2020/04/13

DeafDigest Sports – April 12-13, 2020

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— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf athlete

— elite deaf athlete

— deaf woman in pro wrestling

— Deaf HORSE

— deaf head coach in NFL

— deaf baseball player signs a minor league contract

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Note: there were no DeafDigest Sports
editions in the past few days – due to scarcity
of deaf sports in the news lmost every day!

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deaf baseball player signed to a minor league contract

part of posting

100 Years Ago

April 12, 1920

Noah Downes has gone into professional baseball. This local athlete has
signed a contract to play the outfield for the Petersburg club of the
Virginia League this season. That league opens on the twenty-second of
this month. Downes is well-known locally and is one of the best all-around
athletes ever turned out at any local institution. He was formerly a
student at the Maryland State School for the Deaf before he matriculated
with Gallaudet College.

note:

don’t know if Noah actually played minor league baseball in the
1920 season – but minor league records (not always that 100 percent
complete) show him playing for the Frederick Hustlers team in the
Blue Ridge League in the 1928 season (8 years later).

As a hitter, he hit .273 (12 of 44) in 16 games. Did he hit any
homers or drove in runners, do not know because records are
incomplete.

As a pitcher, he had a 6-5 record in 13 games, total of 92
innings pitched. Again, his ERA stats is incomplete.

Noah attended Gallaudet in 1918-19 and 1919-20 before
dropping out. He very probably played for the Gallaudet
baseball team in the 1919 season (Gallaudet Almanac
did not list members of the 1919 baseball team).

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Deaf Horse

part of posting

Tamika Catchings, recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame, is defined by her world defense and relentless driving to
the rim during a 15-year career in the WNBA.

The former Indiana Fever star is considered one of the best to play the
women’s game, period. She is a championship winner, MVP, and five-time
Defensive Player of the Year.

It is a testament to her production on the court that her education as a
hearing impaired girl in both ears who moved across the country in sixth
grade after her parents divorced is largely overshadowed by her basketball
resume.

Catchings’ appearance at the NBA HORSE Challenge on Sunday, then, is
another celebration of what he has accomplished with the ball in his
hands.

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Deaf head coach in NFL

part of posting

Cleveland Browns

The 1970s started with Blanton Collier as the coach, but he had to retire due
partly to difficulties with hearing loss that had started to affect his ability
to coach.

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college deaf athlete

Sam Forden

rising junior

football

Murray State University (Kentucky, NCAA-I)

played 5 games in 2019

but posted no stats in these five games he played

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elite deaf athlete

how many deaf women fighters do we have?

DeafDigest Sports editor only has one deaf woman –

Aubree Thompson

and she has not fought since 2017. Has she retired
from fighting or unable to get new fights?

Do not know.

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deaf woman in pro wrestling

part of newspaper story

Hearing-Impaired Pro Wrestler Christina “C-Bunny” Sarni

Christina Sarni was born with a hearing-impairment caused by nerve damage

Wrestling has been a big part of my life. I grew up listening to Hulk
Hogan telling me to eat my vitamins and say my prayers, snapped into a
Slim-jim because of the Macho Man Randy Savage, smelled what the Rock was
cooking, and crotch chopped every kid in middle school that disagreed with
me. I still watch wrestling these days, and fortunately, the wrestling has
gotten better, but the character building and storylines have not. Being
C-Bunny is a triumphant true story that a screenwriter simply could not
write up.

In Being C-Bunny, Christina Sarni elaborates on how she overcame numerous
difficult obstacles in life to see her dreams come true. Christina was
born with a hearing impairment, making it difficult to do everyday tasks
that most people take for granted. Christina was often last picked in team
sports and had no friends in school because of the impairment. As you can
imagine, her school years were even rougher to deal with than most. After
high school, Christina decided to create an alter ego in order to change
the way others would see her and how she felt about herself. Thus C-Bunny
was born. C-Bunny would appear as a hip-hop dancer on a television show
being judged by dancer and singer Paula Abdul.

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random deafsports thoughts

What is one of DeafDigest Sports editor’s regrets?

That he never met, nor interviewed Noah Downes (see baseball
above) before he passed away. He lived in Baltimore and worked
for a dairy farm in the area. Noah was never present at these
deaf social events in the Washington-Baltimore greater metro
area. His younger deaf brother, Leonard, was a long time
Gallaudet employee, well known by everyone on the campus.
Leonard, however, never talked about Noah.

DeafDigest Sports editor interviewed many, many past
deaf sports heroes, but Noah wasn’t one of them.

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2020/04/11

DeafDigest Sports – April 8-11, 2020

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Hot DeafSports News at:
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— random deafsports thoughts

— dedication to a Gallaudet track and field legend

— another dedication, a past Gallaudet football player

— college deaf athlete

— elite deaf athlete

— soccer club loses ADA lawsuit

— first deaf major league baseball player

— a college basketball player praised by ESPN

— West Virginia deaf football

— collegiate won/lost record of a past Gallaudet coach

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Note: there were no DeafDigest Sports
editions in the past few days – due to scarcity
of deaf sports in the news almost every day!

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DeafDigest Sports dedicates this edition
to Bob Corbett that departed us.

At Gallaudet during the early 1960’s
Bob was a 3-time Mason-Dixon Conference
champion in discus.

