DeafDigest Sports  –-  May 18, 2021

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—- random deafsports thoughts

— Gallaudet honors graduates

— football updates

— Indiana softball

— Maryland softball

— Oklahoma track

— Washington boys’ basketball

— Team Handball


Gallaudet sports

Gallaudet Athletics Department pays tribute to its 2021 graduates

On Friday, May 14, President Roberta J. Cordano conferred degrees to 391
students: 208 undergraduate and 183 graduate that compile the Class of
2021. In the graduating class there are 23 Bison student-athletes,
graduate assistants, team managers, student assistants and coaches.

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football upates

DeafDigest Sports editor now has copies of 4 schedules

by cross referencing these schedules for deaf vs deaf
games plus some feedback from other coaches, at least
16 schools will be playing football.

Two schools, with longtime football programs,
will not be playing football this fall.

DeafDigest Sports editor has been asking for
schedules from some other coaches and athletic

If your schedule is already done, please email
it to barry@deafdigest.com

If your schedule is not yet done, please email
barry@deafdigest.com AFTER it is done.

16 schools (and hopefully growing), great; only
3 schools played football this past season
(Alabama, Mississippi and Texas, which won
state 6-man private schools championship).

Alabama vs Mississippi was last season’s
only deaf vs deaf game.

Many thanks!


Indiana softball

part of newspaper story

The North Montgomery softball team defeated Indiana
Deaf 20-11 on Saturday afternoon for its first win
since 2018.


Maryland softball

May 12,2021
MSD vs Wilson HS (DC)
Lost 10 to 2 in the first game.
Lillian Froehle 2 hits with a double, a triple and 2 RBI.
Estelina Kovacs 1 hit
Hannah Weiss 1 hit
Hanna Johnston-Shaw 1 hit
Zoe Austin 1 hit

Lost 12 to 1 in the second game.
Estelina Kovacs 1 hit with a double and RBI.

Record: 1-4.

May 11, 2021
MSD vs Chapelgate Christian Academy
Won 14 to 8.
Lillian Froehle 1 hit with a double and 4 RBI
Hannah Weiss 1 hit with a double and 2 RBI
Hanna Johnston-Shaw 1 hit with 2 RBI
Estelina Kovacs 1 hit with 2 RBI.
Alona Zfati 1 hit with 1 RBI

Estelina Kovacs earned her first win.

Record: 1-2

May 4, 2021
MSD vs. St. John’s Catholic Prep
Lost 8 to 0 in the first game.
A. Williamson- 1 hit

Lost 9 to 4 in the second game.
H. Weiss 2 hits with a double.
H. Johnston-Shaw- 1 hit with a triple
L. Froehle- 1 hit with 2 RBI
Record: 0-2


Oklahoma track

May 8, 2021, Only Senior Isaiah Holt who made it to the Class A State
Track.  His first experience to taste the State.  He did well, but didn’t
get any medals.

Here is his track result:
400m Dash: 53.60 (Best Personal) 11th place
800m Run: 2:19.29, 12th place

We surely miss Isaiah Holt and other Seniors too.


Washington boys’ basketball

part of newspaper story

Three Rivers Christian vs WA School for the Deaf

At Vancouver


Three Rivers 6 13 18 22 — 52

Deaf School 8 2 11 3 — 24

WSD (24) — Robinson 11, Lewandowski 7, Whitestar 2, Fortunato 3, Gonzales


Team Handball

part of newspaper story

After an uncertain year due to the pandemic situation, one of the most
trophy-winning sports teams, the Croatian deaf handball team, will perform
for the first time in history at home.

The Croatian Sports Association of the Deaf, together with the
co-organiser, the Zagreb Sports Association of the Deaf, are hosting the
12th European Deaf Handball Championships, which will be held in Zagreb
from 18 to 27 June 2021 under the auspices of the City of Zagreb.

This is also the first big competition for the deaf to be held in Croatia.

Six teams will compete in the European Deaf Handball Championships, and
Croatia is defending the gold medal which it won at the last European
Championships in 2016 in Berlin.

Along with Croatia, the national teams of Russia, Turkey, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, Serbia


random deafsports thoughts

more and more hearing females are getting
management and coaching positions in

This is great.

But what about the deaf?

DeafDigest Sports editor only knows of
two deaf individuals – Michael Fischer
and Ben Wade.

Fischer, a Gallaudet graduate, is the
vice president of player personnel with
the Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA).

Ben Wade, who functioned as a hearing
person, despite his serious hearing
loss, pitched in the majors for five
seasons (late forties and early
fifties), and served the Los
Angeles Dodgers as a long time
Director of Scouting services.

His bio would not mention his deafness
but it was no secret among fans that
follow baseball closely. His past
major league teammates said Wade
did not mix too well with the
players – and was always socially
aloof, avoiding conversation with

Any more deaf in these front office
positions in the future?

Hope so.




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

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.

You can now purchase your own copy for $35 apiece and $8 for shipping.

Please allow two weeks to receive the book.

Purchase here:


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