2020/05/02

DeafDigest Sports – May 2, 2020

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— random deafsports thoughts

— Gallaudet updates

— Gallaudet hall of fame

— elite racer

— college wrestler

— West Virginia football

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Gallaudet men’s track

Gallaudet men’s track and field thanks its senior class

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department and the men’s
track and field program would like to recognize its senior class, who had
their season end abruptly back in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bison men’s track and field team had four seniors on its roster; Jamal
Garner (Jacksonville, Ill.), Jordan Kray (Fremont, Calif.), Ronald
Mattingly (Coconut Creek, Fla.) and Jaquan Thomas (Midway, Ga.).

The quartet of seniors competed for the Bison back on March 7 at the Lloyd
Sigler Spring Meet hosted by Salisbury University. That was the only
outdoor track and field meet Gallaudet participated in this spring.

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Gallaudet women’s track

Gallaudet women’s track and field thanks its senior class

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department and the women’s
track and field program would like to recognize its senior class, who had
their season end abruptly back in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bison women’s track and field team had one senior on its roster.
Senior Fatuma Ali (Tucson, Ariz.) competed for the Bison back on March 7
at the Lloyd Sigler Spring Meet hosted by Salisbury University. That was
the only outdoor track and field meet Gallaudet participated in this
spring.

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Gallaudet Athletics launches new recruitment videos

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department is thrilled to
release a new series of recruitment videos as Bison coaches hit the trail
to find future student-athletes

Go to:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2019-20/recruitmentvideos

to link on each sport

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Gallaudet hall of fame

Nomination deadline extended for Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of
Fame until May 29

WASHINGTON – The nomination deadline for the next Gallaudet University
Athletics Hall of Fame class has been extended until Friday, May 29, 2020.
If you haven’t had a chance to nominate a deserving former
student-athlete, coach or honorary member you still have time to complete
your nomination form (see below) and e-mail it to
halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

If you are interested in nominating someone please review the guidelines
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-guidelines.pdf

before you complete the form at:
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-nomination-edit.pdf

It is important to fill out the form completely and include supporting
documents such as old newspaper clippings, statistics and/or old photos to
help the selection committee with their decision. Letters of
recommendation will also be acceptable to submit.

If you have a question or comment about the GU Athletics Hall of Fame
please send your e-mail to halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

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West Virginia football

note:
a local West Virginia newspaper sports reporter
asked DeafDigest Sports for a summary of the
best West Virginia football teams of years
way back.

Here it goes below – the story will be printed
but it is for your advance fun reading:

West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind played
its last football game in 1982.

The school’s dream seasons took place between
1956 and 1959. The team posted these 7-1-0, 4-2-1,
8-0-0 and 6-0-2 records in these respective
four seasons.

The football accomplishments, the best in school
history, were made possible by a once-in-a-lifetime
bumper crop of talented athletes – Charles Buemi,
John Popovich, Gene Smith, Vernon Devericks and
Bill McCoy.

A winning team must have a great quarterback and
Charles Buemi was it.

The 1956 team was ranked #1 in the nation by the
old Silent Worker magazine, the only time the
school would achieve this grand honor. The
1958 team, with a 8-0-0 record, did not make the
#1 honor only because it was upstaged by another
powerful deaf school.

In these four seasons, the local school victims
were Southern HS, Franklin HS, Circleville HS,
Ridgeley HS, Harpers Ferry HS, Musselman HS,
and Hedgesville HS.

The team had games against deaf schools –
defeating American SD and Pennsylvania SD.
The 1959 games against these two deaf schools
were interesting. The 6-0-2 West Virginia team
battled 6-1-1 American team to a 22-22
tie, and then in the last game of the season,
fought 3-4-1 Pennsylvania to a scoreless tie!
These two ties may have possibly cost
West Virginia another #1 Deaf Team of the
Year honor.

Only Charles Buemi moved on to college
football, playing two seasons as the starting
quarterback with the Gallaudet University
(Washington, DC) team. He threw the winning
touchdown pass in the dying minutes to help
2-5-0 Gallaudet defeat 5-2-1 Delaware Valley
College, 14-13 in 1958. It was the biggest upset
win in Gallaudet’s football history.

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college deaf athlete

JD McMillin

rising sophomore

wrestling, 125 lb class

Ferrum College (NCAA-III, Virginia

posted 18-13 record with five pins

team had three wrestlers in his weight class and he wrestled the most of the weight group

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elite deaf athlete

Josh Waterman

British motocross racer

Jumped last season to the Yamaha-sponsored racing team

no updates on him, however, except for the above notice

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random deafsports thoughts

received word via confidential sources that one of these
pre-season 4-team basketball tip off classics has been
cancelled – that far in advance!

Sad!

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Stassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.