In these days, there was no such a thing
as NCAA-III regional and national track
and field championships. Mason-Dixon
Conference was it for Gallaudet.

Bob was not an athlete; had no balance
and couldn’t play team sports that well.
And he was a “skinny” freshman. He became
one of the earliest Gallaudet athletes to
take weightlifting seriously – pumping the
iron every day after classes.

His body built up to the point where he
looked like a Mr. America – and it greatly
helped him in discus. Not just that, he
took discus seriously, coaching himself,
always reading up on pointers about this
event and studying the techniques of these
Olympic-level throwers.

He represented USA in the 1961 and 1965
Deaflympics, and he was a shoo-in, an
easy favorite in 1961. Unfortunately,
disaster struck him. On his first throw,
the discus hit the cage, and bounced off.
His nerves was shot, badly shaken up.
His second throw – same thing, a foul,
bouncing off the cage.

On his third and final throw, he just
had to be very careful, and was not his
normal self, and just had to make sure
the throw went through. He did not medal
in that event.

He tried again in 1965, out of competition
for two years (marriage and a new full
time job) – and came out satisfied with
a medal, though it was not gold.

He returned to Gallaudet track and field
as the coach in the throwing events
(discus, hammer, javelin and the shot)
in the seventies and stayed with the
program until he stepped down in the
eighties). Gallaudet field participants
all worshipped him for his coaching tips
and patience with them.

Bob was not all discus and nothing else.
He was a high level federal government
accountant for a Naval base.

Thank you, Bob for contributions you
made with the Gallaudet track and
field program, both as a participant
and as a coach.

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another dedication, a past Gallaudet football player

Matt Harris, who played Gallaudet football in
the 2010 and 2011 seasons, departed us.

He pretty much was a great football player
in his two seasons at Gallaudet

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West Virgina football

from a posting

The Top 10 teams of all-time in Hampshire county

With the spring 2020 sports season in hiatus, the lack of game action has
allowed me to take a walk down memory lane. In the office, senior editor
and former sports editor Jim King began the discussion of best sports
moments in his reporting history. I chimed in with a few great moments of
my own, and then we looked at each other and said, “Let’s do a countdown
of the best teams of all-time.”

The West Virginia School for the Deaf had 2 historic seasons that
landed them on this list while Capon Bridge had a tough time cracking the
list.

note:
West Virginia dropped football early in the 1980’s.

During the two glory seasons in the late fifties, they had
outstanding players – Chuck Buemi, Mike McCoy, John
Popovich, Gene Smith and Larry Jones. Buemi played Gallaudet
football for two seasons as quarterback and engineered
Gallaudet to the biggest upset in history – a 14-13 win
over Delaware Valley College in 1958.

The school had one player – Paul See, who played for a nearby
high school, while still attending classes at WVSDB. He also
went to Gallaudet and was a stalwart player on both sides of
the line.

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collegiate won/lost record of a past Gallaudet coach

John Becker coached Gallaudet basketball for two seasons
in the 1990’s. He moved on and is currently the head ooach
of University of Vermont basketball team.

There was a posting that during his time at Vermont, he
has led his team to 219 wins, which is #1 among 22
NCAA-I teams in the New England states. Harvard was second
with 185 wins and Connecticut third with 182 wins.

A point there – Becker coached his teams to 218 wins over
hearing teams and one win over a deaf team (Gallaudet)
for a total of 219 wins!

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Five 2020 women’s basketball prospects who rose up the class rankings

by ESPN

SG Rhyle McKinney
SMU Mustangs
espnW HoopGurlz ranking: 97
Previous ranking: Unranked

McKinney was born with a cleft palate and is legally deaf. She requires
hearing aids in both of her ears. None of that has stopped her from
becoming a top-100 prospect.

She has been a vital component for Argyle High School (Texas), helping
lead the Eagles to a 136-23 record over the past four seasons and tallying
more than 2,000 career points. She is a complete guard, one who can score
with her silky-smooth jumper, or dazzle with her passing abilities and
craftiness. McKinney averaged 20.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists as
a senior and can make an early impact in the American Athletic Conference
next season with SMU.

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soccer club loses ADA lawsuit

part of newspaper story

Colorado Rush Soccer Club to pay $11,000 to family of deaf player for
violating ADA

The family claims the youth soccer club told them offering services like
an interpreter for their young son was too expensive.

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first deaf major league baseball player

Dummy Hoy is first deaf major league baseball
player?

No!

It was Ed Dundon

do read the posting below:
Ohio Deaf History Month, designated Mar 13-Apr 15, celebrates deaf history
and contributions of the Deaf community to society. Ed Dundon, an alumni
of the Ohio School for the Deaf who became the first deaf player in
major league baseball

note:
this posting is correct. Dundon, a pitcher, pitched two seasons
in the majors. He was not that impressive but still wins the
honor as the first deaf major leaguer.

He was older than Hoy and both did not play at the same time;
just several years apart.

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college deaf athlete

Jonni Parker

rising junior

volleyball

Penn State

led team with sets played – 117

led team with matches played – 33

led team with points scored – 493

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elite deaf athlete

Elis Topchaniuk, from Ukraine, is a world-level women’s cyclist.

there is no update on her races since 2019

Is she still racing but not updating  or has she retired?

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random deafsports thoughts

Was Bob Corbett (see dedication)
the first Gallaudet athlete to take
weightlifting seriously.

