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06

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DeafDigest Sports – August 6, 2017

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

— August football schedule

— Deaflympics cultural differences

— Deaflympics men’s basketball

— Alabama loses a football game

– a book of fiction about a deaf football player

Deaf Sports Collections update
— deaf basketball team in national hearing tournament
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/deaflympics-past-picture-gold-medal-winners/

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upcoming August football games

Aug 18 Indiana at Trader Point
Aug 24 Florida at Oak Hall
Aug 24 Model at Green Street Academy
Aug 25 Michigan at Atlanta (not Atlanta Area School for the Deaf)
Aug 25 Fremont at Turlock Christian
Aug 25 Indiana hosts Manual
Aug 25 Riverside at Santa Rosa
Aug 25 Alabama at Waterloo
Aug 26 Arkansas at Mississippi
Aug 26 Georgia at Tennessee
Aug 31 Colorado hosts Branson
Aug 31 Kansas hosts Christ Prep
Aug 31 Tennessee at South Carolina
Aug 31 Florida hosts Halifax Academy
Aug 31 Louisiana at Mississippi
Aug 31 Oklahoma hosts Life Christian

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Deaflympics culture – comparing India with USA

When Americans come home after participating in the
Deaflympics, the first thing on their minds is to
come home ASAP and get back to their normal daily
living routines.

Apparently it is different with deaf athletes
from India. When they arrive at their home airports,
they expect to be greeted by hearing sports and
even government VIPs, congratulating them on their
Deaflympics performances!

This actually happened. A group of gold-medal winning
athletes from India expected a crowd of VIPs
greeting them. When none showed up, they sulked
and refused to go home, staying in the airport for
hours!

Different nations. Different cultural expectations!

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Deaflympics – men’s basketball

Lithuania won the men’s basketball gold medal,
and already they are saying they are the best deaf
basketball team in the world.

Are they?

No.

USA, for reasons of its own, did not send its
basketball team to the Deaflympics, despite
originally promising to do so.

They cannot return in future Deaflympics without
paying the heavy fine for withdrawal. The fine
is into few thousands of dollars.

Who is the best deaf team in the world?

DeafDigest Sports editor says that Gallaudet
University is. Could Lithuania national deaf
team defeat Gallaudet University.

We shall never know!

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Alabama football

lost a game on September 29th; the scheduled
opponent – Jacksonville Christian Academy
is not fielding a team this season due to
low numbers. This means Alabama gets a
forfeit win.

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a fictional book

Left Out  by Tim Green

Landon Dorch wants to be like everyone else. But his deafness and the way
he talks have always felt like insurmountable obstacles. But now he
finally sees his chance to fit in. Bigger and taller than any other
seventh grader in his new school, Landon plans to use his size to his
advantage and join the school’s football team. But the same speech
problems and the cochlear implants that help him hear continue to haunt
him.

Just when it looks like Landon will be left out of football for good, an
unlikely friend comes along. But in the end only Landon can fight his way
off the bench and through a crowded field of bullies bent on seeing him
forever left out.
 

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05

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DeafDigest Sports – August 5, 2017

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

— August football schedule

— college deaf trackster

— a big Deaflympics issue

— another Derrick Coleman story

Deaf Sports Collections update
— Gallaudet’s NCAA-I football recruits
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/quinnipac-deaf-trackster/

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upcoming August football games

Aug 18 Indiana at Trader Point
Aug 24 Florida at Oak Hall
Aug 24 Model at Green Street Academy
Aug 25 Michigan at Atlanta (not Atlanta Area School for the Deaf)
Aug 25 Fremont at Turlock Christian
Aug 25 Indiana hosts Manual
Aug 25 Riverside at Santa Rosa
Aug 25 Alabama at Waterloo
Aug 26 Arkansas at Mississippi
Aug 26 Georgia at Tennessee
Aug 31 Colorado hosts Branson
Aug 31 Kansas hosts Christ Prep
Aug 31 Tennessee at South Carolina
Aug 31 Florida hosts Halifax Academy
Aug 31 Louisiana at Mississippi
Aug 31 Oklahoma hosts Life Christian

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comments about Deaflympics

The theme never changes – highly qualified deaf athletes
do not take part in the Deaflympics for one reason -
no money.

And some of the Deaflympics participants are really
not qualified but they participate – only because their
families have money.

DeafDigest Sports editor remembers one deaf tennis
player, a student at a Big Ten university. Curious
about that tennis player, the editor checked with
the sports information office of that Big Ten
university. They replied, saying they never heard
of her. Apparently she was an intramural tennis
player that somehow was selected to take part in
the Deaflympics.

What was the player’s results at the Deaflympics -
big shut out 0-6, 0-6 and being quickly eliminated.

Take 6’9 Leon Grant as an example – he terrorized
deaf club basketball in the 1960′s and 1970′s.
He only took part in one basketball competition.
Same reason – no money.

One former member of the US Deaflympics administrative
board got tired one same old issue at each meeting -
how to raise funds! This is the reason he is no longer
on the administrative board.

