DeafDigest Sports – January 29, 2020

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Gallaudet men’s swimming

Gallaudet’s Ben Sealts claims his fifth NEAC Men’s Swimmer
of the Week honor this season

LATHAM, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) announced its
conference student-athlete of the week awards for the week of Jan. 28 and
University junior Ben Sealts  was selected as the NEAC Men’s Swimmer of the
Week for a fifth time this season.

Sealts won all three of his individual events he swam in last Saturday in
a 133-120 loss to SUNY Cobleskill. He collected three wins—200-yard
backstroke, 200-yard
butterfly and 200-yard IM—in a dual meet against the Fighting Tigers.
Sealts’ touched the wall in 2:05.89 to win the 200-yard IM by five
seconds. The junior’s win
in the 200-yard butterfly came by three seconds and the 200-yard back saw
Sealts win by a second.


Florida girls’ basketball

Florida’s Mason Dixon Girls Basketball in South Carolina results

Florida vs Kentucky – 1/22/20
Final Score: 46-9

Even though we won the game 46 to 9, we weren’t playing at our best. We started
off sluggish in the 1st quarter, scoring only 6 points and allowing them score 3
points. Our girls were not 100% physically and mentally ready. We moved slowly
offensively and defensively. However, into the 2nd quarter, we started to pick
up the pace and played better. We were finally aggressive during the 2nd
quarter, scoring 20 points, while allowing only 3 extra points on their side.
During the second half, everyone were able to play, and they did an awesome job
on the defensive side. We also shined on the offensive side, constantly
attacking the basket. Finally, we took advantage of our cushy lead by slowing
down the game tempo to work on our passing, cutting, and rebounding. Our True
Freshman, Oceana Brown, led the team with 14 points and 4 steals. She also had 3
rebounds and 2 assists. Our junior, Lourdine Jordonne, rebounded 10 and scored 8
points with 1 assist. Way to go, Lady Dragons!

Oceana Brown: 14 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, 4 stl
Olivia Brown: 6 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast, 3 stl
Lourdine Jordonne: 8 pts, 10 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl
Ja’Myra Harris: 3 pts, 4 reb, 2 stl
Keliah Williams: 2 pts, 7 reb, 2 ast
Shylah Thomas: 6 pts, 3 reb
Taria Pellicer: 4 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl
Samantha Suarez: 4 pts, 6 reb
Elsie Essex: 2 reb, 1 stl

Record 9-3

Florida vs Alabama – 1/23/20
Final Score: 50 – 14

We are mighty proud of our girls! Coming off from yesterday’s game, we
confidently controlled the game throughout on both offensive and defensive side.
We started with full-court presses and our usual hard nosed defense on Alabama,
which allowed us to easily net 19 points in the 1st quarter. On top of that, we
shut down their offensive end by allowing only 2 points. During the second
quarter, while continuing to maintain the momentum with our offense against ASD,
we scored an extra 10 points and only permitted them 2 extra points to the
board. During the second half, we decided to play everyone on the bench so they
could have ample playing time and work on their basketball skills. While doing
so, they weren’t careful offensively and defensively. Because of that we gained
only 6 points during the third quarter and allowed them 6 more. In the fourth
quarter, we made some necessary changes so we could finish strong. We finally
were better on our defense and offense, including transitions in the between. We
were able to add 15 more points to the board; and allowed only 4. to work on our
offense and transition from our defense. Hats off to a hard-working sixth woman
player, Taria Pellicer- Her stats for the night are as follows: 9 points, 8
steals, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 block.  Also outstanding tonight, a point
guard, Olivia Brown, shot for 13 points with 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5
steals. Our center, Lourdine Jordonne, while she was equally important in
securing the win tonight, was out after the first half because she was sick. In
the first half alone, she contributed with 9 points, 3 rebounds, 5 steals, and 2
assists. The rest of the scoring are almost spread evenly amongst Lady Dragons-
Oceana 7, Ja’Myra 4, Samantha 2, Shylah 2, Elsie 2, and Emma 2.

