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08

2018/08/08

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DeafDigest Sports – August 8, 2018

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

— August football games

— Illinois football opponent

— random deafsports thoughts

— deaf golfer finishes 3rd in national hearing open

— Gertrude Ederle’s Channel swim

— deaf Ninja

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-swimmer-gertrude-ederle-after-completing-british-channel-swim/

Deaf Sports Collections update
— Gallaudet baseball, surprise coach
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

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deaf schools football games – August

Aug 17 Riverside hosts Public Safety Academy
Aug 17 Phoenix at NFL YET
Aug 17 Fremont hosts Encina Prep
Aug 17 Indiana hosts Traders Point

Aug 23 Florida hosts Oak Hall

Aug 24 Indiana at Trinity Lutheran
Aug 24 Phoenix hots Hayden
Aug 24 Riverside at Cornerstone Christian
Aug 24 Michigan at Posen
Aug 24 Maryland hosts FCA Bucks
Aug 24 Model at Green Street Academy

Aug 25 Louisiana hosts Georgia
Aug 25 Fremont at North Tahoe

Aug 30 Florida at Halifax Academy
Aug 30 Colorado at Weldon Valley
Aug 30 Riverside hosts San Jacinto Valley
Aug 30 Oklahoma at Arkansas
Aug 30 Wisconsin at Alden-Hebron

Aug 31 Alabama hosts Valley Head
Aug 31 Maryland at Maryland Christian
Aug 31 Texas at DasCHE
Aug 31 Indiana hosts Howe
Aug 31 Fremont at San Juan
Aug 31 Riverside hosts Ray

note:
rest of football-playing schools start their seasons
in September.

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Illinois football

part of newspaper story

Rather than shut down, Milford/Cissna Park chose instead to slim down and
move to the Illinois 8-Man Football Association for the 2018 season along
with first-year program Judah Christian.

The seven-team league also includes Alden-Hebron, Elgin Westminster
Christian, Jacksonville’s Illinois School for the Deaf, Lake Forest
Academy and Rockford Christian Life, with Polo set to join in 2019.

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deaf golfer finishes 3rd at the Malaysian Ladies Amateur Open Championship

Diksha Dagar, deaf female golfer from India, won the 2018 Women’s World
Deaf Golf Championship. A week later she came in 3rd place at the
Malaysian Ladies Amateur Open Championship. She shot 70, 69, 70
and 70 to get the third place honor.

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random deafsports thoughts

what about a dream one on one deaf women’s golf confrontation between
Diksha Dagar (above) and Kayla Yost, who is considered to be USA’s
best deaf female golfer?

Would that be possible? Yost is a pro while Dagar is still an
amateur.

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Crossing the Channel: Gertrude Ederle’s Epic Swim

abbreviated; very long newspaper story

On this date 92 years ago, an intrepid American named Gertrude Ederle
became the first woman to swim the English Channel.

Needless to say, Ederle was accomplished in the water before she made
history across the Atlantic. At the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, she won
two individual bronze medals and gold in the 400-meter freestyle relay,
all while swimming with an injured knee. Although only 18, it was in
France that she decided on conquering the channel. It had been done five
times before, all by male swimmers. Ederle was pretty certain she could do
it, and faster, than the men.

When Gertie was 5, a case of the measles caused hearing loss. As she grew
older, the family’s doctors warned that swimming would make the girl’s
condition worse. But keeping this self-described “water baby” out of
the ocean was impossible.

Although she consented to appear in a short movie about her life, she
didn’t avail herself of any offers of matrimony. Her hearing did indeed
worsen, the mass adulation stressed her out, and eventually she was
forgotten by the public, which suited her fine. Ederle taught deaf
children to swim, reveled in her blessings, and lived quietly with a group
of female friends. She died peacefully in 2003, at age 98, and is buried
in the Bronx.

note:
this story did not mention that she was a long time swimming
instructor at Lexington School for the Deaf (at that time
on 67th Street in Manhattan)

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deaf Ninja

Last year, DeafDigest mentioned that Kyle
Schulze, who is deaf, was a new TV Ninja
participant. He is still competing in
his second season. He has had his
disasters during competition but is
still surviving.
 

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Aug
07

2018/08/07

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DeafDigest Sports – August 7, 2018

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

— August football games

— Florida football opponent

— random deafsports thoughts

— state archery champions

— private QB coach

— Deaflympics winners from India

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/quarterback-coach-is-deaf/

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

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deaf schools football games – August

Aug 17 Riverside hosts Public Safety Academy
Aug 17 Phoenix at NFL YET
Aug 17 Fremont hosts Encina Prep
Aug 17 Indiana hosts Traders Point

Aug 23 Florida hosts Oak Hall

Aug 24 Indiana at Trinity Lutheran
Aug 24 Phoenix hots Hayden
Aug 24 Riverside at Cornerstone Christian
Aug 24 Michigan at Posen
Aug 24 Maryland hosts FCA Bucks
Aug 24 Model at Green Street Academy

Aug 25 Louisiana hosts Georgia
Aug 25 Fremont at North Tahoe

Aug 30 Florida at Halifax Academy
Aug 30 Colorado at Weldon Valley
Aug 30 Riverside hosts San Jacinto Valley
Aug 30 Oklahoma at Arkansas
Aug 30 Wisconsin at Alden-Hebron

Aug 31 Alabama hosts Valley Head
Aug 31 Maryland at Maryland Christian
Aug 31 Texas at DasCHE
Aug 31 Indiana hosts Howe
Aug 31 Fremont at San Juan
Aug 31 Riverside hosts Ray

note:
rest of football-playing schools start their seasons
in September.

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Florida football opponent

Merritt Island Christian Cougars

part of newspaper story:

About six months into his job as head football coach for Merritt Island
Christian, Greg Gage has learned some things about being in charge of the
program.