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college trackster

Carly Timpson Reflects on Team USA Experience Competing in 2017 Deaf Olympics

Timpson Medaled with Silver in the High Jump While Competing for Team USA in Turkey

full story at:
http://www.quinnipiacbobcats.com/news/2017/8/4/womens-indoor-track-field-carly-timpson-reflects-on-team-usa-experience-competing-in-2017-deaf-olympics.aspx

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another Derrick Coleman story

Falcons FB Derrick Coleman explains how he communicates with team

From there, Coleman moved on to Seattle, where he played from 2012-2015
and met his future Falcons head coach, Dan Quinn.

full story at:
http://thefalconswire.usatoday.com/2017/08/04/falcons-fb-derrick-coleman-explains-how-he-communicates-with-team/
 

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DeafDigest Sports – August 4, 2017

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

— August football schedule

— Alabama football

— Phoenix athletic director

— deaf in pro golf

— did Russian president force Dubai Deaflympics?

— Derrick Coleman

Deaf Sports Collections update
— hearing ASL quarterback
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/pro-golfer-kayla-yost/

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upcoming August football games

Aug 18 Indiana at Trader Point
Aug 24 Florida at Oak Hall
Aug 24 Model at Green Street Academy
Aug 25 Michigan at Atlanta (not Atlanta Area School for the Deaf)
Aug 25 Fremont at Turlock Christian
Aug 25 Indiana hosts Manual
Aug 25 Riverside at Santa Rosa
Aug 25 Alabama at Waterloo
Aug 26 Arkansas at Mississippi
Aug 26 Georgia at Tennessee
Aug 31 Colorado hosts Branson
Aug 31 Kansas hosts Christ Prep
Aug 31 Tennessee at South Carolina
Aug 31 Florida hosts Halifax Academy
Aug 31 Louisiana at Mississippi
Aug 31 Oklahoma hosts Life Christian

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Alabama football

Paul Kulick, who coached football at Alabama in the past,
returns as the head coach, replacing Hermino Gonzales, who
moved to Fremont.

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Phoenix sports

the new athletic director is Jesse Bailey; he replaces
Eddie King. Bailey comes on board from Texas School
for the Deaf where he served as the assistant athletic
director.

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pro golf

Fresh off Deaflympics win, golfer brings fight to the PHC Classic

GLENDALE — Kaylin Yost couldn’t hear the two words last week. She could
hardly hear anything.

Well, until the roar.

In Samsun, Turkey, at the first-ever golf event in the 23rd Deaflympics
— an International Olympic Committee-sanctioned event at which deaf
athletes compete at an elite level — Yost wasn’t permitted to use the
hearing aids she’s worn since doctors noticed her hearing impairment at
age 2. She could hear loud noises but nothing more, so when the fan yelled
the two words — “miss it” — as she stood over gold medal-granting
putt, Yost went about her business.

full story at:
http://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/golf/2017/08/03/fresh-off-deaflympics-win-golfer-brings-fight-phc-classic/534635001/

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Dubai Deaflympics

Dubai is ICSD president’s favorite to host Deaflympics 2021

LONDON: Dubai is the personal preference of the president of the
International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD), Valery Rukhledev,
to stage the 2021 Deaflympics, ahead of the newly-announced 2028 Olympic
Games host city of Los Angeles.

full story at:
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1139271/sports

note:
in other words, the president, and not the delegates “decide” where the
next Deaflympics take place. A dictatorship? Probably so.

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Derrick Coleman

Falcons’ Coleman out to reclaim form, career, reputation

For some of life’s uncomfortable moments, Derrick Coleman has devised a
quick and convenient remedy. Just put his deafness to work for him.

full story aet:
http://www.myajc.com/sports/falcons-coleman-out-reclaim-form-career-reputation/e20vdyNiCTPe5sWcamqzVJ/

 

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03

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DeafDigest Sports – July 31-August 3, 2017

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

— Gallaudet updates

— deaf pro tennis player

— former Gallaudet football player becomes hearing high school coach

— a former deaf minor league draftee and current baseball coach

Deaf Sports Collections update
— Purdue’s first football coach
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/football-coach-shawn-self/

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Gallaudet football

former Gallaudet football player becomes hearing high school coach

Monsignor Donovan announces Shawn Self as new football coach

For the fourth time in the last four seasons, the Monsignor Donovan
football team will have a new head coach, but Athens native Shawn Self
hopes to bring some degree of constancy to the program.

