DeafDigest Sports – March 18, 2020
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dedication to a departed Gallaudet football player & long time coach
DeafDigest Sports dedicates this edition to Alfred Deuel that
departed us. He played football for two seasons, as junior
and senior at Gallaudet.
He passed away in 2019 but notice of his departure did not reach
DeafDigest Sports editor until today.
He was the biggest and heaviest player, at 235 lbs with the
1964 and 1965 football teams. Nowadays 235-lb football players
are common everywhere – but during the sixties, 235 lbs was
considered big and heavy.
DeafDigest Sports editor was the manager of the 1965 football
team, which was going through a 25-game losing streak.
DC Teachers College was a last-minute addition to the 1965
football schedule – and the Gallaudet players were overjoyed,
seeing it as an opportunity to snap the long losing streak.
DC Teachers was not that strong an opponent.
On the first snap of the game, one of the DC Teachers players
jumped up and down, laughing and pointing at the stunned
Alfred Deuel. Why was he pointing? No one knows, but Deuel
didn’t like it, and once the ball was snapped, he immeediately
went for the “laughing” player and knocked him down hard.
Deuel played both ways – center on offense and nose guard
on defense – and he was one of the important linemen in
the game Gallaudet won 21-12 to finally snap that losing
streak which stretched 4 seasons.
After graduating from Gallaudet, he was a career football
coach at schools for the deaf. He was one of the three
deaf brothers that coached football at the same time
at three different deaf schools (John at West Virginia,
Hal at North Carolina and Alfred at South Carolina).
All three faced each other during one season.
Gallaudet men’s basketball
Gallaudet’s Noah Valencia selected to D3hoops.com All-Region third team
MINNEAPOLIS – Gallaudet University senior guard Noah Valencia (Riverside,
Calif.) was named to the 2019-20 D3hoops.com men’s basketball All-East
Region third team on Tuesday. This is Valencia’s first honor and fifth in
Valencia joins former Bison great Robert Haney Jr., a two-time All-Middle
Atlantic Region third team selection (2002-03, 2003-04), and Trey Gordon,
a two-time All-East Region third team honoree (2014-15, 2015-16).
Noah was not selected to the NEAC first team, as he should have been.
Conference members were not allowed to vote for their own players.
But with D3hoops.com, teams can nominate their own players, and
Gallaudet did – and this is an irony – Some NEAC first teamers
were not given D3hoops.com honors while NEAC second-teamer Noah
was given D3hoops.com honors.
newspaper remembering a past Georgia coach
part of long story
Stephens High and its tradition of excellence in sports has also been
recognized by the Calhoun-Gordon County Sports Hall of Fame. Maude Chattam
and Zeke McDaniel are both graduates of the school who have been inducted
into the hall in the last several years.
Zeke McDaniel then became head basketball coach at Georgia School for the
Deaf, where he served from 1963 to 1986, leading the Tigers to the
Mason-Dixon Championship five times.
DeafDigest Sports editor missed making contact with him. He retired in
1986, the same year DeafDigest Sports editor started covering deaf
schools sports. His best basketball player was Willie Brown, who played
two seasons at Hofstra and two seasons at Georgia State University.
Elite deaf athlete, rugby
part of newspaper story
Deaf rugby sevens player Jodie Ounsley nominated for positive role model
accolade at National Diversity Awards
Ounsley is bidding to play for UK at the Tokyo Olympics later this year
The 19-year-old, who is currently playing for England at the World Sevens
Series, is deaf but has cochlear implants so she can hear.
And Ounsley announced the news on Twitter, saying: “I’ve been nominated
for ‘Positive Role Model’ award, how exciting.
college deaf basketball player
University of Washington
played 15, starting 14, of his team’s 32 games
averaged 30.5 minutes on the floor per game
averaged 11.6 points per game
he ran into academic issues and missed the remainder of
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Random DeafSports thoughts
Did U of KY ever have a deaf basketball player?
two of them – Houston Nutt who played a season for
Adolph Rupp in the early fifties and in recent
seasons, there was a hard of hearing player, but
sorry, DeafDigest Sports editor forgot his name.
It was learned that the 2nd deaf player was
Quade Green. While he started his career at
Kentucky, he transferred to University of
This meant Kentucky was not able to have
its two deaf players play four full seasons!