“It’s stressful,” he said Friday, the fifth day of official practice for
Florida’s high school program. “Things are a little bit behind schedule
from where I wanted to be, but it’s coming together. It’s just going to
take time.”

note:
Florida Deaf defeated Merritt Island 27-6 last season. Florida
Deaf has a new football coach this season – Travis Homewood

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private QB coach

there was a story today that was titled:
For young QBs, private training is now seen as essential: ‘There are
coaches everywhere’

At the most scrutinized position in sports, year-round quarterback
training starts early for aspiring high school and college passers.

note:
Do we have private quarterback coaches that are deaf?

There is one – Craig Bryden, West Springfield, MA,
who is deaf. He formerly worked at Governor Baxter
School for the Deaf and American School for the
Deaf before turning his focus to football

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random deafsports thoughts

Most high school football coaches do not coach
players that eventually play on the NCAA-I level
and on the pro level (NFL and CFL)

Gary Klingensmith, the long time high school
football coach that is deaf, had never coached
a NFL player. He has coached just a few NCAA-I
players, but they were invited walk-ons and
were essentially special teams players.

This is not a reflection on Craig Bryden’s
QB coaching skills.

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state archery champions

late news but from 47 School for the Deaf (NYC)
alumni newsletter

Shooting Tigers of 47 win 2018 NYS Olympic Archery
championship

the archery team won the state conference championship
for the third consecutive year, and four of the team’s
top shooters were selected as regional all-stars

team finished the regular season undefeated for the second
time in four years

note:
story was not clear if the deaf school won all-classes
state archery championship or if it was small schools
championship

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Deaflympics winners from India

newspaper headline

A Year After Getting Their Medals, Indian Deaflympics Winners Are Still
Waiting for Prize Money

“We keep going to offices of sports ministries, in Haryana and the
central government, but nothing happens”
 

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Aug
06

2018/08/06

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DeafDigest Sports – August 6, 2018

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

— August football games

— Sierra Leone soccer

— West Africa soccer score

— a past Gallaudet basketball player now playing semi pro

— random deafsports thoughts

— DeafDigest Sports congratulates Bob Dramin

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-woman-semipro-player/

Deaf Sports Collections update
— deaf woman, long time basketball pro
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

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deaf schools football games – August

Aug 17 Riverside hosts Public Safety Academy
Aug 17 Phoenix at NFL YET
Aug 17 Fremont hosts Encina Prep
Aug 17 Indiana hosts Traders Point

Aug 23 Florida hosts Oak Hall

Aug 24 Indiana at Trinity Lutheran
Aug 24 Phoenix hots Hayden
Aug 24 Riverside at Cornerstone Christian
Aug 24 Michigan at Posen
Aug 24 Maryland hosts FCA Bucks
Aug 24 Model at Green Street Academy

Aug 25 Louisiana hosts Georgia
Aug 25 Fremont at North Tahoe

Aug 30 Florida at Halifax Academy
Aug 30 Colorado at Weldon Valley
Aug 30 Riverside hosts San Jacinto Valley
Aug 30 Oklahoma at Arkansas
Aug 30 Wisconsin at Alden-Hebron

Aug 31 Alabama hosts Valley Head
Aug 31 Maryland at Maryland Christian
Aug 31 Texas at DasCHE
Aug 31 Indiana hosts Howe
Aug 31 Fremont at San Juan
Aug 31 Riverside hosts Ray

note:
rest of football-playing schools start their seasons
in September.

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Sierra Leone soccer anger

President of the Sierra Leone Deaf Sport Federation (SLDSF), Madam Theresa
Ramatu Sesay has expressed dissatisfaction over the refusal of the
government through the Ministry of Sport, to support the Federation to
participate in the eighth session of the West Africa Deaf Football
Tournament (WADFT) in Lome, Togo this August 2018.

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West Africa Deaf Football (soccer) tournament

Ghana       9
Benin       0

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past Gallaudet women’s basketball player Zamica Gage

from a tweet

Zamica Gage made her first debut as a  Deaf semi pro basketball player,
playing for the Cleveland Blaze. Her final stat is 11 points and 1 assist.

note:
the Blaze web site says:
Established in 2018, Cleveland Blaze is the only professional women’s
basketball team in the State of Ohio. Blaze plays in the WABA which is the
sister  league of the ABA. The Blaze is also the sister team to the
Cleveland Blazers Men’s professional basketball team who plays in the
largest league in the United States which presently has over 140 teams in
the league.

Her jersey number is  zero

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random deafsports thoughts

Zamaica Gage is not the first Gallaudet women to play
basketball either in the pro or in the semi pro ranks.

The honor of being the first one goes to Ronda Jo Miller.
In addition to playing one pre-season game with the
Washington Mystics, she played professionally overseas
for several years and also played on several women’s
barnstorming teams that traveled across USA playing
exhibition games against other women’s teams.

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DeafDigest Sports congratulates Bob Dramin

I felt so overwhelmed and emotional when I won the MDGA Championship after
28 years.

On Thursday, August 2nd morning it was a chilly 57 degrees that I decided
to wear rain pants to keep my legs warm for the entire 18 holes. Those
pants belonged to my dad that were always stored in my golf bag and I had
not worn them for a long time, yet they may have brought me good luck in
winning the MDGA Championship.

Last Wednesday, August 1st I found out that my Wood 3 was cracked badly
after I hit it very good and made a birdie. So the Warshaw men took me to
Golf Galaxy. It was the fastest trade without any negotiation as I bought
it last year. Lucky for me that they still had the same one in stock.
I am proud of Team Illinois (Curtis Blankenburg, Shawn Lockhart, Charles
Peckham, and myself) that won the 2018 State Championship after a five
year drought when the Illinois team last won it in 2013!

Like always it is to good to meet old and new golfers at the MDGA
Tournament. Looking forward for another MDGA Tournament next year in
Indiana.
Bob Dramin

Congratulations to Bob Dramin on winning his first
MDGA tournament!!! This was his 28th tournament. His 5th time to finish in
the Top 5. He had been in quite a few “final groups” on the final round.
He commented to me a few times over the years on how he would always be
watching other people compete for the championship. Well, this time I was
watching him compete for the championship. The front nine, he was calm and
just playing golf, keeping the ball in play. The back nine on the last day
is when the real tournament starts. He made a few mistakes, his
ball-hitting was not as good, and he was not as calm. However, in the end,
on the 18th green, when he realized he needed to make par to win, he made
a great long putt from off the front of the green to maybe six feet. I
would guess he was at least 90 feet from the hole. The pin was back left
and he was front right, pretty much all uphill. Heck of a putt to get it
that close from so far away. Then with maybe 30 people watching, he drains
the six-footer dead center to win. Great stuff!