Self, 28, was officially named the Rams coach in an announcement to the
team on Monday. He succeeds Jason Miller, who also served as the
school’s athletic director but resigned after one season as head
football coach. The Rams went 2-9 in 2016.

full story at:
http://onlineathens.com/sports/prep/2017-07-31/monsignor-donovan-announces-shawn-self-new-football-coach

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Gallaudet update

Gallaudet University’s Ashmore and Frez-Albrecht honored with 2016-17 NEAC Inspirational Awards

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC)
announced its first two recipients of the 2016-17 NEAC Inspirational Award
on Wednesday and Gallaudet University rising seniors Lawjen Ashmore
(Fairbanks, Alaska) and Faye Frez-Albrecht (Canton, Conn.) were honored.

full story at:
http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2017-18/neacinspiration1617

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Florida football

part of newspaper story

Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind will open practice Aug. 9

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deaf pro tennis player

Getting to know Yannick Hanfmann\

Enjoy the silence. Yannick Hanfmann, hearing impaired since his birth,
plays in Gstaad his eighth ATP match and his first semifinal. The
25-year-old reached the quarter-finals at Munich in his ATP World Tour
debut, as he saved a match point to Bellucci before losing to Bautista
Agut.

full story at:
http://www.tennisworldusa.org/news/news/ATP_Tennis/45900/getting-to-know-yannick-hanfmann/

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baseball

a former deaf minor league draftee and current baseball coach

OK Baseball Instructor Hopes Lessons Go Beyond The Diamond

TULSA, Oklahoma – Baseball season may be over for high school kids but
training continues. And at one Oklahoma facility, the owner’s lessons
don’t stop on the diamond.

The sounds of baseball are distinct to most, but because of a hearing
issue, Geoffrey Rottmayer had a different experience.

“I was born with hearing loss, so going outside, taking the ears off was
just kind of a way for me to just enjoy life,” Rottmayer said

full story at:
http://www.newson6.com/story/36025191/ok-baseball-instructor-hopes-lessons-go-beyond-the-diamond

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Tuilomani Defies All Odds (women’s Australian Rules Football)

It was a double treat for AFL Fiji Vonu women’s national rep Halamehi
Tuilomani who was part of the team that presented their i-tatau to
President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at Borron House
yesterday.

The national men’s and women’s team will leave next week Wednesday for
the 2017 AFL International Cup in Melbourne, Australia from August 5-19.

The 24-year-old from Jiliva, Nakasaleka in Kadavu who is deaf and mute,
has been playing AFL since 2013.

full story at:
https://fijisun.com.fj/2017/08/01/tuilomani-defies-all-odds/
 

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DeafDigest Sports – July 26-30, 2017

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

— Deaflympics link

— pro golfer at Deaflympics

— huge honor for sole surviving Iron Man

— a deaf catcher

Deaf Sports Collections update
— past deaf female pro basketball player (before Tamika Catchings)
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/the-five-gallaudet-1943-basketball-championship-iron-men/

#9 Don Padden, the sole surviving Gallaudet Iron Man,
is in the picture on the left side

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Deaflympics link

go to:
http://deaflympics2017.org/en/home-page

it has ended.

38 nations took part in 21 different athletic events

38 nations? In the 2016 hearing Olympics 207 nations
took part.

Why?

No money, no money and no money. And possibly violent
Turkish politics scaring off some nations?

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Gallaudet Field House

Gallaudet University Field House court named in honor of Donald A. Padden, ’45

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University alumnus Donald A. Padden, ’45, left
his mark at Kendall Green after four decades of service as a faculty
member in the physical education department and several years as men’s
basketball head coach. Padden has been a long-lasting contributor to his
alma mater for more than seven decades and now, in addition to leaving his
mark, he has left his signature for all to remember.

full story at:
http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2017-18/paddencourt

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Gallaudet swimming

Gallaudet’s Frez-Albrecht and Reaction Light Systems written up in The Washington Post

WASHINGTON – For the second time in two weeks, Gallaudet University
women’s swimming rising senior Faye Frez-Albrecht will be featured in a
national newspaper’s sports section. The Washington Post released its
story titled ‘It makes me feel equal’: A deaf Gallaudet swimmer pushes
NCAA to change rules, adopt technology on Thursday afternoon.

full story at:
http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/wswimdive/2017-18/releases/washpost

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Gallaudet in NEAC

Gallaudet University athletics places eighth in 2016-17 NEAC Presidents’ Cup standings

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The Gallaudet University athletics program finished in
eighth place out of 14 schools in the final 2016-17 North Eastern Athletic
Conference (NEAC) Presidents’ Cup standings announced by the conference
office today. The NEAC Presidents’ Cup is calculated by a school’s
standings for athletic, academic, sportsmanship and community service
success throughout the school year.

full story at:
http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2017-18/neacstandings

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pro golfer at Deaflympics

WARRENVILLE, Illinois, July 18, 2017: Professional golfer Kaylin Yost is
one of two American golfers selected to represent Team USA at the 2017
Deaflympics Summer Games, an International Olympics Committee
(IOC)-sanctioned event where deaf and hard of hearing athletes compete at
an elite level.

full story at:
http://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-255076.html

another story at:
Kaylin Yost initially caught our attention in March when she Monday
qualifying into the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup, then shot an
opening-round 67, an impressive feat for the on-again, off-again Symetra
Tour pro who also suffers from 90 percent hearing loss. The 24-year-old
American impressed again this week by becoming the first gold medal winner
in golf at the Deaflympic, an Olympics-style international competition for
hearing-impaired athletes.

