2020/07/25

DeafDigest Sports – – July 24-25, 2020

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— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf athlete, softball

— deaf swimmer from Argentina

— Rupp’s deaf player

— announcements from Florida & Tennessee & Texas

— hearing Olympics gold medalist was deaf

— West Virginia football

— elite deaf athlete, rugby

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Florida boys’ basketball

Dear Mason-Dixon Member Schools:

I hope this email finds you well. As you know, there has been a lot of
discussion across the country pertaining to athletics, and how the
student-athletes and coaches can have the confidence of remaining safe
during this COVID pandemic.

With that being said, an unfortunate decision has been made to “un-host”
the 69th Annual Boys Mason Dixon Basketball Tournament /Cheer Competition
at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (January 2021). Nor will
FSDB be allowed to travel out-of-State to attend any other tournament or
competition.

Again, I/we apologize for any inconvenience during these unprecedented
times, and hopefully things will improve sooner rather than later.

Respectfully,

Donna Johnson
Assistant Principal-Athletics & Physical Education
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind

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Tennessee sports

part of newspaper story

TSD CANCELS FALL SPORTS: Tennessee School for the Deaf will not play
football or volleyball this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic, Interim
Athletic Director Rene Skelton said Thursday.

“TSD decided that in an effort to ensure the safety of our students that
we will not have fall sports,” said Skelton via email.

“We are canceling volleyball as well. Right now we are planning to
continue with our winter sports. Let’s hope that something happens between
now and then to get a handle on COVID-19!

“We will not have cross country this year, but it is due to lack of
interest, not COVID-19 related.”

Jordan Cooper, TSD’s head football coach, said: “I’m honestly heartbroken
for the seniors who will miss their last year of football. We were
supposed to have seven seniors and I honestly believe that last year’s
team had finally turned the corner and 2020 was supposed to be our year.”

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Texas sports

Per TAPPS, we will start our first fall sports practice on Sept. 8th.

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Texas girls’ basketball

part of newspaper story

Adlee Blacklock isn’t an unfamiliar name when it comes to basketball in
west Texas.

The Trinity Christian standout already has two TAPPS Class 4A state
championships to her name, passed 1,000 career points and was the 2019
Lone Star Varsity girls basketball preseason player of the year.

Blacklock made an oral commitment to Oregon State.

In the state-championship game Feb. 28 against Austin Texas School for the
Deaf, she scored 17 points in a 50-25 win.

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West Virginia football

part of newspaper story

The history of Piedmont High School football

In a grand total of 15 seasons of play, Piedmont accumulated an overall
record of 22-58-4

One win was over West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind

In Piedmont’s successful 1937 season, the Blue and Gold opened with a
tough 7-0 loss to West Virginia Deaf,

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deaf swimmer with his built-in backyard swimming pool

Sebastián Galleguillo, a member of the national deaf Argentinian
swimming team, wanted to practice swimming daily. He was not
able to do so because of closed pools during the Pandemic.

He decided to take matters into his hands, building a
backyard swimming pool. He is now swimming in that pool
on a daily basis, hoping the Deaflympics come back again.

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hearing Olympics gold medalist was deaf

Paris hosts 1900 Olympics, even though many didn’t know it

part of newspaper posting

Still, the second edition of the Olympics had something the first didn’t:
female athletes.

Charlotte Cooper of Britain is believed to be the first female champion,
winning the tennis tournament at Cercle de Puteaux in western Paris — on
the other side of the Bois de Boulogne from present-day Roland Garros. She
defeated Helene Prevost of France 6-4, 6-2 to win the title.

Cooper’s victory wasn’t exactly a surprise, even though the Olympic
tournament was played on clay. She was already a three-time Wimbledon
champion on grass and played in eight straight finals at the oldest of the
Grand Slam tournaments. She went on to win two more titles at the All
England Club over the next eight years.

And according to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Cooper won her
Olympic title despite being completely deaf.

“In a sport where the sound of a ball coming off the strings (is) such an
integral part of playing, Cooper captured all but one of her (Wimbledon)
titles without the benefit of sound, paramount in recognizing the pace of
an opponent shot,” the Hall of Fame says on its website.

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Kentucky’s deaf player

there was a newspaper headline that said:

African-American and Africana Studies faculty ask UK to
change Rupp Arena name

Did Adolph Rupp have a deaf player playing for him?

Yes.

It was Houston Nutt that played for him one season in the
early fifties.

Nutt was very hard of hearing, from a deaf family in
Arkansas and was able to easily switch between hearing
and deaf people every day in life!

Anyway Nutt transfered to Oklahoma State.

While he played few games on the NCAA-I level, he was
never a starter either with Kentucky or at Oklahoma
State.

Nutt was a long time coach and athletic director at
Arkansas School for the Deaf, coaching the basketball
and football teams.

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elite deaf athlete, rugby

England Sevens player Jodie Ounsley to join Sale
and miss Olympics after RFU contract expires

part of newspaper story

Telegraph Sport revealed on Thursday that both women’s and men’s England
sevens players had been told to find jobs

England Sevens star Jodie Ounsley has joined Premier 15s side Sale Sharks
after her contract with the cash-strapped RFU expired.

The move to playing the longer format of the game appears to close the
door on the 19-year-old’s Olympic ambitions at a time when Great Britain
sevens players are facing uncertainty over whether they will be able to
adequately prepare for next year’s Games.

Ounsley, who was born profoundly deaf, was seen as one of England sevens
brightest rising stars having made her World Series debut in
Glendale, Colorado last October

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college deaf athlete

Haley Padilla

rising senior

softball

Texas Lutheran (NCAA-III)

hit .406 (13 hits in 32 at bats) in 15 games
before rest of season was cancelled

A power hitter, over half of her hits were
for extra bases

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random deafsports thoughts

We had a deaf gold medalist in the hearing Olympics.
See above story.

How many people knew about it? DeafDigest Sports
editor never knew about it, even though from time
to time there have been postings and lists of
deaf athletes (and medalists) in Hearing Olympics.

Did she take part in Deaflympics?

No. The first deaf Deaflympics took part in 1924, and
by that time Cooper either didn’t know about it or
was too old to continue playing tennis or knew about
it but didn’t want to participate.

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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 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.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be