Darrell Hovinen

 

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Aug
05

2018/08/05

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DeafDigest Sports – August 5, 2018

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

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

— August football games

— retirement party at Gallaudet

— two years to set up captions at soccer stadium

— random deafsports thoughts

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/retiring-gallaudet-athletic-director/

Deaf Sports Collections update
— greatest deaf schools football coaching accomplishment!
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

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deaf schools football games – August

Aug 17 Riverside hosts Public Safety Academy
Aug 17 Phoenix at NFL YET
Aug 17 Fremont hosts Encina Prep
Aug 17 Indiana hosts Traders Point

Aug 23 Florida hosts Oak Hall

Aug 24 Indiana at Trinity Lutheran
Aug 24 Phoenix hots Hayden
Aug 24 Riverside at Cornerstone Christian
Aug 24 Michigan at Posen
Aug 24 Maryland hosts FCA Bucks
Aug 24 Model at Green Street Academy

Aug 25 Louisiana hosts Georgia
Aug 25 Fremont at North Tahoe

Aug 30 Florida at Halifax Academy
Aug 30 Colorado at Weldon Valley
Aug 30 Riverside hosts San Jacinto Valley
Aug 30 Oklahoma at Arkansas
Aug 30 Wisconsin at Alden-Hebron

Aug 31 Alabama hosts Valley Head
Aug 31 Maryland at Maryland Christian
Aug 31 Texas at DasCHE
Aug 31 Indiana hosts Howe
Aug 31 Fremont at San Juan
Aug 31 Riverside hosts Ray

note:
rest of football-playing schools start their seasons
in September.

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retirement party at Gallaudet

DeafDigest Sports editor and his wife attended the
retirement party yesterday of Gallaudet athletic
director Mike Weinstock.

The luncheon was packed with Mike’s friends,
old classmates, old teammates and professional
colleagues all praising him for job well done and
wishing him Happy Retirement Years afterwards.

It was emphasized at the party that on Mike’s watch,
the Gallaudet athletic program has become one of
the nation’s finest NCAA-III athletic programs -
recruiting blue-chip deaf athletes (few became
pros, and others attracting interest of pro scouts),
entering the NCAA-III national playoffs in some sports
plus winning some conference championships, being
competitive in two conferences (football-only
and the other for other sports), top-notch media
and publicity services, promoting all head coaches
in all sports from part-timers to full-timers, finest
outdoor and indoor athletic facilities, etc.

While Mike is retiring, he is not going away. He will
stay on for a while as a consultant to help, advise
and guide new athletic director Victor Mansure in
operating this great Gallaudet athletic program.

The new athletic director knows ASL. He has worked with
the deaf in different athletic programs in the past.

Both Mike and Victor have one thing in common – they
were both great basketball players; Mike, at Gallaudet
and Victor in Brazil.

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random deafsports thoughts

during the Mike Weinstock retirement party, DeafDigest
Sports editor was in the same dining table with
Richard Smrz, who played Gallaudet basketball in the
late fifties and early sixties.

Smrz recalled the bad days one season when his
basketball team had a great record during the first
semester. Come the Holiday Season break, the players
did not keep up with basketball, ate too much food
and did not practice shooting hoops. After the
Holiday break, the team had to start all over – and
it resulted in a long losing streak!

This wouldn’t happen these days since college
basketball is practically a year around committment
instead of being a Novemeber to February committment!

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two years to set up captions at a soccer stadium

Red Bulls score with scoreboard closed-captioning initiative

Closed Captions a success at Red Bulls arena

The New York Red Bulls made a major move this season that was applauded by
many. It had nothing to do with adding a star player or a new coach.

The Major League Soccer team is now using closed-captioning on the
scoreboard of Red Bulls Arena in Harrison, a move that enhances the
stadium experience for the deaf or hard of hearing who can’t hear the
public address announcer. The Red Bulls are the third team in the MLS to
use closed captioning.

The closed-captioning plan was two years in the making. In 2016 a fan
reached out to Red Bull Arena COO Shaun Oliver on behalf of the deaf
community.

“The Red Bulls looked at stadium guides for all clubs across Major League
Soccer,” said Sammy Steinlight, a public relations consultant for the Red
Bulls. “Colorado, Columbus, Houston, both LA teams and Kansas City all
have handheld captioning or assisted-listening devices available, but
Seattle and New York City are the only teams who display captioning on
their in-stadium boards.”

The closed-captioning officially began at Red Bulls Arena during the third
game of the season, which started in March.

“Everyone has been very receptive,” said Stetson. “It really helps people
in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community to follow the game along and we
haven’t had any issues with utilizing it. It was something that we wanted
to dedicate ourselves to for the fans.”

 

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Aug
04

2018/08/04

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DeafDigest Sports – August 4, 2018

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

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

— August football games

— random deafsports thoughts

— Gallaudet mens’ soccer recruits

— Gallaudet in President’s Cup

— Matt Klotz

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/world-number-one-deaf-swimmer/

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deaf schools football games – August

Aug 17 Riverside hosts Public Safety Academy
Aug 17 Phoenix at NFL YET
Aug 17 Fremont hosts Encina Prep
Aug 17 Indiana hosts Traders Point

Aug 23 Florida hosts Oak Hall

Aug 24 Indiana at Trinity Lutheran
Aug 24 Phoenix hots Hayden
Aug 24 Riverside at Cornerstone Christian
Aug 24 Michigan at Posen
Aug 24 Maryland hosts FCA Bucks
Aug 24 Model at Green Street Academy

Aug 25 Louisiana hosts Georgia
Aug 25 Fremont at North Tahoe

Aug 30 Florida at Halifax Academy
Aug 30 Colorado at Weldon Valley
Aug 30 Riverside hosts San Jacinto Valley
Aug 30 Oklahoma at Arkansas
Aug 30 Wisconsin at Alden-Hebron

Aug 31 Alabama hosts Valley Head
Aug 31 Maryland at Maryland Christian
Aug 31 Texas at DasCHE
Aug 31 Indiana hosts Howe
Aug 31 Fremont at San Juan
Aug 31 Riverside hosts Ray

note:
rest of football-playing schools start their seasons
in September.