http://www.golfdigest.com/story/symetra-tour-pro-becomes-first-gold-medalist-in-golf-at-the-deaflympics

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baseball

Squeeze catcher hasn’t let hearing disability hamper baseball career

Chase Smartt, a rising junior at Troy University in Alabama and a catcher
for the Winter Garden Squeeze, was born deaf — but that hasn’t slowed
his baseball career.

full story at:
http://www.orangeobserver.com/article/squeeze-catcher-hasnt-let-hearing-disability-hamper-baseball-career

note:
Atlanta Braves drafted him but he chose to play college ball
 

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DeafDigest Sports – July 15-25, 2017

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

— Gallaudet football

— Deaflympics link

— Florida track

— Illinois football

— deaf softball story

— 3 volleyball articles

Deaf Sports Collections update
— deaf diver in hearing Olympics
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/deaflympics-volleyball-player/

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Deaflympics

go to:
http://deaflympics2017.org/en/home-page

to keep yourself updated

sources told DeafDigest Sports editor that media coverage
was not that great

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Gallaudet updates

Seven Gallaudet football players land on Noontime Sports 2017 ECFC watchlist
http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/fball/2017-18/releases/noontimeecfcwatchlist

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Florida track

part of newspaper story

Robert McMahon — Won the FHSAA 880 yards four straight years at the
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (1967-70). He is one of 10
athletes in state history to win the same event four times.

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Illinois football

part of newspaper story

A-H joins Lake Forest Academy, Rockford Christian Life and Westminster
Christian, all transitioning to eight-player football. Illinois School for
the Deaf in Jacksonville has played eight-player for a number of years.

North Shore Country Day in Winnetka had been committed but recently
elected to drop its program for the 2017 season. 

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deaf softball

Softball tourney brings deaf community together

COLUMBUS — For Candice Arteaga, the experience is about more than
winning.

Last weekend’s softball tournament in Columbus was a chance to enjoy the
sport she loves with those who face the same challenges she does.

“Having fun and having a good experience is what it’s all about,”
said Arteaga, who got involved with the Midwest Athletic Association of
the Deaf (MAAD) 17 years ago.

The Greenwood resident and Iowa City, Iowa, native has gotten more
involved with the organization over the years.

Last year, she became a board member for the group that includes nine
Midwest states, including Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri,
Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming, and this year she led
the softball side of things.

“We work together to organize the events and pick places to host
softball,” said Arteaga, who is also a board member for the Nebraska
Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (NCDHH).

She wants to get more people from the deaf and hard of hearing community
involved in activities such as softball.

“I just want to get deaf and hard of hearing people together and enjoy
each other from all nine states,” she said. “We communicate by sign
language mostly and we really have a great time coming together each
year.”

MAAD brought its annual softball tournament to Columbus for the first time
last weekend, when four teams featuring players from seven different
states competed.

Midwest Maulers won the championship for the fifth straight year. They
beat Arteaga’s team, Midwest Underdogs, in the championship game.

Arteaga said the players enjoyed their time in Columbus.

“I thought it was a great turnout and everyone really enjoyed the games.
They also got to see what Columbus was all about,” she said.

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volleyball at Deaflympics

Norfolk native competing in Deaflympics

Norfolk native Kali Frowick starts competing in Samsun, Turkey, this week
as a part of the U.S. deaf volleyball team at the 2017 Deaflympics.

Opening ceremonies took place Tuesday and the competition runs through
July 30.

Frowick graduated from Norfolk High School in 2011, becoming a part of the
U.S. deaf volleyball team as a freshman at Gallaudet University — the
only higher education institution in the world designed specifically for
the deaf.

Frowick studied physical education and recreation, as well as played
volleyball, at the university based in Washington, D.C. Since graduating
from the university, Frowick works in Fairbult, Minn., where she’s an
assistant teacher and assistant volleyball coach for the Minnesota State
Academy for the Deaf.

In the Deaflympics, the U.S. team was to first compete against Iran on
Wednesday.

In a previous interview with the Daily News, Frowick said her team’s
biggest competition will be Ukraine and Russia, followed by Japan.

If the U.S. volleyball team wins at the games in Samsun, Turkey, it’ll
be the first time the team has taken home the gold since 1993.

The Iran men’s national deaf volleyball team has upset the United States
to achieve its first victory at the 23rd edition of Summer Deaflympics in
Turkey.

On Wednesday evening, the Iranian squad defeated the American team 3-1
(25-19, 18-25, 25-16 and 25-21) at the end of a match played in Turkey’s
northern and major Black Sea port city of Samsun.

