that we would not be competitive
this year. Clerc Committee originally ranked our team as 5th seed but
moved us up to fourth, which did not make a huge difference. So, we felt
disrespected entering into Clerc Classic at Indianapolis, IN.

Facing Indiana in the first round, we lost to Indiana nine years in a row
since 2011. Jared Beckler, their star, kept Indiana in the game single
handedly as he made several long threes behind NBA three point line. We
changed how we wanted to defend him in the second half. Texas Boys
dominated in the second half and won 52-42.

Entering the semifinals, I knew facing a loaded MSSD team would be
difficult, but our boys were definitely up to the task. Unfortunately, we
couldn’t find our offense in the first half. Model jumped to a quick 10-0
lead. Our boys never gave up and kept on battling. We found ourselves
trailing by only two with 1 minute to go. Our comeback was too late and we
lost 36-29.

Historically, we never played well in the third place because we were
usually lacking in focus and energy. This did not happen against Fremont
as it was an ugly low scoring game, but our energy and focus were there
the whole 32 minutes. We took a quick 5-0 lead, and dominated Fremont
defensively. Fremont averaged 53 points per game, and their lowest points
this year was 39 points. Against us, Fremont scored only 21 points!

Joshua Saaty and Jack Scarboro were named to Clerc All-Tournament. Our
record currently stands at 16-6, and our next focus is to win our
district! We are in the second place, but we truly believe we can win our
district. It means we cannot lose one more game down the road.


Washington basketball

WSD Girls and Boys Basketball Scores: 1/9/20

Lady Terriers 31 @ Fort Vancouver 24

WSD – 10-7-4-10

Record 2-7 (League 0-3)

Jennifer Tudor – 12

Emma McKinney – 8

LeAnna Clearbrook

Janet Tuz-Manrique – 9

Juliana Sanchez

Lora Torres – 2

Ella Stromberg

Alondra Lopez-Alcaraz

Ashley Balcazar

Yarizbeth Aparicio

FTV – 8-6-6-4

Terriers 65 @ Fort Vancouver 52

WSD – 12-20-16-17

Record 3-5 (League 1-3)

Ramon Varaja

Wylee Rogers – 24

Osvaldo Cruz

Jose Ramirez – 14

Jace Lewandowski – 3

Juan Ramirez – 22

Kevin Diaz

Kwabena White Star

Tye Gonzalez – 2

FTV – 7-6-18-21


Spain and Brazil crowned World Deaf Futsal champions

part of posting

Spain clinched the men’s title and Brazil lifted the women’s trophy at
the fourth edition of the World Deaf Football Championships in
Winterthur, Switzerland.

Futsal (indoor five on five soccer) is a big thing world-wide,
except, as you guess it, in USA, though it is slowly growing.


random deafsports talk

The Willigan Wrestling Tournament is coming up
this weekend at Riverside.

Who is Willigan?

It is Marty Willigan, just easily the greatest
deaf wrestler ever. He wrestled at Hofstra University
(NCAA-I program) – and reached the NCAA-I championship
finals in his weight class, losing only to Dan Gable,
an immortal in the world of wrestling.

In a way a Deaf Immortal wrestler vs a Hearing Immortal

After his wrestling days, he made it career of coaching
Gallaudet wrestling. His proudest moment took place in the
late eighties when three of his wrestlers – Todd Silvestri,
Toselli Silvestri and Charles Hammack, became NCAA-III

DeafDigest Sports editor bumps into Marty from time to
time at deaf social events, and almost always, the
conversation briefly focuses on wrestling!



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