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Gallaudet men’s soccer recruits

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University men’s soccer head coach Pedro Braz is
proud to announce the 12-member recruiting class for the 2018 season.

GU finished last season with a 5-12 overall record and a 4-6 mark in
conference play. The four conference wins are the most by a Bison team
since they joined the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) in 2010.

Gallaudet begins the 2018 campaign in Kentucky at the end of August. The
Bison will play at Centre (Ky.) College on Friday, Aug. 31, before heading
over to Spalding University on Sunday, Sept. 2.

These recruits are:

Dylan Christoffels (Framingham, Mass./Marie Philip School for the Deaf)
                   
Kelly Grant            Kelly Grant (St. Louis, Mo./Hazelwood
Central)

Chad Johnson                Chad Johnson (Gardena, Calif./Palisades)

Yazeed Al-Khatib (Bronx, N.Y./New York School for the Deaf)

Noah Carter (Brentwood, Calif./Heritage)
                   
Kyle D’Amore                Kyle D’Amore (Cranberry Township
                   
Nicolas Granzow             Nicolas Granzow (Rincon, Ga./South
Effingham)
                   
AJ Markel              AJ Markel (Columbia, Md./St. Vincent
Palloti)
                   
Liam Painter                Liam Painter (Albuquerque, N.M./East
Mountain)
                   
Nick Smith             Nick Smith (Hamburg, Pa./Hamburg)

Julien Cano (Phoenix, Ariz./Tolleson Union)

Shane Angel            Shane Angel (Mechanicsville,
Md./Chopticon)

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Gallaudet University athletics places eighth in 2017-18 NEAC Presidents’ Cup standings

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The Gallaudet University athletics program finished in
eighth place out of 14 schools in the final 2017-18 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.

Gallaudet was fourth in the Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup for
sportsmanship where men’s swimming and diving were tops in their
respective sports category for sportsmanship. Morrisville State College
was first in this category.

GU finished seventh in the Senior Woman Administrators’ Cup for community
Service. Keuka College took home the cup in this category.

The Bison finished 10th overall in the Athletics Directors’ Cup as they
placed 10th overall in the men’s standings and seventh in the women’s
standings. GU fielded six teams, last season, that competed on the
women’s side (basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming,
volleyball) and five on the men’s side (baseball, basketball, cross
country, soccer, swimming). The Athletic Directors’ Cup standings for
men’s and women’s athletic success are determined by percentage and
not total points earned because some schools don’t support all 18 sports
sponsored by the conference. Penn St.-Berks won the Athletics Directors’
Cup.

The Bison placed 10th in the conference in the Faculty Athletic
Representatives’ Cup for academics.

Lancaster Bible College won the NEAC Presidents’ Cup with 11 points as it
placed first in the Faculty Athletic Representatives’ Cup, second in the
Athletics Direct Reports’ Cup and finished in the top four in two other
categories. This is Lancaster Bible’s second NEAC Presidents’ Cup since
joining the conference. Keuka College finished second (17 points) followed
by Morrisville State College (19.5), Penn College (20) and Penn St.-Berks
(21) round out the top five.

This is the fourth year that the NEAC has determined its Presidents’ Cup
winner by utilizing the core values of NCAA Division III. In addition to
calculating athletics success, which was the only factor taken into
consideration when awarding the conference’s Presidents’ Cup in the
past, the NEAC now also takes into account academics, sportsmanship and
community service.

Under the new scoring system the highest Gallaudet has placed is sixth
overall in 2014-15. The highest the Bison have placed all-time in the NEAC
Presidents’ Cup is fourth in 2010-11, GU’s first season in the conference.

Gallaudet’s NEAC Presidents’ Cup Standings
2017-18: 8th
2016-17: 8th
2015-16: 10th
2014-15: 6th
2013-14: 9th
2012-13: 10th
2011-12: 11th
2010-11: 4th

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Klotz Sets Two WR’s as LSU Swimmers Excel in Nationals

BATON ROUGE – LSU swimming has been busy in the pool this summer, with
10 Tigers competing in their respective national competitions. The Tigers
sent seven swimmers to the 2018 Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships,
and one each to the British National Championships, Canadian National
Championships, and European National Championships.

Senior Matt Klotz highlighted the performances at the U.S. National
Championships, setting two deaf world records. His first world record of
the meet came in the 50-meter backstroke, where he broke his own deaf
world record and touched the wall in 25.95 seconds to finish 19th overall.
Klotz also earned the deaf world record in the 50-meter freestyle,
swimming a 23.14 in a time trial.

Klotz also holds deaf world records in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke.
The Cameron Park, California native now owns four deaf world records, the
most of any swimmer

Klotz was named the 2013 USA Deaf Sports Male Athlete of the Year as sell
as the 2017 USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) Sportsman of the Year for
his accomplishments in the pool.

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random deafsports thoughts

While surfing these deaf sports tweets, there was one
re-tweet from a gambling web site that pointed to a
deaf women’s basketball tournament in Texas.