Do not know, but he was very serious
about it. Weightlifting was not encouraged
by Gallaudet coaches until sometime in the
mid-sixties, few years after Bob graduated.

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2020/04/07

DeafDigest Sports – April 1-7, 2020

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Hot DeafSports News at:
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— random deafsports thoughts

— dedication to a long time coach

— Gallaudet swimming honors

— retirement of a 2-time state champion coach

— Naismith admits deaf player to hall of fame

— a deaf swimmer mentioned as one of most powerful athletes

— India discriminates against top-level deaf wrestler

— a Dummy Hoy suggested nomination

— college deaf athlete

— elite deaf athlete

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Note: there were no DeafDigest Sports
editions in this past week – due to scarcity
of deaf sports in the news lmost every day!

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DeafDigest Sports dedicates this edition
to Mike Cappell that departed us.

He was a long time teacher and coach at
Oregon School for the Deaf, Indiana School
for the Deaf and then for the last 35 years
of his career, at St Rita School for the
Deaf.

Needless to say, he was always feeding
DeafDigest Sports editor with updates
on sports at St Rita. When he retired,
there was no one at St Rita that picked
up what he left off.

During its glory days St Rita was
extremely competitive with other
deaf schools in football, boys’
basketball, girls’ basketball
and baseball.

Not any more. St Rita is best known
as the school that deaf pro golfer
Kevin Hall graduated from. Kevin golfed
for a nearby high school but attended
classes at St Rita.

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Gallaudet swimming

Monroe and Sealts chosen as February Bison of the Month

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department has announced
the February Bison of the Month recipients. Junior Ben Sealts (Ottawa,
Ohio.) of the men’s swimming team and senior Jessica Monroe (Senoia, Ga.)
of the women’s swimming team were selected for their outstanding
performances during the month of February.

Sealts was named NEAC Men’s Swimmer of the Year at the 2020 NEAC Swimming
and Diving Championships February 14-16. This marks the junior swimmer’s
third consecutive NEAC Men’s Swimmer of the Year award. In a show stopping
performance at the swimming championships, Sealts won three individual
events as well as one relay event. With four first-place finishes, Sealts
helped lead the Bison to their first NEAC conference championship since
2014.

As the lone senior of the GU women’s swimming team, Monroe led the team
with three All-NEAC third-team honors at the 2020 NEAC Swimming and Diving
Championships in Cobleskill, N.Y. The senior swimmer finished third in the
200-yard butterfly and added two more third-place finishes in the 400-yard
medley and freesyle relay races. This championship marked the last races
of Monroe’s career as she finished her senior season on the podium.

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two-time state championship basketball coach
announces his retirement

Brian Cronin, who is deaf and coached the Saint Andrews
team (Mississippi) to two state championships in his
11 coaching seasons, has announced his retirement.

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Tamika Catchings in Naismith basketball hall of fame

Tamika Catchings, who is deaf, and played at
Tenneseee and Indiana Fever, has been selected to
the Naismith basketball hall of fame.

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40 Most Powerful Female Athletes of All Time

Gertrude Ederle

by glamour.com

On August 6, 1926, 21-year-old Getrude Ederle battled the cold, choppy
waters of the Atlantic Ocean to become the first woman to ever swim across
the English Channel. Even more impressive, Ederle recorded the fastest
time in history by more than two hours, besting all five men who had
previously gone the distance. It gets even more spectacular: Because of
the especially rough ocean conditions at the time, Ederle tackled at least
14 more miles than she would have if she could have charted a straight
line (35 versus 21 miles), per the New York Times.

But Ederle’s truly mind-boggling accomplishment was bigger than one single
swim. It “made a memorable contribution in an age when many found it
difficult to take female athletes seriously,” the Times wrote in Ederle’s
2003 obituary. Among Ederle’s other accomplishments in the sport? Dozens
of amateur national and world records, plus three Olympic medals in
swimming. After her hearing was permanently impaired during the
record-breaking swim, she also went on to teach the sport to deaf
children.

note:
some said she was already deaf before the big swim; others
said she became deaf after that big swim.

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India does not want deaf wrestler to wrestle with hearing wrestlers

Today i.e. 1st April is the birthday of Virendra Singh, known as Goonga
Pehelwan. Virendra Singh is the only Indian player to win a gold medal in
the Deaflympics (Olympics for the deaf and dumb). He has also won 5 medals
in other international competitions along with gold medals in the 2005 and
2013 Olympics.

For your information, let us tell that they are the only silent-deaf
wrestlers who wrestle with normal wrestlers and also win. Virender, who
has been wrestling since the age of 10, has been trained with famous
wrestler Sushil Kumar. His goal is to play in the 2016 Rio Olympics, but
the federation is not allowing him because of his inability to speak and
listen. For this, he has written a letter to the Sports Ministry.

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Dummy Hoy as a recommended nominee

For the Reds history aficionados out there, thinking ahead to our Bobble
Series for 2021, of these 4, which would you like to see us make? Our goal
is to eventually have one for every Hall of Famer. Research all of our
Famers at https://mlb.com/reds/hall-of-fame/alumni/directory

one of the recommended was Dunny Hoy

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college deaf athlete

Reagan Raymer

rising senior 2020-21

volleyball

North Central College (Illinois, NCAA-III)

led her team in most sets played

led her team in most matches played

led her team in most kills

team record, however, was 5-24

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elite deaf athlete

Holly Jamieson

curling

Canada

she continues with this sport, both with deaf and
hearing teams; was not able to duplicate her
career highlight of winning the gold medal at the
2015 World Junior Curling Championships

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random deafsports thoughts

just not easy looking for deaf news in the wide
world of hearing sports!