Olivia Brown: 13 pts, 3 reb, 3 ast, 5 stl
Oceana Brown: 7 pts, 2 reb, 5 ast, 11 stl
Lourdine Jordonne: 9 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, 5 stl
Ja’Myra Harris: 4 pts, 4 reb, 1 ast, 1 ast, 3 stl
Keliah Williams: 5 reb, 4 stl
Taria Pellicer: 9 points, 5 reb, 2 ast, 8 stl, 1 blk
Elsie Essex: 2 pts, 3 reb, 2 stl
Emma Hancock: 2 pts, 1 ast
Samantha Suarez: 2 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast
Shylah Thomas: 2 pts, 7 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl
Record 10-3

Florida vs Mississippi – 1/23/20
Final Score: 30 – 50

Finally, the championship. And it wasn’t an easy game to watch. We were against
Mississippi School for the Deaf, and it was very physical from the start to the
end. After the first two games of the tournament, we were on fire. We were
ready, and we could see that inside the locker room before entering the floor.
With that fire as we began the first quarter, we quickly put 8 points on the
board. We were fierce and strong the first couple of minutes. We full court
pressed the bulldogs, but as soon as we approached the final minutes of the
first quarter, the momentum shifted to Mississippi. They were able to break
through our full court presses. We were 10 to 2 before they broke through. Our
players started to lose their focus and ended up misreading and cheating their
roles, which allowed them to catch up and tie with our 10 before the quarter
ended.  In the second quarter, our momentum was clearly gone. While we missed
many uncontested and easy layups and made many poor shot selections, the
bulldogs gained their lead on us. Our field goal percentage was quickly reduced
to 8% in the 2nd quarter! The bulldogs were able to make their cushion bigger
before ending the first half with 22 to our 13. In the third quarter, we
continued to deal with not just the hard battle against the bulldogs but with
ourselves trying to get better offensively and defensively. But we couldn’t
build momentum for our side- we ended up falling behind while the bulldogs
gained more to their lead. We ended the third quarter with 19 to their 32. MSD
continued with their lucky streak as we continued to make numerous mistakes
during the 4th quarter.  They gained extra 18 on us, while we only added 11
before ending the championship game with 30 to their 50. We really struggled not
offensively and defensively, and for some reason we could not correct ourselves.
After a numerous timeouts and a lengthy discussion in the locker room during the
half time, we could not get our minds straight. We missed so many easy layups
and close range shots. We were exhausted. We were not focused. We basically gave
the game away without much of a fight. We shot 15% field goal in the 4th
quarter. Instead of coming away from Mason Dixon with a championship trophy, we
got the second place.

Congratulations to FSDB boys for getting the second place, and to the
cheerleaders for winning the first place! Also, please congratulate to both
Brown sisters, Olivia and Oceana, for earning All Tournament Team Award and
Taria Pellicer for winning the 3-point contest. Our next game is tomorrow at
Taylor Pierson.

Oceana Brown: 9 pts, 5 reb, 1 ast, 5 ast, 2 blk
Olivia Brown: 4 pts, 7 reb, 5 ast, 1stl
Ja’Myra Harris: 6 pts, 2 reb, 4 stl
Lourdine Jordonne: 4 pts, 8 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk
Keliah Williams: 2 pts, 2 reb
Taria Pellicer: 4 pts, 4 reb, 1 stll
Samantha Suarez: 1 reb, 1 ast
Shylah Thomas: 3 reb

Record 10-4


Florida boys’ basketball

FSDB VBB Clerc Tournament Results 1/18

Hello Dragon Fans.  Sorry for the delay.  It’s been a whirlwind the past few
weeks.  I’m delighted to share with you the results of our boys’ first ever
foray into the Nation’s premier Deaf High Schools Basketball tournament, so
aptly named the Clerc Classic.  This year it was hosted by the Indiana School
for the Deaf.

Not to brag, but we instantly became crowd favorites at the tournament due to
our style of play and hustle.  The gym was rocking during our games.  We were
seeded 6th coming into the tournament and finished in 5th place.  We played in
two overtime games.

Walter Douglas was selected on the all-tournament team.  Allen Rosales tied the
Clerc Tournament rebounding record.

1/16 vs #3 California School for the Deaf. L 45-50 (OT).
Halftime score: 18-18
Rebs: Rosales 14, Douglas 8
Assts: Douglas 4, Matthew G 2, Roberson 2, Merced 2
Pts: Douglas 16, Rosales 12, Matthew G 9

1/17 vs #7 California- Riverside. W 62-40
Halftime score: 19-18
Rebs: Rosales 13, Matthew G 11, Douglas 9
Assts: Douglas 6, Merced 4, Matthew G 2
Pts: Matthew G 19, Douglas 17, Rosales 13

1/18 vs #5 Indiana. W 49-46 (OT).
Halftime score: 24-15
Rebs: Rosales 14, Matthew G 9, Marcus G 6
Assts: Douglas 5, Matthew G 5, Roberson 3
Pts: Rosales 14, Douglas 13, Matthew G 9

Season Record: 6-6


Fremont sports

WILLIGAN – Our Eagles went to Riverside last weekend to play against 5
other deaf schools in the annual wrestling tournament.  On Friday, we knew
that we would not
win any duals (team) matches because we only had 8 of the 14 weight
classes.  However, many of them competed and won matches.  On Saturday,
they entered individual
matches and competed in their own weight classes.  Samuel Brown won  the
132 pound weight class Champion and George Quirie was 2nd in the weight
class of 152.
Congratulations to everyone!

