DeafDigest Sports – – July 21-23, 2020

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— random deafsports thoughts, puzzler about Gallaudet huddle

— a dedication

— Fremont announcement

— college deaf athlete, track

— Gallaudet volleyball honors

— Texas football

— gold medal winner

— Dummy Hoy story in a newspaper


A dedication

DeafDigest Sports dedicates this edition to
Robert Charles Watson, that departed us.

He played two sports at Gallaudet – football
and basketball during the mid sixties.

After graduation he became a long time
coach at Eastern North Carolina School
for the Deaf, once coaching his girls’ team
to 1988 Mason-Dixon Girls Basketball Championship.

At Gallaudet Watson only played 2-3 games as a
smash-mouth defensive end in the 1963 season.
A back injury shelved him for the rest of the
season and he never again played football.

He put in two seasons with the basketball team,
and was a crowd favorite when he got into games
in the dying minutes.

The fans once signed “We want Watson; we want
Watson” and coach Bill Schyman, upon seeing
that chant, immediately put him into the game!

It was the game that Gallaudet routed Coppin
State, 123-64, to make it a 10-win season in
the 1964-65 season.


Gallaudet volleyball honors

Gallaudet women’s volleyball earns 12th AVCA Team Academic Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Gallaudet University’s women’s volleyball program earned a 12th
American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award as announced
by the coaches association today. GU is one of 231 NCAA Division III women’s
team recipients for the 2019-20 season.

Gallaudet earns its second straight AVCA Team Academic Award after it rattled
off 10 consecutive years from 2006-07 until 2015-16. New this year is the
addition of the AVCA Team Academic Honor Roll recognizing the top team GPAs in
each classification. Gallaudet was recognized as one of the top 49 Division III
teams with a team GPA of 3.69 during the 2019-20 academic year.

GU is one of four North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) programs to earn this
AVCA honor for the 2019-20 season.

full story at:

DeafDigest Sports is always thrilled when Gallaudet athletes earn academic
honors, on top of their athletic skills.


Fremont sports

Postponement of Fall Sports in California

I wanted to let you know of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF)’s
decision today that we will be postponing all sports until December 2020/January
2021.  The news can be found on this link and the CIF’s Championship dates is
attached https://cifstate.org/covid-19/7.20.20_release

Basically the good news is that all sports will remain this school year as the
CIF does not want to cancel anything like we did last spring!  The bad news is
that we will need to figure out how to squeeze all three fall, winter, and
spring seasons in six months or experience overlaps which is going to be
difficult for small schools like us.  The information I gave you is only the CIF
Championship Dates so this is only the beginning of many news as all sections,
conferences, and leagues will have their own start dates.

The leagues that we are affiliated with such as the Northern Coast Section
(NCS), Bay Area Conference (BAC), Bay Counties League (BCL), and North Central
League (NCL) will be meeting several times this and next week as we try
to figure out how to merge everything.  After that, I will update you around the
beginning of August and provide a new schedule as they become available.

Warren Keller

note: Keller will be leaving his position as Fremont athletic director
at the end of this month to take a new position in Arizona.

This message also applies to sister school – California School
for the Deaf at Riverside, which competes in the southern
California region.


Texas football

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas will delay the start of the public high school
football season for its largest schools by a month as the state grapples
with a recent surge of new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Instead of starting practice Aug. 3, those schools can now start Sept. 7.
The first games can be played Sept. 24, a month after the originally
scheduled opening weekend.

it is University Interscholastic League. Texas School for the Deaf
is not a member of University Interscholastic League, but is a
member of Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools,
sort of a competing and a rival association.

What does Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools
have to say about it?

No word from TAPPS, just yet.


Dummy Hoy story in a newspaper

Hoy overcame all obstacles to star for the Reds

They called him “Dummy,” but William Ellsworth Hoy outsmarted them all.

Anointed with an insulting nickname because he was a deaf-mute, made fun
of because he couldn’t talk, belittled because people resisted giving him
a chance, Hoy grew up in the less-sensitive American 19th century.

Yet through his own skill, cleverness and perseverance, he skirted
obstacles, made believers out of doubters and emerged as a Major League
Baseball star for the Cincinnati Reds and other teams between 1888 and

full story at:


gold medal winner

part of newspaper story

Hsu Le, Taiwan, a Taichung Municipal Shinmin High School student, runs in
the girls’ 100-meter hurdles at the National High School Athletics meet in
Pingtung County on Tuesday. Hsu, who is hard of hearing, won a gold medal
in the event with a time of 13.70 seconds.


college deaf athlete, track

Gareth Ashton, fr, men’s track

was bound for University of Texas men’s track team as
a walk-on freshman – but transferred to Gallaudet.

Unfortunately for him, the Gallaudet track season was
cancelled because of the Pandemic.


random deafsports thoughts

there was a posting on an Italian sports web site today
(but translated to English). It said:

The huddle is very popular in football and we know that people who watch
the game have seen players come together for the huddle. Well, the huddle
was not always part of football, it was actually started in the 1890’s by
quarterback Paul Hubbard.

Hubbard was deaf and he was worried that the players from rival teams
would be able to read his hand signals, so instead he called his teammates
together to break down the play. And from then on players started to do
the huddle.

Well, what college did Paul Hubbard play for?  It does not mention
Gallaudet! He could have been mistaken as a deaf quarterback on a
hearing football team. We’ve had a few such quarterbacks in
college football over the years.




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 Strassler 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.

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