This “endorsement” worries DeafDigest Sports editor
 

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Aug
03

2018/08/03

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DeafDigest Sports – August 3, 2018

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

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

— Deaflympics crisis

— soccer team eats meals and sleeps on the side of the highway

— August football games

— random deafsports thoughts

— change of athletic directors at one school and duties
at another school

— Fiji Deaf Sevens Rugby

Deaf Sports Collections update
— deaf professional basketball team
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/during-happier-days-in-2016/

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deaf schools football games – August

Aug 17 Riverside hosts Public Safety Academy
Aug 17 Phoenix at NFL YET
Aug 17 Fremont hosts Encina Prep
Aug 17 Indiana hosts Traders Point

Aug 23 Florida hosts Oak Hall

Aug 24 Indiana at Trinity Lutheran
Aug 24 Phoenix hots Hayden
Aug 24 Riverside at Cornerstone Christian
Aug 24 Michigan at Posen
Aug 24 Maryland hosts FCA Bucks
Aug 24 Model at Green Street Academy

Aug 25 Louisiana hosts Georgia
Aug 25 Fremont at North Tahoe

Aug 30 Florida at Halifax Academy
Aug 30 Colorado at Weldon Valley
Aug 30 Riverside hosts San Jacinto Valley
Aug 30 Oklahoma at Arkansas
Aug 30 Wisconsin at Alden-Hebron

Aug 31 Alabama hosts Valley Head
Aug 31 Maryland at Maryland Christian
Aug 31 Texas at DasCHE
Aug 31 Indiana hosts Howe
Aug 31 Fremont at San Juan
Aug 31 Riverside hosts Ray

note:
rest of football-playing schools start their seasons
in September.

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Deaflympics crisis

Deaf sports crisis deepens after almost 50 countries oppose appointment of
new ICSD President

Divisions are growing within the global deaf sports community ©ICSD
Crisis levels surrounding the International Committee of Sports for the
Deaf (ICSD) have intensified today after 46 countries called on the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) to intervene in what they describe
as an “unacceptable coup” by the organisation’s Board.

It followed the appointment of Australia’s Rebecca Adam as President for
the next three years by the Board earlier this week in a decision made
without consultation with the wider membership.

A group of 46 countries from four regional Confederations have appealed to
the IOC administration and Ethics Commission to intervene in “supporting
the ICSD’s own constitution” at a “critical juncture” for the community.

Controversy escalated in May this year when ICSD President Valery
Rukhledev was arrested and placed under house arrest for two months in his
home country of Russia.

The 70-year-old, a six-time Deaflympics champion for the Soviet Union
between 1969 and 1977 in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling who had led
the world governing body since 2013, was charged under the Russian
Criminal Code and accused of embezzling over RUB50 million
(£604,000/$803,800/€690,000) from the All-Russian Society of the Deaf
in Moscow.

An ICSD statement following a Board meeting in Yerevan on Monday (July
30), chaired by acting President Kang Chen, said that Rukhledev took the
“serious decision to retire with immediate effect” after “five years of
faithful duty”.

Rebecca Adam has been announced as the new ICSD President ©YouTube
Rebecca Adam has been announced as the new ICSD President ©YouTube
“The ICSD Executive Board wishes to thank Dr. Rukhledev for taking this
step and hopes that all matters against him will be resolved in his
favour,” the statement added.

“Following the statement of Dr. Rukhledev, there was an unanimous decision
by the ICSD Executive Board members to appoint Mrs. Rebecca Adam as the
new ICSD President from the August 1, 2018 until the next ICSD Congress
scheduled for 2021.”

The Board added that it was their duty to “provide a clear path to follow
and to regain the confidence of the international community”.

It has prompted a fierce reaction from the wider membership, though, with
calls intensifying for an Extraordinary Congress to be held as soon as
possible.

Other problems currently being faced including a failure to confirm hosts
for next year’s Winter Deaflympics – currently expected to take place in
northern Italy in December 2019 – and the 2021 summer edition.

“We remain hopeful of resolving issues like financial and anti-doping
irregularities, the absence of hosts for the Deaflympics and the continued
lack of support for deaf athletes in many countries, but for this to
happen the ICSD has to show partners that it can be trusted to follow the
rules,” Frouke van Winsum, The Netherlands Deaf Sport Federation President
who is a leading figure in the protest, said.

“For the ICSD Board to continue to overlook the demands of its members,
the needs of its athletes, the trust of its partners and the clear message
of the IOC is simply unacceptable.

“Far more countries than are required by the ICSD constitution have
already called for an Extraordinary Congress.

“I have no doubt we will prevail because those are the rules of our
organisation.

“It is deeply unfortunate that it seems the ICSD’s Executive Board deny
its commitments to these rules in an attempt to hold on to power, and for
us to have to ask the IOC to intervene.”

Under ICSD rules, a minimum of 38 countries from two regional
Confederations is required for an Extraordinary Congress to be held.

Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany,
Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, The
Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland and United Kingdom are European signatories.

They are joined by Algeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Mali and
Nigeria in Africa as well as Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia,
Jamaica, Mexico, Peru and United States in the Americas and Chinese
Taipei, Hong Kong, Nepal and Yemen in Asia.

There are 113 listed ICSD members.

None of the top nations on the 2017 Summer Deaflympics medals table –
Russia, Ukraine, South Korea, Turkey, China, Japan, Iran and Venezuela –
have so far joined the critics.

Other figures quoted in the press release today opposing the ICSD Board
include Portugal Deaf Sport Federation President Susana Lourenco and
Australia’s Dean Barton-Smith, the President of the ICSD Athletes’
Commission.

Lourenco highlighted the failure to find hosts for events and criticised
the absence of certainty on the future of the Deaflympics.

Barton-Smith attacked the “disgraceful Executive Board that is
focused…on clinging to power” and called for the organisation to “start
afresh, with the right people, with the right governance skills and the
right experience to reboot and restore deaf sport globally”.

The IOC Executive Board announced last month they were withholding all
payments to the ICSD because of the continuing allegations of embezzlement
against Rukhledev.

Representatives from the two organisations are due to meet on September
12.

It followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two
bodies in 2016.

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random deafsports thoughts

it is sad that Deaflympics nations are bickering with each
other.

IOC has suspended payments and we need to work together
to get funding restored instead of wasting time arguing
with each other!

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Gambia national deaf soccer team

part of newspaper story

Gambia Deaf Sports Association Expressed Disappointment, Called for
Government Intervention

According to Lamin Ceesay, the President of the association the complaint
came as a result of their predicament they encountered last year while
going to Bamako for a continental championship dubbed Africa Day ,during
the trip, he said they spend almost three days on the way and slept and
cooked on the highway.

note:
no money means no lodging and meals at hotels. It is not good
when a team has to cook their meals and sleep on the side of
the highway.