DUAL SPORTS – Due to small numbers on the girls side, we made an
announcement to the Cheerleading and Girls Basketball teams that we are
allowing dual team sports
athletes for the remainder of the season to help the teams finish their

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK –  Miguel Garcia Garcia, our junior wrestler
participated in his first tournament ever.  He picked up quickly and
contested in all of the
matches.  He has become an avid student in learning the finer technical
aspects of the sport and we are excited to see him carry on to this next


Kentucky boys’ basketball

Richmond Wellspring at Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville, Kentucky.

RWS 14 17 14 8-53
KSD 2 10 13 9-34

KSD (0-9) Collins 13, Dorn 5, Gilbert 13, Frahler 3


Lexington Boys Basketball

Game #14 January 28th 2020

Lexington vs New Jersey School for the Deaf

Lexington 50

Jayden O. – 18 pts
Adem M. – 11 pts
David P. – 8 pts

Record: 7 – 7


girls’ basketball

Maryland School for the Deaf vs. Perry Hall Christian School

1      2     3    4   =   Total
MSD –    8    14   4  12  =      38
PHCS –  2    4    10   1  =      17


C. Lummer – 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist, 3 blocks
C. Salit – 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 4 assists, 2 blocks
H. Weiss – 5 rebounds
Ar. Zfati – 3 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists
Al. Zfati – 4 points, 1 rebound
A. Cohen – 2 rebounds
N. Whittaker – 1 rebound
B. Finkle – 3 rebounds
A. Bielucke – 2 points
S. Herzig-Wilcox – 4 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals, 2 assists

Team FG: 17
Team 3-FG: 1 (Salit)
Team FT: 3-4


DeIaco – 7 points
Gaigler – 4 points
Smith – 2 points
Carpenter – 4 points

Team FG: 7
Team 3-FG: 0
Team FT: 3-13

Record: 13-5


boys’ basketball

Maryland School for the Deaf @ Perry Hall Christian School

1      2     3    4   =  Total
MSD  –  27   20   10  11   =   68
PHC  –    4     3     8    6   =   21

Halftime –  MSD led 47-7

Ethan Sheppeck – 3 points
Nathan Sheppeck – 12 points, 3 assists
Jory Valencia – 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists
Miguel Pavao – 1 point
Ethan Guettler – 4 points, 3 assists
Jaden Joseph – 12 points, 6 rebounds
Enow Otto – 12 points, 10 rebounds
Zion Ortiz – 3 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals
Jamaal Porter – 5 points

Team Total FG:  27
Team Total 3FG:  9 (Valencia 4, Joseph 2, Na. Sheppeck 2, Porter)
Team Total FT:  5-9

Luke Woodie – 2 points
Nicholas Bruno – 11 points
Travis Clatterbuck – 2 points
Coleson Malenfant – 4 points
Gabriel Schultz – 2 points

Team Total FG:  9
Team Total 3FG:  3 (Bruno 3)
Team Total FT:  0-2

Record:  15-3


Michigan boys’ basketball

MSD vs St Thomas Moore Academy

Tartars showed up the game tonight with Jake Zanavich registering another
double double, 16 points and 10 rebounds. Morgan Squire basketed 10

We lost 40 to 67. We are now 0 for 9.


Minnesota girls’ basketball

Lost 14-66 to Schaeffer Academy.

Schaeffer Academy was a very sharp shooting team that could make baskets
around the floor and played very tough defense. Tough team to defend as
well, our girls worked hard and took this game to focus on improving our

J. Johnson (#5)- 6 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals
E. Olakunle- 2 points and 2 steals
D. Schwartz- 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals

Record 4-7


Missouri boys’ basketball

Missouri School for the Deaf   11   14    10   19 =  54

Wellsville                                     15   23    15   21 =  74


Jayden Riordan        28 points,  he shot 5 of 6 for 3’s shoot

Mikal Meriwether   22 points and 10 rebounds

Hezkei  Smoot          4 points,  7 rebounds and 1 block

Record conf 4-6, overall 6-6

Next game, we will travel to Missouri Military Academy on this Thursday
Jan 30th .


