2020/05/03

DeafDigest Sports – May 3, 2020

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— random deafsports thoughts

— Gallaudet updates

— elite golf

— college basketball

— Dedication to a Gallaudet Legend

— writer of Texas girls’ basketball story wins honor

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Dedication to a Gallaudet legend

DeafDigest Sports dedicates this edition
to Richard Coppola, a Gallaudet legend
during the early sixties, that departed us.

He was Gallaudet sports’ #1 fan – always
supporting Gallaudet athletic teams.

He also loved the Deaflympics and in fact,
drove across the USA (from Philadelphia
to Los Angeles) in 1985, touching all
48 mainland states on a trip that lasted
42 days, totalling 13,760 miles, with his
family in tow!

His complete obit is this link:
https://www.inquirer.com/obituaries/obituary-coronavirus-complications-richard-coppola-postal-worker-elvis-presley-fan-loved-travel-deaf-community-20200503.html

Do read below in random deafsports thoughts
for more tales on him.

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Gallaudet softball

Gallaudet softball thanks its senior class

The Bison softball team had two seniors on its roster. Senior Jenny Mendis
(Brook Park, Ohio) and Elizabeth Martinez (Riverside, Calif.) were just
over a week into the 2020 season when things were halted. Gallaudet was
off to its best start in seven years as the Bison began the 2020 campaign
with a perfect 5-0 record. The senior duo saw action in the season opener
against Trinity Washington University and Martinez got into the Clarks
Summit game a day later.

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Gallaudet baseball

Gallaudet baseball thanks its senior class

The Bison baseball team had seven seniors on its roster; Austin Altman
(Irvine, Calif.), Jaylen Chaney (Flint, Mich.), Robersy Delgado (Tampa,
Fla.), Winston Lane III (Brooklyn Center, Minn.), Connor Rosko (Austin,
Texas), Gilwon Seo (Hongseong, South Korea) and Dante Washington
(Paterson, N.J.). The group helped GU to a 4-8 record in 2020 before the
season came to a close after its March 8 game.

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For all Gallaudet seniors in spring sports

NOTE: After the spring season was shutdown the NCAA Division III
Administrative Committee ruled and has granted an additional
season/semester of eligibility for student-athletes participating in
spring sports. Thus, senior student-athletes wishing to return to campus
for the 2021 spring semester will have another year of eligibility if they
choose.

note:
The last sentence is the key. More or less on a case by case basis,
meaning some seniors may come back; some other seniors may not.

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Texas girls’ basketball

part of newspaper story

Sports reporter Rick Cantu received honorable mention in Sports Features
for a story on the Texas School for the Deaf’s girls basketball team.
(Austin Statesman newspaper)

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college deaf athletes

Jason Boateng

was supposed to be a redshirt junior

basketball

Indiana Tech (NAIA)

he was listed on the 2019-20 roster as student-assistant coach

not sure exactly what does that imply?

he was on the USA deaf national U-21 team but observers
said he was not that great a player as compared to his
teammates

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elite deaf athlete

Kaylin Yost, women’s pro golfer

she has a full time job with CBRE. Does it mean she
has given up on her pro golf goals? If so, DeafDigest
Sports has considered her as retired from competitive
golf.

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random deafsports thoughts

Still with the subject of Richard Coppola,
he did not play Gallaudet sports; he tried
out for the baseball team but after a few
days of practices, realized he was not
good enough, and gracefully left the team.

Yet, he made a very important contribution
to Gallaudet’s first baseball game – against
Johnson State College (Vermont)! The club
team had to pay for the umpires; there was
no cash available; the bank was closed.
He very generously pulled out the cash out
of his wallet to pay off the umpires!

Yes, his loan was repaid the next day
when the bank opened.

Thank you, Richard, for saving Gallaudet
baseball’s historic first home game.

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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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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.