EMU volleyball player set to play in Deaflympics

EMU volleyball player Hunter Taylor (Ashland, Va./Patrick Henry) is all
about taking advantage of opportunities.

full story at:
http://augustafreepress.com/emu-volleyball-player-set-play-deaflympics/
 

 

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DeafDigest Sports – July 1-13, 2017

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

— Gallaudet updates

— Maryland baseball

— Minnesota sports

— Oregon sports

— Texas baseball

— deaf pitcher in minor league

— deaf soccer

— a past Arena Football League player

— summer league baseball player

Deaf Sports Collections update
— national deaf basketball tournament near-boycott
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-pitcher-stefan-anderson/

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Gallaudet updates

Gallaudet men’s basketball earns first NABC Team Academic Excellence Award
http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/mbkb/2017-18/releases/nabcacademic

Gallaudet places 40 student-athletes on the 2016-17 NEAC Scholar-Athlete list
http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2017-18/neac-allacademic

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Maryland baseball

part of newspaper story

FSK Post 11 riding high at right time

Frederick legion team continues surge with fourth straight district win

Maryland SD rising senior Stefan Anderson is a member of the summer
baseball team; he plays LF and RF and has started and relieved some
games

the mention of him in the newspaper is this:

“They’re playing well, they’re playing really well,” FSK Post 11
coach Tom Long said. “Got two good pitching performances out of Ryan
[Berry] and Stefan [Anderson] today.

Anderson (two hits, one earned run, two strikeouts and one walk) fired
four stout innings in relief, including hitless innings in the fourth,
fifth and sixth.

“I was just throwing strikes today,” Anderson said. “Kept my
change-up low, my curve outside, away. Threw my fastball inside and forced
them to swing or lock them up.”

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Minnesota sports

part of newspaper story

The Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf boys lose another talented senior
class that featured Kyrell Cummings, John Fechter, Dawson Moder and Javis
Johnson. It will be up to incoming seniors like Juan Salgado, Will Bondhus,
Adam Rohde and Jonathan Schmidt, among others to keep the Trojans rolling on
the gridiron.

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Oregon sports

part of newspaper story

St. Paul would drop back to Class 1A and rejoin the Casco League and with
schools like Crosshill Christian, Falls City, Livingstone Adventist Academy,
Oregon School For the Deaf, Perrydale and Willamette Valley Christian.

note:
Oregon School for the Deaf has dropped football

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Texas baseball

Division III, District 4

First team: Kyle Richie, sr., Schertz John Paul II; Ian MacDonald, sr.,
Boerne Geneva; Ethan Rodriguez, sr., San Marcos Academy; Garrison Ryberg,
sr., Brentwood Christian; Shea Sliva-Wynne, jr., Texas School for the Deaf;
Hunter Albrecht, jr., Schertz John Paul II; Calvin Kowalik, fr., Schertz
John Paul II; Ethan Houser, soph., Boerne Geneva; Ryne Hutton, sr., Boerne
Geneva; Zachary Zuniga, sr., Boerne Geneva; Dillon Smith, jr., Brentwood
Christian; Ross Kirchner, jr., Boerne Geneva; Tony Opel, sr., San Marcos
Academy; Chance Fraser, jr., San Marcos Academy; Sean Bowman, sr.,
Concordia.

Second team: Kameron Ellenberger, sr., Marble Falls Faith; Willis Harpole,
sr., Boerne Geneva; Michael Hickl, sr., Brentwood Christian; Dylan Sicoli,
sr., Texas School for the Deaf; Nick Grasso, soph., Schertz John Paul II;
Tristan DeLeon, sr., Schertz John Paul II; Diego Escobedo Fernandez, jr.,
Brentwood Christian; John Oberwortmann, soph., Brentwood Christian; Grant
Von Der Ahe, jr., San Marcos Academy; Whitaker Touchstone, sr., San Marcos
Academy; Joshua Wolfe, sr., Concordia; Sam Gabelmann, sr., Concordia; Logan
Rosko, soph., Texas School for the Deaf; Carter Adams, sr., San Juan Diego;
Jordan Dawson, sr., Marble Falls Faith.

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deaf pitcher in independent minor league

part of a posting

LINCOLN, Neb. — Saltdogs relief pitcher Dimitri Kourtis is returning to
the diamond as a true rookie after sitting out two years for Tommy John
surgery.

However, Kourtis’ biggest obstacle came not two years ago, but ever since
he can remember.

The baseball standout has had hearing loss since birth, which has forced
him to wear hearing aids at all times.

Although the obstacle has posed its challenges, Kourtis has adapted to
life differently and is doing it his own way.

note:
Lincoln Saltdogs is not part of the organized minor league
system. It is a member of the American Association of Independent
Professional Baseball. According to the team’s web site which is
very difficult to navigate, he has pitched 11 games, starting
once, going 18.2 innings, with a 2.41 ERA

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deaf soccer

Deaf soccer: Friendship match for Japan and Korea

A Deaf soccer friendship match by Japan and Korea, sponsored by the
Japanese Deaf Soccer Association, was held in Munakata-shi, Fukuoka
Prefecture located in
Japan’s southern island on June 10.

Japan won easily with 4-0.