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2020/03/31

DeafDigest Sports – March 28-31, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
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Hot DeafSports News at:
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— random deafsports thoughts

— several fun deafsports short stories and tales

— college deaf football player

— a free agent deaf independent ball player

— football coach remembers the bests

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Note: there were no DeafDigest Sports
editions in recent days – due to scarcity
of deaf sports in the news some days!

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Deaf Madden tournament

DEAFESPN Madden Tournament

My subscribers,

I wanted to let you know that we filled up the first tournament with 32
gamers registered from 10 different schools.  The Madden Tournament
Bracket will be released soon at 5pm Pacific Time on our website!

Our new website is www.tinyurl.com/deafespn and this page will consist of
all brackets and important announcements.  We also have an Instagram and
Facebook Account @deafespn please like and follow us but the social media
accounts will be more of a fan page and not have all of the information.

I also just recently shared with the gamers the Madden-specific rules that
you can view too if you’re interested.

Thank you for your support and let’s hope for a successful tournament!  Even
though I am doing this independently, I still cherish your feedback and
questions so please feel free to contact me anytime!

Warren

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legendary deaf baseball player and legendary minor leaguer

Reidsville (NC) Luckies 1950 minor league team had
two legendary players as teammates.

First one was the real Crash Davis; the most famous baseball movie
(Durham Bulls) featured the fictional Crash Davis that was sort of
patterned after the real Crash Davis.

Second one was deaf career minor league player Dick Sipek

Dick, who was injured much of the 1950 season, only hit
.246. He came back in 1951 with the same team, and hit
.322 and retired for good after that season at the age
of 28.

The real Crash was a second baseman but in the movie
the fictional Crash was a catcher!

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deaf player in College World Series

The 1979 University of Arkansas baseball team
had a deaf player – Larry “Cob” Wallace who
played shortstop.

His teammates said he was great at shortstop
despite his deafness, and also said it was
sad that no major league team drafted him
or offered him a minor league contract.

He functioned as a hearing person, and knew
no ASL.

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these broke national hearing sports governing bodies

It was reported that because of Covid-19, 43 of these
50 national hearing sports governing bodies are
broke.

Well, USA Deaf Sports Federation is not rich – and
the selected athletes for international competition
need to raise their own funds.

Should we cry for these broke hearing athletic
governing bodies?

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posted on the tweet by Denton Mallas,
football coach, Louisiana School for the Deaf

Top 5 high school Deaf basketball I’ve played against:

Tyler Crace (Indiana)
Max Cook (Ohio)
Nick Elstad (Colorado)
Tony Oliver (Minnesota)
Bobby Siebert (Minnesota)

Best Deaf School basketball team I’ve played:
2005-2006 Minnesota and 2009 Indiana

Tyler Crace, Nick Elstad and Bobby Siebert
eventually played basketball at Gallaudet and
Denton Mallas played football at Gallaudet

Nick Elstad was better known for football
at Gallaudet, served as emergency QB
one season.

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college deaf footbsall player

Khevon Shepard
rising senior
football
Mary Hardin-Baylor University (Texas, NCAA-III)

started all 13 of his team’s 13 games

starter at linebacker

24 solo tackles

24 assisted tackles

9 QB sacks

1 forced fumble

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deaf baseball player

Tyson Gillies

is a free agent as of right now

he played independent ball in the 2019 season

despite his age of 30, he is a veteran of 13 minor
and independent leagues, but never making it to the
majors

He is an on and off member of the national Canadian
baseball team (hearing)

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random deafsports thoughts

May the Best Deaf Madden team win.

Yes, it is not the same thing as playing
in real competition.

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2020/03/27

DeafDigest Sports – March 25-27, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
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Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— deaf WNBA playrers

— Tennessee deaf vs U of Tenn in football

— a big football win in 1961

— update on world deaf cricket

— deaf sports intern

— college deaf kicker/punter

— elite deaf pitcher, baseball

— remembering Matt Hamill

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Note: there were no DeafDigest Sports
editions in recent days – due to scarcity
of deaf sports in the news some days!

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Deaf Sports intern

It was announced today that Noah Valencia,
basketball great who just completed his
Gallaudet career, is the deaf sports
intern with the USA Deaf Sports.

DeafDigest Sports looks forward to getting
deaf international sports updates from
USA Deaf Sports.

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Women’s Sport: Top Ten WNBA Players of all time

part of newspaper story

3. Tamika Catchings
Drafted third overall in the 2001 WNBA Draft, Catchings has completed 15
seasons in the WNBA but her impact off the court is what really makes this
star shine. She was the recipient of the very first ESPN Humanitarian
Award in 2015 and is the founder of Catch The Stars Foundation, a
community service non-profit that empowers youths (ages 7-18) by providing
programmes to promote fitness, literacy and youth development.

note:
Catchings has a hearing loss and spent her teenage years denying it,
hiding her hearing aid. While she has admitted her hearing loss as she
matured into a fine woman, she does not “advertise” it.