Model Secondary School for the Deaf Girls Varsity Basketball


Date: Monday, January 27, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Result: Win

Model Secondary School for the Deaf: 48

Don Bosco Cristo Rey HS: 18


New Jersey boys’ basketball

We lost to Lexington 51-34.
Great game. We had a terrible cold start and Lexington jump into large
lead and we working hard to catch up.  My hat off to lex.

Nasir Gurganus leads the team scoring 22 points.

Record 4-7.


New Mexico basketball


V girls


ATC 55

Our varsity Roadrunners played a good game yesterday. We started the game strong
and ended the first half with a score of 14-24. We lost our momentum during the
3rd quarter and finally got back into the game during 4th quarter. Stacy Vargas
got injured during Monday’s game, so she was unable to play much. Our top
scorers include Martina Rodarte-Estrada with 7 points, Mya Malone with 6 points,
Victoria Baca with 6 points and Andrea Leyba with 3 points. We have another game
this upcoming Thursday. We look forward to have a full practice and a full team
recovery. Thanks for your ongoing support!

Current Record: 7-6

V boys


ATC 68

The Roadrunners improved to 9-4 on the season with an away victory over the ATC
Phoenixes.  The game was tight through but the boys kept their composure all
across the floor whenever ATC made their own runs. Senior post Luis Villalobos
was sensational with 34 points and 16 rebounds, despite being guarded by their
two best players most of the game. Sophomore point guard Bruce Brewer Jr. had 25
points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds. Freshman post Kieran Vollmar had 15 points
and 9 rebounds. Everyone got into the game was sophomore Jesus Rios put the game
out of reach with a game ending steal, was fouled on the ensuing layup and made
the clinching two free throws (the first two of the year for him). 8th grader
Adrien Ercolino also made two steals, 2 points and had a block.  The Roadrunners
next travel to Albuquerque to take on the state’s tenth ranked team in Class A
in Evangel Christian Academy.

Record 9-4


Riverside Girls & Boys basketball

We played Hamilton at home.  Girls remained undefeated in league play with
a win over Hamilton.

Riverside Girls 50  Hamilton 32

Riverside overcame an ugly first half by scoring 15 points in the fourth
quarter to put away Hamilton Bobcats 50-32.  Bree Goldstein had 20 points
and 9 rebounds,
followed by Jada Zarembka’s 10 and 9.  Gisella Visco led all rebounders
with 12, despite playing the point guard position for most of the game.
Record is now
16-4, league 7-0.

Riverside Boys 48  Hamilton 45

Riverside boys played a sluggish start but regrouped and led by 10 at
halftime, 28-18.  Hamilton came out strong in the 3rd quarter and trimmed
our lead to only 4
points at end of 3rd quarter, 37-33.  Thanks to our stingy defense, we
were able to keep our lead in the 4th quarter.  Dylan Eveland, junior,
scored game-leading 22
points along with double-digit rebounds and Felix Gonzales, freshman point
guard, helped with 10 points and had a few timely steals throughout the
game.  Record:
7-10 (4-3).


Rochester boys’ basketball

Rapids 64 RSD    59

Bode Aggas : 22 pts 7 rebs

Mikalo Malone : 16 pts 17 rebs 4 stls

Luke Marcus : 10 pts

Team Record : 4-10


St Mary’s girls’ basketball

The Lady Bisons were rocked this evening by the Falcons of West Seneca
Christian.  The first quarter saw a pretty evenly played contest.  The
Falcons took charge in the second quarter and never looked back. Base the
old saying goes….When the ball goes in the net you look great and when
doesn’t you don’t. The Lady Bisons couldn’t find the net.  Kioney Alvira
Jurado scored 15 points.  Laci Stoffer had 4 points and Elise Watson had 2

Next game is Thursday January 30th @ Gilead in Perry NY.

Record Overall 4-6….IAC…2-3


Western Pennsylvania girls’ basketball

WPSD Girls -46


Calvary Chapel Christian -25

LEAGUE RECORD: 2-4 – clinched playoff spot



Western Pennsylvania boys’ basketball



WPSD 40 – CC 32

HARCLERODE- 28 points
JOHNS – 10 points

RECORD 5 – 9


random deafsports talk

it was learned that at the Clerc boys’ basketball
tournament, Florida School for the Deaf and Blind
instantly became crowd favorites. Fans were rocking,
rooting on the Florida boys.

This is great and unusual. In past years DeafDigest
Sports editor, as a younger man, attended deaf basketball
tournaments and has witnessed fan hostilities!



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