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a past Arena Football League player

http://abc27.com/2016/06/21/deaf-race-car-driver-overcomes-obstacles-inspires-the-midstate/

Chris has also been successful as a quarterback in arena league football.

sorry, not too much information about him in arena football – yes, it is an
old story

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summer league baseball player

Danton Hyman, Legally Deaf, Overcomes Odds to Become Two-Time All-Star

After being born legally deaf, Woodstock River Bandits outfielder Danton
Hyman started wearing hearing aids at the age of two, but that’s never
affected his passion for baseball.

full story at:
http://pointstreaksites.com/view/valleyleaguebaseball/news-652/news_489608
 

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DeafDigest Sports – June 25-30, 2017

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

— Indiana sectionals

— Texas softball

— rookie’s comment about Derrick Coleman

— drafted pitcher will not sign a contract

— deaf women in football

— 2025 Wrap up

Deaf Sports Collections update
— Gallaudet’s boxing champion
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/gallaudet-golden-gloves-boxing-champion/

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Indiana sectionals

part of newspaper story

Morristown also will serve as a regional host for the sectional
champions from White River Valley, Indiana Deaf, Morristown and Hauser.

note:
the story is vague. Is it saying that Indiana is moving from their
old sectionals to new sectionals in volleyball or in all sports???

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Texas softball

All-star honors

Division III, District 4

First team: Gabrielle Kowalik, jr., Schertz John Paul II; Mikayla Kowalik,
jr., Schertz John Paul II; Lindsey Hall-Schwegmann, sr., Schertz John Paul
II; Emma Giuntoli, jr., Texas School for the Deaf; Katelyn Despres, sr.,
Schertz John Paul II; Mia Upchurch, sr., Texas School for the Deaf; Leila
Sicoli, soph., Texas School for the Deaf; Madison Moser, soph., Schertz John
Paul II; Jaelene Etkie, jr., Texas School for the Deaf; Ashlene Etkie, fr.,
Texas School for the Deaf; Sarah Feider, sr., Schertz John Paul II; Michaela
Kelley, fr., Texas School for the Deaf; Rebecca Baergen, jr., San Marcos
Academy; Catherine Cortinas, soph., San Juan Diego.

Second team: Diana Salinas, sr., Schertz John Paul II; Chloe Edgell, fr.,
Schertz John Paul II; Madison Isley, soph., Schertz John Paul II; Sunita
Schmidjorg, soph., Texas School for the Deaf; Sarah Helm, jr., Texas School
for the Deaf; Marcela Brentham, jr., Texas School for the Deaf; Kaylee
Nabors, jr., San Marcos Academy; Lyanna Lucas, sr., San Marcos Academy;
Yuridia Aguirre, sr., San Juan Diego; Cristabel Soto, soph., San Juan Diego.

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rookie’s comment about Derrick Coleman (Atlanta Falcons)

part of newspaper story

Despite their competition, free agent QB Tyler Renew said Coleman, who is
deaf, has been one of the most helpful of his new teammates.

“He’s really an inspirational player,” Renew said of Coleman. “He’s deaf
and plays with hearing aids, so to play alongside someone with that
disability who doesn’t use it as an excuse, it’s awesome. He’s one
of the hardest workers on the team, and he and (running back) Devonta
Freeman have been the most helpful to me.

“Derrick has a lot more experience than me. He’s got some savvy and some
tips he gives me. It’s phenomenal and not something you think would
happen. You’d think a guy competing with you might look the other way,
but he’s not like that at all. He’s always there to help me and offer
his hand.”

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drafted pitcher will not sign a contract

Cason Sherrod, deaf pitcher with Texas A&M, was
drafted by Kansas City. He has decided to return
to Texas A&M for his final season of play.

Is it a risk? Yes. He could have a bad season
and major league teams would back off. He also
could get hurt.

Is it a good thing? Yes, if he pitches with a
0.00 ERA in his senior season! All major league
teams will go after him.

So, there is are pros and cons.

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2025 Wrap up

It is hard to believe that the 2025 Basketball Camp is already over. It
feels like it was just yesterday when we started the planning stage! It
took us many days of hard work to make sure that the camp was ready and
that the campers would have the best experience possible. Now it’s over and
I am happy to let you know that the 20 campers did have a wonderful time,
as did the coaches. Since day one to the end of camp, the campers increased
their personal growth, basketball IQ, understanding of the game, and they
have become better people both on and off the court.

I would like to thank those of you who made contributions to help the 2025
camp be a big success. First, I would like to thank the PARENTS and the
COMMUNITY for believing in our program. Also I would like to thank Maryland
School for the Deaf for their willingness to let us use their facilities
for the camp. Lynn Ray Boren and Brian Bippus have been part of the team
since the beginning when the idea was planted and they have helped a great
deal in terms of making the idea become a reality. 2025 could not have
happened without them. I want to thank our four coaches Stephen DaSilva,
Orion Palmer, Anton Jackson, and Noah Valencia, for contributing their time
and energy to help teach our campers.

We had several great guest speakers who were more than willing to come and
share some wisdom with our campers each day during the camp. I’d like to
thank all of them: Tamijo Coleman, Kevin Kovacs, Brendan Stern, James
“Coach D” DeStefano, and Brandon McMillan.