Current Emma Meeseman, Mystics, has a hearing loss and was always more
open with it as opposed to Catchings.

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Vols’ football history 1905-1906: Head coach J.D. Depree

part of newspaper story

Depree, a Michigan graduate, compiled a record of 4-11-3 during his
two-year tenure at Tennessee.

During his first year in 1905, he guided the Vols to a 3-5-1 record,
matching the mark of his predecessor, S.D. Crawford, who coached Tennessee
for just one season.

Depree did not get a signature win at Tennessee, although the Vols did
claim a 104-0 victory over American University of Harriman. The Vols
opened the year with a 16-6 victory over Tennessee School for the Deaf.

note:
deaf school boys versus big college men in football?

Years way back, it was common for deaf boys to stay at deaf school
until age 21 – and so, it was not really boys versus men, but more
of men versus men

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Times Gone By: A football day in ’61 (Nebraska)

part of newspaper story

Fort Calhoun, however, the Pioneers — who played eight-man football at the
time — weren’t as lucky. They were routed by the Nebraska School for the
Deaf, 48-12.

note:
Nebraska no longer has a football team for one reason – the school
closed up permanently years later. Very sad.

The last season Nebraska had a football team, they only had six
boys for 6-man football but the superintendent said “no way we
will drop football” and the team played a full schedule.

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Deaf Cricket One-day World Cup postponed

LAHORE                   –            Deaf cricket one day World Cup
scheduled to be played later this year from November 24 in United Arab
Emirates (UAE) has been postponed due to world wide spread of coronavirus
pandemic.

This was stated by Pakistan’s Chief Executive Officer of the Deaf
International Cricket Council (DICC), Zahirud Din Babar here on Tuesday.
He said DICC has taken this decision after its correspondence between its
top officials including Chairman Stefan Pichowski (England) and Vice
Chairman Ishtiaq Ahmad (Pakistan) and its affiliated bodies across the
globe.

“The DICC thanks and values Australia, England, Pakistan, India, South
Africa for their views, guidance and present situation in their respective
countries, we also welcome impending views from other member countries,
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, USA and
Zimbabwe “, said the DICC CEO. “This has led to the unanimous decision to
postpone the mega event in the larger interest of health and safety of the
players belonging to all the participating countries”, said Zahir adding
“We will not be able to confirm new dates until there is a clearer outcome
on sporting events around the globe that has seen the cancellation and
postponement.

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college deaf kicker/punter

Ross Kennedy

rising 5th year senior

Drake University (Iowa, NCAA-I)

football

missed his sole field goal attempt but was 2 of 2 on PATs
as team’s #2 kicker

team’s #1 punter – 39.7 yards per punt; longest 63 yards; one
of his punts was blocked; 16 punts reached inside 20 yards.

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elite deaf pitcher, baseball

Dmitri Kourtis pitched two seasons in independent
minor league ball.

He has not been offered a contract and for all practical
purposes, is retired from baseball.

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remembering Matt Hamill

Jon Jones, probably the greatest MMA fighter
ever, just cannot stay out of trouble, according
to latest newspaper stories.

We shall remember that Jones lost one MMA
fight – to Matt Hamill, the retired deaf MMA
fighter.

Yes, the defeat was due to disqualification for
an illegal hold. Jones was angry about the sole
loss on his fighting resume – and appealed the
loss.

The MMA people overruled Jones on his appeal.

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random deafsports thoughts

are we seeing the growth of Deaf E-Sports?

Gallaudet has made an annoucement of their
own intramural E-Sports plans.

Is E-Sports the same as real sports?

DeafDigest Sports editor wishes to stay out of
these arguments for one reason – he has never
seen E-Sports in person; just reads about it
in newspapers, magazines and web sites.

It, however, was not too many days ago that
Fremont has suggested E-Sports among deaf
schools.

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2020/03/24

DeafDigest Sports – March 21-24, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf basketball player

— elite deaf athlete

— Hoy’s WAR

— Fremont suggests Deaf E-Sports

— comment by Lance Allred, NBA’s only deaf player

— two all-area deaf players by a newspaper

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Note: there were no DeafDigest Sports
editions in recent days – due to scarcity
of deaf sports in the news!

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Minnesota girls’ basketball

Daily News unveils its All-Area Girls Basketball Team

(part of posting)

Javanna Johnson, MSAD (8th, Forward)

As just an eighth-grader Johnson made an impact for the Trojans. She
finished second on the team in scoring with a 7.8 points per game average.
She also provided 3.9 rebounds per game and 2.2 steals a game to provide
strong defense.

Dalina Schwartz, MSAD (Fr. Guard)

Schwartz led the team with a 13.8 scoring average and averaged 4.9
rebounds a game. She’s been a mainstay on the squad since middle school.
Schwartz has good range on her jump shot and has an inside game with her
dribble penetration. She makes her second appearance on the all-area team.