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Arkansas sports

The new athletic director is Tommy Varner, who also
coaches the school football team

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Ohio sports

Dawn Johnson and Bill Estes will share A.D. duties.

Bill as Athletics POC/Logistics and Dawn as Athletics Operations

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Fiji Deaf Sevens rugby

FORMER national sevens captain Waisale Serevi will coach the Fiji
Barbarians (Fiji Deaf sevens team) in their preparation for the next
Oceania Pacific Deaf Championship in 2020.

Speaking at the Rugby for Change Seminar at the Oceania Centre Pavilion at
USP, Serevi said he was willing to coach the Barbarians and was going to
try to help make the first place after they reached third in the World
Deaf Rugby Sevens earlier this year.

“I was talking with the team chairperson and he asked if I would be able
to coach the team and I am more than willing to help them out,” he said.

Fiji Deaf Rugby Association manager Paula Ranatawake said he was very
thankful that Serevi was willing to jump on board to help train the team.

“The association was pleased to hear the news as Fiji is expected to
host the next Pacific Regional Games and even though it’s a few years
away, we are ready,” Ranatawake said.

“Since it will be on home ground, we are positive with Sir Serevi’s
help we can win.”

The Oceania Pacific Deaf Championship is expected to be held in Fiji in
2020.
 

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DeafDigest Sports – August 2, 2018

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Hot DeafSports News at:
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— August football games (a correction)

— random deafsports thoughts

— Adham Talaat

— college deaf basketball player

Deaf Sports Collections update
— swimming gold medal
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-gold-medal-swimmer-jeff-float/

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deaf schools football games – August

Aug 17 Riverside hosts Public Safety Academy
Aug 17 Phoenix at NFL YET
Aug 17 Fremont hosts Encina Prep
Aug 17 Indiana hosts Traders Point

Aug 23 Florida hosts Oak Hall

Aug 24 Indiana at Trinity Lutheran
Aug 24 Phoenix hots Hayden
Aug 24 Riverside at Cornerstone Christian
Aug 24 Michigan at Posen
Aug 24 Maryland hosts FCA Bucks
Aug 24 Model at Green Street Academy

Aug 25 Louisiana hosts Georgia
Aug 25 Fremont at North Tahoe

Aug 30 Florida at Halifax Academy
Aug 30 Colorado at Weldon Valley
Aug 30 Riverside hosts San Jacinto Valley
Aug 30 Oklahoma at Arkansas
Aug 30 Wisconsin at Alden-Hebron

Aug 31 Alabama hosts Valley Head
Aug 31 Maryland at Maryland Christian
Aug 31 Texas at DasCHE
Aug 31 Indiana hosts Howe
Aug 31 Fremont at San Juan
Aug 31 Riverside hosts Ray

note:
rest of football-playing schools start their seasons
in September.

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random deafsports thoughts

today’s newspaper headline

Kurdish mathematician Cauchar Birkar, receives the Fields Medal
award, math’s most prestigious prize, during the International Congress of
Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 1, 2018. 

One of the winners of the award known as the Nobel Prize for mathematics
had his gold medal stolen minutes after it was given to him. Caucher
Birkar, a Kurdish refugee turned Cambridge University math professor, was
among four winners of the prestigious Fields Medal on Wednesday in Rio de
Janeiro.

note:
In the 1977 Deaflympics, swimmer Jeff Float won ten gold medals.
All of these medals were stolen!

The American Athletic Association of the Deaf made good on it by
having ten gold medals duplicated and given to him months later.
 
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a press release

The St. James Launches Football Program Led by Gallaudet All American
Adham Talaat

Former NFL free agent leads comprehensive, all-ages football program at
Greater Washington region’s premier sports, wellness and active
entertainment destination

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va., Aug. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The St. James announced
the launch of its football program, providing one of the broadest range of
on the field and off the field developmental and training opportunities
available in the country. The program, which will be led by Gallaudet
All-American Adham Talaat, will feature everything from learn-to-play to
position-specific skills training to competitive flag and 7-on-7 leagues.

“The football fan base in the Washington region is among the most
passionate in the country, following and playing the game as intensely as
any community anywhere,” said Craig Dixon, co-founder and co-CEO of The
St. James. “Under Adham’s leadership, we are aiming to help elevate the
great football tradition of this region by offering the most comprehensive
program imaginable.”

Talaat was a star defensive end at Gallaudet where he helped lead the team
to its first conference championship in school history and was a finalist
for the Gagliardi Trophy, which honors the nation’s best Division III
football player.

He went on to train as a free agent with the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City
Chiefs and New York Giants, becoming the fourth deaf player in NFL
history.

In addition to his role as director of football, Talaat will serve as a
strength and conditioning coach in The St. James High Performance Center. 
Before joining The St. James, Talaat was a strength and conditioning coach
at his alma mater Gallaudet working with student-athletes across a variety
of sports and positions.  He also worked with the University of Southern
California’s football strength and conditioning program.

“As a football lover and former college player, I couldn’t be more excited
about the opportunity we have to contribute to the safe learning and
enjoyment of the game,” said Kendrick Ashton, co-founder and co-CEO of The
St. James. “Adham’s knowledge of all facets of the game and commitment to
teaching how to play it safely are unparalleled, and we look forward to
building a wholly unique opportunity to train, compete, study and have
fun.”

The St. James football program brings together excellent coaching, broad
offerings and best-in-class playing and training venues.  Highlights of
the program include:

note:
This press release needs additional clarification.

Adham was a d3football.com All-American honorable mention.

The only Gallaudet first team All-American is Shannon
Simon, at offensive tackle, in the late eighties.

