2020/08/27

DeafDigest Sports – – August 23-27, 2020

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— random deafsports thoughts

— three deaf football teams; one deaf vs deaf game

— Texas football greatest player

— champion semi-pro football team had 3 deaf players

— college deaf swimmer

— first deaf participant in hearing Olympics

— Coda football coach

— deaf skateboarder

— New Mexico sports

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deaf football teams

three schools will play football this season

Alabama – 4 game schedule
Mississippi – 4 game schedule
Texas – 7 game schedule (all hearing teams)

only one deaf vs deaf game
10/15 Alabama at Mississippi

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New Mexico sports

part of newspaper story

Corona and New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe are opting out of
volleyball this school year, according to the NMAA. Vaughn and NMSD will
not play football.

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Texas football

part of newspaper story

The top 100: Ranking the best football players in Austin’s history

61. Jim Canady, Austin High: A versatile athlete who played for the
Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins in the NFL, Canady almost chose
to step into the ring rather than between the lines. A successful Golden
Gloves boxer growing up in Austin in the 1930s and 40s, he flirted with a
professional boxing career before joining the football team at Texas. As
the primary target for star quarterback Bobby Layne, Canady helped the
Longhorns win both the Cotton Bowl and Sugar Bowl. Following his
professional career, he returned to Austin and coached the Austin State
School for the Deaf, now known as the Texas School for the Deaf, to a
state championship. He later served as a search and rescue diver for the
Travis County Sheriff’s Office and ran a successful concrete business in
Austin.

note:
Texas SD as the state champions in football? Not sure if this was true.
Possibly the writer confused state championship with Deaf Schools Football
Team of the Year, as selected by Art Kruger

98. Brandon Reese, Texas School for the Deaf: Set a TAPPS record with
8,059 career yards rushing, including 2,991 yards and and 35 TDs as a
senior in 1999.

note:
DeafDigest Sports editor saw Brandon play in the game against Model.
Brandon was quick while carrying the ball through the interior line.

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Frederick Falcons

part of newspaper story

The team was led by QB Ron Manges and receiver “Wonderful” Wayne Randolph.
Coach Shipley was buttressed with other notables such as former college
standout Fred Burgee, who doubled as both Falcon assistant coach and
player. Two more assistants of note were William O. Lee and Richard “Bing”
Keeney. Local radio legend Tommy Grunwell even played for the team as a
stand-in for quarterback Manges while the latter was on summer camp active
duty with the Marines. The team had players ranging in age from 17 to 41,
plus had three deaf members.

full story at:
http://www.mountolivetcemeteryinc.com/stories-in-stone-blog/a-super-football-coach

note:

three deaf members

who?

Eddie Gobble
Ray Parks
Bill Zachariasen

all three played at Gallaudet.

Gobble was the team starter, and defensive signal caller at
middle linebacker. He tore up his knee in the second game of the season
and for all practical purposes, his football career was over.

Both Parks and Zachariasen were back ups on the defensive line

Gobble, incidentally, was chosen to be the head coach of Maryland
School for the Deaf’s first time ever football team in 1969. He,
however, changed jobs – working at Florida School for the Deaf
and Blind, forcing the school to find another person as the
football coach.

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college deaf swimmer

Matthew Torres

rising sophomore

men’s swimming team

Fairfield University (NCAA-I, Connecticut

part of newspaper story

He hoped that right now he’d be in Tokyo, ready to compete in his
first-ever Paralympic Games, but instead Matthew Torres spent August
getting ready to move back to campus at Fairfield University in
Fairfield, Connecticut, for his sophomore year.

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Coda football coach

part of newspaper story

Mart Head Coach Honors his deaf parents on the football field with sign languauge

MART, TX — In the game of football, every team has a way to communicate plays
on the fly, but for Mart Head Football Coach Kevin Hoffman, these signs mean a
little bit more.

Growing up with two deaf parents, Coach Hoffman believes he learned to sign even
before he could speak.

Melvin and Pat Hoffman might not have been able to hear, but that didn’t stop
them from coming to every sporting event and encouraging Coach Hoffman and his
siblings to try everything. In fact, Mel coached Kevin and his siblings, and
even played football for the 1947 national championship team for the Texas School for
the Deaf.

Coach Hoffman lost his parents six years ago, but he continue to honor
their memory by inspiring and shaping young men to always work hard and love fiercely.

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first deaf participant in Olympics (hearing)

Oskar Wetzell First Deaf Athlete at the Olympics Games

The first Deaf person in history to participate in an Olympic
Games was Oskar Wetzell, in 1908.

Oskar was born in 1888 in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, and
became deaf at the age of two.

At only 19 years of age, he participated in his first Summer
Olympics in London in 1908, where he competed in the 3-meter
springboard and 10-meter platform events

he won eight diver jump championships in Finland.

full story at:
https://www.unusualverse.com/2019/04/oskar-wetzell-deaf-olympics.html

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deaf skateboarder

Chris Weddle: An all-time skateboarding great in Kamiah

part of newspaper story

KAMIAH, Id — A couple weeks ago, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk posted a
photo of Kamiah native Chris Weddle. Weddle, a deaf skateboarder, is the
inventor of a trick formerly known as the Mute Grab, or the Mute Air.

To honor his legacy, Hawk has changed the name of the trick to something
more fitting.

Chris Weddle has been skating for over forty years. At age 54, he still
shreds.

In his prime, he was a prominent amateur on the competition circuit in
southern California, during one of the peaks of skateboarding popularity.

These days, Weddle lives in Kamiah, Id, and skates about five times a
month

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random deafsports thoughts

Will Deaf Esports replace Deaf Sports?

Hope not.

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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