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College deaf basketball player

from a posting

SportsDayHS’ 2020 all-area girls basketball teams: See full first, second
and third teams for the Dallas-area

Rhyle McKinney, Argyle
Senior, G, 5-10

The SMU signee, who was born with a cleft palate and is legally deaf, was
named the Class 4A-1A state player of the year by the Texas Girls Coaches
Association for the second straight season

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elite deaf athlete

Austin Philip
Premier side Hawkesbury
cricket
Australia

was described in a newspaper story as a fast
bowler (equivalent to baseball pitcher)

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Hoy’s WAR

WAR means wins above replacement

part of a posting

we took a look at center fielders in franchise history who were worth at
least 2 wins above replacement. As I was compiling the names, one name
which caught my attention was a center fielder from the 1901 team, Dummy
Hoy. The 1901 season was the only one in which this player appeared for
the White Sox (the 1900 minor league club notwithstanding), but it wasn’t
too shabby: a .294/.407/.400 triple-slash, the .407 OBP boosted by a
league-leading 86 walks and 14 HBPs, plus 155 hits (41 of which went for
extra bases). In all, Hoy logged 4.7 WAR that season, good for 15th-most
that season.

Looking at his career on Baseball Reference: Hoy compiled over 2000 hits,
1000 walks, a career 110 OPS+, and 31.5 WAR

note:

good or bad, these WAR stats? Baseball statisticians will always disagree.

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DESPN (Deaf E-Sports)

Students and Families,

My thoughts have been out to you all everyday, please remember that you can
reach out to me anytime!

Anyway, I am emailing you because I wanted to share with you all what I shared
with all of the Deaf Athletic Directors today about our new Deaf e-sports
platform “DESPN”.  Be sure to watch my three videos and learn more about what
this is all about.  I hope that this gives you an option to keep you busy and
connected during this time.

Warren

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AD’s,

I hope this email finds you well during this difficult time.  I am doing good
myself but have been really thinking of ways to help all of our Deaf students
out.  As you know, I’ve never been a big fan of e-sports as Deaf students need
the in-person competition and interaction that our regional and national
tournaments offers.  However, this is a unique time so there has never been a
better time for our students to network virtually, so I’m starting up something
simple.  Eventually, when we all return to school, this could help us gauge the
future of this platform.

Anyway, please help me in forwarding this message to your students and anybody
who is Deaf and in High School is welcome to join.  We are doing Madden 20 first
with sign ups starting NOW and ending on Friday March 27 at 5pm PST/8pm EST at
warren.keller@csdeagles.net then the next tournament is going to be Call of
Duty.  After, that I’ll gauge out for the student’s interest.

Here is our Facebook Page which is the center for all of the announcements at
the time being:
fb.me/DEAFESPN

If you or your students don’t have Facebook, here is my first three videos to
get you started:

1) DESPN Introduction:

[maxresdefault.jpg]
DESPN Introduction Video – YouTube
What is DESPN and who is this for. What will be Coronavirus’ Impact on Real
Estate, Stocks, and Daily Life?
www.youtube.com

2) DESPN Rules:

[th?id=OVF.IMAbRwNt4jC27JMh7xduEw&pid=Api]
DESPN Rules
The rules for DESPN.
www.youtube.com

3) The First Two Tournaments:

[th?id=OVF.v8Hg9weyDBnhiydo%2fZOrmg&pid=Api]
Announcement of the First Two Tournament
How it works..
www.youtube.com

Warren Keller

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comment by Lance Allred, NBA’s only deaf player

part of newspaper posting

I ended up making it to the NBA—playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers (with
LeBron James!), among other teams—as the first legally deaf player in NBA
history.

Being a father that can pass along a healthy vision of manhood to his son
offers more peace and clarity than any NBA contract ever could.

note:
His NBA career was brief, but he was able to score a basket,
earning himself a permanent spot on the lifetime NBA stat sheets!

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Random deafsports thoughts

Deaf E-Sports?

Gallaudet has talked about the possibility
of Deaf E-Sports.

This concept in the Deaf Sports community
is interesting.

DeafDigest Sports has no comment – only because
he has never really seen how would it work.

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2020/03/20

DeafDigest Sports – March 20, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— college soccer player

— elite deaf auto racer

— a Washington School basketball honor

— remembering the movie The Replacements

— ugly incident in British pro soccer history

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Washington girls’ basketball

all star honors

1st Team

Peyton Dalton, sophomore, Naselle

Maddie Dietrich, sophomore, Columbia Adventist

Brenna Sherill, sophomore, Columbia Adventist

Kendal Newport, junior, Three Rivers Christian

Emma McKenney, senior, Washington School for the Deaf

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college deaf soccer player

Eddie Perry

men’s soccer

rising senior

DePaul University (IL, NCAA-I

his name is not on the team final stats sheets

DePaul was so excited after recruiting him as a new freshman
three years ago. So, far, nothing on the team stats

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elite deaf auto racer

Greg Gunderson

Sprint Car racing

South Dakota

apparently he has retired from racing as there are no updates for
the past several years on his racing performances.

As a rising senior at Gallaudet way back in the early 1990’s, he
won the state sprint car racing championship, and paid off the
Gallaudet tuition with the prize money.

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Remembering the movie – The Replacements

part of a posting today

Here it out: Falco did all of this — starting with a close loss to Detroit
and a heroic win against Dallas — with practically no viable offensive
threat. A makeshift offensive line with bodyguards and a sumo wrestler in
Jumbo Fumiko. A running back in Walter Cochran (Troy Winbush) with one
good knee. A solid, but deaf tight end in Brian Murphy (David Denman). A
wide receiver in Clifford Franklin (Orlando Jones) who needed Sitckum to
catch the ball.

note:
the dialogue in the movie between two coaches said that Brian Murphy
played at Gallaudet and that he would have been a NFL 1st draft choice
if not for his deafness.