Adham was a CoSIDA Academic All-American (that is a really
legit award)

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college deaf basketball player

Missy Sadler

rising junior

women’s basketball

St Thomas Aquinas College (NY – NCAA-II)

played 32 games; starting 3

averaged 3.8 points per game

averaged 2.8 rebounds per game

only played 11.1 minutes per game

she is 6’0 tall
 

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DeafDigest Sports – August 1, 2018

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

— August football games

— random deafsports thoughts

— deaf collegiate diver

— Derrick Coleman update

— past Gallaudet athlete becomes school superintendent

Deaf Sports Collections update
— deaf coxswain of NCAA-I women’s crew team
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/hall-of-famer-becoming-superintendent/

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deaf schools football games – August

Aug 17 Riverside hosts Public Safety Academy
Aug 17 Phoenix at NFL YET
Aug 17 Fremont hosts Encina Prep
Aug 17 Indiana hosts Traders Point

Aug 23 Florida hosts Oak Hall

Aug 24 Indiana at Trinity Lutheran
Aug 24 Phoenix hots Hayden
Aug 24 Riverside at Cornerstone Christian
Aug 24 Michigan at Posen
Aug 24 Maryland hosts FCA Bucks
Aug 24 Model at Green Street Academy

Aug 25 Louisiana hosts Georgia
Aug 25 Fremont at North Tahoe

Aug 30 Florida at Halifax Academy
Aug 30 Colorado at Weldon Valley
Aug 30 Riverside hosts San Jacinto Valley
Aug 30 Oklahoma hosts Life Christian Academy (conflict?)
Aug 30 Oklahoma at Arkansas (conflict?)
Aug 30 Wisconsin at Alden-Hebron

Aug 31 Alabama hosts Valley Head
Aug 31 Maryland at Maryland Christian
Aug 31 Texas at DasCHE
Aug 31 Indiana hosts Howe
Aug 31 Fremont at San Juan
Aug 31 Riverside hosts Ray

note:
rest of football-playing schools start their seasons
in September.

There is a conflict with two Oklahoma games on August 30th;
need to get this straightened out

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deaf collegiate diver

Jessica Kugelman

rising junior

diver, women’s swimming team

Renselaer Poly (NY, NCAA-III)

her profile is:
2016-17: First among team’s divers with 265.00 points … Won 13 times,
finished second four times and third three times … School records in six
3-meter dives (291.40 points) and 11 3-meter dives (489.50) … Second at
Liberty League Championship in both 1-meter (374.60) and 3-meter (387.60)
… Fifth in NCAA Regional in 3-meter (447.75) and 24th in 1-meter
(379.15) … Competed in NCAA Championship, placing 17th in both 1-meter
(371.30) and 3-meter (393.05) … Liberty League Weekly Honor Roll once
… Liberty League Rookie of the Week three times … ECAC Division III
North Rookie of the Week twice … Liberty League Diver of the Week five
times … Team’s Rookie of the Year ..

this 2017-18 season
finished 1st in three dual meets

did not place in top three in the season-ending 2018 Liberty League
Championships

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random deafsports thoughts

see this headline:

The NBA has become the first major U.S. sports league to sign an official
betting sponsor.

for a long time, the American Athletic Association of the Deaf was a
haven for hard core deaf gamblers that wanted to place bets on
contending deaf basketball teams. Attendance at these national
tournaments have been pretty much packed.

The AAAD has changed to USA Deaf Basketball, which no longer
allows betting on games. Attendance at these tournaments, while
satisfactory, did not reach these AAAD attendance levels.

Either times have changed – or – deaf gamblers looked for
different venues to place their bets.

Yes, gambling and sports, do not mix, either deaf or hearing!

 
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Derrick Coleman update

from a Falcons posting

Rookie Daniel Marx leading fullback battle

The Falcons didn’t get much from Derrick Coleman at fullback last year
and were obviously missing Patrick DiMarco at times. So, they brought in
three new faces to compete for the spot this year.

Stanford’s Daniel Marx looks to be coach Dan Quinn’s favorite and he
got first-team reps today.

note:
not good news for Derrick, but it is still early in the
pre-season. Too many things could happen

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past Gallaudet athlete becomes school superintendent

Luanne Barron, a past top notch Gallaudet volleyball
player, has been appointed as the new superintendent
at Kansas School for the Deaf.

She also represented USA in the Deaflympics in the past.

Congrats, Luanne.
 

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Hot DeafSports News at:
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— legendary Gallaudet athlete featured in a magazine

— Florida football

— random deafsports thoughts

— deaf soccer discrimination in Somalia

— deaf swimming championships

Deaf Sports Collections update
— Gallaudet first participation in national tournament
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/most-decorated-gallaudet-athlete/

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Gallaudet legend Ronda Jo Miller featured in NCAA Champion magazine

INDIANAPOLIS – Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of Famer Ronda Jo
Miller, ’01 is profiled in the Summer 2018 issue of Champion magazine
published by the NCAA.

The story, which was nearly a year in the making, was written by Matthew
Holmes, Assistant Director – Championships & Alliances with the NCAA. The
profile story is titled “Gallaudet star soared on both the basketball and
volleyball courts” and can be read here:
http://www.ncaa.org/champion/gallaudet-star-soared-both-basketball-and-volleyball-courts.

Miller, now Ronda Jo Donatucci, was inducted into the Gallaudet Athletics
Hall of Fame in 2008 for women’s basketball and 2014 for women’s
volleyball.

The story catches up with Donatucci and reflects on her astonishing career
at Gallaudet that saw her set team, conference and national records.

Miller, who had her No. 23 women’s basketball jersey retired on Feb. 8,
2014, was a three-time Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)
All-American first team selection, three-time Capital Athletic Conference
(CAC) Player of the Year and holds numerous school records. She led
Division III in scoring average (26.3 points per game) during the 1998-99
season when the Bison (24-6) reached the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA
tournament. She still holds the Division III all-time career mark for
rebounds (1,545) in 106 games played. Gallaudet made two appearances in
the NCAA tournament (1996-97, 1998-99) with Miller leading the way.