We had three AAU basketball teams who were more than willing to come and
play games with our campers to help enhance their game experience- thank
you to the Playmakers teams. Thanks to Gallaudet University and Dick’
s Sporting Goods for donating items for the camp.

We are already looking forward to next year’s 2025 camp which will take
place on the west coast. If you are curious about the camp and want to get
more information, please feel free to check out www.starsbasketballcamp.com.
Keep an eye on the website for announcements coming up about next year’s
camp. Once again, thanks to everyone who helped contribute in some way to
this year’s camp. It means a lot to see how much our campers grew from the
experience and we can’t wait to see how they bring this experience back to
their schools and carry it with them for the rest of their lives as well.

2025 Basketball Camp Director
Jeremias Valencia

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Update women football games from Jose Amador

Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL)
Andrea “Dre” and her Carson Bobcats lost to powerhouse Utah Falconz, 0-26
due hot wave and stopped in 2nd quarter. They eliminated from 1st round
playoff. The Bobcats’ season is finished.

Icon Women’s Football League (IWFL)
LeAnn and her Corpus Christi Divas lost to Harlingen Honeys, 25-28. She
didn’t play due injury. They eliminated from playoff contention. The
Divas’ season is finished.

Cassie and Erika and their South Texas Generals lost to Houston Texas
Jaguars, 6-32. The Generals fell to seeding #4 in the playoff. They will
playing against #1-San Antonio Texas Legacy next week. And  #2-Houston
Texas Jaguars vs #3-Harlingen Honeys. To be announced.
 

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DeafDigest Sports – June 23-24, 2017

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

— another female football player

— Gallaudet responsible for change in swimming rules

— deaf golf tournament

Deaf Sports Collections update
— deaf school #1 fan
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/1923-philadelphia-deaf-championship-basketball-team/

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Gallaudet swimming

Gallaudet student-athletes help NCAA to “See the Light” with
swimming rule change

WASHINGTON – A major victory was earned out of the pool for the
Gallaudet University swimming and diving program on June 13 when
the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a proposal stating
NCAA men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will follow the
International Swimming Federation technical rules. This change,
along with others approved, is effective for the 2017-18 academic
year.

full story at:
http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2016-17/ncaaswimrule

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deaf golf tournament

Clustered Spires hosts tournament for East Coast golfers who are deaf

Frederick resident and Maryland School for the Deaf graduate Michael
Mabashov was the overall winner of the three-day tournament. While
relaxing in the clubhouse, his fellow golfers referred to him
as the local boy.

According to Frederick News-Post archives, Mabashov, 26, is
known for his golfing talent.

He has been a member of the U.S. Deaf Golf Association team and has won
the southeastern tournament before.

full story at:
https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/economy_and_business/tourism/clustered-spires-hosts-tournament-for-east-coast-golfers-who-are/article_19b7ddbd-cb6b-5788-b122
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another female football player

below as is from Jose Amador, Austin, Texas

 found out yesterday that one Deaf female player, her name is Andrea
Hollingsworth. She’s playing for Carson Bobcats of Los Angeles. I talked
to her via videophone for interview. Her upcoming game in the playoffs 1st
round against undefeated Utah Falconz (8-0) this Saturday. The Falconz won
2016 IWFL Champion last year.

Here’s our interview note:

Interview with Andrea Hollingsworth
Via videophone

Jose: Hello. I would like to thank you for your time to interview with me.
Andrea: Hello. I am honor to be here with you.

Jose: What is your name? And where are you from?
Andrea: My name is Andrea Hollingsworth and I am from Los Angeles,
California.

Jose: Wow, I can’t spell your last name. It’s a long last name.
Andrea: (laughing) yes.

Jose: Who are you playing for?
Andrea: Carson Bobcats in Los Angeles

Jose: What is your position?
Andrea: Linebacker and defensive end

Jose: What make you decide to join women football league?
Andrea: Its opportunity to join football team and my feel is a great
experience with role player. I show Deaf community that I can play
football. I want to encourage more Deaf female players to join women
football league.

Jose: What is your Carson Bobcats record?
Andrea: 6-3

Jose: I see your upcoming game against undefeated Utah Falconz this
Saturday in the 1st round playoffs. The Falconz won 2016 IWFL Champion.
What is your plan game?
Andrea: Well, my plan game is trying to best defense against their offense
and they always have high scores against other teams. I hope my team is
ready to take a challenge and keep score close instead shutdown like 0-50.
She said our team is only high score against them but lost in a regular
season.

Jose: What is your experience when you play defense?
Andrea: Wow, this is difficult to tell you, at first game, I didn’t play
much because no communicate with coaches and I tried to learn how to play
defense. Next game, my coaches start to learn sign language a little and
try to make communicate with me during defense. I’m glad I can play a
lot.
Jose: Yes, you are not the one, other deaf female players from Texas and
they do have problem with communicate with their coaches too. Did you know
they play in Texas?
Andrea: I didn’t know. I thought one player from Washington D.C.