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British pro soccer history

Cupset and sent off for being deaf – the night Brighton shocked the Foxes

part of posting

Throughout the history of Brighton and Hove Albion, there have been plenty
of weird and wonderful red cards. But none has been more bizarre than the
time that Jimmy Case got sent off for Brighton away at Leicester City in
the League Cup for being deaf.

Even in his prime, Case had struggled with deafness.

Case of course couldn’t hear him thanks to a combination of the noise of
the crowd and lack of hearing aid, and so he was shown a second yellow for
dissent.

Case’s team lost 1-0 in that big game

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Random DeafSports thoughts

The actor that played the deaf tight end in the Replacements
movie was a fake-deaf actor.

Why wasn’t a past Gallaudet tight end cast for that role?

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2020/03/19

DeafDigest Sports – March 19, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf soccer player

— elite deaf athlete, basketball

— another dedication to a departed Gallaudet football player

— Deaflmypics equal to competition in elite sports

— “despite being deaf”

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Dedication to another departed Gallaudet football player

Van Scheppach, who played with the early 1960’s football
teams, has departed us.

DeafDigest Sports editor does not know if he was the first
one ever long snapper specialist at Gallaudet, not playing
other positions.

He did not long snap on PATs and field goals only
because Gallaudet went for two points on each touchdown!

He had the size of an offensive lineman but knee injuries
limited his mobility, hence being restricted to the
long snapper position.

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Deaflmypics equal to competition in elite sports

as edited after reading the newspaper story

Deaflmypics equal to competition in elite sports!
Says who?

The government of India. Sadly, no way the USA
government would say the same thing.

What this may mean is that gold medal winners
from India would get equal pay (reward) from
the government as with Olmypic gold medal winners.

Really?

The government of India is notorious for making
promises and not follow up on these promises.

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college deaf soccer player

Gracie Fitzgerald

rising senior

women’s soccer

Centre College (KY, NCAA-III)

started all 22 of her team’s 22 games

one of team leaders in most minutes played

scored two goals

assisted on two other goals

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elite deaf athlete, basketball

Emma Meesseman

Washington Mystics & European women’s pro basketball

she just signed a one-year contract to play with the
Mystics for the 2020 season.

Why just one year contract? This is what she wanted
and it has caused panic among the Mystics management
that this is it for her and that she prefers
European basketball as opposed to the WNBA.

We shall see.

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a comment DeafDigest Sports editor hates

today’s tweet said:
William Hoy, who played professional baseball despite being deaf

Despite being deaf? The person who wrote that tweet makes a
very serious implication that the deaf cannot do anything
and that Dummy Hoy is something special. “Despite being deaf”
is a very negative comment.

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Random DeafSports thoughts

There was a story today about Mohamad Nazrul Azwa Zulkipply,
not deaf, whose full time job is as the physiotherapist
for deaf athletes under the auspices of Malaysian Deaf Sports
Association.

DeafDigest Sports editor has never heard of a physiotherapist
working with deaf athletes so googled it – and it more or
less is the same as athletic trainer.

Why make physiotherapist so confusing if it means the
same as athletic trainer, that everyone knows what it is!

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2020/03/18

DeafDigest Sports – March 18, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf basketball player

— elite deaf athlete, rugby

— Gallaudet men’s basketball honor

— dedication to a departed Gallaudet football player & long time coach

— newspaper remembering a past Georgia coach

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dedication to a departed Gallaudet football player & long time coach

DeafDigest Sports dedicates this edition to Alfred Deuel that
departed us. He played football for two seasons, as junior
and senior at Gallaudet.

He passed away in 2019 but notice of his departure did not reach
DeafDigest Sports editor until today.

He was the biggest and heaviest player, at 235 lbs with the
1964 and 1965 football teams. Nowadays 235-lb football players
are common everywhere – but during the sixties, 235 lbs was
considered big and heavy.

DeafDigest Sports editor was the manager of the 1965 football
team, which was going through a 25-game losing streak.

DC Teachers College was a last-minute addition to the 1965
football schedule – and the Gallaudet players were overjoyed,
seeing it as an opportunity to snap the long losing streak.
DC Teachers was not that strong an opponent.

On the first snap of the game, one of the DC Teachers players
jumped up and down, laughing and pointing at the stunned
Alfred Deuel. Why was he pointing? No one knows, but Deuel
didn’t like it, and once the ball was snapped, he immeediately
went for the “laughing” player and knocked him down hard.

Deuel played both ways – center on offense and nose guard
on defense – and he was one of the important linemen in
the game Gallaudet won 21-12 to finally snap that losing
streak which stretched 4 seasons.

After graduating from Gallaudet, he was a career football
coach at schools for the deaf. He was one of the three
deaf brothers that coached football at the same time
at three different deaf schools (John at West Virginia,
Hal at North Carolina and Alfred at South Carolina).
All three faced each other during one season.

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Gallaudet men’s basketball

Gallaudet’s Noah Valencia selected to D3hoops.com All-Region third team

MINNEAPOLIS – Gallaudet University senior guard Noah Valencia (Riverside,
Calif.) was named to the 2019-20 D3hoops.com men’s basketball All-East
Region third team on Tuesday. This is Valencia’s first honor and fifth in
school history.