She was a three-time CAC Player of the Year (1996, ’97, ’99) in
women’s volleyball and a three-time American Volleyball Coaches
Association (AVCA) all-region honoree (1996, ’97, ’99). She became the
first women’s volleyball player to earn CAC Player and Rookie of the
Year in the same season (1996) and a four-time All-CAC first team
selection. Miller helped the Bison win their third and fourth CAC
championships (1996, ’99) and make two NCAA tournament appearance. Her
four single-season kill totals rank first (1,038 in 1999), second (896,
’97), third (845, ’98) and fifth (720, ’96) in CAC history and are
in the Top 10 in Division III history. She finished her career with a NCAA
record 3,579 kills (tops in Division I, II, III) on 7,117 attacks (.389
hitting percentage) in 583 sets played.

note:
She got to play for the Washington Mystics in one pre-season
game. This appearance represents that highest level in major
league sports (ML, NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS and WNBA) that a Gallaudet
athlete could ever participate, regardless if it was a
regular season game or a pre-seson game.

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random deafsports thoughts

Ronda Jo Miller continues to get athletic honors.

There is one thing missing – she broke all these
volleyball records – yet never made the national
NCAA-III volleyball All-American honors!

She made national NCAA-III All-American basketball
honors three times, but in volleyball, zero!

A crying shame, it is.

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Florida football

Seven of the eight programs in St. Johns County will kick off practice
today. The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind will begin
preparations for its 105th season later under first-year head coach Travis
Homewood.

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deaf soccer in Somalia

Somalia’s deaf footballers create their own league

A group of deaf football players in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, have set
up their own league after being blocked from joining existing teams.

The teams have been playing since 2010, and have been steadily gathering
support.

They hope to eventually be recognised by Somalia’s football federation.

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deaf swimming

MATTHEW KLOTZ BREAKS 2 DEAF WORLD RECORDS AT US NATIONALS

American Deaflympian Matthew Klotz has broke three World Deaf Swimming
Records last week in Irvine at the 2018 US National Championships.

First, in a time trial, he swam a 23.14 in the 50 long course meter
freestyle, which broke the World Record of 23.34 done by Marcus Titus at
the 2015 World Deaf Swimming Championships. Klotz’s previous personal
best was 23.46 from 2016.

Titus, one of the most successful deaf swimmers in history, was a
three-time member of the USA Swimming National Team and a 12-time NCAA
All-American at Arizona.

Then, in the 50 back, Klotz broke his own World Record twice: first with a
26.06 in prelims, which tied him for 20th place in the heats, and then
again with a 25.95 in the C-Final, which placed him 19th overall.
Klotz’s previous World Record of 26.26 was done at the 2017 Deaflympics.

Klotz is a rising junior at LSU, where last season he had matching
18th-place finishes for LSU at the SEC Championships in both the 100 yard
(47.57) and 200 yard (1:43.80) backstrokes. He also swam on LSU’s
8th-place 200 free relay, with a team-best split of 19.52.

There were no strobe lights or hand signals used to start races at this
meet.
 

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DeafDigest Sports – July 30, 2018

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Hot DeafSports News at:
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— comment from a mainstreamed interpreter

— a surprise performance from a deaf golfer

— a basketball game five years ago

— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf wrestler

Deaf Sports Collections update
— deaf champion in Junior PGA championship
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

DeafSports picture of the day
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-amateur-golfer-shocker-at-european-open/

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comment from interpreter of a mainstreamed soccer player

I run up and down the soccer field, interpreting for the
player what the coach says

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deaf golf

Deaf amateur Allen John making a run at European Open

Deaf amateur Allen John birdies the par-3 17th, his third birdie in a row,
in the final round of the European Open.

Deaf amateur golfer Allen John nearly claims European Tour title in
Germany

Amateur Allen John, a 30-year-old German native playing on a sponsor’s
invitation, shot a closing 67 to grab a share of second place at 10 under
par, one back of McEvoy, and ahead of the likes of Bryson DeChambeau and
Patrick Reed. John made birdies on four of his final eight holes,
including the 15th, 16th and 17th, to get into contention late. Only a
birdie by McEvoy on the final hole prevented John from getting into a
playoff for the title.

“It’s absolutely incredible,” said John, who, as an amateur, had to
forgo a check for `€170,000. “The atmosphere out there, the people
that’ve been walking with me the 18 holes, it’s just an incredible
feeling.”

His impairment didn’t stop him from playing college golf at Georgia
State from 2008 to 2011, before turning pro and, for a brief time,
competing on the Challenge Tour. But John decided to step back from the
pro game, and regained his amateur status in 2016. He has played sparingly
in European Tour and Challenge Tour events since.

In 2017, John competed in the Deaflympics, an elite IOC-sanctioned event
for deaf athletes, earning the gold medal.

John began the final round in Hamburg seven strokes off the lead in 16th
place, then made the turn in one-under 34. On the back nine, he found a
comfort zone and started making birdies in bunches.

“[It] was quite cool, and when I was on 18 I saw the leader board and I
was like, ‘Wow, I’m pretty much in contention,’ “ John said. “It’s a
pretty cool feeling.”

The impressive performances has John admittedly considering another crack
at playing as a professional.

“There’s a lot of self-confidence I can take out of the tournament,
being in contention, finishing second,” John said. “That’s a pretty
amazing feeling and gives me a lot of confidence in the abilities that I
can do on a golf course.”

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random deafsports thoughts

It is a surprise that deaf golfer Allen John (see story above)
finished in a tie for 2nd place at the European Open. He
is now thinking of turning pro, after giving it up and
becoming an amateur again.

Is it a sign of greater things to come for the deaf golfer
or was it a fluke, once-in-a-lifetime feat?

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a basketball game five years ago

from old DeafDigest edition

USA men’s basketball team a sure bet for the gold at the
Deaflympics? Think again. We lost 88-85 to Venezuela!
Fingers were pointed at the referees for calling 52 fouls
in that game, but the actual reason is simple – our best
players did not play for USA in the Deaflympics!

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college deaf wrestler

Tyler Sharron

rising sophomore

wrestling team

Minot State University (North Dakota, NCAA-II)

his 2017-18 profile:
2017-18: Competed at both 165 pounds and 174 pounds…had a combined
record of 7-11 overall…was 2-5 in dual match competition…was 6-7 at
165 pounds…had four wins by fall and one major victory…was 1-3 against
NSIC opponents.
 

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