Jose: Oh yeah, her name is Tasha Lemke and she moved to Austin now.
Andrea: Oh wow.

Jose: Two Deaf players and one SODA player are playing for the South Texas
Generals and other one Deaf player is playing for Corpus Christi Divas.
They did play against each other in early season. Like Utah Falconz, one
powerhouse from San Antonio Texas Legacy is now 7-0 and undefeated
champion for past 3 years. I think Houston Texas Jaguars (5-1) is only one
team can defeat San Antonio Texas Legacy in the championship game. But
South Texas Generals is improving a lot and they can take a challenge
against Houston Texas Jaguars before advance in the championship game.
Andrea: Oh I always wanted to play against Deaf. Maybe one day. This is
cool story about San Antonio Texas Legacy.  Our opponent is Utah Falconz.
This is not easy to defeat but we will do our best.

Jose: I believe one Deaf player will select in the All-Star game. Her name
is Cassie Cantu. She is good and her first year with the Generals. Is your
league have All-Star game?
Andrea: Yes, they have All-Star game. I hope to play in All-Star game one
day.

Jose: Is that 11-woman or 8-woman in your league? They are playing for
8-woman league.
Andrea: 11-woman

Jose:  8-woman is max to 30 players and your 11-woman is max to 50 or
something?
Andrea: Yes, between 40-50 players.

Jose: Will you return and play next year?
Andrea: Yes for sure! I am addict to play football and crossfit. I love
both.

Jose: What is your purpose for fund raising?
Andrea: When we found out that we will be playing against Utah Falconz in
the playoffs. We are excited but travel expense is not easy because we
live in California and our living expense is too high. We are trying to
work on our fund raising. We need to earn money to pay transportation,
hotel and food. We will drive to Utah for 11 hours on Friday. I hope
anyone can donation or support our team.

Jose:  I will share your link and spread the word. Wish you good luck this
Saturday!
Andrea: Thank you! And thank you for having me today.

Her fund raising link: https://www.gofundme.com/bobcatsplayofffund
 

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DeafDigest Sports – June 17-22, 2017

Barry Strassler, editor

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Hot DeafSports News at:

http://deafdigestsports.com/

— Gallaudet in social media

— a honor for Gallaudet cross country runner

— Gallaudet again makes Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup rankings

— deaf player in pro basketball

— Australian lawn bowler

Deaf Sports Collections update
— national javelin throw champion was deaf
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/shelley-beattie-famous-deaf-bodybuilder/

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Gallaudet in social media

Gallaudet University Athletic Social Media ranked No. 1 in
NCAA Division III for a third straight year

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University Athletic Social Media platforms,
operated by the Sports Information Office, finished the 2016-17 school
year ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III out of 437 schools, for a third
consecutive year, according to www.d3socialmedia.com.

full story at:
http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2016-17/d3socialmedia

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Gallaudet women’s cross country

Gallaudet’s Kristi Luna earns CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s
Cross Country Second Team honors

WASHINGTON  – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA)
announced it’s 2016-17 Academic All-America™ Women’s Track/Cross Country
Teams and Gallaudet University senior cross country runner Kristi Luna
(Austin, Texas) was named to the Division III Second Team. Luna is one of
45 honorees named to three different teams from around the country.

full story at:
http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/wxc/2016-17/releases/cosidaaa-luna

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Gallaudet athletics

Gallaudet athletics ranked for a seventh consecutive year in final
Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings

CLEVELAND – For the seventh year in a row Gallaudet University is ranked
in the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, presented by
National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA), as the
final 2016-17 Division III standings were recently released. The Bison
earned 25 points to finish tied for 289th out of 325 schools that received
points from making a NCAA tournament or championship appearance.

full story at:
http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2016-17/directorscup-1617

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deaf player in pro basketball

Michael Lizarraga continues pro basketball career in Mexico

The season may have ended on a sour note for Michael Lizarraga and his
Mazatlan Nauticos teammates, but the Dixon native and deaf professional
basketball player continues to march at the beat of his own drum.

full story at:
http://www.thereporter.com/article/NG/20170620/SPORTS/170629996

note:
Michael Lizarraga is not the first player from CSD-Berkeley/Fremont
to play NCAA-I basketball. The honor goes to Don Lyons, early
sixties, who played two seasons of junior college basketball
before transfering to UNLV where he played two more seasons.
He has been enshrined in the UNLV athletics hall of fame.

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Australian lawn bowler

Cockburn Bowling Club legend John Ravlich inducted into Bowls WA Hall of
Fame

Ravlich is also a four-time World Deaf Championship winner, five-time
Australian Deaf representative and has been a member of the state deaf
side for more than five decades.

full story at:
http://www.communitynews.com.au/cockburn-gazette/sport/cockburn-bowling-club-legend-john-ravlich-inducted-into-bowls-wa-hall-of-fame/

note:

look at the bowling ball in the picture. We normally don’t find
it in USA

 

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