Valencia joins former Bison great Robert Haney Jr., a two-time All-Middle
Atlantic Region third team selection (2002-03, 2003-04), and Trey Gordon,
a two-time All-East Region third team honoree (2014-15, 2015-16).

note:
Noah was not selected to the NEAC first team, as he should have been.
Conference members were not allowed to vote for their own players.
But with D3hoops.com, teams can nominate their own players, and
Gallaudet did – and this is an irony – Some NEAC first teamers
were not given D3hoops.com honors while NEAC second-teamer Noah
was given D3hoops.com honors.

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newspaper remembering a past Georgia coach

part of long story

Stephens High and its tradition of excellence in sports has also been
recognized by the Calhoun-Gordon County Sports Hall of Fame. Maude Chattam
and Zeke McDaniel are both graduates of the school who have been inducted
into the hall in the last several years.

Zeke McDaniel then became head basketball coach at Georgia School for the
Deaf, where he served from 1963 to 1986, leading the Tigers to the
Mason-Dixon Championship five times.

note:
DeafDigest Sports editor missed making contact with him. He retired in
1986, the same year DeafDigest Sports editor started covering deaf
schools sports. His best basketball player was Willie Brown, who played
two seasons at Hofstra and two seasons at Georgia State University.

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Elite deaf athlete, rugby

part of newspaper story

Deaf rugby sevens player Jodie Ounsley nominated for positive role model
accolade at National Diversity Awards

Ounsley is bidding to play for UK at the Tokyo Olympics later this year

The 19-year-old, who is currently playing for England at the World Sevens
Series, is deaf but has cochlear implants so she can hear.

And Ounsley announced the news on Twitter, saying: “I’ve been nominated
for ‘Positive Role Model’ award, how exciting.

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college deaf basketball player

Quade Green

sophomore

men’s basketball

University of Washington

played 15, starting 14, of his team’s 32 games

averaged 30.5 minutes on the floor per game

averaged 11.6 points per game

he ran into academic issues and missed the remainder of
the season

see below – random

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Random DeafSports thoughts

Yesterday’s thoughts:

Question:
Did U of KY ever have a deaf basketball player?

Response:
two of them – Houston Nutt who played a season for
Adolph Rupp in the early fifties and in recent
seasons, there was a hard of hearing player, but
sorry, DeafDigest Sports editor forgot his name.

today’s response:

It was learned that the 2nd deaf player was
Quade Green. While he started his career at
Kentucky, he transferred to University of
Washington.

This meant Kentucky was not able to have
its two deaf players play four full seasons!

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2020/03/17

DeafDigest Sports – March 17, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
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Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— upcoming college football player

— elite deaf basketball player

— Missouri track

— Texas girls’ basketball

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Missouri track

part of newspaper story

Track athletes from Cairo, Madison, Higbee and Paris will are all assigned
to Class 1 District 2 meet taking place at Harrisburg. Other schools
competing at this venue are Barat Academy, Chamois, Clopton, Community
R-Vi, Frederick Douglass, Jamestown, Missouri School for the Deaf, Prairie
Home, Silex, St. Elizabeth, Sturgeon, Fulton School at St. Albans,
Transportation and Law High School, Tuscumbia, Vienna and
Wellsville-Middletown.

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Texas girls’ basketball

Texas basketball

All-VYPE Austin Mid-Size Private School (TAPPS 4A/SPC):

Ashlene Etkie (Texas School for the Deaf)

Kalena Bumbala (Texas School for the Deaf)

Lauren Innis (Hill Country Christian School of Austin)

Peyton Burgess (Austin St. Stephen’s Episcopal School)

Scout Swanson (Austin St. Andrew’s Episcopal School)

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U of Kentucky basketball’s #1 fan

part of newspaper story

Kentucky By Heart: Nobody is ‘crazier about the ‘Cats’
than long-time sports writer Jamie Vaught

Jamie Vaught is deaf.

story is very long, but to make it short, he is an
author on books on U of KY basketball, in addition
to being a sports reporter for newspapers and other
publications.

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elite deaf athlete, from yesterday

yesterday’s posting:

elite deaf basketball player

What has become of Kazuma Tsuya, Japan, who was the
talk of the U-21 world deaf basketball championships
in 2017?

Do not now. His latest update is 2018. None since then.

He is 6’2 tall.

As a rule, pro teams do not like to recruit short players.

They want players that are tall, 6-5 and 6-6 and up.

Maybe that is what is holding him back?

today’s posting:
it was learned from a basketball fan that follows
basketball everywhere that Kazuma Tsuya, Japan,
sprained his ankle this past summer, prior to
the 2019 World Championships in Poland. He
did not travel with the team to that championship
event.

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college deaf football player

Desi Gonzales

upcoming freshman

football

Riverside City College

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Random DeafSports thoughts

re Jamie Vaught, covering U of KY basketball,
just ask him a question and see if he can
answer it correctly.

Question:
Did U of KY ever have a deaf basketball player?

Response:
two of them – Houston Nutt who played a season for
Adolph Rupp in the early fifties and in recent
seasons, there was a hard of hearing player, but
sorry, DeafDigest Sports editor forgot his name.

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