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Latest on Deaf women in semi-pro football

By Jose Amador

Independent Women's Football League (IWFL)

Carson BobcatsUtah Falconz 26 Carson Bobcats 0

Andrea "Dre" Hollingsworth and her Carson Bobcats lost to powerhouse Utah Falconz, 26-0 due to the heat wave and the game was stopped in the second quarter. The Bobcats’ season is finished with the first-round playoff loss.

Icon Women's Football League (IWFL)

Corpus Christi DivasHarlingen Honeys 28 Corpus Christi Divas 25

LeAnn Avalos and her Corpus Christi Divas suffered a loss to Harlingen Honeys, 28-25 which eliminated the team from playoff contention. Avalos did not play due to an injury. The Divas’ season is complete.

South Texas GeneralsHouston Texas Lady Jaguars 32 South Texas Generals 6

South Texas Generals’ Cassie Cantu and Erika Mendiola lost Houston Texas Lady Jaguars, 32-6. The loss caused the South Texas Generals to fall to a #4 seed for the playoffs. They will face the #1 seed, San Antonio Texas Legacy in the playoffs. Houston Texas Lady Jaguars have the number 2 seed and will play against Harlingen Honeys, #3 seed.

Deaf Falcons player overcomes obstacles to showcase gift

By Anthony Amey

Atlanta FalconsFLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Most of us don't even pay full attention to the many distinct sounds we so often have the chance to enjoy when we attend or watch a football game.

But imagine if you could not hear the sound of the crowd, or the whistles from the officials or even the music after a big hit or a turnover or a touchdown.

That's what Falcons fullback Derrick Coleman experiences every time he steps on the field.

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Source: WSB-TV

Avalos' Divas win & Generals fall to powerhouse

By Jose Amador

Corpus Christi DivasCorpus Christi Divas 47 Austin Assassins 40

Corpus Christi Divas escaped with a close win by a score of 47-40 against Austin Assassins. The Divas fought and defense held the newcomer Assassins on the last drive of the game. The Divas improved to 2-1 while Assassins fell to 0-3.

The Divas' #32-LeAnn Avalos made two solo and one assisted tackles.

Next game: Corpus Christi Divas host the Texas Lady Jaguars (2-1) from Houston.

South Texas GeneralsTexas Legacy 48 South Texas Generals 18

The South Texas Generals came to San Antonio and faced powerhouse Texas Legacy. The Generals didn't play well and lost by a score of 48-18. The
Generals fell to 1-2 while the Legacy stays undefeated, 3-0.

The Generals' #1-Cassie Cantu's statement: “Thank you for coming and support my team and being our awesome fans! Unfortunately, we lost, 48-18. We had many penalties and bad calls but we did our best.”

Next game: The Generals host Corpus Christi Storm (2-1).

South Texas Generals & Corpus Christi Divas meet in game featuring Deaf players

Last Saturday, May 13th, the South Texas Generals and Corpus Christi Divas who play in the Icon Women’s Football Association (IWFA), a semipro league featured Deaf players on both teams.

The South Texas Generals have Erika Mendiola playing wide receiver and cornerback while Cassie Cantu is a defensive back. Corpus Christi Divas has LeAnn Avalos as a cornerback.

The recap of the game was provided by Jose Amador.

South Texas Generals defeated Corpus Christi Divas, 52-31. The Generals improved to 1-1 while the Divas fell to 1-1.

South Texas Generals' #1 Cassie Cantu made three solo tackles, one assist tackle, fumble recovery for 10 yards, and another fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.

South Texas Generals' #8 Erika Mendiola made two solo tackles. She played with a shoulder injury.

Corpus Christi Divas' #32 LeAnn Avalos made two assist tackles in the first half. She didn't play the second half due to coach's decision.

CCD  6-13-0-12 = 31
STG 12-20-6-14 = 52

Next game: South Texas Generals travel to 3-time IWFA Champion Texas Legacy (2-0) at San Antonio. Corpus Christi Divas host the Austin Assassins (0-2).

2017 Deaf Women Pro Football
Left to right: Erika Mendiola, LeAnn Avalos, Cassie Cantu (Photo credit - Jose Amador)

'America's Deaf Team' Tackles Identity Politics

By Matthew Davis

GallaudetThe homecoming game falls on a brilliant, unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon in late October 2016. The sun streams through the multicolored leaves of oak trees and dapples thousands of alumni and fans in patches of light and shade. Pop-up booths have been erected behind the football stadium: The Class of 2019 is selling crepes; the Class of 1992 is selling t-shirts; writers for the student newspaper, The Buff and Blue, are hawking the latest issue.

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The Atlantic

Football: Oley Valley senior faces unique challenge at Gallaudet

By Mike Drago

GallaudetFleetwood offensive lineman Cress Fisher realizes the step up to college football will be demanding, but the most challenging aspect for him will come in communicating with his teammates.

At Gallaudet University most of the players around him will be deaf or hard of hearing; they will speak with their hands, not their voices.

The same will apply to the classroom where Fisher's instructors and classmates will not communicate verbally. Fisher, who is neither deaf nor hard of hearing, will be expected to communicate like those around him, through sign language.

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Source: Reading Eagle

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